Most recently a veteran of Daniel Boulud’s Dinex Group, where he was executive chef of the three Epicerie Boulud locations and their commissary kitchen, Crane has logged more than 15 years as a catering industry executive chef in New York and California and over 28 years in the food industry. Prior to joining Dinex, Crane was executive chef at Flik Hospitality, where he was in charge of executive dining services, corporate events and catering for two years after having spent the previous three years as executive chef at FCI Catering & Events. He also served as the executive chef for Mint Catering in NY for three years, Coast Catering in LA and San Diego for four years and Delicias in Rancho Sante Fe, CA for four year. His transition from restaurant top toque to catering executive chef came when Delicias opened a catering division in 2003 and he was tapped to run its culinary show. “Creating and orchestrating food for events means I’m developing new menus and working with different ingredients every day, which for me is the ultimate professional joy.” Crane’s other joys include diving and tending to his salt water aquariums at his home in Westchester where he resides with his loving wife. He is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu.
Executive Director of Service
Upon graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, Craig was accepted into the managerial succession planning program at the famed Waldorf Astoria hotel, where he worked in a number of positions over five years. Subsequently, he served as Banquet Director, Catering Sales Manager, and Director of Operations for New York at Cipriani; Director of Catering at the Museum of Natural History; Director of Catering at the Garden City Hotel; and Director of Banquet Services with Abigail Kirsch at Pier Sixty, The Lighthouse, and Current, before being reunited with his former colleague and close friend James Munz at Ziegfeld Ballroom in 2017. When not working, Craig spends his time with his wife Diana, his children Matthew and Lauren, and their dogs Junior and Sookie.
Maureen Acampora serves as the Beverage Director for both the Ziegfeld Ballroom and Gotham Hall. Beginning her work at Gotham Hall ten years ago, Maureen soon became the Beverage Manager at Gotham Hall before being promoted to Beverage Director. Prior to this, Maureen worked as a Manager for a music venue located in Greenwich Village while attending school.