Caren is whip-smart, thoughtful and so reliable, with an intricate knowledge of Chicago’s local food scene. I know she will go above and beyond to make sure I have everything I need for my stories. I’ve worked with Caren for several years and look forward to continuing working with her for years to come.
— Amber Gibson, Food & Travel Journalist (American Way, Hemispheres, Delta Sky, Yahoo Travel, Chicago magazine)
Since working with Caren Leonard, her agency has gotten Delightful Pastries many wonderful media results. Ms. Leonard is very professional and has coached me personally on how to handle myself in front of the media. I have been very pleased with the results and the increased awareness of our bakery in the media and public.
— Dobra Bielinski, Owner & Pastry Chef of Delightful Pastries
Where do I begin when singing the praises of Caren? I’ve had the distinct pleasure to work with Caren for many years, beginning with her unparalleled strategic and tactical PR thinking at the National Restaurant Association’s annual trade show and now as a valued member of the marketing and communications committee for super-chef Charlie Trotter’s The Trotter Project. Her knowledge and insight into the hospitality industry would benefit anyone seeking to elevate their brand. Caren is an intelligent, creative, and approachable public relations professional and colleague I hope to work with for years to come.
— Derrek J. Hull, Executive Director of The Trotter Project
Caren takes a very solid and professional approach to assessing what journalists need to write their stories, and then she makes the connections so that they can do their jobs quickly and efficiently. This is a balancing act that requires an understanding of her clients’ expectations and the journalists’ needs for easy access and fast responses. It will be interesting to see how Caren grows her company in the years to come, and it seems likely that it will quite definitely grow.
— David Hammond, Dining & Drinking Editor/Newcity; Food and Dining Blogger/Wednesday Journal; Contributor to Rivet News Radio, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times; Moderator, LTHForum.com