WBT to Host Eight-Hour New Year’s Eve PartyPublished: Tuesday, December 22, 2015 By: Jerry Eimbinder Source: The Examiner
Sampaio joined the Westchester Broadway Theatre as executive chef on March 1, 2012. At 16, she worked as a busgirl at the theater when her uncle, Tony Dinis, was executive chef Little did she suspect that one day she would take the same job her uncle had held for more than 30 years.
Born and raised in Tarrytown, Sampaio attended high school at Our Lady of Victory Academy in Dobbs Ferry. While a student at Westchester Community College, Sampaio signed up for adult-education BOCES courses in cooking and baking. “After only a few classes, I began thinking seriously about a career in the food industry or in pastry baking,” she said. "I wasn’t that interested in cooking when I started working as a busgirl, although I did like to bake,” Sampaio recalled. “My father, in fact, would have preferred for me to choose almost any other profession for a career. But when he and my uncle Tony realized that food was the highlight of my life, they became my mentors and influenced me tremendously.” She enrolled at the New York Restaurant School in TriBeCa (now the Art Institute of New York) in 2003 and after graduation joined the Greens at Greenwich, an upscale assisted living facility in Greenwich, Conn. as sous chef. Two-and-a-half years later, she opened B4, a 40-seat bistro in Valhalla where she ran the kitchen and her partner handled the front of the house. Sampaio was also the head chef for the Bedford Central School District before joining WBT. Her duties include hiring, training and managing the kitchen crew and food wait service staff. About 50 employees are on hand for sold out performances. She also decides the menu.
The theater accommodates about 500 people including up to 80 in the luxury boxes. Luxury box seating at $470 per couple (at least four couples required) is offered on New Year’s Eve.