“Michelle Lehmann has a rare gift for making rain, second only to Mother Nature herself. If you want your product to be noticed and talked about, it’s hard to imagine a stronger, go-to person.”
"I've known Michelle for almost 15 years, we met when she was Director of PR and Marketing for USHG. Michelle is an authentic straight shooter and someone I trust implicitly. She knows the media inside and out and brings immense experience, expertise and good judgement to the table. When opening my first solo venture it was important to find the right partners in PR and Michelle and her team at MLC truly understand our vision and restaurant and we feel like they’re part of the team. They are mature, professional, hard working and a joy to work with. They know how to tell our story well and they have done an excellent job launching Loring Place."
DAN KLUGER CHEF/OWNER, LORING PLACE
"It’s literally a dream come true to work with MLC PR. I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone say that about their PR company. They literally feel like an extension of our company and care as much as we do about everything. They’re so supportive, always available, and I really do feel like they’re the greatest co-pilots I could have ever asked for. They’re so fucking good! Lauren is always on it; she’s like five steps ahead of us half the time and gets along with everybody. They truly are the best. If you want to get shit done in the world, team up with MLC PR."
ELLEN MARIE BENNETT FOUNDER + CEO, HEDLEY & BENNETT
“I have known Michelle Lehmann since the early days of il Buco - my restaurant on Bond street in NYC - but I didn't have the opportunity to work with her until I opened my second restaurant one and a half years ago on Great Jones Street. I swore off all PR companies, until Michelle casually approached my Events Manager during a private party at the restaurant. I happily agreed to have a chat, almost more to catch up with Michelle than to hire her, and found myself signing up easily for a 4-month trial. Now over one year later, I have no regrets and thoroughly enjoy working with Michelle and her incredible team of professionals. Their hard work and dedication is exemplary. Most important is the low-key approach, which puts the creative process at the forefront bypassing a hardcore 'PR' approach and allowing for a successful collaboration on all levels. Bravissima!!!”
DONNA LENNARD OWNER, IL BUCO AND IL BUCO ALIMENTARI E VINERIA
“As a new client of Michelle Lehmann Communications we have been impressed by how quickly we have gotten traction and already they have created some great placements. It is a pleasure to work with Michelle and her team who have been proactive, responsive, energetic and thoughtful in helping us to develop and execute our PR strategy. Very quickly they had a good grasp of our goals, and have the right balance of experience, relationships, savvy and professionalism to help us realize them.”
PAUL SALMON CO-FOUNDER, MISS LILY'S
I've worked with the MLC team on two restaurant openings, first The Upsider and more recently 33 Greenwich. We've been really pleased with the results and buzz they've garnered, including our dream piece in VOGUE, and the many outlets and audiences we've been able to reach both in and out of the food world. The team is such a pleasure to work with and always on our side, they feel like members of our team too!
DANNY VOLK Owner-Operator of 33 Greenwich and The Upsider
Working with MLC has exceeded even the high expectations we had. The team knows how to listen, strategize on brand and messaging, and very thoughtfully devise and execute a plan. MLC has opened up doors we never thought would be opened for us. They look at the big picture, but also think about all the details. As a client, we feel that they are thinking of us every day and every hour and always looking for interesting opportunities and outlets to share our message with the public.
JONATHAN RUBINSTEIN CO-FOUNDER, JOE COFFEE
I can't say enough about my experience working with MLC for all our PR needs at both Minton's and The Cecil. They have been extraordinary partners...like an extension of our business, completely involved and supportive and always available, responding to our every need...even those that may fall outside of their job description. You feel like if needed they are prepared to get in the kitchen, jump behind the line and plate a dish or make a mint julep for a demanding client, while greeting the next reservation with a ready smile and menu... MLC was the best choice for us and I say that with complete satisfaction and no regret!
ALEXANDER SMALLS CHEF/RESTAURATEUR, THE CECIL AND MINTON'S JAZZ SUPPER CLUB
"Working with MLC to launch our business was a pure pleasure. The team invested the time and energy to truly understand the ins and outs of our business, and have become critical assets to the Sustain team. MLC's work is passionate, thoughtful, and strategic, and we could not have selected a better partner to bring Sustain Condoms into the world."
JEFFREY AND MEIKA HOLLENDER FOUNDERS, SUSTAIN CONDOMS
“Michelle and her team have a genuine passion for every client they represent. Their approach is intelligent, personal and very honest; working with them feels like working with your own in-house communications team.”
NICOLAS JAMMET FOUNDER, SWEETGREEN
"It is such a pleasure to work with Michelle Lehmann Communications. We are a pro-bono non-profit client - but we never feel like we are getting anything less than the team's full attention. They always make us feel like their #1 priority. The team is a delight: they are professional, strategic, thoughtful, and diligent - and just incredibly pleasant to work with. They work to make every opportunity as impactful as possible and really help us think through how we can maximize exposure and reach new audiences. They are a true partner, and we feel like we are working with the best in the business."
