STRATEGY - BRANDING - PACKAGING - PHOTOGRAPHY - RECIPE DEVELOPMENT
Operations Director | Partner
Lorena is the CEO and Executive Producer of Dish’n Dames, a digital media platform dedicated to raising awareness of the significant and impactful roles of women in the culinary world. Her career spans over twenty years in the retail food industry and she is a founding partner of Brand & Mortar restaurant consulting group. Lorena has also served as a member of the culinary management team for the Austin and Nashville Food & Wine Festivals and as a senior culinary instructor at The Art Institute of Austin. She has previously sat on the board of directors for The Junior League of Austin and currently serves on the board of trustees for the Texas Restaurant Association Educational Foundation as well as on the board for Les Dames d’ Escoffier Austin Chapter.
Culinary Director | Partner
Natalie Gazaui’s interest in international flavors and culinary exploration was ignited at an early age.
Raised in Montevideo, Uruguay, she was inspired by the Basque and Middle Eastern influences that surrounded her home life. She often credits being raised in a culturally rich home that initially drove her passion for global cuisine and sparked her interest in the hospitality industry.
Gazaui, a visual art major and photographer, went on to attend the Texas Culinary Academy in Austin, Texas where she earned her associate degree in Baking and Pastry Arts. Immediately following graduation, she continued her training in Monforte d’Alba, Italy where she honed her skills before returning to Texas.
In 2011, Natalie returned to Austin and joined McGuire Moorman Hospitality where she took over all pastry programs for the famed restaurant group. Here she developed menus, recipes and grew the pastry program for Clark’s Oyster Bar, Elizabeth Street Café, Jeffrey’s, Josephine House, Lamberts and Perla’s Seafood and Oyster Bar.
Natalie’s advanced culinary experience lead her to join the opening culinary team for Eberly restaurant where she created a scratch pastry program that included a range of products from hearth breads to plated desserts.
In early 2018 Natalie made the leap into the consulting industry and joined the Tatsu-Ya family of Asian restaurants as their Executive Pastry Chef consultant, first for the brand. In this role, Natalie helped refresh the existing dessert program and developed the new ice cream flavors and dessert menu profile for the organization’s new culinary venture, Dipdipdip Tatsu-Ya.
Strategic Director | Partner
Trish Wesevich started in the food industry 20 years ago as a caterer, personal chef and food writer. In 2012, she founded Capital Kitchens, a culinary incubator and commercial kitchen rental space for food & beverage startups. Under her leadership, Capital Kitchens, over an eight-year period, helped launch or support over 60 CPG brands and over 50 other food concepts. Over the years, Trish has served as a Mentor for several industry accelerators and organizations including Food+City, SKU and the Texas Consumer Venture Forum. She is a member of and has served on the Board of Les Dames d’Escoffier Austin Chapter and helped launched the Austin Food Trailer Chamber.
In late 2019, Trish transitioned her company to new owners and combined forces with Liz, Lorena and Natalie to form Brand & Mortar Group. A consulting group focused on CPG and restaurant solutions. Trish has a wide, national network, is a world traveler, and spends her time between Austin, Houston and San Antonio.
Creative Director | Partner
For 11 years (from 2004-2015) Liz was responsible for the art direction and brand management for Stubb’s Bar-B-Q in Austin, Tx. Her other roles there included graphic design, social media content and photography for events, lifestyle, products, recipes and food.
In 2015, she launched Liz Berry Creative, a small design company offering branding and photography for CPG products and restaurants where she has worked with clients such as Franklin BBQ, Picnik (restaurant & CPG), Sprinkles Cupcakes, Twigs Bistro, Slice of Sauce, Grocery Pup, Hotea Tea, Kerbey Lane, Blue Top Brand, Picklesmash Salsa, "Texas Texas" Salsa, Flatlander Foods, Crystal Creek Moonshine and Antonelli's Cheese.
She will continue to create and support strong and recognizable brands as a part of this turnkey team that is Brand & Mortar. This will include but not be limited to: logos, rebranding, tag lines, package design, menu design and layout, copywriting and photography.
Liz is a proud Les Dames Austin member and currently serves on the board for The Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation and is a 2020 SKU mentor.