My House Social was started in 2012 with the idea of showcasing the talents of independent chefs from across New Orleans. Founder and CEO Barrie Schwartz, first hosted a series of pop-ups in her home, giving entrepreneurial chefs a platform to share the experimental fare they were unable to cook in their respective restaurants.
After an inspiring trip to Portland during the food truck boom, Barrie scaled these events to include food truck festivals in addition to her pop-ups, catching the eyes of corporate tech giant, Microsoft. In 2013, Microsoft, in tandem with Audubon Nature Institute Catering, requested that My House Social coordinate food trucks for over 8,000 guests for an annual conference, giving My House Social their first taste at corporate event services.
During this event process, Barrie noticed the lack of diversity in catering where gigs were going to major catering companies turning out familiar, uninspired menus. She knew her network of independent chefs could bring a variety of refreshing, unique cuisine to the industry, and shake things up in the private events world.
Today, My House Social has grown to become a leading pioneer in bringing innovative and inspired catering to the private events industry, creating elevated, playful, and customizable culinary experiences for public and private events nationwide. With My House Social's ever-changing teams of curated chefs, no experience is ever quite the same, but every experience is memorably delicious.
meet our team
Barrie Schwartz —
Chief Experience Officer
Favorite menu item: Cracklin' Deviled Eggs from T-Dubb's Cajun Country Catering
Barrie is My House Social’s founder and creative force. Originally from Detroit, she moved to New Orleans in 2011 and has worked hard to build a beloved brand in the city she loves. In 2017 alone Barrie was honored as one of PCMA's 20 in their Twenties, Connect Corporate's 40 Under 40, and Zagat’s 30 Under 30. Barrie speaks regularly at conferences and events. For more, read her most recent article Lessons from the Millennial Entrepreneur Behind My House Social and explore our press section.
Danielle Lee —
Chief of Experience Operations
Favorite menu item: Patacones (crispy green stuffed plantains) from La Cocinita
Danielle heads up all things operations and finance for My House Social. Originally from San Francisco, New Orleans stole Danielle's heart while she was attending college at Tulane. She discovered her love of wedding and event planning while planning her own wedding in the San Francisco Bay Area. Danielle enjoys taking expansive event food ideas and transforming them into tangible menus for clients and planners. She loves when a client’s dreams for their event's culinary experience turn into reality!
Katherine Bowler —
Experience Event Manager
Favorite menu item: Coconut Curry Shrimp from Elysian Seafood
Upon finishing her dual degree at Louisiana State University, Katherine moved to New Orleans to experience all of its many wonders. Soon after, she joined the My House Social team in hopes of bringing authentic culinary experiences to every event, big or small. She now works to continue expanding My House Social's reach throughout New Orleans and beyond. Katherine believes that her Louisiana roots and passion for food, music, and travel are what propelled her into the food and events industries, and she's happy they did!
Stephanie Benitez —
Favorite menu item: Lobster Ceviche from Mangé Catering by Chef Marlon Alexander
Stephanie Benitez is a homegrown New Orleanian –born and raised right in the city, Steph’s love of finding good food isn’t just part of her job, it’s her lifestyle. She found a passion for lifestyle branding and digital marketing while in college, and she has since gone on to apply her skills for growing local businesses, including My House Social. She is always delighted by finding new colorful sights and great places to eat in the her beloved bayou state.