COCONUT GROVE – Two giants of the South Florida catering and restaurant scene, Bill Hansen and Dewey LoSasso, have teamed up to solidify Bill Hansen Luxury Catering and Event Production’s position as the leading special event planning firm in the area (www.BillHansenCatering.com).
With the addition of world-renowned executive chef Dewey LoSasso, the 35-year-old firm has clearly become the “go to” organization for those seeking Hansen’s flawless event production execution and LoSasso’s world-class culinary creations.
“It is a distinct pleasure to welcome Dewey to our team,” said Hansen, CEO and founder of Bill Hansen Luxury Catering and Event Production. “His expertise as the executive chef for celebrities and several of the most prestigious restaurants in the country will allow us to bring the finest food and dining experiences to those seeking outstanding and custom-created menus to highlight their special days, which include weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, and corporate events.”
LoSasso’s career is a virtual “who’s who” of restaurants and luminaries, and this step will demonstrate his creativity and energy, as Hansen continues to dominate the event planning industry at more than 100 exclusive and preferred venues, spanning from Palm Beach County to The Keys.
“Bill and I have known each other for years, and we have always danced around with the possibility of teaming up,” said LoSasso. “The time just seems right and I look forward to working closely with him and his outstanding staff of event planners. With so many unique venues it will be exciting to create custom menus for those seeking the ‘oh wow’ experience for their once-in-a-lifetime special event.”
LoSasso has clearly become one of the country’s top innovative celebrity chefs, having transformed numerous restaurants in New York City and along the trendy Biscayne Corridor. He has served as Donatella Versace’s personal chef and has delighted patrons of several of Miami’s leading restaurants, including The Forge Restaurant/Wine Bar, Schnebly Winery and Miami Brewing Company, LaTour, Pavillon Grille, The Private Foundlings Club, North One 10 and Tuscan Steak, to name a few. LoSasso was also the executive chef for the Lipton Tennis Tournament, now the Miami Open. While in New York, he brought the Hudson Hotel back to dining prominence. During his four-year tenure at The Forge, LoSasso led the rebirth of the iconic restaurant, creating modernized interpretations of classic dishes from the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s, emphasizing farm-to-table and ocean-to-table ingredients. His “Coffee, Steak and Eggs Dish” was selected by Esquire Magazine as one of the Top Dishes in the country.
“Whether it’s with a restaurant, hotel or a special event, I always like to think small on a large scale,” said LoSasso about his ability to custom-design a menu. “I’m always changing my menus based on the inspiration from a customer or a signature seasonal item. The key is to having that one-to-one relationship with the client.”
LoSasso says that one of his keys to his success is drawing out information from his clients.
“Frequently, I’ll ask them their likes and dislikes,” he said. “It’s important to identify their comfort foods as a way to customize a menu. No detail is too small.”
This skill has been particularly important in creating dining experiences for the likes of Ron Wood, Bill Clinton, “The Rock” Dwayne Johnson, Gloria Estefan, Joan Jett, Al Pacino among others. He has made appearances on the Food Network’s Chopped, South Florida Today Show, “the Chefs Challenge” TV Segment with CBS (Florida Emmy Award winning) and various other shows.
“Having Dewey on our staff brings so much to an already stellar team,” said Hansen. “We’re looking forward to a long relationship that will bring outstanding value to clients seeking creative and unique venues and the finest food South Florida has to offer.”
About Bill Hansen Luxury Catering & Events Production
Bill Hansen founded Bill Hansen Luxury Catering and Event Production in 1980, under the name Bills’ Catering. Working out of The Miami Club, downtown Miami’s premier city club, he took Miami by storm and became a major player in the upscale catering arena. In 1983, he discovered Villa Woodbine, a historic mansion in Coconut Grove, which, today, is one of Miami’s most sought-after weddings venues.
For the past 35 years, Bill Hansen Luxury Catering and Event Production has paired with South Florida’s finest venues and vendors to cater and produce luxury events for hundreds of Fortune 500 firms, thousands of bridal couples and the who’s who of the celebrity world, offering its clients a wide variety of unique venues, along with innovative catering, event planning, décor, and flawless execution.
In addition to Villa Woodbine, Hansen offers other exclusive venues including Samsara, Largo a private sanctuary and Park Place. Bill Hansen Luxury Catering and Event Production was recently voted “Caterer of the Year” in 2015 by Bizbash readers and colleagues. The firm was also named the “2016 Business of the Year” by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.