“I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.”
– Mother Teresa
Lesly N. Pike
Owner & Lead Designer
As the creative energy and founder behind Orchid Sauce, a unique hospitality company, Lesly provides unique vision and a keen design eye on all elements of wedding and event design and presentation, as well as, décor and much more.
Whether orchestrating elegant weddings or layering texture and paint for a home or holiday party, Lesly is an inspired innovator and has a detail-driven design mind. Her background in Interior Design, Arts and Crafts and Film from California to Virginia lends itself well to all event design across the country. You can be assured that every Orchid Sauce project, photograph or milestone event showcases her intuitive sense of setting the scene with tradition but fresh design.
Lesly’s reputation for her incredible attention to detail and organization is why Orchid Sauce has developed a reputation of excellence. Orchid Sauce strives to not only be the best but to do their best, whether it be a low-key event or the celebration of the century.
Lesly is a mom to 3 beautiful boys and 2 wonderful step children. She of course lives, eats and breathes anything design related. She divides her time between her home office in Sutherland, VA and her studio office in N. Chesterfield, VA. You can usually find her surrounded with great music, snacks and work. She of course considers all her work to be a form of art.
“Chose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” –Confucius
Did we mention that she is a HUGE fan of great quotes?
Financial Manager & Designer
John is our local jack of all trades. There isn’t much John can’t do. He’s extremely creative and knows business like the back of his hand. He’s our secret weapon when it comes to negotiating the best deal for our brides. Believe us when we say he is getting you the lowest price with all of the vendors we work with.
John has been an entrepreneur his whole life and has played many important roles. He created a CDL school that operated out of the local community college system for 17 years before opening his headquarters in the chesterfield airpark. John has been the largest producer of commercial drivers on the east coast for many years. He has owned a non-medical homecare company, One East Financial, and many others.
John’s reputation for his incredible business skills are just one reason we just had to have him on our team. John is Lesly’s Fiance, Yep! The Lesly from up top there. He is also the wonderful father to a 13 year old young man and a beautiful, spunky young lady who is 9 going on 15. Together he and Lesly have 5 beautiful, crazy kids. You can sometimes find a few of them in tow at the office, hiding out watching TV or running through the parking lot. John loves to learn new things. You can usually find him watching a how to video on all sorts of topics or designing and creating something for somewhere. He loves a funny joke and an even better steak.
Designer & Coordinator
Erin began her innovative journey orchestrating elaborate candy buffets and events from California to Las Vegas down to Texas. She is passionate about all things creative and possesses an energy that’s sure to be contagious.
Erin has a work history as an underwriter in environmental insurance but her love has always been in the arts. She began her Candy buffet company, For The Love Of Candy, in 2009 and joined forces with Orchid Sauce in 2014. She is most drawn to things that enable her mind the freedom to imagine and breathe life into them. She works tirelessly on all projects she dedicates herself too.
She is a dedicated wife and mom to 2 beautiful children. She loves all styles of décor and has a rich palate for great foods. She loves to try new things, go to new places and is great at bringing a smile to anyone’s face at any time, even when pulling out your hair!
Assistant Designer & Coordinator
Before joining our team at Orchid Sauce, Karis was a hairstylist and nail technician in England. She had her own happy ending with an American Soldier, eventually making her way stateside to start their new adventure. She is married with a 1 year old little boy named Noah and 6 step-children. She loves family, good food, fun music and a great book. Did we mention a hot cup’o tea? Don’t forget the milk.
Her stylistic focus and unique perspective of both English and American trends provides a boisterous edge above the rest. She is inherently organized, energetic and detail oriented making her a valuable member to our team.
Did we mention she is loads of fun to talk to with her charming accent and quirky English sayings. We are sure she will have you laughing at her fun catch phrases in no time. Her caring nature will leave you feeling as though you have made a friend for life.
Chef & Cake Designer
Guy has such an incredible resume we thought we would give you some personal facts beforehand. He is married, yep you guessed it, to Karis Winks our British teammate. He has 7 children and 3 grandchildren. He enjoys reading and movies and has read and watched them all. There isn’t a single catering request you can throw at him that he can’t create. If this resume doesn’t convince you to try his cooking and baking, then we don’t know what will!
Chef Winks entered the Army in July 1993 from Columbus, Ohio. He went to Advanced Individual Culinary Training at Fort Lee, Virginia. His first assignment was as a Culinary Specialist for the 529th Field Artillery Battalion at Fort Carson, Colorado. In October ‘95, he joined the 3rd Battalion 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne). During his time at Fort Carson, Chef Winks was the Installation Junior Chef of the Year ‘95 and the Installation Senior Chef of the Year in ‘03 and ‘07. In ‘07, Chef Winks moved to US Army Garrison on Fort Carson where he created and taught the Basic Food Service Refresher Training Course, which now has become a required course for all Culinary Specialists in the United States Army. Additionally, in ‘07, SFC Winks partnered with the American Culinary Federation and assisted in the creation of the Army Culinary Credentialing Program. In ‘08, Chef Winks was selected as Captain of the Fort Carson Culinary Arts Team and led the team to win Installation of the Year at the Armed Forces Culinary Arts Competition at Fort Lee, Virginia. In ‘08, he was selected as a member of the United States Armed Forces Culinary Arts Team (USACAT) to represent the USA in international culinary competitions around the world. Chef Winks was also chosen to be one of the hosts for the Pentagon original TV series “The Grill Sergeants”. After Fort Carson, he left for the Training with Industry Program and spent a year at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.
While in New York, Chef Winks was selected to be a member of the ProChef Advisory Board by the Culinary Institute of America. In ‘09, Chef Winks became an Instructor for the Advanced Culinary Skills Training Course at the Joint Culinary Center of Excellence at Fort Lee, VA. In ‘11, SFC Winks was requested by name to be Senior Enlisted Aide and personal chef to General Robert Cone, the Training and Doctrine Commanding General, and then in ‘14, stayed with the next Commanding General, General David Perkins. Since ‘09, Chef Winks has been the Host and Emcee for the Armed Forces Culinary Arts Competition at Fort Lee, the largest culinary competition in North America. In ‘16, Chef Winks was selected to be an advisor for Team USA for the ‘16 World Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany.
Whew! It’s such an amazing resume we couldn’t decide what accomplishments to keep in and to leave out, so we gave it all to you. Now let us get him cooking for you!