CBE has launched a new programming series called Member Mondays. On select Monday evenings, a CBE Member will share their expertise with the community. Scroll down to learn more and RSVP to our upcoming Member Mondays!

Ron Lieber presents “The Price You Pay for College,” with Anand Giridharadas & Priya Parker

Monday, January 25 at 7:30 PM

CBE member and New York Times “Your Money” columnist and author of the bestselling The Opposite of Spoiled Ron Lieber offers a deeply reported and emotionally honest approach to the biggest financial decision families will ever make: what to pay for college. He will be in conversation with authors Anand Giridharadas and Priya Parker.

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

Monday, February 1 at 7 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 mastermind 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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Laura Silver presents “What the Knish Can Teach Us Today”

Monday, February 8 at 7 PM


As we forge forward in times of great uncertainty and great hope, we can draw essential lessons from a humble , ancestral Ashkenazi pastry. The knish, that pillow-shaped lump of mashed potatoes wrapped in dough, offers myriad tips for survival and perseverance. With links to American politics, feminism, and the beating heart of Brooklyn, the knish remains a hotbed of heated opinions and a reminder to honor unsung heroes. Join us for an interactive program to test your knish I.Q., brush up on history and showcase your local knowledge. We’ll talk about how this simple food can help us stay humble, hunker down and find common ground.

CBE member Laura Silver is the author of Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food (Brandeis University Press), hailed by the New York Times as “a whimsical, mouthwatering and edifying odyssey through New York neighborhoods and beyond.” Her writing on food and culture has appeared on NPR, WNYC, and in the Forward. Laura has lectured about the knish from Toledo, Ohio to Turino, Italy and curated an exhibition on the subject at the City Reliquary in Williamsburg. A third-generation Brooklynite and a proud public school teacher, Laura is considered the world’s leading expert on the knish.

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Past Member Mondays

Asher Miller presents Stuck Inside for Twenty Years (1846-67): An Unfinished Masterpiece by Theodore Rousseau in The Met
Herschel Garfein
Meryl Schwartz presents Race and Wrongful Conviction: What innocence reveals about racism in the criminal justice system