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Meet our Staff

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Becky Kazar - Banquet Captain


Becky Kazar comes to the Lenau Park Team with many years’ worth of experience within the Banquet Industry.  Her Customer Service skills are second to none as she has worked a myriad of events requiring the best from her and her team.  Throughout the years she has worked herself  through the ranks of event coordination and into management roles and has a solid background which makes her a powerhouse.  This unparalleled knowledge means that she knows how to get the job done and there is nothing you can’t throw at this Mother of three boys.  She has learned how to clean up life’s little messes in turn which makes her events flawless!  Were there a mess, you would never know about it! Much like the rest of the team, Becky enjoys seeing her Customer’s outcomes and experiences and it gives her great joy and satisfaction to see a couple happy with their special day.  A true problem solver, quick on her feet and decisive, she is a true asset leading the way on event day for Lenau Park guests.
 
Personally, Becky enjoys baseball and bowling and we at the Donauschwaben are attempting to convince her to become a Kegler!  An avid couponer, she certainly can make the very most out of little and in turn you can see that as she proceeds creatively with an event, she makes something very simple look fabulous.  Becky looks forward to her time here at Lenau Park and is starting to learn just a bit of German as well, for now she says "Danke"!


Mike Iskandar - Executive Chef


Mike began his journey in the kitchen at age 15 and has worked hard to earn his way up the hierarchy, learning everything he can, ever since. Twelve years ago, his family started a restaurant that serves Mediterraneanstyle food. But Mike does not hold himself out as a specialist in Mediterranean cuisine. In Mike’s words, learning to make new dishes from different parts of the world is “all part of the great culinary adventure,” and he has enjoyed the study of German cuisine on this part of his journey. Naturally, Mike sees cooking as an art rather than a science, and he reveres the creative aspect of cooking above all else. Get to Know Our Chef... Those of us who have had the pleasure of meeting Mike know that he is calm as a cucumber. Yet, when some of us think of kitchens at busy restaurants, we might imagine terrifying scenes filled with roaring fires, cauldrons overflowing with scalding liquids; along with panicked sous chefs scurrying every which way, changing tasks on a dime, and screaming “Yes, Chef!” Of course, we wanted to ask Mike what his secret is to staying cool, calm, and collected in a busy kitchen. His philosophy — which is very much not a part of the Gordon Ramsay school — is to keep calm, carry on, and lead by example. Experience has taught him that one person’s stress will filter throughout the kitchen in an anarchic, untenable, negative chain. A kitchen filled with positive energy, on the other hand, does just what it is supposed to: produce great food. Outside of Lenau Park’s kitchen, Mike enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. Mike and his family live in North Olmsted, where he can often be found on his feet and in the kitchen.