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Master Chef Milos Chihelka helped bring together
Steve & Rocky 15 years ago.
Gerard Schwarz, conductor
Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy, violin
James VanValkenburg, viola
Schubert Six German Dances
Mozart Sinfonia Concertante
Respighi Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No.1
Haydn Symphony No. 96, "Miracle"
WEST BLOOMFIELD TWP.
THUR., FEB. 28 AT 7:30 P.M.
Berman Center for
the Performing Arts
ON THE EUGENE & MARCIA APPLEBAUM
JEWISH COMMUNITY CAMPUS
6600 W. MAPLE
SAT., MAR. 2 AT 8 P.M.
Kirk in the Hills
1340 W. LONG LAKE ROAD
Teddy Abrams, conductor
David Buck, flute
Beethoven Egmont Overture
Mozart Flute Concerto No.1
Brahms Symphony No. 2
THUR., MAR. 7 AT 7:30 P.M.
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
27375 BELL ROAD
LEONARD SLATKIN Music Director
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February 28 • 2013
luscious mushroom soup
made from his own exalted
Although not solely a sea-
food restaurant, numerous
water-swimming favorites like
lobsters, mussels, sea scal-
lops, fin fish, etc. are carefully
looked over with an eagle eye
to ensure freshness ... Daily
deliveries and inspections also
include meats, chicken and
other non-seafood items.
When Gourmet magazine called Steve
& Rocky's "One of the Best Restaurants in
America; it took in these salient features
together with the striking preparation of
its poached and pan-roasted salmon, short
ribs, steaks, broiled cod, roast duckling, etc.
Seating is no problem in the spacious,
200-capacity dining room with its pic-
turesque surroundings and airy comfort
where diners may listen to relaxing dinner
music amid the partaking of carefully pre-
pared cuisine ... Open seven days a week,
Monday-Thursday, 11-10; Friday, 11-11,
Saturday, noon-11; Sunday, 1-9.
There has never been a question about
the dining goodness ... It can be said
without much doubt that Steve & Rocky's
deserves the high-ranking accolades it has
Steve Allen and Rocky Rachwitz have
achieved much more in the 15 years than
they ever dreamed of ... but what Master
Chef Milos Cihelka might silently have
known someday would happen.
HE'S BEEN TO Las Vegas more than 50
times for the shows and dining and always
comes back to the local area with the same
thought ... "Someday:' he'd say to himself,
and each time with more certainty.
That "someday" finally came as a reality
for Joe Vicari, owner of the ever-growing
large chain of Joe Vicari Andiamo Italian
houses, Rojo's, etc.
among 23 dining
spots plus his star-
on 14 Mile in
His Joe Vicari
Steakhouse is open
in downtown Las
Vegas' new D Hotel
and Casino on
Fremont Street ...
Seating is for 120
with menu offer-
"Rocky" Rachwitz, Master Chef Milos Chihelka, Steve Allen
aking over the kitchen
after a highly regarded,
fied master chef had prepared
the food for more than 10 years
says many volumes, in itself,
about the person supplanting
the culinary giant.
They were mighty big shoes
Today, Steve Allen, the chef
who took the place of Master
Chef Milos Chihelka, with
whom he had worked under at the Golden
Mushroom in Southfield where Milos was
executive chef and Reid Ashton's partner, is
celebrating his 15th year as co-owner of his
own restaurant ... Steve & Rocky's, Grand
River, Novi, co-partnered by Steve Allen
and Chuck "Rocky" Rachwitz, is the kind of
restaurant that both have always wanted.
The Steve & Rocky's eatery is like a mar-
riage where both parties contribute to its
Rocky was already owner of two other
restaurants, Rocky's of Brighton and
Rocky's of Northville, the latter he still
owns ... But he had the fervent desire of
partnering another restaurant with some-
what of a more upscale dining selection.
This is where Master Chef Milos gets
big thanks in no small measure ... He
introduced Steve to Rocky, his hunting
friend, with proof that Milos sure knows
a lot more than just food ... Between
Rocky's food and business acumen and
Steve's culinary skills, the togetherness was
In the 15 years since opening, it is esti-
mated that almost 2 million people have
entered Steve & Rocky's doors ... Dining
has been on more than 125,000 pounds of
perch, some 61,000 pounds of whitefish,
about 42,000 pounds of duck and more
than 21,000 gallons of Master Chef Milos'
ings including one-half Italian dishes and
one-half prime steaks and fresh fish.
THE LAST TIME I SAW Max Pelicano
perform was a couple of years ago at
Andiamo Novi, and after raving about his
fantastic performance, vowed not to fail
seeing him again when he came back.
His show in Novi was more a life recap of
Elvis Presley, but recently at the Andiamo
Showroom in Warren, Max's Las Vegas-
like revue in "Elvis to the Max" was even
more unbelievable ... There is hardly much
doubt why Pelicano is considered among
America's finest impersonator exponents of
the wonderful late, great entertainer.
His expressions, gyrations, varied move-
ments and non-lip synching presentations
are eerily amazing ... Even Max's gracious
smile that has the ladies going ga-ga
Next time he comes here, if you have or
haven't seen Max, try not to miss him ... I
have witnessed Elvis in person and certain-
ly attest, along with so many others, that
Pelicano's performance is a rare treat.
IT BEGAN AS more of a convenience
for customers, making delicious filled stru-
del and mandelbrot to enjoy at both break-
fast and lunch from opening to 3 p.m. clos-
ing ... But the huge avalanche of requests
was never expected ... Plus the fluffy
omelets and other goodies, Rendezvous
Cafe on the northeast side of Robins Nest,
off Orchard Lake Road, just north of 14
Mile, West Bloomfield, not only have them
to eat in, but also as carry-out.
OLDIE BUT GOODIE DEPT. ... Two
old Jewish men are strolling down the
street when they happened to walk by a
They see a large sign posted that says,
"Convert with us and get $50." One of the
Jewish men stops walking and stares at
the sign. His friend turns to him and says,
"Murray, what's going on?"
"Abe," replies Murray, "I'm thinking of
Abe shouts, "What, are you crazy?"
Murray thinks for a minute and says,
"Abe, I'm going to do it:' And with that,
Murray strides purposefully into the
church and comes out 20 minutes later
with his head devoutly bowed.
"So," asks Abe, "did you get your $50?
Murray looks up at him and says, "Is that
all you people think of?"
CONGRATS ... To Sy Manello on
his birthday ... To Rose Kaluzny on her
birthday ... To Melvin "Mel" and Sybil
Markowitz on their 55th anniversary.
Danny's email is dannyraskin@sbcglobaLnet.