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Harlem Hospitality & Culinary Conference 2013

Harlem Park to Park

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM (PDT)

Harlem Hospitality & Culinary Conference 2013

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Serving Harlem Hospitality to 5 Million+ People annually.

Join us for an interactive discussion about developing

 the hospitality and culinary industries in

the fastest developing neighborhood in New York City.








DATE:                           October 23, 2013


TIME:                           8:00 am - 9:00 am      Continental Breakfast

                                    9:00 am - 9:15 am      Welcome; Harlem Legend Award Presentation;

                                                                     Harlem Ambassador Culinary Training Initiative

                                    9:15 am - 2:30 pm       Panel Discussions

                                   11:30 am - 12:30 pm    VIP Reception; Brunch


LOCATION:                      The Studio Museum in Harlem

                                        144 W. 125th Street between Lenox Ave and 7th Ave



Keynote Speakers


Opening Panel:   Game Changers: Winning Strategies in the Culinary Industry Today

Moderator:                  Beatrice Sibblies, Managing Partner, BOS Development                                      

Confirmed Panelists:    Richard Coraine,Managing Partner, Union Square Hospitality Group

                                  Richard Notar,Former Managing Partner, Nobu Restaurants;                                                              Co-Founder, Owner, Notar Hospitality Group       

                                  Alexander Smalls, Executive Chef, Partner, Minton’s, The Cecil


Panel Discussions:

Panel (1)   Branding: Creative Strategy Behind a Successful Culinary Brand         

Moderator:                      Faith Hope Consolo, Chairman, Retail Group, Douglass Elliman Real Estate

Confirmed Panelists:       Aliya LeeKong, Culinary Creative Director, Junoon NYC Restaurant

                                     Christina Grdovic, Publisher, Food & Wine Magazine

                                     Jennifer Baum, Founder and President, Bullfrog & Baum

                                     Eddie Opara, Partner, Pentagram

                                     Derek Fleming, Director of Business Development, Samuelsson Group


Panel (2)   Homegrown Restaurants/Eateries: Thriving as David in the Land of Goliath

Moderator:                      Leah Abraham, Co-owner, Ristorante Settepani

Confirmed Panelists:        Leon Ellis, Owner, Chocolat Restaurant/Lounge, Moca Lounge

                                      Sivan Baron Ouedraogo, Owner, Silvana, Shrine, Ya Tenga

                                      Yassir Raouli, Owner, Rustic L.E.S; The Bistro Truck

                                      Thomas DeGeest, Owner, Wafels & Dinges Food Truck and Cafe


Panel (3)   Event Catering: Untapped Potential for Restaurant/Culinary Business Growth

Moderator:                     Susannah Koteen, Owner, Lido Harlem

Confirmed Panelists:       Artie Thompson, Catering Event Director, Chef Roble & Co., Bravo Network

                                     Serena Bass, Owner, Serena Bass, Inc.; Executive Chef, Lido Harlem

                                     Melba Wilson, Owner, Melba’s Catering, Melba’s Restaurant

                                     Ayala Donchin, Owner, Evelyn’s Kitchen


Panel (4)   Artisanal Foods: Creating a Successful Neighborhood/Regional Culinary Brand

Moderator:                    Tren’ness Woods-Black, Third Generation Owner, Sylvia’s Restaurant

Confirmed Panelists:      Nicholas Diamond, Co-owner, Riazul Tequila

                                    Celeste Baetty, President, Harlem Brewing Company

                                    Adam Saper, Managing Partner, Eataly New York

                                    Crizette Woods, Owner, VP, Sylvia’s Food Products

                                    Nino Settepani, Co-owner, Settepani Restaurant & Bakery


Panel (5)   Cocktails and Nightlife: What Makes a Great Bar?

Moderator:                       Karl Franz Williams, Owner, 67 Orange Street

Confirmed Panelists:        Naima Williams, Aloft Harlem/WXYZ Lounge; Best Bartender,      

                                      Uptown Battle of the Bars

                                      Anahi Angelone, Owner, Corner Social

                                      Brian Washington-Palmer, Owner, Native Restaurant, No Parking

                                      Steve Olson,  Wine & Spirits Consultant, Bon Appetit Magazine;                                                       Founder,  Aka Wine Geek

                                      Anthony Giglio, Wine Director, American Express, The Centurion Club;                                              Author, Food & Wine Magazine

                                      Rodney Williams, SVP, Hennessy USA

                                      Robert Bookman, General & Legislative Counsel, NYC Hospitality Alliance


Panel (6)   NYC's Wake Up Call: Meeting Growing Demand for Harlem Hotels

Moderator:                 Kellyn Tillers, Owner, Harlem Grand Bed & Breakfast

Confirmed Panelists:  Arthur Jerry Kremer, Founder and President, Empire Government Strategies

                                Steve Williams, Managing Partner, Danforth Development Partners, LLC

                                Cassaundra Brownell, Associate, HVS

                                Curtis Archer, President, Harlem Community Development Corporation



Have questions about Harlem Hospitality & Culinary Conference 2013? Contact Harlem Park to Park

When & Where

The Studio Museum in Harlem
144 W 125th St
New York, NY 10027

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM (PDT)

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Harlem Park to Park (HP2P) is a neighborhood development organization of entrepreneurs committed to cultural preservation, small business and community development in Central Harlem, NYC's premiere cultural, dining, shopping and nightlife hub north of 110th Street. Representing Harlem's premiere businesses, HP2P's 130+ members are located within the geographic area of Central Park North to 144th Street and Morningside Park to Marcus Garvey Park.

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