Italo Club Staff

Ashley Clark, Banquet Director

Ashley is the Banquet Director at Italo-Canadian Club of Kingston. A graduate in Journalism and Public Relations and Events Management, her previous experience includes coordinating events, digital media and journalism, as well as managing an annual conference for women’s health education. Her great-grandfather was an Italian immigrant to Canada, and Ashley enjoys the opportunity to share Italian culture with the Kingston community (especially when it involves pasta!)

Chris Couto, Chef de Cuisine

A native of Kingston, Chris has returned after having spent the last 15 years of his career in Toronto, graduating from the Culinary Management Program at George Brown College in 2008. He began his career with leading hospitality group Oliver & Bonacini at The Toronto Board of Trade. As his young career began to grow, he soon joined the opening team at Malaparte located in the TIFF Bell Lightbox where he developed and refined his culinary techniques. After spending two years at Malaparte, Chris joined the team at Arcadian Court as a Sous Chef at one of the largest event venues in Toronto, hosting corporate and social events. In moving up the ladder, he received nominations for the 30 Under 30 recognition program and several promotions later, Chris accepted the position of Chef de Cuisine. In 2019, he rejoined the team at Malaparte in the Chef role, pushing all he had learned and developed in the large-scale environment into refined techniques and an elevated food experience. With the ever-changing pandemic, Chris saw an opportunity to bring all he has learned back to his hometown and has now joined us here at the Italo-Canadian Club. Chris will be relieving our volunteers of preparing the weekly takeout – they certainly deserve a break after all of their hard work – and taking on all responsibilities in the kitchen for both takeout and events.

Hannah Ellsworth, Administrative Assistant

Hannah is the jack-of-all-trades Administrative Assistant at the Italo-Canadian Club of Kingston. Her CV includes working at Habitat for Humanity Canada in marketing and volunteer management, working as a print and digital journalist for a wide range of publications including Kingston This Week, and running her own wedding photography business. She has been working in cafes and bakeries since she was 14 years old, including local favorites like The Sleepless Goat. She is currently helping to run the Ciao! Shop and Café. Hannah went back to school during Covid-19 and is an anticipated 2022 graduate of the St. Lawrence College Early Childhood Education Program.

A Special Thank You to our Core Serving/Bar Staff as well!