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CHEF RICH GARCIA APPOINTED KB MANAGEMENT’S DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS/CULINARY DIRECTOR, BOCA RATON
Boca Raton-based restaurateur Karl Alterman’s new venture (he owned GiGi's and MoQuila in Boca Raton and was Director of Operations for Unique Restaurant Concepts, Inc., overseeing the operations of 12 South Florida restaurants, from Palm Beach to South Miami, including Prezzo, Max's Grille, Wilt Chamberlain's, Hotel Astor, Max's South Beach and Maxaluna.) KB Management, Inc., a restaurant management company, has appointed Rich Garcia as Director of Operations/Culinary Director. After working at Gotham City in Delray Beach, Darrel & Oliver's Café Maxx in Pompano Beach and Mark's in the Park in Boca Raton, Garcia opened and ran the contemporary Mexican restaurant MoQuila from 2005-2007. Garcia joins a KB team that includes Office Manager Laura Mesa and a past Alterman associate, Gerard Morrone, who is handling the day-to-day operations as General Manager of Big City Tavern which was bought by Alterman in April. Alterman is about to open Dos Rios, an upscale Mexican restaurant in Des Moines, Iowa.

THERESA VALIANTE NEW GENERAL MANAGER OF CAFÉ BOULUD, PALM BEACH
Theresa Valiante, a graduate in Business Administration from University of Akron, Akron, OH. who has worked as Assistant General Manager and Banquet Manager at Daniel Boulud Brasserie, at the Wynn Las Vegas Resort, and prior to that was Dining Room Manager at DB Bistro Moderne, is now the General Manager of Café Boulud, Palm Beach. “Theresa combines a natural warmth and love of hospitality with discipline care, attention and confidence” says Daniel Boulud. “She is a joy to be around and a natural leader.” Ms Valiante can be reached at 561 366-4437. Café Boulud, 301 Australian Avenue, Palm Beach, is open for breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch and dinner indoors and on the terrace.



NBC 6 CULINARY CHALLENGE CAN LAND YOU A JOB AT LITTLE PALM ISLAND RESORT & SPA
Beginning September 11, at 11 a.m. NBC 6, Little Palm Island Resort & Spa and the FIU School of Hospitality will partner together to challenge chefs. Hopeful chefs can register to compete for a chance to win a paid apprenticeship and a chef’s prize package at Little Palm Island Resort, under the tutelage of Chef Luis Pous. The contest debuts on September 11, 2007 at 11:00 am on South Florida Today/NBC 6. Finalists will compete live on South Florida Today the week of October 2, 2007. register at www.nbc6.net/chefchallenge

DISNEY CHEFS TO HOST COOKING CLASSES AT FIVE WHOLE FOODS MARKETS
To kick off the 12th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, September 28–November 11, Walt Disney World Chefs Edgardo Ruiz and Peter Tseng will do a series of cooking demonstrations at five Whole Foods Market locations in South Florida. Coral Springs: Tues., September 4 – 7 p.m., 810 University Drive – 954-753-8000, Palm Beach Gardens: Wed., September 5 – 7 p.m. 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Drive – 561-691-8550, Aventura: Thurs., September 6 – 3 p.m., 21105 Biscayne Blvd. – 305-933-1543, Plantation: Thurs., September 6 – 7 p.m. 7720 Peters Road – 954-236-0600, and Boca Raton: Fri., September 7 – 7 p.m. 400 Glades Rd, Ste 110 – 561-447-0000. Customers can enter a drawing at Whole Foods Market classes to win passes to the Epcot® festival as well as merchandise prizes.

NORTH ONE 10 EXTENDS MIAMI SPICE TO NOVEMBER AND ADDS TWO NEW SPICE PROGRAMS
North One 10 will extend its Miami Spice Menu to October and November ( not inclusive of Thanksgiving). In addition it is adding a Sunday Spice menu to include a complimentary glass of red or white wine with every spice menu - all evening from 5:30 - 10:00 PM. On Tuesday Ladies Spice ladies will receive a complimentary glass of red or white wine with each spice menu from 5:30- 10:00 PM. North One 10, 11052 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, 305-893-4211. www.northone10.com

CHEF MARCUS SAMUELSSON, AQUAVIT NY, IN MIAMI FOR COOKING DEMONSTRATION
On September 12, Marcus Samuelsson, the executive Chef at Aquavit New York, pairs up with Starbucks and Starbucks Coffee Master Andrew Linnemann to create two new coffee blends and pastries. The New York chef will be at the Hear Music store on Lincoln Road on September 12 for a cooking demonstration and a book signing of his recently published Discovery of a Continent: Foods, Flavors and Inspirations from Africa

CHEFS AND COOKBOOK AUTHORS LAUNCH CUISINE GOURMET FALL SERIES
Tuesday, October 9, 7:00 p.m., chefs Jesse Souza (Chispa), Cindy Hutson (Ortanique) and Frank Randazzo (Talula), will be on-hand to answer questions, sign books and serve tastings of their featured dish at an autograph session with Hope Fox, author of the newly-published Impress for Less! Terrific Recipes from the Finest Restaurants You Can Really Make at Home. Tickets, priced $15 per person for AIWF members, $25 per person for non-members, may be purchased in advance by calling (954) 396-3875 or (305) 663-9641.
Thursday, October 11 at 7:00 p.m., Cooking demonstration by Chef Clay Conley of Azul at Mandarin Oriental, Tickets: $38 per person and limited to 22 guests, must be reserved in advance by calling La Cuisine Gourmet at (305) 442-9006.
Thursday, October 18, 7:00 p.m, Thanksgiving-themed cooking class by Michael Jacobs, executive chef of Grass restaurant & Tickets for the class, limited to 22 guests and beginning at., are priced $20 per person for AIWF members, $25 for non-members and may be purchased in advance by calling (954) 396-3875 or (305) 663-9641. A portion of AIWF ticket sales are earmarked for culinary scholarship initiatives. La Cuisine Gourmet, 50 Aragon Avenue in Coral Gables.

THE JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION’S TASTE AMERICA, SEPTEMBER 28-29, 2007
On September 28-29, 2007, Miami will join 20 other U.S. cities to host “The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America™,” the Foundation’s first-ever national food festival to celebrate the organization’s 20th anniversary. A group of top chefs headed by chef Clay Conley of Azul will cook a gala dinner on Friday, September 28, 2007, at the Mandarin Oriental, Miami. Conley’s all-star team will include James Beard Award-winning chefs, Mark Militello and Norman Van Aken, chef Michael Bloise of Wish at The Hotel and chef Cindy Hutson of Ortanique. $240 per person, including gratuities: RSVP momia-restaurant@mohg.com or 305-913-8358.
On Saturday, September 29, a range of interactive educational opportunities will be held at the Coral Gables Williams-Sonoma store in Merrick Park. For more information: visit www.jamesbeard.org.

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