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MYRIAD GROUP NO LONGER OPERATING LUCCA AT BOCA RESORT
LUCCA restaurant at the Boca Resort is no longer operated by New York restaurateur Drew Nieporent of Myriad Management Group. “There’s a new owner and a new situation… We would have loved to stay but they changed the rules of the games. However, we signed a five-year deal in 2000 and it expired in 2005,” said Mr. Nieporent from his office in New York. “We successfully fulfilled out contract with them in the best professional manner and now we’re off to new projects…” Executive Chef Carey Savona, Chef de cuisine Michael Pailey and his staff departed at once to open Myriad Group in Louisville, Kentucky and New Jersey. After the entire kitchen resigned it transpired that Boca Resort will be managing the outlet as a trattoria style concept, with the Resort’s Food and Beverage director and Executive Chef in charge of the operation. Rumors are that with new hotel developments in Broward County, Myriad Restaurant Group may be back in South Florida. in a couple of years. “We will always come back to South Florida given the opportunity,” added Mr. Nieporent, “starting with the South Beach Food & Wine Festival in February.”
LUCI ROSENDE, NO LONGER AT MACY'S, OPENS L&L; MARKET BISTRO IN MIRAMAR
Long time kitchen specialist at Burdines and then Macy's, Luci Rosende has resigned her post to open her own L & L Market Bistro, in Miramar, with husband and partner Enrique Rosende. "This area is just exploding. It's considered the third largest growing city in the country,"said Ms. Rosende. The 2400 square-feet location with a full kitchen, and retail space in the front is slated to open this coming November, but will have a soft opening on September 26. The store will have a little café with one big long table European style and will offer artisan cheese, beers, wines, pâtés, and gourmet products, and we will do corporate catering and meal replacement. Since we're right next to the turnpike, downtown Miramar it's easy for people to come in a pick up meals," explained Ms. Rosende. L&L; Market Bistro, 11338 Miramar Parkway, Miramar Fl. 33025, 954-437-0071.
MIAMI CHEFS COOK WITH STARS AT EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL
Pascal Oudin, chef/owner of the celebrated Pascal's on Ponce restaurant in Coral Gables, FL is scheduled to participate in two separate events during the 10th annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival (EIFWF) in Orlando, FL. September 30 - November 13, 2005. Oudin, along with Allen Susser of Chef Allen's and Dean Max of 3030 at the Marriott Harbor Beach Hotel are the only South Florida chefs chosen to participate among nearly 100 from around the world, including legends such as Ming Tsai (Blue Ginger), Thierry Rauterau (Rovers), Bradley Ogden (Lark Creek Inn), Cat Cora (Food Network), Celina Tio (American Place), Rick Tramonto (Tru) and Melissa Kelly (Primo), among others.
The first of Oudin's stints, taking place Friday, November 4, 2005 from 6:00- 9:00 p.m., is part of Exquisite Evenings, EIFWF's series of five-course gourmet dinners. Titled Romancing the Rhone, Oudin will work alongside famed chef Michel Richard from Citronelle in Washington DC to create a stellar meal, complemented by wines from some of the country's top vineyards. Oudin will complete his time in Orlando with EIFWF's grand tasting series, Party for the Senses, which features delectable bites from 25 eminent chefs on Saturday, November 5, 2005, from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Tickets to Romancing the Rhone are $185 per person, plus tax, including gratuity. Park admission is not required. The Party of the Senses grand tasting is $95 per person, plus tax, including gratuity and park admission is required. For information or to make reservations: 407/WDW-FEST (939-3378). Pascal's on Ponce, 2611 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, Coral Gables. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Monday-Friday, and for dinner only on Saturday. Full bar service available. Reservations suggested. Phone: 305-444-2024.
CHRISTOPHER GRALLERT NOW SANTA SWEETS SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING AND SALES
Christopher Grallert, who brings two decades of experience in the fresh produce business, has been hired as Senior Vice President of Marketing & Sales at the country's largest grower and packer of Santa Sweet grape tomatoes. Santa Sweets which is owned by Procacci Brothers Sales Corporation (PBSC, Philadelphia) is based in Plant City, Florida. PBSC is one of the largest growers and handlers of fresh tomatoes in the world, and handles over 275 thousand tons of produce per year.
ARIANE DAGUIN AQUIRES SOLE OWNERSHIP OF D'ARTAGNAN
Ariane Daguin, co-founder of D'Artagnan, a purveyor of organic poultry and game, smoked and cured meats, wild mushrooms, truffles and foie gras, has bought the entire interest of her partner of twenty years, George Faison, under the terms of their partnership agreement. "George and I founded D'Artagnan on a shared vision and not much money," said Daguin announcing the restructuring. "It has been twenty exciting years and it is hard to imagine D'Artagnan without George, but I, and every one here, wish him all the best." Ariane and George founded D'Artagnan in 1985. From a two-person operation, D'Artagnan has grown to a $40 million a year business, recognized by chefs throughout the U.S. for helping to revolutionize American cuisine. According to Danny Meyer, owner of such famous New York restaurants as Gramercy Tavern and the Union Square Café, "Ariane and George can claim significant credit for why we eat as well as we do." In addition to pioneering fresh foie gras and game, D'Artagnan was the first to market organic poultry and continues to be involved in sustainable and humane farming. Daguin sees no immediate changes at D'Artagnan as the result of the restructuring.