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Sofia Riley

Sofia Riley — President

Favorite Dish: Butterleaf, Arugula & Curly Endive tossed with marcona almonds, manchego, toasted farro, Cranberries, dates & our Citrus Vinaigrette

Sofia was raised in a family of restaurateurs.  Her father was a formally trained chef who experienced much success in the restaurant business.  Sofia knew she wanted to work with food, specifically by taking it to the next level from a creative and aesthetic standpoint.  After graduating from California State University Long Beach and UCLA, Sofia launched THANK GOODNESS IT’S SOFIA in 1989.  For ten years she successfully balanced the difficult responsibilities of building a business and raising a family.   In 1999, as TGIS was growing at a rapid pace, Sofia decided to invite her brother, George, to partner with her.  Sofia has been married to husband Jim for twenty-five years and is mother to Elizabeth and Dean.  She continues to use many of her talents in working with many charities helping to fight cancer and child abuse.  In 2004, she was nominated for Orange County Business Journal “Woman of the Year.”

George Marinos

George Marinos — Chief Executive Officer

Favorite Dish: Filet Mignon Napoleon layered with Portobello Mushroom, Caramelized Onions & Cracked Pepper Boursin Cheese

George has a passion for food that was cultivated during a childhood spent working in the kitchen of his father’s restaurants.  After high school, George attended the University of Southern California and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.  He decided to leave the family business though, and promptly landed a job as an accountant at the prestigious firm, BDO Seidman.  After a few years at BDO, George moved on to work in the film industry, first at Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) and later as a film producer at Shoreline Entertainment.  Despite some success in Hollywood, George always felt a longing to return to what he truly loved: food.  So, when Sofia approached him with the idea of joining her in the catering business, he seized the opportunity.  George’s background in filmmaking enables him to bring a unique visual flair and elegance to every TGIS event.  He still tries to spend as much time in the kitchen as possible, whether it’s preparing meals for his wife and children or overseeing the catering for a wedding reception.

Our Talented Team

TGIS’s internationally trained Executive Chef and culinary team are committed to innovating and dazzling palettes across Southern California..  They are constantly working to find fresh, new takes on existing favorites, testing combinations of foods never before seen, and experimenting with new flavors to stay on the cutting edge.  This sense of pride in our work extends to the entire TGIS staff, from our event designers, and mixologists, to our friendly serving staff.  TGIS has a unified goal, and that is to deliver service and food of the highest quality for our clients and guests.

Jeremy Smith

Jeremy SmithEvent Manager, Creative Director, Mixologist

Favorite Dish: White Truffle & Honey Glazed Salmon Finished with a Golden & Red Tomato Caponata
Favorite Cocktail: Jalapeno Basil Margarita

Mark Rivera

Mark RiveraSenior Event Sales Manager

Favorite Dish: Jalapeno and Sausage Pizza

Adrienne Newell

Event Manager

Favorite Dish:

Cindy Telles

Cindy TellesExecutive Director, Sycamore Plaza

Favorite Dish: Warm Buttermilk Spiced Donut Holes finished with our Warm Chocolate Ganache

Azalea Perez

Event Manager, Sycamore Plaza

Favorite Dish: Provincial Chicken finished with a chardonnay leek sauce

Ignacio Gonzalez

Ignacio GonzalezFacilities Manager, Sycamore Plaza

Favorite Dish: East Meets West Street Tacos topped with a sesame ginger slaw & our chili lime salsa fresca

Carrie Gemme

Carrie Gemme Business Development Manager ;

Favorite Dish: Chicken & Waffle Lollipops served with a maple remoulade

Melissa Long

Accounting Manager

Favorite Dish: Smoked Chicken & Corn Chowder finished with a crème fraiche sphere

Patricia Rios

Patricia RiosExecutive Chef

Favorite Dish: Fire Roasted Anaheim Chile, Filled with a Ancho Chile Chicken Topped with a Chihuahua Cheese

Gonzalo Andrade

Gonzalo AndradeWarehouse Manager

Favorite Dish: Barolo Braised Short Ribs


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