Michael Scott Events
Michael Scott Events is a leading catering and production firm based in New York City. With decades of collective industry experience, our team provides a level of cuisine, service and design that is unparalleled in the special events arena.
The pillar of our mission is represented in our motto: "Your Taste, Our Style." We offer a unique and rare opportunity to partner with renowned chefs, designers, planners, and the like. Our talented MSE family excels in matching a client's vision with our own. With the Michael Scott team, you experience a fresh, rich, abundant and vibrant couture brand unlike that of any other - one that just happens to be kosher.
Michael's beliefs in quality, honesty, and integrity began as young man whose values were instilled in him through a strong upbringing. This is exemplified by his commitment to putting forth a product and service defined by the company's credo, "Your Taste, Our Style." Michael began his professional exploration at the famed Studio 54, where he managed their food and beverage concession for the acclaimed production "Cabaret," and the newly re-opened club, "Upstairs at Studio 54." Here he discovered his true passions: Special Event Production and Culinary Operations. He followed these passions to The Marriott/Sodexo Corporation as the Director of Catering for ABC Television, where he recognized his desire to create rather than facilitate. Now, as the owner of Michael Scott Events, he has taken and expanded upon his experience to develop one of the most celebrated catering companies in NYC.
Rachel JohnExecutive Chef
Michael often refers to Rachel as his heart and THE soul at MSE. Rachel and Michael met ten years ago when he was the Director of Operations and she was the Executive Sous Chef for a well-known NYC Caterer. Cooking has always been a very important aspect of Rachel’s life. They both share a love for the process of creating menus and an overall admiration for expressing creativity through food. The two have worked closely through the creation and evolution of Michael Scott Events and are confident that together they have only begun to see the fruits of their labor. Part of Michael Scott’s foundation is the brilliance of Rachel’s ability to take what is in Michael’s head and illustrate it through creative presentation and flavor.
Julian SalazarV.P. of Operations
Although a "foodie" at heart, Julian fell into catering largely by accident. What started as a part-time job while he pursued a career in Audio Engineering quickly evolved into something more. Joining the MSE family at its infancy, Julian and Michael came up together in the grueling - yet gratifying - world of catering. Julian has stood by Michael's side through each and every evolvement of the Michael Scott brand. Julian genuinely tries to tailor his entire operation to suit the client's needs. As Director of Operations, he is always ready to step up to the challenge. Responsible for each and every detail of event production, Julian acts as our brand ambassador. He is devoted to the integrity upon which MSE thrives
Jill SchecknerOffice Mom
Most days you will hear “Ma” resonating multiple times from Michael’s office… Unorthodox yes, but nevertheless Michael’s way of calling Jill into his office. Whether summoned as Jill Scheckner, or as Mom, Jill/Mom’s dedication shows in every task she does. Michael never thinks twice about the care, dedication, and passion Jill/Mom puts towards everything she does. An educator by trade, with a savvy mind for business and an embedded knack for organization, Jill was bound for success when called upon to support Michael and his rapidly growing business. Jill’s unwavering strength has fortified MSE as well has helped Michael Scott Waiser pride himself on his own strengths and successes in business.
James PaolantonioDirector of Operations
If raw talent and potential were a sport, James would be an Olympic Gold medalist. As the Operations Manager for MSE, JP is tasked with the coordination and execution of all logistics, both internally as well as during event production. James brings his talents and work ethic to MSE and will tell you his career has officially begun at MSE. Each and every client and event is given the same unparalleled attention from James - and you will often see him working overtime, going above and beyond - whether it’s late into the night or on the weekend - to ensure that our events are a wild success. Always a big dreamer, every day James witnesses the team exceeding not only the expectations of the clients - but also his own.
Jordan WeissDirector of Business Development
Jordan joined Michael Scott Events in April of 2015 after 15 years on Wall Street where he excelled in sales and client relations. He brings with him a unique ensemble of experience in both client interfacing and business operations. This rare collection of attributes, coupled with a true admiration for hospitality and special events, made joining the MSE family a natural fit in his career. As Director of Business Development, Jordan is responsible for all customer service and business operations of Michael Scott Events. With over 35 years of friendship between them, Jordan stands alone as Michael's most trusted confidant,
Greg DionisioExecutive Sous Chef
Born and raised in the food capital of the world, New York, Greg has always had an appreciation for the Culinary Arts. As a teenager, he honed in on this passion and engaged himself into the culinary arena. Starting his tutorial as a young man working in local eateries, it was only natural that Greg yearned for more fulfillment. Following his heart, he applied, and was accepted, to the acclaimed Culinary Institute of America. As a CIA graduate Greg coupled all he learned with his innate talent, drive and work ethic, paving his way into some of New York’s most prestigious kitchens: Guastavino’s, 583 Park Avenue, and most recently Tavern on The Green. Now joining our team as the Executive Sous Chef, Greg will be tasked with supporting this celebrated catering company as they strive towards new heights.
Angelica VillaCatering Sales Assistant
With a passion for food, an unparalleled eye for design, and an innate attention to detail, Angelica joined the MSE family as a Catering Sales Assistant. Prior to coming aboard, Angelica spent years in the New York art world, where she focused on sales and marketing for some of the world’s most renowned galleries and dealers. While in search of the next stage of her career, her love for hospitality, experience in sales, and Masters in Art History and Business naturally left her yearning for a position with a luxury hospitality brand. As a sales assistant for MSE, Angelica will bridge the gap between sales and production. She supports out clients’ needs to ensure every detail is executed with flawless precision.