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McNairs to Headline ESCAPE 2012 Celebrity Serve Benefit

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Janice and Bob McNair, 2012 Headliners, ESCAPE Family Resource Center Celebrity Serve BenefitHOUSTON, TX (Feb. 8, 2012) – Fresh off their team’s best football season in franchise history, Janice and Bob McNair, founder, chairman and CEO of the HOUSTON TEXANS, 2011 AFC South Division Champions, will be the headliners of the ESCAPE Family Resource Center 31st Annual Celebrity Serve Benefit Sunday, April 15, 6:30 p.m. at Tony’s, 3755 Richmond Avenue. The fun-filled dinner and auction will feature more than 25 television, radio and sports personalities as servers to entertain and mingle with guests in the spirit of raising much-needed funds to help prevent child abuse and neglect in the greater Houston community.

“We salute the McNairs, who’ve supported and helped unify this city through their vast philanthropy and through the HOUSTON TEXANS. We’ll take this opportunity to show them our deep appreciation of the TEXANS’ 2011 AFC South Division Championship Season,” said Joan Schnitzer Levy, Celebrity Serve Benefit Co-Chair (and diehard football fan) with Gerald Franklin for an unprecedented 30th consecutive year.

Among the 2012 Celebrity Servers will be: KTRK-TV Sports Director Bob Allen, KTRK-TV News Anchor Tom Koch, who will serve as emcee/auctioneer KHOU-TV Reporter Courtney Zubowski, Stylist Todd Ramos, “LiveWell Network ‘Deals’ Host Katishia Cosley, KPRC Radio Host Michael Garfield, “Mirror/Mirror” TV Host Rebecca Spera, FOX 26 TV/ 650 CBS Radio Host Cleverley Stone and Stylist Edward Sanchez.

According to Lidya K. Osadchey, CEO of the ESCAPE Family Resource Center, the Celebrity Serve Benefit is a major annual source of funding for the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is held in April as part of National Children Prevention Month. ESCAPE, whose mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect before a child is harmed, helps promote happy childhoods by providing intervention, education and support programs to families in crisis. Founded in 1983 by the Houston-area chapters of The National Exchange Club, ESCAPE relies on private support to prevent and combat emotional, physical and sexual violence towards children.

In fiscal year 2011, ESCAPE provided 370 deliveries of child abuse prevention programs and parenting classes in 95 locations in Harris and Fort Bend counties in English, Spanish and Chinese. Within the last 11 years, ESCAPE has increased its program delivery from 116 to 370 and increased the number of parents and children who benefit from these programs from 2,316 to 6,480. ESCAPE Family Resource Center is committed, both locally and globally, to offering court ordered and CPS approved parenting classes, parenting tips and tools that anyone can use to develop positive parenting and appropriate discipline skills.

In 2011, CBS Houston, a division of CBS Radio Inc., named ESCAPE Family Resource Center the Best Resource For Single Parents In Houston and The Houston Chronicle designated ESCAPE Family Resource Center as one Houston’s top workplaces (small business category.)

Individual tickets to the ESCAPE Celebrity Serve Benefit start at $400 and table sponsorships range from $4,000 to $15,000. For those interested in purchasing tickets or tables, or donating to the live auction, please call Chris Rambeaux at 832-367-9117 or ESCAPE, Sandi Mercado, (713) 942-9500, ext. 14, or go to http://www.learntoparent.org and click on the “Toy Box.”

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JOBS! Gugliani’s Memorial Restaurant Now Taking Applications

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Houston, TX — December 5, 2011 – Gugliani’s new Memorial location is now taking applications for positions to work with Executive Chef Joaquin Alcocer at the soon-to-open modern Italian restaurant and bar. The restaurant, which will introduce a fresh American Cuisine perspective to its traditional Italian Gugliani’s pasta and pizza fare, promises to be a dynamic neighborhood gathering place. Located at 12389 Kingsride Road near Gessner, Gugliani’s Memorial will be open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch starting later this month.

Applications for the following Gugliani’s Memorial job openings will be taken on-site Monday through Saturday,

2-6 p.m.:

Host/Hostess
Servers
Cooks and Prep
Bartenders
Bussers and Dishwashers

“Our Memorial location will have a contemporary design and offer seafood, lamb and pork dishes, as well as specialty pizzas and seasonal hand-crafted raviolis that spotlight Chef Joaquin’s skills in developing flavorful, well-prepared and presented menu items at a neighborhood-friendly value,” said Memorial born-and-bred Gregg Gugenheim, who will oversee operations. “Of course, we’ll maintain Gugliani’s core Italian favorites that have been our staples for 16 years.”

