Meet the Directors & Advisors of Monet’s Palate
Aileen wrote and created “Monet's Palate” out of her passion for all the worlds Monet inhabited…his art, his cuisine, and his gardens. She is the President of an independent film company dedicated to bringing projects about art and food to life. Aileen is also President and Founder of Monet’s Palate,Inc.
Aileen is a member of the prestigious International Association of Culinary Professionals.
Barry has believed in Monet's Palate from its conception and has been a guide and friend. He is a food consultant in the restaurant and entertainment business. In 1975, Barry opened the now famous restaurant Quilted Giraffe in New York. Later, he was named Head of Special Ventures for Sony Music Corporation where he produced a dining club located on the top story of the Sony Entertainment Building and remained executive president until 1995. In 1996, he started Restaurant City, an internet site catering to the restaurant entertainment business. You can even find a pizza pie named after him, Barry Wine Pizza, at Mercer's Kitchen in Soho, New York.
He studied architecture at Columbia University and majored in law at Chicago University.
Since 1980, Helen has been largely responsible for the renaissance of Monet's home and garden. In addition, she founded the volunteer program some 35 years ago. Helen has resided at the museum each spring sharing her passion for Monet. It was at Monet's dining room table in Giverny where an inspired conversation about Monet's passion for food, entertaining and a life well led gave birth to Monet's Palate. A Toast to Monet!
Barbara has been a driving force behind Monet’s Palate even before the film release. Barbara is a famed restaurateur and designer of SPAGO. Read more on Barbara's website.
Silicon Valley to Giverny - that's a leap! In Chuck's case a leap of belief in Monet's Palate. Currently COO and President of Upstream, Inc., Chuck is also co-founder of Esurance and helped build it into the fastest growing auto insurance company in the US. Chuck also served as CEO of Ustream TV, the leader in live interactive video broadcasts. He contributes significant e-commerce and business prowess as a Director to Monet's Palate.
Chuck holds a BS in Engineering Mechanics from the US Air Force Academy, an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.