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PAGE 4 POST-GAZE'I-I'E, FEBRUARY 12, 2016 STEFAN JARAUSCH Named Executive Chef at Top of the Hub Stefan Jarausch has been named Executive ticed in Germany and spent two years working Chef at Top of the Hub restaurant. The ap- in Switzerland before moving to France where he pointment was announced by Peter Papagelis,secured a position working under renowned Chef General Manager at Top of the Hub and Skywalk Paul Bocuse at Bocuse's 3 Michelin-star restau- Observatory, both owned and operated by Select rant, L'Auberge Du Pont de Collonges, near Lyon. Restaurants, Inc. Located on the 52rid floor of the Chef Stefan arrived in the United States in 1994 Prudential Tower in Boston's historic Back Bay, and devoted a decade working for Ritz-Carlton Top of the Hub celebrated 50 years of service to Hotels across the country. Following Execu- Boston's discerning dining community in 2015. tive Chef positions at the Chase Park Hotel in Chef Stefan is renowned for his unique culinary St. Louis, Missouri, and the Madison Hotel in perspective and meticulous attention to detail. Washington, D. C., he was named Executive Chef In his new role, he will be devoted to creating at Boston's Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel where, eclectic New England Regional Cuisine menusamong his many accomplishments, he oversaw showcasing fresh flavors and inventive ingredi- the development and transformation of the hotel's ents. During his time in the Boston area, he has renowned 4-Star Oak Long Bar & Kitchen. He developed a strong appreciation for the abundant subsequently launched Seasons 52 in Burlington availability of fresh seafood. His goal is to provide where he served as Executive Chef Partner. guests at Top of the Hub with an exceptional Welcoming residents and visitors alike with dining experience where the food serves as the outstanding cuisine, impeccable service and so- impressive centerpiece of each visit, phisticated ambiance, Top of the Hub was named Additionally, he will manage all kitchen opera- one of the world's most romantic dining destina- tions and direct the full culinary team serving tions by The Travel Channel. Open seven days a both the iconic restaurant as well as all special week, serving lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch events held on the Skywalk Observatory. in addition to offering a late night dining menu Chef Stefan traces his initial interest in the cu- and live entertainment seven nights a week, the linary arts to his boyhood in Bielefeld Germany, restaurant is proud to have received continued where his passion for food was ignited by the way industry recognition from Distinguished Restau- fine food, enjoyed in good company, had a way of rants of North America as well as multiple Awards bringing people of all cultures together, of EXcellence from Wine Spectator magazine. In addition to studying at the Brillat Savarin For further information, please visit www. Oberschule in Germany, Chef Stefan appren- topofthehub.net. L'Anno Bello (Continued from Page 1) way to Italy. This holiday isclaimed that birds chose their named after a Saint Valentine mates On Valentine's Day, a tid- or San Valentino, about whom bit of lore which speaks not only many legends arose -- one says to the romantic connotations of that he performed forbidden the holiday, but to its links to marriages for Roman soldiers, fertility and nature's rebirth. another says he fell in love with Other ancient bird superstitions the blind daughter of his jailer pertaining to Valentine's Day and cured her, then addressed stated that the first feathered himself as "her Valentine" prior friend a girl saw on this holiday to his execution. Meanwhile, presaged the career of the per- some scholars believe that the son she would one day marry pagan origins of thfis feast hear- -- a robin meant a sailor, a gold- ken back to an an(eient Roman finch meant a wealthy person, a festival known as Lupercalia, bat meant a baseball player, etc. dedicated to purification and (I am not sure which bird signi- fertility. While there is no direct fled "an insurance specialist in link between Lupercalia and a travel company," because that Valentine's Day, these mysteri- is the one I must have seen.) ous origins of the holiday, both Over in Italy, people celebrate in religious and folldoric terms, St. Valentine's Day, or il Giorno point to its importance as a di San Valentino, much in the springtime celebration of love same way as it is celebrated in and renewal, the United States, with roman- Indeed, love blooms all around tic dinners, flowers, and cards. us on St. Valentine's Day. One The really romantic Italians medieval superstition, popu- may trek to the beautiful city of larized by Geoffrey Chaucer, Verona, where they will gather Owned and operated by Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher, Post-Gazette Public Insurance Adjuster Since 1969 FOR ALL YOUR INSURANCE