834 Kramer Lane, Austin, Texas 78758 | 512.452.3333 | info@dnaeventsaustin.com

the company

Let dna events bring your next event to life!


dna events was created by Kathryn and Frank Albarado in 2009. As the sister company of Dagar's Catering, the oldest catering company in Austin, dna events has become "the full service catering company, minus the food". dna pairs years of catering expertise with famous food providers in full service catering proposals which meet the needs of the end client and the venue. To learn more about our food partners, or how to provide your own food, visit our catering & bar services page.

dna events also specializes in venue management. After seeing tremendous growth since 2011, and holding numerous contracts with various venues in central Texas, dna successfully offers bar services, hospitality services, and venue sales/management services on a contractual basis for wedding and event venues. To learn more, contact Frank Albarado.

Our company can provide as little or as much assistance as needed. Our leadership team boasts more than forty years of experience in weddings and special events from every logistical facet of the events industry. We pride ourselves in sharing knowledge and expertise with each of our clients. We look forward to meeting you soon!


Kathryn Albarado - President

Born into the most respected catering company in Austin (Dagar's Catering), it was inevitable that Kathryn would be part of the events industry in Central Texas. As a third generation Austinite, Kathryn graduated from Southwest Texas State University in May of 2001. Her father, the late Mr. Albert Dagar, insisted she begin her career at the bottom and work her way up. This way she learned the business, inside and out. By 2010, she was ready. For the next two years Mr. Dagar shadowed her leadership as he handed over the reins.

Beyond an estimated 1700 weddings, Kathryn has catered for events that involved such dignitaries such as President Bill Clinton and Lady Bird Johnson. Presently she helps the State Bar of Texas, Dell, AISD, UT, Ben Hur Shrine, and "a-list companies" throw the most fantastic events. Over the past seven years, Kathryn has executed continued catering services for Texas State University Football Games and many other large companies.

Kathryn is a member of the Junior League of Austin. In recent years, she chaired St. Elias Orthodox Church's Mediterranean Festival, and has been recognized by her peers for her accomplishments. In 2010, she was nominated for "Woman of the Year". Most recently she was awarded the Charolette A. Buschmann Award of Excellence by NEAWP (Nuptials Essentials Association of Wedding Professionals), the organization's highest honor.

Kathryn offers business consultation to wedding and event professionals on a limited basis, accepting no more than four clients annually. To learn more, contact Kathryn today!


Frank Albarado - Venue Management, Co-Owner

Frank Albarado first entered the events industry in 2003 while still working his way through college at Southwest Texas State University. While his original plan was to be an attorney, he was faced one day with choice of Law School or joining his beautiful wife in her family's business. He made a choice and the rest is history! Drawing from their combined experience, in 2009, he and his wife began their own venture, dna events.

Frank's innate passion for working with people became an invaluable asset to Dagar's Catering throughout the early years of his marriage to Kathryn. It was his masterful skill set, including salesmanship and customer relationship-building that became the foundation of his impeccable reputation within the industry. Drawing on his 15 years of catering experience, Frank has obtained unparalleled industry expertise in the arena of venue management by blending the two worlds to provide a client with knowledge of both sides of the event.

Frank's innate passion for working with people became an invaluable asset to Dagar's Catering throughout the early years of his marriage to Kathryn. It was his masterful skill set including salesmanship and customer relationship building which became the foundation of his impeccable reputation within the industry. Coupled with his 15 years of catering experience, Frank has retained unparalleled industry expertise in the arena of venue management.

Under Frank's leadership, dna events manages bar service contracts and hospitality contracts with venues such as Memory Lane Event Center & Duchman Family Winery. In 2011, La Paloma Event Center (now Antebellum Oaks Venue) became the first "full service venue management" partner and the results were wonderful. To learn more about our successful venue management services or independent business consulting, email Frank today!


Lydia Smith - Director of Sales

Before moving to Austin in 2006, Lydia completed a general business transfer degree, and was accepted into the Business Administration program at Eastern Washington University. Upon moving from Washington to Texas, Lydia's career in special events began as a venue manager for a private venue in South Austin. By 2008, Lydia was managing all of the events at the venue, as well as working as a full time rental consultant for Premiere Events (formerly known as Austin Party Central).

In her five years with Premiere Events, Lydia earned her CERP certification, and nurtured accounts such as Sea World, South By Southwest, and many of Austin's largest catering companies, event planning firms, and wedding/special event venues.

Today, as the brand builder and face of dna events, Lydia builds partnerships with Austin's most sought after food providers, and forges the path of "full service catering, minus the food". Under her leadership in the arena of sales, dna events has seen unprecedented growth.

In recent years, Lydia has served on the board of NEAWP (Nuptials Essentials Association of Wedding Professionals). She also participates as a guest in organizations such as NACE (National Association of Catering Executives), and ISES (International Special Events Society).

Visit her LinkedIn profile to learn more about what the industry is saying about Lydia.


Marissa Estrada - Catering Sales & Event Specialist

Marissa, born and raised in Austin, has been surrounded by event planning since a young age. She left Austin to attend Emerson College in Boston, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing Communication and minored in Business Studies. After graduating in 2011, she made the move back home to Austin to continue building her career in the events industry.

While in college, Marissa explored various realms of hospitality and event planning industries including marketing and social events and sporting events such as 5K races. She was first exposed to the catering industry while working for one of the most successful Ben & Jerry's franchises in the nation where she earned the position of Catering and Events Manager.

Since joining the dna events team in 2014, Marissa has become well versed in the market, Austin's event venues and the foundations of expert full-service catering! She has been a huge asset to our team and she is always ready to meet new clients and assist you in building your authentic Austin event! Email her today!

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