“Joie de Vivre!”

"Joie de Vivre" – the Joy of Living

Living the life of a culinary artist best describes Kelly McBride Loft. From exciting culinary training to elaborate event planning, Kelly showcases her skills as a pastry chef. Including advanced studies at the Cordon Bleu Cookery School, London, England, Pastry Certification from LaVarenne Culinary School in Burgundy, France and The Art of French Pastry studies with the Ritz Escoffier Culinary School in Paris, France, her European style of entertaining launched her career as a food writer, a catering director and a private club events director. She has designed events for President George H. W. Bush, ambassadors and international dignitaries. Additionally, she has created glamorous weddings and meaningful lifecycle events. Kelly has taught event planning, wedding planning, international tea etiquette and dining etiquette classes since 1994 with Leisure Learning Unlimited. Her life traverses through culinary adventures, fine dining and extraordinary special moments. Kelly believes, "Celebratory culinary art is the bridge to longevity in relationships, strength of character and an excellent quality of life."

Kelly plan like a chef

Humbly set this table keeping its silver straight.

May plentiful bounty be ample but never be ingrate.

Surround me with exchange breaking the bread made from home-grown grains.

Risen from once sown fields – May our conversation be the harvest yield.


My True North

Kelly’s celebration expertise is dynamically matched by her husband, Michael Loft. Born in Great Britain, Michael recently retired as Marketing and Sales Director for the airline, Air France, southwest region. Michael compliments the well-traveled marriage with his international knowledge of vital sales meetings, motivating company retreats, extensive convention exhibiting and executive client dinners. He has successfully conducted marketing and sales meetings in over 20 countries for over 38 years. This motivated international duo guide you towards the planning of successful and meaningful events that are the pinnacle of life’s most celebratory moments as you begin to Plan Like A Chef. This couple epitomizes the soul mate voyagers of Moon River as they explore the world together, hand in hand, with joy and inspiration in their lives.

Kelly plan like a chef