Marian Harper - President
Marian Harper is the President and Owner of Carnegie Deli, an iconic, old world New York City deli that first opened in 1937. The Deli is best known for its kosher-style favorites such as pastrami, corned beef and brisket, which are cured and smoked in its nearby commissary. Carnegie Deli also bakes their world-famous cheesecakes and knishes there as well. Marian’s father, Milton Parker, was the CPM (Chief Pastrami Maven) who previously owned luncheonettes and coffee shops and took the helm of Carnegie Deli in 1976 from the original owners.
Born in Flatbush, Brooklyn, Marian Harper was raised in a middle-class family with a strong work ethic. She took various jobs, including day camp counselor, to get experience wherever she could, and during school breaks, got her start in the restaurant industry by cashiering in her father’s various restaurant businesses. Marian later attended Queens College, studying Elementary Education, received a Master’s degree in Elementary Education at Hunter College, and taught for a few years.
With her father’s approval, she decided to make a career change and shifted from teaching to the restaurant business, in order to contribute to the Carnegie Deli legacy. Marian started out at the Deli working as a cashier, and then took time off to raise her daughter, Sarri. Marian returned part-time and spearheaded the launch of the restaurant’s website. She designed the first Carnegie Deli t-shirt and created original merchandise items.
Today, as the President of the Carnegie Deli, Marian oversees the management, customer relations, licensing, branding, quality control, menu development, and e-commerce. Marian is now regularly “the face” of the Carnegie Deli and has appeared on many television and radio shows. She maintains a positive outlook despite the pressures of running a business that caters to devoted fans and tourists, as well as celebrities, athletes, dignitaries and politicians from all over the world.
Marian has also implemented giving back as part of the Deli’s ethos. Over the years, the restaurant has hosted various fundraising events and made numerous donations to Citymeals on Wheels, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and The Cohen Esophageal Cancer Initiative.
Marian is a true “foodie.” She is passionate about New York City and spends her time outside of the Deli at Broadway shows, museums, and film festivals. She also loves to travel, disco dance, attend cooking classes, play with Ruby the Yorkie, and work alongside with her daughter, Sarri (third generation).
Contact: Marian@carnegiedeli.comoffice-2007-key |
Sarri Harper - Director of Marketing & Communications (third generation)
Sarri Harper is the Director of Marketing and Communications of Carnegie Deli, an old world, iconic New York City deli that first opened in 1937. The Deli is best known for its kosher-style favorites such as pastrami, corned beef and brisket, which are cured and smoked in their nearby commissary. Carnegie Deli also bakes their world-famous cheesecakes and knishes there as well. Sarri’s grandfather, Milton Parker, was the CPM (Chief Pastrami Maven) who previously owned luncheonettes and coffee shops and took the helm of Carnegie Deli in 1976 from the original owners.
Born in Manhattan, Sarri Harper is the third generation in a lineage of matzo ball soup and cheesecake. Sarri has filled a number of roles at the deli. She answered phones while in high school, worked as a hostess during school breaks, and created marketing materials and a press kit while she was in college.
After graduating from Hofstra University and receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations, Sarri went on to work for NYC & Company, the official marketing and tourism organization for the City of New York.
However, the restaurant industry called her name, and Sarri went back to school to receive her diploma in Culinary Management from the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City. With her knowledge of Public Relations and Culinary Management, Sarri returned home to the family business, spearheading all communications efforts, including PR, social media, marketing partnerships, merchandising, and more as the Director of Marketing and Communications. One of Sarri’s favorite projects was creating her own line of Carnegie Deli dog treats inspired by her Yorkshire terrier, Ruby!
Sarri likes to explore the diverse neighborhoods in NYC, as well as going to Broadway shows, concerts, movies, and trying new restaurants.