Since 1997, Patrick Properties Hospitality Group has unveiled five of Charleston’s grandest properties and estates, faithfully restored and transformed into exquisite venues for special events. We believe that moments matter — and our experienced team is committed to making each one extraordinary with unrivalled service and professional expertise.
As CEO of Patrick Properties Hospitality Group, Randall Goldman has for 15 years carried out the vision of lovingly restoring Charleston’s most historic properties, shaping distressed heirlooms into national monuments of preservation and valuable generators of revenue for the surrounding community.
Goldman cofounded PPHG as managing partner. Motivated by a deep passion for conservancy and keen grasp of business investments, his foresight guided the acquisition of the company’s four historic Charleston venues – including three properties in the heart of Upper King Street. The meticulous transformation of the American Theater, Fish Restaurant and William Aiken House has proven instrumental in revitalizing a wave of new business and development currently changing the face of this downtown neighborhood.
This commitment to local service is at the heart of Goldman’s leadership. The company was awarded the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Preservation Award in 2002, a significant milestone as first privately held company to receive the honor in the state of South Carolina. The distinction recognizes significant contribution to historic preservation and sustaining the economic, environmental and cultural heritage of the community.
With the addition of Lowndes Grove Plantation, Patrick Properties Hospitality Group today hosts more than 500 events with a total of nearly 60,000 guests annually. The company has also grown from a staff of 11 to more than 120 full-time employees under his direction.
Among a long list of civic involvement and charitable outreach, Goldman is a current member of the James Beard Foundation National Advisory Board, Chair of the Board of Directors for BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival and immediate past chair of the Hospitality & Tourism Management School at the College of Charleston. He sat on the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Aquarium from 2010-2015, and acts as past chair of the Local Development Corporation – a privately funded micro-lending agency that provides gap loans to small local businesses. Goldman also serves as co-chair of the Charleston Police Fund and is an Honorary Commander of the Joint Base Charleston. Most recently, he was named a fellow for the National Security Forum hosted by the USAF Air War College.
Industry veteran Jennifer Goldman has made Southern hospitality her business for more than two decades, cultivating the exceptional service and flawless attention to detail that have become hallmarks of PPHG. As Chief Operating Officer, she spearheads all aspects of events across Patrick Properties’ four historic venues in downtown Charleston.
A founding member of PPHG, Goldman’s sharp insight has helped grow the portfolio to five distinguished venues that help support one another while generating additional revenue and job opportunities for the surrounding community.
Today, Goldman upholds the company’s foremost position in the luxury market. The pristine condition of its beautifully restored, historic properties has garnered widespread renown as the South’s most sought-after venues for weddings, private receptions and corporate events. Among the accolades, BRIDES has named both Lowndes Grove and The William Aiken House “Best Venues in America” for 2014 and 2015, respectively. Martha Stewart Weddings also honored The William Aiken House as one of 50 Ways to Wed, naming it the iconic setting for the state of South Carolina.
Goldman’s leadership underscores a deep commitment to local causes. She is the Charleston chapter president of Les Dames d’Escoffier International, promoting education, philanthropy and mentorship alongside prominent women in the hospitality field. Other roles of service include the Charleston Area CVB Board of Governors and the Program Advisory Board for the Culinary Institute of Charleston. Goldman was a finalist for the 2012 Influential Women in Business Awards, an annual honor bestowed by the Charleston Regional Business Journal recognizing professional excellence and outstanding community service.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Goldman is a graduate of Johnson and Wales University and has held positions with Four Seasons Hotels and several award-winning restaurants during the course of her 20-year career in the hospitality industry.
Director of Sales
Amber’s Charleston career began after this Maine native decided she was ready to trade snow and ice for warm Southern hospitality. She joined Patrick Properties Hospitality Group as a sales assistant in 2009, where her down-to-earth charm and quick humor proved a natural fit. Amber’s talents in driving business were also just as apparent, garnering a promotion to sales manager just a few short months later.
Today, our director of sales is known by the roles she fulfills so well: leader, team player, facilitator and stategic problem solver. Amber is personally invested in bringing each client’s vision to life while ever mindful of individual needs – from customized menus to creative event space solutions. Count on Amber to offer fresh perspective and attentive, friendly counsel through the lens of an experienced event professional.
Prior to life in the Lowcountry, Amber drove event sales for Nonantum Resort in New England’s famed coastal village of Kennebunkport, Maine. Amber’s eight-year tenure spanned a wide range of special events, from wedding festivities to political functions for a neighboring former president. Her industry savvy complements a degree in business and marketing from The University of Southern Maine.
