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[NYC] Fireman Hospitality Group: General Manager(s)

Bombarded with pizza options in midtown New York, it can still be difficult to find a quality slice. But casual tourists who meander in the door of Trattoria Dell’Arte will stumble upon the secret that many VIP and celebrity guests already know — their signature pies and flatbreads stand out in the crowd.

This midtown mainstay delivers “a taste of Tuscany in an artist’s studio.” Their consistently fresh pizza, antipasto, and classic Italian dishes are available for brunch, lunch and dinner, seven days a week. A wide range of clientele flock to Trattoria to dine in a comfortable setting, immersed in contemporary, surrealist and absurd pop art.

A closer look at Trattoria Dell’Arte’s famous pizza slice

This bustling restaurant belongs to the Fireman Hospitality Group, a family that includes Bond 45, Cafe Fiorello, Redeye Grill and Brooklyn Diner brands. Fireman is synonymous with quality cuisine at affordable prices, in action-packed areas of major cityscapes.

The Alfus Group has a long history of working with Fireman Hospitality Group, recruiting senior positions in both front and back of the house. Their ongoing success is a testament to their passion for quality food, efficiently-run operations, and unwavering commitment to superior  guest service.

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[NYC] The Roosevelt Hotel: Director of Catering

The Roosevelt Hotel opened its doors at the height of New York City’s roaring ’20s era. With elite clientele and a rich ambiance, it was hailed as the “Grand Dame of Madison Avenue.”

Historic events and major motion pictures have been hosted here for nearly a century, solidifying The Roosevelt’s stature as an American cultural icon. Their rooms have provided the elegant backdrop for award-winning films such as Wall Street, Malcolm X, and French Connection. It was famously home to Governor Thomas Dewey’s official city business, as well as the headquarters for his presidential campaign. [1] And in 1929, Guy Lombardo established the  tradition of playing  “Auld Lang Syne” on New Years Eve, sparked by his 1929 broadcast from The Roosevelt Grill.

Emerging from a meticulous restoration, this stately hotel has both the charm and grandeur of the Prohibition era, with all the amenities of the 21st century. It boasts over 1,000 guest rooms, classic and refined, with an attentive staff and uncompromising service. It’s also a signature destination for New York functions, offering 30,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. 

The Roosevelt’s catering and events staff have consistently been recognized for excellence, awarded with The Gold Key, Best of the East and the Pinnacle Successful Meetings awards. [2] The Alfus Group had the opportunity to contribute to this award-winning team, placing their new Director of Catering in July, 2012.

 

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[NYC] Batali & Bastianich Hospitality: Director of HR

World renowned Celebrity Chefs Mario Batali & Joe Bastianich have served superior Italian cuisine for over two decades. In April, 2007, the powerhouse duo opened their first Las Vegas location, B & B Ristorante, in the famed Venetian Hotel & Casino.

Voted one of the Top 10 Places For Pasta by Bon Appetit, B&B offers eight-course pasta tastings that change seasonally, to ensure the freshest ingredients year round. For an array of pairing options, guests can peruse their award-winning wine list. This substantial list features over 700 varieties, with strong selections from the Piedmont, Tuscany, and Champagne areas.

Tomato Conserva Gettoni with Ragu Norcino

From coast to coast, Batali & Bastianich consistently deliver the highest quality, authentic Italian cuisine. Their B & B Hospitality Group, a joint venture with Lidia Bastianich, is responsible for critically acclaimed mainstays like Del Posto, Babbo, and Eataly. The Alfus Group is happy to contribute to B & B Hospitality Group’s continued success, placing their Director of Human Resources in May, 2012.

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[BAHAMAS] The Dunmore at Harbour Island: Executive Chef

Calm crystal waters and a gentle sea breeze will lull you to sleep at this private island getaway. Secluded and serene, The Dunmore invites you to unwind on the pink sandy beaches of Harbour Island.

What began as a private club in 1963, this boutique resort gradually expanded and opened up to the public. With sixteen individual cottages, The Dunmore offers a personalized experience to every guest, inspiring a long list of loyal clientele to return over the years.

Hit the water with kayaking, surfing, paddle boarding and snorkeling. Challenge friends to a match on the tennis court, or watch the waves crash from the open-air fitness facility. A masseuse is on hand to melt the stress away, and sunbathers can enjoy beach-side food and beverage service.

