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Families in the Business: Rita and Nicolas Jammet on The Connected Table LIVE! March 25

Rita and Andre Jammet
Rita and Andre Jammet

We have many friends in the food and beverage industry but none as dear to us like family as the Jammets. Parents Rita and André Jammet were proprietors of the La Caravelle restaurant, continuing the restaurant’s legendary reputation for exceptional French food, wine and service. Always, an evening at La Caravelle was delicious and memorable, and we had many.  At the helm of La Caravelle, Rita and André truly “walked with kings” while keeping the common touch. Everyone who dined at La Caravelle was treated like royalty.  The Champagne flowed as generations of couples and families celebrated special occasions and moguls inked deals over classic French food served with quiet refinement.

It was the end of an era when the Jammets decided to close La Caravelle in 2004. The socio-economic fallout from the September 11th attacks had not been kind to many New York City restaurants. The closing of La Caravelle was a terrible loss to the city and to the legions of customers who relished every moment dining at this amazing restaurant. But doors shut and others open. In Rita’s case, it wasn’t just doors opening; it was champagne corks popping.

Rita decided to carry on the torch and name with line of exceptional La Caravelle Champagne. The portfolio includes a blanc de blanc, brut cuvée and rosé, as well as a red Bordeaux from the Listrac-Medoc appellation. Her wines are now sold in dozens of NYC restaurants and elsewhere.

Rita jammet
Champagne Lady Rita Jammet

Rita applies the same dedication and hospitable nature to selling her champagne as she did to running her restaurant. On any given night she is out and about trying new restaurants, supporting charitable events and posting Tweets to acknowledge and praise chefs and sommeliers for their hard work and dedication. Even without her own bricks and mortar restaurant to oversee Rita is an indefatigable brand ambassador for exceptional hospitality, wine and food and all things fabulous and French. We are delighted that the spirit of La Caravelle continues with this sparkling reincarnation. And we are delighted to have Rita join us, followed by son Nicolas on March 25th on The Connected Table LIVE! as part of our Families in the Business series.

Connect

www.lacaravelle.com

https://www.facebook.com/lacaravellechampage

https://www.facebook.com/rita.jammet

https://twitter.com/CaravelleChamp

 

resturant business magazineWe were pleased to see Rita and Andre Jammet and entrepreneurial sons Patrick and Nicolas on the cover of the recent Restaurant Business Magazine. Third son Christophe, also an entrepreneur, was on a holiday that included a marriage proposal on a mountain-top at the time of the photo shoot,

On March 25th we also chat with son Nicolas Jammet, Founder and Co-CEO of  sweetgreen, the much-loved, organic, farm-to-table salad shops originating in Washington, D.C. To say “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” is an understatement with any of the Jammet sons and especially Nicolas.  His is a classic success story of three college buddies with an idea and a business plan. Nicolas graduated from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business in 2007, where he met his business partners, Jonathan Neman and Nathaniel Ru.

The three entrepreneurs founded sweetgreen during their senior year, opening their first location in Georgetown in August 2007 – just three months out of college. The idea was born from their belief that the community would benefit from a healthy, delicious, and eco-friendly dining option.  They passionately believed it was possible to create “food that fits” – your values, your budget, your tastes, your imagination, and your community.

Nicolas Jammet
Nicolas Jammet

Since then, they have built sweetgreen to become the market leader in local, organic, healthy fast food, with over 1,000 employees and 29 stores throughout Washington, D.C., New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Virginia, and Maryland. 2015 will see a West Coast launch with stores opening in Los Angeles and Santa Monica in early spring. sweetgreen has become a local favorite not only for its delicious, healthy, high quality and affordable fast food, but also for its commitment to local farmers, the community, sustainability, and an outstanding company culture.

In 2010, the sweetgreen partners founded sweetlife, which over the last four years has grown to become the Mid-Atlantic region’s largest music and food festival. The event features a curated selection of cutting edge and high profile artists and attracts 20,000 attendees – not to mention outstanding food from top chefs, food trucks, local purveyors and farmers. The event embraces good living, along with health and well-being, community and sustainability, and leaves a gentle footprint as a carbon-neutral event – a party with a purpose.

Nicolas and his partners have been selected as Forbes magazine’s “30 under 30: Food & Wine” and Food & Wine magazine’s “40 Big Food Thinkers 40 and Under.” The brand has received numerous accolades from the press, including The Washington Post, USA Today, Food & Wine, Forbes, Bloomberg, Washingtonian, CBS, and CNBC, among others.

Connect

http://www.sweetgreen.com

http://twitter.com/sweetgreen

http://facebook.com/sweetgreen

http://sweetgreen.tumblr.com

 

Melanie Young and David Ransom, Hosts, The Connected Table LIVE!
Melanie Young and David Ransom, Hosts, The Connected Table LIVE!

