At The Pinery, we aim to create a destination with a distinctive sense of place and a pioneering spirit of service……where lasting memories are created! From your first visit until the moment that your last guest departs, let our outstanding team of hospitality experts dazzle you with their welcoming professional service and unparalleled attention to detail.
Our Event Coordinator, Mackenzie Tamayo has over ten years of experience in the hospitality and restaurant industry. Her love of details and passion for creating lasting relationships and impressions is what draws her to event planning. With ties to various businesses and nonprofits in the area, Mackenzie’s love of community is evident in her professionalism and efforts. Mackenzie believes that executing an event well means more than just details on paper, a successful event gives people a message about their value.Email Mackenzie
Michelle is an event and wedding coordinator at the Hill and has been with the company in varied capacities for years. Michelle has an incredible eye for detail and desires to help make your event as special and tailored to your expectations as possible. Michelle has a degree in Hospitality and Event Planning and has been in the event industry for over 8 years. She is truly passionate about events and loves what she does!Email Michelle
A professional entertainer for over 14 years, Brandon Lee has been a DJ and Emcee for over 1,000 weddings and numerous high profile events including, product launches, grand opening celebrations as well as celebrity and professional athletes’ birthday parties.
With a professional and organized approach, Brandon possesses the skills necessary to make any event exciting and memorable. Equipped with a skilled team of DJs, state of the art equipment, and dedication to customer service, Brandon and his team will satisfy all of your entertainment needs.Email Brandon
Sue has been able to utilize her full breadth of pastry skills with an increasing emphasis on wedding and specialty cakes, her specialization. Always one to look for ways to improve her product you will find Sue trying out new recipes and utilizing her colleagues as her test group; a role relished by all.Email Sue
Chef Ben Hoffer is a Colorado native, having grown up in Manitou Springs. After graduation from Manitou Springs High School, Ben was accepted into the Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts in Pittsburgh, where he attained his culinary degree. Greatly respected by his staff and peers, Ben oversees all full service catering for the recently combined Garden of the Gods Gourmet and Pinery Catering organizations. Ben specializes in International French fusion, combining other cuisines with classic French techniques.
Chef Larissa Vendola is a Colorado Springs native, who has already made quite a name for herself in our culinary community. For the past several years, she and Chef Amy (Pontius) Fairbanks have entered and won numerous culinary competitions, including winning the prestigious “Champion de Cuisine” Award from the Colorado Restaurant Association’s Pikes Peak Expo Competition in 2010 and 2012, and the People’s Choice Award at the Chef’s Gala in 2010.
Owner Mitchell Yellen is an entrepreneur, author, investment banker and financial engineer whose honesty and integrity has led to success both in his professional and personal life. He owns many successful businesses in the Colorado Springs area, including Garden of the Gods Gourmet Market & Café, Garden of the Gods Gourmet Catering & Events, Taste Restaurant and has exclusive partnerships with the U.S. Olympic Training Center, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.