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Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs
President and Partner

Marc Jacobs is the President and Partner of Aba, Antico Posto, Bar Ramone, Beatrix, Beatrix Market, Ēma, Rotisserie Ēma, Foodease, Foodlife, L. Woods, Mity Nice Bar & Grill and The Dalcy.

Marc began his career with Lettuce Entertain You (LEYE) in the fall of 1991, as a banquet server and busser at Bones (now L. Woods) in Lincolnwood, Illinois. After being cross-trained as a server, host and line cook, Marc became a manager of the restaurant upon his graduation from UIC in the summer of 1995.

Two years later, Marc was transferred to R.J. Grunts, LEYE’s first restaurant, and was quickly promoted to General Manager. It was there that he first worked alongside Rich Melman on the re-development of the restaurant, which went on to launch what would become Marc’s lifelong career in restaurants and hospitality.

In Marc’s 14 years as Partner at LEYE, he has led the creation, design and re-concept of more than 16 restaurants across Chicagoland including Beatrix; a restaurant and coffeehouse located in River North, Streeterville and Fulton Market, Beatrix Market; a quick and healthful grab and go experience, Ēma; a Mediterranean and California-inspired restaurant with Top Chef CJ Jacobson, Aba; the sister restaurant to Ēma, featuring a 400-seat restaurant and rooftop patio, The Dalcy; LEYE’s private event hall in Fulton Market, and Bar Ramone; a wine bar featuring Spanish tapas.

Marc’s passion lies in restaurant design, menu development, and team building. His restaurants and chefs have earned many accolades including a Michelin Bib Gourmand recognition as well as a spot on Chicago’s top restaurant lists from Zagat, Eater and the Chicago Tribune.

Marc sits on Lettuce Entertain You’s Executive Board, is an Advisory Council member and the Executive in Residence at DePaul’s School of Hospitality Leadership, often speaks on restaurant panels and seminars, and enjoys giving back to the restaurant and hospitality industry in Chicago.

Marc enjoys spending time with his wife Vanessa and their three children, Samantha, Alexandra and Gabriel, visiting new restaurants, and traveling.

 

Kevin Trojanowski

Kevin Trojanowski
Partner

Kevin’s passion for food began while growing fruits and vegetables in his grandparent’s garden. His grandma taught him to cook and bake using the fresh produce from the garden. Kevin worked in a high volume bakery throughout high school, and it is here where his passion for the business was cemented. After college, Kevin managed a small taqueria, which taught him the importance of attention to detail, cherishing the guest and watching every penny.

Kevin joined Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises in 2005 as a manager of Foodlife at Water Tower Place. With more than 20 years in the restaurant industry, Kevin has spent more than half his career at Lettuce. He has grown within the organization; working his way up from a floor manager to General Manager, to now a Partner.

He has brought structure to the many management teams he oversees, implements efficient operating systems, improving profitability and continuing to drive the food culture. Kevin helped develop the Foodease Market concept in Water Tower Place and has been instrumental in the creation of Beatrix Market located in Fulton Market, Streeterville, the Loop, and at DePaul Unviersity’s downtown campus.

When not in the restaurants, Kevin enjoys spending time with his wife, Christine and his two daughters, Haley and Peyton. He enjoys cooking for his family, gardening and fishing.

John Chiakulas

John Chiakulas
Executive Chef and Partner

John Chiakulas is Corporate Chef of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises and Chef Partner of Aba, Antico Posto, Beatrix, Beatrix Market, Ēma, Rotisserie Ema, Foodease Market, Foodlife, Mity Nice Grill, L. Woods and The Dalcy.

His journey with LEYE began at Ambria in 1981, rising through the ranks from fish butcher to becoming Executive Chef of Scoozi! when it opened a decade later. His experiences traveling through Italy awakened his imagination and enthusiasm for Italian cooking; these skills translated well to his extensive experience at more than three dozen LEYE restaurants, including Tru, L. Woods and Wildfire.

John was instrumental in the redesign of Foodlife in Water Tower Place and pushed the envelope in developing Foodease into what he now considers a “chef’s playground” because of its diverse offerings. In 2011, he teamed up with the Lettuce Consulting Group to bring his creativity to clients nationwide.

As Chef Partner, John is constantly testing new dishes, updating and perfecting existing items and using his creativity and skill to push the envelope with healthful, yet tasty ingredients. He is always “hungry for more” in his leadership role, and is always thinking how he can bring his current concepts and other projects to the next level.

Yasmin Gutierrez

Yasmin Gutierrez
Executive Pastry Chef

Yasmin studied Culinary Arts at the Illinois Institute of Art, and quickly realized her passion was in pastry. Looking to gain more experience, she became an intern at the Bittersweet Bakery on the north side of Chicago where she perfected her cookie decorating techniques and learned about traditional, American pastries.

In 2005, Yasmin joined Lettuce Entertain You as a pastry cook at Foodlife in Water Tower Place while also finishing school. Just two years later, Yasmin was promoted to pastry chef, where she also oversaw the pastry programs at both Mity Nice Bar & Grill and Foodease. In 2010, Yasmin furthered her education and pastry knowledge by attending The French Pastry School.

