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August 11, 2017  RSS feed
Sincerely Yours

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Sincerely yours, Judy Ludin

Mazel tov

Hats off to Victoria “Tori” Estren who recently graduated from the University of Miami with dual degrees in film and psychology. She is now off to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams. She is the daughter of Richard Estren of St. Petersburg, who for years has operated Estren Educational Center, a test prep and tutoring service.

Chef’s delight

Owner and executive chef of Il Ritorno in downtown St. Petersburg, David Benstock, is still on Cloud 9 after cooking at the James Beard House in New York City. The Beard House is an extension of the James Beard Foundation, and only a handful of chefs from the Tampa Bay region have been invited to cook there during the past 30 years. Those attending from the Tampa Bay area included David’s wife, Erica, his proud parents, Margot and Michael Benstock of Seminole and yours truly and my husband, Eric. David and his Il Ritorno team prepared a five-course menu, featuring his affinity for modern Italian flare, with wine pairings. The dinner was an immersive experience for guests, who entered the James Beard House through the kitchen to meet the chef and his team and then the Beard House live streamed from the kitchen the duration for the dinner. After working under James Beard Foundation Award winner Gabriel Kreuther at Spice Market and the Modern in New York City, David returned to his native St. Petersburg to open Il Ritorno, with his wife Erica, in December 2013. Kvelling grandparents are Joan and Jerry Benstock of Belleair Beach.

David Benstock, far left, and his staff, prepare a five course meal for guests at the esteemed James Beard House in New York City David Benstock, far left, and his staff, prepare a five course meal for guests at the esteemed James Beard House in New York City P.S. As always, I’m looking forward to hearing about all your family simchas. Photos are welcome, too. Send information to: Sincerely Yours, P.O. Box 6970, Clearwater, FL 33758, or e-mail

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