An Intimate Dinner  Celebrating The Fourth Annual Artist In Industry Award


Wednesday November 6, 2019
Cocktails at 7pm
Dinner at 8pm

Join us for an intimate dinner celebrating Chocolate Factory supporters Sarah Obraitis and Hugue Dufour of M. Wells Steakhouse and Elliot Park of Shine Electronics as they jointly receive the Fourth Annual Artist in Industry Award.

Contribute to our Artist Commissioning fund in honor of Elliot, Sarah and Hugue to support the commision of a 2019/2020 season Artist.

The Artist in Industry Award was created in 2016 to recognize business professionals with strong connections to The Chocolate Factory who have demonstrated creativity and artistry in their careers, thus impacting their fields as a whole.

Sarah Obraitis (raised in Queens) and Hugue Dufour (hailing from Montreal) are the critically acclaimed restaurateurs behind the iconic LIC establishments M. Wells Steakhouse, M. Wells Dinette at MoMA PS1, and M. Wells Diner. For nearly ten years, Obraitis and Dufour have been “waging a merciless attack on all that is fastidious and fussy in modern dining” (Pete Wells, New York Times) while supporting their Western Queens community in lasting and critically important ways. M. Wells is “a remarkable place, a restaurant located right at the intersection of hippie idealism and punk-rock cool” known for “feeding the lust in your gut for a meal that is not just a dinner but a feast” with “a ridiculous dish, a perfect meal” (Pete Wells, New York Times). Prior to opening M. Wells, Dufour was a chef and partner at the acclaimed Montreal restaurant Au Pied de Cochon. Sarah and Hugue are important to the LIC community in countless ways. They live in the neighborhood and are raising their daughter Crystal here. Inside their restaurant, they are unapologetically committed to their unique vision (much like The Chocolate Factory!). Outside their doors, they organize street fairs, support immigrant families, and so much more.

Elliot Park is the Chief Executive Officer of Shine Electronics; a New York City based family-owned global mobile electronics distributor that has been in business since 1974. Elliot is an award winning, nationally recognized thought leader on mobile technology resale and export distribution. In 2014, as the new CEO, he realigned the business model towards purchasing new and used mobile phones and accessories from the major U.S. telecom carriers. Since then, Shine is now one of the fastest growing companies that services the reverse logistics industry in telecommunications. Elliot is a nationally recognized business and community leader where he has been an advocate for Asian American businesses at the local, national and international levels. In 2015, he was tapped for his business leadership expertise and participated in international trade policy roundtables on behalf of Asian American businesses to the White House National Economic Council. He was also an official delegate of President Obama’s Official Trade Delegation to the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Small Medium Enterprise CEO Summit in Manila, Philippines. Because of his leadership, advocacy and Shine’s commitment to environmental stewardship, Mr. Park was awarded the 2015 Minority Business Exporter of the Year by the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington D.C. With the success of Shine Electronics over the past several years, Elliot passionately gives back to the community via philanthropic giving and by serving on various leadership boards in the greater NYC region to include the Long Island City Partnership and the Queens Museum. Elliot is actively involved with not-for-profit organizations that are focused on education, social services, civic engagements and the environment. The Korean American Family Service Center awarded Elliot with their 2018 Vison in Action Award for his long standing support for Korean American family immigrants. In 2015, Elliot was a recipient of the Top 50 Outstanding Asian Americans in Business Award by the Asian American Business Development Center. As an active contributor to the Asian Pacific American Institute of Congressional Studies, he has sponsored summer internships for students with a passion for politics and public policy. Elliot holds a BA in Telecommunications Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Food by Bartleby & Sage.