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Chef Mario's Inc is awarded the Sapphire Award
from
Talk of the Town for 5 straight years of awesomeness (2011-2015)!
Way to go team!
We did it again!!!
We are very proud to announce...
Chef Mario's is the Talk of YOUR Town with the TOP 5 STAR RATING IN 2014


"Talk of the Town News congratulates those companies that are committed to making their customers' experience the best it can be. For its dedication to providing excellent customer service, Chef Mario's Inc. has won the Talk of the Town Award.
Ratings are calculated based on consumer-review websites and blogs, social networks, business rating services and other award information to determine the top companies across the country. Only those high ranking businesses with a 4-5 star rating win the Talk of the Town News Customer Satisfaction Award."

Thank you ALL for your support! We LOVE YOU and we wouldn't be where we are without YOU!!!

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Chef Mario's Judges the 9th Annual Chili Cook Off, Sponsored by HP Enterprises and Benefitting the NC Food Bank  (February 2014)

The winners are listed below:

Paige Phelps                      Vegetarian Chili                          First Place
Devi Patehamuthu              Indian Vegetarian Chili                Second Place
Wanda Kelly                      Spicy Slow Cooker Chili                Third Place
Gail Dickerson                    Que T Chili (BBQ Turkey Chili)      Fourth Place (Honorable Mentioned)

Other Entries Were:

Sean Sanders                   Always On Chili
Rosie Hurst                      Guess What Chili
Richard Vogt                    Ice Melter Chili
Roxanne Philips                Texas Hot Chili
Debra Haraway                 Four Bean Spectacular Chili
Drew Hollander                 GusZilla
Kellie Watts                       Ronnie’s Homemade Best Chili

We had a BLAST! Thank you all for your hard work and your support of the amazing Food Bank!!!
Chef Mario's Inc Caters Launch Event for the NC Food Banks New Durham Warehouse Location, January 2014

The NC Food Bank is our chosen donation source and we were honored to be a part of such a momentous event!

Thank you to the NC Food Bank for ALL THAT YOU DO!!!
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Chef Mario's Inc is Honored to Judge this years Epicurious Vino Challenge, 2013

Hosted by Hinnant Family Vineyards, and Sponsored by RHA Howell, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving children and adults with disabilities across North Carolina
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Chef Mario's Inc is the Talk of YOUR Town

Chef Mario's Inc was just awarded National Recognition in the following:

Talk of the Town, TOP 5 STAR RATING in Customer Satisfation, 2013!!

PLUS 4 Star Rating in 2012 AND 2011!!

Thank you all!! We <3 you!!
Chef Mario's Inc Snags Second Place PLUS Judge's Honorable Mention at this years Epicurious Vino Challenge 2011
Menu featured our Blackberry Glazed Pulled Pork over Fried Mac & Cheese
Watermelon Shrimp Salad
and
Apple Blackberry Whohaas with Vanilla Cream

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Chef Mario's Inc Takes 2010 by storm

Chef Mario's Inc has been honored with the following awards for 2010

Metro Bravo Award for Top Caterer in 2010

Top 100 Small Buinesses in NC by Business Leader Media
This year we have risen 38 spots to #54!
Chef Mario's Inc Named in the Top 100 Small Business in NC 2009

Honored by Business Leader Media, Chef Mario's Inc makes the list of the Top 100 Small Businesses in NC, based on levels of business conducted in NC, revenue growth and community service involvement.

WAY TO GO TEAM!
Chef Mario’s Promotes Three Employees, Continuing Steady Growth

Raleigh, N.C. – Chef Mario’s Inc has maintained a steady level of growth and is excited to announce the promotion of three employees within Chef Mario’s Inc. Apprentice, Joshua Nichols has been promoted to Advanced Apprentice (AA) and is taking on more of a leadership role within the company. Chef Mario’s Inc also recognizes acceptance of Marcus Vicens and Haydn Rowe into the Apprenticeship Program.