Join the Insatiable Curious Culinary Couple Melanie Young and David Ransom Wednesdays on The Connected Table LIVE! 2pm ET/11 am PT on W4CY.com  Shows podcasts are available on demand anytime at IHeart.com.  Each week we bring you the dynamic people who work front and center and behind the scenes in food, wine, spirits and hospitality.  Connect with us at:

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Harlem on the Rise- Feb 18

Harlem is one of the most historic and iconic neighborhoods in New York City and the world. We’re Harlem bound this week to attend the Harlem Hospitality & Culinary Conference and will catch up with two personalities in the restaurant and bar world.

Chef de Cuisine JJ Johnson
Chef de Cuisine JJ Johnson

JJ Johnson, Chef de Cuisine  The Cecil Harlem and sister jazz club Mintons, had an awfully good 2014, and 2015 has started out pretty stellar.  In 2014 JJ was on both the Forbes and Zagat “30 Under 30” lists, was named an Eater Young Gun, and The Cecil was named Esquire Magazine‘s Restaurant of the Year.  This year, StarChefs named JJ the Rising Star for Community. And we are only in February.

JJ’s culinary spark was lit from the expressive Caribbean flavors and influences he learned cooking at his grandmother’s side. From home hearth to classical training, Johnson made the move to the Culinary Institute of America, giving a technical backbone to a well laid foundation of food love. He honed his skills in New York restaurant kitchens including Centro Vinoteca, Jane, and Tribeca Grill. Constantly in search of new flavors, Johnson also spent time in Ghana, studying West African cuisine and cooking at Villa Monticello, Ghana’s Premier Luxury Boutique Hotel and Spa.

Now he helms the kitchens for two of Harlem’s top hospitality  which he helped open under the auspices of Restaurateur and Executive Chef and owner, Alexander Smalls.  #HarlemontheRise

Connect: 

https://twitter.com/chefjoejohnson 

https://instagram.com/chefjj

www.thececilharlem.com

https://www.facebook.com/TheCecilHarlem

www.mintonsharlem.com

https://www.facebook.com/MintonsHarlem

 https://twitter.com/MintonsHarlem

 

Charles Hardwick
Charles Hardwick

Charles Hardwick began his bartending career humbly in 1992, at Acme Bar and Grill in New York City. It was here that he quickly grasped the most important fundamentals of the trade; understanding that even Lynchburg Lemonades and Oreo Cookie shots taste much better coming from the hands of a skilled and attentive barman. In those years before the current Cocktail Renaissance, he worked at a wide variety of bars and restaurants in the New York City area, among them such noteworthy venues as: Pravda, Mercer Kitchen and The Odeon.

A turning point in his career came whilst working alongside Jason Kosmas and Dushan Zaric at Pravda as part of a beverage program created by King Cocktail, Dale DeGroff. From the aesthetics of the bar to the crafting of a well-balanced libation, his vision of Utopia in a glass began to take shape.

In 2006 he reconnected with a former colleague and opened Blue Owl, the first of what would be many resurgent cocktail bars in the East Village. Voted NYC Best Cocktails 2 years running in 2006-2007 along with several features in the New York Times, The Daily News, The New York Post. 

Charles has most recently turned his attentions to the drinks program at the New York Times 3 star-reviewed and Michelin Star-rated Betony Restaurant in Midtown Manhattan, and he now currently operates drinkmärkt beverage consulting, a company that seeks to further relationships between brands and consumers through spirits consultation and the management of beverage programs for luxury clients including: Stolichnaya Vodka, Hendrick’s Gin, Remy-Martin, Art Basel Miami, Vogue, Interview Magazine, Esquire, Victoria’s Secret, the TriBeCa Film Festival, Diageo and many more.  He continues to evangelize on the nobility of the bartending profession and the pursuit of the perfect cocktail, served at the perfect moment.

Connect:

http://boozeforthought.net/

https://twitter.com/drinkmarkt

https://www.facebook.com/artmarkt

 

Melanie Young and David Ransom, Hosts, The Connected Table LIVE!
Melanie Young and David Ransom, Hosts, The Connected Table LIVE!

Join Melanie Young and David Ransom on The Connected Table LIVE! Wednesdays 2pm ET/ 11 am PT on W4CY.com and on demand any time at iHeart.com (under Shows & Personalities). Melanie and David are the Insatiably Curious Culinary Couple who bring you the dynamic people working front and center and behind the scenes in food, wine, spirits and hospitality.

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Feb 11 on The Connected Table LIVE!

When it comes to women running the house, Champagne is a good example of many success stories. Widows have assumed the head of the Champagne house for a number of well-known brands to steer their success: Barbe- Nicole Clicquot (Veuve Clicquot/1805), Louise Pommery (Pommery/1858), Mathilde Emilie Laurent-Perrier (Laurent-Perrier/1887). Camille Olry-Roederer (Roederer1932), Lily Bollinger (Bollinger/1941).

