The Main Course Team

Robert Jacobi

Founder/President

Robert Jacobi has spent his entire life surrounded by and immersed in hospitality. Robert grew up in Austria, and starting at the age of seven he helped his mother run her Bed and Breakfast– from washing dishes to cooking breakfast to taking care of the guests, Robert did it all! His first job was at an Austrian 5 Diamond Restaurant. He later attended Swiss Hotel School ( Vieux Bois ) in Geneva while interning at the Hotel du Rhone for 2 years. Robert went on to get his Bachelor in International Relations from B.U. Upon moving to the West coast Robert refreshed his hospitality skills by getting an Associate Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management at the Cordon Blue in Pasadena.
Robert worked in numerous capacities throughout the hospitality industry. Some of his highlights:

  • Manager/Co-owner; Brasserie des Artistes, L.A.
  • Banqueting Manager Restaurant Associates (Dorothy Candler Pavilion, L.A.)
  • Assistant Manager Oak Grill, Ojai Valley Inn and Spa,
  • Restaurant Manager Maravilla (4 Diamonds) Restaurant at OVIS.
  • Robert founded Main Course California in 2008. He oversees all operations of MCC as president and owner.

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Judy Taylor

Chief Operations Officer

Born in Atlanta & raised in Chattanooga, TN, southern hospitality is in Judy Taylor’s blood. She graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Special Education. Judy attributes her love of food and wine to her years living in San Francisco and working at a five-star resort in Lake Tahoe. A move to Ventura led Judy to Main Course California where she has found a home with others who share her passion for all things food and wine. Judy is a First Level Certified Sommelier, and we encourage you to ask her for some excellent wine pairings.

We call Judy the Ultimate Listener, as she is able to hear what our clients want and create an event that is perfect for them. Among the many hats Judy wears, she’s also our in-house florist. Should you ever stop by our office you might walk-in to see tables full of local and international flowers being expertly assembled into gorgeous arrangements that will be used to make anyone’s special day that much more beautiful.

Judy gets inspiration from her daily runs on the beach, which is good because she is currently obsessed with small-batch butters from grass fed cows. It makes everything taste divine!

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Executive Chef

Tony is the heart of our Culinary Department. We love him, and we know you will, too.

Tony was born and raised in Southern California and has always had a calling for the culinary field, cooking up traditional Japanese cuisine with his mother and adding a bit of southern flavor from his father’s side. It made perfect sense for him to become a chef, so he did what every California foodie must do. He moved to San Francisco where he graduated from the California Culinary Academy – Le Cordon Bleu. After working for some amazing chefs in San Francisco, Tony returned to Ventura County to become the Banquet Sous Chef for a top local Country Club, leading the weddings and special events department. Then we found him and begged him to work with us, and just like a good engagement story goes, he said, “yes!!!!”

We love Tony’s passion for creating exciting, flavorful food right from the farm. Want to know what is in season? Tony is our local farmer expert and can tell you what is growing that is delicious right now. We love seeing what unique and delicious local produce he discovers for us!
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Shelley Jensen

Production Assistant

Born and raised in Culver City, Shelley moved to Ventura County to study Marketing and Communication at Cal State University Channel Islands. While at school, she fell in love with her soon to be husband and moved with him to Maui. After a year of enjoying the island life, she returned to Channel Islands and graduated with a BA in Communication. Following graduation, Shelley worked in PR and Digital Marketing. Recently she has decided to change her career and embrace her creativity, focusing her energy on Catering and Events. She is excited to be a part of the Main Course Ca family and is ready to take on this new adventure!

Fun Facts: Shelley loves the beach! She enjoys spending time with her friends and family, playing beach volleyball, going on hikes, playing with her dog and looking for sea glass.

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Heidi Jacobson

Office Administration

After graduating from California State University Northridge Heidi’s event career started in Sales and Catering. Several years later Heidi transitioned into planning entertainment for events which involved Disc Jockeys, Costumed Choreographed Dancers, Bands and Video Production. Well rounded in all aspects of how to plan and expedite events, becoming an Event Planner was a natural progression for Heidi. With over 30 years in the events industry planning Mitzvahs, Weddings and Corporate Events, Heidi has brought numerous clients visions to reality. Heidi’s expert planning and managing of each event gives clients the freedom to be a guest at their own party.

Fun Fact: Many repeat clients! Heidi planned a Bat-mitzvah, Wedding and Baby Shower all for the same client. I watched this beautiful girl grow up from the age of 12 – 30 years old celebrating huge milestones in her life. I now feel like part of the family!

Inspirations: Staying on the pulse of trends is important when relating to what a client wants. I have seen many colors, and styles come and go over the years. Making sure I have the most current, professional vendors available to make sure the event runs well and has “wow” impact!

Can’t Live without: My notes and timelines. Great planning means all involved with the celebration are on the same page. This is all reviewed in great detail prior to every party.

Favorite Event Detail: An unexpected surprise. Midnight In & Out Truck, beautiful candy station or hot doughnuts at the end of the night! Yum!