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You may not immediately acknowledge Lee Schrager in a crowd of culinary gods and America's favorite television chefs - but trust us, he's around.
Schrager is the creator and director of the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival - now in its tenth year - and its sister event, the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival, which donates 100 percent of its net proceeds to the hunger relief organizations Food Bank For New York City and Share Our Strength. Both festivals now host a respective and impressive crowd of approximately 50,000 food and wine lovers every year.
Let's put it this way: the man knows how to throw a party - and when you're dealing with lining up an all-star roster of talent, and lots of it, the power lunch is just another part of the job description.
Five Tips on How to Impress a Power Broker with a Meal: Lee Schrager
2. "[By] getting the best table or being in best area in the restaurant. At Minetta Tavern, for instance, (also in New York) the best tables are in the back of the restaurant. Atmosphere is an important part of any meal experience - comfortable surroundings breed comfortable conversations."
3. "No matter how much you may know about wine, or how much your guest might think you know, don’t be afraid to ask the sommelier for his/her recommendations. Listen, I’ve worked in the hospitality industry for 30 years and have been around wine for a majority of that time - I always ask for suggestions from the sommelier. A good sommelier will be able to recommend options that are good fit with the chef’s cuisine at that particular restaurant."
4. "Beyoncé and Jay-Z come over to say that they’re sorry you couldn’t make it to their concert yesterday."
5. "When the chef comes over to the table to ask 'can I cook for you,' and to check on your experience. Getting to speak to and see the person who is preparing your food will put anyone at ease - and professionals have a mutual respect for people who show a commitment to customer satisfaction."
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