“We believe in rewarding hard work with recognition of a job well done” says Chef Mario Huante, Executive Chef and Owner of Chef Mario’s Inc. “These guys have shown they have the passion and dedication necessary to make it happen in this industry and I am proud to assist them in gaining the knowledge and experience they need to take their culinary careers to the next level.”

Chef Mario’s Inc began the Apprentice program in the spring of 2007 and it is the only known program of its kind in the area. The Apprentice program focuses on hands on training under the meticulous eye of Chef Mario and Darcy Brennan and focuses on the growth of the individual as well as symbiotic growth of the company. “We believe employees are happiest when they feel they are continually learning and expanding their skill sets plus being able to apply them in a variety of ways” says Chef Mario. “Happy employees make for happy clients and the rest all falls in line” he adds.


Chef Mario's Inc is a catering and personal chef delivery service that has been serving the triangle for over 14 years. Chef Mario's, Inc. focuses on cooking from scratch with fresh, all natural ingredients and creating comfort food with a twist. Chef Mario graduated from the New England Culinary Institute located in Essex, Vermont in 1989. He worked in various restaurants around the country and arrived in the Triangle in 1996.

For more information on Chef Mario’s, please visit www.chefmario.com or call (919) 781-4141.
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Chef Mario's, Inc named in the Metro Bravo Awards Top Caterers for 2009
We are thrilled to announce that we have been named in the Metro Bravo Awards Top Caterers for 2009! These were voted on by our friends and clients JUST LIKE YOU! Thank you so much for your support and we are honored and humbled by this award.
THANK YOU ALL!
Link to MetroBravo Awards 2009
Chef Mario’s is the Only Food Service in the Triangle Ranked in Top 100 Small Businesses in North Carolina by Business Leader Media

Raleigh, N.C. – Chef Mario’s Inc was ranked in the Top 100 Small Businesses in North Carolina by Business Leader Media. The awards ceremony took place June 17, 2009 at the Sheraton Hotel in Downtown Raleigh. Ranking and awards were based on percentage of business conducted in North Carolina, community involvement, number of employees and business revenues for the past 1 year and 5 years.

“We cannot express what an honor it is to be in the Top 100!” says Chef Mario Huante. “To be recognized for my cooking is one thing, but to also be recognized for how we conduct our business just made this an experience we shall not soon forget. And to be the only food service company in the Triangle to be recognized…well, Darcy and I are just beside ourselves” he added.

Chef Mario's Inc is a catering and personal chef delivery service that has been serving the triangle for over 13 years. Chef Mario's, Inc. specializes in corporate and private events with a focuses on cooking from scratch with fresh, local, all natural ingredients and creating comfort food with a twist. Chef Mario graduated from the New England Culinary Institute located in Essex, Vermont in 1989. He worked in various restaurants around the country and arrived in the Triangle in 1996.

For more information on Chef Mario’s, please visit www.chefmario.com or call (919) 781-4141.
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Link to Profile for Top 100
Chef Mario's Inc Participates in the Siemens Health Expo 2008

Personal Chef Package Giveaway Winner: Sheila Corbin!
Sheila, you are the recipient of a Chef's Choice 5 entree 2 servings Personal Chef Package! Just give us a call or drop us an e-mail and we'll get you on the calendar!

Here are the recipes we did for you guys live on site on November 13th! It was great to meet you all and if you have any questions, please just let us know!

Apple Slaw
8 servings

Dressing
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon of Dijon
1 teaspoon celery seed
3/4 cup light olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

4 medium apples (your favorite) leave skin on then core and julienne
-For best effect do different color apples
2 large carrots julienne
1 julienne red or yellow pepper
2 Scallions Sliced

In a large bowl add Vinegar, Sugar, Dijon, Celery seed; Whisk to mix.
Add oil in a slow steady stream while you whisk dressing.
Place apples into bowl with dressing. Mix as you go to coat apples so they don’t turn brown. Add carrots and peppers stir to mix. Sprinkle with scallions to garnish

Red French
Makes about 1 cup

Whisk Together
1/4C ketchup
1/4C honey
2T yellow onion, grated
2T apple cider vinegar
2T fresh lemon juice
2T vegetable or olive oil
2T water
2T tomato paste
1/2t celery seed
Salt and Pepper to Taste

Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl. Chill at least an hour before serving for flavors to develop. Keeps for about one week.

