Allen was born in Jersey City, raised in West Orange and educated in New Brunswick. He’s been a Hoboken resident for over a decade.
But don’t let his modest Jersey roots fool you; he spent the past ten years traveling the world as a professional poker player, a career that culminated with a World Series of Poker bracelet and an experience that ignited his interest in food.
As someone who’s always followed his passion – he left a career on Wall Street to pursue poker – Allen acted on his latest entrepreneurial instinct by enrolling in the French Culinary Institute and founding Hudson Table to address a void in the market. He hopes to build a business that educates people on all things food while serving as an alternative form of recreation in a thriving community of young professionals and growing families.
Allison helps oversee day-to-day operations of the space, whether it’s hosting an event or class, snapping photos for our social media pages, or helping with the overall decor of the space. With her eye for detail and keeping the staff and patrons smiling, she has her hand in a little bit of everything at Hudson Table.
Natalie was born in Jersey City and lived in Hudson County for most of her life. Raised in a Hispanic household, food was a major part of her upbringing. She decided to pursue her passion and enroll in a culinary program at HCCC in Jersey City. Her first job was at a small cafe in Downtown Hoboken as a prep cook and eventually worked her way up and became head baker at Momofuku Milk Bar. When not at work, she enjoys visiting the farmer’s markets on the weekends or trying new recipes. After two years as a Kitchen Assistant at Hudson Table, Natalie has become a vital part of the team and will be the Kitchen Manager at our new location in Philadelphia starting in 2020.
Matt joined Hudson Table as a part-time Kitchen Assistant in 2015 before joining our team fulltime in 2018. He studied Hospitality Management at the University of Delaware and has worked all over the industry, from hotels to restaurants and everything in between, with a focus on front-of-house operations.
Matt is a social media content contributor, assists with quality assurance, and helps manage our website, but like most of us, he can be found wearing many hats at Hudson Table. You’ll still see him working as a Kitchen Assistant, hosting events, and touring the space.
When he’s not at Hudson Table, you can find Matt at MetLife Stadium yelling irrationally at his New York Giants. He’s a wannabe fitness fanatic and washed-up soccer player, whose cooking style is protein-centric umami with an occasional vegetable for kicks. He’s Italian, but he doesn’t love pasta (what?).
Matt lives in Hoboken with his wife, Abby, and their two dogs, Lilly and Fat Walter.
'' Hudson Table was conceived with the local community in mind and a philosophy built around inspiring the inner-chef in all of us. Our charming culinary studio serves to foster an inviting and memorable experience shaped by an ongoing feedback loop between our team and our customers. We hope to see you in the kitchen! ''- ALLEN BARI