The caterers at the center of the drama in this week’s “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” episode are a strong advocate for Lisa Barlow.
“Lisa had NOTHING to do with the fact that they couldn’t make Angie’s event – and Angie knows that,” Chiefs Office manager Marco and Aubrey Niccoli told Page Six on Wednesday.
“The truth is they had just opened their restaurant and had previous commitments.”
Angie Harrington, who made her debut Sunday as a “friend of” current “housewife” Whitney Rose, asked if Barlow, 44, was behind the withdrawal of caterers from the event, intended to raise funds for LGBTQ youth.
“Lisa is sabotaging you,” Rose, who has had a breakup with Barlow since Season 1, told Harrington, later telling the camera, “I might be blonde but I’m not stupid. not a coincidence. “
Facing Harrington, Barlow said amid tears: “I don’t know what to say. Angie, I don’t know what to tell you. I don’t know how this has anything to do with me.
Harrington then admitted in a confessional that she believed the CEO of Vida Tequila was – despite their decades-long friendship – “capable of meddling in my event because she doesn’t want me to be friends with Whitney.”
The Niccoli office manager also told Page Six on Wednesday that the caterers had already had conversations to film with other “housewives” in their restaurant, so “it was management that made the most sense to their business “.
Further explaining that they hadn’t let the newbie “RHOSLC” hang, the rep added, “They helped Angie find another caterer, which ended up being Chef Marco’s brother’s catering business. “
Aubrey also addressed the backlash she and Barlow received via her social media on Wednesday, stating that Harrington “completely fabricated this story to create a storyline for herself.”
“She falsely accused @ lisabarlow14 of sabotage,” the chef wrote in a lengthy Instagram caption. “Accusing us of bad business, and that is absolutely disgusting, hurtful and most of all WRONG.”
“We chose not to make Angie’s event ultimately as a business decision,” she added. “We had prior conversations with Lisa and Jen’s assistant (Stuart) to tentatively film in our newly opened restaurant. I said yes to gather more information on his event to see if we could do it.
Screenshots of Aubrey’s text exchange with Barlow surfaced on Bravo’s super-fan account @cocktailsandgossip, showing the chef said “absolutely” to host an event with the “Woman. at home “weeks before Harrington even contacted.
Aubrey told Barlow in his text, “Let us know when and we’ll get there!” », Referring to the shoot in their restaurant.
The manager of the Niccoli office explained to Page Six that Aubrey “tentatively said yes” to the Harrington event as well, but needed “to get more information about the event from Angie and the production team”.
“Once they’ve spoken with Dina [producer from Bravo], they made the final decision to refuse, ”added the representative. “There were several reasons why it didn’t make sense for them to make Angie’s event and they chose to film at their new restaurant Niño Viejo as a business decision.”
The office manager then reiterated: “The decision had nothing to do with Lisa Barlow. It was a decision based on what was best for their business.
A second text exchange – sent between Aubrey and Harrington this time – supported what the office manager told us. This showed Aubrey had withdrawn because his company would not be mentioned on the show and would not get any promotion.
“I never fully committed [to] or took a down payment from Angie, ”Aubrey added in her Instagram post on Wednesday. “And the truth is, she asked us to do it FREE for publicity because it was going to be filmed.”
The chef then dropped another bombshell: “She also told me not to tell Lisa!”, Adding the receipts for these texts in the post.
“It is also quite normal to get all the information about an event before signing contracts and taking a deposit. It never happened, ”Aubrey explained. “We kindly declined after a call we had with a Bravo producer named Dina. DO NOT talk to Lisa. I can’t say it enough… Lisa did NOT tell us not to do Angie’s event. Never happened and she would never do something like that. Let it be known that Angie is the liar and the one who sabotages our name, our business and Lisa.
Harrington did not immediately respond to Page Six’s request for comment.
But Barlow defended herself on Instagram on Monday, writing in part: “I would never cancel a caterer and it’s not something everyone could do @marconiccoli and @aubreyniccoli are amazing people.”
She also told Page Six that the whole debacle was “insulting” as a businesswoman because “I would never disturb someone else’s business and I would never disturb any of my friends.”
“I thought it was really funny that Whitney thinks I care so much about our friendship that I’m trying to sabotage a party,” added the “RHOSLC” star. “It’s illogical and just weird.”
Aubrey concluded writing on her Instagram Stories: “It’s sad that people want to attack small business owners in the food and beverage business, especially during these times. Unbelievable.”