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Mr. Brent Michael Kaufman

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Owner

Household Doctor
 
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Advisory Board
    Greater Boston Concierge Association

Education

  • Midwood High School
  • Bachelors Degree
    University of Rhode Island
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Web References
Brent Kaufman, The Table Doctor, restaurant etiquette, and dining information
www.tabledoctor.com, 16 Mar 2006 [cached]
Brent Kaufman
Boston Magazine named him, its 1998 'Best Host in Boston'. The Boston Globe named him 'The Host with the Most' in December 1998. He 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. Ciao Bella has been in business at the same Newbury Street location since July 1986. Brent Kaufman was there the day Ciao Bella opened and has been there ever since. He and Ciao Bella owner, Joe Cimino, are long time college friends.
One would think that Brent Kaufman was born to the job. He 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. Brent was an 'All American running back at Midwood. Midwood won the high school city championship in 1964/1965 with Brent as its star running back. He 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. Brent was offered 40 college scholarships his senior year. He accepted a full four-year scholarship to the University of Rhode Island.
Brent 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. Brent 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. He broke his 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.
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Brent moved on to become Assistant Social Director at the Laurels Country Club in the Catskills. He spent two years there before moving to Boston and teaming up with his old college friend, famed Boston restaurant and nightclub owner Joe Cimino. Brent 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.
Brent finally moved back to Boston to work again with Joe Cimino to open Ciao Bella Restaurant.
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Many of these people count Brent Kaufman as a friend. He is a fixture at the most popular dining establishment in the trendy Back Bay area.
Brent has met and socialized with many famous people during his years in Boston.
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Many call Brent and return to Ciao Bella whenever they are in Boston. Brent is a man who is conversant in many topics. He can talk sports, music, movies and travel to name but a few.
Whether he 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. He 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.
Ciao bella.com
www.ciaobella.com, 27 May 2006 [cached]
Indeed, as Brent Michael Kaufman (voted Boston's Best Host, 1998 - Boston Magazine) met us at the door with his famous, "everyone's a VIP" smile, we began to get a good idea why Ciao Bella is almost as hot as the famous clientele it attracts.
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And, thanks to the efforts of Brent Kaufman, "Table Doctor" at Ciao bella, this spot has seen its share of stars and sports figures.Mr. Kaufman recently hosted recovering merchant of doom Stephen King.
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Brent Michael Kaufman, Ciao bella's executive host, will do the honors of drawing those lucky winners.The drawing ends Nov. 1 ...
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The Lakers (front from left) are Mitch Richmond, Brian Shaw, former Celtic Rick Fox, Devean George, Derek Fisher, and Jelani McCoy; in the back row the Lakers' Robert Horry is joined by players host Jodi Burash, and Ciao Bella's Jim Signore and Brent Kaufman.
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The place was packed, according to host Brent Kaufman.
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"All the girls went crazy," said Kaufman, who noted that the movie star had the swordfish chop, a specialty of which the restaurant makes only 16 a night.
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"Scruptious, delicious," Starr told Ciao Bella executive host Brent Kaufman.
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From left to right pitchers, Ryan Franklin, Kazuhiro Sasaki, Jamie Moyer, Executive host Brent Kaufman, former Red Sox pitcher and Ciao bella regular Aaron Sele, future "Hall of Famer" Edgar Martinez, former Red Sox catcher now Seattle broadcaster Dave Valle, pitcher Jeff Nelson, and infielder Stan Javier.
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Restaurant executive host Brent Kaufman (second from left) is flanked by (from left) Howard Jones, Ian Hunter, and Greg Lake.
