Meet the Staff
Steve came to New Orleans in 1988. With his love of food and music, he fell right into step with the Spirit of New Orleans and has never looked back!
After graduating from the Culinary program at SUNY Cobleskill and owning and operating his own artisan bakery for 4 years in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachussetts, Steve spent 14 years with Hyatt Hotels working his way through the ranks of the Pastry Department. It was Hyatt that brought Steve to New Orleans in 1988 to take over as Executive Pastry Chef for the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. Through his years with Hyatt, Steve has worked with Chefs and mentors such as Alfred Kever, Helmut Leuek, Lee Conway, and Jim Schaeffer — to all of whom he owes a debt of gratitude!
Steve earned several honors and awards as Pastry Chef including a "Best In Show" award at the 1990 American Culinary Federation Food Show for his Sugar and Chocolate sculpting and dessert displays. His Chocoholics Bar at the Top of the Dome Restaurant was a popular Hyatt New Orleans feature for many years.
In 1999, Steve’s partners and longtime friends, co-owners Phil Wagner and Russ Walker, purchased the historic building at Tchoupitoulas and Valence. They restored and renovated the old New Orleans building that had been vacant for 7 years while respectfully maintaining its charming historic integrity. After discussing the idea of turning Rosy’s into a premiere event space with in-house catering and management, a new partnership was formed with Steve at the helm as Chef and General Manager of the brand new Rosy's Jazz Hall Events and Catering. After spending the first 5 years in the kitchen, Steve currently oversees all in-house catering and event logistics with a sharp focus and strong emphasis on client satisfaction to ensure that each event is truly “Legendary.”
Born and raised in New Orleans, Darlene grew up in a city that knows how to plan, host, and enjoy a party!
Darlene has been with Rosy's since 2006, and has gracefully assisted over 400 couples in bringing the vision of their special day to a memorable reality.
Darlene previously worked for Lieutenant Governor Fox McKeithen on his political campaigns doing event planning and organizing. She also worked as an architectural marketing consultant and a jury consultant for the legal field. This work history and sharp attention to detail ensures that each event at Rosy's Jazz Hall is unique, individual, and perfect.
Throughout the planning stages, Darlene will work with you, helping you find just the right vendors and sending you tips and tricks along the way. Darlene will be your ally, coach, and friend during the planning process. She will also coordinate and execute your rehearsal and reception, greeting you personally at the beginning of your big day, making sure the whole event runs smoothly and on time, and she will be there until she hugs you goodbye at the end of the night.