Above the bar at Kellari, the words “Enter as Strangers, Leave as Friends” are printed on a placecard. A feeling of warmth and hospitality permeates throughout the restaurant; a cozy Midtown gem with wood-beamed cathedral ceilings and walls warmed in sunset hues.
Preparing the Appetizer:
Chef Gregory Zapantis
Chef Gregory Zapantis, Corporate Executive Chef, Kellari Taverna, NYC
Gregory Zapantis is Corporate Executive Chef and Operating Partner of Kellari Taverna in New York City. Prior to joining the Kellari Group, Chef Zapantis worked at Estiatorio Milos and Trata. He went on to launch Thalassa in Tribeca, where he became well known among fish aficionados. In 2006, Zapantis and partner Stavros Aktipis opened Kellari Taverna. A self-taught chef, Zapantis is very knowledgeable about fish, seasons, textures, fishing boats and even the special techniques used by fishermen throughout different parts of Greece.
Chef Anthony Acinapura Jr
Executive Chef of Kellari Taverna in Washington, DC.
Anthony J. Acinapura, Jr. is Executive Chef of Kellari Taverna in Washington, DC. Prior to joining Kellari, Chef Acinapura served as Executive Chef for Rocco’s and China Grill in New York City. While at Rocco’s, Chef Acinapura starred in the reality show “The Restaurant” and was filmed managing all aspects of back of house operations. He has also served Chef de Cuisine at Potenza Trattoria and Special Events Chef at Zola Wine and Kitchen Stir Food Group in Washington, DC; Executive Chef for Blue Ribbon Restaurant in Brooklyn, NY; and Chef de Cuisines at the celebrity-owned Tribecca Grill in New York, NY. Additionally, Chef Acinapura spent four years of cooking under Chef David Bouley at Bouley Restaurant, a four-star French fine-dining establishment. He has travelled extensively throughout Italy and Greece learning about Mediterranean dishes in many coastal village tavernas and trattorias.
Serena Ogaldez, Owner
Precious Delectibles is a very prestigous and dependable home-based company gracing the taste buds of many celebrities, families and businesses for over 3 years.
As Owner and Pastry Chef of Precious Delectibles I began my expedition into the baking world from my love of satisying my clients tasting experience. I am a mother of two precious children who came up with recipes for delectibles that created an overwhelming response. Beginning with weekend dinners & dessert sales to friends and family triggered a rapid escalation of my customer base.
My Determination to succeed and to provide my daughters with a fine example is my mantra for consistent hard work. My love and dedication for providing an equisitelty tasting product has put Precious Delectibles on the trail to a "Baking Success"
Preparing the Appetizer:
Robert A. Knakal
Chairman, Massey Knakal Realty Services
Mr. Knakal is the Chairman and Founding Partner of Massey
Knakal Realty Services. He is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business at
the University of Pennsylvania. To date, Mr. Knakal has brokered the sale of over 1,100
properties in his career having a market value in excess of $6.8 billion. Mr. Knakal writes a nationally renowned blog called
StreetWise and also writes a weekly article on the NYC Real Estate Market
called Concrete Thoughts for The Commercial Observer.
Serving the Drink:
A Dream Realized
Anthony Lolli is the Founder and CEO of Rapid Realty, one of the fastest-growing real estate companies in New York. He's also an investor who owns several multi-family properties and he has a background construction and development.
Anthony rose from humble beginnings in Brooklyn to become a leader in both real estate and the world of franchising. From a single office in South Park Slope, Anthony led Rapid Realty through more than 14,000 rental transactions in three years before deciding to start franchising. Rapid Realty exploded from two offices to forty-six in just nineteen months. Today, Rapid is home to more than 700 agents working in all five boroughs, Long Island, and New Jersey.
Anthony avoided the spotlight while he oversaw this incredible expansion. Now, though, he’s taking center stage, sharing the secrets of his success and advising entrepreneurs from the real estate industry and beyond on his new site, AnthonyLolli.com
President of WEmi:t LLC
Kate Shin is President of WEmi:t LLC, a New York-based real estate
company that develops and invests in high-end boutique residential properties,
including 170 East 80th Street in Manhattan, a 19th century townhouse reborn as
a modern mansion. The company’s name stands for “Where West Meets East,” paying
homage to two cultures that have enriched Ms. Shin’s personal and
professional life – West and East – representing the time she has lived
and worked in both New York and Korea.
Shin has extensive real estate
investment and development experience, with expertise inmanaging projects that
require high quality design and rigorous asset management skills. For more than
13 years, she managed real estate investments in global markets through investment
banks and consulting firms. Today, she is focused on raising capital in Asia to
invest in U.S. real estate.
ASID, LEED AP, Certified Staging Professional
As many people know I am an ASID, NCIDQ Certified Interior Designer, that said let me make it clear that interior design is very different from staging. Interior Design is about living in a space and to become a professional interior designer requires years of education and experience. Home staging is about real estate and is in its essence about marketing. To cut to the chase, it is about presentation and creating an enticing atmosphere so that potential buyers can envision themselves living in a space. Staging isn’t about custom furniture and personal colors it is about showcasing and styling a property so that it sells for the largest amount of money in the shortest amount of time.
Sponsorship opportunities include the following benefits. Contact Judy for more information.