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120 • Resident April 2013 The irrepressible Harriette Rose Katz is regularly cited as one of the country’s “ Top Ten “ wedding and event planners. With over 30 years’ experience, Katz is a true visionary, combining her extensive world travels with her passion for design and the culinary arts to create Gourmet Advisory Services.
She founded this revered New York-based event planning company in 1978 before the term “event planner” existed or was considered a career. Today, people understand the value of her profession and appreciate her as a master of her craft and as an artist.
In 2012, Ms. Katz was inducted as a “legend” into the New York Metro Chapter of the International Special Events Society, a perfect tribute to her absolute commitment and genuine enjoyment of her work. The values upon which Ms. Katz built Gourmet Advisory Services -- keen intuition, strict adherence to timing, ferocious attention to detail, and strong, trusting relationships with all her clients -- are reflected in each impeccable event that she and her dedicated team produce. Under her guidance, the company has designed and managed over 5,000 events, ranging from the most exquisite private social affairs to gala fundraisers and celebrity-studded weddings to Fortune 500 conferences. Declared the Number One Wedding Planner in Manhattan by New York Metro, Ms. Katz has had her talents showcased at the most exclusive venues in the city, including The Pierre Hotel, The St. Regis, Cipriani 42nd St, and The Waldorf Astoria. Among her many impressive accomplishments, Ms. Katz authored “Where to Seat Aunt Edna and 500 Other Great Wedding Tips,” which garnered critical acclaim from coast to coast. She served for 20 years as president and chief operating officer of the New York chapter of the Confrerie de la Chaine Des Rotisseurs, one of the world’s most prestigious food and wine organizations, and was a recipient of their Gold Star of Excellence. Most recently, Ms. Katz was inducted into the Biz Bash Hall of Fame and orchestrated the Guinness Book of World Record’s most expensive pet wedding in history. Last year Ms. Katz was asked to speak at the renowned Engage!12 Luxury Wedding Business Summit at The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach.
There, she recalled the first event she and her late husband, Marty Katz, produced as Gourmet Advisory Services, a holiday party at the Dionysus Club in Manhattan. “Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I Will Survive’ came on. I looked around at this incredible event we had built ourselves and I was so elated, I got goose bumps. I turned to Marty and I told him ‘Marty, you know what? I will survive.’” Jump to 2013 and she hasn’t just survived, she’s thrived and surpassed even her own wildest dreams. gourmetadvisory.comHARRIETTEROSE KATZEvent PlannerExtraordinaireBy Kayla BakenLegendary event planner Harriette Rose Katz120 • Resident April 2013