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Our Team

Marc Jacobs

Executive Partner and Divisional President

Marc began his career with Lettuce Entertain You (LEYE) in the fall of 1991, as a banquet server and busser at Bones (now L. Woods) in Lincolnwood, Illinois. After being cross-trained as a server, host and line cook, Marc became a manager of the restaurant upon his graduation from UIC in the summer ... [read more]

of 1995. Two years later, Marc was transferred to R.J. Grunts, LEYE’s first restaurant, and was quickly promoted to General Manager. It was there that he first worked alongside Rich Melman on the re-development of the restaurant, which went on to launch what would become Marc’s lifelong career in restaurants and hospitality. In Marc’s 14 years as Partner at LEYE, he has led the creation, design and re-concept of more than 16 restaurants across Chicagoland including Beatrix; a restaurant and coffeehouse located in River North, Streeterville and Fulton Market, Beatrix Market; a quick and healthful grab and go experience, Ēma; a Mediterranean and California-inspired restaurant with Top Chef CJ Jacobson, Aba; the sister restaurant to Ēma, featuring a 400-seat restaurant and rooftop patio, The Dalcy; LEYE’s private event hall in Fulton Market, and Bar Ramone; a wine bar featuring Spanish tapas. Marc’s passion lies in restaurant design, menu development, and team building. His restaurants and chefs have earned many accolades including a Michelin Bib Gourmand recognition as well as a spot on Chicago’s top restaurant lists from Zagat, Eater and the Chicago Tribune. Marc sits on Lettuce Entertain You’s Executive Board, is an Advisory Council member and the Executive in Residence at DePaul’s School of Hospitality Leadership, often speaks on restaurant panels and seminars, and enjoys giving back to the restaurant and hospitality industry in Chicago. Marc enjoys spending time with his wife Vanessa and their three children, Samantha, Alexandra and Gabriel, visiting new restaurants, and traveling.

Marc began his career with Lettuce Entertain You (LEYE) in the fall of 1991, as a banquet server and busser at Bones (now L. Woods) in Lincolnwood, Illinois. After being cross-trained as a server, host and line cook, Marc became a manager of the restaurant upon his graduation from UIC in the summer of 1995. Two years later, Marc was transferred to R.J. Grunts, LEYE’s first restaurant, and was quickly promoted to General Manager. It was there that he first worked alongside Rich Melman on the re-development of the restaurant, which went on to launch what would become Marc’s lifelong career in restaurants and hospitality. In Marc’s 14 years as Partner at LEYE, he has led the creation, design and re-concept of more than 16 restaurants across Chicagoland including Beatrix; a restaurant and coffeehouse located in River North, Streeterville and Fulton Market, Beatrix Market; a quick and healthful grab and go experience, Ēma; a Mediterranean and California-inspired restaurant with Top Chef CJ Jacobson, Aba; the sister restaurant to Ēma, featuring a 400-seat restaurant and rooftop patio, The Dalcy; LEYE’s private event hall in Fulton Market, and Bar Ramone; a wine bar featuring Spanish tapas. Marc’s passion lies in restaurant design, menu development, and team building. His restaurants and chefs have earned many accolades including a Michelin Bib Gourmand recognition as well as a spot on Chicago’s top restaurant lists from Zagat, Eater and the Chicago Tribune. Marc sits on Lettuce Entertain You’s Executive Board, is an Advisory Council member and the Executive in Residence at DePaul’s School of Hospitality Leadership, often speaks on restaurant panels and seminars, and enjoys giving back to the restaurant and hospitality industry in Chicago. Marc enjoys spending time with his wife Vanessa and their three children, Samantha, Alexandra and Gabriel, visiting new restaurants, and traveling.

