Our People

Ali Bernardi

Vice President of Marketing and Brand Strategy

As Vice President of Marketing and Brand Strategy for CulinArt Group, Ali Bernardi directs and oversees marketing campaigns for the company’s portfolio of exclusive catering venues, as well as the growth and evolution of the company’s “three distinct lifestyle catering brands.” Ali began her career with CulinArt Group in 1999 in the New Business Development department at a time when the company was first entering the leisure and entertainment market. She quickly took on the responsibility of marketing the company’s earliest event venues (Playland ParkThe Maritime Aquarium, and The Cradle of Aviation Museum) and thus, a dedicated Venue Marketing department was born. Her experience in large-scale special events (which include the USTA and US Open Golf Classic), combined with her background in catering (at the New York Botanical Garden, Guggenheim Museum, and Morgan Stanley), and a passion for all things creative and dynamic, were the foundation for the grass-roots marketing campaigns she developed and executed for CulinArt. Today, Ali and her team work with CulinArt’s venue clients on dedicated marketing and advertising campaigns that align with each individual client’s mission and objectives. Ali was the creative force behind the CulinArt Group rebrand in 2013, as well as the launch of the CulinArt Group Catering Collection brand in 2015. She oversees all creative development, and artfully designs many of the company’s ad campaigns herself. She keeps friends of CulinArt informed of company happenings via social media platforms (@culinartgroup), and handles all public relations and web development as well.

Ann Marie Blatt

Creative Marketing Manager

Ann Marie Blatt joined CulinArt in May of 2018 bringing her experience as a graphic designer for a well-known Long Island restaurant group to CulinArt’s Venue Marketing team.  Ann Marie’s graphic design and marketing experience in the hospitality industry adds a creative edge to the CulinArtGroup Catering Collection. Working closely with leadership and catering venue managers, Ann Marie is charged with developing all creative work, including print, websites, email campaigns, social media posts and related materials. She came to CulinArt with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Digital Art and Design from CW Post Long Island University and has a wealth of experience, having worked 10 years in the field.  She has a strong background in hospitality marketing and advertising. She is a passionate graphic designer who feels most comfortable in a creative environment. Ann Marie is also an avid equestrian, who spends most of her spare time riding her horse Mungo.

Catherine Carlucci

Event and Catering Coordinator

With a long tenure of experience in the events world, Catherine Carlucci joined Philip Stone Caterers in 2017 as the Catering and Events Manager at the Maritime Aquarium.   Her natural leadership skills, ability to meet any new challenge and keep everyone smiling is what makes her an incredible force.   After graduating and working in corporate management for a few years, she missed the fun and excitement of the events she had experienced as a server in college.  Returning to off-premise catering and furthering her education in Hospitality, Catherine worked alongside renowned chefs in unique spaces, helping to create and execute incredible and unforgettable events with a focus on training and management of event staff.

Tom Cataldo

Senior Director of Catering

Tom Cataldo joined CulinArt in 2012 after many years in the private catering sector. He came to CulinArt with a plethora of knowledge from New York Technical College (where he majored in Hotel and Restaurant Management), along with years of experience working in top-tier hotels as Food and Beverage Director, and as an owner and operator of a leading catering company.

Initially charged with enhancing the catering operations at the Village Club at Lake Success, Tom exceeded every expectation and took the Village Club to new heights. He was instrumental in the redesign and renovation project, and reestablished the Village Club as “the ‘Wow Factor’ Long Island has been waiting for!” Having achieved this accomplishment, Tom began the journey of transforming and refreshing the Philip Stone Caterers brand.

Every day, Tom is on-the-go, a whirlwind of travelling between CulinArt venues, seeing long-time clients, meeting new clients, giving guided tours, introducing them to the CulinArt Group Catering Collection brands and our venue portfolio. Tom works hand in hand with our executive chefs on menu creation and presentation. He leads teams of servers, event managers and staff with his unique approach – and always by example. Tom (with little sleep and infinite energy) expects and commands the same from his elite team of event and sales professionals (and just about everyone else) along his perfectly coiffed and expertly tailored path.

