Meet Our Team 2018-10-09T19:37:14+00:00

Meet Our Team

Dedicated Professionals

Our satisfaction comes from knowing our clients, friends and family well enough to successfully create beautiful, tasteful and memorable events.

Greg Neville

Executive Chef, Partner & Sommelier
Allora Catering & Events

Gregory Neville is the Executive Chef, Partner and Certified Sommelier for Allora.

Originally from Newport Beach, Greg traveled, lived and attended school in Europe, with a special focus on World History and Italian Cuisine. After returning to California, graduating from UCLA and then receiving his Masters from Thunderbird, he held multiple Chef/Partner positions in the San Francisco and Los Angeles markets, with groups such as Spectrum Foods, Prego, Tutto Mare, and MacArthur Park. He was Executive Chef and Partner at Il Fornaio and Hotel Donatello in San Francisco, where he received the AAA Five Diamond Award. He later came to Utah as the Executive Chef for Gastronomy Restaurant Group and later Solitude Mountain Resort.

In 2000, Greg opened the beloved Lugano Restaurant in Salt Lake City – serving delicious Northern Italian fare. During his 13 successful years with Lugano, Chef Greg received numerous accolades and awards for his local, sustainable and seasonal menu.

He has been awarded Best Chef, Best Italian Restaurant, Best of State and was Zagat rated for more than 10 years. Greg was also invited to cook at the James Beard House for the March 2007 “Italian Lovers Dinner” and the 2007 “America’s Thanksgiving Dinner”.

In 2012, Greg received his Level II Certified Sommelier Certificate from the Court of Master Sommeliers in Northern California. In 2013, he was nominated by his peers to the ‘Best Chefs America’ annual publication.

Julie Paine

Chef, Partner, Sales & Marketing
Allora Catering & Events

Growing up Greek on a farm in Providence, Julie learned the importance of food at a very young age. However, her first career was in the corporate worlds of American Express and eBay, where she managed global incentive programs and corporate events.

Her travels took her all over the United States and Europe where she worked with international sales & marketing groups, and operations & executive teams, organizing and directing executive, employee and community events and programs.

Julie’s second career is much more interesting, as she abandoned her corporate life and earned her degree in Culinary Arts. After graduating, she spent the summer in Verona, Italy attending a post graduate school focusing on language, culture and cuisine. From there she worked diligently in the Utah and Italian hospitality and concierge markets, taught cooking classes, created and opened the new concept restaurant Mollie & Ollie in downtown SLC, and spent as much time in Italy continuing her culinary education and experience.

Together, Greg and Julie share a deep passion for all things Italian and plan to expand their private event business into Italy where they will live for part of the year.

Deb Jones

Sous Chef, Catering & Event Manager
Allora Catering & Events

Deb Jones was raised in Marin County, CA. She grew up showing horses and developed a love for agriculture and the outdoors. Deb earned a degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in Animal Science. After graduation, she moved to Silicon Valley to begin a career in medical research focusing on auto immune diseases, primarily Diabetes.

In 1999 Deb moved to Salt Lake City with her husband, Brian, to continue research at the University of Utah, and to live in closer proximity to skiing, hiking and mountain biking. After 28 years in biology research, they moved from the city to the mountains in Park City, giving them the opportunity to focus on other passions, such as cooking and entertaining.

Deb earned a professional culinary arts certificate in 2016 and has been a valued member of Team Allora since her graduation.

Amy Knight

Sous Chef, Catering & Event Manager
Allora Catering & Events

Amy Knight was raised on a farm in Idaho with a big family where food was always a central part of their life. From this upbringing, she learned to love cooking from a young age, and food continued to be a central passion of her life and perhaps… a bit of an obsession.

Today, Amy and her husband Ryan, are parents to 5 incredible sons, and live in Park City where she spends significant time in her self-designed kitchen preparing and creating healthy and delicious meals for the men in her life. Amy also enjoys hosting large dinner parties for friends, family and neighbors. Her love of food has also been a central element of her travels and led her to finding unique culinary experiences across the globe.

In 2016, once all of her boys where in school, she finally had the time to pursue this passion of cooking, and attended Park City Culinary Institute. Since graduation, she has been working as a private chef in the Park City area and is another valued member of Team Allora.

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Just a few of our
Satisfied Clients

Read what they have to say about their beautiful, tasteful and memorable events.

“Thanks so much for last night. I … grabbed some of that red bicycle bread everyone is talking about and made the most amazing steak sandwiches with the leftover steak and onions and mushrooms. They were a big hit with everyone…!”

Shelby Nielsen

“WOW What a weekend! You guys are unbelievable and we are so appreciative of all your help! We got SOO many compliments with people saying it is the absolute best wedding food they have ever had!”

Kate & Bryan

“I want to thank you again for a lovely evening. We can’t stop talking about how good everything was, from the food, the service and of course the hosts. You were so dear to think of me and fix my own delicious vegetarian dishes.”

Laura Marks

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