About Us

No event is more important than your next party. We want you to feel 100% confident about the individuals with whom you place your trust in making your event a success.

Our Team

Monica S. Newby

Catering Director

Monica brings twenty+ years of food service, management and sales experience to create A Grand Affaire. With her experience as a Certified Financial Planning Practitioner, she also handles the business aspect of the company. And, as her nickname, "the party girl" indicates, she enjoys creating spectacular events. Monica’s talent in organization and leadership has created a skilled team that is sure to make each event as Grand as you would expect from the most prestigious caterers. Her thorough attention to detail and her passion for food brings success and great taste to your events. Since opening for business in 1998, Monica has developed A Grand Affaire into a finely tuned catering service.

Teresa Martos

Sales Assistant

Teresa does a little bit of everything for us and you. She started as a server in 2007 and has grown to become one of our best Banquet Captains as well as Monica's Sales Assistant.  From helping clients plan their events to managing them to ensure their success, she is there for you.  With her experience in catering and management, Teresa makes sure to lead the team to have everything go just as you planned. Whether you want party platters or full service catering, Teresa will attend to the details to ensure that your event will be successful and smooth.  She always shows a deep level of caring as she understands the importance of your special day.

James Bivans


Our Chef, James Bivans, brings talent and dedication to our culinary team. Don't let his youthful appearance fool you, he has years of professional experience and education from Johnson & Wales University. James has worked at many restaurants in the Seattle area as well as catering at the Rainier Club. James is passionate about all types of cuisine and maintains integrity with all that he creates as well as being innovative and thinking outside of the box. He is a true people person and loves to interact with clients and guests. We love working with him and know you will too!

Breanne Cedarleaf

Banquet Captain

Breanne has been a valuable member of our event team.  She has worked as our Operations Manager and learned the inner workings of how to make events great from behind the scenes.  She continues to work events with us as a server, bartender, and Banquet Captain.  We always know you'll be taken care of when Breanne is on the scene. Her caring demeanor, attention to detail and great leadership skills ensure a happy team that will make your event fun and flawless.

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We love our clients and they love us too! Please see for yourself what people are saying about us. And if we have already catered an event for you, please leave your comments too. Thank you!

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Please peruse these frequently asked questions and answers. We know this may be your first time planning a catered event and our coordinators are here to answer any additional questions you have. Please feel free to call our office at 206-957-0037.

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