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Meet Chef Mary

Chef Mary Fabrikant earned a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, an MBA from Pace University in New York and an AS in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University in Denver. From 2001 – 2018, Chef Mary used all that excellent education to perfect the craft of kosher catering as owner of La Vie Catering, crafting every occasion from small “Big Birthday” parties to elegant, high-end events. A native North Carolinian, Chef Mary feels passionately about hospitality, good food and smooth service as key components of any festive gathering. “The warmth and care guests feel at any occasion is in direct proportion to how much the guest’s needs were considered during the planning process. Add flawless execution and delicious food and… Voila! A memory is made.”


Chef Mary feels fortunate to live in this food-centric era and enjoys sharing her culinary enthusiasm and experience with students, both in her ten-year stint as a Chef Instructor at Johnson & Wales, at Cook Street School of Culinary Arts and now with volunteers at RMHC-Denver. “The “eureka!” moments students experience when they suddenly understand the “why” behind a cooking technique are why I love teaching. I recall having those same first-time realizations and know that those are leaps-and-bounds moments for a cook. “


Outside of the kitchen, Chef Mary enjoys reading, gardening, live theatre, hanging out with her husband and dog and following the escapades of her two twenty-something children.