About Us

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With a history as rich and flavorful as its gourmet creations, Marcia Selden Catering is a family-run group of first-class foodies, servicing New York and Connecticut’s most luxurious events — and it all started in Marcia’s kitchen more than 40 years ago.

Marcia, her daughter Robin, and her son Jeffrey lead a savvy squad of culinary gurus and party perfectors who believe the belly rules the mind, and that the best way to kick off a party is to toast over a custom-made cocktail (or several). Whether it’s a low-key clambake or the wedding of the century, MSC creates inclusive, memorable feasts of any celebration, matched with polished, personalized service that makes everyone feel like part of the family.

Marcia Selden Catering services the bold and the epicurious — and anyone looking to commemorate a big day in style, without all the stress. With MSC everything is always taken care of, always memorable, and always a party!

Our Team
Marcia Robin Jeffrey Jennifer Nicole Summer Jeanna Samantha Stephanie Andrew Melissa Hailey Danny Luis Xiomara Steven Eddie Walter Eric Baldomero Janice Mery Jimmy Lorena Pocho Rachel Jawara Julio Ricardo Oscar
— Founder
Meet

Marcia

— Founder

Let’s Dish:

More than 40 years ago, Marcia, a flourishing jewelry designer, was asked if she knew of a good caterer for a small wedding. A passionate cook and frequent entertainer, Marcia literally stepped up to the plate, and a catering business was born. Today, she still has her hand in every pie (or in this case, party), and that’s just the way Marcia likes it!

Juicy Tidbit:

Her mother was a former Miss Cuba.

Secret Vice:

She’s a Facebook and Instagram junkie.

Quotable Moment:

“Straight up with olives.”

 In a Nutshell:

I do parties…not golf!

— Managing Partner & Executive Chef
Meet

Robin

— Managing Partner & Executive Chef

Let’s Dish:

Robin is MSC’s resident party girl with a keen eye for making food into delicious works of art. She’s the visionary-in-chief and the force behind MSC’s over-the-top creativity, marketing, and advertising. A Pisces true to her sign, Robin is imaginative, kind, and compassionate. As the mother of twins, Robin is a boundless multitasker who guides the kitchen with her contagious energy. For a moment of nirvana, you’ll find her at the salon getting a blow out, fresh cappuccino in hand.

Dance Soundtrack:

“Love on Top” by Beyoncé and “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen.

Party Must:

Laughter. “It means that our guests are having a good time!”

Secret Vice:

Robin is an online shopaholic… there’s never a day that a package isn’t at the door when she gets home.

— Managing Partner
Meet

Jeffrey

— Managing Partner

Let’s Dish:

A 20-year veteran of New York City’s luxury hotel business, Jeffrey has overseen hundreds of weddings throughout his career, which began at the St. Regis Hotel and later The Pierre Hotel. Before joining the family business in 2011, Jeffrey was Executive Director of Catering at The New York Palace Hotel. In college Jeffrey was Julia Child’s teaching assistant — ask him how he likes “the crotch of a goose.” Today, he is the mastermind behind MSC’s Liquid Kitchen and entire bar program, also overseeing sales and operations of the company.

Dream Dinner:

Jeffrey would summon back Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, and Roy Lichtenstein and serve them his Mom’s famous Paella recipe.

Secret Vice:

Hundreds of eyeglasses in every color, great bourbons, and American Idol.

Juicy Tidbit:

Jeffrey once served as Elton John’s butler.

In a Nutshell:

Jeffrey is the ultimate wedding whisperer — he’s the Xanax to the mother-of-the-bride, and coach to the bridal party. He is as much at ease designing floral arrangements as he is bustling a bride’s gown.

— Director of Sales
Meet

Jennifer

— Director of Sales

Let’s Dish:

Jennifer has been with MSC since 2005, when she walked in looking to be a server. After working her first party, MSC offered her a job, and she quickly worked her way up the ladder to Director of Catering. When she’s not on the job, she loves going to the beach and being treated to one of her husband’s home-cooked meals.

Dream Dinner:

Jennifer would love the chance to have dinner with her late grandmother Kay, only she’d insist on having Kay make the food. “She was the best cook EVER!”

Dance Soundtrack:

“Cecila” by Simon & Garfunkel.

Life Philosophy:

Fake it ‘til you make it.

