About Us

Let our family take care of yours. At Abbington Distinctive Banquets, our family tradition is to make your dream event come true.

The Abbington has been owned and operated by the Fabbri family since 2002. Our elegant setting, combined with years of experience, creates the perfect world to celebrate your special occasion. Located in the Chicago west suburb of Glen Ellyn, the Abbington is one of the finest banquet facilities in the area – bringing class and sophistication to every event.

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 first started our tradition of creating memorable events in 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 events, including wedding receptions, anniversaries, fundraisers, dinner dances, and other community events.

In 1989, Lou’s sons, Michael J. Fabbri, executive vice president, and Robert Fabbri, executive chef, joined their father at the Mar Lac House to make extensive building and menu renovations. Together, they developed a strong reputation for quality cuisine and exceptional service. To this day, popular community events – like Easter Sunday Brunch andour New Year’s Eve celebration – have moved with the Fabbri family from the Mar Lac House to the Abbington.

Meet our Managers

Louis Fabbri| Executive President

Fate gave a little push when a family friend invited Lou to join him in the banquet business as co-owner of Mar Lac 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 followed 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.

Lou continues to be an active member of his community, 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. These dinners always feature the Italian specialties found on our menus today. From our family to yours- Buon Appetito!

Michael J. Fabbri| Executive Vice President

As the son of the Abbington’s president and an experienced businessman, Mike takes the lead in the front of the house operations. Having grown up in the family business, he focuses on honest practices, mindfulness, and meticulous care for our guests.

As a young adult, Mike left the family business to pursue a degree in business administration and marketing.But in September 1989, he returned to join the team as general manager. When the Fabbri family moved the business to Glen Ellyn in May of 2002, Mike took on his current role and has been here since.

When Mike isn’t at the Abbington, you will find him enjoying a quiet night in with his darling wife, enjoying a scrumptious, homemade Italian dinner. When he finds time, Mike takes pleasure in treating his wife and family to local attractions and tropical vacations.

Tara Kubicki| 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 the Chicagoland area 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 where she became a sales assistant and found her passion.

After 10 years as a sales manager at the Abbington, Tara was promoted to director of sales and catering and then in 2016, to general manager.Having built her career in Chicagoland, Tara is an expert on preferred vendors – including decorators, florists, photographers, disc jockeys and many more. Her favorite part of event management is guiding clients through the planning process.

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| Senior 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 left her first day in the banquet industrywith three blisters, $11 in tips, and thought, “this is crazy! I can’t do this job!” But now, forty years later, Kathy is a peerless member of our team with an understanding of multiple positions in the industry.

From simple holiday parties and other social events to epic Quinceaneras and wedding receptions, Kathy enjoys every part of the event planning process. Kathy loves getting to know her clients, so she knows the whole story: from the ring, to the proposal, and all details of planning.

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

Aly Rennels, CHSP| Catering Manager

When she started her own business as a children’s party planner at age 19, Aly found her passion for event planning. Now, only 5 years later, Aly is expanding her career experience as the catering sales manager at the Abbington.

Aly’s charismatic and caring personality ensures your event will go off without a hitch. Aly will add her own special little touches to make your event the perfect and memorable day it should be. With her expertise in hotel event management, and her time spent running her own party-planning business in college, Aly brings years of experience paired with the bright-eyed enthusiasm of youth.

When Aly isn’t at the Abbington, she enjoys spending her time playing with her adorable dog, Granger. Aly comes from a big family and loves getting everyone together for events, big or small. She loves to craft and spends her free time creating customized items like champagne glasses and hangers for her sisters.

Juan Mexicano| Banquet Manager

Meet our Chefs

Robert Fabbri| Owner / Chef

Chef Rob seasons the team with over twenty-five years of experience in hospitality and kitchen management. He works zealously to provide the highest quality food and beverages; the key that sets the Abbington above and beyond our competition.

In 1987, Chef Rob began his career as the co-owner of the Mar Lac House with his father and brother. When the business moved to Glen Ellynin 2002, Rob assumed the position of executive chef.

When Chef Rob isn’t managing the Abbington kitchens, he enjoys playful afternoons with his wife and 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.

Robert Miller| Executive Chef

Abbington Special Occasions

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