About Union League Cafe
AN AWARD-WINNING BRASSERIE
Located directly across from Yale University in the heart of New Haven’s historic theater and entertainment district, Union League Cafe is a French-inspired brasserie offering a lively but unpressured atmosphere. Combining Old World charm with a relaxed ambiance, it is sought out not only for its superb cuisine and acclaimed wine list but for its professional staff and service as well.
Heart and Soul
Executive Chef Guillaume Traversaz joined ULC in 2012 and, after a short journey to Australia and England in 2013, returned to lead the kitchen in 2017. Chef Guillaume’s experience in award-winning restaurants in France, England and Australia honed his passions and inspired his philosophy about cooking: focus on quality, inspire teamwork, surpass expectations. A 4th generation chef from France, he shares a history with ULC founder and mentor, Jean Pierre Vuillermet whose parents also ran a hotel/restaurant in the same village!
Romain Turpault, General Manager/Sommelier hails from Mulhouse, France where his passion for the hospitality industry led to a diploma in Economics and in Culinary Arts/Service Management. Romain then moved to London, working alongside award-winning chefs. After supervising Brasserie Joël, he came to US in 2013 for an apprenticeship with ULC’s Jean Michel Gammariello. In 2014, he was inspired to broaden his experience—completing a sommelier diploma in Bordeaux and then managing Angelina at the Palace of Versailles before coming back to ULC in 2017.
Director Sales/Marketing, Christina FitzGerald, also joined the team in 2013, mentoring under Jean Michel’s leadership. She began her career in Real Estate but has been involved in the hospitality industry since the age of 15. Christina heads up all special event business and marketing. Her dedication and expertise led to an appointment to the Connecticut Restaurant Association’s Board of Directors. Most recently she was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce. Christina is passionate about helping to plan special moments and create lifelong memories.
Together, they lead a dedicated and talented team who create and deliver the kind of food and service that continues to garner accolades and awards for ULC. As the executive team says: “Their passion is what keeps us timeless; their expertise keeps us authentic. For over 25 years, they are also what keeps us going.”
A New Haven Landmark
OUR HISTORICAL SITE
The Union League Cafe found a perfect home in the Sherman Building which is situated on the homestead site of New Haven’s first mayor, Roger Sherman—the only American whose name appears on the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution. One hundred years later, Gaius Fenn Warner, one of the city’s leading industrialists, built his townhouse on the site. From the 1880’s – 1940’s, it became home to the Union League Club, a private civic and social club. Designed in the Beaux Arts tradition by New Haven architect, Richard Williams, the building is a city landmark.
We are committed to making memorable experiences for our customers and know that it takes a dedicated, team-oriented staff to be successful. We seek individuals who are motivated, take initiative, act with integrity, and who will work together to uphold our standards. We also encourage persons to apply who are highly motivated, passionate and enthusiastic about the industry but perhaps lack intensive job experience.
We accept interns from hotel and culinary schools for both front and back of the house; a minimum three-month, full-time commitment is required for internships.
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