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Where are they now? Kendall College Culinary Alumna Launches Small Business

Kendell DeBoom ’93 (AAS Culinary Arts) and Jane Nobbe McClenahan co-founded The Festive Frog, a rental company specializing in vintage glassware, plates and barware. Located in Lake Bluff, Illinois, DeBoom and McClenahan recently invited Kendall College Alumni Relations Specialist Marguerite Allegretti to visit their showroom and provide a tour of their impressive storage room.

How did The Festive Frog became a reality? DeBoom and McClenahan were both soon-to-be empty-nesters and thinking about the next chapter of their lives. Three years ago, DeBoom helped McClenahan plan a bridal shower for her niece and noticed how plain the options were for tableware from the rental company they were using.

“From there the seed was planted to create our own rental company offering unique and vintage tableware that party planners, event planners and designers wouldn’t find anywhere else.” Says DeBoom.

DeBoom and McClenahan combed through antique malls, stores and online resale shops to build their collections. They now have a collection of more than 5,000 pieces from vintage teacups and glassware to plates, bar carts and tabletop decor.  The pair names many of their collections after inspiring women of the era they came from, including Eleanor Roosevelt, Dorothea Lang and Rosa Parks.
From the seed of an idea to a functioning small business, The Festive Frog has steadily grown their inventory and rent to event planners for weddings, parties and fundraisers.

“Everyone from brides to corporate party planners will now be able to wow their guests with a one of a kind table setting” adds DeBoom. “We’re so proud that a small idea between friends has grown into a business we feel so passionate about. I know my time at Kendall College helped prepare me for a lifetime of pursuing my passion.”

Stay up-to-date with The Festive Frog on Facebook, and click here to learn more about pursuing your passion for culinary arts at Kendall College.

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