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.
Vincent Maenza, Jr.
Chief Operating Officer
Vincent is a hardworking, dedicated New Orleanian who studied Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism at both the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of New Orleans. His knowledge gained was essential to his success in the specialized industry of catering and events; his skillset spans finance, marketing and management. Before joining Mr. Mudbug & 12 Seasons Catering Vincent owned and operated a number of taverns around the city, including The Edge Bar & Grill, The Edge Sports Bar & Daiquiri’s, On the Rocks Lounge and TJ Quill’s. Dedication and passion for food quality are two of the many qualities Vincent acquired throughout his years in the hospitality industry.
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.
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.
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.
Catering Sales Manager
Caroline is the newest addition to our catering sales team, bringing more than 15 years of experience with her. With a varied background covering weddings, fundraising galas, venue management and event design, she brings a well rounded point of view to all her clients. She may not be a New Orleans native, but no one would ever know (until now - she hales from the Midwest through Santa Fe, NM and Brooklyn, NY). She lives and breathes for New Orleans. Caroline is a member of 3 local Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs – aka Mardi Gras Marching Krewes, as well as serves on the board for her local WIPA Chapter.
MMC Food Services Director of Operations
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 operations side of the company. When not leading his staff, Clinton is spending time with his family or cheering his Saints to victory.
Senior Operations Manager
Rachael Oden our senior operations manager is surely the glue that holds our team together at many points! She uses her talents and skills as a leading member of our team that focuses on customer service and growth, putting on amazing events from reading the plan on paper to making the magic happen. She has 15+ years of customer service experience and is backed by strong leadership, management, communication skills and of course hospitality. She is the leader of our employees and makes everyone’s dreams come true every day whether front of house or back of house!! She truly is an incredible asset to the 12 seasons team! On her spare time when not focused on our events (which is rarely) Rachael enjoys hanging out with friends and enjoying our New Orleans culture.
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 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.
Rachel, one of our lead chefs here at 12 seasons brings us over 12 years’ experience in cooking and about 18 years in the industry as a whole. She started as a hostess at the age of 16 and worked her way up to management and is now one of our lead chefs. She worked at daquiris and cream and managed FOH employees and decided to follow her passion of cooking and ventured out and started to learn BOH. She later became a line cook at Dickie Brenan’s working her way up to be the lead and was also a sous chef at Vincent’s Italian Cuisine. Rachel is a great asset to the team knowing all essential rolls of FOH and BOH, but her main focus is producing tasty, creative and eclectic food. On her off-time Rachel enjoys reading and the occasional cocktail with friends enjoying the city.
Eric is one of the newest members of our team. He joined us an event coordinator, from Dallas TX. While he is no stranger to Louisiana, living In the state two other times , he is new to the rich and exuberant culture that is New Orleans. Prior to joining our team, Eric worked with brides from across the world as a stylist and event planner. He also spent more than a decade working in tv news and as an event specialist with several non-profit organizations. New Orleans has always held a special place in his heart, visiting family here as a child, so his move here was fitting and he was the right fit for us has we ventured into a new arena with the opening of "The Moore Venue" where he works hand and hand with our clients to ensure each and every event goes as perfectly as possible.
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!