A Conversation with Jodi Fyfe

Food, Tastemakers

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You could say that as the founder of Paramount Events, Jodi Fyfe is somewhat of a local Martha Stewart. In 2011, with a restaurant and hospitality management degree from Kendall College in addition to 20 years of experience under her belt, the Oak Park mom of two finally decided that Chicago’s catering scene was especially ready for a shake-up.

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Borrowing from the industry experience she gained at the Four Seasons (Newport Beach), ARAMARK and Blue Plate Catering, Jodi finally established Paramount Events as the go-t0 caterer for events like Techweek, Neocon and Chicago Gourmet in less than five years.

Like a lot of powerful women who want to make the world a better place, Jodi is also passionate about breast cancer awareness. As a result of losing her cousin to the disease, Jodi founded Tickled Pink, an annual benefit to raise funds for breast cancer prevention programs.

Read on to learn more about Jodi’s story, in her own words.

An Interview with Jodi

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What was your first job out of college?

I worked at Lettuce Entertain You, where they have a great training program. I had a great experience filled with good people and in a fun work environment.

What led you to create Paramount Events?

I love events and catering to people. The caterer brings the food, which most of all to me equals love and comfort. No matter the situation, people are always happy to see the food.

How do you start each day? Describe your morning routine.

Wake up, shower, take my son to school, stop at Starbucks for a mint hot tea, and then head to the office. Most days I am at the office before 8:00 AM.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given? 

That “the best is yet to come.”

What does your typical work day look like? 

I start my work days with meetings, will probably have lunch with clients and or vendors, and an afternoon filled with more meetings. Finally, I generally have work events in the evenings.

It’s 5:00 p.m. on a Friday. What’s in your glass? 

Artesa 2011 Pinnacle, Limited Release, Napa Valley.

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