Say Cheese: October 2013
Abbe Lewis - October 2013
The Gang’s All Here
Over 100 French Master Chefs convened in Charleston, South Carolina, this summer for the 2013 Master Chefs of France and French Culinary Academy North American conference. The highligh of this year’s event—the MCF-ACF 2013 gala dinner—was held at Lowndes Grove Plantation, and featured a six course dinner presented by chefs Nico Romo of local Fish Restaurant, Didier Lailheuge of the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta, Jonathan Jerusalmy of Georgia’s Sea Island Resort, and Olivier Gaupin of the Loews Atlanta hotel. Charleston’s own Nathalie Dupree was also awarded MCF’s Woman of the Year. Photo by Andrew Stephen Cebulka.
Built For Two
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants has partnered with San Francisco’s PUBLIC Bikes to supply complementary bicycles for hotel guests. A launch party was held at PUBLIC’s South Park, where guests noshed on picnic-inspired bites by local Kimpton chefs from Grand Café, Jasper’s Corner Tap & Kitchen, and Scala’s Bistro. Custom-made picnic basket fare will also be available for purchase at Kimpton properties. Pictured: PUBLIC Bikes founder Rob Forbes and Kimpton COO Mike DeFrino.
Keep On Truckin’
Friends, family, and staff of Area Four restaurant in Boston celebrated its two year anniversary with a barbecue, replete with piadini—like kafta with Lebanese beef and pork sausage—music, lawn games, local craft beer, a hot dog cart, and a spread from their recently launched A4 food truck. Pictured, from left: chef/owner Michael Leviton, chef de cuisine Jeff Pond, and co-owner Michael Krupp.
Chair of Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation Miami, chef Allen Susser pulled together a large culinary line-up from the Miami chapter, as well as Taste of the Nation Fort Lauderdale, for the inaugural Taste of the Nation South Florida, held at the Loews Miami Beach hotel. More than 50 restaurants in the area showcased their dishes, and helped raise over $160,000 to end childhood hunger. Pictured, from left: chefs Jamie DeRosa, Michael Schwartz, Susser, and Timon Balloo. Photo by Taste of the Nation/Mitchell Zachs.