President/Owner: Ursula K. den Herder
Ursula is at the helm of Abby’s Catering. Her integrity, expertise in the catering and aviation industry, and graceful leadership style is indicative of her respect for people and the success of the Company. Her favorite menu items at Abby’s are the Seafood Bisque and every dish served each day. Ursula shares, “We thank you for your business and look forward to serving you.”
General Manager: Gregg Constantinou
Gregg has been employed with Abby’s since November 2010, and the combination of his degree and broad expertise at four and five-star hotels, restaurants and lounges, keep the team operations running smoothly. His favorite menu items at Abby’s are the Beef Vegetable Soup, Fish Tacos, and for dessert—the Salty Caramel Frozen Yogurt. Gregg says, “Our food is home-cooked and fresh every day with a variety of options.”
Sales Manager: Taylor Smith
A native Houstonian with an engaging personality, coupled with a goal to keep customers happy and satisfied, is what defines Taylor. His dedicated work ethic earned him promotions during his tenure at the historic Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar in New Braunfels, where he was assistant manager. The same determination earned him a bachelor of business administration with a major in finance from Texas State University in 2012. “A passionate commitment to our customers and a belief in our products is the underlying foundation of doing business,” Taylor says. He began his employment at Abby’s in March 2013, and his favorite foods are the Broccoli Cheese Soup, Barbeque Brisket and Sausage, and Fish Tacos.
Office Manager & Executive Assistant: Elizabeth Gonzalez
Elizabeth has been employed with Abby’s since February of 2010, and her proficiency in the hospitality industry grew from her background in business offices and the country club setting. Her favorite menu items at Abby’s are the Lentil Soup, Tuna Salad Sandwich, and Pecan Bars. “Our chef is excellent, and the food is very authentic and fresh every day,” she shares.
Bookkeeper: Thomas Irick
Thomas has been employed with Abby’s since January 2013 and earned his bachelor of science degree in hotel and restaurant management at the Conrad Hilton School at the University of Houston. His hotel and restaurant experience includes the famed Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage Alaska, where early in his career, he served as an entremetier. He has also served at the Compass Group where he worked at Exxon Mobil as a chef manager.
His favorite menu items at Abby’s are the Cream of Asparagus soup, New York Strip Steak, and the Turkey Sandwich on Wheat with Sprouts and Avocado. Thomas encourages diners to eat at Abby’s and says, “Abby’s has tremendous food, a relaxed atmosphere and a personal touch.”
Executive Chef, Aviation & Corporate Catering Divisions: Adam Deviney
A graduate from The Culinary Institute of Charleston, Chef Adam began his employment with Abby’s in April 2013. Originally from Toledo Ohio, he lends over 16 years of experience in the hospitality industry. He has held positions at La Scola Italian Grill, Gladieux Catering, and as Chef de Cuisine, he oversaw three divisions at an in-flight aviation catering company serving the northern part of the country.
His in-flight catering, fine dining, and technical expertise will be an asset as Chef Adam joins in building on Abby’s over three decades of successful service to their customers. “The professionalism and care shown by the owners make an impact in the quality of our products and the great staff,” he shares. “They’re taking the time to do things right.”
His favorite menu items at Abby’s are the Chicken Salad Delight, and Chicken and Sausage Etouffée, which he reports, “Are phenomenal!” Chef will soon reveal new entrees like Pan-Seared Sea Bass with Wilted Arugula and Charred Tomato Vinaigrette.
Executive Chef—Deli Division: Mark Kulisek
A gastronomist at heart, Chef Kulisek brings a diverse, culinary proficiency of over 35 years of American and International cuisine to Abby’s Catering. Born in Aruba and raised in the Orient, his knowledge is gleaned from his education, and being immersed in diverse cultures while cooking throughout Asia, Europe, South America, and the Caribbean.
The chef attended Florida State University, where he earned his bachelor of business administration degree with a major in hotel and restaurant administration. His résumé highlights executive chef positions for the past 25 years with such organizations as the Sam Houston Race Park, Divi Resorts in St. Maarten, and the Davidson, Hyatt, Westin, and Wyndham hotel chains; the famed Warwick Hotel in Houston being among them.
Chef Kulisek has been with Abby’s since March 2013 and his favorite preparations contain Asian and Mediterranean-inspired influences. His desire is to transform ingredients into a memorable dish that every customer will savor, as he affirms, “I have a passion to bring food to life!”
Pastry Chef: Rachel Young
A 2010 culinary graduate of Le Cordon Bleu® Atlanta, Georgia, Chef Young has been with Abby’s since July 2013. Her previous employment in The Peach State included Highland Bakery, Capital City Club, and other private dining clubs.
Chef Young is a bread and pastry aficionado, and she believes in creating the best possible product and accommodating the customer. Creating confections such as custards, ice creams, and tortes, such as Opera Cake, are second nature to her. Chef Young says some of her favorite pies are Key Lime and French Silk, two acclaimed desserts that she plans to incorporate into Abby’s menu.
Chef de Cuisine: Francisco Estrada
Francisco has been employed with Abby’s since June 2001, and the cuisine he prepares is highly flavored and desirable, and a big hit with our customers and staff. His favorite menu items at Abby’s are the Chicken Tortilla Soup and King Ranch Chicken. Francisco says, “Our food is cooked fresh daily and is of the highest quality since we are using natural farm-to-market products to prepare our meals.”
Expeditor: Mary Helen Carranza
Mary Helen holds the distinction of the employee with the longest tenure. A valued staff member, she has shown her faithfulness on our team since July of 1988. Mary Helen’s warm personality is evident, and her dedicated work ethic ensures that every meal is complete and on time—especially when coordinating with aviation schedules. Her favorite meals at Abby’s are the Chicken Tortilla Soup and the Chicken Caesar Salad.
Deli & Take Out Manager: Yolanda Minix
Yolanda has been employed with Abby’s since December 2009, and she has worked in restaurants and customer service during her entire career. Her favorite menu items at Abby’s are the Sausage and Chicken Gumbo and Salisbury Steak, Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans Almondine. “Our lunch specials change daily,” she explains, in her friendly way. “We try our very best to accommodate our customers’ every need!”
Cafeteria Manager: Monica Jacob
Monica has been employed with Abby’s since April 2012 and her diverse background in the industry ranges from butcher shops to restaurants and delicatessens. Her enthusiasm shines through as she shares her favorite menu items at Abby’s. “The Banana Nut Muffins, Chicken Noodle Soup, BBQ Brisket, and the Club Sandwich.I love them!”
Cafeteria Manager / George Bush Intercontinental Airport: Lydia Gonzalez
Lydia is the friendly individual that greets employees and guests at the FAA cafeteria each day. She promotes Abby’s menu, making sure each diner receives special treatment; core values of the Company. Building on a foundation of four years experience in restaurant management, she began employment with Abby’s in October 2012. Her favorite menu items served at the Cafeteria are the California Club, Pork Chops with Mushroom Sauce, Chicken and Beef Fajitas, and German Chocolate cake.