Barbara Brass is the Vice President of Los Angeles Catering Sales for Wolfgang Puck Catering. She brings more than 25 years of extensive experience in the hospitality industry to her role which includes overseeing some of Hollywood’s biggest and brightest events such as the Oscars® Governors Ball. (Read this article about the new HBO Show "The Event" featuring Brass and Wolfgang Puck Catering,)
Brass began her career working with Marriott Hotels and Resorts in Stamford, CT as Specialty Restaurant Assistant Manager. Within a short time, she was promoted to Catering Manager and held this role within multiple Marriott properties.
In 1994, Brass started working as Catering and Convention Services Manager for the Hyatt Newport Beach. She oversaw a wide range of events including weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, social fundraisers, corporate meetings and conventions.
After two years, Brass moved to Los Angeles to become Director of Catering with Restaurant Associates at the Los Angeles Music Center. During this time, Brass got her first taste of awards season, overseeing the logistics for the 1997 and 1998 Academy Awards Governors Ball.
Brass joined Wolfgang Puck Catering as the company launched in 1998. Her passion for quality food and wine and genuine hospitality made her the ideal fit for working with Wolfgang’s loyal clientele. Today, she continues to be a leader in the company, creating elaborate menus and magical events for major movie premieres, awards shows, galas and more.
Presenting live from Puck’s Los Angeles studio kitchen, Brass will celebrate everything that makes our industry an amazing journey. She will share tales of 25 years of catering and events in Hollywood and beyond …passion, anecdotes, stories, inspiration, survival, fumbles, and recoveries.
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