EXCEPTIONAL EFFORTS & SUBLIME MANAGEMENT
DINEvent is here to serve your unique event, meeting and conference needs; we offer a creative, professional and experienced staff with strong event design, production, marketing and destination management capabilities.
Founder & CEO
A Minnesota native, Lange has been producing seamless affairs since 2005. After University of St. Thomas, her career launched at Parasole Restaurant Holdings in Minneapolis, where she led a team of sales and event managers across seven Parasole restaurants and implemented the group’s 40,000-member loyalty program – Parasole Dining Club. In 2010, DINEvent was launched with great response. Longing for year-round sunshine, Lange hung up her mid-west lifestyle for Arizona, from which DINEvent’s reach stretched to all corners of the world. Her proven track record of success and industry leading concepts soon catered to full-service event planning and management clients; from there, DINEvent Premium emerged.
When Lange isn’t shepherding her team through the competitive events industry, she feeds her adventurous soul by dreaming up her next bespoke adventures to Como and beyond! Between excursions, Lange kicks up her heels for new Southwest restaurants or a fabulous local happy hour. She proudly calls Phoenix home with her furry friends, Oscar and Nola; the trio just bought their first home together!
Dawn is a mid-west native with a Grand Canyon State heart. In 2013, this Metropolitan State University grad with a lot of spunk and loads of ambition was hired as DINEvent’s very first employee. Today, she is the company’s Vice President – a true Jane of all trades. Verdone’s unwavering attention to detail, keen eye for composition, and logistical mastery ensure that each and every sourced venue is a masterpiece. Dawn is as cool as a cucumber and as sharp as a tack.
Verdone is the thunder to DINEvent’s lightning. With inherent creative energy and extreme organization, she packs the perfection punch that keeps our trains on the tracks. Verdone practices Pilates and bears a few hidden talents like bowling the rest of the DINEvent team to shame during group “bonding” time. In her down time, you can catch her snuggling with her two pups, Leonidas and Zula, teaching friends how to bake a proper apple pie start-to-finish and sipping on New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.
Event SALES MANAGER
Rachel Riefberg is DINEvent’s resident Event Sales Manager and mastermind of marketing. Following a college career at Arizona State University with several years of sales and recruiting, this Connecticut native and consummate planner joined the DINEvent team in 2016. Riefberg’s role takes her across the country sourcing countless unforgettable venues for her clients. Riefberg brings an incredible attention to detail and is adored for her positive energy, can-do attitude and sense of humor. A natural planner, Riefberg keeps everyone at DINEvent on track with to-do’s, creative ideas and interesting destinations.
Always ready for a new adventure, Riefberg recently traded in the hiking trails of Colorado for the comforts of Connecticut, the place where she calls home. Riefberg is known to curate exclusive excursions for family and friends to New Orleans, Palm Beach, Scottsdale and her favorite city of all, Barcelona! No matter the city she’s living in or traveling to, she’s bound to have an outdoor adventure planned or a prime-time reservation at a buzz-worthy restaurant.
Director of Business Development
Anayis Melikian hails from Philadelphia, where her interest in the events industry was first sparked by her experience with an area catering firm. A 2014 graduate of College of Charleston with a double major in Hospitality & Tourism Management and Business Administration, Melikian joined our squad in 2018 as Director of Business Development. Her professionalism and enthusiastic spirit put clients at ease and ensure a positive planning experience from day one. Melikian is a calm and collected soul, ready for a creative challenge and a team collaboration.
Melikian is an über foodie, hostess with the mostest and full West Coast convert. Strong family values, genuine compassion and a lightning-quick wit make her an amazing addition to the DINEvent team. Her favored remedy for a stressful day is a bonfire on the beach, a jalapeño margarita or a dripping-with-sweat Hot Yoga session. Splashed all over her Instagram, you can find Melikian exploring the world via last-minute weekend getaways and spontaneous trips to Disneyland.