Michael Scott Events

Michael Scott Events is a leading catering and production firm based in New York City. With decades of collective industry experience, our team provides a level of cuisine, service and design that is unparalleled in the special events arena.

The pillar of our mission is represented in our motto: "Your Taste, Our Style." We offer a unique and rare opportunity to partner with renowned chefs, designers, planners, and the like. Our talented MSE family excels in matching a client's vision with our own. With the Michael Scott team, you experience a fresh, rich, abundant and vibrant couture brand unlike that of any other - one that just happens to be kosher.

  • Michael Waiser

    Owner

    Michael's beliefs in quality, honesty, and integrity began as young man whose values were instilled in him through a strong upbringing. This is exemplified by his commitment to putting forth a product and service defined by the company's credo, "Your Taste, Our Style." Michael began his professional exploration at the famed Studio 54, where he managed their food and beverage concession for the acclaimed production "Cabaret," and the newly re-opened club, "Upstairs at Studio 54." Here he discovered his true passions: Special Event Production and Culinary Operations. He followed these passions to The Marriott/Sodexo Corporation as the Director of Catering for ABC Television, where he recognized his desire to create rather than facilitate. Now, as the owner of Michael Scott Events, he has taken and expanded upon his experience to develop one of the most celebrated catering companies in NYC.

  • Julian Salazar

    V.P. of Operations

    Although a "foodie" at heart, Julian fell into catering largely by accident. What started as a part-time job while he pursued a career in Audio Engineering quickly evolved into something more. Joining the MSE family at its infancy, Julian and Michael came up together in the grueling - yet gratifying - world of catering. Julian has stood by Michael's side through each and every evolvement of the Michael Scott brand. Julian genuinely tries to tailor his entire operation to suit the client's needs. As Director of Operations, he is always ready to step up to the challenge. Responsible for each and every detail of event production, Julian acts as our brand ambassador. He is devoted to the integrity upon which MSE thrives

  • James Paolantonio

    Director of Operations

    If raw talent and potential were a sport, James would be an Olympic Gold medalist. As the Operations Manager for MSE, JP is tasked with the coordination and execution of all logistics, both internally as well as during event production. James brings his talents and work ethic to MSE and will tell you his career has officially begun at MSE. Each and every client and event is given the same unparalleled attention from James - and you will often see him working overtime, going above and beyond - whether it’s late into the night or on the weekend - to ensure that our events are a wild success. Always a big dreamer, every day James witnesses the team exceeding not only the expectations of the clients - but also his own.

  • Greg Dionisio

    Executive Chef

    Born and raised in the food capital of the world, New York, Greg has always had an appreciation for the Culinary Arts. As a teenager, he honed in on this passion and engaged himself into the culinary arena. Starting his tutorial as a young man working in local eateries, it was only natural that Greg yearned for more fulfillment. Following his heart, he applied, and was accepted, to the acclaimed Culinary Institute of America. As a CIA graduate Greg coupled all he learned with his innate talent, drive and work ethic, paving his way into some of New York’s most prestigious kitchens: Guastavino’s, 583 Park Avenue, and most recently Tavern on The Green. Now joining our team as the Executive Chef, Greg will be tasked with supporting this celebrated catering company as they strive towards new heights.

  • Emira Perezic

    Director of Sales

    Born and raised in New York City, the daughter of a luxury boutique hotel’s general manager, it is no wonder that hospitality runs through Emira’s veins. Emira’s early exposure to luxury service paved a natural course to Boston University’s, School Hospitality Administration, where continued academic success landed her a position at the acclaimed Waldorf Astoria New York immediately upon graduation. As a sponge for knowledge, a tireless work ethic, and the recipient of tutelage from the industries most celebrated executive team, Emira was able to parley her experience at the Waldorf into a golden ticket within the hospitality arena. Landing at the Conrad Hotel and eventually opening the renowned private event space Aspire atop One World Observatory Emira’s trajectory towards success had no ceiling.

    Exposure being our greatest canvas, MSE bared witness to all Emira had to offer as she lead her team through a collaboration by the two at Aspire atop One World Trade Center. With an unwavering commitment to excellence, a stellar attention to detail, the ability to lead, educate, and derive a mutual respect amongst her peers, it was instantly evident that she would be a perfect complement to the MSE Team.

    Today, as the Director of Sales for MSE, Emira and Michael work side by side as they collaborate on any and all MSE events. Emira’s contagious pledge to the excellence of the product that she has helped develop, results in our clientele’s continued applause for the MSE brand. Emira is the back bone of the MSE integrity and is the fortitude of the bridge of communication between the sales and production teams.

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