Husband and wife team Rene Boehme and Alexa Poller of Essen’s Crush are our select caterers again this year for the 3rd annual ICH BIN EXPAT FAIR. Come hungry for some authentic German Fair like “Wiener mit Kartoffelsalat” and “Erbsensuppe”. Our Sponsor Radeberger Pilsner and Schöfferhofer will round out your culinary experience.

Rene and Alexa founded Essen’s Crush in 2017 and specialize in catering from small to midsize private events like private dinners, birthdays, and baby showers as well as corporate events. The “German twist” can always be added on request.

René Boehme/ Executive Chef

René started his cooking career in one of the most renowned restaurants in Germany, the Schweizer Stuben in Wertheim/Bettingen, under the direction of Tillman Hahn.

From then on, his fascination and passion for fine dining cuisine was awakened. His wandering years brought him to the best addresses in Germany and the world.

Some of his stops brought him to Berlin to the “first floor”, to Jörg Müller on Sylt and to Munich to Tantris and to Alfons Schuhbeck where he worked as a Sous Chef.

He also made stops in St. Moritz in Switzerland and Mallorca. In Austria, René worked for Dietrich Mateschitz, the owner of Red Bull, in Hangar 7.

René then moved to New York to work for Daniel Boulud at the Daniel Restaurant.

Alexa Poller/ Event Manager and Server

Alexa was born in Koblenz, Germany and has been living half of her life in NYC.

She works as an actress, singer (BB&the Polkahaus) and as a Dance Fitness Instructor with Private Clients and in Fitness Clubs all over the city.

Being a freelancing artist in NYC, Alexa has worked in several restaurants throughout the city like Zum Schneider, Wallse and Blaue Gans as a server, bartender and manager.

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