Putting the “Special” in the Events Team

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We pride ourselves on our Southern-inspired cuisine, but did you know that comes with a heapin’ helpin’ of Southern hospitality? Our ambassadors — Carol Lowe and Cathy Centofanti — are our special events pros and, along with Banquet Manager Kelly Donahue, make sure your event at The Gables at Chadds Ford is planned to perfection and runs smoothly from start to finish. Your guests will remember you were the host with the most, thanks to our team.

The Gables was recently named a “most popular” wedding venue by PartySpace.com. That nod confirmed that our great food, amazing ambience, reasonable room fees, one-stop shopping for other vendors and convenient location make us the right spot for corporate meetings, business lunches, showers, graduation celebrations, birthday parties, holiday gatherings, banquets … you name it!

Take a moment to meet Kelly. Then let us know how we can help you design and execute your next important gathering.

Kelly Donahue

Kelly joined us in 2013 after two decades in the restaurant industry as a server, bartender and manager. It was serendipity: She met with Ann Kolenick, our co-owner, to arrange her father’s 70th birthday party, and as they went over the details, it became obvious that Kelly would be a great fit on Ann’s team. Her parents were delighted with the party and to learn that their daughter would be working at their favorite restaurant.

Kelly likes working events because no two days are the same and there are a lot of moving parts to manage. “Brides like to arrive early to help set up, plus they have hair and makeup teams stationed in our Wedding Suite,” she added. “Throughout the day, we do a lot of the decorating and special touches, even before our banquet team arrives—and they show up three hours before the beginning of the event!”

It’s no surprise, then, that Kelly’s favorite events are weddings. She says, “What other job is there that you get to spend the day with a couple who are having one of the best days of their lives? My favorite part is the ‘first look.’ I love watching the bride and groom ‘see’ each other for the first time right before the ceremony. I also love seeing guests’ reactions to the venue. The Gables is a beautiful space and seeing and hearing the compliments is wonderful.”

Kelly also enjoys hosting couples for menu tastings. She notes that couples like being in the venue and trying differents options as they talk over details with our staff.

So what does someone who spends her time creating special days for people do for fun? In her spare time, Kelly likes to travel. She’s been to 46 states and six countries. Next adventure on her wish list: South America.

It’s obvious that we think our team is tops, but don’t take our word for it! Check out these kind words from two repeat clients.

“Partnering with The Gables Chadds Ford doesn’t feel like a business relationship; it feels like working with family! Hotties~4~Humanity has been blessed to partner with Ann and her team at The Gables for more than two years,” said Hotties~4~Humanity founder and CEO Karen Ridge. “The attention to detail at every event is top-notch. There are always complimentary flower arrangements on the tables and a special seasonal cocktail just for us. The food is great. I feel we’ve developed a lifelong friendship with the team at The Gables and they are as much a part of #teamhotties as the ladies on our team. Companies that give back to their communities are the best companies to frequent. They truly have an interest in not just themselves, but the people and the area in which they live and work.”

Cheryl B. Kuhn, IOM, president of the Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce, said “The Gables at Chadds Ford is a valued member of the Chamber. Ann and her fabulous staff provide five-star customer service. We host our monthly networking luncheon, Network at Noon, at The Gables. The event requirements change month to month and the team never misses a beat. The rustic, farm-style private upstairs space provides an incredible venue for this event. The meal—for anywhere from 35 to 50 guests—is always different and delicious! We couldn’t ask for more.”

The entire Gables family looks forward to working with you. You can check availability online, or contact us to learn more.

The Gables at Chadds Ford is nestled in the heart of the historic Brandywine Valley. Our combination of fresh seasonal cuisine, rustic yet elegant charm and enchanting outdoor dining will keep you coming back time and time again. The Gables is also the perfect venue to host your next special event, whether you are planning a wedding, rehearsal dinner, baby shower or corporate event.

Nina Malone

Hotties~4~Humanities image: Sandrien B Photography