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David PortoOwner / Director of EventsBlue Plate Catering

David lives in Madison with Nicola, his wife of 8 years. Joining Blue Plate in December 2004, and a managing partner since 2014, the years have seen him in nearly every position possible. Currently, he leads the team of event planners, guiding Blue Plate to be named Wisconsin's best caterer by Wisconsin Bride Magazine in 2017, 2020, and 2021. Since 2018, David has traveled to Scottsdale, AZ, to partner with M Culinary Concepts for the Phoenix Open (the best-attended golf event in the USA, with an attendance of over 700,000 in 2018), managing a team of 50 staff at the iconic Bay Club and working with a total team of over 800 for the 6 day event. David was Awarded NACE's inaugural Frontline Hero Award in 2021 for his Feed the Front Lines initiative, helping to feed both frontline healthcare workers and Madison residents struggling with homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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