OUR APPROACH

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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

TJ Girard creative director | owner

TJ Girard
creative director | owner

Bob Spiegel executive chef | owner

Bob Spiegel
executive chef | owner

 
Stella Rankin event specialist | partner

Stella Rankin
event specialist | partner

Karen Hillburn event specialist | partner

Karen Hillburn
event specialist | partner

Shana Sperling wedding specialist

Shana Sperling
wedding specialist

 
Emily Keisman event specialist

Emily Keisman
event specialist

Amanda Furino event specialist

Amanda Furino
event specialist

Erin Miller event specialist

Erin Miller
event specialist

 
Natalie Sturgis casting director

Natalie Sturgis
casting director

Sarah Rudkin event specialist

Sarah Rudkin
event specialist

Alex Persaud casting specialist

Alex Persaud
casting specialist

 
Marjorie Artieres lead designer

Marjorie Artieres
lead designer

Michael Bewley shop lead | furniture maker

Michael Bewley
shop lead | furniture maker

Donna Fisher furniture maker

Donna Fisher
furniture maker

 
Liana Rivera chef de cuisine

Liana Rivera
chef de cuisine

Tori Fusaro pastry chef

Tori Fusaro
pastry chef

Richard chef de partie

Richard
chef de partie

 
Sean Gallagher lead party chef

Sean Gallagher
lead party chef

Oceane Hooks-Camilleri lead design captain

Oceane Hooks-Camilleri
lead design captain

Fiona Thompson lead events captain

Fiona Thompson
lead events captain

 
Junior shipping specialist

Junior
shipping specialist

Jorge chef de partie

Jorge
chef de partie

Hugo chef de partie

Hugo
chef de partie

 
Jeffrey chef de partie

Jeffrey
chef de partie

EZ transportation specialist

EZ
transportation specialist

Orlando chef de partie

Orlando
chef de partie

 
Izidro chef de partie

Izidro
chef de partie

Munio chef de partie

Munio
chef de partie

Maria chef de partie

Maria
chef de partie