Local Leaf’s offering is unique and sustainable, committed to providing freshly crafted food made from responsibly sourced Local ingredients. We take common menu items and make them uncommonly delicious in a new and exciting way.
Rick has been experimenting with food for as long as he can remember Growing up in Central New York, Rick developed a rich appreciation for quality local ingredients that quickly grew into fascination and love. He decided to pursue his passion at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. Upon graduation, Rick moved to New York City and gained experience cooking at some of the most reputable restaurants including Tabla, The Modern, and Jean-Georges at Columbus Circle. Four years ago, Rick decided to shift to corporate dining and began working at Google, bringing with him his wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm for high-quality restaurant cooking.
Jon started his career in food services at a young age working at catering halls and restaurants, in his home town of Marlboro, NJ. He went on to pursue his passion at SUNY Oneonta, where he received a bachelors degree in Food Service and Restaurant Management. For the past 8 years, Jon has worked for Restaurant Associates, the nation’s premier foodservice, restaurant and catering company. He has successfully managed some of the biggest accounts (Princeton University, The New York Times, ABC/Disney, MTV), currently overseeing operations for all seven of Google NYCs Cafes and 225 employees.
Solomon is a seasoned food service industry leader and was raised on the philosophy that “passion brands” are built by engaging with consumers in ways that enrich their daily lives. Solomon brings 15 years of hospitality and foodservice management experience with managerial and executive roles at companies like Enterprise Car Company, Todai, and a restaurant group that launched 8 Japanese restaurants and a Gelato franchise. In 2008, he relocated to New York to launch 16 Handles Frozen Yogurt, where the brand has since exploded into the leading frozen dessert franchise in the Greater NY market. Through smart marketing that merges grassroots, social and strong PR efforts, Solomon pioneered the concept into what is now over 40 operating locations across the East Coast and in the Middle East. Solomon has been featured on MSN, CNBC, Bloomberg News, ABC News, Fox Business, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, among many others.
Shaun carries extensive knowledge in accounting, tax, management, and financial planning Shaun and was awarded “The Outstanding Achievement and Excellence Award” by the New York State Society of CPA’s for his achievements in college. He then went on to join a very prominent accounting firm in Manhattan, (Anchin Block & Anchin) where he conducted audits and prepared tax returns for some of the largest businesses in the tri state area, Florida, and Colorado. Just 5 years ago Shaun joined his father’s accounting firm “The Goodman Group” who specialize in providing small businesses and individuals with accounting, tax, and consulting services.