Upicnic | Team

OUR TEAM

What happens when you put foodies with a passion for hiking in the same room together? Well, the first couple of hours they’ll be exchanging recipes and hiking locations – then they’ll start planning picnics… picnics everywhere…

Upicnic is the result of our love for food and the outdoors – it combines everything we want our legacy to be: spending time with our families and friends; enjoying Mother Nature in all its urban glory; creating delicious, organic food that celebrates our culinary diversity; and have fun playing sports outdoors.

Each one of us has a sweet-spot awarding us bragging rights in a discipline or other, while our talents and diverse backgrounds always bring something new to the table – both literally and figuratively - ultimately creating the ever-changing harmony-to-chaos magic of Upicnic.

ALP "ALBERTO" BEHAR
Big Brain and Co-Founder
Alp "Alberto" Behar.

He's an adventurer - seriously, just be thankful he wasn't born during the gold rush years or he'd be ruling the world. And we'd all be glad to pay him taxes.

Everyone knows weekends are his outdoors playland time - don't bother trying to reach him, he's probably on a quintuple black Diamond somewhere. Unless it's Game of Thrones season, in which case, well... mulled wine all the way, baby.

 

 

He loves to stray off the beaten culinary path almost as much as hiking without a compass. And stop asking what he's cooking when he invites you to dinner; just make sure you don't eat for a couple of days prior. You can thank me later.

 

 

Don't start a conversation with him unless you have enough ram space to process a whirlwind of ideas. He'll come up with creative solutions, implementation strategies and a detailed roll-out plans before the barista is done making your extra-hot, no-foam, half-caf, should-you-even-be-drinking-it-if-it-has-pumpkin-in-it latte.

 

 

It was only a matter of time before his international business background came together with his spirit of adventure and passion for food to give birth to Upicnic. And now, methodically and steadily, he'll lead mankind to a brighter tomorrow - with picnics for all.

 

 

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MARTA "MAMA" ANTONELLI
Food Fairy and Co-Founder
Marta "Mama" Antonelli.

Absolute queen of the organized chaos realm, Marta is a Chef by trade - and a social media junkie at heart. Serial camper and recognized pro at going off the grid, her talents lie in creating mouthwatering treats as much as in cooking those treats in the most random of places, like, say, slow roasting a piglet in a hole in the ground.

 

Having grown up in a hunting family she is a professional omnivore and has difficulty understanding why you might feel bad eating bunny rabbits. Or porcupines. Or sparrows. Or literally anything that moves and is not a cat, a dog or human.

 

Depository of everyone's secrets, she is uncannily proficient at random conversations that span from metaphysics, to setting up a tent, to her hatred for snow or the best recipe for duck ragu'.

 

Her background in public relations, together with her love of writing – and a healthy dose of social media savvy - creates 140-characters literary masterpieces. Laced with irony and sarcasm, granted, but still masterpieces.  She has an opinion about everything, and don't tell her, but the woman is always right.

 

Balancing her compulsive need to feed everyone around her with a unique ability to get things done, she organizes everything and anything in half the time a cyborg would.

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TEMI "THE VOICE" HASON
Music Gene and Head of Entertainment
Temi "The Voice" Hason.

Out-of-the-box thinker? More like out of the galaxy – in a good way. She’s our reminder that creativity often comes from looking at things from a fresh, unexplored perspective. And that’s what she does best, generally wearing the brightest, most radiant of smiles.

 

Unchallenged music and entertainment genius, she runs on chocolate as much as on pomegranate lip balm. I mean, if you have to have an addiction to something, that’s not a bad way to go. Pinterest is there in the mix too, but let’s call that more like a source of inspiration, shall we?

 

Prone to breaking out in a choreographed rendition of Dean Martin’s “Volare” at any given time of day (or night), she loves and treasures her glorious (albeit massive) cello as much as most humans might cherish their cute little puppies. And while we absolutely adore any and all animals – it’s simply marvelous to have an office pet we don’t need to clean after.

 

Always bringing a positive outlook to everything we do, her spirit-animal is likely to be a Quokka - but beware: you might not want to criticize her cooking… or the fact that her dinners often look like your breakfasts. She’s a free spirit, but an unbelievably punctual one at that. Known to never having missed a deadline, she’s our living and breathing time management empress – and no, she’s not going to ever let you snooze. We’ve tried.

