Ben Goldberg, one of the principals at Strategic Hospitality, is best known locally as the impetus behind projects like The Patterson House, The Catbird Seat, Paradise Park and the imminently opening Pinewood Social. While we are in danger of taking places like this for granted now that the Nashville restaurant scene has blown up crazy-large, each of these properties was a unique groundbreaking concept when Ben and his brother Max put their money where our mouths ended up.
At the upcoming New York City Wine & Food Festival this Friday, Oct. 18, Ben will be recognized for his prescience and will share his knowledge with a group of industry professionals at a trade-only event titled "Will Travel For Food." Here's the description of the content of the session:
Does your city have what it takes to be a Culinary Destination? With the continued interest in all things culinary, travelers are planning their trips around the restaurants they want to visit. Listen in while chefs, restaurateurs and travel experts in-the-know discuss the hows and whys of making your city (and restaurant) a highlight of any traveler’s itinerary.
I think you can see why Ben is an excellent choice to address these topics, and the rest of the members on his panel are pretty impressive as well. He'll be joined by Michael Babin, principal and owner, Neighborhood Restaurant Group in the Washington, D.C., area; Andrew Knowlton, restaurant and drinks editor, Bon Appétit magazine; and AJ Mistretta, senior public relations manager, Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau. I'm sure Ben will do his hometown proud and we should in turn be proud of him!