Allison Good ’94
Partner, Fourth Wall Restaurants
New York, N.Y.
As senior year drew to a close, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my degrees in English and French literature. So, after graduation, I went home to Rhode Island. One day, I was sent on an errand to a nearby farm. I came back with the produce my mother requested and a job working in the blueberry fields. One season quickly turned into three: I harvested pumpkins, drove tractors, made Christmas wreaths, and tied trees to cars. However, when I had to have my wisdom teeth removed, the bill arrived and I had an epiphany that a job that provided insurance would be wise.
I moved to San Francisco and got a job doing corporate and crisis PR for a large firm. I spent my free time pursuing my interest in food and wine.
After a few years, I moved to Boston, where I worked in technology PR. There, I learned that you should never take a job because you need the money.
I soon moved to New York. As I was constantly reading about chefs and restaurants, it dawned on me that they must have publicists. Coincidentally, around that time, my college roommate Ashley Chapman ’94 sent me a job listing for a boutique PR agency specializing in chefs, restaurants, and wine and spirits. I began working at Baltz & Company, where I worked with a roster of talented chefs, publicized restaurant openings, and kept established restaurants in the news.
In 2004, I began managing PR for The Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group. The role grew to include investor relations, marketing, advertising, and community relations. In 2007, the public company was sold, and the New York restaurants were purchased back to form Fourth Wall Restaurants. I was asked to be a partner. Every day brings much laughter and headaches — although what I love the most is that I am still learning.
in Hong Kong
Cindy Miller Stephens ’89 has lived in Hong Kong for 15 years with her husband, Chris Stephens ’81, and their three daughters. Cindy has produced two best-selling guidebooks based on her experience, including Hong Kong for Kids: A Parent’s Guide — currently enjoying a run at #1 on the Hong Kong nonfiction bestsellers list. Here are her tips.
Victoria Peak… is Hong Kong’s top tourist draw. Its views of Victoria Harbor and the South China Sea, fabulous eateries, and funky shops make it a “not-to-miss” spot. Hop on the Peak Tram, one of the world’s steepest and oldest funicular railways, for stunning views.
Star Ferry… This green-and-white iconic ferry has been doing the 10-minute “journey” across busy Victoria Harbor since the 1880s. It’s a great way to see the majesty of Hong Kong’s skyscrapers with the backdrop of the mountains. If you take your journey at exactly 8 p.m., you can see the free nightly Symphony of Lights show — the world’s largest permanent light and sound exhibition.
Dim Sum… YUM! My favorite spot to take visitors is Maxim’s City Hall. This cavernous eatery overlooks the harbor, and the dishes are paraded around in trolleys for you to select, one small morsel at a time. Fabulous!
South Side Beaches… The south side of Hong Kong Island faces the South China Sea and offers lovely beaches. Seaside choices abound: Repulse Bay Beach (the largest), South Bay Beach (quiet and secluded), Shek O Beach (old fishing village with faraway feel), and more.
Take a Hike… There are hiking trails all around the city — many of which are paved and lead to breathtaking vistas. For details, visit www.gov.hk/en/residents/culture/trail/.
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The spirit of alumni sporting their Colgate gear is seen here, there, and everywhere around the globe. Where was your latest spotting? On a Machu Picchu trek? At a mini-reunion in Pocatello? An election polling site in Houston? We’re collecting photos of Colgate sightings around the world. Send them to email@example.com.
David Wohl ’74 of Tucson donned his Colgate bike jersey while on a ride into Madera Canyon in southern Arizona.
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