Liz Neumark

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Liz Neumark
Born 1956 (age 60–61)
New York City, U.S.
Alma mater Barnard College
Occupation chef, entrepreneur

Liz Neumark (born in New York City) is an American chef and entrepreneur.

Neumark is a member of the New York State Food Policy Council and the founder of The Sylvia Center, a nonprofit organization that inspires healthy eating for children through cooking workshops and visits to the farm, and the New York catering company Great Performances.[1][2]

Life and career[edit]

Neumark graduated from Barnard College in 1977. In 1979, Neumark created Great Performances Caterers, 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]

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

In 2006, Neumark created Katchkie Farm,[5] an organic farm on 60 acres (240,000 m2) of never-before-farmed land in Columbia County. Katchkie Farm is the home of The Sylvia Center, an organization founded by Neumark, where school groups throughout New York visit to plant in the Children's Garden and learn about eating healthy foods.[6]

Neumark 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] In 2012, she was presented with the Barnard's Woman of Achievement Award.[10]


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  2. ^ Weissman, Michaele (2009-04-30). "A Moveable Feast". Forbes. Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  3. ^ Kramer, Louise (2007-01-07). "Bridging the Worlds of Commerce and the Arts". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  4. ^ "The Grand Ballroom | The Plaza". Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  5. ^ "Katchkie Farm". Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
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  8. ^ Inc., M. Shanken Communications,. "0,,383,00.html | Error | 404 | Food Arts". Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  9. ^ "Liz Neumark - Most Powerful Women in New York 2007 | Crain's New York Business". Crain's New York Business. Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  10. ^ "Liz Neumark '77 | 125th Anniversary". Retrieved 2016-02-24.