Meet Your Leadership Team
With a focus on exquisite cuisine and an understanding of large-scale events, the team at 1718 Events takes care of everything from catering and menus to transportation and venue arrangements. The team's distinct cooking style combined with a penchant for going above and beyond has resulted in more than one unforgettable moment in the Big Easy.
Ethan McDonald Event Manager
Ethan McDonald is a dedicated Event Manager with experience in event planning. He is a detail-oriented professional with strengths in event creation, planning and execution.
In 2007, he moved to New Orleans to attend Tulane University, and now considers himself a New Orleans native. Ethan’s gifts of organization, attention to detail, creative imagination and contagious enthusiasm have earned him a reputation for unparalleled excellence as an event planner. Ethan will be sure to execute your ideas and concepts flawlessly while maintaining a pleasant, calm and helpful personality to ensure an amazing experience for you and your guests.
In his spare time, Ethan enjoys spending time with his husband, going for long walks on the lakeshore with his dog, and seeing all the newest movies.
Yvan Didelot Chef
Chef Yvan Didelot, graduate of Lyon Culinary School in France, is recognized as a Master Chef of France. He has served as an executive chef in more than six countries, with specialty dishes ranging from the use of fresh fish, seafood and braised and grilled meats. Having studied under two world- renowned chefs, Paul Bocuse and Paul Blanc, Chef Yvan has not only mastered the art of Provençal cuisine, but has recently began studying New Orleans cuisine, which encompasses French, Spanish and island influences.
Georgia Smith 1718 Events Administrative Assistant
Planning and coordinating events is Georgia’s passion. She loves working closely with clients to help execute their vision and to see long-term planning come to fruition. Having never worked in the hospitality industry, Georgia understands that there are many aspects to planning an event, and when a goal is achieved it is extremely rewarding. She believes that 1718 Events is an incredible team composed of people with diverse talents, skills, and abilities and working with this team is an excellent opportunity to see projects come together through various perspectives. Georgia is originally from Memphis, TN, but she has lived in New Orleans for the past 4 years. She absolutely adores this city and consider it her home.