Meet the Team: Pastry Chef Rachel

Meet the Team |

This month’s Meet the Team post is all about our amazing Pastry Chef, Rachel Cullen. Rachel is a Florida native who attended Johnson & Wales University in North Miami and Providence, Rhode Island. After graduating, she returned to Miami and had her first job with a catering company.

Chef Rachel just celebrated her 10 year anniversary with the Reunion Family and we couldn’t be luckier to have her on our team. She oversees the production of all in house pastries and desserts, creates the dessert menus for all of our restaurants and takes on any special projects that come her way.

Meet the Team: Pastry Chef Rachel |

Here is a peak into the mind of our Pastry Chef:

What are the first 3 things you do when you wake up:
Feed Maggie (our 3 year old Lab Mix)
Walk Maggie
Check my Email

Cupcakes or Regular Cake: Definitely Regular Cake, there is so much more space for decorating!

Best advice you’ve ever received: “Early is on time, on time is late, and late is unacceptable”
One of my college professors said this and it has stuck ever since. I HATE being late unless it is unavoidable.

Favorite “Get Pumped Up” Song: “Feel So Close” by Calvin Harris.
It was played at our wedding so there is a good memory attached it to. Plus, it’s good for working out or the ride into work, it just makes me feel good!

Tell us your funniest pastry story: I made a Red Sox ball cap cake for a groom a few years ago. I set it up on the cake table and the Mother of the Groom came by and said “Now, who would leave their hat on this table?!” I was just happy it looked so realistic.

Mini Dessert made by Reunion Resort Pastry Chef Rachel |

What would you choose as your last meal?: It would have to be my mom’s Schweinersnitzel (super thin pork cutlets, breaded and fried with a squeeze of lemon on top) and Parsley Potatoes or her Chicken & Waffles Pennsylvania Dutch Style (shredded stewed chicken and chicken gravy over a waffle), sounds weird but it’s amazing!

What is the most delicious thing you’ve ever made?: Hmmm…I’ve been told my Nutella pop tarts are awesome! But I think my favorite thing is my New York Cheesecake with a Brownie Bottom.

There are a ton of home bakers out there, what is the best advice you would give them?: Practice, Practice, Practice! It’s hard to get everything right the first time. Don’t get frustrated, just try again! Plus, you’re baking- so usually your mistakes are still delicious!

If you could choose 1 person (past or present) to have dinner with who would it be and why?: That’s a tough one! I will say Elisa Strauss. She is a famous cake decorator and has so much talent! I’d love to pick her brain on techniques.


Meet the Team: Lisa New

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We are thrilled to introduce our new Blog series, “Meet the Team”. Each month we will highlight a service professional from our wonderful Reunion team. This month, we are starting with our fabulous Senior Catering & Wedding Sales Manager, Lisa New. With over 20 years experience in the hospitality industry, Lisa has gained her knowledge working in catering, weddings and conventions with leading hotel companies such as Renaissance Hotels, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Walk Disney World Fairy Tale Weddings and The Waldorf Astoria Orlando. Reunion has been lucky enough to have her for the last year and a half!

Meet the Team: Lisa New |

Here is a chance to get to know Lisa a little bit better:

First 3 things you do when you wake up: Feed my cats, turn on the news to check the weather, make coffee

Skittles or M&M’s: Skittles

Best advice you’ve ever received: Know what you don’t know. Always be open to learning new things.

Favorite “Get Pumped Up” Song: Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars

What is your favorite part of the wedding industry?: Seeing all my hard work come together and result in an amazing event that will last forever in people’s memories.

Tell us your funniest or most embarrassing story from an event: At Disney Fairy Tale Weddings, I had a wedding outside and it was so hot that the cake was melting. The couple had chosen a Mickey & Minnie Mouse Ceramic Topper and at one point, the cake topper slid off the cake and hit the patio. It smashed into pieces and everyone at the wedding started clapping!

What would you choose as your last meal?: Tator Tots

Which event location at Reunion is your favorite?: Linear Park- for a beautiful garden wedding ceremony.

What is your best advice for couples getting married?: Trust your wedding professionals to do all the work. Try to savor every happy minute of your wedding celebration- it flies by!