Our Moderator Emily gives hard-hitting stories of food in the news to our panelists and they discuss their attitudes and opinions in our Weekly Baste Segment. This week we discuss cocktails, sustainability, climate change, Blue Apron’s demise and the future of restaurants. Our guest for The Weekly Grill is Joe Mangipano. Joe’s career like most people in hospitality, started from the very bottom. Growing up, his mother owned a sushi restaurant in upstate New York. His passion for cooking began as a small child, developing a fond appreciation for all cuisines. Before making the transition to New York City he worked under the guidance of Alto Cinco owner, Johanna Yorke. She gave Joe the opportunity to try every position possible in her restaurant and after 7 years Joe was ready to make the move to NYC. In 2008 Joe began teaching baking classes at Butter Lane Bakery and later landed a job at Mesa Grill as a pastry cook. Then, in 2015 Joe made the transition back to cooking and with the help of a close friend he was given the opportunity to become Sous Chef at Employees Only NYC. Since then Joe has been a vital part of continuously elevating the quality of food at EO. As Executive Chef he hopes to continue the development of EO’s food menu by incorporating his unique style.

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