Conference Theme: Conflict & Change
Recorded on 6/5/17


A native city of Madison, Wisconsin, Sam attended Cornell University and graduated with a degree from the School of Hotel Administration. Prior to joining the team at Union Square Cafe, Sam worked in various roles throughout Union Square Hospitality Group, including Service Manager (Cafe 2 and Terrace 5, MoMA), Beverage Director (Cafe 2 and Terrace 5, MoMA), Bar Manager (Eleven Madison Park), Dining Room Manager (Eleven Madison Park), and Assistant General Manager (Eleven Madison Park, Maialino). In 2011, Sam became the General Manager of Union Square Cafe and in 2012 became a Managing Partner of the restaurant. At Union Square Cafe, Sam has continued the traditions of excellent service and warm hospitality that have made the restaurant one of New York’s (and the country’s) most beloved New American restaurants for the past 27 years, while thoughtfully continuing the restaurant’s evolution through such initiatives as revitalizing the beverage program and spearheading the subtle rebranding of the restaurant.