Fred Bollaci Runs First Watch Half Marathon in Sarasota, Florida!

March 22, 2017

Sarasota, FL

Fred Bollaci ran the First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon held on Sunday March 19th, 2017 in Sarasota, Florida. The course took runners across the Ringling Bridge and Causeway, around St. Armand’s Circle, back across the bridge, and north along the bay front to the Ringling Museum, and back to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. This year drew 1,543 participants and 5,000 volunteers. The weather was mild, starting out at a balmy 63 degrees and going up into the mid 70’s by the time the runners were enjoying breakfast and beer overlooking the bay after the race.

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Al Dente Ristorante: Authentic Classic Italian by Famed Chef Roberto Donna in Washington, DC!

Guests can enjoy fresh house-made pasta, risotto, fresh fish and meat offerings along with Italian desserts and a selection of gelato. Al Dente also showcases Neapolitan pizza from the restaurant’s centerpiece oven.

Octopus Salad, Potatoes, Arugula, Black Olive Dressing.

Spaghetti alla Chitarra, House-Made Spaghetti cut on a Chitarra in a Dry Porcini, Tomato,Thyme, Marjoram, Basil, Garlic and Fennel Pollen Sauce.

Beet Tortelloni in a Chive, Poppy Seed Sauce.

House Made Spaghetti – Sardines – Pine Nuts – Raisins – Breadcrumbs.

EXECUTIVE CHEF ROBERTO DONNA
Washington’s most famous Italian chef going back to 1984, Roberto Donna is a James Beard winner and twice DC “Chef of the Year.” Owner of some 20 restaurants over the years, he is best known for his award-winning Galileo restaurants and I Matti, a ground-breaking trattoria in 1980’s Adams Morgan. From Torino (Turin) in Northern Italy, Chef Donna’s current cuisine spans Classic Northern and Southern Italian, encompassing all regions of his beloved country.

Sample Menus from Special Events at Al Dente:

 

WINE LIST
A boutique selection mostly Italian and also wines of other origins are available by the bottle along with various selections of wines by the glass. Prices range from $6 to $20 by the glass and $30 to $100 by the bottle. Additionally, eight draft beers are also available.

CAPACITY
Al Dente can accommodate up to 116-seated guests in the main dining room; 12 seats at the bar; 12 seats around the pizza oven and eight seats in the open exhibition kitchen complete with dining bar. An outdoor patio is also available during the spring and summer months (weather permitting) with seating for 30.

DESIGN
Matt Norris, of Norris Design in Atlanta, is responsible for transforming the 3,150-square-foot space into a modern, urban Italian trattoria like those found in Rome or Milan. Upon entering the restaurant, guests will note the stacked wood on steel shelving used in the restaurant’s pizza oven. The exhibition kitchen is set apart from the main dining room by a sculptural wall of orange panels providing a nice transition while allowing diners to see the action in the open kitchen. Rustic steel is also used to create wine racks at the bar. The focal point of the restaurant is the 800-pound pizza oven, set off with black and white tiles. Carefully chosen materials such as custom Juno lighting, black chandeliers, charcoal dining tables with highly polished orange chairs from Italy, concrete countertops with fixed stools and stone accent wall complete the sleek space and create the Ferrari-like interior.

ART
Caara Stoney is an Atlanta-based artist who created the 11-foot tall art insulations of the Mona Lisa and Leonardo portraits within the restaurant.

 

 

Al Dente Ristorante has been awarded the Fred Bollaci Enterprises Golden Palate Certificate of Excellence!

Al Dente Ristorante

3201 New Mexico Ave NW, Ste E
Washington, DC 20016
202.244.2223

 

 

 

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Exclusive Cru Night Featuring ORMA Red Blend from Tuscany at Osteria Tulia in Naples, Florida!

March 16, 2017

NAPLES, FL

Last evening, Wednesday March 15th, 2017 was a very special event at one of my favorite spots, Osteria Tulia, featuring the best authentic, rustic Italian cuisine by master chef Vincenzo Betulia (a Golden Palate Charter Member) in the heart of fashionable downtown Naples, Florida!