Doug Psaltis

Chef/Partner

Chef Doug Psaltis has worked in some of the world’s most prestigious kitchens with the industry’s most lauded chefs, having earned three stars from The New York Times and a Michelin star while running the kitchen at Country restaurant in New York City. Today, he is part of the nationally renowne... [read more]

d Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises (LEYE) and serves as Chef/Partner of some of the company’s newest ventures—RPM Italian and RPM Steak—in conjunction with celebrity couple Bill and Giuliana Rancic and R.J., Jerrod and Molly Melman. He has also partnered with the Melman siblings to open some of Chicago’s most sought-after restaurants including BBQ and country music spot, Bub City; the tiki-inspired underground lounge, Three Dots and a Dash; lively neighborhood noodle shop, Ramen-san; joint restaurant and music-and-events space, Bub City & Joe’s Live, in Rosemont, Illinois; the expansion of RPM Italian to Washington, D.C.; the classic-meets-contemporary Booth One in the Ambassador Chicago; the “not-your-typical” sushi joint, Sushi-san; and most recently Bar Ramone, a wine bar featuring the heart and soul of Spanish tapas in River North. Psaltis and his partners also host each summer the nation’s premier country music and BBQ festival, Windy City Smokeout. The team has several upcoming projects in the works including RPM On The Water, slated for 2019 on the Chicago riverfront.

Chef Doug Psaltis has worked in some of the world’s most prestigious kitchens with the industry’s most lauded chefs, having earned three stars from The New York Times and a Michelin star while running the kitchen at Country restaurant in New York City. Today, he is part of the nationally renowned Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises (LEYE) and serves as Chef/Partner of some of the company’s newest ventures—RPM Italian and RPM Steak—in conjunction with celebrity couple Bill and Giuliana Rancic and R.J., Jerrod and Molly Melman. He has also partnered with the Melman siblings to open some of Chicago’s most sought-after restaurants including BBQ and country music spot, Bub City; the tiki-inspired underground lounge, Three Dots and a Dash; lively neighborhood noodle shop, Ramen-san; joint restaurant and music-and-events space, Bub City & Joe’s Live, in Rosemont, Illinois; the expansion of RPM Italian to Washington, D.C.; the classic-meets-contemporary Booth One in the Ambassador Chicago; the “not-your-typical” sushi joint, Sushi-san; and most recently Bar Ramone, a wine bar featuring the heart and soul of Spanish tapas in River North. Psaltis and his partners also host each summer the nation’s premier country music and BBQ festival, Windy City Smokeout. The team has several upcoming projects in the works including RPM On The Water, slated for 2019 on the Chicago riverfront.

Hisanobu Osaka

Chef/Partner

Chef Hisanobu Osaka, a native from Japan, started his culinary journey after graduating from Tsuji Culinary School in Osaka—Japan’s most famous culinary school. Chef Osaka has been working in the culinary industry for more than 30 years focusing on both Japanese and French cuisine. In 2002, ... [read more]

Chef Osaka joined Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto to work as a sous chef for his restaurants in Philadelphia and New York. Chef Osaka was able to influence menu development as well as further master his craft. In 2009, he went on to work with Chef Daniel Boulud at Café Boulud and Daniel in New York (where Daniel won three Michelin stars in 2010) before returning to Chef Morimoto’s team as a corporate chef where he assisted with training and menu development at Morimoto Napa, Waikiki, Mexico, and Miami. Chef Osaka was also part of the opening team for Chef Morimoto’s Canvas in New York as well as his restaurant in Chicago. Shortly after his arrival in Chicago, Chef Osaka joined Lettuce Entertain You as a corporate chef and served as the visiting chef of Intro from November 2016 – January 2017. Currently, Chef Osaka works alongside chefs in the Lettuce Entertain You test kitchen assisting in menu development for new concepts and existing brands including for Naoki Sushi, Wow Bao, Aba, Booth One and more. Chef Osaka opened Lettuce Entertain You’s first wine bar, Bar Ramone.

