About: Our Team
Owner & Managing Partner
Delmonico's Restaurant Group
Dennis Turcinovic learned the in's and outs of the hospitality industry at an early age. Inspired by his father's passion and success as a restaurateur, Dennis spent each weekend from the time he was seven years old at his family's restaurant, rolling up his sleeves wherever he was needed. Today, at age 34, Dennis is spearheading the expansion of the Delmonico's dynasty as Owner and Managing Partner of Delmonico's Restaurant Group.
Over the years, Dennis sunk his teeth into all aspects of the restaurant business, working his way from the kitchen to the front of the house until finally being appointed General Manager of Delmonico's Restaurant in 1998. A short time later in 2001, Dennis became Managing Partner of Delmonico's and the driving force behind its renaissance, reestablishing the landmark restaurant's prominence in the culinary arena and successfully evolving the iconic brand while preserving its historic roots.
Dennis manifested his vision for the Delmonico's empire by creating Delmonico's Restaurant Group in 2012. In addition to Delmonico's flagship location in downtown Manhattan, the restaurant collection includes the newly-opened Delmonico's Kitchen – a chic, Midtown eatery that offers a modern twist on Delmonico's original menu – and Delmonico's 1837, slated to open in Southampton, Long Island in Spring 2013.
Drawing upon his keen knowledge of food safety and passion for fine cuisine, Dennis further expanded the Delmonico's brand with the launch of Delmonico's Distribution, thrusting Delmonico's renowned gourmet sauces into the retail market. With Dennis at the helm, plans for global expansion are underway for Delmonico's Restaurant Group as it continues to redefine the standard of epicurean excellence.
A dedicated foodie and wine enthusiast, Dennis frequently travels throughout the United States, Europe, and South America in search of inspiring new culinary experiences. His particular enthusiasm for the wines of California is reflected in Delmonico's award-winning wine list, which features several labels from Dennis's personal cellar.
In addition to being a fine-dining connoisseur, Dennis also runs his own film, television and gaming production company called The Electric Elephant.
Delmonico's Restaurant Group
Executive Chef Billy Oliva's love of the culinary arts began in childhood. At the age of 12, Billy took his first restaurant job at Fraunces Tavern under Chef Guy Gautier, just blocks away from Delmonico's flagship restaurant in New York's Financial District. Today, as the Executive Chef of Delmonico's Restaurant Group, Chef Billy brings a globally inspired, seasonal approach to Delmonico's legendary cuisine – the United States' first fine-dining restaurant, and the birthplace of the Delmonico's Steak, Baked Alaska, Eggs Benedict and Lobster Newburg, to name a few.
A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Billy worked in kitchens, cafés and taverns throughout the United States and Europe over the years, studying under culinary legends such as former Tao chef, Sam Hazen. Chef Billy pursued his passion through London, Seville and Southern Italy, where he encountered new flavors and techniques that helped shape his culinary path. Upon making his way to West Cork, Ireland, Chef Billy took over The Baltimore Customs House, where his tasting menus earned the Michelin Bib Gourmand.
Fusing modern influences and traditional techniques, with an emphasis on fresh, local and organic ingredients, Chef Billy breathes new life into Delmonico's signature dishes, while preserving the restaurant's iconic history and original standards.
Chef Billy was instrumental in defining the culinary direction of Delmonico's new sister restaurant, Delmonico's Kitchen, which launched in November of 2012 in Midtown Manhattan. "DK" as it is so nicknamed, offers a contemporary twist on Delmonico's flagship menu in a chic and lively setting. Chef Billy's culinary vision will also play a vital role in the launch of Delmonico's 1837, slated to open in Spring 2013 in Southampton, Long Island.
Chef Billy's career has been recognized by CNN, The New York Times, ABC's The Chew, History Channel, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, Martha Stewart Radio, Good Day New York, FOX News and Food Network's Throwdown with Bobby Flay.
Director of Sales and Marketing
Delmonico's Restaurant Group
With more than 20 years of experience in the restaurant, catering and event-planning business, Carin Sarafian brings a comprehensive understanding of today’s market, trends, and industry standards to her role as Director of Sales and Marketing for Delmonico’s Restaurant Group. Since joining the Delmonico’s team in 2008, Carin’s extensive hospitality and special events background, coupled with her creative flair have continued to play a pivotal role in the expansion of the iconic brand’s empire.
Throughout her prolific career, Carin has designed and produced some of New York City’s most prestigious media, social and philanthropic events including AMFAR’s Gala Benefit Dinner, David Bowie’s 50th Birthday Celebration and HBO’s Sopranos Premiere Party, as well as a number of events for the Film Society of Lincoln Center. During her five years as Catering Director for the United Nations, Carin orchestrated countless successful events in the corporate and diplomatic arena, including multiple Heads of State Luncheons.
Prior to joining Delmonico’s, Carin worked with renowned Manhattan restaurateur Giuseppe “Pino” Luongo, serving as Special Events Director for several of his highly regarded restaurants such as Centolire, Il Toscanaccio, Tuscan Square and the Coco Pazzo Collection. A native New Yorker, Carin has also overseen group sales and special events for numerous recognized hospitality brands such as Omni Hotels and The Hudson River Club, among others.
Today, as Director of Sales and Marketing for Delmonico’s Restaurant Group, Carin directs all corporate and social banquet accounts for Delmonico’s Restaurant, Delmonico’s Kitchen and the soon-to-be-open Delmonico's of Southampton Est. 1837, managing both sales and marketing initiatives as well as special event logistics.
Carin earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Northeastern University in Boston, Mass.