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Mark Catapano, Owner and ...
Mark Catapano, Owner and Chef
grew up in an Italian family in New Jersey, and was raised with a love of good food.
was taught how to cook authentic Italian food by his
Grandmother Filomina Catapano.
love of cooking to The Culinary Institute of America
skills in all ethnic cooking styles.
has operated several different restaurants and hotels.
credit is Seasons Restaurant at The Disney Institute
helped transform the original menu concept from family style to California a la carte (and where he
also met Jessica, his
Jessica and Mark
then moved to Las Vegas, NV.
There Mark was able to further his career by working with renowned Chef Andre Rochat at Andre's French Restaurant at the Monte Carlo .
After their arrival in Charlotte in 2002, Mark was hired as Executive Chef and General Manager of Irish Blessings Bistro located in the historic Radcliff Flower Shop in uptown Charlotte .
Two years later, Mark
then moved on and upward to the position of Executive Chef at the Ballantyne Resort
and Spa where he
helped to make the resort a 4-star AAA rating..
A few years later Mark then joined the staff of the Marriott Executive Park Hotel as Executive Chef.
After moving to Charlotte, Jessica took a few years off to stay at home
and Jessica's two young boys.
Ultimately though, Mark
and Jessica felt that even after working in some of the most distinguished hotels and resorts in the country, they still missed the old fashioned Italian Specialty Markets and all the hard to find specialty items.
So, the most obvious move was to open an eatery where Mark
and Jessica can bring their love for good homemade Italian cuisine to their adopted home town.
and Jessica want to invite you to be part of ours.
Charlotte Observer | 02/26/2006 | Career Almanac
Mark Catapano was appointed food and beverage manager of the grill room and room service at Ballantyne Resort.
Charlotte Magazine - New In Town
"We wanted to have the Irish cuisine brought up from the 'pub grub' image to the fine-dining level, which is something that is going on in Ireland," says Mark Catapano, the executive chef.Catapano, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, most recently was sous chef at Andre's, a lauded French restaurant in Las Vegas.As he explains it, the food at Irish Blessings has a lot in common with the menu at André's."It's basically marrying the foundation of Escoffier with Irish ingredients."
and Finnegan have also made a commitment to providing top-notch service, and they have laudable ambitions.
To encourage a finer palate," Catapano
The Wine Report Magazine Atlanta
From 8 p.m.-1 a.m. enjoy music, complimentary hors d,oeuvres, open bar, the culinary talents of chef Mark Catapano, and countdown with balloon drop and party favors. $179 plus tax.Add a room for $129 single occupancy (additional guest
Southern Women's Show - Charlotte
Presented by Chef Mark Catapano of Ballantyne Resort and Chef Scott Spaulding of the Park Hotel