The creators of Maison Privé Catering (located in Greenwich, CT) were looking for an opportunity to bring their food into the community of Bedford, NY. It is their goal to offer healthy, delicious food into the homes of their friends, family, and neighbors. G.E. Brown is committed to bringing back an old-fashioned, time honored approach to the slow-food movement. They remain socially dedicated to protecting the inherent value that not only lies within each individually grown stalk of wheat, but also in the hand of the farmer who sows it. Their menus are distinctive and unique, yet reflect the bounty of each season.
While designing their retail space, they discovered that in the late 1890’s, the store G.E. Brown existed right in the village and served the local community. The team loved the idea of paying homage to a part of Bedford’s history and thus the store was named.
James & Jennifer Vellano
As a native New Yorker, Jennifer was inspired by her passion for food and love of local ingredients at a very young age. Having trained under James Beard award winners Dan Barber and Michael Anthony of Blue Hill, Blue Hill at Stone Barns and Gramercy Tavern, Jen graduated to the three starred Michelin restaurant Per Se, where she honed her skills under the careful guidance of Thomas Keller and Jonathan Benno. It was during this time that she met her future husband James.
James was shaped by his love of family, food and cooking, having been born into a family owned restaurant in upstate New York. He honed his skills while studying at Le Cordon Bleu in Canada, Australia and Paris. Part of the opening team at Café Boulud in Palm Beach, FL, James arrived at the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group in 2005 as a Chef de Partie at Per Se. His creativity and talent led him to become the Chef de Cuisine of Thomas Keller’s NYC Bouchon Bakery in 2006.
Once they moved to Bedford, NY, they realized the need for early morning coffee and more family friendly options. Thus G.E. Brown was born. Together they are partners at their successful catering company Maison Privé in Greenwich, CT.