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Kevin Grangier Hires Ex-Wolfgang Puck Chef

A soon-to-open Louisville restaurant will be getting an international chef, once a worker in a Los Angeles Best Rehab facility, to handle its kitchen operations.

Former Wolfgang Puck chef Robert Rice, a Le Cordon Bleu graduate, has been hired by Kevin Grangier to act as the executive chef for his new Louisville restaurant concept, the Grassa Gramma Italian Restaurant. This new eatery will open at 2201 Holiday Manor Center, located in the 7,000 ft2 space that once held the Emperor of China restaurant for three decades. The restaurant has been under development, with the space being renovated since 2017, and is expected to open sometime in Summer of 2018.

Rice grew up in Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay, and first got into cuisine from his grandmother, herself a hotel manager and cook, who showed Rice how to cook with whatever ingredients were on hand, a trait that he put to use throughout his career, which he’ll be bringing to the new Louisville eatery.

Rice spent time working as a prep cook in one of Wolfgang Puck’s cafes, helping the worldwide cuisine icon open new branches at the age of 26, in countries like Canada and Kuwait, before he graduated from the Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena, California. He was then promoted to sous chef for the company, before becoming executive chef for the brand’s flagship training store.

Rice then acted as consultant for popular brands, like Cobra & Matadors, Cha Cha’s Latin Cuisine, and Alma Noveand Wahlberg’s fine dining Italian Eatery at Boston.

Then, in 2012, he left corporate cuisine, becoming the director of food service and executive chef for the Los Angeles’ Midnight Mission, Southern California’s largest homeless and Los Angeles Best Rehab facility.

Rice and Grangier met when the former was brought to Louisville thanks to his fiancé. Grangier says that they are working together to finalize the team for Grassa Gramma kitchen team, with which they hope to create a love letter to Italian-American cuisine that they expect to take the Louisville community by storm.

The Grassa Gramma restaurant will be offering authentic Northern and Southern Italian cuisine, including house-made pasta, sauces, pizzas, and others. Dinner entree prices will cost from $15-$27, whilst lunch entrees will cost from $12-$16.

This new restaurant will be the fourth concept by Grangier’s Belle Noble Entertainment Group LLC, which also owns and operates the Le Moo Fine Steak House, The Village Anchor/The Sea Hag Pub and Kevin’s Picnic.

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Hearth side Food Solutions Acquire By New Owner

Hearth side Food Solutions, one of the largest contract food manufacturing companies in the US and the country’s largest independent, privately-owned bakery in the country, has recently just got new owners.

An investment group, with Charlesbank Capital Partners and Partners Group at the helm, has reached an agreement with Hearthside owners Goldman Sachs and Vestar Capital Partners, which gives the group ownership of the Illinois contract food manufacturing company. The details of the financial transaction was not revealed, though it has yet to be finalized.

Upon finalization, Charlesbank and Partners Group will gain operational rights. According to them, they already have plans for collaborating with Hearthside’ management team for several value creation initiatives. Rich Scalise, Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Hearthside says that they are excited to welcome Charlesbank and Partners Group as new partners moving forward, and that Hearthside is thankful to Goldman Sachs and Vestar for their cooperation and support over the last couple of years.

Managing Director for Private Equity in Americas for the Partners Group, Chris Russell, says that the group has faith on Mr. Scalise and his ability to lead Hearthside’s operations. He says that they see a lot of potential for the company to grow as its business model is built on being flexible and adaptive to global trends, like the recent increase in outsourcing, which they say won’t slow down anytime soon.

Notably, there have been rumours prior to the news that Hearthside was up for sale, when a report published by Bloomberg in January says that Hearthside would be worth around $2.5 billion to acquire, an increase from the value that Goldman Sachs and Vestar acquired it back in 2014; $1.1 billion.

Goldman Sachs’ Nicole Agnew expressed pride in Hearthside, calling it an exceptional contract food manufacturing platform, and saying that the firm was happy to have been able to help Hearthside grow in Europe and across high-growth categories.  Meanwhile, Vestar Managing Director Brian O’Connor says that Hearthside’s growth in the past four years was above the expectations they set for the food company.

Mr. O’Connor added that he, and Vestar, are quite confident in Hearthside’s capabilities, and that they expect the company to grow and prosper under the ownership of Charlesbank and Partners Group.

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Top Reasons For Families To Visit Pattaya

Pattaya is a major tourist destination in Thailand. The town has attractions for all types of visitors like families, solo visitors, honeymooning couples or group travellers. The city has a wide variety of activities ranging from water sports to luxurious Thai treatments at the modern spas and wellness centres of the famous beach resorts.

There are a wide range of hotels in Pattaya ranging from budget hotels to premium beach resorts. The hotels offer exclusive deals for special room promotion in Pattaya, making it a favourite destination for travellers on a budget.

