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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testimonials

Can Do Crew

  1. A Special Surprise at The Lucy!

      David and Danielle had a beautiful fall wedding at The Lucy on October 9, 2021. As the leaves were changing colors, Danielle was changing her last name. Little did Danielle know, she was also about to experience an extra memorable surprise that evening…. How did you meet? “Danielle and I met back in 2009 […]

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  2. REAL WEDDING: Tia and Brehden’s Summer Wedding at Vie

     Tia and Brehden’s story started at a local bar in Philadelphia, eventually leading to a beautiful July wedding at Vie.  Their journey started through mutual friends and a fun night out. Little did they know Brehden would end up on one knee down the shore, in front of all their family, asking Tia for her […]

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  3. Introducing Franklin’s View: Cescaphe’s Newest Addition

    Just as Benjamin Franklin made sparks fly with his famous key and kite experiment, Cescaphe is dedicated to creating that same magic for your event in this historic square that bears his name, bringing love to the one of Philadelphia’s 5 original squares. Since 1825 Franklin Square has been a staple for locals and tourists […]

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  4. REAL WEDDING: Tanisha and Wardell’s Micro Wedding at Water Works

    Why did you choose a Cescaphe Wedding?  Water Works is such a historic landmark in Philadelphia and I would visit this area with my father when I was a little girl.  We knew we wanted an outdoor ceremony and I knew that there was no other place in Philadelphia that I would be happy with.  […]

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  5. REAL WEDDING: Rebecca and Frank’s Micro Wedding at Water Works

    Why did you choose a Cescaphe wedding? We have attended two Cescaphe weddings outside of our own and we loved everything about them, including the food, amazing level of service, and the beautiful venues.  We also wanted to have our wedding at Water Works because of the location by the water. It is such a […]

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  6. 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. […]

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  7. 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 […]

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  8. 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 […]

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  9. 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 […]

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  10. 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 […]

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