WHO:Sartiano'sExecutive Chef Chris Lewnes andCulinary Director Alfred Portale
ABOUT: Chef Chris Lewnes, a Brooklyn-born Italian American, grew up immersed in the flavors and aromas of Italian American cuisine in New Jersey and pursued his passion for cooking at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City. With a focus on classic French technique and fine dining, Lewnes was mentored by Chef Markus Glocker at Bâtard, honed his skills and gained experience as a sous chef at Augustine Restaurant in the Beacon Hotel and as chef de cuisine at American Brass. Now, as the executive chef at Sartiano's, he has achieved his dream of sharing his love for Italian American cuisine with the world.
Chef Alfred Portale is a three-time James Beard Award-winning chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, and pioneer in the New American cuisine movement. In 1985, he took the reins as executive chef and partner at Gotham Bar and Grill and brought the restaurant to new heights during his 30-year tenure. In 2019, he opened Portale Restaurant. His culinary achievements have garnered five three-star reviews from The New York Times and a prestigious Michelin star that he has proudly maintained over the years.
WHAT:Lewnes — with Portale — will share the way they carefully curate dishes, helping you bring home some of the upscale yet accessible fine-dining fare.