Jessica Shupack, Lili Lynton, Katina Pappas, Alex Pemoulie
In the restaurant world, we hear a lot about the lives and accomplishments of chefs. We hear about GMs and sommeliers, bartenders and pastry chefs. But there’s an influential sector of the industry, a sector full of men and women who are vital to the success of a restaurant: The back office. The corporate teams of restaurants not only handle human resources and publicity, but also operations, finance, development, and more. For an April Toklas event, we asked a handful of incredibly successful women who work on the business side of things to talk about their experiences, how they’ve seen the industry change, and offer advice for aspiring businesswomen.
We were joined by Jessica Shupak, Head of Business Development for the Altamarea Group, Lili Lynton, Daniel Boulud’s longtime business partner and the head of Dinex, and Katina Pappas, the Director of Operations for Rotisserie Georgette. Alex Pemoulie, the co-owner of Thirty Acres restaurant and the Director of Finance for Momofuku, moderated.
Key excerpts from their discussion are below. A special thanks to our panelists, to The Butterfly for hosting us, and to Alexander Hamilton vodka for the drinks. Continue reading