Tom is an Annapolis native who grew up in Annapolis. His first job was a dishwasher at Busch’s Chesapeake Inn at age 14. At age 18, he moved to the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The plan was to stay for 2 or 3 months and enjoy island life before starting college. However, the trip lasted for ten years. During this time, Tom attended the University of the Virgin Islands. While in the Caribbean, Tom worked at a very popular family run hotel named Club Comanche. It was here that he learned the basics of cooking and restaurant management. Hurricane Hugo devastated the island of St. Croix in 1989, and Tom moved back to Annapolis in 1990.
Tom graduated from the University of Maryland and completed his Masters Degree in Business / Financial Management. Tom, along with his partners also own the very popular Federal House Bar & Grille located on the City Dock in downtown Annapolis. Tom manages the operations of Main and Market and the business office.
He is an active member of several restaurant trade associations and is a member of the golf committee for the Hospice of the Chesapeake. Currently, he lives in Arnold, MD with his wife, Sue.
Evie was born in Chicago to an Italian mother who is an amazing cook and baker and a father who loves to sail the Chesapeake Bay. Their love to entertain on the water or at home influenced her at young age for food and friends. Her 1st catering job was at 14 years of age which kept her busy as she attended St. Mary’s High School in Annapolis.
Whether catering on weekends, on holiday break from Roanoke College or choosing to turn it into her career in 1997, Main & Market has been a constant in her life. Evie Turner has come full circle with Main & Market. Evie’s passion of catering and attention to detail continues her drive to create the ultimate catering experience. She has successfully completed numerous years of Catersource Seminars and is a member of the International Catering Association. Main & Market honored Evie in 2002 for TWIN (Tribute to Women in Industry) through the YWCA and actively participates on the committee yearly. Evie uses her creativity and experience to assist and guide MI Team. Evie resides in Severna Park with her husband, Arnold, daughter Claire and her son, Patrick.
Brett Cureton born in Charleston, SC and raised here in the Annapolis area has devoted over 18 years of culinary expertise to Main and Market. Throughout his career at Main & Market Mr. Cureton has demonstrated leadership skills as Head Pastry Chef, Line Chef and is currently the Executive Chef. His love for culinary arts started as a teenager while living in Ireland where he studied Epicurean cooking. Cureton returned to the states to further pursue his culinary career at Baltimore Culinary College where he was a double major earning the following degrees; Restaurant Cooking and Management and Pastry Chef. Cureton has also been awarded The Mid-Atlantic winner of the James Beard Dessert Competition. Along with his passion for food, Cureton enjoys sailing so much that he has become an avid racer on two of the top sailing teams here in Annapolis. He also enjoys volunteering with The Maritime Republic of Eastport. Of course we can not leave out his love for his newly rescued German Shorthair Pointer, Matilda.
Senior Sales Consultant
Debra Darrow joined Main & Market in summer of 2008. She arrived with a background of event planning for a major real estate company. This experience, combined with Debra’s passion for personal entertaining, made her a natural for catering sales. Her attention to detail and love of people make Main & Market a perfect fit.
Debra welcomes you to try Main & Market the next time you want to wow your guests or impress your client.
Director of Staffing
Born in 1983 in Calvert County, Maryland, Jessica Gates has loved baking since the young age of two when she use to sit on the counter top and help her mother mix cookie dough. Jessica’s passion for baking and decorating grew into a successful career. She enrolled in Anne Arundel Community College Pastry Program in 2001 right out of High School and has been baking and designing cakes every since. Jessica’s talents have been encouraged by her family as she is called to decorate all the specialty cakes for the family birthdays and weddings. Her daughter, Tori, and son, Nate, know firsthand when mom bakes a two-tier princess cake or 3D monster cake for their birthday. She joined Main and Market team in 2007 as a cake decorator, became Bakery Manager in 2008 and currently our Bakery and Catering Sales Consultant. Jessica was the recipient of the 2011 YWCA Twin award. When not at work, she loves attending her children’s sports activities and spending time with her family.
April Louise Haynes
April celebrates Five years as our Office Manager. She is affectionately known as the “Voice and Glue” of Main & Market. April comes to us with over Fifteen years of Customer Service Management. Her consistent positive attitude lends light to the workplace worthy of sharing. April’s professional approach to company business is noticed by all who come in contact with her. She maintains the functional flow between our Catering Sales Team, Kitchen and Accounting Office. April was honored as our 2009 YWCA Twin recipient. April would quote that “Success would be nothing without someone to share it with”. Her personal and professional achievements can be traced back to a strong family base, a supportive extended family and a grounded belief in God. She is grateful for loving and accomplished parents, solid work ethics which were established early in life, and a commitment to academic achievement. April strives to provide a positive role model for her son who is the continuously influenced of her success.
Christina M. Rossetti
A native Annapolitan who grew up in Bay Ridge. She has been fascinated by the Food & Beverage Industry since an early age and has made the hospitality industry her passion for a decade and a half. She started out as a “counter girl” for Chesapeake Chicken at age 15. Then she went into waiting tables for Romano’s Macaroni Grill, where she worked her way up the corporate ladder becoming training coordinator and shift leader. All the while attending Towson University and graduating in 2001 with a degree in Advertising. After college she became an event planner in Washington D.C. and catered countless weddings, also including events for the President of the United States, The Smithsonian Group, the FBI, and numerous Embassies, Political Figures, and Fortune 500 companies. In 2004, she began working in the Marketing Department for Hilton Hotels in Frederick and Washington County, in which she began missing her daily interaction with food & beverages and the Annapolis scenery. In 2005, she went to work for Phillips Seafood Restaurants as their Restaurant and Bar Manager where she was awarded “Manager of the Year 2006” and was also able to further her education in Food & Wine at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley. She has now come “full circle” and settled back in Annapolis, and started working at Main & Market in 2008 as the General Manager for the Cafe. In her spare time she enjoys renovating her new home, kayaking, skydiving, and spending time with family and friends. Her greatest ambition in life is to swim with the sharks.
