Lopate and Locavores: Building a Restaurant Empire

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

7:00 PM

Opening a restaurant in New York City isn’t for the faint of heart — about 80 percent will fail within five years. Yet, some restaurateurs are able to rise to the top and launch not only wildly successful eateries, but go on to build restaurant empires.

In the kick-off to his fifth annual Lopate and Locavores food series, WNYC’s Leonard Lopate sits down with celebrity chefs, authors and restaurateurs Lidia Bastianich,  David Bouley, and Andrew Carmellini to talk about the thrills and challenges of building — and running — a collection of restaurants in New York City and beyond. They’ll dish on what it takes to make it in the business, from choosing names for their eateries, to tapping the right chefs, to creating the perfect menus.

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 ***Lou Di Palo of Di Palo's food shop in Little Italy will also join us for a live demonstration of how to make cheese. He'll bring a variety of cheeses for select audiences members to sample as he explains how they taste different depending upon the season. 

Lidia Bastianich is an Emmy award-winning public television host, best-selling cookbook author, restaurateur and owner of a flourishing food and entertainment business. She is the chef/owner of four acclaimed restaurants in New York City: Felidia, Becco, Esca and Del Posto. She is also part of the team that opened Eataly, the largest artisanal Italian food and wine marketplace in New York City and Chicago. 

David Bouley is a chef, author and restaurateur with a collection of acclaimed restaurants in downtown New York’s TriBeCa: Bouley, Brushstroke, Bouley Test Kitchen and a new event space called Bouley Botanical. He is the winner of the James Beard Foundation’s award for best restaurant and best chef.

Andrew Carmellini is a chef, author and restaurateur and winner of two James Beard Foundation awards. He is the chef/owner of a collection of acclaimed eateries: TriBeCa's Locanda Verde, The Dutch in SoHo and Miami, Lafayette in NoHo, and Bar Primi on the Bowery. His next restaurant, Little Park, is set to open this fall in TriBeCa's Smyth Hotel. He has written two cookbooks with his wife, Gwen Hyman, including their most recent, Urban Italian

Snacks provided by Daniel Bouley and La Quercia: 



Lidia Bastianich, David Bouley and Andrew Carmellini

Hosted by:

Leonard Lopate