Red Hook Hospitality is an event marketing company that is focused on bringing food and beverage brands to the public in an informative format.
Our Annual flagship event will be based in New York City in the fall of 2012. The NYC food expo will provide food and beverage companies the opportunity to target this passionate market through our multi media and marketing plan.
We also offer a unique selection of monthly events that our partners can reach this market through a grassroots approach.
Executive Chef and Partner
Under the diminutive toque of beautiful 5’5” celebrity chef Nikki Cascone is a true culinary maven with the fearlessness, instinct and sensibility of a keen businesswoman. A chef, sommelier and restaurateur, Nikki’s valued education and experience have been her focus throughout her career as she has sought to conquer every possible skill-set needed in the hospitality business. After many years of preparation, Nikki and husband-partner Brad Grossman began their consulting and culinary events company, Red Hook Hospitality Group. They will be producing a series of chef and food driven events across the country including the 21 city - TOP CHEF Tour.
Nikki’s passion for the culinary industry sparked at the early age of 14 when she worked at a pork store after school, slicing meats and making hand made mozzarella. Born and raised in one of the most exciting restaurant cities in the world, Nikki sought many more culinary opportunities, working in the front of house, hosting, bartending and managing. She soon sought a culinary degree, enrolling at the School of Culinary Arts in Atlanta, Georgia where she began building a stronger foundation in culinary technique.
Following graduation, Nikki worked for several years within the restaurant groups of Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Shaun Doty and Anne Quatrano – all James Beard award-winning chefs. Having gained further understanding of the many elements that complete a dining experience, Nikki turned her attention to the art of wine and food pairings and achieved certification from both The Sterling Vineyards School of Service and Hospitality and the American Sommelier Association.
Nikki’s experience culminated in working the 2005 season as the Director of Food and Beverage at Yankee Stadium overseeing all of the restaurants, clubs and private suites. The position was created for her, and already a fan of the Bronx Bombers, Nikki was able to bring her passion for food and baseball together. It was here that she learned how to really maintain quality despite the challenges of operating at high volume in a sports arena and brought the quality of stadium restaurant and suite dining to a higher level.
In 2005, Nikki opened 24 Prince in SoHo, serving traditional American fare that was hailed for offering the right balance of style, comfort and creativity at an affordable price. Three years later Nikki was a popular chef’testant on Bravo’sEmmy winning show, TOP CHEF, bringing her culinary skills to the spotlight where she became a favorite on and off of the show. In June 2010, Nikki sold 24 Prince.
Nikki can be seen around the country participating in seminars, charity events as well as classes and demonstrations, as well as becoming a green ambassador for www.thegreenbrideguide.com, The Bride and Bloom magazine. She is currently working on her own not-for-profit organization with the support of several local judges and members of the Department of Agriculture that will educate Americans on healthy economical food habits. Currently, Nikki lives with her husband in New York City and is planning to add “mother” to her growing resume as she had her first child, Jax, in January 2011.
Native New Yorker and graduate of the University of Albany, Brad earned his Bachelors degree in Economics. In 1999 Brad started Creative Solutions 4 Entertainment, a full service event & marketing company specializing in New York and the Hampton’s. Through the years CS4 became one of the leading event promotion companies working with clients such as Tommy Hilfiger, Bank of America, and Ford Models, just to name a few. CS4 has produced various events, ranging from new product launches and large-scale corporate gatherings, to intimate birthday celebrations, having serviced up to 4,000 people. CS4 has also developed and implemented marketing campaigns for numerous companies in the hospitality industry. In 2005 Brad signed on as a managing partner of 24 Prince Restaurant, also located in NYC where he became a skilled operator and local businessman. He has since consulted on the opening, build, design and operations of several other concepts.
Event Director and Partner
Born in Thailand, Pas moved to New York City in 1992. After finishing MFA at the Pratt Institute, his love for New York got the better of him, and he stayed.
With over ten years of event production experience in areas of recreation, entertainment and special events, Pas brings creativity and a personal touch to create truly special events for his clients.
Pas’s passion is creating experiences that are engaging and unique. For him, events are about the ultimate experience, starting with attendee registration through the post-event wrap-up email and everything in between. He prides herself on event creative and strategy to make an unforgettable event.