VIP Luncheons to Feature the Best in Locally Sourced Meats, Produce and More

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North Salem, NY – May 2, 2015 – The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows are proud to announce that VIP and Special Event Catering will be spearheaded by acclaimed New York City caterer Union Square Events (USE). The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows return May 5-10 and May 12–17 for two weeks complete with international-level competition, popular VIP opportunities, and now the best in culinary offerings.

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Union Square Events is the catering and venue hospitality business from Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG). Based in Manhattan’s Hudson Yards, USE boasts a 30-year heritage of culinary excellence and enlightened hospitality. Through collaborations with a diverse portfolio of local farms and artisans, USE produces one-of-a-kind catered events and unparalleled dining experiences.

USE’s efforts to provide the highest quality of locally-grown menu items at Old Salem Farm will be led by Executive Chef John Karangis. Recognizing his passion for cooking early in his career, Karangis was accepted as a culinary student under Chef Andre Daguin and Chef Yves Pinard in Paris. Upon returning to the United States, he landed a job in the kitchen at Union Square Cafe under Chef Michael Romano, where he cooked for three years. From there, he worked in some of the most acclaimed kitchens on the West Coast and New York, including Gramercy Tavern and Square One in San Francisco. He then accepted the role of Executive Chef at Restaurant Associates, and later Goldman Sachs, delivering world class dining and hospitality to an elite clientele.


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Returning to the culinary roots from which his career began, Karangis brings his passion for excellence and hospitality to the Union Square Events team and is excited to introduce their flavors to a horse show clientele. Union Square Events will provide fantastic luncheons on Saturday and Sunday, May 9-10 and May 16-17.

My team and I are incredibly excited to be working at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows. We will be offering our best in class brand of hospitality to this prestigious event at one of the world’s premier equestrian sports facilities,” said Karangis.

With items sourced from farms, markets and bakeries, including Cascun Farms in Greene, NY and Long Island’s Well’s Homestead Acres to name a few, Special Event and VIP menus will be second-to-none at the Old Salam Farm Spring Horse Shows.

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VIP tables at the Grand Prix Field VIP tent feature a daily Country Breakfast, Farm Fresh Lunch Tuesday through Friday, Saturday Casual Luncheon, and Grand Prix Sunday Luncheon. Pricing and additional information on VIP opportunities can be viewed at To order a VIP table, contact Chelsea Dwinell at or 914-669-5610.

For more information on Union Square Events, visit

The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows two-week event boasts over 130 hunter and jumper classes each week and awards over $500,000 in prize money and brings together top competitors, including Olympic show jumpers, from all corners of North America and beyond.

Stay on top of all things Old Salem Farm this spring with live streaming of select events during the Spring Horse Shows at Old Salem Farm and Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows are also on Facebook, as well as on Twitter and Instagram as @oldsalemfarmny. Follow for an exclusive and behind-the-scenes look at the Old Salem Farm experience.

Old Salem Farm, located just one hour north of New York City, is one of the best equestrian competition venues in North America, as rated by the North American Riders Group in 2011-2014. Host of the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, the prestigious American Gold Cup CSI-W 4*, and year-round competitions, the facility offers a state-of-the-art turf grand prix field, indoor riding arena, and two all-weather footing rings. As a boarding and training facility, Old Salem Farm is second to none and home to top trainer Frank Madden. For more information, please visit or call 914-669-5610.