As for her latest personal endeavor, Amber and her husband are enjoying life as a family with their daughter.
Director of Public Relations and Marketing
Christie Moye oversees public relations and marketing initiatives for Patrick Properties Hospitality Group and each of the company’s four historic venues in Downtown Charleston.
A Charleston newcomer, Christie joins Patrick Properties following a seven-year career in public relations at Orlando-based Ypartnership – one of the world’s leading integrated marketing firms specializing in the travel, hospitality and lifestyle industries.
During her agency tenure, Christie’s international clients included Mazatlan Hotel Association and Tourism Trust, Ascend Collection by Choice Hotels, Sterling Resorts, Doubletree By Hilton, Terranea Resort & Spa and major U.S. travel destinations.
Her instrumental role in orchestrating strategic PR campaigns and special events has generated national press ranging from Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler to the NBC-TV TODAY Show, garnering two distinguished industry honors – the coveted Gold Adrian Award from Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) and Florida Public Relations Association’s Image Award.
A Southern California native, Christie is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Central Florida Honors College with a bachelor’s degree in English-Creative Writing.
Chef Peden Rucker directs Patrick Properties’ celebrated culinary program across our historic Downtown Charleston event venues. A natural leader in the kitchen, Peden’s refined technique and expertly tailored menus reflect nearly a decade of experience in high-end event cuisine. It’s hard to imagine that our talented chef once pursued another career – as a professional baseball pitcher!
When a shoulder injury sidelined the USC Aiken graduate, he channeled his energy into a longtime passion for cooking, nurtured since childhood by his grandmother – whose dedicated focus paralleled Peden’s own disciplined sports training. Her respect for fresh ingredients, expansive food knowledge and careful preparation further laid the groundwork for his next move. Peden hung up his mitt and enrolled in The Culinary Institute of Charleston, where he quickly excelled before graduating to the hospitality field.
Peden gained experience with Charleston’s top catering and events professionals, both as a part of the banquet team and later, in executive management. He’s participated in Charleston’s most notable events from the Charleston Wine + Food Festival to Lowcountry Local First’s Chef’s Potluck dinner, in addition to contributing his time and talents to philanthropic efforts like Feed the Need.
Here at PPHG, Peden’s dedication to excellence is coupled with the warm, winning team spirit that’s stuck with him since his baseball days. Count on our chef to knock your special event out of the ballpark.
Senior Event Manager
Tabitha was studying interior design when she realized her creative eye for gourmet presentation was worth bringing into focus. As senior event manager, her career expertise in catering and events provides the ideal lens for orchestrating stylish occasions with flawless taste.
Prior to joining the Patrick Properties events team, Tabitha directed catering on behalf of ARAMARK’s Higher Education Division at Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC. Her attentive service and culinary passion did not go unnoticed: she was promoted to assistant food service director within a year, overseeing all facets of staff management and culinary production across multiple residential and campus retail operations in addition to the university’s catering program.
Earlier in her career, Tabitha honed her passion for Southern hospitality while coordinating business gatherings and group functions as event manager at one of Chapel Hill’s premier hotel properties, an extension of her prior guest service experience at a historic AAA Four Diamond hotel located on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Tabitha holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Management with a concentration in event planning from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. A few of the things she loves: a good cup of coffee, timelines and ECU Pirate football.
When it comes to your wedding day, who better to have on your team than this former Clemson University cheerleader?
Jackie’s intimate knowledge of PPHG’s historic Charleston venues stems from more than three years as part of our events team. As event manager, Jackie tackled every logistic – from coordinating floor plans, timelines and catering rentals to overseeing flawless meal services and a professional event staff. Jackie also led coordination of our in-house PPHG Signature Service.
Now, as sales manager, she serves as first point of contact to for our newly engaged couples – expertly guiding them through the initial steps of planning while ensuring a smooth flow of communication and meticulous attention to detail.
Prior to joining Patrick Properties Hospitality Group in late 2010, Jackie developed her knack for client relationships through various roles in marketing and sales. University Directories recognized her as a Top 5 sales representative among a field of more than 650 nationwide – and all within her first week on the job. Additional experience with Prudential Financial and Vector Marketing furthered Jackie’s drive to stay on-task while contributing to a positive team spirit.
Jackie holds a degree in Management with an emphasis in Marketing from Clemson University.
