Who We Are
A native of Southern California and a graduate of California State University, Northridge, Debbie Lingard began her food and beverage journey at the age of 17 in a small French bakery. In the seven years that she worked there, she taught herself everything she could about the operations of the bakery. She was quickly promoted to supervisor and then manager and played an instrumental part in its expansion into a full service café.
Her hotel career began at the Hyatt Regency Maui where she held two management positions and played a key role in the renovation and opening of the hotel’s family restaurant. Returning to Los Angeles, she transferred to the Hyatt Wilshire as banquet manager, eventually taking on the responsibilities of beverage manager as well.
As client liaison for a gourmet picnic company, Debbie provided superior service, created menus and learned the ins and outs of planning large events and as a member of the opening management team at the Long Beach Aquarium, she took on the dual role of sous chef and front of house manager.
Over the past 15 years, Debbie has been the catering director at three high volume restaurants and has served as the event planner and caterer for her church community. Debbie’s passion for her business and commitment to her clients is evidenced by her hands-on approach and the way that she works closely with each client to create a unique and memorable event.
What We Do
Lingard Events was founded on the belief that it is no longer enough to simply meet the needs of a client. In order to succeed, one must go above and beyond. Drawing on her thirty plus years of hospitality management experience, owner Debbie Lingard works closely with her staff, teaching them to anticipate, execute and exceed the expectations of each and every client, from the first hello to the last goodbye. Realizing that a client has many options to choose from when hiring an event planning company, Debbie and her team believe that a client should never have to settle.
When you hire Lingard Events, you automatically get access to other service providers whose goals and work ethics are compatible with the high level of expectation that Debbie demands. While planning events at dozens of venues across southern California, Debbie has worked with many professionals and maintains strong relationships with a select group of reliable and talented vendors including photographers, bakers, caterers, florists and musicians. Whatever you need, whenever you need it, Lingard Events is just a phone call or email away.