Chef Hisanobu Osaka, a native from Japan, started his culinary journey after graduating from Tsuji Culinary School in Osaka—Japan’s most famous culinary school. Chef Osaka has been working in the culinary industry for more than 30 years focusing on both Japanese and French cuisine. In 2002, Chef Osaka joined Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto to work as a sous chef for his restaurants in Philadelphia and New York. Chef Osaka was able to influence menu development as well as further master his craft. In 2009, he went on to work with Chef Daniel Boulud at Café Boulud and Daniel in New York (where Daniel won three Michelin stars in 2010) before returning to Chef Morimoto’s team as a corporate chef where he assisted with training and menu development at Morimoto Napa, Waikiki, Mexico, and Miami. Chef Osaka was also part of the opening team for Chef Morimoto’s Canvas in New York as well as his restaurant in Chicago. Shortly after his arrival in Chicago, Chef Osaka joined Lettuce Entertain You as a corporate chef and served as the visiting chef of Intro from November 2016 – January 2017. Currently, Chef Osaka works alongside chefs in the Lettuce Entertain You test kitchen assisting in menu development for new concepts and existing brands including for Naoki Sushi, Wow Bao, Aba, Booth One and more. Chef Osaka opened Lettuce Entertain You’s first wine bar, Bar Ramone.

Richard Hanhauer

Associate Partner

Richard Hanauer began his wine studies around the family dinner table before eventually making it his career. He studied Hospitality at Syracuse University, worked in restaurants in Chicago’s West Loop, and in 2008 he joined Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises as a sommelier. In 2013, Hanauer joined... [read more]

the RPM Restaurants team as Wine Director, where he continues to oversee the beverage programs for RPM Italian and RPM Steak in Chicago, along with RPM Italian in Washington, D.C. In 2018, Hanauer opened the Spanish-inspired wine bar, Bar Ramone, where he is a partner. Hanauer started his wine career working as the sommelier at 160Blue and as a fine wine expert for Levy Restaurants. His career in wine truly came to fruition in 2008 when he was named sommelier of Tru Restaurant in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood at the age of 25—the youngest person to ever hold that title at Tru. After having worked there for three years and obtaining his Advanced Certificate from the Court of Master Sommeliers, Hanauer joined L2O restaurant as Wine Director. There, he began crafting one of the world’s finest white wine and champagne menus. In 2013, he joined the RPM Italian team, and soon after began planning the cellars of forthcoming sister restaurant, RPM Steak. Today, he serves as Wine Director for the RPM Restaurants and other projects within Lettuce Entertain You.   During his time at Tru, the restaurant received a James Beard Foundation Award for best service in the country and a Grand Cru Award for its wine list, which is the highest attainable distinction from Wine Spectator magazine. While at L2O, the restaurant received its prestigious third Michelin star; simultaneously Zagat named Hanauer a “30 under 30”. After opening RPM Steak, Hanauer was named “Sommelier of the Year” by Food & Wine magazine in 2015. Since then, all three RPM restaurants have received Wine Spectator’s “Best of” Awards of Excellence as well as three out of three stars from the World of Fine Wine magazine’s awards. Hanauer currently lives in Chicago (and has no plans of changing that) with his wife, Kristen, and pup, Porcini. His greatest pride is the sommeliers with whom he gets to work alongside as well as the fact that he can be at the RPM Restaurants in Chicago while studying for his Master Sommelier diploma.

