Carl Hedin, Abigail Kirsch Catering Relationships, New York City
One of the top caterers in the New York Tri-State area, Kirsch has grown her business from a basement cooking school in the 1960s to Zagat's most highly rated caterer in the region. As the director of sales for off-premises events, Hedin, with the rest of his team, delivers unforgettable cuisine with a near obsessive attention to detail and flawless presentation (Luncheon, left).
Event He's Proudest Of: Those that we do for great New York institutions like the New York Public Library, Central Park Conservancy, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, because with funding being slashed, it is more important now than ever that galas are memorable, concise, and well-executed. We deliver memorable meals with flawless timing for a great guest experience.
Favorite Party Tip: Always try your best to know a little fact about everyone that is coming and share it as you introduce them to others. Try not to make it about their work. For example, "Everyone, this is Alex and she just moved to Brooklyn," or "Tom, this is Jamie. She volunteers at the Red Cross." These little facts help to eliminate those awkward initial moments.