Up-and-coming Chef Joaquin, a shining star graduate of the Art Institute of Houston Culinary School, according to AIH Chef Instructor Michael Holderfield, will prepare a daily selection of the freshest fish available, along with freshly grilled lamb chops, pork tenderloin and angus steaks. He has created such American cuisine menu offerings as Seared Scallops with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce Topped with a Grilled Vegetable Medley; Warm Salmon Salad grilled to order; Lamb Chops with Sherry Wine Reduction Sauce, Kale Ragout and Roasted Purple Potatoes, Pork Tenderloin with Dijon Mustard Sauce, Roasted Red Bliss Potatoes and Asparagus Tips; Sizzling Whole Baby Red Snapper Veracruz; and Zabaglioni with Prosecco served over Berries.

The new location, in a freshly renovated retail center, drew Gugenheim to bring the restaurant and fully stocked bar to his own backyard. He went into the Memorial-area space with the idea to evolve Gugliani’s décor and menu into a neighborhood spot that embraces the culinary and entertainment diversity and growth of west Houston. It will offer free wi-fi as well.

Steps from the Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital complex, Memorial City Mall and neighboring office buildings and adjacent to the Memorial Villages, the new Gugliani’s will offer crowd-pleasing regular- and thin-crust pizzas and a host of tantalizing Chef’s signature items,, topped off by an array of Blackboard Daily Specials. Happy hour specials at the bar will feature specially priced drinks and light bites.

Hospitality and retail award-winning architect Carlo M. Di Nunzio, AIA Principal of Di Nunzio, Lifestyle Architecture, is using refined and natural materials for the restaurant’s wrap-around bar, curved drop-down ceiling and contemporary artful decor. The restaurant will have a raised barrel vault ceiling, vibrant Italian-styled light fixtures, a wine display at the entrance, and framed mirrors layered throughout the restaurant.

Gugliani’s will be open daily for lunch and dinner; Saturday and Sunday brunch; and available for dine-in, take-out and delivery. For information, contact ggugenheim@yahoo.com. # # #

Gugliani’s Memorial Names Exec Chef, Intros Fresh American Cuisine to Traditional Italian Fare

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

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Houston, TX — November 8, 2011 – Gugliani’s has named Joaquin Alcocer Executive Chef of its Memorial-area modern Italian restaurant and bar,

Chef Joaquin Alcocer with Grilled Lamb Chops at new Gugliani's Memorial

Chef Joaquin Alcocer with Grilled Lamb Chops at new Gugliani's Memorial

Gugliani’s pasta and pizza fare. Gugliani’s dynamic new neighborhood gathering place, located at 12389 Kingsride Road near Gessner, will be open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch starting the first week of December.

“Our Memorial location will have a contemporary design and offer seafood, lamb and pork dishes, as well as specialty pizzas and seasonal hand-crafted raviolis that spotlight Chef Joaquin’s skills in developing flavorful, well-prepared and presented menu items at a neighborhood-friendly value,” said Memorial born-and-bred Gregg Gugenheim, who will oversee operations. “Of course, we’ll maintain Gugliani’s core Italian favorites that have been our staples for 16 years.”

Up-and-coming Chef Joaquin, a shining star graduate of the Art Institute of Houston Culinary School, according to AIH Chef Instructor Michael Holderfield, will prepare a daily selection of the freshest fish available, along with freshly grilled lamb chops, pork tenderloin and angus steaks. He has created such American cuisine menu offerings as Seared Scallops with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce Topped with a Grilled Vegetable Medley; Warm Salmon Salad grilled to order; Lamb Chops with Sherry Wine Reduction Sauce, Kale Ragout and Roasted Purple Potatoes, Pork Tenderloin with Dijon Mustard Sauce, Roasted Red Bliss Potatoes and Asparagus Tips; Sizzling Whole Baby Red Snapper Veracruz; and Zabaglioni with Prosecco served over Berries.

The brunch menu will feature such eye-openers as Crawfish and Crab Cakes with Roasted Tomato Hollandaise; Applewood Bacon Quiche with Fresh Spinach; Steak and Migas; and a Smoked Salmon Pizza with Dill Cream Sauce, Chives and Caviar.

The new location, in a freshly renovated retail center, drew Gugenheim to bring the restaurant and fully stocked bar to his own backyard. He went into the Memorial-area space with the idea to evolve Gugliani’s décor and menu into a neighborhood spot that embraces the culinary and entertainment diversity and growth of west Houston.

“We want to be the go-to restaurant and happy hour spot for people who work and live in this neighborhood,” said Gugenheim, a graduate of Memorial High School and the University of Texas Business School with a degree in finance. The second-generation Houston restaurateur noted that this Gugliani’s grew from conversations with friends and business associates looking for a quality, local restaurant for dine-in, take-out and delivery among the increasing number of national restaurant chain offerings in west Houston.

