Hosting your event is more than just a business transaction to us – it’s an opportunity to do what we love. At The Oaks Wedding & Event Center, we believe in excellent service anchored in genuine southern hospitality. Our team has years of experience in restaurants, catering, and hosting high-caliber events.
Don Jones is a veteran New Orleans sales and management executive with an extensive background in developing new businesses. Don served as president and CEO of NewOrleans.com, and co-founded YPSolutions and the Hammack-Jones Group.
Executive chef Kevin Gregory knows Louisiana cuisine. Born and raised in Independence, Gregory launched his culinary career working in his family’s restaurant. After graduating from the Louisiana Culinary Institute, Gregory worked kitchen stints at Café Nola in Ponchatoula and other area restaurants before landing the job that prepared him for running The Wedding & Event Center’s catering operation. As banquet chef at Southeastern Louisiana University, Gregory sharpened his skills as a high-volume, quality caterer and focused his sights on one goal: running his own catering kitchen. Harnessing years of experience and the good fortune of working with many influential, talented chefs, Gregory brings tremendous enthusiasm, knowledge, and a love of fine food to The Wedding & Event Center.
Alyssa Dino is a certified wedding and event planner from Walker, Louisiana. She is a recent graduate of Allie Wester’s School of Planning & Event Institute. Alyssa is passionate about her profession and enjoys assisting couples with planning their special day. As wedding coordinator and bridal assistant, Alyssa communicates with our clients and organizes all the details for each event, ensuring that each guest receives a stress free, memorable experience. Alyssa’s goal is to eventually be an independent wedding planner, with an emphasis on destination weddings. With her experience and enthusiasm, Alyssa is a great asset to the team.