named him, its 1998 'Best Host in Boston'.
The Boston Globe
named him 'The Host with the Most' in December 1998.
has lectured at Boston University
and appeared on radio and television.
He is the gracious, well respected and well liked Executive Host of Ciao Bella Restaurant on toney Newbury Street in Boston's Back Bay.
To know Brent Kaufman
is to like him as those who know him best so often point out.
has been in business at the same Newbury Street location since July 1986.
was there the day Ciao Bella opened and has been there ever since.
and Ciao Bella owner, Joe Cimino, are long time college friends.
One would think that Brent Kaufman was born to the job.
actually arrived at his
current station in life through a long, winding road that began back in Brooklyn, New York.
He attended Midwood High School in, Brooklyn, the same high school as Woody Allen.
was an 'All American running back at Midwood
won the high school city championship in 1964/1965 with Brent
as its star running back.
won the scoring title and made All American along with the great Calvin Hill who went on to star at Yale
and in the pro's.
was offered 40 college scholarships his
accepted a full four-year scholarship to the University of Rhode Island
was a star running back at the University of Rhode Island
(as he had been in high school.) He
was 'all-east' one week in college ahead of former Miami Dolphin great Larry Czonka.
was named 'Jewish athlete of the year' in Rhode Island and received an award from Boston Celtics patriarch Arnold 'Red" Auerbach.
After college, Brent
had a tryout with the New York Giants football organization.
shoulder that year and put his
football career behind him.
After football, Brent spent three years as the assistant social director and front-of-the -house at the Deauville Cabana in Brooklyn, New York catering to an upscale clientele which included pianist Peter Nero.
Brent moved on to become Assistant Social Director at the Laurels Country Club in the Catskills.
spent two years there before moving to Boston and teaming up with his
old college friend, famed Boston restaurant and nightclub owner Joe Cimino.
had a backgammon club and ran tournaments at Cimino's nightclub, Zelda's in Boston for two years.
Brent left Boston and spent the next four years working as assistant cruise director on cruise ships to Bermuda, the Caribbean and South America and traveling around the world.
After the cruise ships, Brent moved to St. Martin for approximately ten years where he was owner of two clubs, one at the famous Mullet Bay resort, Club Calabash, on the Dutch side and the second, L'Aventure, on the French side of St. Martin.
Both clubs catered to worldwide jet-setters and well known movie stars.
finally moved back to Boston to work again with Joe Cimino to open Ciao Bella Restaurant
Many of these people count Brent Kaufman
as a friend.
is a fixture at the most popular dining establishment in the trendy Back Bay area.
has met and socialized with many famous people during his
years in Boston.
Many call Brent
and return to Ciao Bella
whenever they are in Boston.
is a man who is conversant in many topics.
can talk sports, music, movies and travel to name but a few.
is taking reservations or welcoming patrons, he
has a way of making you and your guests feel right at home.
Whether you were in the night before, have not been there in years or have never been there at all, Brent
will make you and your guests feel special.
goes out of his
way to assure that you have a memorable dining experience.
Brent holds a Bachelors Degree from the University of Rhode Island.
He is a graduate gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).
As such, he is a recognized expert in diamonds and colored stones.
Brent is a founding member and serves on the advisory board of the Greater Boston Concierge Association.
Brent is also a sales associate for Hunneman Coldwell Banker, Massachusetts largest real estate company.
Brent's long experience in the hospitality industry makes him uniquely qualified to serve in the role of 'Table Doctor' giving advice and guidance to the public through the print and electronic news media.
Brent also serves in the role of mentor to young men and women who plan to make the hospitality industry a career.