Women still run the house at a number of top Champagne labels. We visit with  Michelle DeFeo, president of Champagne Laurent-Perrier USA, to discuss her approach to growing the U.S. business.

Michelle DeFeo
Michelle DeFeo

Michelle follows in the footsteps of some very successful women at the helm of this historic brand which was founded in 1812 by André Michel Pierlot. The name “Laurent-Perrier” was established when Mathilde Emilie Perrier, the widow of Eugène Laurent, combined the two family names after she decided to expand the business. Eugénie Hortense Laurent, her daughter, inherited the House in 1925 and sold it to Marie-Louise Lanson de Nonancourt in 1939. During WWII, Marie-Louise Lanson de Nonancourt ran the business while two of her sons, Maurice and Bernard, joined the French Resistance. Today, third generation sisters Alexandra Pereyre de Nonancourt and Stéphanie Meneux de Nonancourt  are now at the helm of Champagne Laurent- Perrier.

A native of New Jersey, Michelle is a long-time Francophile, having studied in France’s Loire Valley, where she first experienced fine wine.  After a short stint in international banking, Michelle decided follow her passion and launched her career in the wine industry.  In 1995 Michelle joined a leading U.S. wine and spirits importer, and subsequently held sales and consulting positions for a California distributor, several wine and spirits marketing firms, and Laurent-Perrier, when the U.S. subsidiary was established. Prior to stepping into her new role at Laurent-Perrier, Michelle was Vice President of the Champagne, wine and vodka portfolio for Rémy Cointreau USA, where she managed seven national brands.

With more than a decade of experience working with Champagne brands, Michelle is considered a specialist in the category and is frequently invited to lecture on wine and spirits marketing at leading universities.   In her free time, Michelle loves to travel and always looks forward to raising a glass of her favorite Champagne with friends and colleagues.

Connect:

http://laurent-perrier.com

http://twitter.com.laurent-perrier.com

https://www.facebook.com/LaurentPerrierUSA

http://instagram.com/champagnelpusa

 

Since the beginning of his celebrated career, master Chef, hospitality entrepreneur and hotelier Charlie Palmer has received critical acclaim for his signature Progressive American cooking, a style built on rambunctious flavors and unexpected combinations with a deep and lasting infusion of classical French cuisine. In 1988, he opened critically acclaimed Aureole, originally situated in a historic Manhattan townhouse now in a spectacular new location in the heart of NYC’s theater district.

Charlie Palmer Restaurateur, Chef, Entrpreneur
Charlie Palmer: Restaurateur, Chef, Entrepreneur

Over the years, Palmer combined his creative cooking spirit and flair for business to open dozens of notable restaurants, award-winning boutique hotels and a growing collection of food-forward wine shops throughout the U.S. These include: Michelin-starred Aureole and its less formal counterpart, Liberty Room at Aureole, Charlie Palmer Steak, Washington, D.C.; Aureole at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, and Charlie Palmer Steak at the Four Seasons, Las Vegas, NV; Charlie Palmer Steak and Briscola in Reno, NV; Dry Creek Kitchen at his boutique Hotel Healdsburg, Sonoma County, CA, as well as Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale’s South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, CA, which houses Palmer’s Next Vintage wine shop and his first quick and casual burger restaurant, DG Burger (Damn Good).  Palmer also jointly owns two hotels in the Bay Area with his Palmer City-Core partners, Mystic Hotel by Charlie Palmer (San Francisco), CA and Harvest Inn by Charlie Palmer (St. Helena, CA).

In 2014 he opened Crimson & Rye, a craft cocktail bar, and Charlie Palmer Steak, both in midtown Manhattan and Upper Story by Charlie Palmer, a new events space on the East Side. His latest project is overseeing all food and beverage operations for  NYC’s Knickerbocker Hotel including  Jake’s @ The Knick, Charlie Palmer at The Knick and St. Cloud, a 7500 square foot indoor / outdoor bar and lounge.

A member of James Beard “Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America,” inducted into the casino community’s Gaming Hall of Fame in 2011 and named Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Culinary Institute of America in 2012, Palmer is a 20-year board member of Citymeals-on-Wheels and longtime supporter of Share our Strength.

He is author of five cookbooks, Great American Food (Random House/1996), Charlie Palmer’s Casual Cooking (Harper Collins/2001), The Art of Aureole, (Ten Speed Press/2002), Charlie Palmer’s Practical Guide to the New American Kitchen (Melcher Media/2006), and Remington Camp Cooking by Charlie Palmer (Charlie Palmer Group/2013).