— Catering Account Manager
Meet

Nicole

— Catering Account Manager

Let’s Dish:

Nicole is MSC’s Catering Sales Manager and industry veteran with 20 years under her belt. Her favorite part of the party is always the hors d’oeuvres. “I LOVE small bites, and I would skip the main course just to continue eating them.” Whatever she’s eating, though, Nicole comes prepared with a little bottle of Maldon Sea Salt in her purse.

Dream Dinner: 

A strawberry rhubarb pie made from scratch for her late grandmother.

Quotable Moment:

“People who love to eat are always the best people.” –Julia Child

Song that makes you dance:

“Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey

— Catering Planner
Meet

Summer

— Catering Planner

Let’s Dish:

Summer has always had a flair for the dramatic and a knack for organized chaos. After graduating with a theatre degree, exploring the world of NYC producing, and writing and managing an online fashion magazine, she transferred her creative edge into the culinary world and is here to stay! She joined MSC in January 2018.

Dream Dinner:

Gossiping with Joan Rivers over an antipasto spread.

Adventurous Edible:

Haggis in Edinburgh.

Life Philosophy:

In the wise words of Julia Child, “The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.”

— Catering Account Manager
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Jeanna

— Catering Account Manager

Let’s Dish:

Jeanna Clark is an account manager who came to MSC after moving from California to Connecticut in 2020 for a fresh start in the industry amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Twenty-three years in San Diego gave Jeanna a chance to try all the amazing Mexican food she could find, and it’s still her favorite go-to cuisine!

Guilty pleasure:

Stew Leonard’s Soft Serve Ice Cream.

Favorite holiday:

“My birthday. I share it with my husband, which we both think is so cool.”

Party Must:

“Booty-dropping dance music.”

— Staffing Manager
Meet

Samantha

— Staffing Manager

Let’s Dish:

Samantha, part of the MSC team since 2013, has a weakness for cheese and bread. Her favorite trip so far has been eating and chateau-gazing her way around Paris, but she’s equally satisfied at home with her husband and kids, watching a movie over pizza and ice cream (preferably Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked).

Dream Dinner:

Samantha wishes she could have Lucille Ball over for dinner. “I’d serve baked chicken and mashed potatoes, because you can’t go wrong with that!”

Adventurous Edible:

Uni.

Life Philosophy:

You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar.

— Director of Operations
Meet

Stephanie

— Director of Operations

Let’s Dish:

Stephanie oversees MSC’s extensive collection of props and décor and can often be found working on the latest special project for the next big event. Prior to joining the team, Stephanie worked for a local non-profit as the development and marketing director, planning everything from fundraisers to golf tournaments to galas. She joined MSC in January 2018.

Dream Dinner:

Stephanie would have Walt Disney over and serve her own version of Snow White’s fish stew and gooseberry pie.

Secret Vice:

Putting M&M’s in movie theater popcorn.

Party Must:

Gin, tonic, and good friends.

— Operations Assistant
Meet

Andrew

— Operations Assistant

Let’s Dish:

Andrew is an Operations Assistant whose ideal day includes working out, refueling on Spanish tapas, and settling in to watch a really good basketball game. As a kid he dreamed of playing professionally, but today he’s proud to simply be a kind, hard-working gentleman.

Dream Dinner:

Italian food with Kobe Bryant.

Song that makes you dance:

“Happy” by Pharrell

Quotable Moment:

In the words of his mother, “It’s not the house that makes you happy— it’s the people inside your home.”

— Catering Planner
Meet

Melissa

— Catering Planner

Let’s Dish:

Melissa is a catering sales manager at MSC. She joined the team in 2018 after serving as the catering liaison for the New York Institute of Technology. Her most ideal day would involve a family dinner in Tuscany, homemade wine, an acoustic guitar, and a starry sky, but she could also go for a big, beautiful Passover dinner with family.

Craved Cuisine:

Anything as long as cheese is involved.

Juicy Tidbit:

Melissa was a nanny for Jamie Lee Curtis back in 1998.

Party Must:

Hendricks Gin and chocolate.

— Operations Coordinator
Meet

Hailey

— Operations Coordinator

Let’s Dish:

Hailey is MSC’s Operations Coordinator and budding foodie who still has a soft spot for from-the-box mac n’ cheese. She loves the outdoors and hiking, especially when it ends with a charcuterie board and rounds of pomegranate margaritas.

