Executive Chef Jennifer Day is at the helm of Chef Charlie Palmer’s Upper Story kitchen at the top of the Decoration & Design Building, where she combines her longtime passion for creating exceptional dinner party experiences with her incredible attention to detail for large scale catered events. A 20-year fan of Chef Charlie Palmer and his pioneer work in American cooking, Jennifer thrives when creating upscale comfort foods for Upper Story guests, such as her signature Red Wine Braised Beef Short Ribs with Herbed Polenta, as well as using as many local and seasonal products she can get her hands on. On working with Chef Charlie Palmer, Jennifer says, “I am so thrilled to work for someone I’ve admired and respected for so long. Throughout the years he’s been so generous with his knowledge and has been a mentor to so many great and successful chefs. Being part of this culture of cooking and teaching is really a dream come true for me.”
A native of Long Island, Jennifer’s life-long passion for food started at the age of six with an obsession with her Easy Bake Oven that has since sent her traveling around the globe. After attending culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu in Australia, she returned to her native New York and landed the job of a lifetime as the Chef de Cuisine at Gourmet magazine under the guidance of celebrity chef Sara Moulton. For eight years, Jennifer was at the helm of Gourmet’s entertaining kitchen and dining room, overseeing everything from planning menus for famous clients and foodies and executing large-scale gala parties, to hosting cookbook launches and developing recipes and menus that helped to bring the magazine to life.
In 2004, Jennifer founded Zest Caterers, the exclusive caterer for the magazine’s events. She soon expanded Zest to include planning and executing high-end corporate functions, as well as both casual and upscale personal celebrations such as weddings, baby showers, and birthdays. She also developed recipe for other lifestyle outlets like epicurious.com and Self magazine. Jenn then went on to become the Culinary Director for food and entertainment expert and Food Network personality, Claire Robinson. She also served as a chef instructor at the flagship Sur La Table in New York City, before becoming the Executive Chef of Benchmarc Events, the events and catering arm of Chef Marc Murphy’s restaurant group, Benchmarc Restaurants.
When not at Upper Story, she can be found training for marathons or spending time with her husband Matt and their daughter June at their home in Brooklyn, where they often cook together. Taking a page from her mom’s book, 7-year old June’s motto is, “Homemade is always better.”
About Upper Story
The best-kept-secret lunch spot for NYC’s designers and their discerning clients, Upper Story by Charlie Palmer sits 14 stories above 3rd Avenue at 59th Street in the prestigious Decoration & Design Building (DDB), a Cohen Design Centers property, owned by Charles S. Cohen. Upper Story, with cuisine by world renowned chef Charlie Palmer, features an American café menu by day and progressive American, seasonally-driven special events menus by night, featuring local ingredients expertly crafted into delectable dishes by Executive Chef Jennifer Day. With over 15 years’ experience in upscale events, Chef Day combines her life-long passion for food with her incredible attention to detail at Upper Story’s large-scale events.
Enjoy spectacular views of Manhattan for lunch, social or corporate functions in the 300 person event space (180 seated) and 1000 sq. ft. terrace. With a modern yet classic design approach, Upper Story offsets a soft color palette with dark nuances that complement both the daytime and nighttime views from the restaurant’s oversized windows, creating an elegant backdrop for uniquely themed private events, fundraisers, weddings, and more.
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Decoration & Design Building
979 3rd Avenue, 14th Floor (Between 58th & 59th Streets)
New York, NY 10022
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday: 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Available for private events every day of the week.