“Serving It Forward”

and CGNY

Sean Rivera and Tracie Basch join forces to bring over 40 years of combined catering, restaurant, and event management experience to your events. We will create a magnificent event for you regardless of your event size, goal, or budget by capitalizing on our relationships with the city’s top restaurants, food purveyors, venues, and event service organizations. Plus, CGNY “Serves It Forward…”

Living in downtown Manhattan with a child of my own, faced with a financially challenged school, I knew my community needed to band together to make a change. CGNY “serves it forward” to the next generation by donating a percentage of our proceeds in your name to organizations whose mission is to help our children succeed.

By partnering with us to serve it forward, you maximize the efficiency of your dollar through organizations like:
• Concert Artist Guild
• Blessings in a Backpack
• Debra of America
• Big Brothers, Big Sisters

We know that choosing an organization to support can be a very personal choice.  We will direct the donation to an organization of your choosing.

Regardless of your choice, we will work with you to create a personalized and meaningful catered event.

The Team

Sean Rivera

Sean Rivera, founder of The Catering Group NY, has deep roots in the catering business that you can trust.  He started while attending NYU and cut his teeth with one of the country’s top caterers in the late 90s and was then recruited to work with the CBS Sports Sales Department while working a catered affair at the US Open.  He soon left CBS to become an entrepreneur and never work 9-5 again, owning a few companies along the way, including a popular NYC bar and restaurant. Sean’s passion for greeting guests and being front-of-house came full circle when he was asked to start his own catering business after several successful fundraisers for the Battery Park City school his son attended.  There, Sean also attracted attention for the company’s “Serve It Forward” philosophy. The Catering Group NY holds giving back as its highest motivation, to creating something that would be a brand-value for many years to come.  Enlist Sean and The Catering Group NY to elevate your next event.

Tracie Basch

Tracie has over 20 years’ experience in corporate event planning. She started her career with a Tech Start-Up managing their corporate events. In 1998 she joined a Fortune 10, consumer packaged goods company where she was responsible for the planning and implementation of Customer Recognition Events. She left them in 2003 for a Fortune 20 company in the Finance Sector where she managed Employee Award Recognition programs. In 2010, Tracie left the corporate world and began working with New York City-based non-profit organizations where she was responsible for all facets of their gala fundraising, from honoree selection to fundraising strategy to logistics. Tracie joined forces in 2012 with Sean to help build The Catering Group NY, bringing her skills and aesthetics to the Catering World.

Our Partners
“You can judge a man by the company he keeps.” – Euripedes

The same is true in business. Below are the businesses we consider VIP Partners for our events and come to you highly recommended by us.

Distilled Goods: Port Morris Distillery
Brigadeiro’s: My Sweet
Photography: Mark Stephen Kornbluth Photography
Music & Video: New York’s Best Musicians
Event Networking Association: Young Event Professionals
Website Builder & SEO Specialist: Mike Maturo