FINE meeting, 12/15, our speaker is Colin M. Caplan, founder and owner of Taste of New Haven

3 12 2011

Our speaker at the December 15th meeting of FINE, will be Colin M. Caplan, founder and owner of Taste of New Haven food and drink tours.  Colin started this company in September of this year as a way of providing a one-of-a kind event for both Connecticut residents and tourists. For the restaurants and shops the tours provide direct stimulus, new and potential repeat customers and an image of busting activity. Colin also felt that this idea would change people’s perception and image of New Haven, which has been plagued with negative publicity in recent years.

Colin will talk about how he took a traditional education and career like architecture and turned it into non-traditional entrepreneurial ventures with multiple streams of income including leading culinary walking tours, authoring published and non-published books on history and architecture and historic design and research. Colin will explain some of his methods of marketing and the technology he used to do it. He will also talk about the challenges he has faced in getting started and his ideas for growing the business in 2012. 

He was born and raised in New Haven and developed a passion for architecture and history at an early age. Colin received a Masters in Architecture and Minor in Earth Science from Tulane University in New Orleans. He returned to the Elm City where he worked with a non-profit affordable housing development company, multiple architecture firms and became heavily engaged in his community.

Colin is Historic Officer of the Friends of Edgewood Park, Historian for the Broken Umbrella Theater Company, past Chair of the Alliance for Architecture, past board member of the New Haven Preservation Trust and in 2008 Colin was recipient of the Annual Arts Award from the Arts Council of Greater New Haven.  Colin has published four books on New Haven history and architecture. He has written and is continually researching and writing histories about towns, neighborhoods, buildings and families all over Connecticut. His collection of vintage photography is viewable and reprints are available for purchase online at www.magrissoforte.com. Colin’s tour company is also online at www.tasteofnewhaven.com.

The meeting is in the Lucille Lortel Barn at the Westport Country Playhouse from 9 – 11 AM with time for networking before and after Mr. Caplan’s talk. Coffee, tea and a baked good ( prepared by Bette Lynn Paez, co-leader of FINE, financial planner, and former bakery owner) will be provided. In order to cover the expense for the room and coffee when we don’t have a coffee sponsor, there is now a $5 charge which will be collected at the door.

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