Chris Johnston

Executive Chef
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If Chris seems unflappable, chalk it up to his experience as chef garde-manager at the Ritz Carlton in Miami’s South Beach during a hurricane season that set records not only for the number of storms, but for their ferocity as well. The experience taught Chris to develop contingency plans, stay poised, and always prepare for the unknown; in other words, it made him the perfect culinary director for your event. 

Just tell Chris what kind of foods rock your taste buds like a hurricane, and he and his team will bring it to life. “Food creates memories,” says Chris, explaining why he likes his work, “and it brings pleasure to others.” 

What brings Chris pleasure when he’s not creating extraordinary event menus? Digging clams, harvesting oysters, foraging for mushrooms, gardening, and watching college football.

Meet the DSquared Team

Meg Haggerty

Co-Owner
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Maureen "Mo" Shaw

Chief Operating Officer
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Reed Haggerty

associate chief operating officer
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Darren Nicholas

General Manager, Benaroya Hall
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Kristin Beman

Director of Sales, Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes
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Chris Johnston

Executive Chef
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Carol Madaio

Office Manager
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Karna Leinbach

Staffing Coordinator, Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes
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RYAN SCHILLER

operations manager, benaroya hall
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Adam Reece

Executive Sous Chef
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Kevin Ledbetter

House Manager
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Jack Hilton

Beverage Logistics Coordinator, ACT Theatre concessions manager
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IVY GILLETTE

assistant operations manager, benaroya hall
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Natalie Soules

Catering and Events Manager, Benaroya Hall
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Stephanie Lau

Event Manager, Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes
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Courtney Edwards

Event Manager, Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes
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Emily Shiller

business development and Event Manager, Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes
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Hanna Dillard

Catering and Events Manager, Melrose Market Studios
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Kimball Gainor

Catering and Events Manager, The Hall at Fauntleroy
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Michael Chase

Production Chef, Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes
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Brideen Baker

Pastry Chef
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Nick Weber

Sous Chef
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Kevin Kirsch

Sous Chef at Muse and David & Co
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Desiree Jones

Assistant Office Manager
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Sammi Yuen

Event Assistant, Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes
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TAYLOR HUTSELL

event assistant, tuxedos and tennis shoes
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JENNIFER AMEZCUA

bookkeeper & HR assistant
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MARIANNE KREMPL

event & administrative assistant
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