Our specialty is attending to our clients' needs
with grace, professionalism, and genuine hospitality.
Soigné Events is a true boutique catering company, featuring creative and delicious food, experienced service staff, and full project management/design capabilities.
Our goal is to provide truly exceptional customer service along with delicious, sophisticated food to a discerning client base who values personal attention as much as quality food and exquisite flavor profiles.
Our service staff are well-trained professionals with many years of restaurant and catering experience; they are also friendly folks by nature.
Our event planners can assist with all types of project management including coordination of rental equipment, lighting, sound, music, floral, fabric, and other third-party vendor services.
Executive Chef and Lead Designer
Lora Brooker, chef-owner and lead planner for Soigné Events, a boutique catering and event design company based in Durham, has over twenty-five years of professional hospitality management experience in the Triangle market, including ten years at the esteemed restaurant Magnolia Grill (North Carolina’s first James Beard Foundation award winner, Best Chef Southeast 2000, Outstanding Pastry Chef 2003).
A native of Raleigh, she earned her undergraduate degree from Duke (Trinity ’92) and continued on to the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Université de Paris for graduate studies. Those experiences helped hone her unique approach to food, life, work, craftsmanship, service, pleasure, and all the other sensory arts.
Her culinary tastes and personal style are an eclectic blend of Southern and Mediterranean, vintage and modern. An enthusiastic self-taught cook, Lora enjoys exploring interesting flavors and discovering new ways to make people happy at the table.
Favorite things: playing in the Soigné garden, visiting farmers’ markets worldwide, super fresh seafood pulled from blue-green waters, a tasty cocktail, the food writings of M.F.K. Fisher, and grand adventures of all kinds.
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