Bellisio’s in Duluth names new executive chefLongtime Grandma’s Saloon & Grill chef Gary Baregi has been named executive chef of Bellisio’s Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar.
By: News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune
Longtime Grandma’s Saloon & Grill chef Gary Baregi has been named executive chef of Bellisio’s Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar.
Baregi is taking on his new role after working for Grandma’s Restaurant Co. since 1988 and serving as executive chef at the original Grandma’s restaurant in Canal Park since 1990. He had started at Grandma’s Minneapolis Seven Corners location in 1988 after schooling at Saint Paul College.
Grandma’s Restaurant Co. also owns Bellisio’s.
During his time at Grandma’s Saloon, Baregi has been innovative, participated in charity functions and contributed to the local hospitality industry, according to a company release.
He has been a member of the American Culinary Federation for 15 years. He served as president of the Arrowhead Professional Chef’s Association for four years and was named chef of the year by the group in 2002. As Grandma’s Saloon’s executive chef, he prepared food for numerous charity events, including Death by Chocolate, Taste of Nations, Thanksgiving meals at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center and the United Way Chili Cook Off, which he won twice.
The company release describes Baregi as a second-generation Italian who, for almost 25 years, has exceeded the expectations of his Italian employers, Michael Paulucci and Andy Borg Jr. Baregi already has introduced new selections to the Bellisio’s menu and is planning his first special wine dinner there, “Night in Sonoma County,” on May 9.
“I have been fortunate to work with a company as diverse as Grandma’s,” he said in a prepared statement. “However, my Italian heritage and upbringing will be a perfect fit for Bellisio’s Italian Restaurant. Bellisio’s has a high standard of culinary excellence, and I am excited and proud to join that team and bring my skill set and contributions to that team.”