A New York native, Tasha grew up amidst the vibrant restaurant community in Jackson Heights, Queens. She absorbed a strong work ethic in the fast-paced environment of a local bakery kitchen and fell in love with the ability to engage with people in guest-facing roles she held in fashion retail and real estate. She married her skills when joining Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG) in 2008, beginning as a host at Blue Smoke, Flatiron. Tasha excelled at providing an exceptional guest experience and quickly developed leadership skills that led her to take on multiple managerial roles with USHG. In 2014, she was named General Manager of Blue Smoke at JFK, and in 2019 she returned to where her USHG career began as General Manager of Blue Smoke.