In 2001, after a 4-year stint in the UK working for a small sports/racing car manufacturer, Erik attended New York University, where he enrolled in the Masters program for Food and Hospitality Management. During his two years studying in New York, he also worked on a number of restaurant-related projects, developing new marketing strategies for a post-9/11 marketplace. In 2003, Erik returned to Toronto and began developing a concept and raising funds for what would become Izakaya.
Shortly thereafter, he teamed up with John Sinopoli and, in the spring of 2005, together they opened their modern Japanese pub, one of the first of its kind in Toronto. 2008 saw the opening of Table 17, with John heading up the kitchen and Erik running the day-to-day business operations.
Three years later, inspired by the continuing evolution of Toronto’s east end, and Italian food and wine, Ascari Enoteca was brought to life in December 2011. In 2013, Erik and John partnered with a long-time member of the Izakaya/Table 17 fraternity to open Hi-Lo Bar, just a few steps away from Table 17.
Throughout, they have continued to grow a comprehensive catering operation for both corporate lunch clients and intimate, highly refined evening events and dinners. In 2015, Erik drove the force behind the team developing the food and beverage program for The Broadview Hotel, which includes 58 guest rooms, a 90-seat casual fine-dining restaurant, a lobby cafe & bar, an expansive rooftop experience, and a 4000-sq.-ft. wedding and event venue.