Laura Kimmel

It was there that cooking, drinking and laughing as a family inspired my passion for cooking and entertaining. My parents loved to entertain, and I remember sitting on the stairs peeking down and watching their parties. They were always beautiful, delicious, and fun, and I was forever imprinted. My creative spirit and passion for food and fun led me to open a catering business called Sault & Pepper that I operated for over 20 years. That’s where I learned the art of listening to my clients. I realized that I had not just a passion, but an intuition about what worked for them when it came to planning their events.

After a few years in Washington DC, working for a boutique catering and events firm called Federal City Catering, I returned to Chicago and joined the team at Tablescapes Event Rentals. It was there that I further honed my design skills helping many of the industry's top folks plan their events. I began receiving calls from people who knew I was back in town to plan their special events and maintained relationships with several corporate clients in DC, continuing to plan their large-scale functions.

My approach is simple—form meaningful relationships. Truly listen. And, balance creativity with budget. I love people and there is no better feeling than hearing the words, “You've made my vision come true. You really listened and read between the lines.” My collaborative approach, love for organization, and the details that go into having a flawless event help me create once in a lifetime celebration. This, coupled with long standing relationships with top vendors makes this possible.

live passionately; make a difference; have relationships that grow; do the right thing with integrity; use the power of great ideas to be creative; hold myself to the standard of excellence; have balance; have fun; be successful. If everybody wins, so do I.

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