Meg Forch comes to Patrick Properties from Charlottesville, Virginia following her career with one of the country’s premier luxury wedding and event venues. As event sales & marketing manager, Meg guided clients along every step of the planning process, from initial tour of the venue – distinguished alongside Lowndes Grove and The William Aiken House as one of BRIDES “Best Venues in America” – to a flawless day-of execution.
She also sharpened her palate within esteemed farm-to-table culinary and boutique wine programs – experience that afforded a seamless transition into her current role here at PPHG.
Today, Meg leads tastings and works closely with our team of Patrick Properties chefs to personally tailor each innovative menu highlighting seasonal ingredients from our local purveyors.
Coupled with her professional expertise, Meg’s thoughtful attention to detail and warm service helps shape unrivalled experiences across our historic Charleston venues – the aspect of her work she finds most rewarding.
Rachel’s multi-faceted industry career spans guest relations, hospitality management, tourism and food and beverage. And as a former cruise director, you can bet she’ll ensure every detail of your special event is shipshape.
Before joining PPHG’s team of event managers in early 2014, Rachel’s passion for travel found a natural outlet aboard American Cruise Lines’ fleet of small luxury vessels. She gained experience as cruise director and assistant hotel manager, coordinating activities, entertainment and onshore excursions while managing crew operations and fine dining service.
Cruising the East and West Coasts, Rachel felt drawn to the easy charm of the South. She took the helm as assistant manager at Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa, supervising daily operations, staff training and guest services at the 513-room oceanfront property.
Education and team mentorship has also helped shape Rachel’s industry career. After receiving her degree in Hospitality & Tourism Management/Special Events from Niagara University, she went on to lead academic and professional development programs on behalf of the American Hospitality Academy (AHA) across seven coastal Carolina resorts. Rachel is herself a graduate of the AHA Hospitality Management & Cultural Exchange, recognized by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute.
When it comes to your special occasion, you could say Abigail has the magic touch: our event manager credits her early hospitality career with Walt Disney World Resort in shaping the impeccable standard of service she brings to each client across our historic Charleston venues.
Abigail joined the Patrick Properties team in 2014 as assistant event manager, quickly assuming the natural leadership that has since propelled her to a key role within our events team. Today, her warm enthusiasm and diligence assures our guests they are in the most capable hands.
A Pennsylvania native, Abigail relocated to Charleston with her family in high school before her dreams of a career in wedding planning took her further south to the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida – one of the foremost hospitality programs in the country.
Upon earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Event Management, Abigail gained experience in guest relations and restaurant operations. She also led coordination of weddings and special events for a renowned area resort before Charleston beckoned her back home, where she takes greatest joy in guiding couples to their own happily ever after.
It’s easy to see why Erin Steffen dives in to each Patrick Properties event with a winning spirit and confident focus.
The former College of Charleston varsity swimmer joined the PPHG team in May 2015, propelled by her early hospitality career and passion for exceptional service. Erin was promoted to the role of Event Manager within the year.
A Delaware native, Erin first joined Charleston’s talent pool as part-time banquet staff upon the suggestion of a college friend. The fast pace, intricacies and discipline of the industry were a natural fit. Erin gained experience in restaurant service and special events during the remainder of her education, opting to forego a career in exercise science. Upon graduation, she accepted the role of event manager with one of Charleston’s premier caterers.
Erin refined her management skills over the course of two years in the position, expanding her culinary expertise while immersed in the local hospitality community. Inspired by the industry leadership of Patrick Properties Hospitality Group and its caliber of events, Erin pursued a role among the professional team as the next step of her career – and since has hit her stride while ensuring every element of our clients’ big day surpasses expectation.
Pastry chef Jessica Grossman’s culinary passion first began with an Easy-Bake Oven and followed the course of a fine arts career before finding a place at Patrick Properties, where her intricate wedding cake designs and specialty desserts offer the showpiece for our clients’ biggest occasions.
After earning a degree in studio arts from the University of South Carolina, Jessica broadened her photography studies at Savannah College of Art and Design before returning to her first love of baking and pastry arts here in the Lowcountry.
She honed her craft over more than a decade as baker for a popular Charleston eatery, developing recipes and perfecting technique while dually pursuing her degree in Culinary Arts from The Art Institute of Charleston. It’s no surprise Jessica graduated the Baking and Pastry program with honors.
