THE CORPORATE TEAM
Based in Washington, the Dîner en Noir Worldwide Corporate Team is responsible for developing the overall mission & program for these fully-curated, three-part, black attire dining experiences held in secret locations in cities across the globe. While each event is headed by a passionate team of local host-organizers that bring a local flair to the event, these teams respect and operate in line with the core values & founding concept set forth by the corporate executive team.
HOWARD NELSON CROMWELL
Founder & President
No stranger to producing high-end events as the Principal of luxury lifestyle brand HNC1978, one of many HNC Enterprises, Incorporated entities, Howard has also been producing & hosting small to large-scale fundraising, charity, sports, nightlife events, dinner/unique experiences & galas for organizations including Autism Society of America, Stand Up 2 Cancer, Gucci, Bulgari, America’s Polo Cup, John Hopkins' Kimmel Cancer Research Center, Bravo’s Real Housewives, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Iconic Rock Band Journey, American Cancer Society & many more.
Also no stranger to the dining industry, Howard has also studied & managed under Wolfgang Puck Catering managing events at The Newseum, Smithsonian Museums of American Art, Air & Space, American Indian and many more. Through his management consulting firm, HNC Communications & Marketing, he has also represented/worked with restaurants chains like Fig & Olive, Ritz Carlton's West End, Hard Rock Cafe, & more.
He brings his attention to detail, a flair for the dramatic, love of "people -connecting", arts, small business development & promotion, and the entrepreneurial spirit to inspire and motivate guests of each Dîner en Noir event. His aim is to promote & support each host city's local arts and business communities by uniting friends and strangers alike from diverse backgrounds for a night of elegance, great food, arts, music, dancing and communion in a space conducive to community-building.
Director of Operations
A consummate hostess with the mostess; that's who and what Aisha is at the core. Aisha, known to her peers as “Thee AK”, specializes in results whether it's hosting, managing, curating or lending her artistic direction in staging for private or corporate events.
As a hospitality veteran, Aisha has worn many hats serving in numerous management roles both in Front of House (FOH) and Back of House (BOH). Her 18+ year career has afforded her the opportunity to launch her own fashion and beauty brand Craze Chameleon Studio, LLC (CCS), which she is the Principal & Founder. While keeping its pulse on brand awareness CCS infuses arts, culture and community engagement through its community activism with Two Queens with Dreams - a community outreach group who serves the needs of all underprivileged neighborhoods throughout the cities across the United States.
Aisha's work ethic has allowed her to the opportunity to work with some industry heavy hitters, like Kenneth Nash-American Legion, DAR/Constitution Hall, Sulgrave Dining Club, Dinner Lab, Carlos Catering (Catherine’s Kitchen, currently), Ekklectic Event and Drink Company, to name a few.
Using her industry knowledge and creativity always adds an edge; a certain “je ne sais quoi”, the only “AK” way! Aisha brings her curatorial spirit, merging the old school with new school vibes and vast knowledge of the industry on many levels to Dîner en Noir.