After winning the Miss Venezuela and Miss South America pageants, Carmen Maria Montiel was named second runner-up at the 1984 Miss Universe Pageant. When she returned home, she resumed her budding television career and continued her education. She soon returned to the US to study broadcasting and Spanish at East Tennessee State University, graduating magna cum laude. She embarked upon an award-winning broadcasting career in Texas, where she was an award-winning journalist for Telemundo Houston. Carmen Maria Montiel is an enthusiastic member of Houston’s Venezuelan community, and recently emceed a celebration of the fifth anniversary of Bielina’s Catering.
Located in the Houston suburb of Katy, Bielina’s Catering and Services provides catering services to clients throughout the entire Houston-Sugar Land-Woodlands area. Run by Venezuelan natives Frank Valbuena and Bielitski Prada, Bielina’s caters events at clients’ sites as well as at its own banquet facility. The company provides not only Venezuelan food, but also many fusion, international, and artisanal dishes.
One of Bielina’s specialties is paella, prepared presentation-style at guest tables by Chef Prada. Paella is a traditional Spanish dish whose main ingredient is a delicious saffron rice which is then mixed with a variety of additional ingredients. In addition to a traditional seafood paella featuring lobster, clams, mussels, shrimps, scallops, and squid, Bielina’s serves several other varieties, including the house specialty Paella Prada and a vegetarian paella that features several different peppers, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, peas, and other vegetables. Other paellas on the menu are green paella, which features chicken, pork, Spanish chorizo, clams, and vegetables, and Paella Valenciana, which combines seafood with chicken, Spanish chorizo, and vegetables.