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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Kevin Ledbetter

House Manager
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Jack Hilton

Beverage Logistics Coordinator, ACT Theatre concessions manager
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Ethan Miller

executive sous chef at benaroya hall
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Emily Shiller

business development and Event Manager, Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes
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Kimball Gainor

Lead Event & Venue Manager, The Hall at Fauntleroy & melrose market studios
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Stephanie Lau

Event Manager, Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes
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Melissa Sweet

event manager, tuxedos and tennis shoes
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IVY GILLETTE

assistant operations manager, benaroya hall
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TAYLOR HUTSELL

event producer, tuxedos and tennis shoes
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Sara Boop

event producer, tuxedos and tennis shoes
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Julia Severance

event producer
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Desiree Jones

marketing communications specialist
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Nick Weber

Sous Chef
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Angel Alfonso

sous chef, tuxedos and tennis shoes
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Kevin Kirsch

Sous Chef at Muse and David & Co
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Brideen Baker

Pastry Chef
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Michael Chase

Production Chef, Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes
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MARIANNE KREMPL

event & administrative assistant
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Renee Sinclair

bookkeeper assistant
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