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February 2009

(Savannah, GA) Chef Matt Cohen on The Cover of this Month’s “Pooler Magazine”

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Chef Matt Cohen, owner of The New South Pub & Catering, is featured on the cover of the January/February 2009 issue of “Pooler Magazine”.  A welcomed new addition to the culinary scene on the West side, Chef Matt has been establishing his reputation within Savannah’s thriving hospitality industry since 2003.
 
After being named in-house caterer for The Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum in Pooler last year, Cohen decided to seize the opportunity for a large restaurant expansion.  Cohen moved his restaurant and long standing catering business (formerly located on Skidaway road) to the spacious museum location, which includes a beautiful venue, doubled seating capacity, and a state-of-the art kitchen—better equipping Cohen for the volume that his restaurant and catering services are now demanding.  In addition to the restaurant, he is now able to service over 700 guests simultaneously in multiple locations throughout the museum.
 
It did not take long for people on the West side to hear about Chef Matt’s big move.  In addition to his loyal customers in Savannah, he is now rapidly acquiring many new fans in Pooler.  Turns out, having a chef of Cohen’s caliber in the Pooler area is exciting people, indeed.
 
On the heels of being selected as 2008 Innovator of the Year at the Grace Awards Gala—where stars of the Georgia restaurant industry gather to pay tribute to their own—Chef Matt is in fact embracing this recent change.  A true innovator at heart, Cohen has consistently demonstrated that he is not afraid of trying new things or forging new ways of thinking within the hospitality industry.  A forward thinker and leader in the industry, he is continually setting the tone for things to come.
 
Cohen has some creative ideas about the industry and what will be necessary for success in the current economy.  “I think that the future of the restaurant industry will lend itself to less competition and more camaraderie and cooperation among independent small businesses,” he said.
 
An example of this is Cohen’s most recent venture, the Coastal Catering Alliance (CCA), which consists of a united group of some of Savannah’s top caterers and chefs, who are able to take on sizable jobs for up to 100,000 people which were only available to a couple of the large, high-end Savannah hotels before.  “Now large organizations that select Savannah for their event destination location have a choice among some of the best local culinary professionals in the area,” Cohen said.
 
To read the entire article about Georgia Restaurant Industry’s Innovator of the Year, Chef Matt Cohen, in this month’s issue of “Pooler Magazine” check out:  http://poolermagazine.com/featured/innovator-of-the-year
 
About The New South Pub & Catering:
The New South Pub is all about cooking up the authentic, long-loved dishes of the South, with a gourmet twist.  Chef Matt opened his restaurant The New South Café in 2006 after great success with his long standing catering business Professional Chef Services.  Cohen expanded his catering business and restaurant in 2008, moving to The Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum where he is now in-house caterer, and changing his business name to The New South Pub & Catering to reflect these exciting changes.
 
About Chef Matt Cohen:
Chef Matt Cohen is a culinary expert who has worked in big name restaurants throughout New York and Atlanta.  A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, Cohen trained at one of the top rated culinary schools in the world.
 
Chef Matt Cohen has been honored with numerous awards throughout his career.  In 2008 alone The New South Café was awarded the Small Business Chamber’s New & Emerging Small Business of the Year Award, and Cohen was awarded the Grace Award for Innovator of the Year, in addition to being voted 2008 Best Chef of the Year by “Connect Savannah” magazine in their annual Best-of-Savannah Readers’ Poll.  Cohen was recently elected to serve as a board member for the Georgia Restaurant Association.  Cohen has also recently been recruited for the position of Associate Instructor for the Culinary Arts Program at Savannah Technical College.
 
About the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum:
Activated in 1942 in Savannah, GA the Eighth Air Force was an important strike element in World War II and remains an active force today. The Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum honors the Mighty Eighth’s proud legacy by preserving the stories of courage, character and patriotism displayed by the men and women of the Eighth Air Force from World War II to the present. www.mightyeighth.org  912-748-8888.
 
Pub Hours of Operation & Location:
The New South Pub & Catering at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum is now open exclusively for lunch seven days a week from 11AM to 3PM, with plans to open for dinner in the near future.  Chef Matt offers upscale catering services for corporate events, conventions, executive lunches, private parties, weddings, receptions and bar mitzvahs as in-house caterer for the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, as well as for off-site functions serving up to 100,000 people through the Coastal Catering Alliance.  Located at 175 Bourne Avenue in Pooler, they are just 15 minutes from downtown Savannah; Take Exit 102 off of I-95.  912-748-8888 www.thenewsouthcafe.com

(SAVANNAH, GA) Not sure if Franchise Business Ownership is for you?

