Meet CEO & Executive Chef Ivana Smith
Ivana Smith was inspired to create Dainty Delights by Ivana LLC by her life long passions for hospitality & event planning, interests her mother & grandmother helped her cultivate early in life. Growing up in her Panamanian household filled with love, laughter, & amazing food, food had always fostered connection, fellowship, & happiness in Ivana's life. From her days as a child playing waitress to family members & taking orders with crayons & paper, Ivana has always enjoyed spreading happiness & making others smile with food.
Ivana's years of event planning & solid track record, combined with her hustle mentality & drive, birthed Dainty Delights by Ivana. Ivana began planning & facilitating events as young as seventeen years old as school president at St. Bernard High School in Playa Del Rey, CA. As a student at UC Berkeley , she independently coordinated admissions & recruitment events representing the Office of Admissions involving hundreds of students & faculty across the state of California. Becoming a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. during college gave her invaluable professional skills & experience that she continues to employ in her everyday life with each of her clients.
Ivana started Dainty Delights as a creative outlet and side gig while pursuing her Master's of Public Health degree at UCLA. After graduating, she worked in HIV/AIDS research for UCLA Health for several years, in addition to co-authoring several academic publications. After starting to experience more happiness & a greater sense of fulfillment from genuinely connecting with clients & dedicating countless hours to creating high-quality miniature foods & desserts, she quit her 9-5 & took Dainty Delights by Ivana on full-time! To date, with over ten years of experience event planing & hospitality, Ivana has independently & successfully planned & coordinated full-food service social gatherings, professional meetings, & academic conferences for upwards of 500 people.
Dainty Delights by Ivana was created in January 2014 in Los Angeles, CA. We pride ourselves on using food to spread love & positivity through the avenues of catering & hospitality. Allow Ivana & her team the honor of creating a delightfully unique culinary & event experience customized to meet your specific needs & vision!