Upper Story by Charlie Palmer Welcomes Jennifer Day as Executive Chef
The Decoration & Design Building’s all-new private event space and café has a new chef overseeing its culinary programs
June 3, 2015, New York, NY—Upper Story by Charlie Palmer, the newly opened private events venue and daytime café in Manhattan’s D&D Building welcomes a new Executive Chef, Jennifer Day. With over 15 years of culinary experience coupled with a life-long passion for food that started with an Easy Bake Oven at the age of six, Chef Day is a welcome addition to the Upper Story and Charlie Palmer Group team. A New York native, Day brings a fresh approach to Upper Story’s daytime café and private events menus in signature Palmer progressive American fashion.
After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu in Australia, Jennifer returned to New York where she honed her skills and expertise over the years under several mentors and celebrated chefs that include Sara Moulton, Claire Robinson, and Marc Murphy. Under Moulton, Jennifer was the Chef de Cuisine at Gourmet magazine where she oversaw the publications entertaining kitchen, taking care of everything from planning menus for famous clients and foodies and executing large-scale gala parties, to hosting cookbook launches and developing recipes and menus that helped to bring the magazine to life.
In 2004, Jennifer founded Zest Caterers, the exclusive caterer for the magazine’s events. She soon expanded Zest to include planning and executing high-end corporate functions, as well as both casual and upscale personal celebrations such as weddings, baby showers, and birthdays. She also developed recipe for other lifestyle outlets like epicurious.com and Self magazine. Jenn then went on to become the Culinary Director for food and entertainment expert and Food Network personality, Claire Robinson. She was also a chef instructor at the flagship Sur La Table in New York City, before becoming the Executive Chef of Benchmarc Events, the events and catering arm of Chef Marc Murphy’s restaurant group, Benchmarc Restaurants.
Now at the helm of Chef Charlie Palmer’s Upper Story kitchen, Jennifer combines her longtime passion for creating exceptional dinner party experiences with her incredible attention to detail for large scale catered events. A 20-year fan of Chef Charlie Palmer and his pioneer work in American cooking, Jenn is most looking forward to creating upscale comfort foods for Upper Story guests like her signature Red Wine Braised Beef Short Ribs with Herbed Polenta, as well as using as many local and seasonal products she can get her hands on. Of her new appointment Jennifer says, “I am so thrilled to work for someone I’ve admired and respected for so long. Throughout the years he’s been so generous with his knowledge and has been a mentor to so many great and successful chefs. Being part of this culture of cooking and teaching is really a dream come true for me.”
Of Jennifer’s appointment as Executive Chef at Upper Story, Chef Palmer says, “Jenn is exactly what we were looking for at Upper Story: A classically trained chef with incredible experience in large scale catered events. We’re so fortunate to have her on our team.”
When not at Upper Story, she can be found training for marathons or spending time with her husband Matt and their daughter June at their home in Brooklyn, where they often cook together. Taking a page from her mom’s book, 7-year old June’s motto is, “Homemade is always better.”
About Upper Story by Charlie Palmer
Upper Story by Charlie Palmer is a premier private event destination in Manhattan’s iconic D&D building. With breathtaking city views from its 14th floor oversized windows and expansive balcony, Upper Story is a luxurious and contemporary setting for any celebration. With a modern yet classic design approach, Upper Story offsets a soft color palette with dark nuances that complement both the daytime and nighttime views beyond Upper Story’s 1000-square foot balcony, creating an elegant backdrop for uniquely themed private events, fundraisers, weddings, and more.
The Decoration and Design Building (DDB) is the world’s leading design resource center, serving an international array of design professionals and enthusiasts, many of whom are some of the biggest names in interior design and architecture. The DDB’s 130 luxury showrooms, offer an incomparable line-up of residential and commercial products. As an institution, the DDB provides its visitors with a unique experience, comprised of informative yet entertaining seminars, professional programs, networking opportunities, and exclusive design services. Charlie Palmer's Upper Story Events Venue & Café, located on the 14th floor with breathtaking views of the city, serves lunch Monday through Friday.
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