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Italian Food

Chefs

Kristin Sollenne

August 26, 2014

Raised in California, Kristin Sollenne first discovered her love of cooking by creating fresh, wholesome spins on classic Italian dishes to help her parents attain their weight-loss goals while still enabling them to enjoy their favorite foods.

These days, as a rising culinary star and Food Network guest judge, Chef Sollenne oversees the five kitchens of the New York City Restaurant Group’s Bocca Di Bacco locations. A 2013 honoree of Zagat’s Top 30 Under 30, Sollenne’s cooking philosphy focuses on crafting simple, farm-to-table Southern Italian cuisine featuring nutritious ingredients and bold flavors. As the executive chef and culinary director of the expanding Bocca Di Bacco chain, Sollenne workes with each location’s chefs on healthy cooking techniques and manages the training program. READ MORE

Authors, Chefs, Restaurateurs

Hugh Acheson

August 11, 2014

Raised in 1971 in Ottawa as the youngest of four children, chef and restaurateur Hugh Acheson got his start in the food industry at the age of 15, when he took an after-school job as a dishwasher at Ottawa’s Bank Street Café. After moving to Montreal to attend Concordia University — where he studied political philosophy until he dropped out to work in Italian restaurants — Acheson returned to Ottawa and began working at the iconic Café Henri Burger. Here, Acheson learned about French cuisine and wine under chef Rob McDonald. In the late ’90s, Acheson and his wife journeyed south, to her hometown of Athens, Georgia, where Acheson became the head chef and manager at the Last Resort Grill.

After a period in San Francisco, during which he helped chef Gary Danko open his namesake establishment, Acheson returned to Athens and opened his first restaurant, Five & Ten, which forged together the beauty of the South with the flavors of Europe. In 2002, based upon the success of his restaurant, Acheson was named one of the best new chefs in the United States by Food & Wine magazine. He has since opened four additional restaurants, including his most recent venture, The Florence in Savannah, Georgia. Featuring unique takes on classic Italian dishes and an extensive wine list, The Florence has received rave reviews since opening their doors in late June. READ MORE

Video Game Developers

Indinera Falls

May 6, 2014

Remember the 16-bit role-playing games, such as Final Fantasy 3, Dragon Quest and Phantasy Star IV?

Indinera Falls does, and as the founder of Aldorlea Games, the veteran video game developer has made it his goal to bring users unforgettable and rich RPG gaming experiences in the vein of those classics, complete with huge worlds, exciting stories and fantastic characters.

Indinera began making games in 2001, and Aldorlea’s first release, Laxius Force, was met with both critical and commercial success. Numerous games have followed, including a pair of sequels to Laxius Force, the acclaimed Millenium series, Asguaard, The Book of Legends, Moonchild and their most recent release, UndefeatedAs a natural consequence of Aldorlea’s constant growth, three of their games were included on Steam in 2014, the latest with the first episode of the popular and greenlighted saga Millennium. READ MORE