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Michael and Lisa LaValle

Michael LaValle has been part of the Des Moines food industry since 1975 and has prepared and served millions of meals to an appreciative audience. Michael is the president and CEO of the Des Moines Embassy Club. He is married to Business Record’s 2014 Women of Influence honoree Chef Lisa Mills-LaValle who owns and runs the Trellis Café at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens. Many years ago, they sponsored two Southeast Asian refugee families. For numerous years, they have home-hosted cultural visitors and chefs from China, France, Italy, Mexico, and Spain. As long time Pho fans they are honored to be part of this fun and unique Iowa Asian Alliance event.