Interviews

Donatella Arpaia Q&A

Celebrity Chef and Restaurateur

Nick Marsh, CEO, Chopt, New York, NY

Nick Marsh is the CEO of Chopt Creative Salad Company, a leader of the premium salad segment that has expanded from its original location in New York City’s Union...

Paul Ficalora, The One Stop Restaurant Shop

When it comes to real estate, Paul Ficalora quickly becomes one of the most well-rounded people in the industry. Paul Ficalora works in property & casualty insurance,...

Ami Ziff, Director, National Retail at Time Equities Inc.

Total Food Service sat down with Ami Ziff, Director, National Retail at Time Equities Inc. to discuss the current state of the retail real estate...

Abraham Merchant, President and CEO of Merchants Hospitality Inc., NYC

Abraham Merchant is a hospitality icon, who has developed multi-branded restaurants, hotels, condos, and office buildings all over the country and even in the Caribbean. Merchant...

Michel Mroue´ Q&A

Executive Director of the NYC Food & Beverage Hospitality Council (a program by NYC Small Business Services)

Tracy Nieporent, Director of Marketing and Partner, Myriad Restaurant Group, NYC

The challenges that the Metro New York City restaurateur face have never been greater. From exploding rents, obscene overheads and a truly demanding diner...

Justin Lee, Certified Sommelier

Alumni Spotlight: International Culinary Center® Justin Lee graduated from the Intensive Sommelier Program at ICC® in 2012 and obtained his Certified Sommelier from the Court...
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John Meadow

John Meadow Q&A

Founder and President of LDV Hospitality
Andre Neyrey, Blackwood Hospitality

Andre Neyrey, Blackwood Hospitality, NYC

There are a wide variety of companies to choose from when in the market for...
Erica Barrett

Erica Barrett, Founder and CEO of Southern Culture Artisan Foods

Alumni Spotlight: International Culinary Center Erica Barrett is the Founder and CEO of Southern Culture Artisan...
Maria Loi

Maria Loi Q&A

Executive Chef/Owner, Loi Estiatorio, New York, NY

Stephen Goglia, CEO of Craveable Hospitality Group, New York NY

After launching twenty-one successful properties spanning the United States over the past thirteen years, the...

Joe Isidori, Founder of Black Tap Craft Burgers and Beer, New York NY

Despite their recent explosion on to the culinary scene, Black Tap Craft Burgers and Beer...

Simon Powles, President and CEO of Starr Catering, New York NY

Simon Powles' love for food began humbly while working in his aunt and uncle's pub...

Nick Livanos, Livanos Restaurant Group, NY, NY

Nick Livanos is the proprietor of Livanos Restaurant Group that owns and operates Oceana, Molyvos,...

Debra Ryan, President of GNJSHFSA, New Milford NJ

When we last spoke to Debra Ryan it was concerning her position at Care One...
Claus Meyer

Claus Meyer Q&A

Danish Culinary Entrepreneur
Warren Bobrow

Warren Bobrow, Author of Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails and Tonics, Morristown NJ

Warren Bobrow, better known as The Cocktail Whisperer, is the published author of four books...

Chefs Jorge Espinoza and Jon Oh, Scarpetta Beach at Gurney’s Montauk, NY

Jon Oh and Jorge Espinoza are the head chefs at Scarpetta Beach at Gurney's in Montauk, Long...

Mark Fachler, CEO of Veestro, Los Angeles CA

Mark Fachler is the founder and CEO of Veestro, a meal delivery service based out...

Matthew Sartwell, Kitchen Arts and Letters, Manhattan NY

Matthew Sartwell is the Managing Partner of Kitchen Arts & Letters, the premier speciality bookstore...

Geoffrey Zakarian, Broadway Jazz Fest at the Lambs Club, Manhattan NY

Geoffrey Zakarian could never be accused of having idle hands or resting on his laurels. The...

Todd McGee, CEO of Cataboom, Dallas, TX

Todd McGee is the CEO of Cataboom, a behavioral marketing engagement platform embracing gamification as the future...

Dawn Aubrey, President of NACUFS (College & University Dining)

Dawn Aubrey is the President of NACUFS, the association that provides its 550 higher learning...

Erika Wasserman, VP of Marketing, Explore Cuisine, Red Bank NJ

Erika Wasserman is the Vice President of Marketing for Explore Cuisine, a health minded food brand...

Jeff Schacher, Founder of Community Plates, Norwalk, CT

Five years ago, Jeff Schacher and his friend Kevin Mullins were sitting around one morning...

Randy Shelly, VP of Hospitality at Shawmut Design and Construction, New York, NY

Randy Shelly has worked at Shawmut Design and Construction for the past fourteen years and...

Brooke Costello, Red Table Catering, Brooklyn NY

Brooke Costello is the owner and Head Chef of Red Table Catering, one of Brooklyn's...

Debra Ryan, Care One, Woodcrest, NJ

Debra Ryan's passion for nutrition comes out of her own struggle with food allergies and...

Gary Triolo, Centrastate Medical Center, Freehold, NJ / Pres. Elect AHF NJ

Gary Triolo is the Corporate Director of Food and Nutrition Services at Centrastate Health System...

Angela O’Neill, Hunterdon Medical Center, NJ

After growing up waitressing in hotels and restaurants, Angela O'Neill got her BS in nutrition...

Jeremy Jacobowitz, Brunch Boys

Jeremy Jacobowitz is the founder of Brunch Boys, a rapidly expanding online source for impeccably...

Clyde Phillips Q&A

Executive Producer, AMC's Feed the Beast

Michael Atanasio, Overlook Hospital, Summit, NJ

At Overlook Hospital in Summit, New Jersey it would be easy to mistake Michael Atanasio...

Dawn Cascio, Director of Dining at Valley Hospital, Ridgewood NJ

Dawn Cascio wears multiple hats in the Healthcare food service industry. In addition to her position...

Eric Feil, Dan’s Taste of Summer, Southampton, NY

Eric Feil is the CEO of Dan's Papers, the East End's 56 year-old publication covering...

Liam Wager, Food and Beverage Director, Grape & Vine, Walker Hotel NYC

Liam Wager has spent the last two and a half years completely revamping Grape &...

Joe DiPaolo, Pinnacle Foods, NJ

Joseph DiPaolo got his first introduction to cooking in his grandmothers' kitchen. He went out...

Joshua Ostrega, COO and Co-Founder, WorkJam, Montreal, PQ Canada

Joshua Ostrega is the COO and co-founder of WorkJam, a software that connects frontline employees...

Cass Calder Smith of CCS Architecture/ New York, NY and San Francisco, CA

Cass Calder Smith has more than two decades of design experience under his belt. His...

Steve Schwartzinger, Executive Chef, Hamilton Farm Golf Club, Gladstone, NJ

Steve Schwartzinger entered the club industry in 2005 as Sous Chef for the original Chef...

Tony Almeida, Director of Food & Nutrition at Robert Wood Johnson

Tony Almeida has been relentless in his pursuit of improving the food service at Robert...

Stephanie Giraulo, St. Charles Hospital, Port Jefferson, NY

Stephanie Giraulo began working in St. Charles Hospital as a volunteer in the kitchen at...
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