Ed is the original OG on Staff having spent the majority of his career with some very successful restaurant groups in New York City. Starting at Blue Water Grill in Union Square with BR Guest, he quickly turned on to wine education, hospitality and the “lifestyle”.
After completing wine programs with the American Sommelier Association and studying with Master Sommeliers Laura Maniec and Greg Harrington his course was set. He spent seven years working at Blue Water Grill and then shifted gears, opening Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain in Midtown. He then relocated to the Bahamas, running the opening of Mesa Grill in The Cove at the Atlantis resort in Nassau. This international opportunity along with a foray into hotel and resort management really influenced Ed’s outlook and career path. Upon moving back to NYC, he landed at Stephen Starr’s flagship restaurant Buddakan, it was here that he polished his management skills and love for enlightened hospitality.
After 5 years with Starr Restaurant group, Ed decided to come home to the Hudson Valley with his beautiful wife Mali, son Asher and daughter Stella. Having grown up across the river in Ulster County, it was an easy transition and one that Ed looks at as a completion of the circle. Ed brings his immense experience with big box style restaurants, special events and VIP clientele and hopes to take HV Hospitality Group to the next level. His commitment and belief in staff education and using the restaurant as guide to the guest experience is unwavering.
Ed now spends his free time skiing, golfing and enjoying live music all while searching for the perfect cup of lobster bisque.