Osteria Tulia was one of only two restaurants in the entire state of Florida chosen to be part of this exclusive nationwide debut of the 2012 vintage of this excellent red blend, which was featured this evening as part of a paired Tuscan menu for $60, or a la carte for an unbelievably tasty $12 a glass (the wine typically sells for $130+ on wine lists when available).

 

The night’s special pasta creation was a housemade Tagliatelle with luscious wild boar ragu and pecorino Romano.

 

 

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Platinum Palate: Four Seasons Jackson Hole, Family Friendly Luxury in Jackson Hole, Wyoming!

Surrounded by the breathtaking vistas of the famed Grand Teton Mountain Range and teeming with an inspiring array of wildlife, our alpine mountain resort offers the perfect mix of rustic adventure and luxury accommodations. Ski, hike, bike, raft and more at one of the premier resorts in Jackson Hole.

The popular Handle Bar by Michael Mina.

Enjoy generously sized mountain lodgings, complete with a gas fireplace, residential-style furnishings, dark wood and natural stone finishes with leather insets.
Most accommodations open to a private balcony or terrace, furnished with a teak table and chairs. Many of our rooms and suites overlook Jackson Hole’s famed Teton Village. All accommodations also include a well-defined work area so guests travelling on business can remain productive. State-of-the-art technology includes high-speed Internet access and at least three direct dial dual-line telephones. For entertainment, there’s a large television and DVD player.

With an emphasis on seasonal selections of grilled meat, game and fish, each dining experience at Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole captures the flavors of the American West.


A perfect pairing of distinctive flavours with casual elegance, Westbank Grill offers a large stone fireplace, dynamic open kitchen and stunning views of Jackson Hole’s famed Rendezvous Peak.

The ideal restaurant for hungry skiers, travellers and revel rousers, The Handle Bar by Michael Mina is an American pub and beer hall that features a wide selection of American and International beers, whiskies and provisions.

Dive into the unique alfresco dining experience that is The Pool Café, serving sandwiches, salads, fruit smoothies, cocktails and iced treats throughout the summer months.

Escape to a spa resort inspired by the pristine beauty of our mountain wilderness. Nationally recognized among the top 100 spa resorts in the US by the Condé Nast 2012 readers’ poll, our full-service alpine Spa provides a comprehensive range of massages and treatments to promote relaxation, invigoration and renewal.

The luxurious 11,685-square-foot (1,085-square-metre) spa facility offers 16 treatment rooms, including two private spa suites – each with a Swiss shower, fireplace and deep soaking tub. The treatment area also features separate men’s and women’s tranquility lounges with fireplaces. Energy bars, tea and a variety of other amenities are available at this lavish Jackson Hole spa.

Photos by the Four Seasons Jackson Hole.

The Four Seasons Jackson Hole has been awarded the Fred Bollaci Enterprises Platinum Palate Certificate of Excellence!

The Four Seasons Jackson Hole
7680 Granite Loop Road, PO Box 544
Teton Village, WY 83025
307.732.5000

 

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Platinum Palate: St. Regis Deer Valley: Signature St. Regis Style, Gourmet Dining by Jean-Georges, and Exceptional Service in Park City, Utah!

The St. Regis Deer Valley is a AAA Five Diamond mountainside retreat with access to a world of year-round outdoor sports and the vibrant town of Park City. Enjoy ski-in/ski-out access, breathtaking slope side views, a private ski beach, Ski Valet, split-level infinity pool, numerous family activities, Remède Park City Spa and more.

Retreat in grandeur to one of our luxurious guest rooms, suites or private residences. All guest rooms feature spectacular mountain views.

Enjoy a gourmet dining experience at J&G Grill, craft cocktails at the St. Regis Bar or host a private event in the Wine Vault. Relax on the terrace for great mountain views and patio dining, year-round.