Steps from the Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital complex, Memorial City Mall and neighboring office buildings and adjacent to the Memorial Villages, the new Gugliani’s will offer crowd-pleasing regular- and thin-crust pizzas and a host of tantalizing Chef’s signature items,, topped off by an array of Blackboard Daily Specials. Happy hour specials at the bar will feature specially priced drinks and light bites.

Hospitality and retail award-winning architect Carlo M. Di Nunzio, AIA Principal of Di Nunzio, Lifestyle Architecture, is using refined and natural materials for the restaurant’s wrap-around bar, curved drop-down ceiling and contemporary artful decor. The restaurant will have a raised barrel vault ceiling, vibrant Italian-styled light fixtures, a wine display at the entrance, and framed mirrors layered throughout the restaurant.

Gugliani’s will be open daily for lunch and dinner; Saturday and Sunday brunch; and available for dine-in, take-out and delivery. For information, contact ggugenheim@yahoo.com. # # #

Seeking Travel Pro to Reveal Up & Coming Culinary Destinations: Hello, Houston!

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

PR Fairy has learned that a writer for a national entertainment/lifestyle magazine wants to hear from travel professionals from the U.S. and around the globe to get their opinions as to the up and coming culinary destinations this summer. I am not a travel pro, but I do know that StarChefs.com has, according to a Houston Chronicle article by food editor Greg Morago, put the national culinary spotlight on Houston by naming a dozen local food and beverage professionals for its 2011 Rising Star Awards. According to the article, this is the first time Houston has been recognized by the StarChef.com’s Rising Star Awards program. That should merit writer Shelley Levitt’s guidelines.

Ms. Levitt is interested in hearing about U.S. and global spots the dedicated foodie should check out and why. This would be outstanding Houston publicity for the local restaurant scene. Not to mention that my client, Gugliani’s will have its new Italian restaurant in Houston open in Memorial this summer.

To contact Shelley Levitt for consideration for her story:

Email her at: query-10se@helpareporter.com

Deadline: Tuesday, March 8, 11 a.m., C.S.T.

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Good Luck!

Susan Farb Morris
Susan Farb Public Relations/The PR Fairy

Gugliani’s to enter Memorial market, showcasing fresh Italian in new, high-energy concept

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Houston, TX — March 4, 2011 – “Cozy” will meet “cool” when Gugliani’s, the locally-grown, family-run Italian eatery, steps up and out in late April with its new casual, energetic Memorial-area restaurant with private dining/wine room located directly across from Memorial Hermann Hospital Memorial City on Kingsride Road.

The new location, in a retail center undergoing major renovation, drew the owners of Gugliani’s – a 15-year staple in the Houston area – to bring the restaurant to their own backyard. Memorial residents Gregg and Alan Guggenheim went into the space with the idea to evolve Gugliani’s décor and menu into a neighborhood gathering place that embraces the culinary and entertainment diversity and growth of west Houston.

“We want to be the go-to restaurant for people who work and live in Gugliani’s neighborhood,” said Memorial born-and-bred Gregg Gugenheim, who will oversee operations. The second-generation Houston restaurateur noted that the new Gugliani’s grew from conversations with friends and business associates looking for a quality, local restaurant for dine-in, take-out and delivery among the increasing number of national restaurant chain offerings in west Houston.

Steps from the Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital complex, Memorial City Mall and neighboring office buildings and adjacent to the Memorial Villages, the new Gugliani’s will offer crowd-pleasing regular- and thin-crust pizzas, such as Frutti Di Mare with crawfish, shrimp and calamari; and a host of tantalizing Chef’s signature items, from short ribs to seafood and pastas, topped off by an array of Blackboard Daily Specials. Happy hour specials at the bar will feature specially priced drinks and light bites.

Hospitality and retail award-winning architect Carlo M. Di Nunzio, AIA Principal of Di Nunzio, Lifestyle Architecture, is using refined and natural materials for the restaurant’s wrap-around bar, curved drop-down ceiling and contemporary artful decor. The private dining/wine room – Wi-Fi-equipped for presentations – will have its own personality: cork flooring, a raised barrel vault ceiling and stylish Italian Modern lighting.

A wine display at the entrance, vibrant Italian-styled light fixtures and framed mirrors layered throughout the restaurant will communicate the dynamic neighborhood gathering-place personality that the Gugenheims envisioned.

Open daily for lunch and dinner; Saturday and Sunday brunchGugliani's Logo-ResizedGugliani's Special Events; and available for dine-in, take-out and delivery, the new Gugliani’s is located in the new Shops at Memorial City on Kingsride and Gessner. For information, contact alan.gugenheim@att.net.

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