Richard Hanauer began his wine studies around the family dinner table before eventually making it his career. He studied Hospitality at Syracuse University, worked in restaurants in Chicago’s West Loop, and in 2008 he joined Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises as a sommelier. In 2013, Hanauer joined the RPM Restaurants team as Wine Director, where he continues to oversee the beverage programs for RPM Italian and RPM Steak in Chicago, along with RPM Italian in Washington, D.C. In 2018, Hanauer opened the Spanish-inspired wine bar, Bar Ramone, where he is a partner. Hanauer started his wine career working as the sommelier at 160Blue and as a fine wine expert for Levy Restaurants. His career in wine truly came to fruition in 2008 when he was named sommelier of Tru Restaurant in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood at the age of 25—the youngest person to ever hold that title at Tru. After having worked there for three years and obtaining his Advanced Certificate from the Court of Master Sommeliers, Hanauer joined L2O restaurant as Wine Director. There, he began crafting one of the world’s finest white wine and champagne menus. In 2013, he joined the RPM Italian team, and soon after began planning the cellars of forthcoming sister restaurant, RPM Steak. Today, he serves as Wine Director for the RPM Restaurants and other projects within Lettuce Entertain You.   During his time at Tru, the restaurant received a James Beard Foundation Award for best service in the country and a Grand Cru Award for its wine list, which is the highest attainable distinction from Wine Spectator magazine. While at L2O, the restaurant received its prestigious third Michelin star; simultaneously Zagat named Hanauer a “30 under 30”. After opening RPM Steak, Hanauer was named “Sommelier of the Year” by Food & Wine magazine in 2015. Since then, all three RPM restaurants have received Wine Spectator’s “Best of” Awards of Excellence as well as three out of three stars from the World of Fine Wine magazine’s awards. Hanauer currently lives in Chicago (and has no plans of changing that) with his wife, Kristen, and pup, Porcini. His greatest pride is the sommeliers with whom he gets to work alongside as well as the fact that he can be at the RPM Restaurants in Chicago while studying for his Master Sommelier diploma.

John Economos

Partner

John Economos first began his restaurant career with Lettuce Entertain You in 2006 at Di Pescara in Northbrook, IL. Since then, he has gained experience at a number of restaurants within LEYE’s portfolio, including Petterinos, Foodlife, Foodease, Beatrix, Beatrix Market and Bar Ramone. In 2... [read more]

013, John joined the opening management team at Beatrix River North. He was instrumental in the development of the restaurant’s coffee and music programs and also worked with mixologists to create the fresh-squeezed juice cocktail menu. In 2015, John was promoted to General Manager and led the opening team of Beatrix Streeterville. He helped create the first Beatrix Market, a quick grab and go experience, while also continuing to drive the beverage culture for the Beatrix brand. John is now an Associate Partner, and most recently assisted with the opening of LEYE's first wine bar, Bar Ramone, located in the River North neighborhood of Chicago.   When John is not in the restaurants, he enjoys going to concerts and spending time with his wife, Jenny and their son, George.

John Economos first began his restaurant career with Lettuce Entertain You in 2006 at Di Pescara in Northbrook, IL. Since then, he has gained experience at a number of restaurants within LEYE’s portfolio, including Petterinos, Foodlife, Foodease, Beatrix, Beatrix Market and Bar Ramone. In 2013, John joined the opening management team at Beatrix River North. He was instrumental in the development of the restaurant’s coffee and music programs and also worked with mixologists to create the fresh-squeezed juice cocktail menu. In 2015, John was promoted to General Manager and led the opening team of Beatrix Streeterville. He helped create the first Beatrix Market, a quick grab and go experience, while also continuing to drive the beverage culture for the Beatrix brand. John is now an Associate Partner, and most recently assisted with the opening of LEYE's first wine bar, Bar Ramone, located in the River North neighborhood of Chicago.   When John is not in the restaurants, he enjoys going to concerts and spending time with his wife, Jenny and their son, George.

Alex Trim

Chef

Alex Trim grew up with his family and grandparents in Northaw, a tiny village just north of London. His love for cooking starting at a young age as he spent most of his childhood immersed in the food and hospitality industry. When he was fifteen, he moved to Asheville, North Carolina and continued t... [read more]

o pursue his passion for cooking by working part time jobs. Realizing he wanted to make this a full time career, Alex moved to Delray Beach, Florida at the age of eighteen and worked as a Sous Chef for The Office. After gaining more knowledge and experience, Alex moved to Naples, where he became the Sous Chef for Chops City Grill. After spending some time in Florida, Alex decided to move to Chicago in 2015, where he continued to work in the restaurant industry. He joined Lettuce Entertain You as a line cook for TRU and was promoted as Sous Chef within a year. When TRU closed it's doors, Alex helped with the opening of Sushi San in December 2017. When working, Alex enjoys teaching young and ambitious cooks everything he knows, and in return loves learning from them.  In his free time, Alex enjoys searching for new and exciting places to eat in Chicago.

