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.
Managing Owner and Director of Sales and Marketing
Don Jones is a veteran sales and management executive with an extensive background in developing and managing businesses. Don assisted with the initial design and construction of the Wedding & Event Center and has served as its Director of Operations and Sales since the operation began in November 2015. Don particularly enjoys working with brides and grooms and their families to deliver exceptional service and value – creating a wonderful, special day that evolves into cherished memories.
Director of Catering Operations
Executive Chef Kevin knows Louisiana cuisine. Born and raised in Independence, Kevin launched his culinary career working in his family’s restaurant. After graduating from the Louisiana Culinary Institute, Kevin worked kitchen stints at Café Nola in Ponchatoula and other area restaurants before landing the job that helped prepare him for running The Wedding & Event Center’s catering operation. As banquet chef at Southeastern Louisiana University, Kevin 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, Kevin brings tremendous enthusiasm, knowledge, and a love of fine food to The Wedding & Event Center. Kevin has been part of our team almost since opening day.
Manager Event Coordination
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 and event 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. With her experience and enthusiasm, Alyssa is a great asset to the team.