(Y)our team

Landmark Hospitality team members are referred to as “Memory-Makers.” The owners have personally hand-selected each of these men and women, experts in their fields. Our Memory-Makers are the driving force behind the success and beauty of each individual event we create. Our staff has a passion and deep understanding of the hospitality business. They believe in crafting memorable events specifically designed for each client’s unique needs. Below, meet a few of the key people who will help create your special day.


Chef Ken Trickilo started his career in the kitchen as a high school student. He worked at a country club because he just needed a part time job. This is where he fell in love with cooking. When deciding what to do after college, he could only think of one thing, going to culinary school, even though his original plan was to go to school to be an architect. After obtaining his degree from the Culinary Institute of America, he worked for Chef Michael Colemico at his restaurant in Cape May. Afterwards he went on to work with Ed Stone at the Bernards Inn and then Panico’s in New Brunswick. In 1999 he obtained a Sous Chef position at Napa Valley Grill, where he eventually trained to be their head chef, who also traveled around the country opening new restaurants for the company. This is where he perfected his “farm to table” technique, using fresh, seasonal and if possible local ingredients to formulate amazing menus and exquisite cuisine. Here at Liberty House, Chef uses these same methods to create a dining experience in an unmatched locale. Among his many accolades, Chef’s most recent accomplishment was hosting the esteemed James Beard dinner.

Ken Trickilo

Executive Chef

Jose has been a memorymaker at Landmark since 1996 when started in the kitchen as a line chef at The Central Park Boathouse. He fondly speaks of this time as a great opportunity to learn and grow within a flourishing company and in the restaurant industry. Jose, a Dominican Republic native, attended culinary school in his native country, where he was taught from a global perspective and learned how to cook all types of cuisine. In 1999, Jose was part of the team that opened The Chart House, and then went on to help the company open Liberty House in 2001. Since Jose can remember, his family has been cooking together in the kitchen, this was the main reason why he decided that becoming a Chef was his destiny. His father, who still cooks family dinners in the kitchen at age 77, “is an excellent cook” and was another big part of why Jose pursued a career in the culinary arts.

Jose Peralta

Chef de Cuisine

Orlando Ramos brings more than 20 years of fine dining and hotel operations experience to his position at Landmark Hospitality. He began his career at the acclaimed Nobu restaurant where he worked under the tutelage of Drew Nieporent and Chef Morimoto for 6 years as the beverage manager and sommelier. In 2003 Orlando was approached by Chef David Burke to be General Manager of David Burke and Donatella, which was Chef Burke's first break out restaurant. He moved on to quickly build an impressive resume. In 2013 he returned to work for Chef David Burke where he was responsible for operations at multiple properties which included Townhouse, Fishtail and the acclaimed Fromagerie in Rumson NJ. Orlando is a member of the Guild of Master Sommeliers.

Orlando Ramos

General Manager

A graduate of the New York Restaurant School, Paul’s expertise was fine-tuned while working in fast, fun Asian fusion restaurants in Manhattan. Paul started his career at Tom Restaurant in the West Village. After spending some time there he moved on to Phong, a Jean Georges establishment also in New York City. Before coming to Liberty House as Sous Chef, Paul also worked in the Bond Street Tavern kitchen. Paul is a fantastic addition to the team at Liberty House, his careful, skilled and fun take on the ingredients allows everything he creates to taste that much more special. Paul says “I absolutely love to cook and I love the hustle and bustle of the restaurant; my Dad cooked when I was growing up, and he was a big influence on why I chose this as a career.”

Paul Seow

Senior Sous Chef

Danielle started booking events and weddings in 1995 and has not stopped since. Her passion for perfection shines through in every event she coordinates. Her sense of style combined with her client’s personal preferences creates new and exciting spins and twists on the classic, traditional and contemporary features of each and every event she works on. Some of Danielle’s clients include the New York Jets, New York Giants, American Idol, New Jersey Devils and The Cake Boss. Her favorite part of her job is “obvious…making memories!”

Danielle Villa

Director of Events

Mara was born into the restaurant industry. Her grandmother opened one of the first Mexican restaurants in New York in 1956. As a child, Mara was always hanging out in the kitchen. In her teenage years, she started waiting on tables and later went on to manage the dining room. Unfortunately, the family business was forced to close due to skyrocketing rents. Mara went on to work in Retail in the administrative field until she applied for a position at Liberty House in 2003. She worked her way up from Host to Office Manager and is currently in charge of coordinating all restaurant parties. Mara enjoys all aspects of coordinating events from the initial meeting, to bonding with clients, organizing all the details, to the day-of where it all comes to fruition. Her role at Liberty House allows her the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life, put her organizational skills to good use, and provides a sense of excitement since no two days are ever the same.

Mara McMullen

Office Manager

With a love for Events and Hospitality, Lauren has worked in the Industry for over 10 years–from bartender to manager, server, maître’d… You name it, she’s done it. Her experience and creative hunger fit seamlessly in her role as Event Coordinator at Liberty House. Previously, Lauren worked for Pleasantdale Chateau for nearly 3 years. No matter who the client, Laurent is always making sure all their expectations are met. Her portfolio of high-profile clients includes MTV, Calvin Klein, Warner Elektra Atlantic Records, and a few other media-based agencies doing more administrative work for artists. Most recently, Lauren lived in Germany for a year working as an Intercultural Business Consultant, educating German employees on the American culture in preparation for their move to the USA through our ex-pat relocation services.

Lauren Lamparello

Event Coordinator