Apart from relaxing by the beach and indulge in adventurous water sports, tourists should not miss visiting these lovely places in Pattaya

Sacred places – Thailand is famous for its religion and spirituality. Pattaya has a lot of Wats and religious places that showcase the local culture and way of living. Visitors should not miss visiting places like the Big Buddha, Sanctuary of Truth and wat Yansangwararam, to see the Thai style architecture with intricate wooden carvings.

Museums and Galleries – There are a number of museums and galleries like the Ripley’s museums, Louis Tussaud’s wax museum, and a host of other art galleries that showcase interesting artefacts from around the world.

Elephant shows and rides – The most exciting part in the trip to Pattaya. Majority of the parks have elephant shows and you can ride elephants. Families with kids should not miss these shows.

Floating market – The floating market is an interesting site seeing place in Pattaya. The market is built on a lake and the sellers place their wares on boats. This is an interesting experience for tourists who are bored with glitzy shopping malls. The floating market also gives an opportunity to relish authentic Thai food.

Food – Thailand is famous for its delicious cuisine. The authentic Thai food made using the freshest ingredients and coconut, and the famous seafood, attracts a lot of visitors. The recipes are handed down from generations, which preserve the authenticity.

With so many interesting places to visit, authentic food to relish and hotels offering special room promotion in Pattaya, the city is slowly gaining popularity as a family destination.

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4 Things To Consider In Buying Survival Super Supplements 

Because of the imminence of war, political unrest and natural disasters, more and more people are preparing for the worst case scenario which is power and water outage, cut off lines of communication and exposure to fear and danger. To dull the impact of emergencies and disasters, families are advised to keep in stock some essential supplies and items that will help them survival critical situations. Clean drinking water, emergency lights, medicines, food and Survival super supplements are some of the important things to stock up. You can find a lot of survival supplements online but to ensure that you will get high quality supplies, take a look at these tips.

Balanced and highly nutritious

Choose emergency food items with balanced nutrition and one that is clinically proven to provide your daily dietary needs during critical situations. Remember that your nutritional needs during emergencies are different compared to ordinary so it would be best to buy supplements that are specifically formulated for emergency response.

Licensed and compliant

Search for a manufacturer of Survival super supplements which is FDA registered and compliant to GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices). Aside from that, the manufacturer should be a member of NPA (Natural Products Association) and other international organizations that support healthy and nutritional food products.

Guaranteed authentic

To ensure that you will buy authentic and safe products, choose a manufacturer that directly supplies their customers and do not have distributors. This way, you can be sure that you will get unadulterated products straight from the manufacturer. It would also be a plus factor if the manufacturer of survival supplements has been around in the business for almost two decades now.

Affordable

Buying healthy and authentic Survival super supplements should not require you to touch your savings. You can find a manufacturer that offers free shipping and discount items. You can also save on survival nutrients if you buy them in bulk. Buy direct from the manufacturer especially when they announced that they do not have resellers or distributors. This means that any products offered outside their official website are fake and can be hazardous.

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The Trend Of Fast Food Merchandise

If you are looking for a corporate merchandise to give away to a company event or conference, you might be surprised to know that there is a variety of fast food merchandise available. They are not your typical merchandise which is usually customized mugs, pens, t-shirts or pins. Here are the latest and weirdest products in the market brought to us by fast food brands.

Flame-Grilled Perfume from Burger King. If you are not a fan of fried chicken but is addicted to the smell of grilling meat topped with various condiments then this product is for you. The sad news is that it was only a limited edition perfume released in Japan back in 2015. It retailed for $41 and comes with a free Whopper when you buy.

Fried Chicken Sunscreen from KFC. If you are always on the beach with your sunscreen and loves fried chicken, the sunscreen made by KFC is recommended for you. This product was released by the company in 2016 and the sunscreen has SPF 30 which they referred to as the extra crispy factor. The scent is very similar to the popular chicken of the fast food chain. It may sound disgusting to you but the 3,000 bottles manufactured by the company was sold out as soon as it was launched through KFC’s website.

Phone Charger In A Chicken Box From KFC. In this day of smartphone and internet, a portable phone charger is one of the most important discoveries. KFC in India created what they refer to as Watt A Box which is a chicken box that comes with portable phone charger. It comes with a USB as well as a charging dock.

DJ Decks from A Pizza Hut box. If you don’t have the budget for decks and aux-cord is not meeting your standard, Pizza Hut has the solution – a cardboard DJ check that was actually working. It was the same price as the pizza from the company. The fast food chain said that it works by plugging the battery to the deck and connecting the user’s phone through Bluetooth. It can handle any DJ application on the phone.

If you are not impressed with these options, you can order typical corporate merchandise or try future releases to surprise your employees.

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