Bahamian cuisine with an international flair is served daily at The Dunmore Restaurant. Enjoy the freshest seafood and local produce the Caribbean has to offer. Savor selections from their à la carte lunch menu, alongside a stunning view of the seascape. Then as the sun sets, enjoy an intimate meal in their cozy, candle-lit dining room.

This charming, historic property has enamored elite clientele for five decades. The Alfus Group is proud to contribute to their creative team, placing their resident Executive Chef in December, 2011.

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[SC] ‘Cesca, Charleston: General Manager, Executive Chef

Newly opened ‘Cesca Ristorante & Trattoria is already thriving in South Carolina’s growing restaurant scene. Their sister location, of the same name, has been bustling on Manhattan’s Upper West Side for almost 10 years.

Owner Anthony Mazzola’s parents emigrated to the Bronx from Southern Sicily. His father was a proprietor of a fresh pasta, ravioli and salumeria store, instilling in him a passion for quality food made from fresh ingredients. As a result, the ‘Cesca name always promises authentic Southern Italian cuisine in a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere.

Patrons looking for a light snack can enjoy a variety of small plates and antipasti a la carte. The impressive wine list has nearly 300 varieties, paired with an array of local, artisanal cheeses. Paninis and pizzettes are available for lunch, while dinner guests indulge in hearty Italian classics, such as Spinach Tagliatelle Bolognese with Ricotta Salata and Basil, or Chicken Milanese with Arugula, Heirloom Tomatoes, and Red Wine Vinaigrette.

‘Cesca Charleston’s opening team was assembled, in part, by The Alfus Group. Our recruiters placed both their General Manager and Executive Chef in May, 2012. They’ve already achieved a successful, solid opening, with a lot of buzz from local culinary publications and news outlets. We look forward to watching their continued success.

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[CA] Mr. C Hotel, Beverly Hills: General Manager

For over 80 years, Cipriani’s restaurants, clubs, and catering services have gained international acclaim for their impeccable service and high end Italian cuisine. In recent years, they’ve taken the next natural step by launching their own signature hotel brand, Mr. C Hotels.

Mr. C Beverly Hills is the first property to debut for the brand. This charming boutique hotel has 138 rooms and suites, each with a private balcony and stunning panoramic view of Beverly Hills. Guests can enjoy luxurious spa amenities, relax in poolside cabana daybeds, or work with a personal trainer in the 24 hour fitness center. The hotel is also conveniently located just one mile from LA’s Rancho Park Golf Course.

The view from one Mr. C guest suite

A Cipriani hotel would not be complete without an upscale restaurant. Simply named The Restaurant at Mr. C, guests can enjoy a la carte dining all day long. Each Sunday, a classic Venetian brunch is served with live jazz performances. Live music is also available nightly in the Lobby Lounge, along with small plates, select cocktails, and wines by the glass.

Poolside service offers signature cocktails and a fresh, seasonal menu

California sunshine, quality cuisine, and seamless customer service ensures every guest will have a pleasant, relaxing experience throughout their stay.

The Alfus Group is happy to be a part of Cipriani’s growing success, placing Mr. C  Beverly Hills’ General Manager in October 2010. The Alfus Group has also worked with Cipriani on a corporate level, placing both the Chief Financial Officer and the Vice President of Operations.

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[NYC] The Ace Hotel: Director of Human Resources

Do you crave eccentricity over the herd mentality,  prefer artisanal charcuterie over a visit to Applebee’s, and would never be caught dead on a Times Square tour bus? Then The Ace Hotel is the place for you. Tapped in to the current of New York’s local talent, this boutique hotel offers a stylish alternative to pre-packaged tourism.

Scores of local artists, such as Mint & Serf and Dan Cassaro, were commissioned to decorate the lobby and guest suites.  Resident DJs and sound installations can also be found every night of the week, an eclectic mix ranging from synthpop to post-punk, freak folk to Italian disco. And, if you’re on the prowl for unconventional gifts, Opening Ceremony and No. 8A are packed with fun merchandise from local vendors.

The Breslin restaurant was opened by renowned Chef April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman. Their meat-centric, seasonal menus feature artisanal products from independent farmers. The cuisine is rich, salty, and always fresh, with handmade terrines, sausages, and charcuterie.

The Ace Hotel’s team is creative and innovative, with their finger on the pulse of hot New York trends. The Alfus Group joined forces with them last year, placing their Director of Human Resources in October, 2011.

