Most recently a veteran of Daniel Boulud’s Dinex Group, where he was executive chef of the three Epicerie Boulud locations and their commissary kitchen, Crane has logged more than 15 years as a catering industry executive chef in New York and California and over 28 years in the food industry. Prior to joining Dinex, Crane was executive chef at Flik Hospitality, where he was in charge of executive dining services, corporate events and catering for two years after having spent the previous three years as executive chef at FCI Catering & Events. He also served as the executive chef for Mint Catering in NY for three years, Coast Catering in LA and San Diego for four years and Delicias in Rancho Sante Fe, CA for four year. His transition from restaurant top toque to catering executive chef came when Delicias opened a catering division in 2003 and he was tapped to run its culinary show. “Creating and orchestrating food for events means I’m developing new menus and working with different ingredients every day, which for me is the ultimate professional joy.” Crane’s other joys include diving and tending to his salt water aquariums at his home in Westchester where he resides with his loving wife. He is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu.
Maureen Acampora serves as the Beverage Director for both the Ziegfeld Ballroom and Gotham Hall. Beginning her work at Gotham Hall ten years ago, Maureen soon became the Beverage Manager at Gotham Hall before being promoted to Beverage Director at both Gotham Hall and the Ziegfeld Ballroom. Maureen is a certified TIPS instructor and has cultivated a loyal following of professional bartenders.
Director of Banquet Service
With over 25 years’ experience in the New York City market, Robert has enjoyed executing events for corporate hotels and restaurants through the years. Getting started with the Marriot International hotel chain as a Banquet Manager. Having worked for Marriot, Hilton, Intercontinental and most recently with the famed Plaza Hotel, Robert brings a warm and winning personality to the team while always maintaining a personal touch with all events. Robert is married and lives with his wife in Long Island, and is the proud father of three children.