Executive Partner and Divisional President
Marc Jacobs is the President and Partner of Aba, Antico Posto, Beatrix, Beatrix Market, Ēma, Rotisserie Ēma, Foodease, Foodlife, L. Woods, Mity Nice Bar & Grill and The Dalcy.
Marc began his career with Lettuce Entertain You in the fall of 1991, as a banquet server and busser at Bones (now L. Woods). After being cross-trained as a server, host and line cook, he was offered the opportunity to go through management training upon his graduation from UIC in the summer of 1995.
Two years later, Marc was transferred to R.J. Grunts, and was quickly promoted to general manager where he worked side by side with Rich Melman on the re-development of the restaurant.
From 2001 to 2015, Marc was imperative in the development and re-concepting of Antico Posto, Foodlife, Mity Nice Bar & Grill and L.Woods. He also oversaw and led the opening process from beginning to end at Di Pescara, Foodease Market, Beatrix River North, Streeterville, Fulton Market and Beatrix Market.
Now, Marc is thrilled to be combining his passion for food and design with his vast experience in restaurants in his latest concept, Aba, a Mediterranean restaurant featuring a light, California style of cooking in Fulton Market.
In his free time, Marc enjoys spending time with his wife Vanessa and their three children, traveling, and visiting new restaurants.
Michael Giles is a Partner of Aba, Beatrix, Beatrix Market, Ēma and The Dalcy. With a strong passion for food and operations, Michael has worked for several restaurant groups in multiple cities including Minneapolis, San Diego, Portland and now in Chicago.
Michael started at Lettuce Entertain You in August 2010 where he was a part of the Scoozi team. He quickly became the General Manager, and just three years later, Michael led the opening team at Beatrix River North. Finding success in the concept, Michael has been influential in the opening of Beatrix's two other locations in Streeterville and Fulton Market, as well as Beatrix Market, a quick grab and go experience. Michael is now the Partner of said restaurants, in addition to Ēma, Aba, and The Dalcy.
Michael oversees daily operations, food quality and ongoing training and development of the management team. Working closely with the chef team to facilitate new and creative ideas, Michael is constantly focused on hiring and developing his management teams and growth in all three concepts.
As a Gold Coast resident, he enjoys checking out new bars and restaurants, exploring the city and playing ice hockey. He also enjoys travel, especially visiting his native hometown in Minnesota, and spending time with family and friends.
Maureen Larson is a Lettuce Entertain You Partner with Aba & The Dalcy as well as The Ivy Room.
Maureen's passion for the hospitality industry was sparked between her Freshman & Sophomore year of college during a summer job at The Drake Hotel. She immediately loved meeting people from around the world and making their stay unforgettable. Switching colleges she headed off to the University of Wisconsin Stout majoring in Hotel and Restaurant Management.
After several years in the hotel industry, she joined Lettuce Entertain You in 1991 pursuing a career in sales and catering. Maureen worked at many Lettuce restaurants including Brasserie Jo, Papagus and Bub City as a Sales and Catering Manager and then Divisional Director of Sales. In the early 2000’s Maureen moved to the LEYE corporate office eventually becoming the Vice President of Parties and Special Events. In 2015 she became a Partner in Lettuce Entertain You’s first event venue The Ivy Room followed by The Dalcy Event Hall in the Summer of 2018.
Maureen has two children who she says she learns so much from each and every day. She has a passion for helping develop young women leaders, is a sports enthusiast (Go Bears and Cubs!), and loves serving on several boards in the city of Chicago.
Cannon Porter's passion for the hospitality industry began in 2004 where she worked at Texas Roadhouse in East Lansing, MI. Upon graduating from Michigan State University, Cannon was promoted to Service and Kitchen Manager.
After spending nine years at Texas Roadhouse, Cannon came to Chicago to join the opening team as a manager of Beatrix River North in 2013. After taking over as General Manager in 2015, Cannon was prepared to then lead the management team at Beatrix’s sister restaurant, Ēma, as the General Manager.
In 2017, Cannon proudly went on to open and oversee Beatrix's third location in the Fulton Market District of the West Loop, and is now an Associate Partner of Aba and The Dalcy, a Mediterranean restaurant and private event hall in Fulton Market. She continues to have a daily focus on all aspects of the restaurant including working closely with the chef and management team, while continually maintaining a high standard for food and service. Her favorite part of her job is working the floor and meeting new faces.
Cannon has a true passion for food and cocktails. When she’s not in the restaurant, Cannon enjoys running, biking, golfing, dining at local restaurants, and attending sporting events and concerts.