Three years later, Yasmin led the pastry team in the opening of Beatrix River North. She was instrumental in developing the bakery program and menu. In 2015, she was promoted to Executive Pastry Chef and most recently was named Associate Partner. Yasmin now oversees the pastry program at all three Beatrix locations, Beatrix Market, Foodlife, Foodease and Mity Nice Bar & Grill.

Her specialties include cupcake creation and design, coffee cakes and birthday cakes. Outside of the bakery, Yasmin enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and playing soccer.

Oscar Garcia

Oscar Garcia
Sous Chef

Growing up in Guadalajara, Mexico, Oscar had always dreamt of being a chef. As soon as he arrived in America in 2002, he started work at the Italian restaurant, Piccolo Sogno. In 2005, he joined the Lettuce Entertain You family as a Line Cook at Mity Nice Bar & Grill in Water Tower Place. Seeking more responsibility, Oscar was promoted to the Kitchen Manager and now is the Sous Chef of Mity Nice. 

Oscar thrives on always giving his best effort, and especially maintaining a good relationship with his co-workers, and ensuring every visit for the guest is one to remember. When Oscar isn’t in the kitchen, you can find him exploring restaurants in Chicago and experimenting with new dishes.

Michael Fetters

Michael Fetters
Manager

Michael Fetters grew up in Traverse City, Michigan, and found his passion for restaurants and hospitality at the early age of just 16-years-old as a host and server at Outback Steakhouse. After realizing that his true passion and career goals were in restaurants, he decided to earn a degree in Hospitality Business at Michigan State University. After graduating MSU in 2011, Michael accepted a job with Vail Resorts in Jackson Hole, WY where he held various management positions over the following three years. Seeking more experience and adventure, Michael moved to the British Virgin Islands where he was an Assistant Beach Club Manager at Oil Nut Bay on Virgin Gorda.  

Michael joined the Lettuce Entertain You Family as a manager at Foodlife in Water Tower Place in March 2016. A year later, he was promoted to an Assistant General Manager at Mity Nice Bar & Grill. His favorite part of the job is the adrenaline rush that comes with running a successful restaurant, as well as the focus of always trying to improve not just professionally, but personally.

In his free time, Michael likes to visit his family up at Torch Lake, play beach volleyball at North Avenue Beach, and watch or attend sporting events. 

Cara Yaffe

Cara Yaffe
Divisional Marketing & PR Manager

Growing up in Long Grove, Illinois, Cara has always had a passion for food, writing, and technology, and knew she wanted to pursue a career one day that would entail all of those elements. Graduating in 2012 from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN., with a degree in Journalism and Business, she began her PR and marketing journey at a Chicago public relations agency focusing on restaurants and local businesses.

Realizing that her true passion and excitement was in restaurants, while also ready for more growth and opportunity, Cara joined the Lettuce Entertain You family in the summer of 2015. Since then, Cara has been a part of eight restaurant openings, and proudly oversees the marketing and public relations for Aba, Antico Posto, Bar Ramone, Beatrix, Beatrix Market, Ēma, Rotisserie Ēma, Foodlife, Foodease, L. Woods, Mity Nice Bar & Grill, and The Dalcy. Her favorite part of the job is how every day is different, as well as having the opportunity to express her creativity across multiple different brands that she truly believes in.

In her free time, Cara loves checking out new restaurants around the city, traveling, going to concerts, and spending time with family and friends.

Ana Gonzalez

Ana Gonzalez
Parties and Catering Manager

Born and raised in Chicago, Ana attended and graduated from UIC with a degree in teaching. Upon graduation and on the search for a job, she began her journey with Lettuce Entertain You as a cocktail waitress at Scoozi! in River North. After loving the culture and core philosophies of Lettuce, she worked her way up to dining room server and then to banquet lead. 17 years later, Ana is proud to be the Parties and Catering Manager for Foodlife, Foodease and Mity Nice Bar & Grill in Water Tower Place.

Ana’s favorite part of her job is being able to believe that the customer service and product that she prides herself on everyday is the best that people will find.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her children; they help her remember to enjoy running in the leaves in the fall, feeling the sun hit her face in the summer and enjoying those rainy days in the spring.

Esmeralda Torres

Esmeralda Torres
Office Manager

Knowing that her passion was in restaurants and the hospitality industry, Esmeralda attended The National Polytechnic Institute in Mexico City and graduated with a hospitality management degree. She first got her start in 1993, where she worked in Westin Hotels, and then moved to San Francisco two years later to continue her experience in the industry. In 1999, Esmeralda began her journey at Lettuce Entertain you where she held various positions like kiosk cook at Foodlife in Water Tower Place, and also spent time in Foodease Market.

After a few years, Esmeralda was promoted to Office Assistant, and is now proud to be Office Manager where she handles cash receipts, employee paperwork, invoicing and accounting for Foodease, Foodlife and Mity Nice Bar & Grill.

Her favorite part of the job is being challenged everyday with new situations, as well as working with the employees, the guests and her team. Caring for the employees is a fundamental core value of LEYE, and it is something that Esmeralda believes is the greatest reason for not only the restaurants success, but also her loyalty to the company for the last 17 years.

When she’s not in the restaurants, she enjoys spending time with her family, and going to see plays and musicals.

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