Craved Cuisine:

“I love my Italian foods — carbs and cheese are my best friends. Overall, though, Asian flavors are my ultimate favorite!”

Fave Festivity:

Thanksgiving “I love waking up early, being with family and friends.”

Party Must:

A live band. “You just can’t beat live music!””

— Beverage Operations & Food Service Manager
Meet

Danny

— Beverage Operations & Food Service Manager

Let’s Dish:

Danny has been an MSC team member for more than 25 years and may just be the best dancer on staff. He has a hidden talent for doing the salsa, will always get up for La Bamba, and loves it when his two children bust a move along with him.

Dream Dinner:

Though his favorite type of cuisine is Asian fare, he would make an elaborate Colombian feast for his dream dinner guest, Nelson Mandela.

Adventurous Edible:

Edible ants.

Life Philosophy:

Life is too short to drink cheap wine.

— Service Director
Meet

Luis

— Service Director

Let’s Dish:

When he’s not handling MSC’s sales and operations, Luis is a tried-and-true lover of the outdoors. He sums himself up in just five words: “Family, hiking, kayaking, biking, and eating.” Family is especially important, as it’s not an easy feat getting everyone together — Luis has a total 15 brothers and sisters!

Adventurous Edible:

Alligator.

Secret Vice:

Cookies.

Juicy Tidbit:

Luis is fluent in five languages.

— Accounting Operations Manager
Meet

Xiomara

— Accounting Operations Manager

Let’s Dish:

After working in banking for many years, Xiomara shifted gears toward bookkeeping, joining MSC at the end of 2015. Her career is a fulfillment of her ambition dating back to seventh grade. “I’ve always liked numbers, but when I learned the accounting equation, I totally fell in love!” Xiomara says.

Dream Dinner:

Xiomara would love to have Bob Marley over for dinner and have a “One Love” sing-a-long.

Adventurous Edible:

Deer.

Craved Cuisine:

Italian — especially those mouth-watering cured meats.

— Director of Culinary
Meet

Steven

— Director of Culinary

Let’s Dish:

Steven loves cooking both on and off the clock, especially when he gets to cook for his family. When it comes to favorite foods, Steven’s tastes are global and innovative, and his menus have even landed in embassies across the world.

Dance Soundtrack:

“Gangnam Style” by PSY.

Adventurous Edible:

Worms and crickets in the Thai markets.

Fave Festivity:

Christmas. “I love to see my son’s face with all the decorations and lights and colors.”

— Chef de Cuisine
Meet

Eddie

— Chef de Cuisine

Let’s Dish:

Eddie is a 25-year veteran of the food industry, having spent more than a decade with MSC — a far cry from his childhood ambition of becoming a truck driver. He considers Indian cuisine his ultimate party must-have, especially curry chicken, but has a weak spot for rum raisin ice cream — and dancing to “Baby Shark.”

Adventurous Edible:

Grasshoppers.

Wanderlust:

Eddie’s favorite trip so far has been to Playa del Carmen, but he’d love to go to Jerusalem next.

Juicy Tidbit:

Eddie considers his age one of his best-kept secrets.

— Pastry & Purchase Manager
Meet

Walter

— Pastry & Purchase Manager

Let’s Dish:

Walter has more than 25 years in the food industry to his name. If you ask him, he’s best known for his charm, his amazing hair… and his sense of humor.

Craved Cuisine:

French with fusion.

Adventurous Edible:

Rattlesnake.

Recipe for the Perfect Day:

Balancing a plate of sushi on horseback while galloping through Montana.

— Operations Chef
Meet

Eric

— Operations Chef

Let’s Dish:

Our reigning “chef challenge champ” (turned judge) so someone else could win) has created some of the most cherished and inspiring dishes at MSC.

Guilty Pleasure:

Below Deck and Big Brother reality tv shows.

Favorite Holiday:

“Arbor day, because I like trees”

Song that makes you dance: 

Although he never dances, he is always jamming to Pearl Jam!

— Sous Chef
Meet

Baldomero

— Sous Chef

Let’s Dish:

Baldo is a force to be reckoned with in the kitchen who plows through his projects with precision and speed. He craves a yummy Pueblan-style Cemita from Mexico and would love to make one for his mother.

