Michael is a life-long Long Islander, who grew up in Brentwood and attended Southampton College, majoring in Marine Biology. He started cooking as a way to put himself through school, and found he was good at it and found it quite rewarding and enjoyable, so much so, that he decided to leave science behind and attended The Culinary Institute Of America.
Michael is a veteran of such L.I. Restaurants as; The Pasta Grill, Rockville Centre; Jackson Square, Rockville Centre; Fiddleheads American Fish House & Grill, Oyster Bay; Fiddleheads New York, Huntington; Jedediah Hawkins Inn, Jamesport; Gabrielle’s Brasserie & Wine Bar, Rockville Centre; Ross/Schaudel Catering & Event Planning, North Fork, and more.
The son of a professional chef, Dino Vlacich grew up in the restaurant business. His entrepreneurial spirit led him from celebrated chef to general manager and owner of
restaurants such as Dino, in Nesconset and MIO in Roslyn. Both eateries received “Excellent” designations from The New York Times, as well as Mio’s inclusion in Zagat’s “America’s Top Restaurants”.
In 2017, Vlacich steered his career toward organic cuisine and his journey led him to Full House Organic Kitchen in Greenvale, where he was involved in the creation of the only USDA certified organic restaurant in New York State. In 2018, he accepted a consulting position with the
well-lauded Salt Air Café, in Point Lookout, NY. He and owner Kelly Bossard, proved to be a great duo and have teamed up again at Pearl Restaurant in Island Park.
Kelly was born into the restaurant business just like her Mom. Her Grandmother and Mother were at the helm of the kitchen where everything was expertly prepared and seriously scrumptious. Kelly’s Grandmother, taught the entire family the way of the kitchen. Still quite young when her grandmother retired, Kelly found herself captivated in her grandmother’s kitchen while cooking and baking to pass the time together. Later she went on to Graduate from Villanova University with a degree in Communication Arts. While working her way up in broadcast television she spent many years working nights in fine establishments across the country.
In the spring of 2014 her dream came true when she opened Salt Air Café. Salt Air is a casual farm-to-table breakfast and lunch café with a large backyard, picnic style dining and a booming vegetable garden. The “backyard to fork” concept propelled Salt Air into The NY Daily News’ Top 10 restaurants to visit on Long Island.
In 2021 Kelly closed Salt Air Café and purchased Pearl Restaurant in Island Park, NY. Kelly founded Enlightened Enterprises LLC, the parent company of Pearl Restaurant, which specializes in new paradigm food solutions. She continues to pioneer the clean farm-forward food movement with vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options featuring non-gmo, chemical and hormone free cuisine from local, organic and artisan food producers.