OUR APPROACH

OUR APPROACH

 LEXICON

LEXICON

 TEAM

TEAM

We have nothing against conventional catering, it's just not what we do.

As top-tier NYC culinary veterans with extensive experience in event catering, we believe our clients deserve a taste of something new and unpredictable, an experience that leverages the best food with never-before-seen presentation.

So we created Pinch Food Design, a bold new brand of catering powered by a state-of-the-art kitchen and design workshop devoted solely to the creation of one-of-a-kind “food furniture.” Our intention? To impress, entertain and inspire with food as delicious as it is daring, and design as inviting as it is innovative.

Led by the groundbreaking chef/designer duo of Bob Spiegel and TJ Girard, the Pinch team is driven by an uncompromising commitment to incite surprise, anticipation and delight with every bite while wowing our clients – and their guests – with imaginative presentation combinations that redefine the art of celebration.

lexicon

  chef's ta•ble   1. A quiet demo in which the chef assembles, seasons, slices and stacks bites of food live at an event, in full view of the guests.  2. An engaging presentation that brings the kitchen out to the party.

chef's ta•ble

1. A quiet demo in which the chef assembles, seasons, slices and stacks bites of food live at an event, in full view of the guests.

2. An engaging presentation that brings the kitchen out to the party.

  food de•sign   1. The art of displaying food in a way that enhances its integrity while drawing the guest to it with visually stunning, mouth-watering presentation.

food de•sign

1. The art of displaying food in a way that enhances its integrity while drawing the guest to it with visually stunning, mouth-watering presentation.

  hap•pen•ing   1. A short-lived but high-impact experience that creates buzz and curiosity among guests at an event. Also mentioned in: pop-up.

hap•pen•ing

1. A short-lived but high-impact experience that creates buzz and curiosity among guests at an event. Also mentioned in: pop-up.


 
  in•ter•ac•tion   1. An interactive food station that encourages guests to experience presentation and flavor reciprocal action.  2. A modern interpretation of the cocktail buffet.

in•ter•ac•tion

1. An interactive food station that encourages guests to experience presentation and flavor reciprocal action.

2. A modern interpretation of the cocktail buffet.

  interactive course   1. Also known as "inter-course," this is a modern interpretation of the plated meal.  2. An interactive plated presentation of flavorful food served at a dining table that encourages guests to play and therefore making the event more exciting and memorable.

interactive course

1. Also known as "inter-course," this is a modern interpretation of the plated meal.

2. An interactive plated presentation of flavorful food served at a dining table that encourages guests to play and therefore making the event more exciting and memorable.

  nap•kin nook   1. A built-in compartment on a passing tray or interaction from which the guests can retrieve a single cocktail napkin.  2. A practical alternative to grabbing a napkin from a waiter's hand.

nap•kin nook

1. A built-in compartment on a passing tray or interaction from which the guests can retrieve a single cocktail napkin.

2. A practical alternative to grabbing a napkin from a waiter's hand.

 
  pass•ings   1. Any food, from hors d'oeuvres to desserts, brought to a guest by a waiter and and meant to be eaten while standing up; can be served in plates, bowls, or on spins and Pinch forks.

pass•ings

1. Any food, from hors d'oeuvres to desserts, brought to a guest by a waiter and and meant to be eaten while standing up; can be served in plates, bowls, or on spins and Pinch forks.

  pinch   1. A very small amount of something that changes the nature, vision or flavor of what it’s added to.  2. A small but powerful component that elevates an experience to something richer and more wonderful than it could ever be without it.  3. Something extra that once added to a larger, main ingredient enhances its overall impact without dominating the complete product.  4. A playful yet provocative squeeze between the thumb and finger meant to arouse awareness in the recipient: “Pinch me, I’m dreaming!”

pinch

1. A very small amount of something that changes the nature, vision or flavor of what it’s added to.

2. A small but powerful component that elevates an experience to something richer and more wonderful than it could ever be without it.

3. Something extra that once added to a larger, main ingredient enhances its overall impact without dominating the complete product.

4. A playful yet provocative squeeze between the thumb and finger meant to arouse awareness in the recipient: “Pinch me, I’m dreaming!”

  pinch bowl™   1. A custom-designed plate/bowl intended to rest atop a wine or drink glass, enabling guests to eat with a fork while holding a beverage.

pinch bowl™

1. A custom-designed plate/bowl intended to rest atop a wine or drink glass, enabling guests to eat with a fork while holding a beverage.

 
  pinch fork™   1. A custom-designed utensil with two prongs; used for serving several layers of food without compromising the integrity of each individual ingredient.  2. An ingenious way to display a perfect forkful of flavor.

pinch fork™

1. A custom-designed utensil with two prongs; used for serving several layers of food without compromising the integrity of each individual ingredient.