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A Career Alternative – Franchise Ownership Seminar — Thursday, March 5th – 9 AM til 12 noon –
Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce – 101 Bay Street – Savannah, Georgia
Not sure if Franchise Business Ownership is for you? Come and learn how thousands of Corporate Professionals have transitioned safely and affordably into Franchise Business Ownership – enjoying stability, growth, and independence!
Cathey Petkash and Leslie Kuban of FranNet will discuss the various choices in realizing career independence within a franchise system. Other topics include how to correctly select and research franchise opportunities and what pitfalls to avoid. Seating is limited and is reserved for individuals planning to make their investment decision within six months. Most franchises require a minimum cash investment of $50K non-financed capital.
To Register – call:   Cathey Petkash, Franchise Advisor – 678-644-3868 –
Or email: cpetkash@frannet.com Please visit our website:   www.frannet.com

(SAVANNAH, GA) Creative Minds “Louis Armstrong: The Consummate American”

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Creative Minds brings leaders, experts and pioneers in a wide range of fields to share their wisdom in open, community-wide forums in Savannah.

This annual speaker series, which runs throughout the 2008-2009 school year, is designed to stimulate dialogue and spark debate about important issues that affect us all. This year’s series showcases the largest and most diverse line-up to date, featuring leading experts in areas including brain science, American history, jazz and literature.

The February Lecture will feature Loren Schoenberg with his lecture, "Louis Armstrong: The Consummate American" on Monday, February 23, 2009 at 6:30 pm. Loren Schoenberg serves as the Executive Director of the Jazz Museum in Harlem and is widely considered to be a leading expert in the life and work of Louis Armstrong. A revered tenor saxophonist and the author of the acclaimed NPR Curious Listeners Guide to Jazz, Schoenberg will present an informative, enlightening multi-media presentation about the life and work of jazz legend and musical genius Louis Armstrong.

"Schoenberg is a first-class musician, arranger, leader and a critic with a rare comprehensive perception."
-Jazz Times

All Creative Minds events will be held in Jelks Auditorium at Savannah Country Day School, located at 824 Stillwood Drive 31419, in Savannah, Georgia.

Individual ticket prices are $10 for advance purchase, $12 at the door (based on availability).

Due to the possibility of sell out events, seats not occupied by 6:25 p.m. will be resold to a waiting list.

Tickets for all events are available online at www.savcds.org or can be purchased at the SCDS Administrative Office located in Triol Hall. For additional information about the Creative Minds series, please call (912) 961-8828.

Savannah Country Day School is a pre-k through twelve independent school that seeks to prepare students of academic and personal promise to meet with confidence, imagination, and integrity the challenges of college and of life. In partnership with supportive families, we strive to cultivate in each student the desire and the discipline to grow wise, to lead lives of personal honor, to appreciate beauty, to pursue physical well being, and to serve others with a generous and compassionate spirit.

For more information about Savannah Country Day School, its mission, and its programs, please visit Savannah Country Day School.

(SAVANNAH, GA) “The Greening of Savannah and Chatham County” U.S. Green Building Council

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Learn about "The Greening of Savannah and Chatham County" at the Feb. 24 meeting of the U.S. Green Building Council Savannah Chapter. The meeting is free and open to the public. Assistant County Manager Patrick C. Monahan and Rachel Smithson and Kenyatta Spruill of the City of Savannah will speak.

Monahan will provide an update on the greening of Chatham County, including USBGC projects already funded (SW Branch Library and Detention Center expansion), and those anticipated (Cooperative Extension Service). He will discuss the new Recycling and Education Center, which will  include use of solar and all construction with renewable building materials and systems. He will also discuss the County’s participation in Sustainable Georgia and the green space program (with another 800 acres of property for protection in 2008). In addition, the County just identified more funding for five more hybrid buses and paratransit vans (besides the 11 already on order).

Management Analyst Rachel Smithson and Kenyatta Spruill, Director of Design and Construction, will be discussing the City’s Thrive Initiative and the upcoming green policy for new construction and major remodels for City buildings. They will also discuss future requirements and incentives for private sector construction projects.

