About Us

Lou Marrocco, President

It was evident that from an early beginning helping in his family’s restaurant, that Lou was bound for the “hospitality” industry. After serving in the United States Marines, Lou returned home to Rochester, New York to open a small neighborhood eatery, featuring Italian foods and neighborhood quaintness.

He moved on from there to the corporate life as a hotel beverage manager, food and beverage manager and ultimately one of the core components which would go from property to property to assist in a turn-around for the operation.

Spending some time on the “west coast” brought another perspective on the industry he was fast becoming more at home with. He took the job as the “special events” manager for an exclusive private yacht club in Newport Beach and coordinated the promotional cruises as well as the hiring, training and implementation of the food and beverage operation as the club was debuted.

Returning to the “east coast” brought him to Washington, DC. There Lou utilized his previous experiences as a base to begin his career in “off-premise” catering, with the prestigious Ridgewells Caterers. This was the caterer to the U.S. State department, also the caterer of the embassies and the who’s who of the Washington beltway. In his experience with Ridgewells’, Lou was involved with the coordination of the birthday celebration of Jacque Cousteau at Mount Vernon. He was also involved with four Presidential Inaugurations and numerous corporate, social and political events.

Lou is well known in the western suburbs of Philadelphia from the company he founded and operated for 14 years, Catering, Inc. He has been in the hospitality arena for 30 years, including catering, restaurant management, and event planning and production. He has been in this area for 20 years, arriving in 1986 to open and operate an office for Ridgewell Catering of Washington. A Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), Lou is a member of the board of directors of the Philadelphia Area Meetings Professional International (PAMPI).

When Ridgewells’ was expanding to the Delaware Valley, with their operation in Philadelphia and the Western suburbs, it was Lou who was asked to come and head up the sales efforts and oversee the operations. During that time Lou is credited with growing the business and coordinating hundreds of weddings as well as many corporate events for clients such as MBNA, SEI Investments, Morgan Stanley and many of the fortune 100 companies of the Greater Philadelphia area.

When Ridgewells’ left the area to return to Washington, Lou decided to stay and open his own company, Catering Incorporated, and remain in the city he now called home. Similar to the quality of services and menus Lou had presented in the Ridgewells’ days, he maintained and elevated his company to achieve renowned accolades from the social and corporate markets. Lou was also able to keep those clients with which he had developed his reputation and increase his market share as a premier event and catering company and industry leader and professional.

In his latest endeavor as Brandywine Events, Lou brings a collective knowledge and expertise in his ability to maintain the highest quality of services for his clientele. Planners, restaurateurs and hospitality professionals call on Lou when their needs are for a level that Lou is known for.

He has recently worked on many projects for independent planners in San Francisco, Chicago, Marina del Ray and Jacksonville. Lou was a featured “planner” on the reality show “Whose Wedding Is It”, where he had the challenge of working with a multi-cultural wedding and a bride with an 85 page to-do” list.

Most recently Lou has been asked to speak on a topic that he has been actively promoting, “Greening your Food and Beverage Meetings and Events”. His presentation in Chicago, for Affordable Meetings, will demonstrate to the planners attending how to be more sustainable while also saving budget dollars.

Lou maintains his passion and love for the hospitality industry by working with brides, corporate America and non-profit organizations.

He is active in the local chapter of the Meeting Professionals International as their Vice President of membership and continues to volunteer with organizations such as Living Beyond Breast Cancer, March of Dimes, Delaware County SPCA and WXPN, Philadelphia’s member supported public radio station.