About us

Molly Koessler

President

Molly Koessler loves the art of entertaining and has been known to be the perfect party planner. She moved back to WNY in 2001 from NYC and began working in the restaurant business and branched into the world of catering. She has built Classic Events out of her love of parties and people and passion of food. She and her dedicated staff strive for perfection and their attention to detail has turned their catering world into WNY’s most recognized and sought out after properties.

Daniel Spawton

Executive Chef

As a child, Dan Spawnton cooked with his grandfather at The Union Hall for American Brass. Those experiences led to Dan sharing his talents at WNY staples such as Woolworths, Samuels Grand Manor, Salvatores, The Statler and Delaware North. Chef Dan joined Classic Events Catering over 9 years ago and serves as executive chef overseeing the Foundry, Shea’s Seneca, Acqua and the Hotel Lafayette.

Joseph Cappadonia

Banquet Chef

Born and bred on Buffalo’s West Side, Chef Joe has climbed the ladder of cooking success. Chef Joe started his career at the young age of 17 at Harry’s Harbour as a dish-washer and was quickly promoted to prep cook, and then line cook for the restaurant. Chef Joe joined the Classic Events team in 2011 and has been a staple on property for the past 22 years, now overseeing the banquet culinary team.

Alison Potter

Director of Sales

Alison Potter serves as the Director of Sales and Marketing. Joining Classic Events in 2018, she had previously worked with The Marriott Hotels, Templeton Landing and Salvatore’s Hospitality Group in sales management roles. Alison holds a Masters degree in education and taught for several years in Williamsville where she resides. A Western New York native, she enjoys working with local nonprofit organizations and connecting with her clients. Alison believes in the Steve Jobs quote “ the only way to do great work is to love what you do “, and is thankful for the trust her clients place in her and the great team she works with.

Alexandra Jenkins-De Reu

Social Sales Manager

The Foundry

Rachel Catalano

Social Sales Manager

Lafayette

Ali Martin

Social Sales Manager

Shea’s Seneca

Marie Fremming

Corporate Sales Manager

Acqua & Foundry

Gary Swanz

Corporate Sales Manager

Lafayette & Shea’s Seneca