Meet Our Team

Pascal Berthoumieux - Owner

Pascal is the consummate host, one who welcomes his guests as if they were dining in his own home for the evening.

It's the kind of hospitality he experienced growing up in the Bordeaux region of France. Restaurants are an extension of the community, a place of comfort that feeds the body and nourishes the soul.

"I enjoy this business because of the relationships with the people," says Berthoumieux, easily identified by his dapper attire, warm spirit and genuine interest in his guests. "My establishments are places where the community connects, mark milestones and celebrate friendship over good food."

Berthoumieux, earned a culinary and management degree in Bordeaux but felt the draw of the front-of-the-house early on. He gained valuable experience after graduation working in the French Riviera during the summer seasons and the French Alps during the winter seasons.

He then moved to Paris and worked at two star Michelin restaurant, La Maison Blanche, on Avenue Montaigne before heading to May Ray, a trendy restaurant-bar formerly owned by Johnny Depp, Sean Penn and other celebrities. During that time, Berthoumieux met his wife, Rebecca, an American student studying at La Sorbonne in Paris.

In 2000, he followed her home and moved to Chicago first working at the Tip Top Tap lounge, the iconic though now shuttered, restaurant in the Allerton Hotel. Berthoumieux then spent several invaluable years learning and working at Kiki's Bistro with owner George Cuisance before deciding to open his own establishment with the joie de vivre of restaurants he acquired over the last decade in Chicago.

In 2009, Berthoumieux opened his first restaurant Bistro Bordeaux, an authentic French bistro. Two years later, he opened Creperie Saint Germain, an authentic French Creperie located downtown Evanston.

Most recently, Berthoumieux opened Patisserie Coralie, a boutique French pastry shop and cafe in the center of downtown Evanston.

Mary Elizabeth Plovanich - Executive Pastry chef

As a Chicago Native, Mary Elizabeth has always been exposed to a diversity of cuisines. Her love for food started as a young child while living next door to Paulina Meat Market.

Her neighbors, along with her mother’s cooking peaked her interest and curiosity in cooking.

Growing up Mary Elizabeth’s family would frequent the now shuttered Busy Bee Diner, where her and her siblings would get to go to the kitchen and watch the women prepare classic Eastern European dishes while waiting for their meals. As she grew older, Mary Elizabeth’s interest in different cuisines turned into a passion to make people happy through food. With such a strong sentimental connection to the savory side, Mary Elizabeth decided to choose a career in Pastry so that her imagination could run wild.

Attending the French Pastry, Mary Elizabeth was molded by some of the best pastry chefs in the industry. After graduation, she decided to stay with the school as an intern where she was able to work one on one with chefs from all over the world, these chefs included World Pastry Champions, M.O.F.’s, Bread and Sugar Masters. It was there that her love for classic French techniques and pastries grew. After mastering the techniques, Mary Elizabeth started to adapt her own flavors and ideas to these classics allowing her to find a style all her own.

Working throughout the area from Traditional Swiss-French Patisseries to All American Bakeries and even Funky Bistros, Mary Elizabeth has been able to explore her unique style as well as pick up new ideas in every kitchen. After working throughout the city and suburbs, she decided to relocate to the East Coast to see what new adventures awaited. There, Mary Elizabeth led and all female pastry kitchen at the Lord Baltimore, a boutique hotel owned by the acclaimed Rubell Family. There, she was able to go wild combining art and experimentation in every aspect of her desserts. Recently starting family, Mary Elizabeth moved back to Chicago to continue her pastry journey. Joining the Coralie Family, she cannot wait to re- imagine all of the French Classics.

Taylor Fay - Director of Operations

Hailing from a small town in eastern Montana, Taylor made the decision to move to Chicago in October of 2018. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts from North Dakota State University, and you can find her acting in the Chicago theatre scene when she isn't in the office. She is a longtime lover of French culture, especially the cuisine, and she takes pride in being associated with the Coralie brand. Having a strong passion for cooking, she claims that preparing a meal for someone is the best way to say you love them. She appreciates a good challenge, and no recipe is too daunting, especially when the end result is worth sharing. When Taylor isn't at an audition, practicing her French, or making a giant pot of spaghetti sauce, she enjoys spending time with her family of friends, exploring the city, and expanding her love for her new home.