Our Family

Working with Tigerlily events is a family affair. As Lincoln Park Zoo’s in-house catering team, we are dedicated to expertly creating your event, from your first sip of champagne to your last goodbye.



Christine Picerno, Director of Sales

Christine joined Levy Restaurants in October 2010 as the Sales Manager for Bistro 110, Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap and the Grand Piazza. Christine has well established guest relations with concierges, Event Planners and clients throughout Chicago. She has extensive experience soliciting new business though phone inquiries, internet referrals and networking. Christine joined the Lincoln Park Zoo team as the Tigerlily Events Sales Manager in April 2011 and has been enjoying all events from the small personal parties to large corporate galas. Customers rave about the excellent customer service that she provides.

Daniel Kelly, Executive Chef of Premium

Daniel Kelly began his culinary career cooking food from scratch and still has a passion for it today. In 1991 he joined the Hyatt Regency Chicago team as a Banquet Chef where he learned to learn to execute elaborate banquets for groups of 20 to 5,000 people. He later worked opened the Hyatt Rosemont and serving 3 years as Executive Chef, he focused on the fundamentals of retail-style food. His culinary talent took him to various restaurants in the city of Chicago. Including opening his own restaurant, D.Kelly Restaurant, in 2002 where it was named one of Chicago Magazine’s ‘Top 20 New Restaurants’.

Victor Ramirez, Operations Manager

Victor Ramirez started with the company as a banquet server in 2009 with Fulton’s on the river, now known as river roast. He then became a bartender and later a captain. He has worked at many different properties as support in the area of Chicago including the innovations kitchen, where he worked directly with Robin Rosenberg. In 2013 victor transferred to Lincoln Park Zoo to work with Tigerlily Events. In the beginning of 2015 he was promoted to the catering manager. Victor worked very hard to execute events in the ever growing Tigerlily team!