The meeting will be held from 5:45-7 p.m. on the second floor of Wild Wing Cafe in City Market. RSVP by Feb. 20 at www.usgbcga.org. The meeting is free and open to the public.

The Savannah Chapter of the United States Green Building Council is dedicated to promoting sustainable design and green building throughout the Creative Coast. The group meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday of the month. The meetings are open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to attend. The USGBC-Savannah Chapter seeks to educate the public on the long-term benefits of green building and how sustainable design can be integrated or implemented into one’s life.
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(SAVANNAH, GA) Case-McCorvey’s presentation, “Advances in Veterinary Technology”

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Carla Case-McCorvey, DVM of Case Veterinary Hospital, will be the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Savannah, South. The event is slated for Feb. 24 at the Southside Carey Hilliards from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Case-McCorvey’s presentation, "Advances in Veterinary Technology," has been selected by the Rotary Club of Savannah, South to enhance their practice of continually educating their members on a variety of subjects. She will discuss the various changes the field has undergone in the 100 years her family has been practicing veterinary medicine in Savannah. Notable advancements include endoscopy, digital dental x-ray, laser surgery and laparoscopic surgery.

The Rotary Club of Savannah, South meets every Tuesday at Carey Hilliard’s, 11111 Abercorn in the Banquet Hall.

Case Veterinary Hospital is a full service animal hospital that has been serving Savannah’s animals for 100 years. Located on Eisenhower, they are vastly experienced in providing emergency services to sick or injured dogs and cats. Case Veterinary Hospital is also the place to take your pet to be spayed or neutered or to receive vaccinations

To learn more about Case Veterinary Hospital, log into Case Veterinary Hospital or call 912-352-3081.

For more information on the Rotary Club of Savannah, South, log on to Rotary Club of Savannah, South.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Chef Matt Cohen to Perform Cooking Demonstrations this Weekend

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The New South Pub & Catering will be performing cooking demonstrations at the Southern Women’s Show this weekend February 6th, 7th & 8th at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center.  Ongoing cooking instruction by Chef Matt Cohen and his New South team (Chef John and Chef Darcy) is scheduled for Friday & Saturday at 10:30 AM, and Sunday at 11:30 AM.  They will be sharing the stage with several cooking stars including Aussie in the Kitchen, Chef Paul Penney.  Admission for the show is $9 at the door, $5 for children 6-12 years old and free for children 5 years of age and under.  Advance Tickets are available at Chatham Federal Credit Union for $7.50.
 
 
About The Southern Women’s Show:
One of the most highly anticipated events in Savannah, the annual Southern Women’s Show attracts thousands of local women each year with savvy shopping, fashion shows, creative decorating ideas, cooking demonstrations, beauty tips, health screenings, decorating ideas and personal growth opportunities.  This year’s show also promises more than 300 exhibitors ranging from boutiques and jewelers to travel destinations and health care professionals.
 
www.southernshows.com

 
About Chef Matt Cohen & The New South Pub & Catering:
Owner Chef Matt Cohen, a fifth generation Savannah native, is a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, and has worked in big name restaurants throughout New York and Atlanta. 
 
The New South Pub & Catering at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum is now open exclusively for lunch seven days a week from 11AM to 3PM, with plans to open for dinner in the near future.  Chef Matt offers upscale catering services for corporate events, conventions, executive lunches, private parties, weddings, receptions and bar mitzvahs as in house caterer for the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, as well as for off site functions serving up to 100,000 people through the Coastal Catering Alliance.  Located at 175 Bourne Avenue in Pooler, they are just 15 minutes from downtown Savannah; Take Exit 102 off of I-95.  912-748-8888 www.thenewsouthcafe.com 

(SAVANNAH, GA) New Officers Elected for United States Green Building Council Savannah Chapter

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The Savannah Chapter of the United States Green Building Council has just elected officers. The new officers are Jennifer Deacon, Chair; Denise Grabowski, Vice-Chair; Honor Hutton, Secretary; and Suzanne Shelledy, Treasurer.
 
