Raquel Federowicz is the Founder and Head Event Planner for Here and Now Events. She has worked within the hospitality industry for about 15 years with an intense focus on restaurants and events. She has worked as a hostess, Maître D’, Floor Manager, and Event Coordinator. Raquel worked at Aquagrill Restaurant; New York’s Premier Seafood Restaurant in Soho in the front of the house as well as built long-lasting relationships with their clients and Top Hotels in NYC. This is also the place she would meet her husband and furthered her love for the industry!

The owners and staff of the restaurant who instilled their hospitality guidelines and values that she carries along with her today honed her expertise.

Earlier in her career, she worked closely with Jason Wallace; a restaurant owner and contractor, and built her up to discover her love for hospitality at the Koinonia Restaurant that was located inside of the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn.

Raquel graduated from Stony Brook University in 2008 with a Multidisciplinary Studies degree with concentrations in Business Management, Sociology, and Theatre Arts. Her degrees give her versatility and a lot to offer when it comes to planning events. She provided consultant services while she successfully planned her first four weddings for family and friends, as well as her own in 2014. In 2015, Raquel was named NAPW (National Association of Professional Women) VIP Woman of the Year in her profession among many other professionals.

On February 4, 2016, Raquel and Jay welcomed their daughter Aurora Reese into the world. In 2019 they welcomed their second child together, Ellis Shane. Raquel is committed to working hard, creating a beautiful example for her children. In tandem with keeping the business relevant, staying up to date on the latest trends, and to provide affordable yet competitive rates for clients who turn friends when the process of coordination has been completed.