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Interior Designer, Judith Chirico, Wins ASID Award in Hospitality for Labebe Design

ASID NJ Chapter announced the winners of its 2016 Design Excellence Awards at a gala presentation in mid-June. 

Interior designers were honored with Gold, Silver and Bronze awards for projects in both residential and commercial/non-residential categories, as well as those focusing specifically on the principles of sustainable design and universal design. Each designer who was honored was the primary interior designer on record for the project. 

Entries were judged by a panel of interior designers across the country who were Gold Award winners in their respective ASID chapters. The winning entries were judged to be strong in all of the following: fulfill the challenges of the project and enhance the human experience of the client/end user with thoughtful and good interior design; functional and creative use of space; scale and proportion; color and composition; creative use of materials; interesting details; and effective use of lighting.  Winners in the Sustainable Design and Universal Design categories had to meet additional specific criteria.

The New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID NJ) includes approximately 400 professional, allied and associate interior designers throughout the state, as well as Industry Partners and interior design students. Its parent organization, the American Society of Interior Designers, is a diverse group of professionals that includes interior designers and Industry Partners. The Society's 16,000 practicing interior designers are equally divided between commercial and residential design. All members of ASID must adhere to the Society's code of ethics and professional conduct, ensuring consumers respectful and professional conduct when they hire an ASID designer.

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New York Times Review of Labebe

"When I walk into a “Mediterranean” restaurant, it’s hard to know what kind of food to expect. It could be Israeli or Syrian or Turkish or Egyptian. I could be looking forward to kofta and end up with a menu full of risottos or spinach pies, given the diverse countries that surround that sea."

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Time Off Review about Labebe

I’VE had limited success dining out on Middle Eastern food, but things are looking up with several new places in our area. Labebe Mediterranean Cuisine in North Brunswick is by far the most ambitious in terms of ambiance and menu.
Owner Pierre Hage-Boutros also owns the long-established Pierre’s of South Brunswick, a catering hall/bakery/restaurant complex. Driving by the empty Hearth restaurant building along Route 130, however, he saw an opportunity to honor his late mother, LaBebe, whose Lebanese cooking expressed her love for her family. 

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U.S. 1 Princeton Feature Story

Labebe: A Trip for the Palate and the Senses

A short drive up Route 1 to Route 130 takes you to a world away: a world redolent with the scent of the freshest spices, produce, and meats that are the heart of Mediterranean cuisine. Host Pierre Hage-Boutros welcomes you to his newest venue with the same warmth and hospitality that his mother, Labebe, greeted all who came to her door. Labebe continues the family tradition of hospitality. Son Tony works alongside his father making sure guests have a special meal.
 

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Home News Tribune Writes About Labebe

"Pierre Hage-Boutros, found a unique way to honor his late mother, Labebe, who left him a legacy of flavorful fresh cooking and hard work.

When he opened his new restaurant in May, he named it for her.

“It was something that I had been thinking about for a long time as a tribute to my mother, to keep her memory alive,” he said. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about her and incorporate something that she taught me."

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Sentinel Feature Story

NORTH BRUNSWICK — The late LaBebe Hage-Boutros was known for her love of cooking good food for good company.

“Her unbelievable food always brought the family together,” Tony Hage-Boutros said of his grandmother. “That’s how she showed her love to each and every one of us.”

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