Hello My Name Is… 39th Street Office

Victoria (left) and Ellie (right) in Shakespeare mode.

Sure our restaurants are where the magic happens, but did you know that our back office has some action of its own going down? Above the quaint little courtyard of Always Flowers, 50 Northeast 39th Street houses Michael, our bookkeeping department, Director of Operations Charles Bell (he also has a desk in the Miami restaurant mezzanine,) two boar busts named Carlos and Pedro, and a few other new faces that it’s time to introduce.  Ellie Groden, whom you may know already for her kick butt writing skills and Italian sensibility, joined us a few months ago as Chef’s assistant and is my office mate, and this summer we have welcomed two bright new additions — Victoria Calleja and Junior Navarez.  Again, I have lucked out with smart and responsible interns, thanks to good referrals.  Forager Ali Lauria found Ellie, her longtime family friend. Victoria comes to us on the recommendation of Mark Kuller (Proof and Estadio, D.C.; husband of Whisk Gourmet’s Kristin Connor) and Junior, a peer at Miami Ad School of Renata Herminio, our longtime graphics design intern now studying in Berlin for her ‘Greenhouse’!  (She’s doing great by the way and sent us an email the other week that made us giggle. We’ll post a little story on her adventures in Bratwurst, Currywurst, Shnitzel, Spaetzle, and Strudel abroad here soon…)  Learn a little more about the additions to our growing stable via the questionnaire below:

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