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Team

Our team of professional event managers will work closely with you and your team to bring your vision to life at The Ivy Room.  From weddings to daytime meetings to fundraisers, our experts will guide you through the planning process and be on hand throughout your event.

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Abby Carson

Abby Carson

Event Manager

Abby was born and raised in the Midwest, but considers herself a woman of the world. Her favorite destination, so far, is Porto, Portugal but she is always on the hunt for her next great adventure. Abby enjoys incorporating family traditions into a wedding while finding ways to create new memories with her couples. Abby loves espresso and hates beets. She's going to keep trying with the beets, but she makes no promises.

Leslie Fuller

Leslie Fuller

Event Manager

Born and raised in Chicago, Leslie returned home after a stint in New York City for culinary school. She still misses New York-style pizza and bagels, but the Windy City has her heart. Leslie believes the best gift is finding someone the perfect greeting card, and, as such, cherishes creating small, memorable moments just for her couples. Leslie believes the worst gift is a box of oranges. Why, you ask? Because she has never, and refuses, to eat an orange. Believe us, we've tried.

Kiran Pinto

Kiran Pinto

Managing Partner

Kiran is a middle child which she believes explains most everything about her. She never met a food she did not like and will travel anywhere a train, plane or automobile will take her. Kiran loves a challenge which is how she found herself in the restaurant business. The interest began when her parents told her "no, you can't do that for a living" and wound up being a passion when she realized every day presented a new and exciting challenge coupled with bountiful food.

Brittany Pflug

Brittany Pflug

Operations Manager

Britt's claim to fame is her uncanny ability to make our wildest event dreams become a reality. The answer is always "yes" and Britt will figure out the "how" in the blink of an eye. She loves a challenge and finds pleasure in making all of our guests smile. When she is not at the Ivy Room, Britt is thinking about the Ivy Room and puppies. She would love to get a puppy.

Chef Thierry Tritsch

Thierry Tritsch

Executive Chef/Partner

Chef Thierry Tritsch has been with Lettuce Entertain You for over 25 years, but his love of hospitality began decades earlier in his native France. Working alongside his father and grandmother in the family’s restaurant-hotel gave way to formal training at Lycée Technique D’Hôtellerie et de Tourisme in Strasbourg. He went on to hone his skills at an array of establishments throughout Europe. Chef Tritsch began his Chicago culinary career with legendary restaurateur Jovan Trboyevic in the vaunted kitchens of Le Perroquet and Les Nomades. He joined Lettuce Entertain You as a member of the opening team of Brasserie JO, named the James Beard Foundation’s Best New Restaurant in 1996, and continued his work with Chef J. Joho as executive chef at Everest Restaurant for 25 years. His innovative approach to classic French cuisine has earned a Michelin star and an array of accolades from Relais & Chateaux, Mobil 5-Star, and AAA Five Diamond. Thierry believes a great meal is the result of thoughtful collaboration with both farmers, fishermen, purveyors and his culinary team. He prides himself on building relationships with suppliers, using only the finest ingredients and mentoring aspiring chefs. He enjoys working with event hosts to create distinctive menus that bring celebrations to life. When not exploring new food and wine, Thierry enjoys gardening, bicycling and spending time with his wife Elaine and their daughter, Josephine.