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Festival Dates: Feb 20-23, 2014

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Porfirios Restaurante

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Joshua Stone Mr. Stone is a 23‐year veteran of the hospitality industry. He has successfully managed and owned many cutting edge and industry-leading properties. Josh grew up working in many local eateries spread across southern Westchester County, New York. His career in the hospitality industry began at the age of thirteen when he took a job at a bustling neighborhood Italian deli. At that early age, he knew that he was destined to be in “the business.” Instantaneously, he won the confidence and respect of the owner and was soon responsible for opening, closing and making nightly bank drops for the first-generation Italian American proprietor.That story of superiors having rapid trust and faith in Josh’s abilities rings true throughout his entire career. While completing his required externship for his BA degree in hotel restaurant management, he caught the eye of Rich Cutler – the owner of the legendary Mim’s Restaurant Group. Even in the menial tasks of bussing tables and running food, Rich immediately saw promise in Josh’s work ethic and intuition. Josh later went on to be a server, bartender, linecook, bar manager, floor manager, general manager and eventually owner of that restaurant. Before Mim’s, Josh owned The 623 Lounge and Nightclub in Miami’s trendy South Beach – where again he was managing partner. Prior to that venture he was Beverage Director for the Bice Group’s Miami-based operations. Their properties at the time included Ocean Drive’s exclusive Breakwater hotel and Coconut Grove’s café Med. Josh has extensive knowledge in planning menus, estimating food and beverage costs, and purchasing inventory. Currently Josh is President of New York Restaurant Concepts, Inc. a company that purchases, conceptualizes and operates restaurants in the Los Angeles metro area and beyond. Fat Sal’s is the creative culinary culmination and vision of three friends from New York. The group is made up of food lovers; Sal (Fat Sal), Josh, & Jerry (Jerry Ferrara, one of the stars of HBO’s hit show Entourage). These men set out with the goal of bringing mouth watering, over the top food to L.A.’s hungry & savvy residents. All of what is served has a unique emphasis on fun and creativity while stressing freshness and top of the line ingredients. Fat Sal’s, in one word, is Unique. We are truly an incredible eatery with East Coast and Italian-American Roots. Our offerings include all that a local New York deli has, as well as feature our signature “Fat Sandwiches,” Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and outrageous French Fries. A “Fat Sandwich” combines all that is tasty and wonderful and stuffs it into a one-of-a-kind and ridiculously delicious sandwich. This includes pairing different meats, cheeses, condiments, sides and sauces all on the same sandwich! These sandwiches are at the forefront of our menu, and they are what separates us from all of our would-be competitors. Our company uses only the freshest ingredients – period. It is our adherence to fun over-the-top food, our east coast environment and mentality and our daily homemade ingredients that are a break from the norm and the hallmark of our brand. We have created a scalable and duplicable concept that is missing from the national quick-serve segment. Our concept’s uniqueness applies to everything that we do. From our uniforms and the exterior of our building, to our sandwiches and sides, we are leaving an indelible mark on all of our customers and making Fat Sal’s Deli a household name.

Title Sponsor
Food Network
Presenting
Food Network
Benefiting
FIU
Hosted By
Southern Wine & Spirits
Official Card
MasterCard
Host Hotel
Loews
Premier
New York Times
Official Airline
Delta

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