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.”
Director of Operations: 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.”
General Manager / Lone Star College System—University Park Campus: Jason Jacobs
Jason says he always strives to achieve a higher level of excellence in everything he undertakes. A native of Ohio, he began with Abby’s in November 2014.
From busboy and line cook, to bartender and manager, he’s held positions in hospitality for 20+ years, including 10 years for a nationwide restaurant chain.
Giving Abby’s clients an exceptional customer service experience is a high priority that is only surpassed by his love of food and family. Jason’s favorite’s menu items at Abby’s are the King Ranch Chicken, Short Ribs, and Red Velvet Cake as the finale.
“I’m a firm believer that a staff and team can be like the good parts of a family—working towards the same goal,” he says, commenting on his work ethic. “Treat everyone as you would like to be treated, and show the same kind of hospitality you would to a family member.”
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, Corporate Catering: 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.
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.
Area Retail 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!”