by John Seabrook
Michael Dorf, the impresario behind the City Winery, has in recent years perfected the art of the tribute concert. The formula goes like this: select an artist to honor; recruit a bunch of other musicians to perform songs from the artist’s catalogue; and make the event a benefit for a worthy cause…
Icons Of Impact: City Winery Helps Rebuild Puerto Rico
By Brendan Doherty
The founder of City Winery hates the word “retreat” when he’s talking about his annual companywide leadership trip. “Retreat to me is the wrong word, we're going forward not backward. It's exactly the opposite of what we're trying to do.” He prefers the word basecamp – and this year Michael Dorf, founder and CEO of the fast-growing City Winery, took his entire national leadership team on a basecamp trip to Puerto Rico. They helped rebuild Puerto Rican farms and put on a live concert that brought people to tears.
How This Entrepreneur Reworked His Business Idea in the Face of Financial Armageddon
by Lambeth Hochwald
The financial crisis of 2008 changed everything. Michael Dorf, who founded legendary New York City rock venue the Knitting Factory in 1986, was just three months away from opening a combined winery and music club in Manhattan that would feature visible steel fermenting tanks and a refined dining experience. Dorf anticipated bankers buying wines by the barrel.
The Who Never Kept It So Kosher
by Douglas Quenqua
“O.K., who’s still sober?” asked Ed Greer, poking his head into the room.
“We’re spitting,” replied Michael Dorf.
“I know, but sometimes that doesn’t matter when you’re dealing with 160 bottles,” Mr. Greer said with a laugh.