Looking for a party or event venue can be overwhelming, especially in New York City. Thankfully, Culinary Connection by Next Course provides your event solution. Our well edited collection of distinctive restaurants throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn offers a variety of private and semi-private dining spaces that cater to your style, budget, cuisine preference and desired location. Consider Culinary Connection your private dining and event planning concierge, helping to ease the stress of searching for a restaurant venue or full-service caterer for your most important parties and events. Culinary Connection by Next Course not only will match you with the ideal location for your next occasion but also introduce you to a unique network of restaurants and event service professionals that will elevate your affair to the truly memorable. We leverage our deep industry relationships to make sure our private dining and catering concierge service works within your budget!
One Team. 50 Year's Experience. Infinite Event Solutions.
Our management team combines more than 50 years total experience in the hospitality, marketing and events industries.
Ally Lee has specialized in marketing, specifically within the food industry, for over seven years. After receiving her B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Mary Washington in Virginia, a year later she graduated 1st in her class from the highly ranked Haub School of Business at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia with a Masters in International Marketing. Heading up Culinary Connection's business development, Ally is looking to introduce you to an array of New York City restaurants that will satisfy your every need when you hold your next party or affair.
Shari Vermeulen is an accomplished and creative event professional with a proven track record of flawless meetings, events and programs for Fortune 500 companies, luxury retailers, restaurants, non-profit organizations and private clients. Shari is the owner of Shari's Signature Events, a full-service meeting & event planning firm that delivers distinctive special events and celebrations. Shari graduated cum laude from Duke University, speaks French and holds a Certificate in Professional Baking from New England Culinary Institute. Shari leverages her event expertise to provide our Culinary Connection clients with the highest level of service, quality and value.
Rob Marzan is the co-founder and operating partner of Next Course Financial Group where he specializes in day to day financial operations and expansion for Next Course clients. Prior to beginning Next Course, Rob was the director of finance for Smith and Wollensky Restaurant Group. Rob has worked in all levels of accounting and finance within the restaurant industry.
Sam Goldfinger is the co-founder and operating partner of Next Course Financial Group, a high-level provider of financial and business development services to companies, especially within the restaurant industry, in the early stages of growth. Prior to beginning Next Course, Sam was the chief financial officer and an operating partner of Fourth Wall Restaurants, LLC, a company that manages upscale restaurants located in New York City, including the original Smith & Wollensky, Maloney & Porcelli, Quality Meats, Park Avenue Café, and The Post House.
In addition to the management team, Culinary Connection by Next Course partners with a talented and dedicated team of service providers. Each provider brings our clients exceptional quality and value-to help you present events that inspire, motivate, and celebrate!