'Rock star' chef new at Marcus Whitman Hotel

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A new executive chef hired late last week at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center is being heralded as a "rock star" in the kitchen by hotel owners Kyle and Brenda Mussman.

Antonio Campolio got warmed up with the kitchen crew last week and is now preparing for his move to the community, where he will start as executive chef at the Valley's luxury hotel and its flagship restaurant, The Marc, next month. He succeeds Chef Bear Ullman.

Campolio has been manning the stoves at The Tavern, one of the oldest and most diverse eateries at Colorado Springs resort The Broadmoor since 2009. According to a biography on that website, he started his run at The Broadmoor as area sous chef at Charles Court under Chef Greg Barnhill.

Before that Campolio worked for the Kessler Collection, a Florida hospitality management company whose restaurants specialize in everything from casual to award-winning fine cuisine.

In his three years with the Kessler Collection, he was corporate chef for the four-star hotel group and chef de cuisine for 700 Drayton at the Mansion on Forsyth Park in Savannah, Ga.

His resum also includes two years at The Greenbrier in West Virginia.

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A new Zumba class will be getting hearts pumping at the Many Waters Wellness Center.

Licensed instructor Sallie Schoen is offering a free class Friday to kick off the exercise program she will teach twice a week.

For the uninitiated, Zumba is a fusion of fitness, Latin dance, belly dance, hip-hop and more, in a party-like atmosphere. The first class is free for those who want to check it out.

Schoen will offer the class -- one of the few daytime classes held in the area -- at noon Mondays and Fridays at Many Waters, 820 Sprague Ave.

Those interested can simply show up or call 240-8070 for more details.

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A new associate has joined the law firm of Reese, Baffney, Frol Grossman, P.S.

Timothy W. Foster specializes in Internet startup, trademark, copyright, transactional, business, contract, real property, land-use, water, environmental, estate planning and probate law, among other areas.

Foster graduated from Stanford University in 1999 and Lewis amp; Clark Law School in 2004, where he was research editor of the Lewis Clark Law Review.

He practiced law in Idaho and Colorado for six years before joining Reese, Baffney, Frol Grossman, 216 S. Palouse St. To contact him, call 525-8130.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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