Executive Food Service Team
Our Staff are hand-selected for their ability to do and be the best. Their dedication to Executive Food Service and talent in the culinary arts are why we succeed. Our team brings passion and excellence to all Executive Food Service events, and a meticulous attention to detail most clients are used to seeing only in the finest restaurants. Rely on our team of on-site caterers in Jacksonville, Florida, for a fine culinary arts experience at your next important event!
Larry Grosshans, Executive Chef and Owner
Olivia Burkhalter Gonzalez, Vice President and Marketing Director
Sean Rush, Head Event Manager
Emily Howard Event Specialist
Wanda Hansom Sales and Special Events
Award-winning Chef Larry Grosshans is a 25-year veteran of the culinary arts and a graduate from the country's most prestigious culinary arts school, The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. This award-winning chef's career has been literally international, in addition to covering every corner of the United States. Grosshans is the successful owner and designer of three restaurants, and the first corporate chef for Starwood Hotels International. In the food service industry, Larry Grosshans has done it all!
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Olivia Burkhalter Gonzalez is a professional qualified by 20 years of notable achievements in the culinary arts and hospitality industry. She offers a history of performance excellence in event planning and customer relations. A chef in her own right with expansive culinary knowledge, Gonzalez works with the EFS Catering Team to create custom menus for your special occasion. Her absolute commitment and willingness to go to the extra mile will ensure that your event is a total success. When you are ready to stop worrying and put your trust in the right place, you’ll know who to call.
- Member of the Clay County Chamber
- Professional Wedding/Event Planner
- Certified Professional Food Manager
- Gilford Technical Community College-AA (1995)
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Olivia's Food Photography Blog
Sean Rush is an integral part of the EFS team, having grown up with the company and working with the company since he was a young boy. Sean instills dedication and thoughtfulness into each and every project that he takes on. As an event manager he is responsible for reviewing every detail of an event from equipment to timelines to staffing. He has invested personal time, hard work and creative thinking and will go the extra mile every time to ensure your event is a success. His bright spirit and caring personality make him an excellent leader and an irreplaceable team mate.
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Emily Howard is the newest addition to the EFS Team. She has over nine years of experience in the food service and hospitality industry and during that time has grown many strong relationships and never tires of being a vital part of her clients most memorable life events. With a charismatic personality and a little uncommon enthusiasm, Emily ensures every detail is taken care of so every event is exceptionally perfect. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and their two boys.
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Wanda Hanscom has been in the event industry since 2005. She is the creative personality behind Smile Face Photo Booth and is also part owner of Y Entertainment a highly recognized mobile entertainment company in Jacksonville. She brings many years of experience in the wedding and event industry with her and that business knowledge and dynamic understanding is an asset to the EFS Team. She is a perfectionist so her attention to detail is remarkable. She believes in offering the best quality of products and makes sure each client feels they are a VIP.
Favorite Saying: Be Unique~
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