Culinary Connections – January 2019 Installment


Join us on January 31st, from 6-9pm, at Il Capriccio, a highly-regarded restaurant offering authentic, gourmet Italian food in Whippany, New Jersey.

Culinary Connections is an exclusive networking event for professionals from all walks of business. Our community of master networkers are passionate about making the right connections while enjoying great wine and food.

Come join our sponsors, Terry Tatetossian, Ken Krysinski, and Anthony Rossi of Socialfix, Vince Egan, Benjamin Edwards, Stuart Vorcheimer and Peter Cirignano, Peapack-Gladstone Bank, Travis Epp, Eisner Amper, and Karolina Dehnhard, Budd Larner; and your gracious host, Susan Ascher. We’ll enjoy lots of great food and fabulous conversation. Bring your appetite and lots of business cards!


Marci Hopkins

Marci started her career at Fox Cable Group, where she quickly climbed the corporate ladder, serving multiple roles within the Programming and On-Air Promotions departments. Ultimately, Marci was given the opportunity to move to Los Angeles to serve as the Director of On-Air Promotions for FX Network. There she married and started a family. She then moved cross-country to New Jersey. Marci was missing her creative calling and decided to move in front of the camera. This led her to train with John Pallotta, Acting Coach, in New York City, followed by training at Actors Connection, Actors Technique, along with improvisation training at The PIT. Marci saw immediate success in front of the camera and was hired for several Discovery ID Network programs, some Independent Films, Indie Films, web series, commercials, and TV Pilots.

Marci then found her true calling and harnessed her talents for acting, television programming, and community leadership while also spotting a trend and created a talk show titled Coffee with Marci. With the huge push by Facebook to grow its video business, Marci found that Facebook was the best platform to connect with her audience. The show was later made available on NJ on Air, an application for Apple, Android, and Roku.

Coffee with Marci helped others share their businesses and nonprofits, but she realized that there was so much to learn through each guests story. She saw that there was a need to help others on a larger platform. She then created Wake Up With Marci where each guest has a story of healing and triumph. Marci wants to spread hope and happiness through this new platform which can be seen on CBS WLNY 10/55.


Hors d’Oeuvres, Dinner & Networking at Il Capriccio

WHEN: THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 2019 • 6:00-9:00pm
WHERE: Il Capriccio, 633 Rt. 10 East, Whippany, NJ 07981 | 973.884.9175 |
COST: $159.00 p/ticket

Due to the nature of this very special event, attendance will be capped at 40 attendees.


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Another fantastic evening with Susan Ascher, Vince Egan and Karolina Dehnhard, Esq. and their supporters and friends at Culinary Connections. I’ve met so many interesting and inspiring people at these elegant events which combine amazing food with excellent conversation! Thank you Susan! An evening well spent with new connections and long-time friends!
– Lori Chapin, Attorney, Tanenbaum Keale

Susan, I am so happy and grateful to be a part of your world. The environment you created last night is uniquely powerful in that you provided an atmosphere in which strangers showed themselves and showed up to serve. This is unusual! Do you realize how special last night’s event was? And, you do this over and over. It was a fun, expansive evening, full of amazing individuals who are contributing in significant ways. Kudos!!! I felt like I was part of a think tank, making great things happen. Thank YOU, Susan!
– Cynthia Murphy

It was a fabulous night, as always, when you host an event. I am very grateful to you for including me! It was lovely to meet everyone and I look forward to seeing you all again.
– Susan M. Rochelle, A.I.A., Architect

1 Comment

  1. Susa

    Susan, major congratulations to you. Your wonderful creation, Culinary Connections, is a rare find. It is the best, highest quality networking event I have attended. Many thanks indeed for hosting a lovely, fun evening at Park Avenue Club, and especially for introducing me to your uber talented, engaging, good friends and colleagues.

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