Mr. Cardona began his career in the Finance sector but an undeniable connection to the hospitality industry and a passion for food and wine led Mr. Cardona back to the food & beverage industry. Mr. Cardona spent several years at Italian Wine Merchants where he spearheaded several Marketing and Business Development initiatives. He opened his first restaurant, dell’anima, in October 2007 and, following its immediate success, he and his partners opened their second restaurant, L’Artusi, in December 2008. Mr. Cardona formed Epicurean Capital (“EpCap”) and Epicurean Management Company (“EMCo.”) in Q1 2009 before proceeding to open Anfora in May 2010, L’Apicio in October 2012, and Epicurean Events in September 2013. Mr. Cardona holds a B.S. in Business Management from Cornell University, with a concentration in Food Marketing. Mr. Cardona sits on the board of Wellness in the Schools and Heritage Radio Network, and on the advisory boards of Greenwich House, Fourth Arts Block and the Food and Finance High School.