NEEDS AUTO * HOMEOWNERS * TENANTS COMMERCIAL Experience makes the difference 209 BROADWAY, REVERE, MA 02151 Tel. 781.284.1100 Fax 781.284.2200 Free Parking Adjacent to Building under Juliet's balcony and con- template the star-crossed lovers of William Shakespeare's tale. Modern lovers scribble their initials on the tunnel walls near the balcony, creating a veritable mural to the history of passion. Meanwhile, the lovelorn write their own letters to Juliet, or Giulietta as she is known in Italy, asking for her wisdom in romantic matters. These super- stitions and folk traditions pay homage to the intense and, at times, crazy power love wields in our lives. It is wonderful to have a quaint holiday, poised on the precipice between winter and spring, which honors love in all its multifaceted shades. This Sunday, February 14th, I know that I will be eating choco- late in some shape or manner, most likely in the form of the red velvet chocolate chip cook- ies I will make for my husband. However, I will also express my gratitude for all those in my life whom I love -- my family, my friends, even my pets. After all, nothing melts the proverbial winter more than the laughter and care of our loved ones. We should honor this love not only on St. Valentine's Day, but ev- ery day of the year. As spring approaches, let us notice the truly loveable signs of the re- newal of nature that surround us: the first flower buds peeking out from the dirt, a robin hop- ping around in the shadows of a bare bush, the pale glow of the evening sunshine. Just as St. Valentine's Day reminds us to recognize love in all its glory, we can also recognize this love in the natural world around us, bright as the spring sun. Ally Di Censo Symynkywicz is a Graduate Student in History at the University of Massachu- setts Boston. She appreciates any comments and suggestions about Italian holidays and folk- lore at adicenso89@gmail.com. I. DIAMONDS ROLEX | ESTATE JEWELRY | Bought & Sold l Jewelers Exch. Bldg. ) __ Jim (617} 263-79__2__6 j by Sal Giarratani Trump, Cruz, Sanders, Clinton and Don't Forget Rubio Well, by the time you are tablishment and an agent of the reading this commentary, both status quo. Sanders is the out- Iowa and New Hampshire are sider pushing against the wind already in Campaign '16's rear- and picking up much support view mirror, as both South from younger voters the same Carolina and Super Tuesday are way Eugene McCarthy did back quickly approaching just ahead, in 1968. The voting group back As Rod Sterling often said, "Up then forced President Johnson ahead the Twilight Zone" where out of the 1968 election. reality and fantasy will clash. The liberal news media and Already, candidates are drop- conservative talk radio are both ping to the curb like roadkill, at a loss to figure anything out Rand Paul is gone. Started big this year. Over on the right, The and then took a never-ending Mark Levin Show on 1430 AM nosedive. After Iowa, Rick San- has become a joke. Mark (a.k.a. torum dropped out of the race, the "Great One"), sounds like endorsing Marco Rubio for all the spokesman for Ted Cruz the good it will do since poor campaign endlessly defend- Rick was polling at about one ing the dirty tricks it pulled whole percent. Mike Huckabee on Ben Carson in Iowa. This took his marbles and went guy seemingly pretends he is home, but first threw his sup- objective, but to me he sounds port to Trump. Again, another objectionable. whole one percent Conservative radio and the The Republican race is com- liberal media are both on Marco ing down to Ted Cruz, Don- Rubio's case. The Religious aid Trump and Marco Rubio, Right seems to be the point with both Jeb Bush and Chris guard of Cruz's game and the Christie pushing forward from liberals are pressing the case behind, and polling just ahead that Rubio is "surging." Even of Carly Fiorina. Rubio was gloating about how The Republican voters in Iowa great he felt winning the Bronze showed that this is very much in Iowa, as if finishing in third still the year of the outsiders, place was any kind of victory. with the top 3 winners collecting Don't forget the Democrats 75 percent of the Iowa vote. This who are doing everything they past Tuesday in New Hamp- can to make Hillary appear shire didn't eliminate any of the presidential and provide cover heavy hitters, but the field has for her on the growing email narrowed and Donald Trump scandal being investigated by surprisingly is still very much in FBI Director James Comey, who this race to the nor~fination. The is hardly a dues-paying member Republican elite are all probably of the Republican Right Wing. on reeds by now. Massachusetts gets its chance Over on the Democratic side, on Tuesday, March 1,t. Can Bernie Sanders made Hillary Sanders carry the Bay State? "feel the Bern." What he does Or keep it close like in Iowa? down South or on Super Tues- Can Cruz or Rubio take out day is another thing. 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