For the last 16 years, Elizabeth has owned Hattie’s Restaurant with her husband Jasper. During their tenure, the restaurant has enjoyed tremendous success. Sales have increased at the original location and they have opened two additional locations. The first is a seasonal concession located at the Historic Saratoga Race Course and the second a hybrid – a quick service restaurant that may prove to be the model for significant future expansion.
Hattie’s quickly became a platform for Elizabeth philanthropy when in 2004 it was announced by the past administration that they would cancel the New York City Ballet’s residency, Elizabeth quickly organized an event and raised $18,000 out of Hattie’s that evening for the ballet. Realizing what a fundraising success that party was, she then created Hattie’s Annual Mardi gras, which had raised over $850,000 for non-for-profits in Saratoga Springs. Recipients include: Shelter’s of Saratoga, Saratoga YMCA, Franklin Community Center, Saratoga Bridges, Saratoga Sponsor a Scholar NYCB’s summer residency at SPAC and most recently Jake’s Help from Heaven which raised $107,000 the highest grossing Mardi Gras to date.
Hattie’s has received an enormous amount of local and national publicity. Hattie’s has been featured in the first edition of Best Chefs of America 2013, Food and Wine 2012, New York Times 2010, Esquire 2010, Wall Street Journal 2009, Saratoga Living 2008, Capital Region Living 2008, Cooking with Paula Dean Magazine 2007, National Geographic Traveler 2007, The Atlantic 2007, The Washington Post 2005, Hudson Valley Magazine 2005, The Boston Globe 2004, and The New York Times, 2003.
In 2006, Hattie’s received national television exposure when chef Jasper beat Bobby Flay in a chicken frying contest on the Food Network show Throwdown with Bobby Flay. The colorful segment, filmed on location at Hattie’s and the Saratoga Race Course, continues to be popular and is aired regularly.
In addition to owning one of Saratoga’s most successful eateries, Elizabeth was also a Master Dance Instructor at Myers Ballet School in Schenectady and a past member of Northeast Ballet reprising her annual role as lead Mother in Northeast Ballet’s Annual Nutcracker suite performed at Proctors each December. (She retired in 2015)
Elizabeth started her dancing career at an early age with Darlene Myers and Phyllis Marmein. She studied locally and at Jacob’s pillow and at the New York Summer School of the Arts. She went on to perform with Mark Morris and Les Ballets de Jazz Montreal. Elizabeth was one of the first principal dancers in The Northeast Ballet Company and performed many lead roles for Northeast Ballet’s first Nutcracker. Elizabeth was also the dance instructor at Yates Arts in Education in Schenectady for 8 years and has taught at various studios in the Capital district.
Elizabeth continues to share her passion for the ballet with her students, her children and the community.
- Saratoga Performing Arts
- Saratoga Hospital Foundation
- Saratoga County Chamber
- Northeast Ballet
- SBA Award: Small Business of the Year, Hattie’s Restaurant Named small business of the year by Adirondack Trust Company and SBA
- Albany Business Review: 40 under 40 Named one of 40 under 40 most influential people in the Capital district
- Saratoga Today: Women of Influence One of five women chosen as an influential business leader
- Saratogian: 20 under 40 Named one of Saratoga’s most influential business leaders
- Hattie’s Annual Mardi Gras, Gala Chair
- Jakes Help From Heaven, Fabulous Fillies committee member, Family Fun Day committee member, fundraiser and active volunteer.
- Saratoga Bridges, past gala chair and committee member
- Cantina Kids Run, committee member
- SPAC Food and Wine Festival, Gala Chair 2012 and 2015
- Saratoga Hospital Summer Gala, Gala Chair 2010 & 2011
- Yaddo Summer Gala, Gala Chair
- Medical Missions for Children Gala Chair 2009
- Gala Of Hope, Gala Chair 2008
- Dance Museum, Gala committee member
- Northeast Ballet Gala Chair 2011-2015