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Giving Back Through Food: Camilla Marcus Opens ‘West-bourne’ in SoHo

The emergence of the California-inspired wellness craze among New Yorkers is now a prominent trend at some of the city’s most popular restaurants. West-bourne, which opens today from Camilla Marcus, expands on the concept to be both a healthy-minded café and takeaway shop, as well as a business that gives back to the community. Good for the body, good for the people.
Marcus pairs an undergrad degree from Wharton, a culinary degree, and a JD/MBA from New York University with experience working for two of New York’s most lauded restaurateurs, Tom Colicchio and Danny Meyer, to bring West-bourne to life. Growing up in Los Angeles, she had an interest in cooking from an early age, and always knew it was where she saw her career moving.
“My first job was at Curve as a design assistant — this was my very first purchase with my first employee discount ever, at the ripe age of 17 years old,” she says, pulling on the crystal-embellished suspenders she’s wearing. Her foray into restaurant work was through West Village Italian bistro Dell’anima, doing everything from “planting their garden” to “being a maintenance on-call person.” After obtaining her graduate degrees she joined Colicchio to open

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