From SavCo, the hospitality group behind Ann Arbor favorites Sava’s and Aventura, Tavolina brings the sensory and sensual experience of our dining rooms direct to you and your guests.
Tavolina was sparked by the idea that real, honest food, delivered with passion and style could and should be experienced anywhere! For years, our loyal guests have asked us to bring the Savco Hospitality experience beyond the restaurants and into their homes, offices and places of gathering. We're eager to oblige and excited to bring the restaurant to you!
Tavolina is the Albanian word for “table”, which like in many cultures, is the heart of the home. It is at the table where many of life’s most meaningful moments are shared and it is at the table where you will experience the most exceptional gestures of generosity, warmth, and hospitality. Naturally, given Sava’s Albanian heritage and her commitment to connecting people with good food, the symbol of a table feels perfect for the newest venture.
Our restaurants… Your Tavolina.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Alissa has worked in the hospitality industry for over twenty-five years and in a variety of different environments, amassing expertise and building resources every step of the way.
Alissa set her career sights on catering seventeen years ago, supervising countless events including those for former presidents of the United States, foreign dignitaries, and U of M presidents. In 2008, Alissa assisted in opening Glass House as catering director, where she built ground-up operations that continue to ensure excellent customer service and event execution even beyond her tenure. Alissa earned her associates certificate in baking and pastry at Washtenaw Community College and bachelor's degree in fine arts from Eastern Michigan University, and is currently working on her master’s degree in human resources and organizational development. Her demand for perfection and high expectations set the bar at Tavolina, continuously delivering the un-compromised level of quality both her staff and clients have come to expect.
Alina's culinary aspirations began early, literally fed by her grandmother’s cooking. Russian-born and American-bred, Alina grew up with family meals were that were big, cooked from scratch, and enjoyed by constantly revolving groups of friends and family.
Alina turned her love of cooking into a career by first receiving her culinary arts & culinary art management degree from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, then moving directly into a variety of management roles at the prestigious Hempstead Country Club in Hempstead, NY. Alina moved to Ann Arbor in 2015, and immediately joined the SavCo team at Aventura, eventually moving to Sava’s and then SavCo Kitchen & Tavolina Catering and Events. Alina’s terrific breadth and depth of knowledge and experience has translated directly into Tavolina’s operational success, ensuring the seamless execution of each and every event, of any size and in any venue.
Maggie has over six years experience delivering first-class hospitality. From Seattle to Detroit, she’s covered nearly all the bases - historic four-diamond hotel, restaurants, high-end salons and spas - and is currently finishing her hospitality business degree with Carson School of Business. Maggie is our logistics, event design and operational master, her attention to detail translating into the smoothest possible weddings and events, from concept to completion.
When she's not planning fabulous shindigs, you can find her exploring her new home, shopping, finding new restaurants, rooting for the Seahawks, or hosting movie marathons.
Israel has been with SavCo since October 2010, where he began at Sava's on State Street. Before delighting our guests at Sava's, Chef Israel worked for various restaurant groups where he learned many of his management skills and knowledge of culinary operations. After his time at Sava's, Israel helped to pilot Ann Arbor's original Spanish Tapas Restaurant, Aventura. Currently, Chef Israel leads a highly motivated and talented team at our very own Savco Kitchen; the kitchen that's responsible for the production of various private label products, our amazing desserts, and the creative food behind Tavolina Catering & Events.
Head Pastry Chef
Ashleigh is our extraordinarily talented Pastry chef, producing some of Ann Arbor's finest baked goods. Ashleigh attended culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu in Las Vegas with a concentration on Pastry. After graduating, she gained a wealth of experience working under some of the most highly trained pastry chefs in the business, for various hotels on the Las Vegas Strip including the Venetian and the M resort. She was also part of the team at the Cosmopolitan hotel, and most recently worked for SusieCakes Bakery in LA where she specialized in wedding cakes and other traditional baked goods.
She heads a team of 5-6 passionate chefs in our pastry kitchen which provides desserts, cakes, and pastries to Sava’s, Aventura, and Tavolina Catering & Events.
Let us handle coordinating the details.
A fabulous spread is essential but events often require a little (or a lot of) extra zing to make them a success. You may need help finding a color scheme that suits the theme of your event. Or you’d like to do something a little extra, whether with invitations or floral arrangements, but not sure what… You’ve come to the right place. Let us help and let’s have some fun!
A bit lower on the fun-meter is the often frustrating task of coordinating the equipment to support your event – plate rentals, linens, giveaways, etc. We’ve planned enough events to be able to estimate how many glasses of wine your guests will drink and how many wine glasses you’ll need.
Discovering exciting ingredients, designing beautiful environments, and creating experiences that are memorable to all of the senses. Our Creativity sets us apart!
EVENT PLANNING SERVICES
- Full-on Event Planning
- Alcohol Coordination
- Venue Recommendations
- Event Theme Ideas
- Floral Design
- Table Design
- Tents and Rental Items
- Specialty Furniture
- AV and Lighting Equipment
- Creative Extras