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Our team has been custom designing events of all kinds for our clients since 2013! We put a lot of love into what we do. From planning a large-scale event on property to providing a decadent catering menu and exceptional service for your offsite party. We are here to ensure your event is a success!

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Meet the Team

Nicole Salerno

Owner

Nicole founded Lago Custom Events with her husband, Fabio Salerno, in 2013. Owning and managing numerous restaurant concepts in Cleveland for 16+ years, Nicole and Fabio created this full-service catering and special events branch of the business to integrate their family’s love for food with the passion for putting on beautiful events and creating lasting memories for every guest.

In addition to overseeing the Lago Custom Events team, Nicole leads the charge on a healthy school lunch initiative that was launched in 2015 through Lago Dining Services, which provides healthy meals to students that are prepared by an executive chef, using the best ingredients available. Nicole also serves as the President of Food Strong, a local non-profit with a mission to strengthen and empower communities through fresh, local foods.

Fabio Salerno

Chef / Owner

Fabio is the Chef Owner of Lago East Bank and Sora. In 2013, Chef Salerno and wife, Nicole, moved Lago from the popular dining neighborhood of Tremont, where Lago called "home" for its first 7 years, to the Flats East Bank. By moving to the Flats, Lago also cemented itself as the exclusive caterer to the aLoft Hotel and its property, paving the way for Lago Custom Events.

With Chef Salerno's vision, Lago Custom Events prides itself on restaurant quality food, a top-notch beverage program and a full-service event design team with specialties ranging from weddings to corporate events and all social gatherings in between. Fabio is also a Chef Partner with Aramark, with his Banditos Modern Mexican Concept currently located in Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

Mike Nadolski

Director of Sales and Events

Mike has been a part of the Lago Custom Events family for over eight years and leads the charge on countless events - from our annual New Year’s Eve soirée and large-scale weddings on property, to managing food and beverage with our catering team at musical festivals around the country. Mike is an expert in all facets of what your event needs to be successful and provides stellar recommendations for show-stopping entertainment, food and decor.

Aubrey Czarzasty

Property General Manager

Aubrey has been a member of the Lago Custom Events family from the very beginning! Since our founding in 2013, Aubrey has held the role of bartender, restaurant manager, sales manager and is now the Property GM for our entire company. With a strong passion for creating quality events and experiences for every client, Aubrey does it all - from assisting a guest with making a reservation in the restaurant to executing a large-scale wedding.

Diana DeJesus

Wedding Coordinator

Diana has been the Lead Wedding Coordinator on our team for almost two years, with 5+ years of experience in the events industry. Diana loves taking someone's vision and transforming an empty space into something magical - and, she’s an organization expert!

As a part of Lago Custom Events, Diana works hard to ensure that her couples' wedding day is as seamless and stress-free as possible, all while ensuring the families are taken care of and able to enjoy the special event!

Corina Rivera

Wedding Coordinator

A member of our team for over a year now, Corina previously studied Event + Wedding Planning at QC Event School. With a focus in Decor Speciality, Corina has a long-held love for the design and organization process that comes along with planning beautiful events. Corina has also always held an interest in weddings; in fact, as a little girl, whenever she was asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, she responded, “A bride!”

Corina’s favorite part of her clients’ special days is watching their wedding ceremony. After the months of planning come to an end, that intimate moment between two people is really what it’s all about!

Danielle Mitchell

Social Event Coordinator

Beginning her journey with Lago Custom Events as a Banquet Server in 2021, Danielle  stepped into her role as our Social Event Coordinator this year! A dynamic leader with a bubbly personality, Danielle knows the ins and outs of putting a successful event together. From helping clients with their vision to managing moving parts, Danielle will be able to assist with any of your event and catering needs - all with a smile on her face.

Michelle Roberts

Event Manager

Michelle has been a valued member of our team for six years and works diligently to ensure that the setup and logistics of each event run smoothly. From working on layouts to managing our event staff, Michelle puts her best foot forward to make sure every custom event on property is a success.

Earl Jackson

Event Manager

Earl has been a member of our team for over four years! Holding the position of Event Manager, Earl truly takes pride in bringing each of our clients' visions to life. Whether it’s technical setup/coordination or managing the traffic flow of vendors, Earl is our go-to guy for ensuring that each event is set accordingly and on time.