Alex Trim grew up with his family and grandparents in Northaw, a tiny village just north of London. His love for cooking starting at a young age as he spent most of his childhood immersed in the food and hospitality industry. When he was fifteen, he moved to Asheville, North Carolina and continued to pursue his passion for cooking by working part time jobs. Realizing he wanted to make this a full time career, Alex moved to Delray Beach, Florida at the age of eighteen and worked as a Sous Chef for The Office. After gaining more knowledge and experience, Alex moved to Naples, where he became the Sous Chef for Chops City Grill. After spending some time in Florida, Alex decided to move to Chicago in 2015, where he continued to work in the restaurant industry. He joined Lettuce Entertain You as a line cook for TRU and was promoted as Sous Chef within a year. When TRU closed it's doors, Alex helped with the opening of Sushi San in December 2017. When working, Alex enjoys teaching young and ambitious cooks everything he knows, and in return loves learning from them.  In his free time, Alex enjoys searching for new and exciting places to eat in Chicago.

Eric Howard

Manager

Born and raised in a small farm town in Southern Indiana, Eric Howard grew up in a family where food was the focus during family affairs and gatherings. Constantly surrounded by homemade recipes that had been handed down from generations of family cooks, his passion for the culinary world continued ... [read more]

to grow year after year. Eric’s first job at a restaurant was at the young age of 14 in a small country kitchen where he was a dishwasher and busser. Five years later, Eric put his restaurant experience on hold to attend Ball State University to study film and learn more about the hospitality industry. After graduating in 2009, he spent time in both Indianapolis and Chicago where he was a server, bartender and barista in various restaurants and bars. Six years later, Eric is thrilled to be a part of the Lettuce Entertain You family and having been a manager at Beatrix in River North, and most recently joined the team to manage at Bar Ramone. His favorite part of the job is working with a staff that shares his passion for serving others while also being influenced by their hard work each and every day. In his free time, Eric enjoys listening to great jazz music, brewing beer and experiencing the large local food scene that Chicago has to offer with his friends and family.

Born and raised in a small farm town in Southern Indiana, Eric Howard grew up in a family where food was the focus during family affairs and gatherings. Constantly surrounded by homemade recipes that had been handed down from generations of family cooks, his passion for the culinary world continued to grow year after year. Eric’s first job at a restaurant was at the young age of 14 in a small country kitchen where he was a dishwasher and busser. Five years later, Eric put his restaurant experience on hold to attend Ball State University to study film and learn more about the hospitality industry. After graduating in 2009, he spent time in both Indianapolis and Chicago where he was a server, bartender and barista in various restaurants and bars. Six years later, Eric is thrilled to be a part of the Lettuce Entertain You family and having been a manager at Beatrix in River North, and most recently joined the team to manage at Bar Ramone. His favorite part of the job is working with a staff that shares his passion for serving others while also being influenced by their hard work each and every day. In his free time, Eric enjoys listening to great jazz music, brewing beer and experiencing the large local food scene that Chicago has to offer with his friends and family.

Alec Moran

Manager

Alec Moran was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio where he was exposed to the restaurant industry at a young age. He went on to attend DePaul University in Chicago to pursue a degree in English, and graduated in 2013. Shortly after graduation, Alec went back to his roots of his love for restaurants ... [read more]

and hospitality, and joined the team at the notorious Pump Room where he remained for three years. In 2017, Alec joined the Lettuce Entertain You family when he entered the management internship program. In November 2018, Alec joined Bar Ramone, a wine bar with Spanish tapas in River North, as a Manager. His favorite part of the job is caring for the guest and ensuring their visit is special and memorable. When he’s not in the restaurant, Alec enjoys reading, writing short stories and walking his dog, Kanga.

