Liz Neumark

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Liz Neumark (born in New York City) is the founder and CEO of New York catering company Great Performances.[1] A third generation New Yorker and Barnard graduate, Liz is a member of the New York State Food Policy Council and the founder of The Sylvia Center - a nonprofit organization that inspires healthful eating for children through cooking workshops and visits to the farm.[2]

Liz created Great Performances in 1979 as a waitress service for women in the arts. The company is based in Hudson Square, NYC and is today the largest off-premises catering company in New York City. It is the exclusive caterer for notable artistic institutions including Jazz at Lincoln Center, BAM, Apollo Theater, Sotheby's, Caramoor and Wave Hill. In keeping with its appreciation of the arts, Great Performances created the Scholarship Awards Program which supports its event staff members who are pursuing careers as artists.[3]

Liz recently joint ventured with Delaware North Companies to manage and operate the Plaza Hotel.[4]

In 2006, Liz created Katchkie Farm,[5] an organic farm on 60 acres (240,000 m2) of never-before-farmed land in Columbia County, which was named after her son, NY. Katchkie Farm is the home of the Sylvia Center where school groups throughout New York visit to plant in the Children's Garden and learn about eating healthful foods.[6]

Liz is currently a blogger on food politics for the Huffington Post.[7] She is also a recipient of the Food Arts Silver Spoon Award[8] and was named one of the 100 Most Influential Women in NYC Business by Crain's New York.[9]