Yolanda Garretti began her career in culinary arts as a food correspondent for Vogue Spain. This experience sparked her life-long passion for food and inspired her to study cuisine from a different angle … the kitchen. She enrolled in the Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute in Milan, where she completed her study in Traditional European Cuisine. After graduating, she started a small but exclusive catering business from her Sutton Place townhouse. Soon her creations and sophisticated décor made her known citywide, and she quickly began to outgrow her kitchen. Yolanda opened a small café on Madison Avenue which became the ideal vehicle for her to expand her client base and grow her business. But New York’s social and corporate elite beckoned Yolanda to focus her talents to serve their in-home and large scale catering needs, and she founded Acquolina.
Adam Sikora, a natural entrepreneur, developed and led an international import/export company soon after his graduation from business school. His international experiences, combined with his management skills and natural love for food ultimately called him to the catering business. Fortuitously, he was introduced to Yolanda by mutual friends who suggested that they join forces as business partners. Adam then set out to learn every aspect of the catering business while working with Yolanda at her Madison Avenue café. This hands-on experience helped to make Adam a caterer with a unique perspective and style. A natural planner and organizer, Adam’s attention to detail, customer focus and creative vision permeate every aspect of the elaborate affairs he organizes.
As a consummate Italian chef, Yolanda recognized that she needed to add an American element to complement her culinary expertise. She soon recognized that Adam was the American partner she needed. Together, Yolanda and Adam have created a company that from its inception has focused on creating truly fabulous American, Italian and international food for the intimate gatherings and social events New York City’s best demand. And they did not stop there. Since starting Acquolina in 2001, this duo has catered fêtes all over the world. From store launches in Miami, fundraisers in Los Angeles, to a wedding spectacular for 1200 people south of the border in Mexico, this team has truly found an international following. They also recently organized a paella festival for 20,000 guests in the middle of New York’s Central Park. With events ranging in size from intimate dinner parties to lavish society extravaganzas, Yolanda and Adam have done it all. Perhaps the most telling thing about this pair is that they are still excited to face the new challenges their next event offers.