About Us

A Family Tradition

“We have been in business for almost 50 years, and, with the help of family and friends, we hope to be in business for many more.” - Louis Fabbri, Executive President

When It All Began

The Fabbri family has been creating memorable wedding receptions since October 1969 when Louis Fabbri became co-owner of the Mar Lac House in Oak Park, Illinois. For 20 years Lou and his partner produced thousands of memorable events including wedding receptions, anniversaries, fundraisers, dinner dances, and other community events.

In 1989, Lou’s sons Michael J. Fabbri (currently Executive Vice President) and Robert Fabbri (currently Executive Chef) joined their father at the Mar Lac House and the three planned extensive building and menu renovations. Together, the family developed a strong reputation for quality cuisine and exceptional service. To this day, community events (Easter Sunday Brunch and New Year’s Eve Celebration) that were once hosted at the Mar Lac House are now hosted at the Abbington.

Fabbri Family Moves West

At Abbington Distinctive Banquets, the tradition lives on with our family ready to make your dream wedding come true. Let our family take excellent care of yours! Abbington Distinctive Banquets has been owned and operated by the Fabbri family since 2002. The family reputation and experience combine with elegant surroundings to celebrate your special occasion with class and sophistication. Located in the Chicago west suburb of Glen Ellyn, Abbington is one of the finest banquet facilities in the area.

Meet our Managers

Louis Fabbri| Executive President

Fate gave a little push when Lou, President, fell into the banquet business as co-owner of Mar Lac House. In 1969, a friend of the family invited Lou to join him in the business to operate the front of the house. As an eager young accountant turned banquet businessman, Lou produced thousands of magnificent events featuring homemade Italian specialties. He is responsible for creating the legacy of excellence that trickled from Oak Park to Glen Ellyn in 2002. Lou currently acts as President of The Abbington maintaining the books and making sure the facility glimmers and gleams (pictures please- no editing necessary!).

Lou continues to be an active member of his communities bringing repeat business to the Abbington year after year. A long time member of Oak Park River Forest Rotary and Rotary International, Lou attends weekly meetings and annual events across the globe. After years of hosting events at Mar Lac House and Abbington Distinctive Banquets, Lou’s favorite event is a quiet Christmas Eve Dinner with his wife, their three sons and their families that features many of the Italian specialties found on our menus today. From our family to yours- Buon Appetito!

Michael J. Fabbri| Executive Vice President

Son to President Lou and brother to Chef Rob, Mike takes the lead in the front of the house operations as Vice President and co-owner of The Abbington. Honest practices, mindfulness of employees, and meticulous care for the business earn him the title of “World’s Best Boss”! Having grown up in the family business Mike has long been exposed to the glamour of the hospitality, food and beverage, and sales industries. Most of his early experience was gained working in the kitchen. As a young adult, Mike left the business to pursue a degree and career in business administration and marketing.

In September 1989, Mike made his way back to the family business (Mar Lac Banquets, Oak Park) and joined the team as General Manager. May of 2002 the Fabbri family moved the business to Glen Ellyn to what is now known as Abbington Distinctive Banquets: Mike took his place as Executive VP and has run the front of the house operations since.

When Mike isn’t running the front of the house operations you will find him enjoying a quiet night in with his darling wife and scrumptious homemade Italian dinners. If he finds the time amidst running a well-oiled machine, that is, The Abbington, Mike takes pleasure in treating his wife and grown children to local attractions and tropical vacations.

Tara Kubicki| General Manager

The Abbington proudly presents Tara as our General Manager. With twenty years of experience in the event industry, Tara is confident, meticulous, and a master of change – truly an influential asset to the team. A small town country girl, Tara moved to Chicago suburbs to work as a banquet server at a local hotel. Through years of experience in serving and bartending Tara worked her way to the front office to become a sales assistant where she found her passion. After ten years of working as one of our sales managers, Tara was promoted to Director of Sales and Catering and then in 2016, to General Manager.

Having built her career in the Chicagoland, Tara is an expert on our preferred vendors including decorators and florist, photographers, disc jockeys and many more. Her favorite part of event management is guiding clients through the planning process from cards at the escort table to choosing the menu and custom linens. Tara is enlightened by the “creative and personal touches brides add to their Special Day… [and] takes great pride in exceeding their dreamiest wedding reception expectations”.

When Tara isn’t at the office you can find her feet up, glass of red wine in hand, lounging on her backyard patio dreaming of sandy Caribbean beaches with her husband. Find her at special events throughout the year including the NRA Show Chicago, Naperville Rib Fest, and rock concerts.

Kathy Koutsogiannis| Banquet Catering Manager

The Abbington boasts Kathy as our Banquet Catering Manager. Kathy brings a plethora of knowledge and experience in hospitality, banquets, and sales to our team. She is a true gem: Her care for customers and respect for the business are two of her brightest characteristics.

Kathy’s first experience in the industry began at a local banquet facility; Kathy needed a job to support her family but after her first day on the job she left “with three blisters, $11.00 in tips, and thought, ‘this is crazy! I can’t do this job!’”. Forty years later, Kathy is an matchless member of our team with an understanding and practice of multiple positions in the industry. From simple holiday parties and other social events to Quinceaneras and Wedding Receptions of grandeur, Kathy enjoys every part of the planning process and “the excitement of it all! From the ring, to the proposal, and all details of planning the Big Day” Kathy enjoys getting to know her clients.

When Kathy isn’t at The Abbington you will find her with her beloved husband. The love birds enjoy early breakfasts at Butterfield’s, road trips to visit their granddaughters, caring for their home, and cuddling on the couch to watch reruns of NYPD Blue.

Meet our Chef

Robert Fabbri| Executive Chef

Chef Rob seasons the team with over twenty-five years experience in hospitality and kitchen management and he currently serves as our Executive Chef. Chef Rob works zealously to provide the highest quality food and beverage: The key that sets The Abbington experience over and above our competition.

In 1987, Chef Rob began his career as the co-owner of the business (Mar Lac Banquets, Oak Park) along with his father, Louis, and brother, Michael. When the family moved the business to Glen Ellyn (Abbington Distinctive Banquets) in 2002, Rob assumed the position of Executive Chef.

When Chef Rob isn’t managing behind the scenes he enjoys playful afternoons with his wife and two sons. Each year Rob raises support for and participates in Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes. His favorite family recipe – Chicken Toscano with Vesuvio-style Potatoes– was featured in the Daily Herald in April 2005.

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