Benay Vynerib is the COO of Candle Cafe and Candle 79. Benay’s passion for great food, good health, and the environment made her a regular guest at Candle Cafe. She soon became fast friends and allies with Bart and Joy, and when she wasn’t traveling around the world in her position as a financial services consultant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, she could be found dining or helping out at Candle Cafe. In 2002, she decided to leave her job in financial services and join Bart and Joy at the Cafe with the goal of expanding the business and the reach of their shared mission. Within a year, a second location, Candle 79, was born, swiftly earning accolades for bringing elegance and sophistication to organic and vegan cuisine. Benay oversees both restaurants, and is responsible for catering, special events, private parties, and the restaurants’ charitable outreach projects.