Meet The Catering Team

  Jodi Strafford, Catering Manager
Hometown: Chatham, New Jersey 

Degrees/Certifications: BS in Hospitality Management, MS in Business Administration 

Catering Background: As a college student, I worked banquet events on campus. I soon realized that what I loved the most was the organization, structure and excitement of catered events. I began my catering sales career at Woodfield in 2005 and have enjoyed every moment! 

Party Planning Words of Wisdom: One can never start too early, no matter the size of the event! 


Bart Messing, Executive Chef

Hometown: Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York

Degrees/Certifications: Culinary Institute of America

Catering Background: I began my culinary career on a nuclear submarine as a cook in the Navy, from there I attended the Culinary Institute of America at New Hyde Park, New York. After graduation, I held positions at a number of high profile restaurants and hotels in New York City, including the Stanhope Hotel, the 3 star French restaurant La Reserve and The Essex House Hotel. Now I am happily rooted in Florida as the Executive Chef at Woodfield.

Party Planning Words of Wisdom: Anything is possible! Our individually customized menus will meet and exceed your expectations!


Paige Peden, Catering Supervisor

Hometown: Flora, Indiana

Degrees/Certifications: Bachelors in Hospitality & Food Management; Minor in Management – Ball State University

Catering Background: Hired in 2009, promoted to catering coordinator in December 2011

Party Planning Words of Wisdom: Stay organized and relax! It’s a party!


Emandalyn Markham, Director of Catering & Social Events

Hometown: Waterbury, Connecticut

Degrees/Certifications: Event Planning Certification, AA Hospitality Management

Catering Background: When planning my own wedding I found my passion! I enjoyed the planning process so much that I wanted to make it into a career. I got my feet wet in the catering field planning memorable events at a catering hall in Monroe, Connecticut. Now, I am soaking up the sun in Florida where I have the pleasure of planning a variety of exciting and enriching events for Woodfield members and guests.

Party Planning Words of Wisdom: The smallest detail can leave the largest lasting impression.