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”.
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.
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.
Can Do Crew
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
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
Even as I am writing this email, I had two people message me that it was the best wedding they had attended.
Joe, Now that we’ve had a couple of days to relax after our wedding at Tendenza this Saturday, we wanted to let you know how incredible you have made our wedding experience. From our first few emails with Lisa, to our various tours of your spaces, we were impressed by Cescaphe, everyone was extremely helpful and kind. […]Read More
REAL WEDDING – Lauren and Steve
Congratulations to Lauren and Steve who tied the knot with us at Cescaphe Ballroom on December 8th, 2018! Lauren and Steve met while studying abroad in Prague, Czech Republic 8 years ago. Talk about fate! We are excited to share their special love story with you! How did you meet?We met while studying abroad in Prague, Czech […]Read More
Tendenza, Italian for “Trend”
Tendenza, Italian for “trend,” lives up to its name in endless diversities. This venue brings a whole new level of exquisite glam to the Philadelphia Wedding scene. In its naturality, the urban-inspired ballroom features exposed brick walls with beamed ceilings, combined with chic, dazzling chandeliers and mixtures of glass, stainless steel and reclaimed wood. With […]Read More
Winter Wedding for the Non-Snow Bunny Bride
Winter Weddings tend to be sometimes an overlooked season in the wedding world. Sure, spring and fall can be the more popular seasons to tie the knot, but with the right team on your side, any season can serve as the perfect, intimate ambiance for your big day. That explains why we’re seeing a growing trend […]Read More
REAL WEDDING – Valerie and David
Down Town Club, August 11th, 2018 How did you meet?Temple University School of Pharmacy (2010-2014), but we didn’t start dating until 2 years after we graduated in 2016. How did the proposal happen?Very low key. David proposed right before we were leaving to head to the airport for a trip to Europe – it then […]Read More
Holiday Weekend Weddings
Celebrations are always in season. That’s why holiday weekends throughout the year happen to be the most anticipated weekends and perfect excuse to get any party started! There is one thing many people have in common about holiday weekends – an extra day off. As if having a little extra time off from work isn’t […]Read More
REAL WEDDING – Lindsay & Steve
Cescaphe Ballroom, May 12th, 2018 How did you meet? At a bar in Baltimore, MD on a football Sunday (our mutual friends connected us together). How did the proposal happen? Steve bought a personalized dessert plate that said “Will you marry me?” on it. He originally planned to take me to our favorite restaurant and […]Read More
Cescaphe University: Photo & Video
When it comes to wedding details, the importance of capturing your memorable day most likely falls near the top of your priority list. That is why this month’s Cescaphe University shined the spotlight on just a few of our favorite Philadelphia Photographers and Videographers. This trustworthy bunch will beautifully document your wedding day with footage […]Read More