The mission of Food Crush Hospitality is to make sure people want more of what we have to offer. It is to answer our calling to serve sincerely and fully with our restaurant and cocktail bar experiences, both independently, and for hotels through our collection of hospitality concepts.
We strive for each to offer its own culinary identity, but have a signature combination of thoughtful and memorable food with genuine value. In addition to running our own restaurants, we offer a full menu of hospitality services on a consulting basis. We aim to bring to each location an experience not only exciting for the present, but also sustainable for the future. Food Crush Hospitality specializes in inspiring event planning from corporate gatherings to weddings. Our tie to culture and the arts is a strong and subtle thread in all our creations.
With a strong connection to media, our team goes beyond brick and mortar and delves into the TV and digital production world. We develop show treatments for various mediums, and build creative content for social media platforms and beyond. As the ultimate full service group, we are risk takers, listeners and leaders when it comes to the future of the restaurant industry.
A builder and inventor at heart, Dale Talde drives the creative process for Food Crush Hospitality. He envisions and develops new concepts all the way from the food to design to atmosphere. With more than two decades in the business, Dale has not only cemented his culinary prowess, but also his many partnerships with developers, hoteliers, and another other notable chefs.
Dale’s passion for cooking began at a young age in his native Chicago where he learned to prepare meals alongside his mother in the kitchen. The proud son of Filipino immigrants, he grew up immersed in his family’s cultural heritage, while also enjoying the life of a typical American kid.
Dale applies this distinct Asian-American experience to the menu of his eponymous restaurant, TALDE, which first opened in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood in 2012. TALDE now has a second location in Jersey City, New Jersey. Dale debuted his first project in Manhattan with the opening of Massoni at the Arlo NoMad Hotel in November 2016. His second Manhattan restaurant called Rice & Gold opened in October 2017 at the 50 Bowery Hotel in Chinatown. Dale then ventured to Florida with three locations in the food hall Grandview Public Market in West Palm Beach. They are called The Corner, Clare's and Little Red Truck.
In addition to his work in the kitchen, Dale was also a three-time cheftestant on Bravo’s Emmy Award-winning culinary show, “Top Chef.” He competed in Season 4, “All Star” Season 8, “Top Chef Duels”, and became one of the show’s most popular cast members. Dale has competed on “Chopped,” “Iron Chef America,” “Knife Fight” and was also head judge on “Knife Fight” Season 4, as well as guest judge on both “Chopped” and “Beat Bobby Flay.”
In September of 2015, Grand Central Publishing released Dale’s first cookbook, Asian American, to rave reviews.
Agnes Talde heads operations and develops strategy for Food Crush Hospitality. In the constantly changing world of trends, Agnes brings a keen insight and unique perspective to the hospitality industry from years of working in media. She still works as a video correspondent for Foodable TV.
Before directing her focus to her love of food, Agnes was a senior on-air reporter at NY1 News, a 24-hour local news channel in NYC. Her breaking news reports covered everything from technology to politics to real estate. Prior to becoming a reporter, Agnes was an award-winning investigative producer.
Agnes graduated from New York University with a double major in Economics and Broadcast Journalism. While in school, she worked as a 'VJ for a Day' on MTV TRL and as a production assistant on Martin Scorsese's "The Departed."
Agnes does some occasional acting and commercial voiceover work. She made a few rounds in the pageant circuit, winning ‘Fan Favorite’ at the Miss New York USA 2012 competition. She is also a two-time Miss New Jersey USA finalist, once receiving ‘Best in Evening Wear.’ Agnes is a member of the Asian American Journalists Association and was selected to join the internationally run organization, Network of Korean-American Leaders.