Park City is a gorgeous mountain getaway with rich history and alpine serenity. Surrounded by the majestic Wasatch Mountains, Park City is home to two world-famous ski areas for downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ice skating, snowshoeing, tubing, and horse-drawn sleigh rides. Park City also boasts scenic hiking and mountain biking trails, beautiful golf courses, wonderful restaurants, charming art galleries and shops, exciting nightlife and scores of cultural activities and festivals, including the Sundance Film Festival. The St. Regis Deer Valley is ideal for a romantic weekend getaway, family vacation or high alpine adventures, like hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing, horseback riding, golf, and hot air ballooning.

Boasting the most celebrated Park City restaurants, enjoy light fare created by Jean-Georges Culinary Concepts in this modern mountain lounge. Masterful cuisine, world wines and breathtaking alpine scenery deliver a spectacular dining experience. Enjoy farm to table cuisine and slopeside scenes at J & G Grill. Savor dramatic mountain views and cocktails in front of the wood-burning fireplace at St. Regis Bar. Sip passionate pours in the elegant Wine Vault, or grab a gourmet sandwich on the Mountain Terrace. Enjoy 24-hour private dining with exquisite cuisine delivered to your room or private balcony.

J&G GRILL
J & G Grill is a Park City restaurant and culinary masterpiece, serving passionate cuisine designed by famed chef Jean-Georges. Experience tantalizing appetizers, gourmet pizzas, side dishes and more from his restaurants around the world. Each dish is created with the highest quality meats and freshest local fish. Simply grilled preparations accompanied by bold condiments anchor the J&G Grill dining experience at The St. Regis Deer Valley. Extraordinary service, intriguing wines, brews and specialty cocktails enhance the experience.

Chef de Cuisine Rachel Wiener creates brilliant cuisine and innovative dishes using the principles of “slow food” and local “farm to table” cooking in her menus. J&G Grill is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. Reserve Online

ST. REGIS BAR
Enjoy stunning mountain views, cocktails and conversation in front of the magnificent wood-burning fireplace at the St. Regis Bar and Lounge. Sip the signature 7452 Mary, an enticing blend of the St. Regis’ famous Bloody Mary mix and fine oat-distilled Vodka 7000 from the local High West Distillery, served with a salt rim and a wasabi-celery foam. Paying homage to St. Regis tradition, the bar is graced with a commissioned mural reflecting Park City’s history as a silver mining town by artist Phillip Buller. Enjoy light fare developed by Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

ST. REGIS WINE VAULT
Whether you are a wine connoisseur or a wine lover, The St. Regis Wine Vault offers spectacular sips by the bottle or glass. Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres with your libations or reserve one of two private Wine Vaults for an intimate dinner. Two adjacent private Wine Vaults offer storage for 14,000 bottles. The hotel also hosts intimate private parties, receptions, Winemaker Dinners and exclusive St. Regis Aficionado experiences.

MOUNTAIN TERRACE
Overlooking both Deer Valley and the Deer Hollow Run, the Mountain Terrace is surrounded by a dramatic Fire Garden, making it an ideal setting for lunch, dinner and cocktails. The St. Regis Bar menu is available, with fare created by Jean-Georges Culinary Concepts.

LIBRARY
Enjoy a pick-me-up in a casual, comfortable, bookish setting. Mornings feature coffee, tea and hot chocolate while afternoons offer cold beverages and hors d’oeuvres. Year-round, The Library offers a tranquil escape, with comfortable seating and a selection of books for quiet moments.


Yoga on the slopes

The 7452 Mary, an enticing blend of the St. Regis’ famous Red Snapper Bloody Mary mix and fine oat-distilled Vodka 7000 from local High West Distillery – served with a touch of black lava salt on the rim and finished with a Wasabi-Celery foam.

Photos by the St. Regis Deer Valley.

 

 

St. Regis Deer Valley
2300 Deer Valley Dr. E.
Park City, UT 84060
435.940.5700

 

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