William Cataldo

Director of Sales and Catering

William Cataldo joined the CulinArt team in 2012 after having worked in the private sector for most of his life. With a degree in Hotel Restaurant Management and many years of experience under his belt, William brings a level of warmth and friendship to his clients. His cool, calm and collected attitude makes clients fall in love with him, and many stay in touch well after their events. You won’t find William in a typical black suit at Oceanbléu. Instead, you’ll see him in a classic Hampton aesthetic, with a slight nod to his creative style. With his undeniably charismatic attitude and strong work ethic, he is the driving force behind making Oceanbléu the top oceanfront wedding venue in The Hamptons.

Lynn Fodale

Administrator to the VP of Leisure and Logistics

Lynn Fodale came to CulinArt in 2003 with a degree in Business Management and over 20 years of managerial experience under her belt. In her role as Administrator to the Vice President of Leisure and Logistics, she is charged with scheduling, hiring, training and payroll for all 3 of our catering divisions – Philip Stone, Regal and Robbins Wolfe. Lynn is well known in the company as the right-hand to Lou Vogt because of her ability to work well under pressure and jump in when necessary. She leads by example and helps manage the company’s team of catering directors, chefs and servers. Her strong customer service and organizational skills coupled with her positive and professional attitude make her an invaluable member of the CulinArt Group Catering Collection. In her free time, she likes to rescue mistreated and displaced animals. She runs multiple Facebook groups and pages dedicated to the cause.

Tayla Gardner

Event and Catering Manager

Tayla Gardner is a Johnson and Wales University graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Nutrition. During her time at JWU, she interned in Walt Disney World and the New York Giants Training Camp. After graduating, she took her culinary passion to Hawaii and was on the opening team at what is now one of Waikiki’s top steakhouses. There she became lead Event Captain which launched her career in event planning. After moving back to New York, she quickly found her home at Lyndhurst Mansion with Philip Stone Caterers. At Lyndhurst, she is able to blend her knowledge of cuisine and her extensive fine dining training to create a perfect event for both her clients and their guests.

Moe Rajraji

Director of Catering

Mostafa “Moe” Rajraji is a 20-year veteran of the catering and hospitality business. He joined CulinArt Group with the acquisition of Philip Stone Caterers in 2002 and has played a key role in the growth and evolution of the social catering division of the company. Today, as the Sales and Catering Director for Sands Point Preserve (and several off-premise clients/locations), Moe utilizes not only his significant experience and industry relationships, but also his knowledge of style, pop culture and the culinary arts. With a blend of passion and persistence (sprinkled with a heavy dose of his perfectionist nature), he has planned events all over New York – from Manhattan throughout Long Island and straight out to the Hamptons – and has taken the “Moe Show” on the road to perform at exclusive weddings in Vermont and West Palm Beach. Several of his events have been featured in magazines such as Martha Stewart LivingThe Knot and Woodbury Magazine. Moe’s attention to detail and his honest approach have made him the go-to guy – not only for CulinArt Group Catering Collection, but for many, many of his long-term clients as well.

Peter Rocco

Regional Director of Operations

Peter Rocco joined CulinArt Group in 1999 at one of the company’s first recreational venues – Playland Park in Rye, NY. He worked hand in hand with Lou Vogt, Vice President of Leisure and Logistics, to elevate the comprehensive dining program at this county-owned amusement park, and gave special attention to corporate outings and events. As CulinArt Group expanded its footprint in the corporate and social catering arenas with the purchase of Philip Stone Caterers, Regal Caterers and Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs, Peter’s role also grew. He opened several event venues for the company. He and his team catered to the models, designers and celebrities at New York Fashion Week at Bryant Park for several seasons, and they produced the 15,000-person Q25 anniversary event for Qualcomm in San Diego. Today, Peter oversees and directs the day to day operations of the CulinArt Group Catering Collection, its venues and management teams – from New York City to the Hamptons. As Regional Director of Operations for the Events and Entertainment division of the company, Peter has partied with, and planned parties for, icons and celebrities such as Prince, the Clintons, Billy Joel, Kelly Ripa, Michael Bloomberg, Hoda Kotb, Howard Stern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Rob Thomas, and countless others. His all-time favorite, however, was Robert De Niro.

Tracey Rubenstein

Sales and Event Coordinator

With a creative spirit and eye for style, Tracy joined the CulinArt Group Catering Collection team in 2011, bringing with her an innate sense and understanding of the Long Island bar/bat mitzvah market. Tracy’s mantra is to “never follow but to lead,” and she incorporates that into every event she plans. Whether she is planning an anniversary dinner, bat mitzvah or wedding, Tracy’s blend of style, humor and professionalism keeps her clients coming back, year-after-year. Her repeat social clientele attests to her ability to create a unique, fabulous and unforgettable event. Her personality and passion shine through and have elevated her relationships with clients and team members. Tracy loves every second of the event planning experience, and finds no greater joy than seeing her visions come to light.