Fish Executive Chef
Fish restaurant executive chef David Schuttenberg comes to Charleston following a broad culinary career of more than a decade helming the kitchens of celebrated New York City restaurants.
He got his start at the highly acclaimed Craft, founded by Tom Colicchio and recipient of the James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant. Craft’s foundation of seasonal, ingredient-driven cuisine and simple, yet refined execution further sparked David’s passion as he continued to hone his personal technique. Later, David rose through the Fatty Crew restaurant group, first at Malaysian street fare-inspired Fatty Crab before assuming the role of executive chef for Cabrito – heralded by The New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni as “The Mexican Restaurant so many of us dreamed about for so long.” He also served as executive chef of Dickson’s Farmstand Meats, one of the city’s premier butcher shops specializing in artisanal meats and house-made charcuterie, located inside Chelsea Market.
David was brought to Charleston by longtime friend and acclaimed chef Damon Wise, who named him director of culinary operations for his group’s three restaurant concepts. After moving south with his wife Tina and their young daughter, David led the team in menu and recipe development while working to establish relationships with area farmers and purveyors to ensure product quality and consistency.
David is excited to collaborate in building upon the success of Fish while sharing his creative and personal culinary touches with guests. He also looks forward to drawing from Charleston’s rich heritage and wealth of culinary influences, and deepening his roots in the vibrant community. David holds degrees from both the French Culinary Institute and University of Arizona.
Fish General Manager
Katie Hajjar brings more than a decade of experience to the table as general manager of Fish Restaurant. No stranger to historic Charleston, she has grown her career through one of the destination’s most celebrated hospitality groups while under the mentorship of culinary luminaries that include celebrated Chef Frank Lee and restaurateur David Marconi.
Katie quickly rose through operations and restaurant management roles across the group’s distinguished dining portfolio. Most recently, Katie directed the team at Old Village Post House Inn & Restaurant – where her attentive service, business savvy and exemplary leadership as GM cultivated loyalty among both the tenured staff and dedicated guests. Her friendly welcome as the face of Fish brings the same, warm hospitality to Upper King Street.
Katie’s lifelong passion for the coast is also perfectly channeled into Fish’s commitment to sustainable seafood. A Massachusetts native who dreamed of sailing, Katie began her career aboard a cruise ship, traveling the country’s Atlantic and Pacific Coasts, as well as South America. She later made her way to the Florida Keys, where she was finally able to live aboard her very own Pearson 365 sailboat before setting her coordinates for Charleston.
Katie graduated cum laude from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sales & Meeting Management, and an Associate of Science degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management.
Fish Assistant General Manager
Cal Goodell joined the Fish management team in 2013, where his easy humor and extensive food & wine knowledge quickly endeared him to guests and staff.
Now assistant general manager, Cal helps oversee daily operations and the development of our dedicated front-of-house team to further elevate the Fish restaurant experience on Upper King Street. He also welcomes groups for special occasions inside Fish’s private dining and event spaces, showcasing the unparalleled expertise and warm, professional service characteristic of Patrick Properties.
Goodell has cultivated an extensive food and beverage knowledge throughout his hospitality career. An early passion for the industry led our New Jersey native to pursue a degree in Culinary Arts, Baking and Restaurant Management from the Arizona Culinary Institute in Scottsdale. A desire to be out of the desert and back on the coast brought him home to South Carolina.
Upon graduation in 2011, Cal accepted dual positions at the exclusive oceanfront community of DeBordieu Colony, where he served as line cook for the upscale Beach Club restaurant and banquet cook for high-end weddings and special events. His natural enthusiasm and deft leadership in operations quickly propelled him into management roles driving the success of two neighboring restaurants before moving to Charleston.
Fish Restaurant Manager
Lynze’s passion for genuine hospitality and making others feel special brought her to the restaurant industry early in her career – and coupled with a natural drive, bubbly personality and decisive leadership, it’s no wonder she has so quickly excelled.
Lynze first laid the foundation of her culinary knowledge and commitment to warm, personalized service within the exclusive community of Wild Dunes, gaining experience in a range of front-of-house positions. Later, she expanded her professional development while rising through supervisory roles at one of Charleston’s most celebrated hospitality groups.
Now as restaurant manager, Lynze will help steer daily operations and staff training at Fish – drawing on her years of experience to ensure our dining guests consistently enjoy top-notch service on Upper King Street.
A native of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, Lynze studied special education at UNC-Greensboro.
