Sarma Melngailis Wiki
Sarma Melngailis Bio
|Sarma Melngailis was born on September 10th, 1972. She is the former owner and co-founder of Pure Food and Wine, a raw foodism restaurant in New York City, and the founder and CEO of One Lucky Duck.|
|Sarma Melngailis Age||She was born on September 10th, 1972Newton, Massachusetts, USA|
|Sarma Melngailis Education||University of Pennsylvania
French Culinary Institute
|Sarma Melngailis Husband||Anthony Strangis (also known as “Shane Fox”)|
|Sarma Melngailis Net Worth||Her estimated Net Worth is not in the public domain|
|Cooking style||Raw foodism|
Sarma Melngailis Early Life and Education
Melngailis was born and raised in Newton, Massachusetts. She went to school in Newton North High School. Her early interest in food came from her mother, a professional chef. Her father was a physicist at MIT.
In 1994, Melngailis graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Economics, and a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School. She moved to New York City, working at Bear Stearns until 1996, then moving to Bain Capital in Boston on private equity investment. She then returned to New York City in 1998 and joined a high-yield investment fund at CIBC, but soon left to enroll at New York’s French Culinary Institute from which she graduated in 1999.
Sarma Melngailis Business
In 2001, Sarma Melngailis opened Commissary with her then-boyfriend chef, author, and speaker Matthew Kenney, but it closed in March 2003, after which she consulted for Jeffrey Chodorow’s China Grill Management. With Chodorow and Kenney, Melngailis opened Pure Food and Wine in June 2004 as New York City’s first upscale raw food restaurant. The restaurant was located in Manhattan’s Gramercy Park neighborhood, the restaurant was listed twice in New York magazine’s “Top 100 Restaurants” and five years in a row in Forbes magazine’s list of “All Star New York Eateries.”
One Lucky Duck Juice and Takeaway is the name of the takeaway retail store attached to the restaurant, Pure Food, and Wine. OneLuckyDuck.com, launched in 2005, is an online store for snacks prepared and packaged from her restaurant as well as ingredients, skincare, supplements, books, apparel, and home products, all related to raw and organic living. A second One Lucky Duck location was open in New York City’s Chelsea Market from December 2009 through January 2015.
In 2014, One Lucky Duck Juice and Takeaway’s first location outside of New York City opened in San Antonio, Texas.
Sarma Melngailis Controversy
In January 2015, Pure Food and Wine and One Lucky Duck staff walked out en masse due to Melngailis’ failure to pay employees a month’s worth of owed wages. This was the second time in a year a month’s worth of wages had been withheld from employees, the first happening in July 2014.
On February 8th, 2015, Melngailis addressed the walkout and closure in a blog post. She apologized for the incident, but her blog post was subsequently removed. In an interview with Well+Good, Melngalis said that the delayed wages were due to slim margins caused by debts and expensive ingredients and that she had also previously missed her rent payments. During the ordeal, Melingailis provided employees with a different explanation, blaming the situation on changing banks.
In April 2015, Pure Food and Wine, One Lucky Duck, and OneLuckyDuck.com reopened. A majority of staff did not return to the restaurant after its reopening.
Again in July 2015, the staff of Pure Food and Wine, as well as One Lucky Duck, walked out due to unpaid wages. The Restaurant has been permanently shut down.
Sarma Melngailis Arrest and Guilty plea
It was reported on May 12th, 2016, that Sarma and her husband, Anthony Strangis (also known as “Shane Fox”) were arrested in Sevierville, Tennessee, after ordering a pizza from Domino’s Pizza.
It has been reported that ” in addition to the fugitive from justice warrants, Strangis was wanted for grand larceny, scheme to defraud and violation of labor law. Melngailas was wanted for grand larceny, criminal tax fraud, scheme to defraud and violation of labor law.”
On December 19th, 2016, prosecutors offered Melngailis a plea deal in which she would agree to serve one to three years in prison. Melngailis’ attorneys were reported by Vanity Fair to be planning a “coercive control” defense.
Melngailis pleaded guilty in May 2017 to stealing more than $200,000 from an investor and scheming to defraud, as well as criminal tax fraud charges. She received a nearly four-month jail sentence.
Sarma Melngailis Alleged Sexual Escapades
The New York Post reported that Melngailis engaged in a sexual relationship with her attorney Jeffrey Lichtman, who is representing suspected Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo”. Melngailis was reportedly given VIP legal service and scored a plea bargain that shaved more than 14 years off her sentence.
On May 10, 2017, she pleaded guilty to charges of grand larceny, criminal tax fraud and a scheme to defraud and was sentenced to only four months in prison.
Two days later, Lichtman — who is married and has twin teenage boys — texted his client an indecent proposal.
Lichtman texted Melngailis “Do you want to belong to me? Will it be ok if some days I just use your body so that I can [orgasm]?” he wrote.
Lichtman had stepped in to replace Melngailis’ previous attorneys, Sheila Tendy and César de Castro, in February 2017.
On March 18th, 2017, Lichtman texted Melngailis: “You do look so pretty in that pic I would like to foul you. Is it bad that I’m thinking some disgusting thoughts about you?”
Melngailis replied: “Is it bad that Iʼm glad youʼre thinking them?”
Nine days later, Lichtman told his client, “We need to do this soon,” asking, “Would you still be able to stand me as your lawyer if I foul you?”
“I think so,” Melngailis answered.
“Let’s wait until after then,” Lichtman wrote.
“I’m not opposed to before,” the former restaurateur said.
The two could not wait until after the plea deal. On May 2nd, eight days before her court appearance, Lichtman texted Melngailis rave reviews of a recent romp.
“I loved being in you,” he wrote.
Melngailis replied, “And see how you lucked out: I didn’t go all praying mantis and kill and eat you after. For that would have only been self-defeating.”
Three days later, Lichtman still couldn’t keep it in his pants.
“You felt perfect. Like it fits perfectly. Do you want that again,” he wrote.
“Yes I do,” Melngailis answered.
It was only after the two did the deed that Melngailis bother to ask Lichtman if he was married.
“Separated since December,” he replied in a May 19, 2017, text.
Lichtman’s wife, however, confirmed that she knew nothing of the affair and that she and her husband had never separated.
Page Six had previously revealed other emails involving Comic Louis C.K. and Melngailis. According to e-mails obtained by the New York Post, he may have given fraudster chef Sarma Melngailis an STD in 2012.
Melngailis emailed Louis C.K. on June 17, 2012, regarding a previous email outburst, stating that she was “upset and freaked out” for being infected with an STD.
Louis C.K. in her response stated: “Hey. I understand you’re upset. This kind of s— is tough. I never swore that I was clean.