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November 26, 1993 - Image 81

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1993-11-26

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was the Bruschetta table with
grilled calabrese sourdough
bread and assorted toppings
. . . caponata, pomodoro, duck
liver pate, navy bean and gar-
lic, carciofi, etc.
Bruschetta is the Italian
word or expression for charcoal-
grilled bread, garlic-rubbed and
drizzled with virgin olive oil
. . . a crusty sourdough country
bread so delicious with the
many garnishes.
The grilled portabello mush-
rooms with port and roasted
garlic were superb . . . as were
duck and risotto cakes with
porcini mushroom sauce;
capellini and shrimp cakes with
sun-dried tomato aioli; figs
wrapped in prosciutto; melon
wrapped in prosciutto; spicy
marinated gulf shrimp; mari-
nated New Zealand green mus-
sels, roasted stuffed quails, fried
rock shrimp and three types of
very tasty gourmet pizzas.
Besides being an astute busi-
nessman, Matt is also an ac-
complished chef, attending the
Culinary Institute of America,
and one of the restaurant in-
dustry's few who can virtually
work any position in the many
of his units.
Matt has designed his own
accounting systems, composes
the majority of his company pro-

He always gathers
key people
around him.

motion and marketing tools
plus writing the various
newsletters put out by Unique
Restaurant Corp.
Owning 10 sitdown restau-
rants among other operations
is quite amazing . . . But don't
think it came easy . . . even
though this man loves to work
and loves his work . . . Some
would term him a workaholic .
.. Others will rightfully say he
is just a hard-working, very ded-
icated and devoted restaura-
Alicia Prentice, Matt's wife
and mother of their four chil-
dren, loves and admires him as
she looks back at those yester-
days when his only restaurant
was Deli Unique on Greenfield
in Oak Park.
She has seen talent after tal-
ent exude from her husband
. . . and has to wonder . . . what
BETSY SAX was only 5
years old when she broke into
the "entertainment business"
. . . Betsy lived four doors away
from cousin Bruce Joel Rubin
on Tracy, south of Outer Drive
. . . He was just 8 years old and
the two used to put on shows in
the Rubin basement for parents
on the block.

Bruce would write the plays
and Betsy starred in them with
She went on as Betsy
Leemon to become a super sales
gal at The Jewish News .. .
while Bruce, the son of Jim and
the late Sandra Rubin, won an
Oscar for his movie screenplay
Ghost, with Whoopie Goldberg
and Patrick Swayze . . . along
with other hits like Brainstorm,
Jacob's Ladder, etc.
They have a closely-knit fam-
ily and Bruce likes to include as
many as possible in his film en-
deavors . . . My Life with
Michael Keaton and Nicole Kid-
man, appearing at local the-
aters, was written, directed and
produced by him . Sandra, in
whose memory the picture gives
trailer credit, and Jim play an
aunt and uncle . . . Also in the
film are his Chicago cousin
Wendy Sax, Betsy's sister;
Bruce's brother and sister-in-
law, localites Gary and Suzy
Rubin and their two children;
plus his wife Blanche and their
son Ari . .. Betsy was to be in it,
too, but didn't want to take time
off work at the paper.
He always brings his movies
to the hometown first so Bruce's
family can see it before the gen-
eral public . . . and was here for
the new release of My Life .. .
he came back shortly after to
spend Thanksgiving here with
his family.
Betsy finally made the films
herself at Universal when she
attended Ari's bar mitzvah in
California . . . even though it
was just a home movie.
CONGRATS . . . to Rose
Shapiro . . . on her birthday . .
. to Irene Rodman . . . on her
birthday ... to Robert and Andi
Lawton . . . on their sixth an-
LIVE OPERA Wednesday
evenings, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., at
DePalma's on Plymouth Road,
three blocks west of Merriman,
now has Irina Lekhtman, Russ-
ian mezzo sopr, • _o, performing
with the Enrico Caruso Society
. . . Italian cuisine is prepared
by former Darby kitchen-ite,
Chef Vito DePalma.
THE CLOSED 1940 Chop
House on Jefferson opens again
in December with a boxing
decor motif.
It'll be called Emanuel Stew-
ard's Place . . . a showplace for
visiting and local friend celebri-
ties of Emanuel, trainer/man-
ager of boxing champions
Tommy Hearns and Evander
has been chairman and Jerry
Efros says, "It gets better every
year" . . . Annual auction by
Congregation Beth Shalom is
only 2 years old and, aided
by over 100 volunteers, this
year's event had about 450





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