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.

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.

Jessica Easton

Event Coordinator

Growing up in Westhampton Beach, a small town known for its understated elegance and beach chic yet luxurious style, Jessica let her imagination and artistic abilities run wild when she founded a premier private concierge service. Extremely detail-oriented by nature, she went on to plan and coordinate lavish dinner parties throughout The Hamptons and New York City from the ground up, using local unique rentals and fine caterers with exclusive entertainment for major international businesses, celebrities, philanthropists and politicians. After six years of success in her own company, she still felt that something was missing. By chance, she walked into her favorite oceanfront venue, Oceanbléu, and she knew then that wedding planning was what she found truly fulfilling. In July 2016, Jessica joined the team that runs the 80+ weddings and events at Oceanbléu each year.

Pejy Kash

Event Coordinator

When it comes to event planning, Pejy Kash’s love, passion and overall attitude are infectious. His recipe for orchestrating an unforgettable event is through the application of unique and wholly creative concepts with vivid emotional impact, along with a dollop of innovative flair. This, he believes, leaves clients and guests enthralled. For Pejy, an event is more than just putting together the basic building blocks. Instead, he approaches every party as a new experience, leveraging his attention to detail and ability to develop new concepts to create memories that last a lifetime. His personal approach to event planning and design make him a favorite amongst many Philip Stone and Regal Caterers’ clients – past, present and future.

Mary Muller

Social Media Manager

Crediting her time as a catering server for Philip Stone Caterers as the catalyst behind her love for all things events and weddings, Mary Muller has been with CulinArt Group since 2008. After graduating from Stony Brook University in 2011 with a degree in Journalism, Mary continued working in the events world. Following the planning of her own wedding, she decided to create a wedding blog. Within that blog, she saw the power of social media and was fascinated by its force. After soaking up all the knowledge that she could, she felt that she was ready to take on the Social Media Manager position for the CulinArt Group Catering Collection. Here, she combines her passion for weddings and events with her love of everything social. Representing the individual style of each of the venues and brands while maintaining a cohesive voice is the ultimate challenge – and is a task that she is more than willing to undertake.

Nicole Price

Event Coordinator

After honing her skills at several premier Long Island event spaces, Nicole Price joined the CulinArt Group Catering Collection in 2008. Over the years, Nicole has leveraged her diverse background and social catering experience and has developed into an extremely versatile and vital member of the Philip Stone Caterers’ team. Extremely focused, and paying fine attention to every last detail, Nicole has been charged with many key positions within the company’s portfolio, including restaurant and event management. Nicole finds a great thrill in seeing events through to completion. Her days are long and her commitment is unwavering. She plays a pivotal role in the expansion and growth of the company’s social catering division. Her dedication to the Philip Stone Caterers’ brand and its vision are one and the same, as she continues to elevate both personally and professionally.

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

District Manager of Events and Entertainment

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, including The Maritime Aquarium at NorwalkWestchester County Center, and Discovery TSX, to name just a few. Peter 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 Robbins Wolfe brand, their venues and events – from New York City to the Hamptons. He also manages the team of catering specialists and event managers at the comprehensive CulinArt Group Catering Collection’s 10+ venues. As District Manager for the Events and Entertainment division of the company, Peter has partied with and planned parties for icons and celebrities that include 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 (of course).

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.

Eric Veilleux

Executive Chef

With a broad background spanning over 20 years, Eric Veilleux is the creative and edgy Executive Chef at Oceanbléu. He brings a modern flair with rustic nuances to the restaurant and upscale catered events at the oceanfront resort and top-notch catering venue. When planning the menu for an event, Eric always strives to use seasonal and local ingredients. His talent for food presentation, style and taste delights his clients, impressing them from the start of the event through the end. His passion and drive for the industry keeps him heavily involved in all aspects of the events where he believes every detail counts, no matter the size.

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.

Ali Bernardi

Vice President of Marketing and Brand Strategy

Tom Cataldo

Senior Director of Catering

William Cataldo

Director of Sales and Catering

Jessica Easton

Event Coordinator

Pejy Kash

Event Coordinator

Mary Muller

Social Media Manager

Nicole Price

Event Coordinator

Moe Rajraji

Director of Catering

Peter Rocco

District Manager of Events and Entertainment

Tracey Rubenstein

Sales and Event Coordinator

Philip Sinisi

Regional Executive Chef

Eric Veilleux

Executive Chef

Lou Vogt

VP of Leisure and Logistics