Brendan Bloom was about 5 when it all began. After leaving for Colby College with a vow to never return to the family business, Brendan graduated and traveled the world for a few years after, landing in San Francisco for five years. Upon his return to the east, he found himself catering, and working for Whole Foods. When we made a decision to open the Café, Bren broke his vow and returned to La Cuisine in late 2006. As of 2014, when Ben Bloom retired, Brendan took over to lead the company. Outside of work, Brendan loves to surf, do triathlons and spend time with his wife, Christina, and their two young sons.
Luis Salinas is our talented Executive Chef. He oversees food production for both the Café and Market as well as La Cuisine’s custom catering business. Luis came to the States from Ecuador in 1999, where he was living and working on his parent’s cattle ranch. After several years of fast paced breakfast and lunch line cooking, Luis decided to broaden his horizons into fine dining. He worked under then Executive Chef Uli Weil at Elizabeth’s Café in Madison. In 2008 Luis joined the culinary team at La Cuisine team and was soon promoted to Sous Chef of the Café and Market, blending his line skills with a focus on made from scratch cooking using only the best ingredients. When the time came to find a new Executive Chef for the company we searched no further than Luis! His years of experience, amazing sense for flavors and ingredients, and his can do attitude make so much of what we do at La Cuisine possible.
Jennifer Newman, a Connecticut native, started her exploration of the kitchen as a child, devouring recipes and cookbooks with her mother and grandmother. When Jennifer got her first restaurant job at 16 as a hostess she was hooked. Always keeping one foot in the industry, she never imagined she would be back in the business full time after ten years as a purchasing agent with her family business. Jennifer was quickly reminded of her passion for the industry after joining La Cuisine’s catering department in 2008 and then moving on to General Manager of the Café and Market in 2011. She immediately fell in love with the La Cuisine mission of locally sourced foods, the freshest ingredients possible and the positive environment. She is enthusiastic and excited to be part of your dining experience.
Tirina Scott is the Catering Manager at La Cuisine and is responsible for all of the final coordination required to execute an amazing event. She communicates with multiple vendors to provide tents, rentals, china, and flatware and most importantly, once the job has commenced, Tirina orchestrates the flow of service to deliver an incredible guest experience. Tirina learned the catering business early by working with her mother who was a catering manager. During college and afterwards, Tirina worked for Sodexo in the catering department and then as the Operations Manager for Courtyard by Marriott. Through a series of family connections Tirina and her husband found their way to Branford, CT and we are so lucky that they did!
Micheal Bosco is La Cuisine’s most seasoned employee (pun intended). He joined our team almost 25 years ago and has literally done and seen it all. Micheal is a shining star of positivity and kindness, always ready with a quick “hello” or “what can I do to help.” Micheal is originally from Spring, Texas, and he moved to Connecticut in 1993. He started his career with La Cuisine at the Volvo Tennis Tournament and subsequently worked at many other events including the Staten Island Bike Race, the Yale Tercentennial, backstage for rock and roll shows in New York City at the Apollo Theater, Beacon Theater, Madison Square Garden, and in Central Park. Micheal’s role evolved into sales and event planning for La Cuisine in 2001 and he now works closely with brides to plan their weddings, as well as with members of the Yale community and local businesses. Micheal lives in North Branford with his wife Lauren. In his free time he enjoys collecting art, skiing, playing golf and traveling.
Tim McNamara has a passion for food, service and people and is no stranger to restaurant hospitality and event planning. His father has spent nearly 40 years in the business! Growing up, Tim was always intrigued by how restaurants work, how food truly warms the soul, and the overall process of providing a great experience. After graduating with a business management degree, Tim moved to New York and quickly became a successful restaurant manager in an upscale eatery. Tim eventually returned to the CT shoreline and worked as a manager for a prominent restaurant and hospitality company. In 2013, he took what he’d learned in food and management and joined La Cuisine as part of our sales and event planning team where he now works with his clients to create truly personalized events. Tim lives in Madison, CT with his wife Chelsea and 3 year old son Camden. He enjoys eating out, the great outdoors, snowboarding, the beach, sports, and most of all, spending time with his family.
Tracy Jackson joined the La Cuisine family in 2010. For the 12 years prior to coming on board, Tracy had owned and operated coffeehouses/cafes in downtown New Haven under the names of Koffee?/Koffee too?/the Publick Cup. She brings with her a diverse knowledge of the food service industry along with her passion for success for both the business and the customer. In her current role, Tracy handles all of the internal finances and accounting for La Cuisine. You may also find her helping customers in the cafe, or out in the gardens along the parking lot, another one of her passions.
Alicia Reddy joined La Cuisine in 2014 as the Pastry Chef. Alicia’s passion for baking started early with an after school job decorating cakes, which are still her favorite item to bake. Some of the cakes she is most proud of include a seven layer tiered wedding cake and a painted graffiti cake. Alicia is a graduate of the Lincoln Culinary School with a degree in Pastry & Baking. As a Pastry Chef, a formative experience for Alicia was accompanying a Chef who was invited to cook at the James Beard House. She worked at a local grocery store and a catering company before joining the La Cuisine team. When not at work, she and her husband William are busy with their two active kids.
Christina Holmes and Brendan met at Colby College, traveled across Asia and explored northern California together before they were married in 2008. As the newest member of the La Cuisine team, Christina is focused on marketing and planning. Before joining the company, Christina led teams and managed marketing in various roles at LEGO, iProspect and The Princeton Review. Inspired by the mission of fresh, handcrafted and creative food and the committed and passionate La Cuisine team, Christina joined the business in 2016. Outside of work, she loves to travel, hike, run and spend time with Brendan and their two boys.
Photography & Design: We are so grateful to the artists who have helped us to create this site. Credits go to: Shauna McSherry at Aurora Images, Carolina Rivera at CWR photography, Lena Teveris at Tasteful Imagery, Marcie Maler at Maler Photography, and our graphic designer, Lindsay Luong.