Thank you to my friends, my fans, and my clients!

group shot serenade culinary connectionsFirstly, let me thank our sponsors, who help make every Culinary Connections event truly special and successful: our Presenting Sponsor Karolina Dehnhard of Budd Larner, PC, Christal McElroy and her colleague Allie Colman of EisnerAmper, LLP, Vince Egan of Benjamin Edwards, Gene Sower of Samson Media and Linda Degenhardt of Concord Hotels.

Thank you for your continued support in helping me connect great people together.

Then let me thank our photographer – Mahvash Saba. A Kodak International Award Winner, Mahvash’s special relationship with the camera allows her to capture not just an image, but a place, a time, and a personality. Think of her for your company’s next headshot series, family photo, or special event! You can find Mahvash at:

Many thanks for the generous donations to Boots Up, a not-for –profit 501(c)3. Boots Up supports Veterans transitioning to civilian life – through education and corporate America. Robin Wilkins, its CEO, is grateful to all who donated. You can learn more about Boots Up here:

Special Thanks to The Four Star Restaurant Serenade

And a special thanks to Nancy and James Laird, of Restaurant Serenade, and to their sommelier, John Jasma, for schooling us on farm to table cuisine, as well as selecting the perfect wine pairings for the evening!
karolina vince suasn culinary connections 2016From the time he was 15, James had a vision for his future as a chef. Nineteen years ago James Laird turned that vision into a dream when he and Nancy opened Restaurant Serenade.

He is an inspiration to all of us starting, creating, or growing our businesses!

The New York Times named him “one of the best classically trained chefs in New Jersey,” and New Jersey Monthly magazine has consistently rated his restaurant among “the best of the best.” The Record describes his cuisine “as a soft and subtle love song,” and Crain’s NY Business remarked, “Serenade is among the Garden State’s most rewarding dining destinations.”

Have a look at Restaurant Serenade’s website for more information on hours and special events at, and be sure to dine there soon!


Be sure to mark your calendars for the next installment of CULINARY CONNECTIONS!

WHEN: Wednesday, April 20, 2016
WHERE: Ristorante Da Benito in Union, NJ
REVIEWS:  “A Restaurant to the stars in Union, still strong after 3 decades.” – Teresa Politano, For Inside Jersey. Check out Ms. Politano’s full review of Da Benito – one of the most well-regarded Italian restaurants in the state – CLICK HERE:

Also, if there is someone you would like me to add to my list and include in my communications, please send me their email address and I will invite them.

With special thanks to our sponsors:

Karolina Dehnhard Esq.

Vince Egan

Eisner Amper

Here’s what people are saying:

“The Restaurant Serenade installment of Culinary Connections was excellent – great food and wine as well as great new faces to share it with. I look forward to the next Culinary Connections event in April and joining the Course Connections group in the spring.”
Marty Eide, Sedgwick LLP