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Jessica Brooks named Catering Professional of the Year

ClumcropJessica Brooks of Crystal Gardens — Livingston Banquet Center took home three awards at this year’s Event Professional Industry Class (EPIC) Awards: Catering Professional of the Year, Best Wedding, and Best Catered Event.  The EPIC Awards honored the best in event design, production and culinary skills for event professionals across the state and is organized by the three major event-industry organizations in Michigan: the National Association for Catering & Events (NACE), the International Special Event Society (ISES), and the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC).

Crystal Gardens Vice President of Operations was awarded the prestigious EPIC Awards Catering Professional of the Year award.  This award honors one person in the state each year who exemplifies true leadership in the industry.  Brooks won the award for her efforts to advance the catering industry, her involvement in education and the future of the industry, and for her community service and for giving back to the community.

Brooks was awarded the EPIC Award’s Best Wedding of 2013, Budget over $20k, for her event “Our Favorite Things.”  The award was to recognize outstanding event execution for a wedding; judging is based on creativity of presentation, level of difficulty, innovative menu and/or service style, and overall reflection of the couple’s lives and tastes.

Brooks also won the EPIC Award’s Best Catered Event for 2013 with her event “Our Favorite Things,” which featured a variety of unique culinary creations based on the favorite foods of her bride and groom, from a gourmet grilled cheese station to ahi tuna to dessert pie pops.

The EPICA Awards presentation took place on Wednesday, March 19 at The Guardian Building in Detroit.  The evening consisted of an hors d’oeuvre and cocktail hour, formal plated dinner, and the long anticipated awards presentation.

Crystal Gardens has been in business for over 40 years, hosting events of 50 to 1200 guests.  The off-premise catering division, Town Host Events by Crystal Gardens, serves the greater metro Detroit area and handles all sizes, types, and price ranges of events.  Most recently, For more information, please contact Jessica Clum by e-mail at or by telephone at (517) 545-1000.

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