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Lifetime Achievement Award: Saul Bolton
The ultimate Brooklyn chef and restaurateur, Bolton brought a Michelin star to Smith Street after opening Saul 13 years ago. He’s since opened the Vanderbilt, a casual gastropub in Prospect Heights, created an upscale concessions program for the Williamsburg movie house, Nitehawk Cinemas, and added a Caribbean accent to the recently overhauled menu at the Red Hook cocktail and tapas bar, Botanica. Did we mention he also owns an artisanal sausage company, Brooklyn Bangers, or that he just opened the well-received Red Gravy, an Italian-American trattoria, in Brooklyn Heights? Although honorees of this type of award often joke that they must be close to death, this committed Brooklyn boy shows no signs of slowing down.