In its seventh year running, the Meet the Culinary Entrepreneurs lecture series features high-profile speakers from the restaurant, catering, specialty food, beverage, and retail world. This is an opportunity to hear how some of nation's leading culinary entrepreneurs grew their fledgling companies into highly successful businesses. After receiving his BA in government from Cornell University, Rob joined the family supermarket business in New Jersey, where, as president, he managed the company's rapid growth in the 1980s. He left to pursue a career in specialty foods with his purchase of New York's oldest cheese shop, Murray's, in Greenwich Village. A frequent writer and educator on cheese and specialty foods, Rob was profiled in the "New Yorker" and authored "The Murray's Cheese Handbook" (Random House). In 2008, Murray's Cheese partnered with Kroger, the country's largest traditional supermarket chain. Together, they have opened more than 175 Murray's branded cheese departments within Kroger's highest-volume stores nationwide, with more on the way. These lectures are free for current ICE students; $15 for alumni; and $40 for the general public.
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