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!

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Can Do Crew

  1. 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 […]

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  2. 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 […]

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  3. “Simply put: beyond belief”

    I am the father of the bride, my daughter was married in May 2018 at Cescaphe Ballroom.  I have been to many weddings in my lifetime but what my Family, my son-in-law’s Family and our combined Family members and friends experienced yesterday was, simply put: beyond belief. The quality and quantity of food during the […]

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  4. Cescaphe University: Cake Decor – April 2018

    It was a fun and informative night at Cescaphe University: Cake Decor! Part of the Cescaphe Experience for all brides and grooms is the opportunity to customize their very own four-tier wedding cake. All #CescapheCakes are designed and created by our very own Executive Pastry Chef, Jennifer Roach and her amazing team of cake artists. With […]

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  5. REAL WEDDING: Ashley & Rodney

    Tendenza: Sunday, March 18th, 2018 How did the two of you meet? We met on the campus of Widener University in 2011 as we happened to cross paths in route to class! How did the proposal happen? The proposal happened after dinner at Ruth Chris one warm May night in Northern California.  Rodney surprised me by […]

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  6. Cescaphe University: Bridal Fashion Show – March 2018

    Our March Cescaphe University featured an iconic wedding detail that most brides do not do without! With the help from local experts, we assisted our Cescaphe Brides with bridal gown inspiration, advice on what to expect while dress shopping and input on how to come prepared!   It was a pleasure to have The Lovely […]

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  7. “We fell in love with Cescaphe Ballroom. It was exactly the ambience that I was dreaming of: elegant, grand, classic.”

    I first heard about Cescaphe from my boss.  His daughter had just gotten married at a Cescaphe venue and his only “complaint” was that there was too much food.  And that is exactly what I wanted!  So that weekend my, me (now) husband and I took a grand tour of all the Cescaphe venues.  We […]

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  8. Water Works – Mill House Deck Wedding

    A fairy tale wedding to remember.  The beautiful newlyweds, Ashley and Daniel, celebrated their love with us this past fall –  in a gorgeous way!  Turning Ashley and Daniel’s dreams and wedding day visions into a beautiful reality, one important detail at a time. This Water Works Millhouse Deck Wedding will take your breath away…  […]

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  9. “Cescaphe helped us pull off a phenomenal event in less than three months.”

    Excellent from top to bottom. We had a very short engagement and not long to plan, and Cescaphe helped us pull off a phenomenal event in less than three months. The planning leading up to our wedding was easy, with the biggest element being the meeting in which we made all the decisions about linens, […]

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  10. Cescaphe University: All About the Groom – February 2018

    February’s Cescaphe University at Tendenza was all about the very important gentleman of the hour, also known as the Groom! Not only is the groom ecstatic to be marrying the love of his life, but taking part in the wedding planning enhances the overall experience for him too! There are endless elements of a wedding […]

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