Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Commitment to Community
Mulberry Street Trattoria executive chef/owner, Joseph Sullivan, as well as other top area chefs and family-owned businesses, participate in numerous fund-raising and community events throughout the year, among them the "Iron Chef Competition" part of the Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival. Sullivan entered a mouth-watering flounder over polenta dish in 2008 (top left and right) and from last year's event (lower left and right), a delightful triggerfish salad. (Just visible behind Sullivan, in orange cap, is veteran Mulberry Street Trattoria sous chef, Heather Juel). This year's Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival is planned for October 17-25, 2010, when chefs will be challenged to create two dishes (in one hour) using two unknown ingredients in seafood and non-seafood categories.

Consider Yourself Part of the Family: Recipe for a Successful Family-Owned Restaurant: Cherish Family, Revere Loyalty
From across the cozy dining room, regular patrons of Bluffton's successful Mulberry Street Trattoria have grown accustomed to seeing the restaurant's executive chef/owner Joseph Sullivan hard at work. In the restaurant's well-appointed open kitchen, the "cool class" chef is focused and serious about his craft. He knows his clientele by name and what it is they like to eat. He regards them as "close friends who have become family." Sullivan's sous chef of ten years, the talented Heather Juel, follows suit, and the Sullivan family embrace her as part of the family, too. Working the front-of-the-house, Sullivan's wife, Elissa, and her mother, Ruth DeStefano, are vibrant, class acts, as well, and have a strong following of their own.

HEA to meet on Wednesday: Association members to vote on 3 board of directors seats
Homer Electric Association members who haven't yet cast their ballots for three open board of directors seats will have one last chance at the company's annual meeting on Wednesday.

Health care law benefits CPH: Hospital, patients will feel direct, tangible results in Medicare funding
Though many locals may be cool toward the new federal health care law, Central Peninsula Hospital and Peninsula patients will see a direct, tangible benefit.

Burn ban begins
The Alaska Division of Forestry has suspended open burning in the Kenai-Kodiak area until further notice. The suspension is a result of high winds and no forecasted precipitation for the Kenai Peninsula. The ban includes burn barrels.

Photo feature: Vantage point
Bill Sadler scopes the bluff in Kenai from the lawn at Vintage Pointe Manor, where he lives. "Pretty nifty spot," he said. "Not too bad of a day either." Forecasters are calling for sunny skies.

Parties must work together
No one disputes the need to corral Wall Street and rein in the largest financial institutions that were responsible for the economic crisis. A major piece of the back and forth debate in the Senate this week has centered on whether the pending financial reform legislation casts too wide of a net, ensnaring small, community-based banks and credit unions that had nothing to do with the economic meltdown.

Pet photo
Trey Zimmerman, "son" of Gary and Paula Zimmerman of Nikiski, lies in wait atop Mr. White Tail. He will attack any other animal when they get in range. He is a lover, not a fighter, but when he is in this mode nothing is safe.

Soldotna softball topples Kardinals
The Soldotna softball team defeated host Kenai Central 14-3 in six innings on Monday in Northern Lights Conference action.

Kenai, Nikiski play to tie in boys soccer: Kardinals nip Bulldogs in girls game; Soldotna boys notch shutout against Seward
The Kenai Central and Nikiski boys soccer teams played to a 1-1 tie on Monday in Nikiski in Northern Lights Conference Southern Division action.

Results posted for Palmer Relays
Runners from the Kenai Peninsula competed at the Palmer Relays on Saturday after competing at the Palmer Invitational on Friday. The results from the relays follow:

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