Executive Chef/Owner – justin@FIGcatering.com
Justin has been cooking since he was 15, including formal training in high school and at the Culinary & Hospitality Institute of Chicago. Justin spent nearly five years as sous chef at Atwood Cafe and South Water Kitchen, before flipping one of America’s Best Burgers (according to GQ Magazine and The Oprah Show) at Poag Mahone’s, where he met Molly, his future business partner and wife. Justin’s food explorations include everything from pizza to Mexican to Filipino to Indian to classic French. Do his great discoveries make him a FIG Newton?
A Little Bit of Everything/Owner – molly@FIGcatering.com
Molly grew up in a restaurant and is still remembered for sneaking chunks of blue cheese before it was made into dressing. She went to DePaul University to study marketing, but eventually abandoned her career in advertising to work like her parents before her, putting good food in front of people. She worked as personal chef and crewmember aboard two private yachts, then resettled in Chicago where she met Justin while slinging burgers and beers. Molly’s love of food, baking skills and knowledge of marketing served her well as FIG grew, but she definitely still enjoys the busyness of working behind a bar or on the floor to make an event perfect.
Stephanie Lu Jokich
Senior Special Events Manager – stephanie@FIGcatering.com
Stephanie has over ten years experience in hospitality from her first job at a local doughnut shop, to organizing basement punk shows, to running farmers’ markets, to harvesting olives in Pistoa, Italy. Her creative side loves to paint, take photos, and write, but her business side is all about making sure you’re spending your event dollars on things that matter most to you. She lives in Bridgeport with her two cats, and insists Mitch Mitchell from Ultimate Experience is the best drummer in the world.
Corporate & Non-profit Events Manager – holly@FIGcatering.com
While studying Economics at UIC, Holly discovered she was a micro-econ girl in a macro world, drawn more to the details of farmers’ markets over stocks, social rather than financial capital. After cameo roles (logistics, baker, compost-maker) in the food industry and an extended bout of wanderlust, Holly decided to challenge herself anew by taking over the Corporate Event Manager position at FIG. Ever the prodigal daughter, she relishes being able to deliver Midwestern bounty to offices throughout Chicago. And with that background in economics, is ever mindful of client’s budgets.
Social & Wedding Events Manager – kati@FIGcatering.com
Kati is a Hoosier at heart, originally from Elkhart, IN. She developed a passion for local, sustainable food while studying food politics at Indiana University Bloomington. After college she served with City Year Americorps in New Orleans, where she tutored 9th graders, and ate way too many broiled crawfish. Despite the amazing food and festivities down South, she missed the Midwest and moved to Chicago, serving a second year in City Year planning large-scale community service events. She brought her love of events and food to FIG, working with clients to plan weddings and social events.