Author, party/lifestyle expert and founder and CEO of MGCE, Mary’s “simple yet special” approach to entertaining has earned her the well-deserved moniker, “Caterer To The Stars” for the past 15+ years.
From the very inception of the company in 2005, Mary has created parties for the crème de la crème of the art, fashion and entertainment sets. Her clients look to her and her team to break traditional entertaining norms and instead bring to life party ideas that are one-of-a-kind, outside-the box, playful experiences for host and guests alike. Quick to remind all that she is neither a chef nor a humorless foodie, Mary draws her inspiration for entertaining, cuisine and hospitality from her namesake grandmothers, each very different personalities but both pivotal in Mary's life and the development of her signature style.
“Mary and Lucille were my beloved grandmothers, as different as can be from each other. Mary was a traditional housewife, an amazing cook, homemaker, and mother who put family first. Lucille was an ultra-contemporary woman for her times, a maverick entrepreneur and risk-taker with a dynamic business savvy who owned and ran several successful hotels. I consider myself a delicious mixed cocktail of these two extraordinary women. I am proud to be a modern working girl with deep-rooted entertaining traditions.”
In addition to founding MGCE, Mary has appeared on Billions, The Barefoot Contessa, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Hallmark Home & Family and is a featured regular on The Rachael Ray Show; Mary’s column “Eat, Drink & Be Mary” also appears in Rachael Ray In Season magazine. She is the author of "The Cocktail Party: Eat, Drink, Play, Recover" and "Tiny Hot Dogs: A Memoir in Small Bites.”
Mary graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in English/Theater and spent a year in Florence, Italy studying Italian food, wine and culture. She often jokes that she graduated the prestigious university “magna cum party.”
Mary resides in New York's Chelsea neighborhood and Woodstock, New York with her husband Ryan and their daughter Gala.