The USGBC Georgia state chapter also just elected officers, including local residents Tommy Linstroth, Chair; and Denise Grabowski, Secretary. Other officers are Ben Taube, Vice Chair; and Carlie Bullock Jones, Treasurer.
The Savannah Chapter of the United States Green Building Council is dedicated to promoting sustainable design and green building throughout the Creative Coast. The group meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday of the month. The meetings are open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to attend. The USGBC-Savannah Chapter seeks to educate the public on the long-term benefits of green building and how sustainable design can be integrated or implemented into one’s life.
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(SAVANNAH) Local Companies Invited to Participate in Tail 2009 USTA $50,000 Savannah Challenger

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Local companies are invited to take part in one of Savannah’s most highly anticipated sporting events, the Tail 2009 USTA $50,000 Savannah Challenger. The Adopt-a-Player program will give Savannah businesses an opportunity to have one-on-one interaction with some of the world’s best tennis players and watch them compete in USTA matches. The Tail 2009 USTA $50,000 Savannah Challenger, which takes place May 2-10, 2009 at the Franklin Creek Tennis Center at The Landings on Skidaway Island, will feature world-ranked tennis professionals vying to win highly coveted ATP ranking points in addition to prize money. Andre Agassi and Jim Courier are among past participants who have participated in Challenger Series tournaments. Through the Adopt-a-Player program, 32 local companies will have an opportunity to serve as hosts to the tournament’s professional tennis players. Each company will be assigned a player and will offer hospitality services. The hospitality services are at the discretion of the participating companies and may include taking the players to dinner, giving them a tour of the city, providing phone numbers to call if they have any questions, and offering other services to make their stay in Savannah a positive experience. In turn, the participating companies will have a once- in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet their players during their initial matches and have their photos taken with them. There is no charge for companies to sign up for the Adopt-a-Player program, and participating companies may even benefit from the free publicity related to their involvement in the program. The Association of Tennis Professionals Tail 2009 USTA $50,000 Savannah Challenger, sponsored by Tail Activewear and presented by the Savannah Sports Council, will take place May 2-10, 2009, at the Franklin Creek Tennis Center on Skidaway Island in Savannah, Georgia. For more information on the tournament, please visit www.savannahchallenger.com. To learn more about the Adopt-a-Player program, contact Jamie Strahm 912-598-2570 or Jamie.Strahm@landingsclub.com.

(RICHMOND HILL, GA) “Money is not Math & Math is Not Money” Magnolia Manor’s Renaissance Lecture

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Barbara Treadwell will be the guest speaker for the February 12th installment of the Renaissance Lecture Series, hosted by Magnolia Manor on the Coast.   The topic of the lecture is "Money is not Math and Math is not Money."
 
Prior to her twenty-year career in the financial arena, Barbara Treadwell worked for fifteen years in psychological services, counseling terminally ill patients and their families in Mobile, Alabama.  Barbara saw first hand what can happen to families who have not had sound financial advice, and it led her to a second career as a financial services professional. She is convinced that the only viable path to wealth, happiness and success is sound financial engineering. 
 
Since 1980, Barbara has lived and worked in New York City helping people create, distribute and conserve wealth. She is a leading marketer of financial products, a frequent industry speaker and is published on topics ranging from estate analysis to business succession strategies.  In the new millennium, Barbara purchased a home and opened a satellite office in the historic district of Savannah. She is an active member of Savannah Rotary East and Leadership Savannah. Her New York-Savannah staff is on the leading edge of technology and can service clients easily from both the North and South offices.
 
To learn more about Barbara Treadwell, log on to www.treadwellassociates.com.
 
Each month, Magnolia Manor hosts the Renaissance Lecture Series at its Richmond Hill campus.   The event begins at 5:30 and includes a light supper.  After the guest concludes his/her speech, a question and answer session follows.  The event is free and open to the public, but guests are asked to RSVP by calling Julie Gartside at (912) 756-4300.
    
Magnolia Manor on the Coast, located in Richmond Hill, is a non-profit, active, rental retirement community for seniors age 62 and older.   It offers 120 one and two-bedroom apartment homes with full kitchens and patios.   Located on 40 wooded acres, Magnolia Manor offers stimulating social and cultural activities and has amenities such as a wellness center with indoor exercise pool, barber and beauty salon, library and media center, game and activity rooms, three full-service dining rooms, as well as a formal parlor and chapel. 
                                
For more information or to request a brochure, please call (912) 756-4300 or log on to www.magnoliamanor.com.