Laurie Weiss Howell

Co-Founder, Managing Director

Location 15h@2xGreater New York City Area

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Work Experience
  • Co-Founder, Managing Director

    Amalfi Life, specialists in Food, Wine, & Travel on Italy's Amalfi Coast
    Mar. 2000 to Present (16 years and 9 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    *Develop and operate culinary tours for small and mid-size groups
    *Develop and market a collection of high-end vacation rentals in Italy
    *Destination wedding and event planning in 4 and 5 star venues
    *Visit wineries and organize winery visits and tastings
    * Write and produce all content including photography for company website and for newsletters, print and online advertising, and social media.

  • Service Manager

    Good Company Cafe
    Apr. 2012 to Jun. 2016 (4 years and 2 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    Good Company Cafe is the in-house cafe and bookstore of the School of Practical Philosophy at 12 E. 79th Street. I am the service manager of a team of 6+ handling food prep, presentation, and coffee service once a week for about 100 students.

  • Wine Sales

    Wine EmporiumBrooklyn, NY, US
    Feb. 2013 to Mar. 2015 (2 years)

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    Role & Tasks:

    This was a 2-year part-time position from Feb. 2013 to March 2015. Wine Emporium imports and distributes Italian wines from nearly every region, focusing on sustainability and traditional wine making techniques.

  • Pastry Cook

    Restaurant Montrachet
    Jan. 1985 to Jan. 1987 (1 year and 12 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    Assistant to Pastry Chef William "Bill" Yosses, who went on to become the pastry chef at the White House.
    Responsible for making the desserts on the menu and plating them during evening service.
    After I married and became pregnant, the management of Montrachet allowed me to work in the Front of the House as a Reservationist until my son was born, at which point I left to be a Mom.

  • Garde Manger

    Cafe du Parc
    Jan. 1984 to Jan. 1985 (1 year)

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    Role & Tasks:

    To prepare all the cold foods and plate them during service.
    Cook anything necessary for those items.
    Prepare the desserts, cook and/or make all necessary items, and plate them during service.

Education
  • psychology
    Simmons CollegeBoston, MA, US
    Sep. 1970 to May. 1974

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    BS Psychology Degree • GPA: 3.2

Skills

Customer Service

Social Media

Writing

Microsoft Office

Off-site Event Management

Pasta Cooking

Food / Beverage Pairing

Pricing

Regional Expertise - Italy

Coffee Knowledge

Food & Wine Pairings

Understanding Of Viticulture & Winemaking

Wine Buying

Wine Knowledge

Certifications & Courses
Interests
Cooking, history of culinary traditions, wine, travel and travel writing
Languages
Italian Intermediate
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