The Made From Scratch Team
Larry Clark | CEO & President
What happens when you're a 23 year old - thrill seeking - third generation chef? You start your own catering company!
Larry founded Made From Scratch in 1983, and has worked hard to make it the all encompassing catering company it is today, but he always saves time for adventures.
After receiving his scuba certification over 20 years ago, Larry enjoys spending time underwater with sharks, stingrays and barracudas any chance he gets. Since Ohio isn’t known for its vast amount of reefs and aquatic animals, he enjoys traveling to the Caribbean for its scenic underwater view.
Larry also enjoys traveling to the beautiful scenic lands of Montana every year where he participates in a yearly "round-up" of life long friends and cohorts on a trail ride. He feels that enjoying the outdoors, riding horses and hanging with the guys creates true camaraderie and offers to strengthen the mind during this week long trip.
A daily fair-weather adventure for Larry is cruising around on his Honda Goldwing. His two daughters, Ceci and Cozy, often join him for the ride and have proven to be as adventurous as their father.
Always thinking of new ways to make Made From Scratch more unique, Larry recently acquired several honey bee apiaries. He and his daughters spent an entire Saturday removing the honey from the combs and were very pleased to recover 70 pounds! The fresh honey is now being used in many Made From Scratch recipes.
Obviously, being the President of the top catering company in Central Ohio, there isn't any food that Larry doesn't like. However, when it comes to his favorite thing to eat....without hesitation, Larry says its his mother's German Chocolate Cake that she bakes for his birthday.
Tom Nelson | Executive Chef
Tom’s cooking career began, much like others, in the kitchen with his Grandmother. After graduating with honors from The Culinary School at Hocking College, Tom went on to work at three 4 Star Hotels, before landing at Made From Scratch Catering. Tom takes the company name to heart and, with his team, strives to make everything from sauces to bread from scratch.
Although there isn't anything that Tom doesn't enjoy cooking, his favorite creations from the Made From Scratch kitchen are the Watermelon Tartare Spoon and the Roasted Marinated Pacific Salmon. Tom feels the success of these dishes depend on the freshest produce and seafood, making them even more enticing.
When not working and creating delicious entrees and desserts, Tom enjoys spending time with his family and friends. Whether Tom is visiting friends in the city or spending a weekend with his family by the lake, food is always an element.
Tom doesn’t get the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors as much as he would like to, but tries to bring the wilderness inside by creating great woodwork pieces. Even though he loves the kitchen... He sometimes spends more time in his woodshop then in his kitchen.
Selena Vazquez | Director of Catering
Working in her parent's restaurant when she was nine, and waiting tables while she earned her degree from Ohio State, groomed Selena for success in the hospitality industry. She enjoys planning events and the opportunity to share in the special moments of others.
Having a mother who is Thai explains Selena's love for Thailand, where she enjoys visiting her parents when she can. Selena claims that the country offers the most beautiful beaches and kindest people.
Bringing more diversity into Selena’s life, her husband Miguel is Puerto Rican. While she has not had the chance to visit the beautiful island, she and Miguel hope to get there soon.
Enjoying an eclectic choice of food from all over the world has allowed Selena to bring more international ideas to Made From Scratch. Her favorite menu items? Anything simple and delicious that she can offer to her clients. Although Selena claims that she can order take-out better than anyone - her homemade Chicken Ala King is "pretty darn good."
At the moment, Selena and Miguel consider their Jack Russell Terrier, Daisy; and their cat, Ophelia to be their children. When not enjoying each other's company, they enjoy the company of their many friends, family, nieces and nephews.
Shelley Hart | Corporate Controller
Shelley joined the Made From Scratch team in 2012 and she has already taken "control" of our Controlling and Accounting department. Shelley is a great fit to our team--it's as if she's been here for years.
Shelley prides herself on being uber organized (have you ever met a Controller who wasn't organized?) and has past Sales experience in the catering industry, which is a bonus! We are all pretty sure that if you looked up "hard-working" in the dictionary, you'd see a picture of Shelley Hart.
Shelley is always up for an adventure; whether she's traveling to Africa, white-water rafting, or skydiving, you can count her in. She's a total animal lover--don't ask her how many pets she has. (But if you did ask, you'd probably receive an answer like "oooh....only a few!" ...wink wink).
Krysten Phillips | Marketing Director
Three words to describe Krysten: friendly, fun, creative. A self-proclaimed "fact guru", Krysten finds it important to know a little bit about everything, which one of her Ohio State professors taught her would get her far in life. So far so good!
Beginning her career in food service at the age of 16, Krysten has a passion for the industry. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, it may look like she didn't get far (only 2 hours North!), but at age 10 Krysten and her family moved to Toronto, Ontario, Canada for two years. Because of this move, she attended quite a few schools as a child, and was forced to learn how to meet new people. To this day, Krysten accredits Toronto to making her the person she is today--outgoing, open, and immune to cold weather (just kidding)!
