What projects are currently on your drawing board?
Oh lots of things. We just completed a restaurant in Bangkok. We are working on a couple of sweet restaurants in Greenwich Village. We are designing a rollout of juice cleanse/wellness quick-serve restaurants in Connecticut. We are also designing some really cool spaces and places for CYBEX, the fitness equipment company. There are a bunch of hotels on the boards and a few secret projects!
What made you become a mixologist , any bartending or culinary schooling?
I started “bartending” while attending college in Miami. In retrospect, I was an awful bartender, mostly slinging shots and beers. After moving to New York City, I decided to leave finance and return to school in pursuit of a medical degree. This led me to my first real experience with hospitality. I began working at Sushi Samba under the guidance of Paul Tanguay, now of Tippling Brothers Consulting. They required all staff to partake in mandatory sake, beer, wine, and spirits classes. This is where my love affair for cocktails and spirits began.
Born and raised in Queens, New York, Joe Campanale became most inspired by the culinary diversity of city life during his studies at New York University. Joe has written about wine for various media outlets and has appeared on television shows including NBC’s Today Show, Rachael Ray and Martha Stewart.
Shuna fish Lydon is a seasonal fruit-inspired pastry chef with more than 15 years experience cooking and baking in New York City, Northern California and London. Her resume includes such notable establishments as Gramercy Tavern, The French Laundry, Aziza, Citizen Cake, The Bread Factory and Modern Pantry.
Sasa Mahr-Batuz, age 45, has been in the food business for 24 years working in Mediterranean restaurants in Portugal to steak houses in Argentina. Mahr-Batuz is responsible for Barcelona’s original concept, its ongoing innovation, and for the widely distinct designs that make the restaurants such magnets for the style-conscious.
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Industry suppliers recognized the need to stay in front of decision-makers for the business opportunities it will afford as the industry continues to rebound, while buyers were compelled to attend for the latest products, services and education geared towards the economic times. The importance of walking key shows really came to light this year. Last year, the Show may have had three IPAD applications for the food service operator.
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