Connect:

http://charliepalmer.com 

https://twitter.com/CharliePalmerGP

https://www.facebook.com/charliepalmergroup

http://instagram.com/chefcharliepalmer

 

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The Aloha! Edition of the Connected Table Live! Jan 7

Aloha! from beautiful Maui where we celebrated the New Year and Melanie’s birthday in Hana on Maui’s lush eastern coast. Given our beautiful setting, we’re featuring two individuals whose lives have been influenced by Hawaii. One is a native Hawaiian who moved to the East Coast where she made her mark in the world of mixology. French-born chef who made his culinary mark in Philadelphia and now runs a restaurant in Maui.

Julie Reiner
Julie Reiner

Julie Reiner has been elevating the cocktail scene in NYC for fifteen years, most notably with the opening of the Flatiron Lounge (2003), the Pegu Club (2005), Brooklyn’s Clover Club(2008), and Lani Kai (2010). As co-owner and beverage director of the Flatiron Lounge, Reiner drew much of her inspiration from growing up in Hawaii by utilizing the freshest fruits and premier quality spices & spirits available in her original cocktails. Julie’s beverage program at the Clover Club is highly focused on classics, and furthers her signature style of superior quality and green market ingredients. Lani Kai (recently sold), featured a modern tropical décor, Pacific Rim plates, and a more tropical interpretation of Julie’s cocktail styling. Julie’s consulting company, Mixtress Consulting, helps to create top-notch beverage programs and cocktails for restaurants, bars, resorts, and spirits companies.

Flatiron, Pegu and Clover opened to rave reviews and have enjoyed a top ranking among the best bars in the world. In 2009, Clover Club was honored with the award for “Best New Cocktail Lounge in the World” at Tales of the Cocktail and last year, took home the award for “Best American Cocktail Bar”, “Best High Volume Bar”, and Julie was personally awarded “Best Bar Mentor”. Clover Club has also been listed in Drinks Internationals 50 best bars in the world two years in a row.

Julie’s recipes have been featured in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Food & Wine, Imbibe, The Wall Street Journal, Esquire, Playboy, Gourmet Magazine, Food Arts, Bon Appetit, GQ, Fortune, Wine Enthusiast, O Magazine, Crains, Time Out NY and Time Out London, The London Times & Wine & Spirits. Julie has also been featured on The Today Show, The Food Network, the Cooking Channel, Martha Stewart Radio, CNBC, LXTV, and the Fine Living network. In 2011, Julie was honored with a James Beard nomination for spirits professional of the year.

Connect:
www.cloverclubny.com
www.twitter.com/mixtressnyc

PHILIPPE-CHIN
Philippe Chin

James Beard Award-Winning French Master Chef Philippe Chin is one of early pioneers of fusion cooking refining his skills in some of the world’s best restaurants. While in Washington DC, Philippe was fortunate to cook for President Barack Obama as well as various world leaders on a regular basis. Prior to Washington DC, Philippe was Chef-Owner of the highly acclaimed Chanterelle in Philadelphia where he became known for his eclectic style and ability to marry the indigenous flavors of the region. He now calls the Hawaiian island of Maui his home,

Over looking the beautiful Pacific Ocean in the heart of Lahaina Town, Philippe’s Sugar Cane Hawaiian Contemporary Restaurant and Bar marries the flavors of the islands utilizing fresh line caught fish, Hawaiian Ranchers Beef, Haleakala Vegetables and Herbs found in remote areas of the island.

Born and raised in France, Philippe can trace his culinary influences to being raised in a melting pot household to his Chinese father and his French mother. He graduated L’Ecole Hoteliere de Paris, Rue Mederic and worked in some of France’s finest dining establishments, refining his culinary skills and then became chef de cuisine at Le Santal in Saint Martin (at the time the Caribbean’s only Five Star restaurant).

In 1986 Philippe moved to the United States, where he joined the staff at La Cocotte in West Chester, PA. Three years later he moved to Philadelphia and became embedded in the city’s growing restaurant scene. He opened Founders at the Bellevue Hotel, 210 at the Rittenhouse Hotel, becoming Executive Chef/Owner of the nationally renowned and award-winning Chanterelles restaurant, and then Chef-owner of the acclaimed Philippe on Locust, Chin-Chin, and Philippe Bistro, of which would receive national and local honors and top rankings.

Connect:

www.sugarcanemaui.com
www.twitter.com/sugarcanemaui.com
https://www.facebook.com/SugarCaneMaui

Melanie Young and David Ransom, Hosts, The Connected Table LIVE!
Melanie Young and David Ransom, Hosts, The Connected Table LIVE!

Join Hosts Melanie Young and David Ransom, the Insatiably Curious Culinary Couple, each Wednesday, 2pm ET/11am PT on The Connected Table LIVE! Each week we feature the dynamic people who work front and center and behind the scene in food, fine beverage and hospitality.

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