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From Upper East Side to Your Kitchen Chef Aless Does It All

By Elisha Neubauer

Chef Alessandra Mac Carthy grew up in a kitchen. Her family owned the famed Mon Petit Café on 62nd ave in New York City, which had been open since 1984. Mac Carthy joined the family business as co-owner in 2001 and stayed in the position until early 2017.

Unfortunately, Mon Petit Café had seen the end of its spectacular run. After 32 years of business, the family opted to close the doors on the Café due to skyrocketing rent prices in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. While sad to see the business go, Mac Carthy took it as an opportunity to redirect her attention to her own business, Chef Aless Catering and Private Chef, on Fifth Avenue.

When it comes to a menu, Mac Carthy has an international flair with a focus on French cuisine. The variance in her menu allows her to utilize fan favorites from the Mon Petit Café menu while adding new creations of her own. Vegan passed meals, stationary stations, and Hor D'Oeuvres are also available. Flexibility is her main pride, however, and she's willing to work with the host(s) to create the perfect meal for anywhere from 200-350 people.

"I love pleasing people through food," Mac Carthy said. "I enjoy having an event go seamlessly and guests having a great time with the experience."

Having co-owned a successful restaurant, Mac Carthy has a clear understanding of how to manage both a kitchen and a front of house setting. She knows there is more to an experience than just the food. Great service is a key in the overall dining encounter.

"I know that great service from wait staff is as important as amazing food," Mac Carthy said.

Currently, in addition to her catering services, Mac Carthy is a private chef to households in New York City, Connecticut, and The Hamptons. She prides herself on being discreet, professional, and jovial.

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