Summer Salutations from Bill Hansen and the Team at Villa Woodbine!!
This Party-Crasher Has Plenty of Pals (By Christina Mayo, Special to The Miami Herald)
Winston is not your ordinary guy. He loves to show up at parties, unannounced, at Villa Woodbine in Coconut Grove. He’s always sporting his finest black tie attire, and unlike most party-crashers, Winston is welcomed at most events.
Winston is the villa’s resident peacock. When he makes an entrance, with his magnificent iridescent tail feathers fanned, he outdoes everyone. Not a designer gown or tuxedo can match his splendor.
Through the years Winston has dined on some of the best food in town created by Bill Hansen, exclusive caterer at the romantic historic estate. This bird has also met some pretty interesting invited partygoers.
“In a way, he has become a mascot of Villa Woodbine,” said Hansen. “Of all the caterers in town, I am thrilled that he chose me.”
Winston got his name from Hansen’s landlord’s client, Krystal Caron, who was married at Villa Woodbine. She loves fine jewelry from Harry Winston, hence the name.
To show his appreciation, Hansen brought in two peahens to keep company with the fancy fowl, but so far Winston hasn’t shown any interest. Only time will tell.
Caterer Bill Hansen Has Been Named Volunteer of the Year for 2011 by Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship
Caterer Bill Hansen has been named 2011 Volunteer of the Year by Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), an organization started in 1987 to provide entrepreneurship education for young people from low income communities to empower them to change their lives.
In the past year Bill volunteered Villa Woodbine, the historic house in Coconut Grove, as well as the food and his staff for the group’s wine auction that netted more than $37,000. In addition, he helps to judge the business plan competition, coaches the students in the group, and visits classrooms as a guest speaker.
The group selects one volunteer each year who has gone above and beyond to help the organization, says Alice Horn executive director of NFTE. “Bill is incredible,” she says, “We couldn’t even possibly consider anyone else.”
(Attached photo: Bill receiving the award from fellow board member Victoria Villalba.)
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Meet Shaneil Sibblies…
Shaneil Sibblies has always had a passion for food, parties and people. While attending MAST Academy High School here in Miami, FL, she got her first taste for catering while enrolled in the Food Production Program. Shaneil was always the first to volunteer her time to help prepare and cook meals for many of the school’s special events. Not many teenagers aspired to one day owning a restaurant the way Shaneil did. From this point on she was hooked.
She met Bill Hansen while attending Florida International University; she was enrolled in Bill’s Catering Management class. Seeing how passionate she was about the subject matter, Bill offered her a part time serving job within his company in 2006, and after she graduated from the school’s Hospitality Management Program in 2007, she earned herself a full time position with Bill Hansen Catering. She’s worked hard to make her way up from the ranks of server, to a banquet captain, to a sales coordinator, to Sales Manager, to Operations Assistant Manager, to Director of Sales, and is now the General Manager of the company. “I like to work. This is what I enjoy doing,” she says.
When Shaneil is not working, she’s vacationing. The more exotic location, the better. She uses her travels as inspiration for work. It was just after her recent trips to India and Spain that she wanted to share her culinary experiences with others and introduce different type of menus to Bill’s already extensive repertoire. “I love traveling because it links different cultures, people, and food.”