One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.Luciano Pavarotti
Ever since Lauren spoke her first word — “cookie” — her parents knew they had a budding foodie on their hands. Only a few years later, she was asking to take menus home to play “restaurant” in the living room with her favorite toy, a cash register.
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Lauren received her first true taste of the hospitality industry as a poolside server in 2003 and was instantly hooked. After graduating from UC San Diego with degrees in Political Science and Sociology (and an extra-curricular emphasis in serving, bartending, and managing), she decided to forgo law school to pursue her true passion and took a job directing marketing and events for the Harney Sushi group. Over the next few years, Lauren moved back to Palo Alto to grow the marketing and events programs for Restaurants from Scratch (Reposado, Gravity, Scratch, Palo Alto Creamery) and The Patio.
Since joining af&co. in 2014, she has enjoyed diving head first into the dining capital that is San Francisco, while focusing on marketing, concept development, launch strategy and special events for over 30 clients. Outside of work, Lauren remains a devoted adventurer who loves planning upcoming trips and activities, which typically revolve around dining and music. When not eating, drinking, or on the go, she can be found practicing yoga or spending time with her two fur babies, Leon and Rufio.