Chick Pea, Feta, and Tomato Salad
6 servings

4ea. Roma tomatoes (seeded and chopped)
(3) 14oz.  cans chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
1C Red onions diced fine
1C Olives (Rough chop)(black olives)

½ C balsamic dressing
1C feta cheese (crumbled)


In a large bowl combine tomatoes, chickpeas, red onions, and olives.  Add balsamic dressing and toss.  Fold in feta cheese.


Herbed Vinaigrette
(Makes approx 2 cups)

1T fresh oregano, chopped fine
2T fresh basil, chopped fine
1t fresh Rosemary, chopped fine
2T fresh parsley, chopped fine
2T minced shallots
1t minced garlic
1T Dijon
1T sugar
1/2C red wine vinaigrette
3/4C olive oil

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, except the oil. Mix well. While whisking, add the oil in a slow steady stream (take your time or the dressing can “break” or separate). This will keep for about a week.

Chef Mario WINS the 2008 Great Chefs of the Triangle Competition!!!

It was a sweep my friends! We walked away with
BOTH the


Best Station Presentation
AND the
Award for Overall Excellence!

We will very proudly be displaying our Awards here at the kitchen! We went all out for this one!
The Menu Was:

Crab Mac & Cheese in a Sherry Tomato Cream Sauce
Chipotle Braised Chicken Toastadas with Chili Cream
Porchini Crusted Beef Tenderloin Profiteroles with Horsey Cream, Applewood Smoked Bacon and Spinach
Gorgonzola Walnut Cheese Cake with Poached Pears and Crispies

Thank you so much to all of you who showed your support! We love you all!
GO TEAM CHEF MARIO'S!!!
From Left to Right:
Winning Display in all its glory!!
~~Darcy builds the Setting Sun Centerpiece (Pumpkin, Eggplant, Peppers and Carrots)~~The Crew Busts Out an Award Winning Night! (From L toR- Tripp, Greg, Hannah, Luke and Stacie)
From Left to Right
Porchini Crusted Beef Tenderloin Profiteroles~~Crab Mac & Cheese with Sherry Tomato Cream Sauce~~Chipotle Braised Chicken Tostadas
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Chef Mario signs on to compete in the 2008 Great Chefs of the Triangle Competition

Come out and watch the magic! The Great Chefs of the Triangle Competition is to take place on Sunday, October 26, 2008 at the Prestonwood Country Club and will benefit the March of Dimes. Competing chefs will have an opportunity to win either People's Choice or Best Station Presentation and will feature original creations with a live and silent auction. Individual tickets are $125.00 and all proceeds will benefit the March of Dimes
For more information, visit the March of Dimes Website at
http://www.marchofdimes.com/northcarolina/5292_35689.asp
Come on out and taste what we're up to! Make sure you stop by and say hi!!!
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Apprentice, Luke McMahon wins the Deviled Egg Competition held at Chef Mario's Inc!
Competitions are a part of life around here and we LOVE to put our Apprentices feet to the fire and watch their creative wheels turn! This competition was based on a creative and innovative new spin on the traditional "Deviled Egg". This creation is the Sweet and Sour Dragon Egg!
Check it out :)

Chef Mario Judges North Hills Iron Chef Competition Benefitting the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle

Raleigh, N.C. – Chef Mario, owner and executive chef of Chef Mario’s, Inc, and local food and lifestyle writer Susan Ely will be the Midtown Magazine representatives on the panel of judges for the North Hills Iron Chef Competition was rescheduled due to Hurricane Hanna and is now taking place on September 20th at the North Hills Farmer’s Market from 9am-12pm. This event will benefit the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle and will mark the launch of a Food Drive.