Alec Moran was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio where he was exposed to the restaurant industry at a young age. He went on to attend DePaul University in Chicago to pursue a degree in English, and graduated in 2013. Shortly after graduation, Alec went back to his roots of his love for restaurants and hospitality, and joined the team at the notorious Pump Room where he remained for three years. In 2017, Alec joined the Lettuce Entertain You family when he entered the management internship program. In November 2018, Alec joined Bar Ramone, a wine bar with Spanish tapas in River North, as a Manager. His favorite part of the job is caring for the guest and ensuring their visit is special and memorable. When he’s not in the restaurant, Alec enjoys reading, writing short stories and walking his dog, Kanga.

Kristin Francesco

Sommelier

Kristin grew up in Park Ridge, a northwest suburb bordering Chicago. She got her start in the hospitality industry during high school, when she was a server at a local retirement center. Kristin attended Loyola University in Chicago to pursue special education, but continued to gain experience as a ... [read more]

Server in various sport bars, cocktail lounges, and restaurants around campus. She graduated in 2012, and went on to complete her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2014. Kristin quickly recognized her growing admiration for the food and beverage industry, and since her classroom days were officially over, she pursued travel that educated her in breweries, wineries and restaurants. After visiting Paris and Burgundy in Spring 2017, she determined that her passion for wine was more than just an interest - it was the beginning of a career. In December 2017, Kristin joined Lettuce Entertain You as a Cellar Assistant at RPM Steak in Chicago. Five months later, she joined the RPM Italian team as a Server where she continued to perfect her wine knowledge and expertise. In July 2019, Kristin joined Bar Ramone, a wine bar serving Spanish tapas, as the Sommelier. “I love hearing about what types of wine guests are interested in and seeing what wines will give them the best dining experience,” explains Kristin. “It’s an absolute pleasure to be working with a staff that is passionate about wine and witness the ability wine has to bring people together.” In her free time, Kristin loves to travel, cook, read, spend time with family and friends, and of course continue learning all about wine!

Kristin grew up in Park Ridge, a northwest suburb bordering Chicago. She got her start in the hospitality industry during high school, when she was a server at a local retirement center. Kristin attended Loyola University in Chicago to pursue special education, but continued to gain experience as a Server in various sport bars, cocktail lounges, and restaurants around campus. She graduated in 2012, and went on to complete her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2014. Kristin quickly recognized her growing admiration for the food and beverage industry, and since her classroom days were officially over, she pursued travel that educated her in breweries, wineries and restaurants. After visiting Paris and Burgundy in Spring 2017, she determined that her passion for wine was more than just an interest - it was the beginning of a career. In December 2017, Kristin joined Lettuce Entertain You as a Cellar Assistant at RPM Steak in Chicago. Five months later, she joined the RPM Italian team as a Server where she continued to perfect her wine knowledge and expertise. In July 2019, Kristin joined Bar Ramone, a wine bar serving Spanish tapas, as the Sommelier. “I love hearing about what types of wine guests are interested in and seeing what wines will give them the best dining experience,” explains Kristin. “It’s an absolute pleasure to be working with a staff that is passionate about wine and witness the ability wine has to bring people together.” In her free time, Kristin loves to travel, cook, read, spend time with family and friends, and of course continue learning all about wine!

