chef

Chef

A personal note from Executive Chef Joe LaPorte:

“My life as a chef has encompassed a wide variety of countries, cultures, and cuisines. And an equally diverse range of dining styles, from exquisitely-prepared haute cuisine to luxurious catered events for thousands of guests. At Cescaphe, it is a privilege to apply that experience to being a part of making the dreams of every bride and groom come true. For us, a wedding is not just an event. It is a work of art in which all our skills, talents, and creativity come together in a joyous, never-to-be-forgotten celebration. And there’s nothing more gratifying than to hear our brides and grooms tell us that it was all they could have imagined—and more”.

Bon Appetit!

Favorite Aspect of Role

What I appreciate most is being a part of a team that sets the highest standards for itself—and continually strives to raise them ever higher. I love meeting the different challenges we face in our day-to-day operations. I’m inspired by the energy in the kitchen, the teamwork, and the creativity. We get to create something new every day, try different recipes, and apply unique techniques. Most of all, there’s the satisfaction of seeing our guests enjoy our creations and returning again to celebrate with us.

my team

My Team

The culinary team at Cescaphe is the best in the business. They are hard-working, experienced chefs and sous chefs who strive to go above and beyond to satisfy the culinary delights of brides, grooms, and their guests. The Cescaphe culinary team is always working to come up with fresh, seasonal food offerings along with learning (and creating) the latest food trends.

Recipe

What do our chefs love as much as creating great food? Sharing their fantastic recipes with you. Bon Appetit!

Learn More
testimonials

Can Do Crew

  1. REAL WEDDING: Sydney and Nathan’s Micro Wedding at Breve

    Why did you choose a Cescaphe Wedding? Cescaphe’s Breve enabled us to have a “normal” wedding during COVID times. While it was unfortunate that we couldn’t celebrate in-person with all of our family and friends, Cescaphe provided a beautiful venue and delicious catering, all while making it easy to plan our wedding in six weeks. […]

    Read More
  2. REAL WEDDING: Jessica and Tom’s Micro Wedding at Breve

    Why did you choose a Cescaphe Wedding? My husband and I chose Cescaphe to host our wedding reception for their reputation and the experience. We have attended weddings hosted by Cescaphe in the past and we were blown away by how amazing they were, especially the cocktail hour – it’s on another level, and we […]

    Read More
  3. Cescaphe Pioneers Future for Private Events, Instituting Robust Set of Health and Safety Measures

    ‘Invite to Midnight’ plan seeks to make future events safer for guests and employees June 23, 2020 – Cescaphe, Philadelphia’s premier venues and event planning company, today announced an extensive set of new health and safety standards for events in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Cescaphe’s ‘Invite to Midnight’ plan outlines dozens of new protocol […]

    Read More
  4. REAL WEDDING: Kate and Mike

    How did you meet?We’ve been together for 10 years and have known each other since we were about 14. We went to grade school in separate neighborhoods – one zip code apart. We went to the same high school and sat next to each other in history. He was the only one in the class […]

    Read More
  5. Cescaphe Univeristy – Invitations & Stationary

    In our February Cescaphe University, we talked all things Invitations & Stationary! We had five local experts lead a panel about the most frequently asked questions on this topic. Robyn from Chick Invitations talked to us about Trends & Colors. Here’s what she had to say! “Branding is a popular trend right now and a […]

    Read More
  6. REAL WEDDING: Danielle and Mike

    How did you meet? Mike and I were set up through a mutual friend. It was the best first date I had ever been on. How did the proposal happen? Mike said we were going to dinner with his mom and stepdad on December 29,, 2018. I was getting ready – he made sure I […]

    Read More
  7. Cescaphe University – Honeymoons

    In our first Cescaphe University of 2020, we discussed Honeymoons and how to plan the dream vacation that marks the beginning of a lifetime for you and your partner! Our Honeymoons expert, travel agent Pam Draper, led a presentation to give our brides and grooms ideas and tips as they begin to plan this special […]

    Read More
  8. REAL WEDDING: Paul and Scott

    How did you meet? Scott and I met on a random Saturday night out at Tavern on Camac in Philadelphia in 2005.  We decided to go out on a date a few weeks later.   How did the proposal happen? Scott proposed to me on Christmas morning, 2019 😊 Why did you choose a Cescaphe Wedding? […]

    Read More
  9. Real Wedding: Molly and Adam

    How did you meet? Adam and I met five years ago through one of my coworkers.  A week after, he coincidentally moved into the house a few doors up from me in Manayunk and within days of moving in, we were inseparable! How did the proposal happen? On a Sunday morning in December, Adam convinced […]

    Read More
  10. Real Wedding: Kosta and Auburn

    How did you meet? We were introduced by a close friend, and got very lucky that we were a perfect match! We both knew immediately, and we’ve been together ever since that first meeting day. How did the proposal happen? We were planning a trip to London over the summer to go to Wimbledon and […]

    Read More
View All