“We are thrilled that the competition is back on!” says Chef Mario. “This is going to be an event not to be missed. With three different dishes coming from each chef, the creativity alone will be a sight to see!”

The North Hills Iron Chef Competition will promote the participating North Hills restaurants and North Hills Farmer’s Market and kick off the Farmer's Market as a drop off sight for the Food Drive. The event is open to the public and tasting tickets to sample the competition dishes will be available for $5.00. All proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle and assist in alleviating hunger by developing systems to recover, prepare and distribute wholesome, perishable food for the area’s poor, hungry, undernourished and homeless.


Chef Mario's Inc is a catering and personal chef delivery service that has been serving the triangle for over 13 years. Chef Mario's, Inc. focuses on cooking from scratch with fresh ingredients and creating comfort food with a twist. Chef Mario graduated from the New England Culinary Institute located in Essex, Vermont in 1989. He worked in various restaurants around the country and arrived in the Triangle in 1996.

For more information on the Irn Chef Competition, please visit
http://www.northhillsbuzz.com/restaurants/north-hills-iron-chef-competition
For more information on Chef Mario’s, please visit www.chefmario.com or call (919) 781-4141.
N&O Staff Photo by Jason Arthurs

Triangle Business Journal - May 12, 2006
by Patrick Hogan

Chef Mario turns up heat in new kitchen
A Triangle "personal chef" service is taking its commercial cooking operations to the next level.
Chef Mario Inc., a personal cooking and catering service founded in Cary in 1998 by a graduate of the New England Culinary Institute, has shifted its operation to a larger facility in Raleigh that will allow the company to prepare catered meals for parties of 50 to 2,000.
The 1,500-square-foot kitchen is located in the OCG Building at 2610 Wycliff Rd., Suite 23.
The new kitchen location also puts Chef Mario Inc. in charge of the Wycliff Cafe, a small grill located inside the building and open to the public.

Our Last Round with the Kids Cafe in 2006!

We've been a long time supporter of the NC Food Bank and this year, we've worked in conjunction with them to provide the Kids Cafe Chef's Apprenctice Program. Once a month, we brought a fantastic group of kids into the kitchen to show them what it's like to be a Chef! They learned everything from making their own pizza dough, salad dressings and marinara from scratch, and even got to experiment with some knife skills! The kids we got to play with this year were from 6th-9th grade and we were blown away with their eagerness to learn and cooking skills!

Chef Mario's Expands into Raleigh Commercial Kitchen!

As of May 1st, 2005 we moved into our beautiful commercial kitchen in the lower level of the OCG office building in Raleigh, where we continue to take care of clients new and old as well as run the Wycliff Cafe located in the building. This cafe is open to the public and located at 2610 Wycliff Road, off Lake Boone Trail, just minutes from the Belt Line. Please come and visit us there!

About the “To-Go” café:
We are not the traditional café- we’re 100 times better! Instead of waiting in a long line to get food that has been sitting under a heat lamp or in a steam pan for hours or racing back to your office and having a soggy room temperature lunch, you get your meals prepared fresh and packaged in convenient “To-Go” containers so you can just pop them in the microwave and PRESTO! Lunch is served! You can enjoy your meal on your time, whenever you want it. And you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing what you’re putting into your body is prepared fresh and made with your health in mind!


We revolve the menu around what's happening in our kitchen, so you can be sure anything on our menu is made fresh and is of the highest quality. The best selection is usually on Wednesday's and Thursday's because we have just finished all the meals for our Personal Chef Clients and are more likely to have a variety those days. Monday's and Tuesday's we will offer fresh sandwiches, fruit and various other items. Remember, even a turkey sandwich from Chef Mario's is going to be Real Thanksgiving Style Roasted Turkey! The cafe is closed on Friday's so that we can concentrate on our Catering Client.
Please visit the home page for a link to the latest menu!


Cafe Hours:
Monday- Thursday
11
:30-1:30pm

Menu Changes Daily