Barbara Behan Howlett

Barbara Behan Howlett joined Glorious Affairs as an Events Coordinator in 1994, while in college pursuing a teaching degree. She learned the business from the ground up - working in the office, overseeing events, prepping in the kitchen, and meeting clients.  Barbara discovered a passion for working with brides and grooms and her creative energy flourished in the design of elegant and simple food offerings.  

In 2007, Barbara purchased Glorious Affairs, achieving her goal of being a small business owner. She focused on the core qualities of the business, unique food design and personal attention to clients, and surrounded herself with the best team of chefs, coordinators, and service staff. Barbara takes a personal approach to every aspect of the business and customizes each event to meet the needs of the her diverse client base. Each menu is designed to meet a client’s personal taste and leverages the fabulous farm fresh and locally grown ingredients in Rhode Island.

As the youngest of twelve children, Barbara grew up in a local Newport family with ties to local businesses and its people. She is committed to working with and supporting a wide range of local companies, especially ones specializing in the events sector of Newport County.

With a son just about in college and a 12-year-old daughter, Barbara and her husband lead busy, but rewarding lives and enjoy traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Stephen Donovan

Executive Chef Stephen Donovan has been with Glorious Affairs for the past eight years. He brings with him not only a passion for food and a fervent commitment to perfection, but also three decades of experience in the fine dining and food industry.

Stephen is partial to the boutique catering business because he enjoys customizing the menu based on the client’s inspirations. Dedicated to serving Rhode Island’s farm fresh and locally sourced ingredients, his commitment to food is unparalleled in the business.

As one of six children, Stephen discovered his love for cooking as a young man preparing meals for his family. His vast knowledge and experience stems from his early career working in some of Newport’s finest restaurants such as the Clarke Cooke House and the White Horse Tavern. Prior to joining the Glorious Affairs team, he was Executive Chef for Plantation Catering.

With a son in college, Stephen spends the short off-season volunteering, hiking portions of the Appalachian Trail, and developing plates based on the latest trends and flavors.

Gaile Flight

Gaile Flight joined Glorious Affairs in 1999 as part-time wait staff and found she loved not only the team and the work involved in creating an event, but it sparked her creative side as well. She continued working as a part-time administrator, which led her to a Party Manager position. She was able to hone her creative side by designing food displays and learned the detailed aspects of the business. In 2014, Gaile came on board as a full-time Event Coordinator.

She loves meeting with all of the clients, but the brides and grooms have a special place in her heart. She thoroughly enjoys making their day perfect since she knows it’s one of the most special days in their lives.

Gaile and her husband, Ron, live in Portsmouth and have raised three wonderful children who have all worked with Glorious Affairs throughout their high school and college years.

Wendy Cobb

Wendy Cobb started her career in catering in 1980 at the very young age of 14 at Blackstone Caterers. She continued to work for them through high school as well as college and, when she was 21, they offered her a job as an assistant in the office detailing sales and events. Wendy handled many of the largest social events in Newport, claiming the Preservation Society as her biggest client.  When Wendy left the company in 2004 to join Plantation Catering as the Director of Sales, she was the Senior Sales Manager with the top sales in the company.    

While at Plantation Catering, Wendy found herself planning and executing many of Newport's most talked about events, including many at the Mansions and private estates in town. She was named General Manager in 2006.  

In 2010, Wendy decided it was time to open her own company and, along with her sister, opened a small, successful catering company in Middletown, RI. She found herself not only planning and executing events, but playing a key role in managing the kitchen and production of their menus. In an effort to spend more time with their family and find better balance, the sisters decided it was time to pursue other adventures.  

We are excited to have Wendy bring her passion for the business along with her knowledge and expertise to Glorious Affairs.