Staff

Alicia Maenza

President

Alicia brings more than 20 years of catering and hospitality experience to Mr. Mudbug & 12 Seasons Catering. A graduate of the University of New Orleans with a degree in Business Administration, Alicia’s insight and business savvy comes from her past roles in sales, concierge relations and management for notable New Orleans brands like Freeman Decorating, The Lafayette Hotel and Royal Sonesta Hotel. Her catering experience includes five years as Exhibitor Catering Sales Manager for Aramark and twelve years of experience as Director of Catering for Mr. Mudbug, Inc. and King Creole Sales. She takes great pride in delivering events of exceptional quality, with a special emphasis on customer service and customization. In Alicia's spare time she is passionate in her activism for the safety of all animals, frequently rescueing anything from gieco's to cats and dogs. 

AaronShaffer

Director of Sales & Marketing

Aaron is a true client services professional. A native of New Orleans and a graduate of the University of Houston with a B.S. in Marketing and Business Management, he has cultivated more than 21 years of customer relations and business development. Aaron spent ten years as the owner of a multi-unit apparel store specializing in high end sportswear for the family. He also served as the Director of Sales for a large, high-volume caterer, where he had the pleasure of planning several of the most high-end events in the city. Aaron brings seven years of menu development, event management and operational experience to the team and his background in the hotel industry has provided him with the necessary training and understanding required to go above and beyond for his clients and colleagues.

Meghan Callahan

Internal Catering Operations Manager

Meghan brings her many talents to our team acting as a liaison between all departments, but mainly our Sales and Operations Team. Another graduate of the Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management Program from the University of New Orleans Meghan first perfected her diverse set of skills for many years as Bar Manager of the Edge Bar and Grill in Metairie and then another 6 years as the Senior Hospitality Banquet Manger & Catering Sales Manager for Centerplate in New Orleans at the Ernest N Morial Convention Center.  Always a vital asset to the team, Meghan’s experience in the hospitality industry has taught her valuable skills such as; managing small to large events with exceptional customer service, the ability to multi task, and work under pressure both independently and as a team. Meghan’s attention to detail helps her to define and perfect each event. In her spare time, Meghan enjoys spending time with her daughter and son, family, and friends.

Amanda Santos

Sales & Marketing Coordinator 

Amanda, our Sales and Marketing Coordinator, brings a sense of personalization to every event she is a part of. She has taken the lead on sales at our new venue, The Moore, and has more than shown her love for the industry. Born and raised in New Orleans, Amanda has always enjoyed local cuisine and entertaining. During her studies at the University of New Orleans in the Marketing Program, she bartended at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse for over 6 years. After graduation, she perfected her marketing skills while working for a credit union and mortgage company before she  returned to her first passion — hospitality. When Amanda isn’t busy with weddings and events, she’s spending time with her husband going to Saints & Pelicans games, traveling, going to concerts or hosting parties along with family & friends.

Clinton Peralta

Operations Manager  

Clinton brings over 25 years of experience in the Hospitality Industry to the Twelve Seasons Team. Formerly a regional manager for Buffalo Wild Wings, Clinton has spent his career working from the ground up, in renowned New Orleans restaurants such as Arnaud’s. His hard working attitude and attention to detail is a true asset to the institutional catering operations side of the company. When not leading his staff, Clinton is spending time with his family or cheering his Saints to victory.

Melanie Bienvenu

Operations Manager 

Melanie our operations manager brings more than 18 years of experience to the hospitality team from learning just about every thing she could at Ruth Chris Steakhouse working her way up to daily management of operations and staffing. She would always dedicate her spare time to help assist in LRA events along with taste of the town and the Zurich classic just to name a few. Melanie graduated from UNO with a bachelor of science and a concentration in marketing . Luckily she came to us to assist running our operations and making the events run smoother. Melanie is highly organized and extremely creative. When she isn’t at work she loves hanging with her two beautiful kids or enjoying some of our New Orleans culture or being super creative and designing cute marketing ideas for the team and company. She is def always a team player bringing a smile to everyone’s faces!

Dyson Roberts

Operations Manager

Dyson is our hard working, efficient and dependable operations manager. He brings over 25 plus years of restaurant management experience to our team.  Born and raised in New Orleans, he truly lives and breathes the city to everyone he interacts with.  He is a graduate from Delgado with a degree in business management. Dyson’s 17 years of experience as being the general manager of Messina’s on the River, and his previous 7 years as kitchen and banquet manager at The Rose Garden (our newly owned venue now called the Moore) he really brings a sense of perfection to our team and his events. He loves to make sure his team is always laughing and in good spirits and his clients are smiling and they have an event to remember. In Dyson’s spare time he is an amazing father to 8 beautiful children and enjoys hanging out with them and his fiancé almost wife.

 

Kyle Carrere 

Chef

 

Joe Donnow

Chef

Madeleine Penton

Event Coordinator 

Maddie our event coordinator comes to us locally with over 7 + years’ experience in hospitality and customer service. She started off at Reginelli’s pizzeria and worked her way up to management by only the age of 18! She also worked at Republic NOLA for 2 years helping put together personal and corporate events, which is where she fell in love with the industry. She is a recent graduate from UNO with a bachelors in Hotel, Restaurant, & Tourism and concentrations in both restaurant management & event coordination. Her favorite part of an event is when she is walking around seeing how happy people are, including her staff! Maddie spent some years studying abroad and learned a lot about other people’s cultures and their food. She loves making memories for our customers and making sure they are ones to remember!   

 

 

 

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