Joining Made From Scratch in 2012, Krysten is excited to focus all of her energy on Marketing, which is her passion.
Krysten loves the NFL ("Go Bengals!") and Fantasy Football, which she anxiously awaits season after season. Krysten loves spending time with her husband Tyler, her friends, and family--"nothing better than that".
Carol Chivington | Senior Event Consultant
Carol likes a challenge! As an Event Consultant with Made From Scratch for 20 years, she has had the privilege of planning some of the largest , most challenging events that Made From Scratch Catering has produced.
Carol likes to stay current with the ever changing food and decor trends by networking with other event professional at ISES (International Special Events Society) and WPC (Wedding Professionals of Columbus). Carol is also proud to say that she serves as Treasurer of the Ohio Chapter of Wish Upon a Wedding, a non-profit organization providing weddings and vow renewals to couples facing terminal illness or other serious life-altering circumstances.
Relaxing time for Carol consists of hiking, gardening and tending to her "pack" of three mischievous Terriers. Travel is also a passion which she feels has contributed to her career by providing inspiration for event theme development and authentic menu design. Her adventures in Spain, Italy, Greece, France and Turkey have influenced her approach to making an event a unique experience.
Carol values the many clients that have grown to become personal friends through the process of planning events together and always loves the opportunity to entertain in her own home.
Currently, Carol eagerly awaits an announcement from her daughter and son-in-law about the possibility of a grandchild in the near future.
Lauren Dillon | Event Consultant
One thing is certain--Lauren loves to entertain! Needless to say, she's made for this industry. Some of her favorite memories have been made sharing great food, wine and laughs with her closest family and friends.
When she isn't planning fabulous events at Made From Scratch, the Ohio native can be found spending time at her family's 33-acre property on Nolin Lake in
Kentucky--the site for her 2012 nuptials! Her favorite hobbies include snow skiing, watching Ohio State football, and hanging out at home with her husband, John, and their cat, Betsy Beans.
Leveraging her experience in the food and beverage industry with her passion for design (she once owned her own design company!), Lauren joined the Made From Scratch team in 2012. Her incredible "infectious" enthusiasm and experience with full-
service event planning made her a fantastic addition to our innovative sales team.
Lauren loves developing unique event experiences by tailoring the menu, linen and floral design to celebrate each individual personality. It is no surprise that when she periodically wanders back to our expansive warehouse, filled with design supplies, we can hear her exclaiming to the world "ooooooh I LOVE this!".
Lynn Hill | Event Consultant
Back in Columbus is our newest Event Consultant Lynn! We are excited that she has returned to her hometown after spending the last five years in the Dayton area. She has over a decade of experience in Event Planning, half of which was spent here in Columbus where she first learned her love for the industry.
While in Dayton, Lynn worked for an off-site catering company where she was the top event planner, ran the operations department and played an active role in every other aspect of the business. This experience was very helpful in her knowledge and growth in the catering world.
Lynn's forte is details, details, details! She is very excited about joining the Made From Scratch team and coming back to Columbus.
In her down-time, Lynn enjoys hiking in beautiful scenic locations across Ohio with her very bright 13-year-old son, Case, & Jazzie, her beloved Australian Shepherd. Their favorite spot is the Hocking Hills area.
Vanessa Au | Event Consultant
The newest addition to our team, Vanessa has always had a passion for food & sharing meals with friends (that's our kind of gal!) She loves trying new things, whether it be a new restaurant, a daring home-cooked meal, or one of Chef Tom's experiments!
Fun fact: Vanessa has been brewing beer at home since 2005 when she thought it would be something she & her fiance would learn together. Flash forward to 2015--they're still at it! She has really enjoyed seeing the beer culture grow in this awesome city. During the summer, you can find Vanessa watching baseball--she's an Indians fan and glad to have their farm team finally in Ohio.
Vanessa has been in the hospitality industry for over 15 years now, but her specialty is making clients feel at ease and stress-free during the event creative process. We can vouch for that-- Day 1 with Vanessa felt like she'd been with us for years. Welcome to the team, Vanessa!
Kelley Hudson | Service Coordinator
Kelley joined the Made From Scratch Team in 2013, as an intern, while attending The Ohio State University. After completing her degree in Hospitality Management, she became a permanent MFS Team Member.
Kelley grew up in Nashville, Tennessee where she developed a love for all types of music, southern food and hot summers! Before moving to Ohio, she had never been in snow that completely covered the grass!
In March, Kelley and her long time beau, Kyle, got engaged on Pensacola Beach. They will be getting married next April, and of course Made From Scratch is catering! Kelley says, "I get to see happy brides on a daily basis! I see the services they are provided and how easy MFS makes their day... I can't wait to be on the other side!"
In her spare time, Kelley enjoys spending time with her family, friends and her dogs, Holden (80 lbs) & Graham (3 lbs)!
Photography by the incredible Style & Story Creative.