Food and Events: John Lo Manto and Lizz Torgovnick by Sara Blasingame

John Lo Manto

John Lo Manto helps Hearth Restaurant serve great food in
the East Village. Founded by Chef Marco Canora and Paul Grieco, Hearth’s menu
combines the traditional flavors and inspiration of Tuscany cuisine with an
American twist. The dishes change
daily so that the chef may take advantage of the freshest ingredients on the
market. Hearth also offers an extensive wine list, so that patrons can find the
perfect paring for their plate.

New York Magazine
recommends Hearth, but many of the readers complained that the food is too
expensive for the quality.[1]
However, the restaurant received a *star from the prestigious Michlen Guide
NYC. An entrée costs around $30, and a tasting menu (three courses plus
dessert) is available for $85.

Hearth is located at 403 East 12th St at 1st
Ave., and is open Sunday through Thursday from 6 to 10 pm and Friday and
Saturday from 6 to 11 pm.[2]


Steamed Chocolate Cake with Cardamom-Poached Pears &
Earl Grey Ice Cream

Lizz Torgovnick

Lizz Torgovnick graduated from Duke University in 2004 with
a B.A. in Visual Arts (with an Art History Minor). At Duke she received the
Mary Duke Biddle Visual Arts Award, the William J. Griffith University Service
Award, the Benenson Arts Grant, Undergraduate Research Support Grant in Fall
2003 and Spring 2004. As an artist, she works in the media of photography and
graphic design (please see the example of her work below). She interned in the
photography department at Fitness
Magazine and interned in the exhibition department of the International Center
of Photography.[3]

Lizz currently works with Paint the Town Red, a food and
events planning agency. Paint the Town Red founded by Howard Givner, helps its
clients, whether corporate, non-profit, or personal plan the events tailored to their needs in New York,
Madrid, Barcelona, Paris and Miami. The serve as a liaison between the clients
and the venues and vendors; they help the client find the right event location
with the food and entertainment to create a dream event. Their main goal is “to
ensure that the guests’ experience exceeds their expectations.”[4]


Go to
to see more of her work.

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information, including the image, was found at

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above information and the image below were found at

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