Barbara Brass, VP of Catering Sales, Wolfgang Puck
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.
Barbara 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, Barbara 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, Barbara moved to Los Angeles to become Director of Catering with Restaurant Associates at the Los Angeles Music Center. During this time, Barbara got her first taste of awards season, overseeing the logistics for the 1997 and 1998 Academy Awards Governors Ball.
Barbara 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, Barbara continues to be a leader in the company, creating elaborate menus and magical events for major movie premieres, awards shows, galas and more.
When she is not onsite at one of her numerous events, Barbara likes to spend her time tasting wine in the Napa Valley, creating masterpieces in her own kitchen, visiting innovative restaurants and enjoying time with her two dogs.
About Wolfgang Puck Catering
Founded in 1998 by renowned Chef Wolfgang Puck, CEO Carl Schuster and Chef Matt Bencivenga, Wolfgang Puck Catering continues to set the standard for culinary excellence, bringing the team’s legendary combination of innovative cuisine and refined service to the worlds’ most renowned and demanding corporate, cultural and entertainment settings. Delivering a restaurant-quality experience in a special event setting, Wolfgang’s experienced team caters intimate weddings, convention galas, family occasions, and such noteworthy events as the Academy Awards® Governors Ball. In keeping with Wolfgang’s culinary passion, Wolfgang’s Eat, Love, Live™ (WEL™) philosophy is a commitment to provide fresh, natural and organic ingredients and celebrate local farmers, sustainable seafood and humanely treated animals.
WPC is part of Compass Group North America, based in Charlotte NC, the leading foodservice management and support services company with $14.5 billion (£9.4 billion) in revenues in 2015. Compass Group USA was recently named one of America’s 500 Best Employers by Forbes, ranking as the highest contract food and business support services company. With over 500,000 associates worldwide, its parent company, UK-based Compass Group PLC, was named the 6th largest publicly traded employer in the world by USA Today and had revenues of £17.8 billion in the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015.
WPC currently provides dining and catering services at entertainment, corporate and cultural centers in major markets including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Dallas, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC and Atlanta. For additional information, visit www.wolfgangpuck.com.