Lara Vann-Dagenhardt specializes in chef driven events and offers full service event planning & coordination of a variety of high-end, high-impact special events. Past experience in fine dining, the wine industry & luxury hotel hospitality, Lara brings over 20 years of experience, offering holistic expertise & support in producing successful events for her clients.
Most recently, Lara managed tourism & events at O’Shaughnessy Winery in Napa, one of California's top 10 boutique Cabernet producers. Previously, she spent time working for a luxury hotel on St. John in the Caribbean coordinating corporate & personal events. She spent her formative years in the industry as General Manager with The Kitchen restaurant group & Big Red F, based in Boulder.
Her passion for the sustainable culinary world was demonstrated by her involvement with the 2014 Chef’s Collaborative Summit in Boulder, Slow Food Nations 2017 & 2018 & The Good Food 100 Restaurants. Raising awareness with like-minded chefs who care about the impact of their menu’s and cultivating a better food system. Lara has taken her passion for the industry and sustainability to coordinate celebrations & educational conferences with her company Whitegate Events LLC.
Whitegate LLC will provide a service bridging the connection between chefs and large scale events. Focused but not limited within the sustainability world.