Missy Harrison was born in Glen Burnie, MD and raised there her entire life. Missy has devoted 9 years of her culinary and management expertise to Main and Market, demonstrating leadership skills as Restaurant Manager, Catering Lead Server, Director of Food Services for the Maryland Freestate Challenge Program at Aberdeen Proving Ground and currently Catering Kitchen Manager. Her love for the hospitality industry started as a teenager pursuing her Hotel/Restaurant Management Degree at Pennsylvania Culinary Institute in Pittsburgh, PA. Missy moved on to a work a food kiosk for a friend; she cooked, served and independently ran the kiosk for 2 years. Missy then worked for a student travel agency where she was the hotel coordinator for over 700 student groups. Missy had really missed the cooking aspect of her career and decided to make a career change back to the restaurant side of the hospitality industry. She joined the team at Main & Market in 2007 and started to climb the ladder. In her spare time, Missy loves relaxing with her husband, Sean, and Boxers, Mosley and Juice. She enjoys traveling and rooting for her favorite team, the Baltimore Ravens.
Andrew, born and raised in Annapolis, developed a love for the outdoors and cooking at an early age. After graduating from University of Delaware with a Bachelors Degree in Anthropology, he found initial employment at Main & Market. California dreaming while young and ambitious, Andrew moved to the Golden State and gained vast knowledge of bread and pastry. In 2014, Andrew accepted the position of Café Chef at Main & Market, blossoming our restaurant into a truly special gem of Annapolis. While away from the workplace, Andrew spends time outside, with his family, and reading.
Lila Wrye is a native Texan from the capital city of Austin. After graduating from high school, she attended classes at the Texas Culinary Academy while working in photography. Lila has a lifetime love of baking and fine foods, and began employment in the bakery at Main & Market upon moving to Annapolis in 1999. By 2012, Lila was promoted to Bakery Manager and continues to win Annapolis’ Best Desserts. She lives on Maryland’s eastern shore with her husband, son, and daughter. At home, movies, cooking, and outdoor activities with the family occupy her time.
Nanette Williams was born in Annapolis, MD. She graduated from Annapolis Senior High School and continues to have several local connections. In 1984 she joined the United States Navy and was stationed in Norfolk, VA. After 4 years of service, was Honorably Discharged, she began working with the United States Postal Service continuing her dedication to the United States, developing her personal touch.
After 10 years of service, Nanette left the postal service for modeling and acting. In 2003 she moved to Los Angeles, CA where she did background work on a host of tv shows, and movies. It was here in Los Angeles that she began working on set productions, and with event planners and realized that she really enjoyed this line of work.
In 2006 she returned home, to Annapolis and began working with a commercial management company as a receptionist. She continued there until she was introduced to Main and Market. In 2008, she began working with Main and Market as a server, and shortly there after she was moved to a Lead position on her first wedding, which she says, “was terrifying.” After many successful events, she was offered a position as the Director of Staffing for Main and Market, and for the past year and a half she has been working as a full-time Sales Consultant – which she absolutely loves.
Nanette still goes out on service jobs and continues to drop her wisdom notes, “everything must have a purpose” you will hear her say. She is thankful for her upbringing, God-fearing parents, grandmother and great-grandmother who were all incredible cooks. Nanette is affectionately known as the “Lead” by her children, who have worked with Main and Market as servers, and gets a kick out of her need to have everything in its place and placed with purpose, even at home, or her husband’s business. She’s enjoys decorating and redecorating spaces with the same pieces that, somehow looks brand new when she’s finished.
Julie Ryan was born and raised in the Annapolis area. She learned the art of cooking from her grandfather, Pasquale, who was the executive chef at The House of Representatives in DC. Culinary arts has always been her passion and she began catering at the age of 12. After high school, Julie enrolled at Anne Arundel Community College in the HCAT program until transferring to Santa Monica College in California shortly thereafter. Once in LA, she continued to work in hospitality services and event planning for the entertainment industry. After relocating back to the Annapolis area, Julie has since joined the team at Main and Market to continue to use her knowledge of and expertise of the hospitality industry as a Sales Consultant.
Diane’s formal training began in the mid 80’s when she obtained an A.S. degree in Culinary Arts and a B.S. in Food Service Management from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI. Diane has been in the food industry for the past 30 years. She has held various management positions including event planning and has trained with some top-notch chefs and managers for hotels, restaurants, country clubs and food service companies. In 1994 Diane joined the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group in San Francisco, CA where she held several management positions. The Mandarin (a member of The Leading Hotels of the World and ranked as one of the top hotels in the US) inspired her to travel and allowed her to live overseas, attending cooking courses and experiencing a broad array of truly local cuisines. Since moving to Annapolis, Diane has owned and operated her own personal chef/catering company and taught as a culinary instructor at Anne Arundel Community College. In her spare time Diane likes to enjoy sports, live music, being with family, and traveling whenever possible.
Private School Lunch Program Manager
Diane Prout joined the Main & Market team with over 17 years of Print Production and Customer Service Management. She has a unique perspective on our private school lunch program, as her child attended one of our participating private schools. Diane recognizes how valuable an on-line, well-balanced, and user-friendly lunch program is to a private school and their families. She has an insight on what the parent expects and the student enjoys in our lunches. She believes customer service is just as important as the lunches we serve. Diane enjoys traveling with her family, horseback riding, and time spent with friends along the Chesapeake Bay.