Food Service Managers

Anthony Arbeeny ’85, General Manager, The Westin, Washington, D.C.

Anthony Arbeeny, CIA alumni

Degree: Associate of Occupational Studies Major: Culinary Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Brooklyn, New York Anthony Arbeeny had a strong sense of déjà vu when he arrived at The Culinary Institute of America’s Hyde Park campus. “On my very first day, we were given a tour of the facilities,” he recalled. “When I looked out from the Escoffier kitchen through the glass partition … [Read more...]

Tasha Mabin ’10

Tasha Mabin ’10, CIA Alumni, Bachelor of Professional Studies, Culinary Arts Management

Degree: Bachelor of Professional Studies Major: Culinary Arts Management Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Hamilton, New Jersey, USA Dual Passions Tasha Mabin’s dream of attending The Culinary Institute of America started in her freshman year of high school. “During my home economic classes I found I had a knack for cooking,” says Tasha, assistant manager at the Compass Group in … [Read more...]

Gower Lane ’92, Director of Operations, Kendal on Hudson

Gower Lane ’92

Degree: AOS Major: Culinary Arts Hometown: Cortlandt Manor, NY The Best Career…Hands-down Gower Lane ’92 always enjoyed working with his hands. He loved tinkering with cars so much that he pursued a degree in Automotive Technology from the State University of New York at Delhi. But after working in the automotive field for a few years, he realized there was another hands-on activity … [Read more...]

Blake Swihart ’78, Managing Partner, Foodservice Solutions

Blake Swihart ’78, Managing Partner, Foodservice Solutions

“I love what I do. I’m very lucky.” Blake Swihart is clearly passionate about what he does—food marketing. It’s a career path he essentially created for himself back in the days before there were master’s degrees in the field and organizations like the Research Chefs Association. His company, Foodservice Solutions, provides strategic and creative services like menu R&D, new media … [Read more...]

Tim Prosinski ’94, Foodservice Director at Berlin Public Schools

Tim Prosinski ’94, Foodservice Director at Berlin Public Schools

It’s the philosophy of Tim Prosinski ’94, foodservice director at the Berlin Public Schools in Connecticut, that if schools are committed to teaching kids the right way to apply math and science, they should teach them the right way to eat. In his estimation, it’s just as important. After years in the hotel and restaurant business, Tim made the change to school food ostensibly because he had … [Read more...]

Charles LaMonica ’79, Executive Vice President at Restaurant Associates

Charles LaMonica '79, Restaurant Associates, Executive Vice President for Corporate, Educational, Cultural, and Catering Venues

It was while studying in the CIA's library that Charles LaMonica ’79 first began to recognize that Sally Lewis ’79 was his soul mate. And while he won't divulge exactly what he said standing there among the books that caught her attention and won her heart, he will reveal that Sally has been the partner of a lifetime—in and out of the kitchen. After graduating and getting married, the two … [Read more...]

Amy Greenberg ’80 Senior Vice President of Citigroup Executive Services

Amy Greenberg '80 Senior Vice President of Citigroup Executive Services

Amy Greenberg is senior vice president of Citigroup Executive Services in New York City, where she is responsible for the organization's executive dining, conference center and meeting management, and multimedia and telepresence. After graduating from The Culinary Institute of America in 1980, Ms. Greenberg began her career in contract foodservice with the Saga Corporation as chef-manager for … [Read more...]