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Yvonne Ayala McClellan
Works at Culinary Concepts Inc.
Attended University of Florida
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I was on WINK News today! Had a blast with Andrew and Adam talking about Halloween Spooktacular on Fifth and all the fun activities, games we'll have on Fifth Avenue Tonight. Plus, an incredible Haunted House, and costume contests for adults, kids and pets! Come on out for the fun and remember to dine with us at +Chops City Grill, +Yabba Island Grill and Pazzo! Cucina Italiana!
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Remember to vote friends! Wouldn't it be exciting if Naples won the No. 1 spot for Best Al Fresco Dining Neighborhood in the country?!?!?!? Oh and isn't Pazzo! on Fifth Ave in downtown Naples just beautiful? 
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Ack! Fifth Avenue South in Naples is currently in the #1 spot for BEST Al Fresco Dining Neighborhood in the US! And we're going against places like Chicago, people! Keep us #1!!! Vote Here:
Voting for the Best Al Fresco Dining Neighborhood is open! Cast your vote daily to help pick the 2015 10Best Readers' Choice Award for Best Al Fresco Dining Neighborhood.
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Want to try to make this... wonder if you can replace it with kale. 
 
This Swiss Chard and Mushroom Galette is like a pizza...only better.

http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/swiss-chard-and-mushroom-galette
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What! My neighborhood (Estero) and SWFL gets its first Fortune 500 company - Hertz! We will be is official worldwide headquarters! http://www.news-press.com/article/20130507/BUSINESS/305080006/Hertz-coming-Lee-County
The business reporters must be having a blast with this!
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Love Buckingham eats at The Hut restaurant? Diners might need to wait a while. The restaurant is searching for a new chef. 
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0000000Naples-based Culinary Concepts is hosting a job fair on Wednesday, Aug. 19 at Chops City Grill in Naples. The company, which owns five restaurants in Southwest Florida, is looking to hire for 140 positions ahead of the expected winter tourist season. According to Yvonne McClellan, a spokesperson for Culinary Concepts, the company will be conducting …
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Please help us keep Fifth Avenue South in Naples as the BEST Al Fresco Dining Neighborhood in the U.S. for the +10Best +USA TODAY Readers' Choice Travel Awards. 24 days to vote and you can vote once every 12 hours! 
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Celebrating American Craft Beer Week? Here is one option on Sanibel that might entice you. 
http://www.news-press.com/story/life/food/2014/05/13/celebrate-american-craft-beer-week-at-matzaluna-italian-restaurant/9037885/
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Get a sneak peek in the fridge of Brian Benson, an up and comer in Naples who works as an associate with Insurance Management Consultants, but who has a palate for craft beers and Bloody Mary's and paleo-friendly foods. http://www.news-press.com/videonetwork/3360393477001
What's In Your Fridge? There's healthy eats, craft beers, pickled accoutrements and more in Brian C. Benson's fridge. He's an associate with with IMC in Naples. By Yvonne Ayal...
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Love Buckingham eats at The Hut restaurant? Dines might need to wait a while. The restaurant closed after its chef walked out. 
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Getting some huevos rancheros after church and might swing by the Pine Ridge Farmers Market after. 
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Media Coordinator
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  • Culinary Concepts Inc.
    Media Coordinator, 2015 - present
    I coordinate print and social media initiatives, social media marketing campaigns, write for our in-house newsletter, manage our brand image on review sites and assist with community outreach and grass roots marketing efforts.
  • The News-Press Media Group/Gannett
    food and business reporter, 2010 - 2015
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Avid writer, prolific reader, veggie gardener, thrifty shopper, amateur chef and public relations and marketing devotee. Want to write about our restaurants? Contact me at ymcclellan@gr8food.net.
Introduction
I want to tell you all about fantastic foods and that starts with Culinary Concepts! Now my employer, this local restaurant group based in Southwest Florida, serves some of my favorite food around town and everyone should try it. 

We operate Chops City Grill, Pazzo! Cucina Italiana, Yabba Island Grill and Blue Water Bistro!

Previously, I worked as a food writer for The News-Press Media Group in Southwest Florida, which means I'm the kind of person who goes window shopping at Fresh Market or the Skinny Pantry or Sur La Table or Williams Sonoma.

I started at the News-Press in the spring of 2010 as a business reporter.
I studied journalism at the University of Florida, with a focus on multimedia, but have always had a passion for food...

As a little girl I remember my Cuban grandmother's papaya milk shakes, her frijoles colorado and the way she whipped up egg whites and cooked them over a flame on her gas stove to make meringue.

In college, my food interests manifested in other ways. I focused my research on media coverage of local and organic foods and things like guerrilla gardening. I'd invite friends and neighbors over for elaborate dinners and potlucks. In graduate school, I got a plot at the local community garden and grew everything from swiss chard and kale to watermelon and butternut squash.

For my undergraduate studies, I spent five months in Paris with short trips to Avignon, St. Paul de Vence, Nice, and Normandy. I also traveled to Madrid, Barcelona, La Costa Brava, London, and Venice. Whether my stop was in the Marais in Paris or in Madrid, my personal travels were built around the food, sampling regional dishes such as sopa de caracol, a soup with snails cooked in a mint broth, or paella Valenciana and champagne sangria on La Costa Brava. I ate at the oldest restaurant in the world, El Sobrino de Botin in Madrid, and at a restaurant in Barcelona where chefs in training serve their best.
For our honeymoon, my husband, Jordan, and I embarked on a month-long exploration of foods and gardens and estates at various cities along the eastern U.S. from Naples, Florida to Bar Harbor, Maine. Some of the highlights: seeing Thomas Jefferson's gardens at Monticello and buying heirloom seeds, picking wild blueberries and making blueberry pancakes in New Hampshire with friends, and enjoying a lobster boil on the pebble beaches of Eggemoggin Reach in Maine.
Education
  • University of Florida
    English, 2002 - 2007
  • University of Florida
    Journalism, 2008 - 2010
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This is a grocery store and tortilleria, and they make fresh authentic tacos. They are so delicious, don't let the appearance of the store turn you off. They are totally with it-- even if you go just for fresh tortillas. Helps if you speak Spanish.
Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
I always love getting my haircut at this salon. I like that they have different tiers of experience for their stylists, as I am pretty crazy about my hair. The more experience, the more the cut costs, so you can decide for yourself what is worth it or isn't. I cut/style my hair with Lisa who is awesome. She is a level 4, I believe. I also love that this salon opens at 7 a.m., so I can get my haircut before work and it really starts my day off right. Also, if your bangs are getting a little long in between cuts, they invite you to come back for free for a bang touch up prior to your next hair cut. I think it's great all the way around, and love that they offer you a beverage while you're there. It adds that little touch that makes it feel like I'm getting pampered.
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Public - 6 months ago
reviewed 6 months ago
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