Our Story of Success

Simply Gourmet creates an oasis of comfort and luxury for your guests. Our cuisine is rooted in classic French tradition and blends techniques and flavors from around the world. With over 25 years of culinary experience, our team of Executive Chefs oversee all the gourmet delicacies that are prepared in the kitchen. That is the kind of attention to detail that sets us apart.

Every event is unique, that is why we listen to your needs and personalize your menu to accommodate your budget and tastes. Simply Gourmet is a full service catering company that will walk you through all your planning details, from the day of the rehearsal until the last guest leaves. We love to share our years of event planning experience. Make your day a moment to remember and be proud of. When you love what you do, it shows.

The People Behind the Magic

Nello Allegrucci C.E.C., A.A.C, Executive Chef

Chef Allegrucci has been with Metz Culinary Management for over 13 years, winning numerous gold medals in hot food and ice carving competitions as a member of the American Culinary Federation. Planning special events is his passion, with attention to detail from upscale corporate events to intimate home gatherings.

At the age of 14, Chef Allegrucci began working at a Hilton Hotel as a dish machine operator and as time progressed, he developed a natural passion for food that motivated him to continue his growth as a culinarian. In 1978, Chef Allegrucci attended the Culinary Institute of America, while working as a Sous Chef. In the years to come, he worked as an Executive Chef at various fine dining restaurants eventually launching his career with Metz as chef-manager of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s corporate headquarters.

During his tenure, Chef Allegrucci has been an integral part of the company’s elite culinary leadership team. In 2018, Chef Allegrucci played a key role in the opening of Metz Culinary and Catering in Sarasota, where he now resides and serves as Executive Chef.

Becky Souflis, Director of Catering and Events

Becky joined Simply Gourmet over 10 years ago as the catering manager and currently serves as the Director of Catering and Events for Simply Gourmet by Metz in Sarasota. As a seasoned catering expert, Becky is passionate about setting a standard of excellence for her clients and guests. Gaining experience and expertise throughout the past decade, Becky has provided catering services for companies such as Tesla, Saks Fifth Avenue, Adidas, and Taylor Made Golf, to name a few. Becky truly believes that “you are only as good as your last event”.

Simply Gourmet catered my wedding 10 years ago. I still have family and friends raving about how good the food was.

Julia Chansen, Esq.

This team is the epitome of professional. They deliver to the finest detail. I have worked with them on more than one occasion, every time I am blown away. They are my go to caterer.

Jamie Marco/Evolve Business Consulting

Choosing Simply Gourmet was a grand slam. All my guests talked about was how great the food was. I will use them again and again for all my parties and events.

Jeff LoParo