Sharlene Hobbs

Divisional Training Director

Sharlene Hobbs grew up in southern California, and went to school in both Santa Barbara and San Diego with a focus on becoming a teacher. Upon graduation, Sharlene realized her true passion was in the restaurant industry, and joined the team at Rock Bottom Brewery in 2000. Seven years later, Sharlen... [read more]

e moved to Chicago to be the Assistant Manager at Rock Bottom in the Windy City. In 2009, Sharlene joined the Lettuce Entertain You Family as a server at RJ Grunts in Lincoln Park. Just one year later, she was promoted to a Divisional Trainer for various concepts including Foodlife, Mity Nice Bar & Grill, Foodease, Scoozi, Beatrix and Ema. Now, Sharlene is the Divisional Training Director for ten restaurant concepts and is vital in new restaurant openings, staff seminars and outings, and the on-going development of current employees. With a true love for building the training department as the division continues to grow, her favorite part of the job is working with new team members, and being the first impression of a company she is so proud to be a part of. When Sharlene is not in the restaurant, she enjoys reading, trying new restaurants, traveling, visiting her family, and spending time with friends.

Sharlene Hobbs grew up in southern California, and went to school in both Santa Barbara and San Diego with a focus on becoming a teacher. Upon graduation, Sharlene realized her true passion was in the restaurant industry, and joined the team at Rock Bottom Brewery in 2000. Seven years later, Sharlene moved to Chicago to be the Assistant Manager at Rock Bottom in the Windy City. In 2009, Sharlene joined the Lettuce Entertain You Family as a server at RJ Grunts in Lincoln Park. Just one year later, she was promoted to a Divisional Trainer for various concepts including Foodlife, Mity Nice Bar & Grill, Foodease, Scoozi, Beatrix and Ema. Now, Sharlene is the Divisional Training Director for ten restaurant concepts and is vital in new restaurant openings, staff seminars and outings, and the on-going development of current employees. With a true love for building the training department as the division continues to grow, her favorite part of the job is working with new team members, and being the first impression of a company she is so proud to be a part of. When Sharlene is not in the restaurant, she enjoys reading, trying new restaurants, traveling, visiting her family, and spending time with friends.

Cara Yaffe

Director of Marketing & Communications

Growing up in Long Grove, Illinois, Cara has always had a passion for food, writing, and technology, and knew she wanted to pursue a career one day that would entail all of those elements. Graduating in 2012 from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN., with a degree in Journalism and Business, she b... [read more]

egan her PR and marketing journey at a Chicago public relations agency focusing on restaurants and local businesses. Realizing that her true passion and excitement was in restaurants, while also ready for more growth and opportunity, Cara joined the Lettuce Entertain You family in the summer of 2015. Now, Cara proudly oversees the marketing and public relations for Aba, Antico Posto, Bar Ramone, Beatrix, Beatrix Market, Ēma, Rotisserie Ēma, Foodlife, Foodease, L. Woods, Mity Nice Bar & Grill, and The Dalcy. Her favorite part of the job is how every day is different, as well as having the opportunity to express her creativity across multiple different brands that she truly believes in. In her free time, Cara loves checking out new restaurants around the city, traveling, going to concerts, and spending time with family and friends.

Growing up in Long Grove, Illinois, Cara has always had a passion for food, writing, and technology, and knew she wanted to pursue a career one day that would entail all of those elements. Graduating in 2012 from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN., with a degree in Journalism and Business, she began her PR and marketing journey at a Chicago public relations agency focusing on restaurants and local businesses. Realizing that her true passion and excitement was in restaurants, while also ready for more growth and opportunity, Cara joined the Lettuce Entertain You family in the summer of 2015. Now, Cara proudly oversees the marketing and public relations for Aba, Antico Posto, Bar Ramone, Beatrix, Beatrix Market, Ēma, Rotisserie Ēma, Foodlife, Foodease, L. Woods, Mity Nice Bar & Grill, and The Dalcy. Her favorite part of the job is how every day is different, as well as having the opportunity to express her creativity across multiple different brands that she truly believes in. In her free time, Cara loves checking out new restaurants around the city, traveling, going to concerts, and spending time with family and friends.