Arthur Gordon, 'Big Daddy'
Arthur used his chemistry and philosophy training at UNC-Chapel Hill to build his unique culinary perspective. In 1975, he and a group of idealistic friends began their careers creating healthy and eco-friendly vegetarian meals. Over the years, fish, poultry, beef, and lamb have been added to the Irregardless Cafe menu. Arthur has attracted some of the best culinary talent in the Triangle area to the Irregardless kitchen, and together they carefully prepare fresh produce, meats, and seafood into delicious and enticing meals for your enjoyment.
Ignacio Martinez - Chef
Ignacio brings a weatlh of knowledge and experience on the cuisines' of the world to the Irregardless kitchen. With over a decade experience, he values detail in all aspects of food preparation: intensifying flavors, contrasting textures and apetizing plate presentation. “Food is constantly changing and evolving," Ignacio explains, "and as a chef, we change with the times and constantly reinvent." Ignacio's menu features very fresh and seasonal items, sourcing locally grown and seasonal ingredients. His straight forward approach with Irregardless' 15 member kitchen staff of cooks, bakers and pastry chefs, brings a fresh and exciting perspective to Irregardless' farm-to-table philosophy.
Dodge: Dining Room Manager
Dodge is part of the Cafe's history. A Raleigh native, Dodge dined at the Cafe during it's first week of operation in February, 1975. He lived and worked in Paris and New York City for many years. During the late 1990's, he returned to Raleigh and became Irregardless's bartendar in 1997 - earning acclaim by patrons and media alike for his excellent drinks. After taking a year away from the Cafe in 2010, Dodge returned to serve as the Cafe's Dining Room Manager. Now that Dodge is back, Irregardless' regular customers can feel 'at home' again, with Dodge at the helm and continuing to ensure that their drinks are perfect.
Cassidy Hutchinson, Assistant Dining Room Manager
Cassidy's many talents grace the Irregardless. As a Hostess, her welcoming smile and courteous demeanor immediately puts our dining patrons at ease. Cassidy also assists patrons who wish to arrange large group parties in the Cafe with special menus, birthday cakes, signature drinks and more. In addition, she is the Irregardless' social media 'guru', updating and managing its Facebook page, Twitter, Four Square, Food Spotting and producing the Cafe's bi-weekly e-newsletter“Regarding Irregardless”. A native of Asheville, Cassidy brings experience in the hospitality and retail industry as well as her talent as an artist and graphic designer to her position. She is excited to work at Irregardless Cafe, which is close to her home, and to be a part of its thriving community which shares her values.
Rondi Goodman, Pastry Chef
Rondi has been creating satisfying and delicious desserts for over 10 years. Since beginning work at Irregardless 2 years ago, her favorite creations are the Blackout Cake, Lemon Custard Cake, and Tiramisu. Before coming to Raleigh, she owned a small cookie company in New York City and was a fashion editor for Real Simple Magazine.
Beth Earley, Catering Manager
Beth’s vibrant personality, warmth and smile melt away the stress of any anxious party host. Her confidence and enthusiasm spread to those around her. All our clients, from the multitasking corporate executive to the frazzled bride, take comfort in her flair for creative presentation and imaginative event planning.
Beth joined the Irregardless Café and Catering team in 2009 with more than 10 years of experience in the Event Planning industry. Some of her high-profile events have included the A-10 clinical solutions Anniversary Gala, The JMP Dinner for SAS and The Awards dinner for CED, as well as countless numbers of brides and grooms. Her experience, knowledge of venues and local resources make her a true expert.
Liz Hiner, Assistant Catering Sales Manager
Liz brings her many talents to Irregardless' Catering, assisting with all the details needed to ensure that every catering event is perfect. A graduate of East Carolina Hospitality Management program, Liz professionally ensures that all the important details of every catering event is noted and executed as requested. “I love event planning” Liz enthuses. “As a 'people person', I enjoy meeting people and using my skills and experience to make their special day and/or catered event perfect. What could be more fun!” Liz is organized and efficient, a joy to work with! Her expertise will cover all expected and unexpected eventualities.
Marta Perili – Catering Operations and Warehouse Manager
An organizational wizard, Marta ensures that all the operations at Irregardless Catering unfold exactly as planned. Since 2009, she has ensured that deliveries are complete and on time, buffets are beautifully arranged and full service weddings are executed flawlessly. With decades of experience in food service and hospitality industry, Marta says “this is what I know and what I am good at - I enjoy serving people!”
Anya Gordon - Marketing Director
Arthur's wife, Anya in on top of promoting Irregardless Cafe and Catering in all ways: advertising, sponsorships, web-site & mobile phone, brochures and general recognition in the community. Anya's expertise has been gained from her past 'hands-on' involvement in the business as Catering Manager, Dining Room Manager, Hostess, Cashier, Chef and more.
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And a special word of thanks to Donna Helen Crisp, who worked lovingly at the Irregardless Cafe for many years. Donna saved invaluable newspaper articles and photos of the Cafe's early years which are on display in the Cafe.