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Dennis January - "Hilltop Steak House"
In 1961 Frank Giuffrida bought a club in Saugus that he converted into a western-style steakhouse. Over the years Frank became known as the "king of the Hill" serving over three million customers annually. Now over 50 million meals later The Hilltop is still known today for it's generous portions at a great value winning numerous awards. In October 1994, Dick Monfort of High Country Investor, Inc. acquired the assets of the Hilltop in Saugus. Mr Monfort's family business "MONFORT BEEF" supplied the Hilltop its beef needs for over 40 years until the his family business was sold to the large food conglomerate "CONAGRA". Mr Monfort is still active in the beef industry with feeding lots of over 100,000 cattle as well as being on the board of directors of other major food companies. Since being purchased by High Country Investor, Hilltop continues to be recognized as one of the leading independent restaurants in the Northeast winning such awards as #1 Steakhouse (City search 2003), #2 Independent Restaurant in the country (Restaurant & Institutions Magazine 2002) and many more. In 1996 Hilltop expanded its business to include five large function rooms for all types of family events and business meetings as well as elegant weddings. The year 2008 brought more recognition when Hilltop was featured on the New England TV program "Chronicle" and the "Travel Channel" as one the three top Steak Houses in the country. Recognized for its value the Hilltop continues to enjoy new diners from all over the world. We also offer an off premise catering division called "The Chuck Wagon". The Chuck Wagon concept is simple. With a minimum of fifty people you can hire us to do a barbecue anywhere, corporate or private. We come to your place of business, backyard, park, beach etc. We cook and serve a menu that you pre-select. We bring everything needed for a barbecue. Grills, chefs, wait staff, buffet tables, all paper goods, condiments etc. We cook, serve and clean up. The Chuck Wagon has been very popular and has blossomed into a full service catering business. In addition to our now famous barbecues, we do clam bakes, weddings, showers, anniversaries, holiday parties etc. A sampling of our menu is available online at the host station and in the catering office.While the restaurant enjoys great recognition the Hilltop Butcher Shops located in Saugus and Weymouth, Massachusetts provide the day to day and holiday value that retail shoppers are looking for today. Our Butcher Shops have something for everyone....We offer a full deli, produce department, bakery and of course our world famous meat department. We continue to provide the neighborhood appeal of the local butcher shop which cuts your steaks to order and answers any questions you may have on what product bests suits your needs. So remember as spring and summer roll around we are the place to shop for all your cookout needs. We offer weekly specials that cannot be beat. Look for the Hilltop weekly specials online at our website http://www.hilltopsteakhouse.com/ Over the years the Hilltop has been proud of our reputation of being a family restaurant and neighborhood Butcher shop with great value. This is the place where a family can enjoy a fulfilling lunch or dinner at a very reasonable price. Come and visit us at Hilltop today and share your favorite Hilltop memory with us while creating new ones!
Larry Lipson - Costa Rica wine correspondent
He's been the Daily News restaurant critic for 50 years, but Larry Lipson has finally called it quits: "Sure, there have been editors who have leaned somewhat heavily on me - especially during one period when I was the only restaurant critic/writer in America featured in a newspaper seven days a week." Talk about knowing the restaurant scene in LA.
Wanda Goodman - Media & PR Director - South Dakota Tourism
The great faces of South Dakota are proud of our great places. We want people to feel at home in our state and we go out of our way to welcome visitors. That's just one of the many priviledges and responsibilities of the South Dakota Office of Tourism. We are here to serve the people of South Dakota and all who come to explore the Mount Rushmore State.
David Faber - "Faber Report."
An Emmy, Peabody, and Dupont award winner, David Faber has anchored and co-produced several of CNBC's acclaimed original documentaries and long-form programs as well as appearing daily on CNBC's "Squawk on the Street." (M-F, 9-10 a.m. ET). During the day, Faber breaks news and provides in-depth analysis on a range of business topics during the "Faber Report." In his 16 years at CNBC, Faber has broken many big financial stories including the massive fraud at WorldCom, the bailout of the hedge fund Long Term Capital Management, and Rupert Murdoch's unsolicited bid for Dow Jones.