Nothing happens without teamwork, and we’re very proud of the group that we’ve assembled.
Superpower – At this point, staying out of the way.
Leland wrote his first business plan for a restaurant when he was in the 10th grade. As you might imagine, it was a terrible idea and it’s a blessing that he didn’t have the means to execute it or the half-dozen or so that followed it. He developed whatever skill set he might possess in luxury hotels and fine dining restaurants around the country, writing and contributing to a few cookbooks along the way.
Sinplicity Catering was a serendipitous accident created with the talented people that Mr. Atkinson was fortunate enough to surround himself with. Some of them are listed on this page and many more are still here making the magic happen every day.
Earliest food memory: “Hand-cranking peach ice cream on my grandmother’s porch. The milk, cream and fruit all came from not too many steps away on the long-gone family farm. As a child of the electric can opener generation, this was my first realization that things could be so much better if you made them yourself. I thought my arm was going to fall off but I’ll never forget the taste of it. My first ‘close your eyes and savor moment’.”
Lisa Anthony – Operations Director
Superpower – Ability to remember everything about everyone.
We all rely on Lisa’s experience, expertise and common sense to guide us through the weeds. Everyone here counts on her to keep us from doing something silly and on some days, we make that an impossible challenge. She began her foodservice career as a pastry chef and the organizational skills and precision that that position requires translate perfectly to our sometimes organization-averse group.
As one of our most tenured employees, Lisa’s seen it all and has been critical to our success. We miss the days when she split time with the kitchen while developing some of our best recipes.
Favorite Childhood Food Memory: “Grandma and Grandpa’s Fresh Coconut Cake. It was a team effort. Grandma started on the cake and my Grandpa would painstakingly shave fresh coconut for this massive showstopper cake. It was a true labor of love and everyone felt so special to be the recipient of this amazing treat. She never wrote anything down and I am still trying to recreate those recipes today! I likely went into pastry because of my love for my Grandma’s baking.”
David Burger –Executive Chef
Superpowers: Culinary Wizardry. Ability to cost any recipe in 12.3 seconds.
David’s done a great job of bringing order to the chaos of our kitchen. In addition to being a talented cook, he remains calm and steady in the eye of the culinary tornado. Coming in as early as 2 AM, he makes sure that our standards remain high and that everything’s ready on time. As the man says, with a name like Burger, a career in the kitchen was inevitable.
The Chef honed his catering & culinary crafts at Amphora Catering, Air Culinaire, and Shawn’s Smokehouse BBQ before joining us in June of 2018.
Earliest food memory: “I think like most people my earliest ones revolve around family and the Holidays. I remember from a very early age my grandmother, mom and her 5 sisters all getting together every New Year’s Eve to make egg noodles. They carry on this tradition every year, and it has now grown to include their grown-up children and grandchildren.”
Natalie Collins – Assistant Operations Director
Superpowers: Champion-level kindness. Catching mistakes barehanded.
Without Natalie, we wouldn’t be able to achieve the high levels of customer satisfaction that we currently enjoy. She has an intuitive gift for knowing when what we wrote isn’t really what we meant. While she’s great at taking care of clients and planning events, she truly shines in finding better ways to do things. Ms. Collins is helping us leap into the 90’s by revamping our systems and streamlining the operation.
Like several of our team members, Natalie started out in the kitchen. After graduating from L’Academie de Cuisine, she worked at Grapeseed Wine Bar in Bethesda among other fun local restaurants. She finally came to her senses and joined us in September of 2016.
Favorite food memory: “My mom would make me a grilled cheese sandwich every day when I got home from kindergarten and I would fill her in on the details of my day while I ate it. I loved grilled cheese and I loved spending time with my mom. I still love both!”
Nicolina Fischetti –Sales & Event Manager
Superpower – Connecting at first contact.
We’re very lucky to have Nicolina as the newest member of our team. She came on board to help us through the holiday season and has been here ever since. Her ability to plan meticulously, comfort clients and make all of the many details come together on time without a hitch have made her a valuable asset in a short period of time.
Ms. Fischetti honed her craft as a chef and event planner at Food4Thought Caterers and then perfected her own brand of customer engagement and sales at the Bevill Conference Center in Huntsville, AL.
“One of my earliest food memories was my Mother making sauce on Sundays. I would help her mix meatballs and she would always let us try one before she put them in the sauce. She always told me I wouldn’t eat my vegetables unless she covered them in her tomato sauce. I loved it so much that I learned how to make it, and it’s still a staple in my kitchen to this day.”
Rachel Kronlein –Catering Coordinator
Superpower – Task Juggler Extraordinaire!
The lady plans events, takes great care of customers and manages a million details a day. While we value everything she does, we’re especially grateful for the creation of the custom table tents for almost every event. Communicating ingredient information has become a hallmark of the Sinplicity experience, and Rachel’s the one that makes it all real.
It was a love of baking that drew Rachel to foodservice. Making yummy treats took on new challenges when her dad developed celiac disease. Going gluten-free herself has helped her to better relate to the challenges. She’s even toying with the idea of opening her own gluten-free bakery.
“After long days of swimming or fishing at the lake we’d gather around a bonfire at sunset to make s’mores. The kids would collect sticks and do the roasting and Nana would help us squish everything together. After making a competition out of how many we could eat, we would be totally covered in chocolatey goo and our parents would tell us to go jump in the lake. I wish I could have s’more of those days again!”
Bibas Pant – Catering Coordinator
Superpower – Ability to completely train himself.
Bibas joined us as a delivery driver early in 2017. That time in the trenches setting up events and putting out figurative fires provided quite an education. Learning how the kitchen, delivery and office teams work together has given him great insight into how to take care of our clients. Taking over the coordinator position has allowed him to use his strong customer service instincts in far more effective ways.
Whether he’s taking orders over the phone or rushing a forgotten salad into the District, he’s always willing & happy to do whatever the situation demands.
“My earliest memory of something delicious: When I was 5 years old, my mom made “Kheer” (Nepalese rice pudding) on a clay pot over a wood-stove in my village Dailekh, Nepal. It was the most delicious dessert I have ever had and is still my absolute favorite treat.”