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Member Mondays: Michael Whiteman presents “RESURRECTION: The Return to Life of our City’s Restaurants”

February 1, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

What will the restaurant industry look like after the economy recovers from Covid-19? Is the long-predicted “death of fine dining” finally going to occur? What will happen to all of the country’s vacant restaurant spaces—especially those in New York? In addition to a “resurrection”, does the industry also need a reformation? What changes in consumer behavior are likely to linger after we’re all vaccinated? Did we learn anything about ourselves while restaurants were mostly shuttered? What will we crave now?

CBE member Michael Whiteman is president of Baum + Whiteman, the company that created the world’s largest-grossing and most magical restaurants—the legendary Windows on the World and the Rainbow Room atop Rockefeller Center. Working with boldface names in architecture, design, and hospitality, their firm, based in Park Slope, creates big ideas for diverse sections of the food industry—from supermarkets to museums, from public parks to drinking bars. With partner Joe Baum, Whiteman has created high-profile dining destinations around the world, developed the world’s first food courts, and masterminded restaurant concepts for Starwood, Taj and Raffles hotels, and rooftop extravaganzas in Singapore and Taiwan. Closer to home, his clients have included Prospect and Bryant Parks, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Museum and The Met, and the Public Theater. As Founding Editor of Nation’s Restaurant News, Whiteman built the industry’s first newspaper into its most powerful trade publication, and lectures around the world as a futurist and food trends pundit. He is married to four-time James Beard award-winning chef and author Rozanne Gold (together they created CBE’s soup kitchen during Hurricane Sandy, preparing 185,000 meals for those in need).

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February 1, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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