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Chris Blumlo


Blumlo launched his career in 1999 at Restaurant Associates, where he managed corporate dining programs for some of their most prestigious clients in New York City. After briefly leaving the industry to launch a wireless company, he returned to hospitality in 2002, joining ARAMARK at the New York Mets Shea Stadium. There, he was responsible for thousands of employees in hundreds of retail outlets with annual revenues exceeding $40 million a year. Blumlo was also part of the team leading the food and hospitality development for the Mets’ new stadium, CitiField, creating a new standard for ballpark dining when it opened. In 2008 he partnered with Chef Marc Forgione and opened Restaurant Marc Forgione in TriBeCa, receiving much critical acclaim including a star from the Michelin Guide and two stars from the New York Times. In 2012 he launched CollaBo Hospitality Group and opened two locations of Butlers Flat, a seasonal clam shack and Blumlo’s first solo projects, which drew large crowds and much attention on the North & South Shores of Long Island. 2013 brought his second collaboration with Chef Forgione and new partners, Chef Soulayphet Schwader and Nick Bradley, opening Khe-Yo in Tribeca, another critically acclaimed restaurant featuring the food of Laos.