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Our Team

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
jsmith@tgiscatering.com

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

Mark Rivera

Mark RiveraEvent Manager
mrivera@tgiscatering.com

Favorite Dish: Honey Molasses Fried Chicken

Carrie Gemme

Carrie GemmeEvent Manager
cgemme@tgiscatering.com

Favorite Dish: Chicken Kofta served with a caramelized shallot orzo & a fresh jalapeno tsatziki

Cindy Telles

Cindy TellesExecutive Director, Sycamore Plaza
ctellestgis@lakewoodcity.org

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

Suzie Chun

Susie ChunEvent Manager, Sycamore Plaza
schuntgis@lakewoodcity.org

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

Christina Rich

Administrative & Staffing Manager
tgis.catering@tgiscatering.com

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

Katie Swisher

Katie SwisherAccounting Manager
accounting@tgiscatering.com

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

Patricia Rios

Patricia RiosExecutive Chef
prios@tgiscatering.com

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

Gonzalo Andrade

Gonzalo AndradeWarehouse Manager
gandrade@tgiscatering.com

Favorite Dish: Barolo Braised Short Ribs

Roy Porter

Roy PorterTeam Training and Employment Manager
tgishiring@gmail.com

Favorite Dish: Thai Rice Noodles tossed with caramelized pork belly, broccoli, green onions & basil and finished with our Red Thai curry sauce

Deborah McNamara

Manager, Viva Cafe
dmcnamara@molaa.org

Favorite Dish: Fresh Spinach & Queso Fresco Enchilada topped with a tomatillo salsa

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