ABOUT Our Directors
Executive Director & Founder
Behzad Jamshidi, the articulate and free-wheeling mind behind some of New York’s most interesting communal dining experiences, is Iranian. Born and raised in Vancouver, B.C. Behzad Jamshidi’s most recent endeavor was with the Michelin-starred Gabriel Kreuther in New York City. Being mentored in the kitchens of Michelin-starred and world-renowned chefs, Jamshidi’s training inspired an obsession for fine dining and service.
Behzad loves to use the skills that he has acquired and apply them toward creating narratives through food & lifestyle, stories that are whimsical, spaces that are communal, and events that inspire guests to share their experiences with one another.
Chef Behzad hopes to build platforms and communities for people who aspire to promote communal experiences, create social changes, and celebrate their diversity within culture. At the heart of each narrative he personalizes, is that we all come from somewhere, we all have our experiences, and in that way we are all the same.
Alissa Wilmina - Diaz
Sommelier Alissa Wilmina was raised in Northern Virginia, growing up in restaurants and blessed with extensive travel at a young age sparked her love affair with wine and food.
Studying Sommelier at Johnson & Wales University lead her to intern for an Austrian winery, studying abroad in Florence, Italy with a focus on Tuscan wine and obtain a variety of beverage positions. Gaining her NYC experience under Happy Cooking Hospitality, Alissa Wilmina continues to be a leader in the food and beverage scene.
Alissa focuses on small producers, bio-dynamic products, and highlights both female wine growers & producers at ever opportunity. She hopes to follow her passion and believes in creating harmonious dining experiences that inspire thought and conversation. She provides a voice to both the unsung hero's in the wine world and the up-coming producers who demand our support and attention.