Sabor de Mexico - NIU - Ellington's

Fall 2012 Management Teams

Sabor de Mexico

Thursday October 11 and November 8, 2012

Sabor de Mexico

Maggie Cimarolli, Emily Mekeel,  Chris Leifel, Sam Schneider, Crystal Perez


Emily Mekeel

My name is Emily Mekeel. I am a senior Nutrition and Dietetics major. Come next summer, I hope to be on my way to my Dietetic Internship. I love cooking, especially for other people, and one day I would like to publish a cookbook of my own recipes which I’ve already begun compiling. My future goal, as of now, is to eventually move to Seattle, become a certified CrossFit trainer, and drink the best coffee possible!

Samantha Schneider 

Hello, my name is Samantha Schneider and I am the Dining Room Manager at Sabor de Mexico! I am a senior, hospitality administration major.  I love anything that gives me a creative challenge and have made it a priority to be as academically involved to expand fundamental l team and leadership skills along with a variety of experience within the hospitality field.  I am the President of the Society for Hospitality Administration (SHA), an active member of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), and participating in the hospitality administration mentor program. I am also the intern for the 2013 NIU Holmes Student Center Food Services, Bridal Expo, and am a server at Medinah Country Club where I will be working the Ryder Cup golf competition at the end of September. Upon graduation I hope to work my way into special events. My group and I have put in a lot of hard work and creativity when creating this menu and are very excited to share this flavorful Mexican cuisine with you!

Chris Leifel

Hi my name is Chris Leifel. I am the executive chef for Sabor de Mexico. I am in the Hospitality field, and after graduation I intend to be a chef in a fine dining restaurant. My other choice would be hospitality management or event coordinator. I love to cook and experiment with different cuisines.

Crystal Perez

Hello, my Name is Crystal Perez and I am the sous chef of Sabor de Mexico at Ellington’s. I am a nutrition and dietetics major with a minor in public health, and I plan on graduating spring 2014. Upon graduation, I hope to continue my academic career towards a master’s degree and one day becoming a registered dietitian. Nutrition and dietetics is my passion and I am excited to apply my knowledge to my job here at Ellington’s. I am excited to expand my knowledge through this course and immerse myself in different cultures and innovative ideas represented by each theme here at Ellington’s.

Maggie Cimarolli

Hi, my name is Maggie Cimarolli.  I am a nutrition and dietetics major and am a junior at Northern Illinois University.  I plan on becoming a sports nutritionist and working with college level teams.  I am on the gymnastics team at NIU so I would like to stay involved with sports of some nature.  I have also thought about working in a small café or restaurant.  I love working with food and I feel that any opportunity I will have will be a great one.  I am very excited to be working at Ellington’s and I cannot wait until our group gets to show everyone some real authentic Mexican food.