Appointed Director of Restaurants
At The Pierre New York, A Taj Hotel in New York City - NY, USA
"We are delighted to welcome Suzanne to our food and beverage team," said François-Olivier Luiggi, General Manager of The Pierre. "Her extensive experience, creativity and expertise in building strong restaurant brands will bring a new dimension to all of our dining outlets, most especially Perrine."
Ms. Latapie launched the wildly popular Upper East Side restaurant, Bistro Chat Noir, in 2005. She remained as restaurateur until its closing earlier this year, building an avid, loyal following through close relationships with local businesses, hotel concierge teams, art galleries and local residents. Prior to establishing Bistro Chat Noir, Ms. Latapie spent 12 years at New York's legendary La Goulue and also worked at such renowned French restaurants in the city as Café Un Deux Trois, Le Perigord and Sign of the Dove.
"The Pierre's service approach is the same as mine has always been--go the extra mile and treat everyone like family," says Latapie. "The hotel also works with the region's top food purveyors for its legendary banquet functions and these locally sourced products make up 30 to 50% of Perrine's sourcing as well," says Latapie. "Most restaurants aren't able to offer this volume of local ingredients. Executive Chef Ashfer Biju's recipes really showcase these vibrant flavors."
The Pierre offers a robust calendar of special events at its three dining outlets. Perrine features festive holiday celebrations, including an outdoor Diwali party, multi-course Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Eve menus. The restaurant is launching a new Classic Hour bar menu this fall. Two E Bar & Lounge features the acclaimed Broadway At The Pierre monthly cabaret series, weekend jazz nights with artist-in-residence Antonio Ciacca and an award-winning daily Afternoon Tea; The iconic Rotunda offers tableside craft cocktails and light supper.
A North Carolina native, Ms. Latapie moved to New York to work as a choreographer, juggling auditions with a job as server at Café Un Deux Trois. She quickly discovered a passion for the restaurant business and shifted gears while still maintaining her love of dance. She graduated from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte and completed post graduate study at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She is the proud mother of two daughters and lives in New York.