joshua's Team

David Hall

Owner/PRESIDENT

David is a native of North Carolina, and a graduate of the French Culinary Institute of New York.

After graduation he was offered the opportunity to apprentice with Chef Fritz Blank at the renowned Deux Cheminees restaurant in Center City Philadelphia.

In 2002, David founded Joshua’s on West Ave in Jenkintown – named after his son – to prepare and serve the kind of food he loves: fresh, healthy and homemade. It was one of the first farm to table Cafes. Soon the catering arm became such a demand that he closed the cafe and moved to our current location on Oak Lane Avenue to focus exclusively on catering.

David lives with his Partner and their two dogs, Butchie, our company mascot, and Syler a lovable golden retriever. In their free time they ride their bikes around Fishtown exploring all of the new places opening up.

Jason Nejberger

Executive Chef

Jason is a native Philadelphian, and a graduate of Penn State University. Graduating in 1990 with a degree in Hotel Restaurant Management.

Jason began his career when he was 15 years old, working in his father's restaurant. In 1997, Jason opened Carambola where he was the Executive Chef and Owner. Jason has won several awards throughout his career, including the 1999 Gourmet Magazine "Top Tables" award for best Family Restaurant in Philadelphia. He brings the same excellence to our company. Working with our clients to develop fresh tastes and unique food presentations. Jason enjoys running and being with his family. 


Laurie Durkin

SR. EVENT Specialist

Laurie is a native of Maryland and holds a B.S. from University of Maryland and her MBA from University of Massachusetts.

With a previous career in healthcare, focusing on business development, marketing, and communications, she brought all of that skill to us in the formative times of Joshua’s Catering. She hit the streets and began the relationships we now have with many of our venues and vendor partners.

She is focused and attentive to details, that few may never even think of, to make her clients special event amazing. With her many years now with Joshua’s, her expertise in menu development and event timelines has gained the respect and trust of all our clients. She enjoys her family ski trips and is passionate about fitness. She is also just happy hanging with her pug, Norman. 

JEN ALVARADO

EVENT SPECIALIST

Jen is a native of Puerto Rico and holds a degree in Culinary arts from The Art Institute of Philadelphia.


After graduating from culinary school, she continued her love for food by working in a Family Oriented restaurant as a General Manager and Chef. Her passion for food and service at Joshua's Catering reflects her fifteen years of experience in the restaurant industry. Jen's skills in menu development and customer service have brought amazing results, to which our clients benefit from.  She has a desire to design a unique and unforgettable event for all of her clients. She also speaks fluent spanish, which is just one of her many other special skills. When she relaxes, Jen likes to cook for her children and her Philadelphia Fireman Husband. 

HOPE HILBY

GENERAL MANAGER

Hope is a native Californian, with degrees in Counseling and Theology.


Having graduated from College in 1978, she found her first job in the events industry and she just never left. She has been producing weddings and events from California, Boston to Philadelphia ever since. Hope was the owner of H&D Design when she first met David Hall and Laurie Durkin; she even did some design shots with Joshua's as it began it's launch into full service catering. She brings her many years of event production to our clients and staff. In her free time Hope enjoys her garden and spending time with her two sassy cats. 

BUTCHIE

MASCOT

Butchie loves to come into the office and keep an eye on us. His support of us is always appreciative. He loves a good scratch behind the ear, but adores long walks with his best friend Syler even more. 

joshuas Catering

804 Oak Lane Avenue,

Philadelphia, PA 19126

Phone. 215-224-1800

Email. info@joshuasevents.com