Philip Sinisi

Regional Executive Chef

Philip Sinisi, Regional Executive Chef, is the culinary leader of the Events and Entertainment division of CulinArt Group. He runs a team of on- and off-premises chefs, sous chefs and culinarians throughout the Tri-State area. Philip came to CulinArt with the acquisition of Philip Stone Caterers in 2002, and he quickly took the company by storm. He believes in nurturing talent and is dedicated to mentoring the up-and-coming generation of culinary artists. On a daily basis, Philip manages all logistical aspects of the catering division and works with his team on menu development and evolution. His success comes from decades of experience “in the trenches,” followed by many successful years as a restaurant entrepreneur on Long Island. Even today, Philip is always eager to learn. He takes pride in his relationships with young chefs and shares his experiences, just as they share their talent and creativity with him. Philip’s greatest joy comes from encouraging his chefs to take the lead and knowing he had a part in their journey. Always smiling and maintaining the utmost composure, Philip can take the heat of any kitchen. No challenge is too big and no job is too small. He is dedicated to the success of every event, from the first morsel to the last sip of espresso.

Lou Vogt

VP of Leisure and Logistics

Lou Vogt, Vice President of Leisure and Logistics for CulinArt Group, is the mastermind behind the company’s nationwide grand scale events and Social/Corporate Catering division. As his title asserts, logistics are his thing. Always “making-it-happen,” with a can-do attitude and the utmost professionalism, Lou leads the team of chefs, managers, and operations teams that are the CulinArt Group Catering Collection. Each and every event is important to Lou, and he demands the same commitment from his team. His dedication to his clients and the unwavering support he gives his team have propelled the Events and Entertainment division of CulinArt Group to new heights. He has hand-selected the best of the best in the catering industry and continues to grow and evolve the trio of brands that comprise the Catering Collection. Sleeping very little, and working virtually round-the-clock, Lou is constantly challenging his team to “take it up a notch.” He is a true leader and the backbone of the company’s catering division.

Sara White

Sales and Event Coordinator

Sara White chose to begin her journey in the Hospitality Industry by attending Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Hotel and Lodging Management with a concentration in Catering, Sales and Event Management.  During her undergraduate studies Sara worked in top hotels throughout the New England Area such as Marriott Hotels and Resorts and MGM Grand Hotel at Foxwoods Resort and Casino.  After graduating from Johnson and Wales in 2013, Sara started her career at the Garden City Hotel, a legendary and world class property which is known to be one of Long Island’s biggest landmarks.  Her climbing interest in Catering and Events led her to join CulinArt in 2014 where she became the Catering Administrator of CulinArt’s Glatt Kosher Catering Brand, Regal Caterers.  Regal Caterers at this time was currently in its early steps of opening its doors at Woodbury Jewish Center, which now has the reputable name of being one of the top Kosher Catering Venues across Long Island.  Throughout her four years of working under the Regal Brand, starting this step in her career with little knowledge of Glatt Kosher Catering, she soon grew to oversee all office operations, assist in all sales, plan and coordinate all in-house catering events, as well as act as air traffic control to all off-premise Glatt Kosher Catering Events as well as throughout all catering venues within the CulinArt Catering Collection.  Her four years of growing and assisting in the development of the Regal Brand, as well as planning her own wedding at one of our top catering venues, has now landed her in a new role as Sales and Event Coordinator under Philip Stone Caterers at the Village Club of Lake Success.

Ali Bernardi

Vice President of Marketing and Brand Strategy

Ann Marie Blatt

Creative Marketing Manager

Catherine Carlucci

Event and Catering Coordinator

Tom Cataldo

Senior Director of Catering

William Cataldo

Director of Sales and Catering

Lynn Fodale

Administrator to the VP of Leisure and Logistics

Tayla Gardner

Event and Catering Manager

Moe Rajraji

Director of Catering

Peter Rocco

Regional Director of Operations

Tracey Rubenstein

Sales and Event Coordinator

Philip Sinisi

Regional Executive Chef

Lou Vogt

VP of Leisure and Logistics

Sara White

Sales and Event Coordinator