The team at Cornerstone at the Plaza

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How We Make Your Event Memorable

Learn about the team of professionals that will help to create your event to meet your style and the group of individuals who will help to make it unforgettable and flawless.

  • Angelo Mazzone
  • Jamie Parkes
  • Katelyn DeSieno
  • Vanessa Vaccaro McMahon
  • Matt Joyce

Angelo Mazzone


(518) 374-7262

In 1988, after an extensive search across three counties, Angelo purchased Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia.  He added 12,000 square feet to the original house, including a restaurant and two ballrooms. With a desire to better serve the business community, a 22-room Inn was added in 1995. This completed the property as one of the most unique in the area. Starting in 1996, Mansion Catering became the exclusive caterer at the Hall of Springs banquet facility located on the grounds of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. With a busy year-round event calendar, the Hall of Springs also offers a seasonal restaurant during the classical performance series at the theater. In Spring 2005, Angelo's 677 Prime opened in downtown Albany's theater district becoming the leading restaurant in the Capital District. This upscale steakhouse and wine bar has a popular Wine Society, as well as showcases some of the area's leading artists. 2007 was a busy year for Angelo and Mazzone Hospitality. As part of another redevelopment of Downtown Schenectady, Angelo returned to his original Peggy's location for the creation of a first class bistro and wine bar, Aperitivo Bistro. In June of 2007 Angelo took over the food service at Saratoga National Golf Club, and opened Prime at Saratoga National - an upscale steakhouse based on the style of Angelo's 677 Prime; and broke ground on a large Grand Ballroom on the second floor of the Golf Club which opened in May 2008. The catering arm continued to grow with the inclusion of the Fasig-Tipton "Man o' War" dining offerings. This includes serving lunch and bar fare during the horse sales in Saratoga Springs, as well as social events utilizing the grand space. Almost 20 years to the day of opening Glen Sanders Mansion, Angelo and his team not only completed a one million dollar makeover to the ballroom and hotel lobby, but also completely renovated the restaurant to become Angelo's Tavolo, featuring modern Italian cuisine that is like no other restaurant in the area. Also in 2009, Angelo created another division with PRIME Business Dining which includes cafeteria-style dining at GLOBALFOUNDRIES in Malta, the Golub Corporation headquarters, SI Group, Empire State Plaza and more. In February 2011, Mazzone Hospitality signed a contract with Proctors to become the exclusive caterer at their new venture Key Hall at Proctors - a refurbished bank right next door to Proctors. Continuing to grow in 2011, Angelo's Prime Bar & Grill opened along with becoming the exclusive caterer inside the Hilton Garden Inn in Clifton Park. 2012-2013 were growing years for our Mazzone Catering division as Mazzone Hospitality became the exclusive caterer at 90 State Street in Albany, and by adding the MH Express division serving our corporate clients with drop-off catering. In 2013 Angelo opened the Tala Bistro in Latham. Mazzone Hospitality, nurtured by Angelo Mazzone, has proven it can make dreams come true, not only for our thousands of guests, but for Angelo and his staff as well. Together they provide the area with unsurpassed events, quality catering, exceptional fine dining restaurants and a company founded on the philosophy of customer service.

Jamie Parkes

General Manager

Bio Coming Soon.

Katelyn DeSieno

Associate Event Planner

Bio Coming Soon.

Vanessa Vaccaro McMahon

Catering Manager

Vanessa Vaccaro McMahon, Catering Manager for PRIME at the Plaza, joined Mazzone Hospitality in March of 2014. Vanessa knew early working as a Restaurant and Bar Supervisor that Special Events were her passion. After graduating from Syracuse University with a Bachelors in Restaurant and Food Management, Vanessa worked for 10 years at the University at Albany in sales and was eventually promoted to Director of Catering with Compass Group. Most recently, she worked with Interstate Hotels as Group Rooms Sales Manager. A natural people person at heart, she loves meeting and working with new groups. Vanessa coordinates new and current catering events for all facets of PRIME at the Plaza. In her personal time, while her first love is her family and friends, she enjoys; reading, baking and a secret indulgence of Reality TV now and then!

Matt Joyce

Executive Chef

Matt Joyce, Executive Chef for PRIME at the Plaza, joined the Prime Business Dining team in 2014 and was recently promoted from Sous Chef in early 2015. He began his career in Hospitality at the Beverwyck (Northeast Health-Sodexho) while attending the University at Albany. He quickly found a passion for the craft and the hard work rewarding. After pursuing his culinary degree from Schenectady County Community College in 2002, Matt has held chef positions at Scrimshaw at the Desmond, Normanside Country Club, and Hidden Café. Having experience in all facets of the food service industry: health care, hotel, private club, and independently owned, Matt has developed a strong guest service objective "treat everyone like they are your mother". When not in the kitchen, Matt is especially grateful to have 8 nieces and nephews who provide constant entertainment and are always up for a game of kickball. When not with his family, Matt is shadowed by his canine companion, Ted!

From the South:

Take the NYS Thruway (I-87) North to Exit 23. After the toll, follow to I-787 North. Take Exit 3 and follow the signs to Empire State Plaza. Merge onto S Mall Arterial.

From the North:

Take the Northway (I-87) South. Use Exit 7 (NY-7 East). Continue on NY-& East and take 787 South Exit. Use exit 3A (Empire Plaza). Keep right following signs for Empire State Plaza and merge onto S Mall Arterial.

From the West:

Take the NYS Thruway (I-90) East to Exit 24. After the toll, continue to follow signs for I-90 East to I-787 South. Use Exit 3 (Empire Plaza). Keep right following signs for Empire State Plaza and merge onto S Mall Arterial.

From the East:

Take I-90 West to I-787 South. Use Exit 3 (Empire Plaza). Keep right following signs for Empire State Plaza and merge onto S Mall Arterial.

Visitor Parking:

- Use V-Lot (also known as P3 North) on your right as you exit from 787. *Depending on the day of the week and time of the day, there may be a charge for parking. *Please note, parking is refunded if you are parked for less than 1 hour on weekdays.

Street Parking:

- Instead of turning right in the V-Lot, you may continue straight to access street parking. There are two options to access street parking, take a right at the fork in the road (shortly after the V-Lot) to go toward South Swan Street and Capitol Building (State Street). Alternatively, take a left at the fork toward South Parking. Turn right into P3 South lot, then through the tunnel on the left. The road will turn to the right and go uphill to Madison Avenue.

Getting to Cornerstone:

 In any case, The Cornerstone (formerly know as Sign of the Tree) is accessible from V-Lot, from the Empire State Plaza Concourse, and from the street.

- From the V-Lot, after you go through the second booth (to pay for entry), take a right at the end of the aisle. Continue are far as you can without going through additional gates (permit parking only). Follow signage and turn left before you get to this gate. Look for signage for "Mazzone Hospitality." Take elevator #28 directly into the Restaurant on level 2. - From the Concourse, go to the end of the hallway between McDonald's and the State Police with signage for Cornerstone and the East Parking Garage. Take elevator #28 on the right to the second floor

- From the street level, the Cornerstone if is between the Egg and Corning Tower.

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Sit Down Dinner Counts with Dance Floor :100 people max
Sit Down Dinner Counts :150 people max
Cocktail Reception Counts: 250 people max

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