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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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[NYC] Rouge Tomate: Director of Operations

Environmentally conscious cuisine and Farm-to-Table concepts are picking up steam in the American market.  Recent campaigns and documentaries have launched a cultural shift toward sustainability. Eco-friendly, organic ingredients are rather trendy as a result. And Rouge Tomate, in New York City, was one of the first to the scene.

Executive Chef Jeremy Bearman and Pastry Chef James Distefano consistently build creative menus, always fresh and full of flavor.  Working alongside them is Culinary Nutritionist Kristy Lambrou, who ensures each new meal is healthy and balanced.

A member of the Green Restaurant Association, Rouge Tomate sources local and seasonal ingredients, as well as recycled (or recyclable) materials. To reduce their carbon footprint; the floor and furniture are built with Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood, and the kitchen employs top quality, energy-efficient equipment.

The Alfus Group has a successful history with Rouge Tomate, placing their Director of Operations and Public Relations Manager. This high-end, health-conscious restaurant has received a coveted Michelin Star every year since 2010.

 

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[CA] Carmel Valley Ranch: Hotel General Manager

Kick up your feet and turn off your phone, with a welcome escape from the city life. Deep in the heart of the Santa Lucia Mountains, comes the soft glow of candle light from Carmel Valley Ranch.

A short trip from Monterey and Santa Cruz, you can feel miles away in your own backyard. Cozy up to a crackling campfire, dip your toes in a crystal pool, and breathe a sigh of relief in the treetop spa.  Golfers can tour a championship course with stunning views of the hillside, and hikers can strap on their mountain boots to let themselves get lost for a while.

Each day offers a different activity on this 500 acre playground. From hatha yoga on a hilltop, to the beekeeping excursion with a taste of fresh honey, you’re guaranteed an unforgettable experience.

The Alfus Group is proud to contribute to their success. Their General Manager was placed by our recruiters in April, 2012. We look forward to seeing continued success of this lovely coastal resort.

 

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[NYC] Yotel: CFO, Director of Sales and Marketing

Yotel New York, both a high-concept hotel and trendy nightlife venue, has something for travelers and locals alike. Recently voted one of the Best New Hotels in New York by AOL Travel, it couples a convenient Midtown location with innovative, high-tech amenities.

Each cabin embraces a chic, minimalist design, inspired by Japanese Capsule hotels. Tech-savvy business travelers enjoy automated check-in, free Wi-Fi, plus a giant flat screen TV and iPod docking station in every room. Luggage transfer is a breeze with the state-of-the-art YOBOT, which can track and manage your bags from the airport to your guestroom.

Automated Check-In Kiosks & Luggage YOBOT

With their finger on the pulse of hot new music and fashion trends, Yotel’s FOUR lounge comes alive every night for the locals. The dance floor moves to beats by LCD Soundsystem’s Nancy Whang, DJ Alex English, The Rapture, or Alicia Keys with Swizz Beatz. The private event space hosts fashion parties, industry events, and product launches for young entrepreneurs.

Yotel’s FOUR Lounge with Alicia Keys as DJ AK-47

This booming new icon continues to grow, with key staff members joining as recently as December, 2011. The Alfus Group is proud to be a part of Yotel’s success, having placed their Chief Financial Officer, Director of Sales & Marketing, and Director of Entertainment Sales positions.

“We’re young and hungry and we want to redefine the hotel industry,” says Yotel CEO Gerard Greene. The focus is on “brand integrity, the right people, and affordable luxury that stays relevant.”

 

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