Adventurous Edible:

Fried Guinea Pig

Fave Holiday:

Christmas with his family

Must have kitchen tool:

A good sharp knife

— Prep Chef
Meet

Janice

— Prep Chef

Let’s Dish:

Janice is a quiet soul with a big heart. She’s been part of MSC’s kitchen staff for more than 25 years, and does her best to live the mantra of Michelle Obama: “When they go low, we go high.” When she’s not hard at work, she loves to write and snack on all things chocolate.

Dream Dinner: 

A Caribbean dinner with Michelle Obama. “I’d make her Roast Pork with Rice, Beans, Fried Plantains, Rum Punch and my famous Barbados Fruit Cake.”

Juicy Tidbit:

“I hate to be late.”

Party must:

Great food.

Meet

Mery

Let’s Dish: 

The beautiful half of our married dynamic duo – cooking with us for over 5 years!

Dance Sound Track: 

Sugar by Maroon 5

Party Must: 

Cake with a side of candy (her guilty pleasure)

Adventurous Edible: 

Worm Burger….is that even a thing? EW…..

Meet

Jimmy

Let’s Dish: 

The handsome half of our married dynamic duo – also cooking with us for over 5 years!

Favorite Holiday: 

Christmas as he is a family guy.

Dream Dinner:

Lots of music, dancing and his Columbian Paella.

Favorite Kitchen Tool:

The Grill….nothing tastes better cooked over charcoal.

Meet

Lorena

Let’s Dish:

This hard working, creative and compassionate woman is a force to be reckoned with in our kitchen!

Dream Dinner: 

To cook a Thanksgiving feast for her family in Costa Rica as they don’t celebrate that holiday and would love it.

Kitchen Tool: 

A toss-up between a microplane (when she is feeling zesty) and Stainless tongs

Fave tune: 

Every Breath you Take – The Police

Meet

Pocho

Let’s Dish: 

This tango dancing and always singing “Dish Machine” lights up the kitchen with his infectious smile and love for his job!

Adventurous Edible:

Snails

Dream Dinner: 

A pig roast with him mother in Argentina

Guilty Pleasure:

“I’m a LOVER”

Meet

Rachel

Let’s Dish: 

She grew up knowing she wanted to be a pastry chef but also dreamed of being a doctor and a teacher simultaneously.  Lucky for us she chose pastry!

Party Sound Track:

Anything Lizzo cause she’s “Good as Hell” and brings the “Juice” every time.

Dream Dinner:

To cook some Latin American cuisine for Sacagawea (say that fast 5 times…)

Adventurous Edible: 

Crickets. Oh Jiminy!

Meet

Jawara

Let’s Dish:

MSC’s adventurous prep chef who dreamt of being a pro-athlete but instead has mastered a chef’s knife.

Dance Sound Track:

High Fashion by Roddy Rich

Fun Fact: 

His favorite day is St. Patrick’s Day and it’s his birthday…  How “lucky” for him!

His Guilty Pleasure: 

Blackjack

Meet

Julio

Let’s Dish: 

Speaking of “dishing” Julio is the master of ours!

Recipe for the perfect day: 

On the beach in Hawaii with a big slice of cheesecake.

Party Must Have: 

FOOD – what else would you need?

Dream Dinner:

Vibin’ to Hotel California over dinner with Dad.

Meet

Ricardo

Let’s Dish:

Ricardo can heat up the kitchen and put out a fire as his side gig is a volunteer fire fighter!

Dream Trip: 

Romancing in Rome with his wife – a “Total of Eclipse of the Heart”

Ultimate Dinner:

He’d love to make Lomo Saltado for his mom who he never got to cook for.

Craved Cuisine:

Chinese Takeout YUM!

Meet

Oscar

Let’s Dish:

This catering chef and journalist wannabe cooks a mean Chinese family meal.

Party Sound Track: 

Mamacita by Black Eyed Peas featuring Ozuna

Adventurous Edible:

Guinea Pigs in Peru

Next Trip: 

This Mickey Mouse fan is going to take himself to the Dominican Republic as “It’s a small world”

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Join Our Team

We like our staff to have just as much fun as our clients. Imagine a workday filled with good vibes and infectious smiles, where flexibility (and delicious food) is always on the menu.

Interested in joining our waitstaff, chef, or kitchen teams? Send a headshot and resume to info@marciaselden.com, along with a note detailing your background and why we simply can’t live without you.