Cheryl Kahn-Brocco joined Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group February, 2011 as SVP of Catering. She will oversee the private dining venues available nationwide at each of the eight iconic locations. And late summer, the new location on Boston’s Atlantic Wharf will be added to the list for more event options.
“In welcoming an event executive with Cheryl’s pedigree at the national level we ensure that though the private dining experience is as distinctive as each of our restaurants, Smith & Wollensky maintains a consistent commitment to superior, tailored special occasions. We are dedicated to exceeding guest expectations. It doesn’t matter whether hosting a private dinner for 6 in Boston, a corporate function for 200 in Miami, or a cocktail reception for 600 in Chicago,” said Michael Feighery, President of Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group. “With her extensive hospitality experience and demonstrated passion for impeccable customer service, Cheryl is a perfect fit and welcome addition to the family.”
A graduate of the Hotel College at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, Cheryl started her career in the management program for The Hyatt Corporation on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. She joins Smith & Wollensky from The Glazier Group, where she served as Director of Catering for 21 years overseeing one-of-a-kind events for all of the company’s properties. Her many accomplishments include being chosen by the White House Staff to plan all the food and beverage for the first family during the Republican National Convention in 2004, as well as landing all of the off-premise catering for the entire two-week Hasbro Toy show. In 2009 she was selected as a board member for the International Special Events Society. She has appeared on the Food Network, BBC Network and CBS News with Katie Couric. Her professional advice has been reported by Manhattan Bride, New York Magazine, BizBash, Real Simple Magazine and New York Times. She was a guest speaker at the National Association of Catering Executives conference in North Carolina in 2009.
“It is an honor to have been chosen to lead the extraordinary team of private event managers helping to create unforgettable dining experiences at each Smith & Wollensky location,” said Kahn-Brocco. “With their highly trained staff, exceptional event spaces, award-winning wine lists and mouthwatering menus, I cannot imagine a better place to further my passion for planning and executing flawless events.”
The on-site private events managers offer tailored event-planning services, including innovative ideas for custom menus, unique displays, upgrades and additional special touches to turn a soiree into the social event of the season. The private dining rooms at each Smith & Wollensky location are perfect venues for both corporate and social functions, from 12 to 600 guests.
“It is a brilliant time to host a special occasion at Smith & Wollensky,” adds Kim Lapine, Director of Marketing. “Cheryl joins the company as we celebrate the launch of a new, more experiential Smith & Wollensky website, with vivid food and location photos, videos and easy-to-navigate pages. It features extensive private dining resources designed to make it simpler than ever to plan the perfect event. At the click of a mouse, guests will find sample menus and room descriptions and images, as well as details on our national partnership program, offering exclusive, customized services for preferred multi-city business clients.”
To learn more about the private dining options at Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group, visit our Reservations page.