Whitney Edwards

Director of Events
Benchmarc Events by Marc Murphy

You could say Whitney’s passion for food and hospitality was something she was born with. A Nashville native, food was never just a meal especially since her mother owned a catering company. A graduate of New York University’s Gallatin School, Whitney created her own major choosing to focus on food studies and communications. Looking for a way to break into hospitality, she soon realized her experience in events both personally and professionally was the path. In 2011, she worked for Loulie Walker Events learning the complex world of wedding planning.  In 2012 she found the perfect recipe at Benchmarc Events where she is able to combine her knack for attention to detail and love of food, resulting in an event worth remembering. Starting as an events manager to now events director, she oversees the various sides of restaurant events – from sales to menu planning, marketing activations and special occasions that really run the gamut; she gets a taste of something different everyday.


25 Things You Didn’t Know About Whitney Edwards

  1. My favorite pizza is Dominos thin crust.
  2. I took a trip to Thailand purely based on my love of noodles.
  3. I once tried being a vegetarian for four months. It didn’t stick.
  4. I started out as a theatre major at NYU.
  5. I was President of my sorority in college and won chapter President of The Year.
  6. I interned for a well known late night show and now they are some of my most favorite clients to work with. You never know how people and opportunities will come back into your life!
  7. I studied abroad in Italy and dream of living there one day.
  8. I often order from our restaurant’s kid’s menus.
  9. I am a firm believer in karma, astrology and luck.
  10. I am a big fan of condiments (ranch being my favorite).
  11. Emily Post’s Etiquette has a permanent spot on my desk.
  12. Twice a year, I combine my three favorite things: entertaining, rosé and pizza in what my friends I refer to as “rosé and za”. They share my affinity for all three things.
  13. I have a serious fear of flying. Serious.
  14. I’ve been told I’m an easy laugh, but don’t worry…I’m sure you’re actually funny.
  15. Dolly Parton is my favorite musical artist.
  16. I have a cat named Jasper who I refer to as my son.
  17. The above mentioned cat was featured in a cat fashion calendar. He was Mr. January.
  18. My favorite color is pink.
  19. One new year’s eve, I cooked a four-course dinner for friends with only a little bit of my chef mom’s help.
  20. I believe an appetizer sampler plate is the absolute best item that can be on a menu.
  21. I spent summers growing up on the crystal coast of North Carolina. Since then I have always felt the need to live near water.
  22. I drink iced coffee year round.
  23. I am a bravo addict.
  24. My dad is an avid gardener and taught me the importance of local food at a young age. I love working in the garden with him in the summer.
  25. I am lucky enough that food is my work and my hobby!