Meet the Team

we love to serve

The heart of Belvedere Banquets is our team of amazing employees. We’re like a family, and we hope you feel at home when you work with us and you’re served by us for your event. We love making memories that will last a lifetime.


general manager

Doro has been in the food and beverage industry for 35 years. His exceptional general managing skills have been built from the ground up. His experience began as a server at the Fond de la Tour and he worked his way up to become General Manager at the Belvedere. First hand experience is what we find to be an exceptional quality in our employees and we hope you do too! Say “hello” to Doro; he will be sure to show you what a quality human being and hard worker he truly is!


Executive Chef

Executive Chef Alfredo Anaya was lured into the culinary world when his passion for this industry and for food was recognized at an early age. Alfredo went on to study the culinary arts at the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago, Le Cordon Bleu program where he learned to develop his own unique style and flair. He continued his career at exclusive restaurants and hotels such as Double Tree, Crowne Plaza, Chicago City Centre, Harry Carry’s, and Levy Restaurants just to mention a few.

Over the years, Alfredo worked under influential leaders of the culinary industry who helped shape his style and depth of knowledge. Alfredo’s culinary philosophy and passion reflect the growing trend towards a healthier and down-to-earth lifestyle. Working with neighboring farmers to seek out the finest in regional and local organic produce, is the essence of his cuisine. Alfredo’s preference is to allow the natural flavors of food to express themselves.

In addition to cooking, Alfredo’s passion is to develop younger chefs to discover their own talents in the same way that he was encouraged. Chef Alfredo believes whole-heartedly in staying active, continuously learning and always having fun.


Sales & Events Manager
Jodi is your gal! A coordinator for over 12 years and a detail orientated person for life. She graduated from Marquette University in Marketing and Management and continued on to the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago achieving a degree in Culinary Arts. She married Brian in 2014 and they have a cute little son, Jax and now Cooper! Her passion is planning events from start to finish. Culinary art is not only a part of her job but amongst other things her favorite thing to do in her free time. Growing up she loved to throw a great party and who knew that her passion would one day turn into a profession that she loves!


Event Coordinator
Cathy has been in the restaurant and hospitality industry for over 30 years and has been with the Belvedere since they broke ground in 2004. At the age of 18, she started as a server and has worked her way up to being an excellent event coordinator for us here at the Belvedere. She has been married for over 30 years, has three adult children, two granddaughters and three grandsons. She attended the University of Illinois at Chicago majoring in Liberal Arts Studies.  She has planned many spectacular events in her day and truly anticipates the opportunity to plan your next party. Whether it be a wedding, shower, corporate event, holiday party or wine tasting, she’s done it all!


Event Coordinator
Caroline has been an event coordinator at Belvedere since 2005. She attended Fordham University in New York City where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing. She then went on to receive her Master’s Degree at Loyola University in Chicago. Caroline held her wedding reception at the Belvedere in December 2008 and is happily married to her husband, Luke. They have a six year old son, Chase and 1 year old daughter, Eloise. Caroline began an invitation business, Posh Papetiere, in 2009 and works with brides and event planners alike to produce beautiful invitations, menus, table numbers and anything you might need for a party. Caroline loves to plan events and is eager to work with you on your special day.


Event Coordinator
Taylor is a highly motivated, detail oriented individual. Her passion for innovative design and love for people is what brought her to our Belvedere team in 2018. With over 5 years of working in the restaurant, wedding, and hospitality industry, she uses her trademark skills of problem solving, creativity and flexibility to ensure that every event is exceptional. Prior to joining Belvedere Events & Banquets full time, she served as a day of wedding coordinator around the Chicagoland area. This instilled the importance of genuinely connecting with people, attention to detail and excellent communication skills. With a bachelor’s degree in Communication, Art and Service Leadership, she holds herself to the highest standards of customer service and is consistently motivated to make sure her clients are happy.


Event Coordinator
Catherine has worked in the Events and Hospitality industry for over 10 years.
Originally from England, she began her career working onboard cruise ships and travelled the world. She continued into Hotel hospitality and onto working on some of the most prestigious wedding venues in the Uk and USA.

She has now settled into life on land in Illinois with her husband Eli and with Belvedere. Whether you want to plan a Corporate Meeting, Social Event or Dream Wedding, Catherine understands the intricate details of Event planning and strives to exceed your expectations at every level. She is confident the Belvedere team will deliver above and beyond your imagination and she looks forward to helping create memories which last forever.


Event Coordinator
Beauty and the Best, just like Belvedere Banquets! The most beautiful ambiance and the best celebration – these two qualities are the most important to Joanna here at Belvedere Events and Banquets.

Joanna graduated from the JD University of Fine Art and Communication in Czestochowa, Poland. She is dedicated to her client’s wedding plans and she knows how to use her knowledge and her expertise built over the years to make their planning journey and the day of the wedding memories cherished forever.

Joanna takes care of her every client with an open heart and the warmest smile. She loves her job and is always very excited to chat about your unique event plans. Welcome to Belvedere… Joanna is here to make your wedding day unforgettable!

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I couldn't have asked for a better place to have my wedding reception. Everything was beautiful, the food was fantastic and the service we received was outstanding!

Jamie P

When looking for a wedding venue, we hoped to find a formal venue within our budget, with good food, an open spacious floor plan, and hotel accommodations nearby. Belvedere Banquets had it all! We looked at only 3 venues and we knew Belvedere was it. We met with Jodi but encountered several other employees along the way and all were professional, personable, responsive and welcoming. The cocktail hour and space for cocktail hour was perfect. The grand ballroom was beautiful and had plenty of space for our guests. And the food was EXCELLENT! All of our guests have been raving about the food - a big ticket item on our checklist. I would highly recommend Belvedere Banquets!

Meagan K

I have nothing but fantastic things to say about the Belvedere and it's staff. We had our ceremony, cocktail hour and reception all at the Belvedere and everything turned out better than I could have ever imagined! We worked with Lorna and she was beyond amazing. Everyone was more an accommodating and I highly highly recommend the Belvedere to anyone and everyone!

Kaitlyn N

I couldn't have asked for a better place to have my wedding reception. Everything was beautiful, the food was fantastic and the service we received was outstanding!

Jamie P

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