about the staff, fine home dining catering in Austin
brandy gibbs owner of fine home dining

Brandy Gibbs

Brandy Gibbs is a native Austinite, 6th generation Texan, 3rd generation Longhorn, professional chef, and owner of FHD. Brandy established Fine Home Dining,specializing in classic cuisine for intimate dinners, cocktail parties, special celebrations and every occasion in between.  

Brandy received her BA from the University of Texas. Political work and catering sales followed, and Brandy found her creative outlet in a large hotel kitchen.  Staging in San Francisco and attending the California Culinary Academy, Brandy was studying cuisines from around the globe and eating her way through the Bay Area.

Brandy worked alongside Paul Bocuse-trained French Chef Fabrice Marcon at Hyde Street Bistro in San Francisco. Drawn to the warmth and seafood of the islands, Brandy cooked at the 5-diamond Pier House Resort Restaurant in Key West, FL. Back home in Texas, she was line cook & pastry chef at Tocai Wine bar and managed catering at the Kitchen Door while growing her personal chef business. A Love of cooking and its role in community and memory-making has become Fine Home Dining through tasteful dinners & word of mouth since 2001.

Brandy is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Austin and an active member of Les Dames de Escoffier, a philanthropic organization for women in food & hospitality.


Tabatha Stephens

Tabatha grew up in Rockwall, Texas surrounded by the wonderful cooks in her family. She moved to Austin to go to UT and never left!  Tabatha decided to pursue a culinary career, attending culinary school and working in the local food community. She has excelled at cooking and managing cooks at many wonderful places around town including Asti, Dai Due, and Trio.

Tabatha is one of our stellar event chefs at Fine Home Dining.  She runs her own personal chef business, Nourish.


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Miranda Langerhans

Miranda grew up in a small town in west Texas. While studying Sports Medicine at Midland College, she started working at Greentree Country Club as a prep cook. Miranda followed her culinary passion to Austin in 2007, cross-training through country clubs to brick and mortar. Her pursuit of farm-to-table cooking led her to a sous chef position with Spirited Food Co. Fine Home Dining shared that kitchen and a match was made in heaven!

Miranda is currently the Chef for Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority House. She loves catering and moonlights for Fine Home Dining as an excellent event Chef for cocktail parties and private dinners. 

"I have a true passion for culinary arts. I love to share my gifts by providing quality food and an amazing experience. It is by far the most gratifying part of my job"

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Lorne R. Laurant

Lorne brings his 25+ years of experience to FHD from New Orleans, where he worked at the Monteleone Hotel, Fairmont Hotel, Brennan’s and the House of Blues, to name a few. Since arriving in Austin, he has worked at the W Hotel, Perla's Seafood Restaurant, Jasper's, The Roaring Fork, and currently with Cocina ATX and Fine Home Dining. His skill & charm add to any event.

"Being a native of New Orleans, I have an immense appreciation for any gathering that brings friends, great food and spirits to a table. It's this affinity that makes me proud to be part of such a wonderful staff."

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Racheal Fontenot Reina

Racheal is a service manager at Fine Home Dining dinners and events.  Hailing from New Orleans, she has an affinity for customer service and truly loves the interaction around food and dining.  Racheal holds a Business degree and spent 24 years with Whole Foods Market in a variety of service roles.  She has completed graduate integrative medicine at AOMA and brings her holistic and caring vibes to FHD events.

"I love FHD for the amazing flavors and fresh, healthy food that has love sprinkled all in it. I found a fun, inspiring group of people who work with an appreciation for what we love.”

fran is a server at fine home dining

Fran Reynolds

Fine Home Dining is proud to have Fran Reynolds on our service team.  Fran exemplifies all of the qualities in a true service professional.  He is available to manage events, bartend and provide impeccable service.

Fran began his career in service in upstate New York, starting as a busboy and leaving as General Manager.  Fran has  traveled as a corporate restaurant trainer, and owned and operated two restaurants in Dallas.  Fran has been managing upscale catering in Austin since 1995.

Fran provides party rentals for FHD, including unique serving ware, silver and several lines of plates, glasses and flatware.

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Karissa Lucio

Karissa Lucio is a Texas native with a passion for food and nutrition. Her love of food and cooking has led her on a path in the culinary arts.  Karissa can be found providing on-point food & service at our private events.

Karissa studied Human Nutrition at Ohio State University and is a registered dietician working in the UT medical branch.  In Austin, she has cooked in the busy kitchens of Picnik and Fixe.