 

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[DC] The Madison / The Federalist: Restaurant Manager

In February 1963, The Madison Hotel opened its doors, welcoming President John F. Kennedy as the inaugural guest of honor. Throughout its tenure in our nation’s capital, this regal property has accommodated many international dignitaries, heads of state, and beloved public figures from Frank Sinatra to the Dalai Lama.  This historic hotel even served as the “interim White House” for president-elect George Bush, prior to taking office. Now, just in time for the 2012 Presidential Election, The Madison has undergone a $20 million restoration. [1] 

Each guest room merges the colonial American aesthetic with a modern, refined color palette. Select suites offer private covered terraces as well — the perfect vantage point for an unforgettable fireworks display on Independence Day. And downstairs, two luxurious ballrooms provide the perfect venue for social gatherings, corporate events and political round-table discussions.

Adjacent to The Madison is The Federalist restaurant, offering 18th-century American cuisine. Chef Harper McClure sources local Washington, D.C. producers and purveyors, ensuring each dish has only the freshest ingredients.  In addition to their lunch and dinner menus, the team recently launched a popular Farmer’s Market Sunday Brunch.

The Alfus Group is proud to contribute to the success of this growing restaurant, placing The Federalist’s Restaurant Manager in October, 2011.  The Madison and The Federalist are top destinations for both leisure and business travelers alike.  They embody traditional American style and class in the heart of our nation’s capital.

 

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[NYC] Sunset Beach by Andre Balasz: Director of Events

André Balazs’ Standard hotels, with locations in California, Florida and New York, attract young travelers to urban hot spots with a bustling nightlife. Situated on the Hudson River in New York’s meatpacking district, The Standard New York is a great alternative to Midtown’s tourist hotels.

View of the Hudson River from a guest suite

Each guest room embodies modern style with clean lines, earth tones, and a chic approach to minimalism. The floor-to-ceiling windows offer stunning views of the cityscape as well as the Hudson River. Guests can explore the historical Highline, and take a short stroll to the trendy shops and bistros in the West Village and Tribeca.

The Standard Grill

The Standard Grill was praised by Time Out New York as “the first bona fide hot spot of the neighborhood’s second coming.” [1] Award-winning Executive Chef Dan Silverman adds creative twists to classic American fare. Throughout his culinary career, Silverman has received many accolades for his cuisine, including Food & Wine Magazine’s “Best New Chef” award, and Gourmet Magazine’s “20 Top Table” award for two years in a row. [2]

The Standard New York is a key player in the revival of New York’s meatpacking district. The Alfus Group was happy to contribute to the team, placing their Director of Special Events in May, 2010. Celebrated from the start, this hotel was named Curb’s #1 “Best New Building of the Decade,” and was featured in Condé Nast Traveler’s “Best in the World” 2010 series. [3] We look forward to seeing The Standard, and the community around it, continue to thrive.

 

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NYC] Taj Hotels / The Pierre: Associate Director of Sales

Historical icon The Pierre hotel, a triumph of Georgian architecture, opened in 1930 to spectacular fanfare.  Pioneered by Charles Pierre Casalasco, alongside Wall Street financiers Otto Kahn, E.F. Hutton and Walter P. Chrysler, this luxurious tower catered to New York’s social elite. Casalasco envisioned “the atmosphere of a private club or residence,” characterized by “simplicity and refinement.” [1]

In 2005, Taj Hotels and Resorts was selected to carry on The Pierre’s legacy.  After an impressive renovation and restoration, this luxurious hotel enjoys greater success than ever. International dignitaries, heads of state, world-renowned journalists and literary icons frequent The Pierre when they visit New York City.

Each room and event space has a distinguished point of view. The Rotunda, pictured above, is home to Edward Melcarth’s Neo-Renaissance tromp l’oeil murals. The Wedgwood Room features charming pastels with demure sophistication, and The Cotillion Room’s floor-to-ceiling windows offer stunning panoramas overlooking Central Park.  If you’re searching for that perfect setting to host your next event, The Pierre delivers an elegant, unforgettable experience.

A bride walks down the aisle at The Pierre.  //  source: Cliff Mautner, cmphotography.com

The Alfus Group enjoys every opportunity to work with Taj Hotels and Resorts. Most recently, our recruiters placed the Associate Director of Group Sales at The Pierre in July, 2011. We are proud to contribute to the ongoing success of this historical Landmark, and their prestigious parent company.

 

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