When I was a little girl, growing up in NYC, I didn’t think I was allowed in the Waldorf=Astoria. I believed that it was a place only for famous or important people. So you might imagine how surreal it was for me to work there during my career in catering and event planning from 1996-2003. This photo was taken in the Silver Corridor when I was there last week for what may have been my final visit before this grand dame closes at the end of February. Feeling ?
A native New Yorker, born into a family of restaurateurs, Angela Derecas Taylor realized at a young age that there was a whole world beyond the boundaries of Manhattan Island. A child of divorce, Angela bounced between the secretive, old-world immigrant ways of her mother’s family and the laid-back, permissive lifestyle adopted by her father in the 1960s. In At Your Service: An American Dream, Angela shares stories of her growing up and striking out on her own. With both humor and devastating honesty, she recounts the highlights of her career and her personal life – a journey filled with obstacles, heartbreaks and triumphs encountered on her path toward inner peace and purpose.
“Powerful, moving, captivating! Four stars! And that is just on the promotional flyer!!!”
— Jill Casey Drum, 20 year Facilitator of “The Real Book Club”, Greenlawn, NY