Heather stansel co-owner
Heather was born and raised in Texas. As a child she spent many Summers at her grandmother's, aka Nanny, house in Louisiana shopping farmer's markets for fresh produce and meat. That experience instilled in her the importance of supporting local community. She spent many hours in the kitchen helping Nanny make dinners for the extended family. That was where her love for cooking and entertaining began. Heather met her husband, Robert, while working in the hospitality industry. They moved all over the country over the course of their marriage finally settling in Colorado in 2009. The moves gave Heather the chance to organize numerous hospitality events for different organizations in multiple states. The opportunity to reconnect to cooking and entertaining on a professional level was offered her in 2010. Heather's experience and love for helping others spills over into her and her husband's company, Sugar Pine.
robert stansel co-owner
Having grown up in a family who owned and operated a chain of restaurants in Texas, Robert learned all facets of the service industry. Most importantly, he learned the importance of an unforgettable customer experience. From the service industry, he next decided to attend law school. After practicing healthcare law and working in hospital administration for over 16 years, Robert decided to return to what truly made him happy—the service industry. What a better partner to team up with than his beautiful wife, Heather, to start Sugar Pine Catering. Robert, a certified mixologist, draws on his operational skills to oversee the “back of the house.”
DAVID PITULA - executive chef
Chef David's culinary journey began in his home as a boy being influenced by his Eastern European and northern Italian family roots. Being intrigued towards food, he began cooking at age 15 at local restaurants in suburban Illinois. After attending and graduating the Culinary Institute of America and apprenticing at Tra Vigne in the Napa Valley, he moved to NYC pursuing work at establishments like Aquavit, Picholine, Lupa, Compass, and Atlas. He furthered his career in catering with various companies and working at The Food Network production kitchen as well. Eventually, he came to be partner in creating Ox Cart Tavern, his gastropub in Brooklyn, NY he nurtured for 8 years. The desire to work closer with local agribusiness brought him and his family to Colorado. Now, with Sugar Pine Catering Chef David is marrying his culinary passions with local Colorado bounty to provide delicious, wholesome, scratch crafted epicurean fare