KATE BRASHARES EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, EDIBLE SCHOOLYARD NYC
Michelle Lehmann Communications catalyzed press coverage for the White Hart in leading food, travel and lifestyle-oriented media including some of the largest circulation print and most visited websites globally. MLC's work raised our brand awareness and increased revenues. Additionally, the team at MLC made it easy on us. As a new business with no internal marketing staff and plenty of pressure to produce great customer experiences, we rely on MLC to make sure getting good press isn't a burden on our time. The team at MLC nails it.
ANNIE WAYTE EXECUTIVE CHEF, WHITE HART
"Michelle and her team put 110% into our dream and we couldn't be more grateful. It put us at ease knowing that we were working with a well-respected and well-liked team in the industry; this fact has only been reaffirmed over and over again. To top that off, Michelle's vision for us was exactly what we had in mind; being on the same page has made our partnership a seamless and professional one. The MLC team works hard and smart and we couldn't be more pleased with the results."
HANNAH AND MARIAN CHENG OWNERS, MIMI CHENG'S DUMPLINGS
“I trust Michelle and her staff at MLC to assist in the kind of public image I am looking for, in terms of the feel and brand of two highly specialized restaurants, BRONWYN and TW Food. They did an excellent job on short notice launching BRONWYN, enticing a massive amount of food media, and making the whole thing easy and very successful. They are creative, fun to work with and professional. I love it!”
TIM WIECHMANN CHEF AND OWNER, BRONWYN AND T.W. FOOD
“We love working with Michelle Lehmann and her team! It's the first PR team since Bubby's has been in business for 23 years that has understood what we are actually all about. They listen, and they get the message out without making you feel like you need a shower or two!”
RON SILVER CHEF AND OWNER, BUBBY'S
“We love working with the team at MLC! We consider them a key part of our internal team and feel so fortunate to have them advocate for our company and our brand. The energy, enthusiasm and above all else, professionalism they bring to the table is paramount to succeeding in a competitive and fast changing specialty food world. MLC has taken the time to really understand and listen to our needs, and their unique perspective on telling our story and the stories behind our distinctive products consistently breathes new life into our business.”
KATHRYN FLOUTON VICE PRESIDENT, DEAN & DELUCA
“I have been working with MLC for over two years now and am still enamored with the way they forage through the details of what we do to sew together beautiful stories. They are polished, brilliant, and most importantly, a joy to work with.”
JASON ROSE FORMER CULINARY DIRECTOR, OAKVILLE GROCERY, DEAN & DELUCA, RUDD ESTATE
“Michelle Lehmann Communications has been an unbelievable asset to PRESS restaurant. Since hiring MLC, our wine program has enjoyed enormous acclaim. Michelle was able to instantly pinpoint what makes us unique, and has promoted that tirelessly, both inside the wine community and to the media at large. Her ideas are exciting and her approach is subtle, which is a comfort if you worry about appearing self-aggrandizing! Her team is professional, intelligent, responsive, and, perhaps most importantly, very nice and down to earth. I couldn't imagine a better public relations company.”
KELLI WHITE SOMMELIER, PRESS RESTAURANT
“Michelle and her team are incredible, and having them on board has been a game changer for our brand. Within the first six months, we had more press than we did in the first five years since our company was founded - and not just any press...Vogue, InStyle, People, The New York Times…Took us to an entirely new level.”
STACEY FRASER OWNER/DESIGNER, PINK CHICKEN
“I know I'm biased because Michelle is my wife, but I could not be happier with the PR for reCrib. Within the first year of launching, reCrib was written about everywhere, from The New York Times and DailyCandy to New York Magazine (Best of NY issue!) and every important mom and green blog out there. They are so much fun to work with, are smart and strategic, and put so much care and passion into telling their clients' stories.”
DANIEL LEHMANN FOUNDER, RECRIB
“MLC has grown up with BluePrint through the last two years of tremendous growth and expansion. Michelle has a strong sense of media strategy and deep relationships in the food, business, and lifestyle media. Her team is bright, enthusiastic, and they have an intuitive understanding of our brand. We've thoroughly enjoyed working with them over the past few years.”
JINA WYE DIRECTOR OF SALES AND MARKETING, BLUEPRINT
“Michelle and her team played a critical part in helping to grow our brand from a truck to a full scale fast casual restaurant operation. With Michelle's support we were able to get media placements everywhere from the New York Times to Regis & Kelly to Eater and Grub Street. And they really helped us articulate the story we wanted to tell the world in a way that resonated with people and helped drive customers to the truck and restaurants. Most importantly, they are a complete pleasure to work with.”
THOMAS KELLY CO-FOUNDER, MEXICUE
“I adored working with Michelle. Not only is she well-connected, passionate, tireless and remarkably smart, she is also so fun. She was able to secure on-brand coverage for Ram's Gate from extraordinary publications, driving awareness and buzz for the winery's opening. Michelle is a true public relations professional and absolutely one of the best in the business.”
TANYA MELILLO FORMER DIRECTOR OF MARKETING, RAM'S GATE WINERY
“Working with Michelle Lehmann Communications is like putting your business in a family member's hands. As a person with life-limiting anxiety about letting others speak for me, it was a godsend to find a company that I actually preferred spoke for me. I can't say they were happy when I asked them to speak to my kids' teachers and be the outgoing voice on my answering machine, but they said no gracefully. They are smart, funny, persuasive and human in the best sense of the word.”