Behind the Hustle: Stella Ballarini (@scoozievents)
Stella Ballarini does it all! Stella had a passion for cooking since the age of 9 when she cooked alongside her French Grandmother. From a young age she grew up exposed to international cuisine. Being a professionally trained ballerina took her to Italy where she lived for 10 years studying under famous renowned chefs before returning to NYC to open Scoozi Events in 1996.
Scoozi Events has gone on to win awards such as “Most Creative Food & Beverage Caterer” by ISES (International Special Events Society, featured in magazines such as Biz Bash’s Top 100 Events, Biz Bash’s Most Creative Catering Chef and is a featured speaker at the Macy’s Culinary Council.
Stella’s approach to food is playful & fun and Scoozi’s food is backed by the finest ingredients available, never compromising on quality, taste or presentation. She is on an internal mission to always create something new or make an innovative twist on something old.
Stella’s love for animals & the earth makes being green a priority for Scoozi Events. Scoozi was “green before it was fashionable” certified by the Green Restaurant Association since 2011 now reaching an all time high rating of three stars! Scoozi does everything possible to help make this earth a greener place. We recycle, compost & reduce energy in our offices. We also source locally grown produce & farmer’s market meats & cheeses.
“hi, my names is…”
The world knows me as: Stella
I’ve also been known to respond to the names: aka Stella 🙂
I am wicked good at: brainstorming !
Least favorite house chore: all!
My go-to guilty pleasure food is: candy, candy & more candy!
Favorite App: über is my bae !
Favorite quote: Imagination is More Important Than Knowledge ” Albert Einstein”
Job Title: Chairman CEO Principle of Creative Director Of Operations Head Of Laboratory & Manager of Everything Else !
Professional Superpower: stamina & positive attitude 🙂
My primary role in the events industry is: Catering Decor & Full Service Event Production
Years in the events industry: 18
To me, being an event hustler means: Making it happen! On all levels! The word NO is not in my vocab!
The top 2 most surprising things I’ve learned about the events industry since starting are: Being a certified green company – the amount of waste the event industry produces and what little is being done about it
How did you get your start in the events industry? Fate led me to events
My biggest event industry pet peeve is: The Grumpy Freight Elevator Guy
“No such thing as TMI”
One thing that would really surprise people to learn about me is: Created one of our most popular desserts the S’more Pipettes and NEVER tasted it Yet!!
You can only keep 2 albums in your entire music collection -those albums would be: Michael Jackson’s Greatest Hits & Broadway Musicals Greatest Hits
10yr old me thought I’d grow up to be: a nun!
Text or phone call?: Like Drake Says….. Call me on my cell phone!
Android or iphone?: iPhone
Toilet paper roll – Over or under?: TMI 🙂
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