Cornell Hotel Society NYC Hosts “Behind the Burner at New York’s Hottest Restaurants”

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An All-Star Panel Discussion Including Top Chefs and Restaurateurs on August 6 at Lugo Caffe, 5PM-8PM.

We cordially invite professionals of the hospitality industry as well as all others who are interested to attend.

Cornell Hotel Society chapter of New York City ( is proud to announce a special panel and networking event - “Behind the Burner at New York’s Hottest Restaurants”.

Alissa Hendel, President of CHS NYC, said, “This event is an example of the industry-academic collaboration that we at the Cornell Hotel Society strive for. We cordially invite professionals of the hospitality industry as well as all others who are interested to attend.”

The evening will commence with an opening keynote by Giuseppe Pezzotti, Senior Lecturer, Cornell School of Hotel Administrations, which will be followed by an exciting panel discussion among some of the top restaurateurs in New York City.

Esteemed panelists include Luke Ostrom, Restaurateur – Locanda Verde, The Dutch, Lafayette, John Meadow, Co-Founder and Principal LDV Hospitality, August Cardona, CEO and Co-Founder of Epicurean Group, Stephen Asprinio, Founder & CEO of Pizza Vinoteca. The discussion will be moderated by Steven M. Kamali, Founder of Hospitality House and will focus on trends in the food and beverage industry, news restaurant openings, and innovative design.

Networking and a cocktail reception will follow the panel with wines including Maison Louis Jadot, St. Francis Winery & Vineyards and Caposaldo. This memorable event will take place on Tuesday, August 6 at Lugo Caffé, 1 Penn Place, NY from 5:00pm-8:00pm. The event venue, Lugo Caffé, captures the convivial charm of the Italian café culture and is part of LDV Hospitality, a premier restaurant group in New York City.

Ticket price is $45. Proceeds from the event will benefit the City Harvest and the CHS NYC student scholarship fund. For ticket information and to register, please go to

Nikita Sarkar, CHS NYC Social and Events Director, adds “Our chapter organizes and hosts over two dozen varied events throughout the calendar year to create unique learning and networking opportunities. We are very thankful to our speakers and sponsors for their generous support towards this event, and look forward to a wonderful evening with industry colleagues.”

About Cornell Hotel Society

Founded in 1925, the Cornell Hotel Society is the alumni association for the School of Hotel Administration. It is considered one of the preeminent collegiate alumni institutions in the world with nearly 80 percent alumni participation, the highest of any universities. The society, which currently has 60 chapters worldwide, promotes the interests of the entire School community and fosters fellowship, education, professionalism, and training among its members. Alumni actively support the school's mission through scholarships, recruiting and hiring graduates, providing internships to students, and helping to identify the best and brightest students for the program. By reputation, the CHS is one of the most tightly knit alumni organizations in the industry. For more information, visit:

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Cornell Hotel Society, NYC
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