A moment of share…

The idea to create our very own place was always present but became a real project in August 2011 when we were enjoying family holidays and sharing a good time from breakfast to dinner.

During the 6 following months, we shaped the project and finally decided to move forward in January 2012.

For us, Alexandre, Michael, and Armel, it’s more than a professional project: it’s a real step in our life.

In fact, for each of us this adventure takes place at the end of our first professional cycle and is the opportunity for us to take our destiny in our hands, using our various backgrounds to create something from scratch!

… to the creation of a concept …

Our primary drive, inspired from our family heritage, is to create a place where food, drinks and conviviality form a real lifestyle. We also want to combine quality and simplicity, and mix countries specialties.

The foundation was laid in March with the creation of the company and then, the name, the logo, and finding the venue, … all the elements of the project runs were put together in order to create the first « Cave à Manger » in NYC.

… linked to the past

What is a “cabanon”? It’s a French word to define a little hut in a garden. In the South of France it is more than that; it’s a small place where you can cook, eat, talk, and have a little nap…

For us, it is a small kitchen where grandmothers used to cook their specialty dishes and where there was always something to eat and drink. The door was always open and everybody could come to think, laugh, talk, eat, drink, etc. We really want to
recreate this spirit in our OCabanon!

We really want to recreate this spirit in our OCabanon !


Team

  • Amanda Loranger

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    Background?

    Born and raised in Northern New Jersey. Studied Psychology and Sociology at a small liberal arts school outside of Philadelphia. Currently exploring all the options the world has to offer in NYC.

    Not a big fan of?

    snakes

    Crazy about?

    Nature, Hiking and Hula Hooping

    What are you supposed to do at OCabanon?

    Provide friendly and knowledgeable service

    OCabanon in 3 words?

    Charming, delicious, traditional (with a twist!!)

    Wish you could be?

    an explorer of the world

    Dream to go?

    To South America

  • Michael Faure

    michael-Ocabanon

    Background?

    Born in Montbrison, studied accounting in Lyon and worked for Canal Plus, a French TV Channel. First carrier change was in 2005 with a good experience in Real Estate. Then a dream came true in 2008, moving to the US and, more specifically, New York. Back to school to learn English and working in the restaurant business.

    Not a big fan of?

    Feeling like nobody is listening to me.

    Crazy about?

    My son.

    What are you supposed to do at OCabanon?

    Help people feel at home, enjoy the place and treasure it.

    OCabanon in 3 words?

    Grand-mother, sharing, souvenirs.

    Wish you could be?

    A guy who can fix everything for everybody.

    Dream to go?

    See my grand-mother (but not now, please!).

  • Alexandre Mur

    alexandre-Ocabanon

    Background?

    Early need to be on the field… Past 20 years at: Le Panorama (Lyon), Manoir Quat’Saisons (Oxford), Lucas Carton (Paris), Le Bernardin (New York), Daniel (New York) and now my own place OCabanon (New York)!

    Not a big fan of?

    Dirty car, jealousy, messy apartment, TV reality shows, long waiting lines, paperwork, beets, oysters, stress, traffic.

    Crazy about?

    French fries, chocolate, sports, movies, hamburger, nutella, my car.

    What are you supposed to do at OCabanon?

    Managing the dining room, the staff, and special events.

    OCabanon in 3 words?

    Simplicity, hospitality, pleasure.

    Wish you could be?

    Air combat pilot jet, the Hulk or a Jedi master.

    Dream to go?

    Staples center, Hawaii and on a spaceship.

  • Armel Joly

    armel-Ocabanon

    Background?

    Born in Lyon, Bank industry during the last 15 years but mainly a sales guy.

    Not a big fan of?

    Being at a standstill.

    Crazy about?

    Anecdots.

    What are you supposed to do at OCabanon?

    Finding the wine you’re going to love.

    OCabanon in 3 words?

    Pleasure, Sharing, Discovery.

    Wish you could be?

    A comic book hero.

    Dream to go?

    Wyoming.

  • Edouard du Mesnil du Buisson

    edouard-du-mesnil-du-buisson

    Background?

    Son of expat and grew up around the world, studied 4yrs in finance and information systems, worked 5yrs in hospitality, also build stuff sometimes...

    Not a big fan of?

    being ignored and people who don't think for themselves.

    Crazy about?

    finding the solution.

    What are you supposed to do at OCabanon?

    until the skippers decides I'll just fill in the gaps to keep us sailing.

    OCabanon in 3 words?

    dream, discovery, adventure.

    Wish you could be?

    brave

    Dream to go?

    some place nobody has ever been