New York City Chef Sarah Simmons Signs with Orange Palate by Porter Novelli

NEW YORK, May 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Orange Palate, a specialty practice by global public relations leader Porter Novelli (PN), has added Sarah Simmons to its client roster. Simmons, named one of the 50 best chefs in New York City by Food & Wine magazine in 2014, is chief executive officer of CITY GRIT Hospitality Group, founder of CITY GRIT Culinary Salon and chef/owner of Birds & Bubbles, a full-service restaurant in Manhattan's Lower East Side. Orange Palate will support all public relations and marketing efforts for Simmons, her restaurant group and distinct personal brand.

Simmons has been recognized as an influencer and tastemaker in the industry and hailed for both her culinary and business acumen since opening CITY GRIT in 2011. Simmons joins a growing list of clients at Orange Palate, including Brooklyn Brewery, Old 4th Distillery, Chef Kelly English and Chef Eli Kirshtein. Orange Palate will work alongside Simmons on all CITY GRIT Hospitality Group endeavors, including a number of exciting, soon-to-be announced projects.

"Working with the Orange Palate team was an easy decision, as they have been avid supporters of CITY GRIT and Birds & Bubbles long before we were looking for a new partner," said Simmons. "I am constantly impressed by their strategic thinking, as well as their culinary and industry knowledge. I'm looking forward to having them as an extension of my management team as we work together to grow my brand and businesses."

"We're thrilled to welcome Sarah to the Orange Palate family," said Karen van Bergen, chief executive officer, Porter Novelli. "She represents the best of the best in today's culinary talent, and exactly the type of client Orange Palate is suited for. We can't wait to share Sarah's story and build her brand more widely."

About Orange Palate
A unique offering within a global PR firm, Orange Palate is a specialty asset within the Porter Novelli network that supports culinary talent and food entrepreneurs in the execution of PR and marketing initiatives that drive media coverage and brand growth. We provide strategic communications services to renowned, award-winning chefs and food entrepreneurs in launching or building food or beverage brands. For additional information, please visit

About Porter Novelli
Porter Novelli is the global public relations agency that pioneered social marketing. We've been motivating people to change deeply ingrained behaviors rooted in cultural and social norms for more than 25 years. Porter Novelli is a different kind of agency—and we recognize, respect and champion companies with the spirit, drive and tenacity to do things differently. We like taking on big challenges, and even bigger challengers, and we seek out clients who feel the same way—clients who have the conviction to tell their own story, and the courage to innovate from who they have been into who they know they can be. For additional information, please visit Porter Novelli is a part of the DAS Group of Companies.

About the DAS Group of Companies
The DAS Group of Companies, a division of Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE: OMC) (, is a global group of marketing services companies. DAS includes over 200 companies in the following marketing disciplines: specialty, PR, healthcare, CRM, events, promotional marketing, branding and research. Operating through a combination of networks and regional organizations, DAS serves international, regional, national and local clients through more than 700 offices in 71 countries.

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