2. An ingenious way to display a perfect forkful of flavor.

  pop-up   1. A “catering food truck” that emerges quickly out of nowhere, serves food, then disappears.  2. A five to ten-minute happening during which food is hand-served out of a small, mobile food station.

pop-up

1. A “catering food truck” that emerges quickly out of nowhere, serves food, then disappears.

2. A five to ten-minute happening during which food is hand-served out of a small, mobile food station.

  pre-plat·ing   1. The act, completed by a chef, of perfectly portioning and seasoning a plate of food fresh for a guest.

pre-plat·ing

1. The act, completed by a chef, of perfectly portioning and seasoning a plate of food fresh for a guest.

 
  shar·ing   1. A deliberate mingling aid in which an obviously incomplete component of a recognizable finger food is served to one guest while its complement is served to another guest.  2. A great incentive to socialize; an icebreaker, a conversation starter.

shar·ing

1. A deliberate mingling aid in which an obviously incomplete component of a recognizable finger food is served to one guest while its complement is served to another guest.

2. A great incentive to socialize; an icebreaker, a conversation starter.

  sil·i·cone cloth   1. A reusable, easy to clean and eco-friendly tablecloth used for chef’s table.

sil·i·cone cloth

1. A reusable, easy to clean and eco-friendly tablecloth used for chef’s table.

  slot bam·boo   1. A custom-designed bamboo skewer with a corkscrew-like end that maintains levels of taste and texture by keeping crisp, dry ingredients separate from their juicy counterparts.

slot bam·boo

1. A custom-designed bamboo skewer with a corkscrew-like end that maintains levels of taste and texture by keeping crisp, dry ingredients separate from their juicy counterparts.

 
  spin™   1. A custom-designed utensil that combines the shallow bowl of a spoon with the pin-like end of a skewer; allows guests to “spin” from a dry ingredient to a liquid or wet ingredient with confidence and ease.

spin™

1. A custom-designed utensil that combines the shallow bowl of a spoon with the pin-like end of a skewer; allows guests to “spin” from a dry ingredient to a liquid or wet ingredient with confidence and ease.

 
 

team

  Bob Spiegel  executive chef | owner

Bob Spiegel
executive chef | owner

  TJ Girard  creative director | owner

TJ Girard
creative director | owner

  Karen Hillburn  event specialist | partner

Karen Hillburn
event specialist | partner

  Amanda Furino  event specialist | director of operations

Amanda Furino
event specialist | director of operations

  Shana Sperling  event + wedding specialist

Shana Sperling
event + wedding specialist

  Elisabeth Law  event specialist

Elisabeth Law
event specialist

  Marjorie Artieres  lead designer

Marjorie Artieres
lead designer

  Dave Gulino  chef de cuisine

Dave Gulino
chef de cuisine

  Tori Fusaro  pastry chef

Tori Fusaro
pastry chef

  Melinda Kifner  event specialist

Melinda Kifner
event specialist

  Sarah Rudkin  event specialist

Sarah Rudkin
event specialist

  Erin Miller  event specialist

Erin Miller
event specialist

  Natalie Sturgis  casting director

Natalie Sturgis
casting director

  Alex Persaud  casting specialist

Alex Persaud
casting specialist

  Silvia Grosso  lead party chef

Silvia Grosso
lead party chef

  Yaros Stor  lead beverage captain

Yaros Stor
lead beverage captain

  Fiona Thompson  director of service

Fiona Thompson
director of service

  Junior  shipping manager

Junior
shipping manager

  Jochy Martinez  shipping specialist

Jochy Martinez
shipping specialist

  George Guevara  shop manager

George Guevara
shop manager

  Izidro  chef de partie

Izidro
chef de partie

  Jorge  chef de partie

Jorge
chef de partie

  Hugo  chef de partie

Hugo
chef de partie

  Henry  chef de partie

Henry
chef de partie

  Raciella  chef de partie

Raciella
chef de partie

  Richard  chef de partie

Richard
chef de partie

  Renato  chef de partie

Renato
chef de partie

  Adriana  chef de partie

Adriana
chef de partie

  Nikki  chef de partie

Nikki
chef de partie

  Munio  chef de partie

Munio
chef de partie

  Fernando  shipping specialist

Fernando
shipping specialist

  Richard  chef de partie

Richard
chef de partie