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As a Massachusetts native, seafood is part of Chef Steven Richard’s DNA. Some of Richard’s earliest memories involve driving around New England with his grandfather and trying out different lobster rolls together at all kinds of places, from eateries located on the side-of-the-road to upscale restaurants. His grandfather’s love of seafood and of cooking for friends and family were both contagious.
Once in college at Northeastern University, Richard often found himself cooking for his roommates at any opportunity he could. After graduating and embarking on a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry, Richard decided to change course and follow his passion for cooking.
In the late 1990’s, Richard moved to Florida and started his journey to becoming a chef. He began at Wolfgang Puck Grand Café as a pantry chef and worked there part-time while taking every culinary class available at Valencia College. For the next seven years, he quickly worked his way through the ranks and became an Executive Sous Chef. In 2007, Richard was named Executive Chef for Portobello Yacht Club. While there, Richard worked closely with James Beard Award-winning Chef Tony Mantuano on the transformation of the restaurant into Portobello Country Italian Trattoria. Richard was named regional chef for Levy Restaurants in 2011 and is excited to bring his talents to Paddlefish.
Marian Ream handles private events and group sales for Levy Restaurants’ Orlando properties located at Disney Springs: Paddlefish, and Terralina Crafted Italian. Ream has been with the Chicago-based restaurant and foodservice company for more than 23 years and has experience handling events of all sizes, from 20 people to 1200. Her approach to working seamlessly with her guests and the team to make sure each event is unique and special has earned her three Levy Legends, which are awarded to employees who go above and beyond their job responsibilities.
Prior to joining Levy Restaurants, the Pennsylvania native worked as a food and beverage manager for restaurants at Walt Disney World. When she made the move to Levy in 1993, she managed the sales department for Fireworks Factory, Portobello Yacht Club, Wildhorse Saloon and Fulton’s Crab House. Currently, she plans private and group events for Paddlefish and Terralina Crafted Italian.
Ream is an active member of Meeting Professionals International (MPI), Visit Orlando, Experience Kissimmee, Party Partners of Orlando, The Private Dining Collection and the Walt Disney World Participant Association.
Kate Naumann handles private events and group sales as Senior Sales Manager for Levy Restaurants’ Disney Springs properties: Paddlefish and Terralina Crafted Italian. Naumann’s previous experience includes coordinating large, high-profile events during major sports industry championships and tournaments such as Super Bowl LI, the Men’s US Open and the NBA All-Star Weekend. During her trip to the Super Bowl, Nauman served as event manager at an off-site event that served more than 50,000 people in just four days.
“My first job when I was 13 was working at a restaurant, and I’ve been hooked ever since,” said Naumann. “Working my way up in the industry throughout my teenage and college years has given me a well-rounded understanding of the operations and the business side of restaurants. I’m so thrilled to continue growing in my career at one of the most prestigious restaurant groups in the country.”
The University of Central Florida graduate most recently served as Events Sales Manager for The ONE Group’s STK Orlando, which is also located at Disney Springs.