Eric Santoyo is originally from Mexico City and moved to Chicago in 1999. Eric began his culinary journey when he was 20-years-old at Puck’s Café at the Museum of Contemporary Art. During his time there, Eric’s passion for food developed even more, and he went on to work for Wolfgang Catering Events. In 2001, Eric was promoted to Sous Chef, and continued his culinary education at the Illinois Institute of Art. In between class, Eric gained experience in various kitchens including Brasserie Jo with Chef Jean Joho, La Hacienda de los Morales under Chef Alejandro Heredia, and Everest. In 2006, Eric joined the team at Seasons in the Four Seasons Hotel, where over a span of 12 years he was the Garde Manger, Sous Chef, Banquet Chef and Executive Sous Chef.
In July 2018, Eric came back to Lettuce Entertain You as the Executive Chef of The Dalcy, a 6,000 square-foot private event hall in Fulton Market. His favorite part of the job is making sure each guest is comfortable and enjoying their experience. Eric says, ‘The sky is the limit! The happiness of our guest is the essence of my drive as a Chef.’
When Eric isn’t cooking, he loves to spend time with his wife, Juliet and children, Lianca and Dylan.
Carlos was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He attended University of Illinois at Chicago where he studied architecture while also working part-time as a waiter for various catering companies. Upon graduation, Carlos joined the team at La Cuisine, a family-owned catering business, where he helped oversee everything from business operations, marketing, and food and kitchen processes. After 10 years learning and developing his culinary skills, Carlos was ready for the next step.
In May 2018, Carlos joined the Lettuce Entertain You team, and is currently the Kitchen Manager at Aba and The Dalcy. His favorite part of the job is hearing that guest had a great experience, as well as growing and teaching the team around him.
In his free time, Carlos enjoys working on music in his home studio where he engineers and produces music for himself and other aspiring artists.
Sales & Catering Manager
Angela Smurawa was born and raised in Wisconsin. She found her passion for the hospitality industry while working her high school job a local pizzeria as server and office admin. She immediately fell in love the energy of restaurants. In 2007 she moved to Chicago and managed a salon for 6 years. She then moved to Florida and worked in sales for a PR / Marketing company before coming back home to Chicago. Angela has been with Lettuce Entertain You for four years, starting as a host and server and working her way up to operations manager, and then sales and catering manager. She assisted in opening Beatrix Streeterville and continued to at all of the Beatrix properties and Ema. Currently Angela is a Sales and Catering Manager at Aba and the Dalcy. Her favorite aspect of her job is the opportunity to meet new people and see their event that started as an idea fully come to life. In her free time she enjoys hosting dinner parties and spending time with her family and friends.
Sales & Catering Manager
Christine Cossette is originally from Norwood, Massachusetts, her first job in high school was filling cannolis at a bakery in her hometown. Looking for a bustling city and more opportunity, Christine moved to Chicago and began her career in the hospitality industry. Christine started with Lettuce Entertain You in the summer of 2016 as a Sales and Catering Manager for Beatrix and Ema, and recently joined the Dalcy and Aba team as a Sales Manager. Her favorite part of the job is helping clients plan and celebrate their special occasions
In her free time, she loves to plan her own themed events as well as spending time with her fiancé trying new restaurants and traveling as often as she can.
Erica Sibley grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. After graduating from Miami University in Ohio in 2014, she moved to Chicago. In 2016, she joined Lettuce as an intern, where her passion for the company began. She also worked as a host at Beatrix Streeterville and Sales/Catering Coordinator at Beatrix and Ema, eventually leading to her current role as Events Manager at Aba and The Dalcy. Erica enjoys working with the team to exceed guest's expectations at every event. In her free time, Erica enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and eating (of course!)
Sales & Catering Coordinator
Samantha Brauer is from Mokena, IL. She graduated from University of Missouri in December 2018 with a degree in hospitality management. She fell in love with the hospitality industry when completing an internship with an event company in Chicago during her junior year of college. Her passion is events and loves using her creativity to help bring her guests special moments come to life.
Sam joined Lettuce Entertain You in February 2018 and is the Sales and Catering Coordinator for The Dalcy and Aba. In her free time she enjoys fitness, hanging out with her friends, and playing with her two golden retrievers.
Sarah Ochoa was born in Tinley Park, Illinois and now lives in Homewood. Sarah's interest in the hospitality industry sparked when working at a country club in high school where she loved the fast-paced environment and having to think on her feet. Sarah went on to major in Food Science & Human Nutrition with a concentration in Hospitality Management at the University of Illinois Champaign - Urbana.
Sarah started with Lettuce Entertain You as an intern in the summer of 2014 at Wildfire Oakbrook. After graduating college in May 2015, she returned to Wildfire as the Parties and Special Events Assistant at their Chicago location, and two years later moved to Reel Club to be the Parties and Specials Events Manager. Shortly after realizing that she missed the hustle and bustle of the Chicago restaurant scene, Sarah joined the opening team of Aba & The Dalcy as an Event Coordinator in April 2018. Sarah's favorite part of her job is seeing events come to life; from the linen, to the lighting, and the floral.
Sarah loves being a new mom and spending time with her daughter, Taylor. She enjoys swimming, watching the Cubbies, and hanging out in the backyard with a great bottle of wine.