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Join us at the Brooklyn Heights Library on March 14th, when career maître d' and author Michael Cecchi-Azzolina will be reading from and discussing his new book with Andrew Friedman, answering audience questions, and signing books. Books will be available for purchase from Books Are Magic.

Your Table Is Ready is a front-of-the-house Kitchen Confidential from a career maître d’hotel who manned the front of the room in New York City's hottest and most in-demand restaurants. From his early career serving theater stars like Tennessee Williams and Dustin Hoffman at La Rousse right through to the last pre-pandemic-shutdown full houses at Le Coucou, Cecchi-Azzolina has seen it all. In Your Table Is Ready, he breaks down how restaurants really run (and don’t), and how the economics work for owners and overworked staff alike.

Michael Cecchi-Azzolina has been in the restaurant industry for more than thirty-five years. From his early career at La Rousse, he has gone on to run the front of house at New York’s most famous and influential restaurants, including The Water Club, The River Cafe, Raoul's, and Le Coucou. Michael is a Brooklyn native whose first job at a Bensonhurst candy store launched his career in hospitality.

Andrew Friedman is the author of Chefs, Drugs, and Rock & Roll: How Food Lovers, Free Spirits, Misfits, and Wanderers Created a New American Profession (Ecco/HarperCollins, 2018), and of the forthcoming book The Dish, to be published by Mariner Books/HarperCollins this fall. He also hosts and produces the independent podcast Andrew Talks to Chefs, currently in its fifth year. As a book collaborator, he co-edited the popular anthology Don’t Try This at Home, and has partnered on more than 25 cookbooks, memoirs, and other projects with some of America’s finest and most well-known chefs, from legends like Alfred Portale to today’s tastemakers, such as Paul Liebrandt and Michael White, to an upcoming autobiographical book by Daniel Boulud, to be published by Grand Central Publishing. He is a proud resident of Brooklyn, NY.

This is a free event. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. For more information call 718.623.7100 or visit the branch.


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