Meet Your Team
CHEF SMOKE, Owner and Executive Chef
My daddy told me to always work at something that I loved. I didn't realize that my 30+ year journey into the catering industry would begin as a kid in high school with my very first job as a kitchen assistant at the local hospital. It wasn't glamorous, but the lessons learned were priceless. As an apprentice chef and then executive chef for a large hotel I was able to gather experience in not only the culinary arts, but in leadership and event execution as well. My dream of business ownership turned into reality about 10 years later when I was able to purchase what was then The Flame Restaurant. Every restaurant has its own special set of challenges but mine felt like it had more than its fair share. When thinking back on those days sometimes I don't know how we survived! From the hard work and dedication of my team and myself The Flame has grown into the catering leader that it is today.
Maybe I was born with it or maybe it developed somewhere along the way, but I truly have a passion for what I do and I promise to treat every event like it was my own.
SARAH PICHARDO, Sales and Event Coordinator
With true passion for the hospitality industry Sarah has dedicated her career to creating unique and memorable events for each and every client. She would be happy to help with any questions that you may have as you begin planning your event. She Specializes in Weddings, Non-profits, School System events and Conventions. Details are of the utmost importance to her to ensure that you have a positive and stress-free experience with The Flame.
MYRA GARNER, Sales and Office Manager
"Someone once said that I must have been blessed with a heart for service and with helping my clients to plan life's celebrations - apparently it suits me well! In the past 7 years working with The Flame I have focused on planning all types of Family Reunions, Class Reunions, Church Events, Medical and Corporate events. I would genuinely appreciate an opportunity to share my ideas and experience with you!"
LINDA HILL, Client Relations and Outside Sales