When Ralph Pagano left STK Miami to head food and beverage operations at Gulfstream Park, it seemed like a match made in heaven. At the time, Pagano told our sister blog, Clean Plate Charlie, that he only moved to south Florida for the racetrack.
But a gambling man can never turn down a good bet. And, according to Pagano, his new gig at Sole on the Ocean in Sunny Isles looks like a sure thing. Pagano will serve as both executive chef of the resort's restaurant, Alba, and as director of food and beverage for the entire property. Ron Kerr, owner of Bite Gastrotruck and chef at Georgie's Alibi in Wilton Manors, has been tapped as special events director (Kerr will remain at Georgie's Alibi, for those of you who are addicted to their award-winning burgers). Alba is currently going through a renovation and is expected to open fall of 2012 (in time for stone crab season, according to Pagano).
Pagano spoke to Short Order about his plans for the resort, his upcoming hosting gig on Lifetime television (that's right, Lifetime ... for women!), and why he left the ponies to fend for themselves at Gulfstream.