Jobs We Love: Kate Williams

Kate Williams Sure, we put on a fair share of events every month, but event planning major leaguer Kate Williams takes the cake. As the coordinator of the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival, she oversees 120 tastings, demonstrations, and panels—all happening over the course of a mere four days. Read on to learn more about her work (and what's in store for the 2010 Festival). (Photo by Liz Brown)

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Jobs We Love: Donna Cavato

ESY NOLA Putting down roots in a space that once held Katrina's swelling floodwaters, the Edible Schoolyard of New Orleans launched in 2005 as the first affiliate of Alice Water's garden and kitchen classroom project in Berkeley. With the help of over 300 eager students, the program has become a vital part of the city's community, providing organically-grown food and culinary education. We contacted the program's founding director, Donna Cavato, to hear about her work and why she's optimistic about America's eating habits. Read the interview here. Update: We misreported the number of children who participate in ESY NOLA. The program currently serves over 700 students.

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Jobs We Love: Danielle Di Vecchio

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Maybe you've never eaten Danielle Di Vecchio's biscotti, but it's possible that you've seen them on the small screen: the treats appeared on an episode of The Sopranos, in which Di Vecchio played Barbara, Tony's law-abiding younger sister. Fleeting cameo aside, the actress's company, Biscotti di Vecchio, is enjoying more business than ever. Read more about how she turned her grandmother's recipe into an off-the-set gig.

 

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James Beard Foundation: How did you start your biscotti company? Was it something you always wanted to do?

 

Danielle Di Vecchio: Starting a biscotti business was not something I seriously thought would be a part of my life’s path. But looking back, I don’t see how it could have been any different. I’ve always... Read more >

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Jobs We Love: Lior Lev Sercarz



A self-made spice master, Lior Lev Sercarz has rubbed elbows with the world's greatest chefs. Read on to learn more about his special blend of work.

James Beard Foundation: What’s your job description?

Lior Lev Sercarz: I own La Boîte à Epice, a line of unique and, at times, personalized spice blends for chefs all over the country as well as home cooks. I also produce a seasonal biscuit collection called La Boîte à Biscuits.

JBF: How did you get your job?

LLS: It took me 12 years to put the concept together while working around the world for some amazing chefs. One day, three years ago, I just started my own business, creating everything from nothing.

JBF: What past experiences have prepared you for your current position?

LLS: I started cooking 15 years ago for a catering company in Israel. I stayed there for three years,

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Jobs We Love: Andrew Hetzel

Andrew Hetzel As a professional coffee taster, it's no surprise that Andrew Hetzel can't sit still: he spends up to 200 days traveling the world to sample various types of joe. And when he's not en route to an emerging producer, he writes. A lot. (Good thing he has all that coffee for late night paperwork.) Click here to learn more about his business of the bean.

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Jobs We Love: Allison Fishman

Allison FIshman "With freelance work, it's a hodgepodge," says Allison Fishman. We couldn't think of a better word for her career, which includes voiceovers, writing, television, culinary instruction, and... cooking hands provider? Click here to see how she keeps all the balls in the air.

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Jobs We Love: Gary Vaynerchuk

Gary Vaynerchuk Gary Vaynerchuk, host of Wine Library TV, wants to help you improve your wine self-esteem. Find out more about his career as a video blogger and how he developed his palate as a kid.

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Jobs We Love: Brent Ridge

Beekman 1802 Blaak Brent Ridge has one of the most unusual professional backgrounds we've seen: after working as a physician, he took off the white coat and went back to school for an MBA, eventually landing a job within Martha Stewart's media empire. Dreaming of weekend getaways, he purchased a 200-year-old farm, but what was intended to be a place for respite instead became a labor of love. Find out more about what Ridge is doing at Beekman 1802.

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Jobs We Love: Jenn Smith

Jenn Smith Think long-distance running isn't relevant to running a food and wine business? Think again. Jenn Smith, general manager of the Astor Center, believes that our backgrounds, whatever they may be, can positively impact our job performances in the present. Read about her life as the woman behind one of New York City's premiere culinary centers here.

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Jobs We Love: Paul Lang

Paul LangHe started out as a film student waiting tables at restaurants like No. 9 Park in Boston and Al Forno in Providence, but eventually Paul Lang set off to travel throughout Italy to learn more about food and wine. Eventually he opened his own company, A Casa, which specializes in bringing exciting, personalized, and delicious wine dinners and events to people’s homes. Recently he has also taken on the role of wine director at NYC’s Il Buco restaurant. We caught up with him to find out how he does it all. James Beard Foundation: What’s your job description? Paul Lang: I create and prepare personalized Italian wine dinners in people’s homes. JBF: How did you get your job? PL: I worked as chef for the Capezzana Estate in Tuscany. Then I served as sommelier at Babbo restaurant in NYC. I left Babbo to start A Casa.

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