Chief Catering Officer
A natural-born chef with Main Line roots and an artist’s touch, Jennifer McCafferty is changing how Greater Philadelphia thinks about food and events. In the kitchen, McCafferty’s French-Mediterranean roots are accented with mellow Eastern undertones. Her designs are classic, sophisticated and smart. They engage guests as well as assure clients that their event will flow in a smooth, timely fashion.
McCafferty counts Julia Child, Ina Garten (the Barefoot Contessa) and Martha Stewart among her strongest influences. Combining Child’s classic techniques and confidence, Garten’s simple, bold flavors and natural ingredients and Stewart’s versatility and attention to detail, McCafferty creates seasonal menus with fresh, zesty flavors and remarkable presentation.
Without question, McCafferty’s strongest influence is the earth. Before JPM catered its first event, McCafferty outlined environmentally responsible practices–like using biodegradable service ware and packaging and local produce and composting–that have become pillars of JPM’s reputation.
A member of the Philadelphia Women’s Culinary Guild, McCafferty has worked in the kitchen and front of house at some of the most well-known French and Nouveau American restaurants in Philadelphia. She has been cooking for as long as she can remember.
When it comes to events, McCafferty has planned them all. She has brought her thoughtful, thorough and personalized touch to bar mitzvahs, weddings, and dinner parties alike. In the fall of 2008, she oversaw the opening of the Chemical Heritage Foundation conference center, for which she served as meeting and events manager.
McCafferty specializes in event details and presenting clients with options that suit their needs. She also makes many of her own décor pieces, often using recycled items and creating flower arrangements from her own garden.
McCafferty earned her B.A. in Visual Arts with concentrations in Art History and Photography from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa. She studied French language and culture at Alliance Francaise in Paris and later received her certification in Professional Meeting Planning from Temple University’s Institute of Continuing Studies.
McCafferty also brings a strong sense of community to JPM. In recent years, she has worked to raise funds for Greener Partners, a nonprofit that promotes sustainable organic farming in Greater Philadelphia, and has previously volunteered as the event coordinator for Girls Rock Philly, a non-profit that promotes rock ‘n roll musicianship among young women in Greater Philadelphia. Other past service includes project leader for Greater Philadelphia Cares: Recipes for Success, a healthy cooking education program for teenage mothers, and teaching a photography workshop for disadvantaged children at the Norristown Library.
Director of Operations
A longtime writer/editor, Petrucci brings his knack for ideas, words and presentation to JPM, crafting our website, blog, and marketing strategy and helps make connections with new clients across Greater Philadelphia. He also spearheaded the company’s recent expansion.
Petrucci was an award-winning newspaperman for 10 years in Northeast Pennsylvania before stints in the nonprofit and public relations sectors. Most recently, he has worked as a freelance writer and editor for statewide online publication Keystone Edge and was founding editor of Flying Kite, where he co-founded its On the Ground program.
When not blogging, working Quickbooks or making deliveries, Petrucci is usually playing the accordion. He is the founder of the Ardmore Accordion Academy, a movement to advance accordion artistry that provides lessons and accordion-for-hire services.
Petrucci’s most memorable meal came on his lone trip to Las Vegas, a 48-hour whirlwind reporting on the World Series of Poker in 2005. A porterhouse steak with potatoes, green beans and a bottle of Merlot and a clear view of the casino floor was like an oasis in the desert. Now a vegetarian, Petrucci enjoys experimenting with new meatless dishes and also fancies himself as an amateur pizza-maker.
Petrucci, a graduate of East Stroudsburg University, lives in Ardmore with his wife Jennifer McCafferty and their son Joseph III.
When JPM works its biggest events, Dinice is the driving force behind our on-site food service. A native of Northern New Jersey not far from New York City, Dinice thrives in pressure-cooker settings. She has even cooked for Mick Jagger while working at POP NYC in 1999. Dinice has also worked a banquet chef at the Ritz Carlton Philadelphia and as a sous chef at Palm Philadelphia and most recently serves as director of the Culinary Program at Burlington County (N.J.) Community College (BCCC).
At BCCC, she helps manage a 19,000 square foot facility that includes professional workspaces, high-tech demonstration kitchens, a dining room for special events, resource spaces, a student-run cafe and a retail store.
Dinice is strongest with Classical French and American cuisine and is also highly competent in the confectionary arts. Her most memorable meal, though, is much simpler — London Broil, broccoli and baked potato. It was especially memorable because it was the first cooked by her talented partner of 19 years, Pat.
Not surprisingly, Dinice counts Eric Ripert, Jeff Lin and Phillippe Reininger among her favorite chefs. When not experimenting in the kitchen, Dinice is quite the musician. She plays guitar and drums. When she’s not kicking up a ruckus, she enjoys reading at the beach.
Dinice earned her undergraduate degree from Fordham University and completed an apprenticeship program with the American Culinary Federation. She lives in South Philadelphia with her partner Pat and three dogs, three cats and lizard.