Meet our Chefs

Ralph Acquaro CJs Catering ManagerRalph Acquaro, CJ’s Catering Manager

Ralph has thirty years of culinary experience working with a few of the most popular restaurant chains in the New York, Orange County CA., and the greater Austin area. His passion for cooking started at the age of seven rolling meatballs in his Aunt Marie’s kitchen! That same passion continues today, as he plans and prepares meals as if he was still cooking for his own family. Once you meet him, you’ll be part of the family too!


Sasha Tackett, CJ’s Catering Team Member

Sasha Tackett is the Events Manager for Mel’s Lone Star Lanes & a CJ’s Catering Team Member. She has been with the company for seven years.  She will be with you from the first call to completion of your event, small or large.  Passionate about details, Sasha serves each guest with her undivided attention because she knows your event is special.  She’s here to help you every step of the way. If you have an event from September – November 2019 she will be out on maternity leave, but Elmie O’Connor, another CJ’s Catering Team Member will be stepping in to help cover.


Tracy Waters Food and Beverage DirectorTracy Waters, Food & Beverage Director

Tracy has a passion for food and catering is her first love.  Working as a teenager for independent caterers and summer jobs at restaurants to pay for college led to a career as a catering and restaurant manager.

Five years in Italian, seven years in BBQ, with Cajun and bistro fare along the way, she has catered events from private dinner parties to banquets of 500.

Starting CJ’s catering out of Mel’s is her pride and joy. Tracy would love to help you plan your next event give her a call.


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