Liz Neumark ’77

Liz Neumark ’77 is a chef, entrepreneur, and food trailblazer, who has helped feed people’s bodies as well as their souls. Two years after graduating from Barnard, she cooked up the idea to employ New York City struggling actors in her business, Great Performances: Artists as Waitresses, which staffed private parties. Great Performances currently employs more than 700 and is among the largest independent catering and events companies nationwide. Along the way, Neumark’s company started to provide food preparation and delivery, and operate restaurants at museums and event spaces such as the Plaza Hotel. The company also purchased acreage in upstate New York for Katchkie Farm, which supplies organic produce to Great Performances and farmers’ markets. Anti-hunger organizations receive produce gratis. Her efforts inspired the concept of 100-mile menus, which use seasonal ingredients within 100 miles of the City. She serves on the Governor’s Food Policy Council and on the board of The Athena Center for Leadership Studies. In 2012, she was presented with Barnard’s Woman of Achievement Award.