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NBA Summer League: By Jim Sullivan -- The NBA summer league games played around town ended yesterday, and Ciao bella host Brent Kaufman happily reports the restaurant turned into NBA central last week.
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One night I had 12 tables" of NBA people, said Kaufman.
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Brent Michael Kaufman, Ciao bella's executive host, notes that the Los Angeles Lakers have won 19 straight games since six of their players last dropped by for a meal.Perhaps this bodes well for nascent political bids.
4/9/01 Dunk Food: -- Eddie Boragh, owner of Sir Speedy, and Ciao Bella maitre d' (a.k.a. "Table Doctor") Brent Kaufman with Los Angeles Lakers Devean George, Brian Shaw, Tyronn Lue, Rick Fox, Derek Fisher, and Robert Horry at Ciao Bella.
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Affleck, described by Ciao spokesman Brent Michael Kaufman as being "so nice, a regular guy," caused a flurry of excitement among the ladies in the house.
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"I swear," says Kaufman.
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"Nice Buzz," said executive host Brent Kaufman, who says the New York Yankees discovered the Newbury Street eatery a few years back "and word just spread in the league."
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"Boy, was Billy ever surprised," said Ciao bella frontman Brent Kaufman.
Our Agents
www.kevinshellyrealty.com, 6 Dec 2012 [cached]
Brent Kaufman, Realtor
Brent joined Kevin Shelly Realty, Inc in 2011. He achieved his Florida Real Estate License in 2007, after spending the previous 40 years in the restaurant business (see www.tabledoctor.com). He enjoys working with people to accommodate any of their real estate needs. He is married to his wife Michelle and they have a Yorkie named Sammie. He enjoys sports, movies, and spending time with his friends, wife, and Sammie.
Boston Globe Online / Living | Arts / 'Al Dente' meets pasta royalty; Al Pacino meets Senator Sweet Tooth
www.boston.com, 1 Nov 2002 [cached]
Ciao Bella's executive host Brent Kaufman persuaded a friend to dress up as a big seafood ravioli the other day and get on board an American Airlines flight to New York City.The big ravioli was spreading the word about the promotion run by the airline and the Newbury Street eatery in which diners ordering a seafood ravioli entree are automatically entered into weekly drawings for a trip for two to NYC.Kaufman, Jim Carter of American, and "Al Dente" (that would be the big ravioli) traveled to the Big Apple to meet with Jonathan Puliatte, the grandson of Bruno Cavalli, considered the King of Ravioli for introducing the food to the States in 1905. (As we said, we just report this stuff, folks.) We asked how the claw-wearing lobster ravioli guy got on a plane.
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Ciao Bella's executive host Brent Kaufman persuaded a friend to dress up as a big seafood ravioli the other day and get on board an American Airlines flight to New York City.The big ravioli was spreading the word about the promotion run by the airline and the Newbury Street eatery in which diners ordering a seafood ravioli entree are automatically entered into weekly drawings for a trip for two to NYC.Kaufman, Jim Carter of American, and "Al Dente" (that would be the big ravioli) traveled to the Big Apple to meet with Jonathan Puliatte, the grandson of Bruno Cavalli, considered the King of Ravioli for introducing the food to the States in 1905. (As we said, we just report this stuff, folks.) We asked how the claw-wearing lobster ravioli guy got on a plane.
Brent Kaufman, The Table Doctor, restaurant etiquette, and dining information
www.tabledoctor.com, 16 Mar 2006 [cached]
After receiving a call on CBS radio on why restaurants do not have the menus in Braille, Brent called The Massachusetts Association for the Blind and worked with them to produce the Ciao Bella menus in Braille. The menus are also in large print and a pair of reading glasses from our favorite optical boutique are available.
The Chefs Collaborative
A few months ago Brent was a celebrity auctioneer at "The Chef's Collaborative at OKW, a fine women's boutique on Clarendon Street. Thirteen Women Celebrity Chefs modeled their clothes and Brent was also co-host with the owner of Ambrosia's.
The March of Dimes
Brent is actively partnering with the March of Dimes and The Walk for Hunger, in an effort to make all proceeds from his EEM pin sales available to these charities.
The Greater Boston Concierge Association
Brent is a founding member and serves on the advisory board of the Greater Boston Concierge Association.
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