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:
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.  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

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