Fish Sous Chef
Sous chef Nick Colvin has built his career at Fish since early 2014, quickly rising from positions on the line thanks to his focused technique and commitment to the highest-caliber ingredients. Ever the team-player under pressure, Nick’s ample experience and composed leadership is as integral to our back-of-house team as the creative precision he devotes to each flavorful dish.
A 10-year veteran of Charleston’s food and beverage community, Nick began his culinary career at the age of 18. He was immediately drawn to the fast pace, discipline and personal rewards of the industry. Determined to expand his culinary knowledge, he spent the next years gaining experience in all areas of the kitchen, working his way from dishwasher to line cook within some of Charleston’s most popular restaurants. Along the way, Nick discovered a particular passion in the abundance of fresh local seafood here in the Lowcountry – inspiring him to join our team at Fish Restaurant on Upper King Street.
Nick is a native of Camden, South Carolina. When he’s not in the Fish kitchen, Nick is pedaling around town on his bike or trying out a local craft beer – presumably, as a perfect pairing to the new dish he’s already dreaming up.
Fish Sous Chef
Jay Bryant admits that food is on his mind from the moment he wakes up: from the thrill of creativity and technical focus to his sense of accomplishment in delighting guests with a vibrant and flavorful plate. It’s this passion that has driven the Johnson & Wales graduate over the course of a decade in some of the Southeast’s finest kitchens – and continues to underscore his pursuit of culinary excellence as sous chef at Fish.
Jay began his career at North Carolina’s renowned Myers Park Country Club, moving quickly up the management echelon to head of the Club’s elite banquet program in just three years. He further refined his classical French technique in Charleston under the mentorship of industry stalwart Chef Bob Carter, before serving as sous chef to Certified Master Chef Olivier Adreini at Landfall Country Club.
Even as Jay’s impressive career blossomed in the Carolinas, he remained relentless in the pursuit of knowledge. He sharpened his skillset with stage experience at Michelin-starred Eleven Madison and Sepia, as well as Asheville’s acclaimed Rhubarb.
Now back in Charleston, our seasoned sous chef spends his waking moments outside the kitchen enjoying local seafood and live music around town – especially with furry friend Rosco in tow.
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Patrick Properties is proud to support the following non-profit organizations.
Les Dames D’escoffier International
Jennifer Goldman is president of the Charleston chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International, promoting education, philanthropy and mentorship alongside prominent women in the hospitality field. Lowndes Grove Plantation hosts the chapter’s annual fundraiser An Autumn Affair, with proceeds benefitting local food charities and LDEI scholarships.
James Beard Foundation
We are deeply committed to the vision of the James Beard Foundation to celebrate, nurture and honor America's diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire. Patrick Properties CEO Randall Goldman is a current member of the JBF National Advisory Board. Chef Nico Romo has presented sold-out dinners at New York's legendary James Beard House in 2010 and 2015, and attended the Chefs Boot Camp for Policy & Change. Patrick Properties was also honored to host the 2013 James Beard Foundation Award nominations at historic Lowndes Grove Plantation.
Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program
In our commitment to sustainable seafood and the livelihood of Lowcountry fishermen, Patrick Properties is proud to partner with Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch® program. Chef Nico Romo is a 2015 Sustainable Seafood Ambassador and joins leading national chefs as a member of the Seafood Watch® Blue Ribbon Task Force, while Fish is South Carolina’s singular Seafood Watch® restaurant partner. We support wild, diverse and healthy oceans that will exist long into the future by sourcing only environmentally responsible seafood. Learn more at seafoodwatch.org.
Charleston Wine + Food Festival
Patrick Properties Hospitality Group is proud to showcase our historic Charleston venues as Host Sponsor of Festival events and celebrations that take place at William Aiken House, Lowndes Grove and The American Theater, alongside signature luncheons and sustainable seafood dinners presented by Chef Nico Romo at Fish Restaurant. Randall Goldman is current chair of the Board of Directors for the Charleston Wine + Food Festival.
Florence Crittenton Programs Of South Carolina
For more than 115 years, Florence Crittenton Programs of South Carolina has carried out the mission of providing care to low-income, disadvantaged pregnant and parenting mothers in need. The organization’s residential and development programs provide education, counseling services, medical care and social support inside a safe haven right here in Downtown Charleston - located in the heart of Wagener Terrace, just steps from our sister property Lowndes Grove Plantation. Every December, Lowndes Grove hosts a holiday reception for the girls with hot cocoa, gifts, cookies and tree decorating.