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JO “THE GURU” SINGEL
First Advisor and Indoor Picnic Expert
Jo “the Guru” Singel.

Motivation star and chief mentor of the Upicnic team, Jo loves creative writing just as much as red wine and gluten-free treats.

 

Never having taken “no” for an answer in her entire life, Jo skillfully pushes all the right buttons to keep the team running smoothly. Brilliantly insightful and a firm believer in the “tough love” approach, she masterminds strategic solutions to all kinds of leadership, business development, and other first-world problems.

 

Describing Jo Singel is not easily done – and honestly, most of the time, unnecessary, because everybody who is anybody always knows who she is.

 

The long version would feature the endless list of Fortune 500 companies she has worked with creating all kinds of learning experiences in the areas of personal and professional mastery, leadership, and management development. But since all of that sounds way too corporate for our standards, the short version would feature her love of anything-brunch with eggs, avocado, and ricotta – along with her well established addiction to Washington Sq Park neighborhood.

 

Known to enjoy overcrowded indoor picnics spread across her living room rug, her true passion lies in her social impact leadership efforts, sparking the embers of leadership in all those who are lucky enough to cross paths with her. 

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KYRA "LOL" WU
Sales Guru and Spotify Playlist Maker
Kyra "lol" Wu.

Working sales by day, savoring New York’s hottest music scene by night, this girl is equal parts nerd as she is a badass. When she’s not working or at a concert, you can probably find this California native lounging at home in her bed, re-watching The Office while saving the world in whatever video game she’s playing at the time.

 

A music aficionado, name a band and she’s probably heard of it/has an opinion on them. And don’t even think of asking her thoughts on the newest releases in music unless you have ten minutes to spare and actually want to hear how so-and-so is shaping the modern music industry.

 

No need for anything excessive or flashy, this lover of life can find gems in any corner of the world. Got drama, gossip, judgments? Take it elsewhere; this leading expert in chilling only specializes in kindness and respect. Unless there’s a cute dog around, then all bets are off until she gets a good pet.

 

Simple tastes, simple pleasures, anything but a simple lady.

 

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MEGAN “COFFEE LOVER” SANG
Operation Duchess and Motivational Speaker
Megan “Coffee Lover” Sang.

Don’t be fooled by her sloth-like eating habits, this operations powerhouse is anything but slow. While it takes her approximately four hours to finish eating her chicken over rice, she gets things done like nobody’s business.

 

A very proud once-a-month runner, she openly voices her disdain for crossfit, spin classes, and most other exercise activities (even though she says she loves hiking - but with no proof, can we really believe her?)

 

Some of her favorite things include traveling, listening to the Chainsmokers, and eating ice cream for breakfast. She’s happiest with a Little Neck Outpost iced coffee in one hand and takeout sushi in the other.

 

When she is not in the midst of busy picnic planning, she likes to watch TV shows like Sherlock, Black Mirror, and the Flash. She also aims to explore the entirety of New York City. Just ask her about her bucket list—she will have plenty to tell you.

 

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JAIME “MEME QUEEN” WILSON
Social Content Mistress and Meme Creator
 Jaime “Meme Queen” Wilson.

Jaime is a self-proclaimed foodie with a passion for baking and a keen eye for just about anything seafoam green. Originally from Boston, she proudly denies any traces of an accent but goes weak in the knees for a good cup of New England clam chowder. 
 
Her ideal day includes going to spin class in the morning followed by brunch at one the trendiest new spots - but don’t even try to touch the food before she’s snapped the perfect photo of the meal. Once brought to tears by her love for memes, she is always scrolling through social media (both personal and professional), on the hunt for good memes and even better cheese pull pics.
 
Now a junior at NYU, Jaime is studying her two main passions in life: food and Instagram captions, pursuing degrees in Media and Communications and Food Studies. 
 
When she’s not busy planning picnics or taking photos of food, Jaime spends her time reading, eating, and knitting -- and of course re-watching Friends for the third time. She enjoys spending nights in with a good movie and can almost always be caught with an ice coffee in hand.

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