Register for HX – celebrating a100 year-old hotel industry tradeshow

The former International Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Show, now HX – The Hotel Experience, is accepting registrations for this year’s show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center  in Manhattan.  HX has a new brand and mission that is directed to growing hospitality businesses by connecting buyers and sellers in the duration of this two day event.
With more than 15,000 attendees annually, and a multi-million dollar investment aimed to revitalize this monumental show, HX has new features this year that showcase the best of the best in the hospitality industry.

Features include HX: ONSTAGE, theater presentations developed to offer informative, energetic conversations and demonstrations about current trends, new ideas, and cutting-edge products. HX also features HX: TECH,a pavilion with charging stations and other helpful amenities, explores innovative and practical technology products and services. Also included are breakout-sessions about the newest industry technology and live, hands-on support for the event’s mobile app.

New for 2015, the HX attendee fee structure includes an exhibits-only registration fee of $50 ($30 through Oct 12) and a conference pass for $30, which includes access to HX and BDNY exhibits.

Ticketed events include the HX Opening Reception on Saturday, Nov 7 and the almost sold out 35th Gold Key Awards Gala on Monday evening, Nov 9, at the Waldorf Astoria, NYC.

Attendee registration, travel arrangements and all other event information can be found on the HX website at http://www.thehotelexperience.us.


Wine of the Week – Muscat de Saint Jean de Minervois

As Fall approaches with cooler days, we’re thinking after dinner treats such as this lovely Muscat   de Saint Jean de Minervois from the south of France, fruit forward and sweet, but not too sweet. Substitute for dessert or serve with fresh fruit. The wine is perfect after dinner with its floral, fruity nose and balanced alcohol and acidity. High altitude, hot days and cool nights shape it. Unlike many sweet fortified wines, it strike a perfect balance, not too sweet but fragrant and rich. We found the hints of honey and apricots elegant and refreshing, The half bottle holds 375 ML. Visit www.pasternakwine.com


Wine(s) of the Week – 2 wines for hot summer days

Arca  Nova Colheita Harvest 2014 from Portugal’s Vinho Verde is a bright, flavorful wine for hot and steamy summer days. Relax and enjoy hints  of lemongrass, lime juice, and apricots with herbal notes. Priced around $9 retail, it makes a perfect by the glass offering for summer wine lists. If you love rosés, you’ll want to try Carmela Benegas Cabernet Franc, 2104, made by Federico Benegas Lynch who named it for his daughter, whom he calls “dusk at the winery at springtime,” and “the simplest and most noble companion.”  The wine is a rosé from 100% Cabernet Franc, from Mendoza, Argentina. It is 13.5 ABV.

From Mountain Glassware in New York State, beautifully crafted and special items

Products on Parade

Glassware that sets tabletops apart

Beautifully handcrafted glassware from Mountain Glass in Oneonta, NY is unique and very special, adding an artistic touch to restaurant tabletops. Individually hand-crafted by Bobby Sharp, these whiskey, martini, and drinking glasses and wine glassware are individual works of art that are also dishwasher safe. Differentiate your tabletop with glassware that is as special and beautiful as the beverages you serve and the meals they accompany. Go to www.mountainglassware.us.

Smoked basmati rice for foodservice in the U.S.

Amira’s smoked basmati rice began as a way to preserve rice until the next harvest. Today, it has become a gourmet treat. Amira Foods introduces Amira Smoked Basmati Rice that’s made in a smoking cabin with beechwood chips, lending rich flavor to rice dishes. It’s low in saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol and is gluten-free. Go to www.amira.net.

Nutella® Hazelnut Spread piping bag available for foodservice

Ferrero Foodservice releases a new 35.2 oz. piping bag of its Nutella® hazelnut spread, available in 12-count cases. Each bag contains two pounds of the spread. Top, fill and layer baked goods, crepes, and breakfast items. Incorporate the spread easily into new items. Visit www.nutellafoodservice.com.


The Spirit(s) World – 123 Tequila

David Ravandi, founder of organic, biodynamic 123 Tequila which comes in three styles, 123 Organic Blanco (Uno), 123 Organic Reposado (Dos) and 123 Organic Añejo (Tres) says the tequilas begin their journey to the customer’s glass the juice of roasted Blue Agaves. The tequilas are USDA and EU certified organic, part of the distillery’s emphasis on renewable resources. No pesticides or synthetic fertilizers are used.

The Reposada and Añejo tequilas spend six and 18 months respectively in oak barrels which impart woody notes to the final products. The Blanco is smooth and silky while he Reposado offers agave on the nose and a minty, anise finish. The Añejo has more wood characteristics with hints of tannin and wood oil on the nose. As it opens, hints of chocolate and caramel appear.

Here in the Northeast, it is distributed by Blueprint Spirits in Everett, MA. 123 Organic produces 10,000 cases annually. Prices at retail range from $40 to $55 a bottle.


What’s Brewin’ – Berkshire Coffeehouse Porter

Berkshire Brewing Company in South Deerfield, MA, created by two friends who wanted to brew  clean, fresh local ales and lagers, came up with this coffee- infused brew, a Porter infused with Dean’s Bean coffee. It offers notes of fresh roast coffee and chocolate. We tried it at Boston’s The Brewer’s Fork recently and liked it a lot.

The brewery can produce 580 barrels of fresh beer a week, unfiltered and unpasteurized. They do nine styles a year along with seven seasonal offerings.

This rich, dark ale, Porter style, was created by taking Berkshire Brewing’s Draymen’s Porter and adding the organic coffee for a robust, aromatic result. The brewers will tell you that you get both the beginning and end of the day in one brew! Celebrating their 20th anniversary, we applaud their creativity.

The Porter comes in 22 oz. bottles an is available on nitro draft as well, and is 6.2 percent ABV.


Wine of the Week: Rustenberg Stellenbosch Saugivnon Blanc 2013

Rustenberg has been producing South African wines since 1682 – a long and rich tradition. By 1781, the winery made 3,000 cases. The estate was purchased in 1941 by Pamela and Peter Barlow and has remained in the family ever since.

This 2013 Sauvignon Blanc offers freshness, acidity and balance with upfront fruit. The wine offers hints of green pepper, gooseberry and even asparagus. The altitude and  location next to Simonsberg Mountain combine with a west facing slope. The grapes are full flavored and tropical in style. No oak is used in the production of the wine.

Spring of 2013 brought later ripening and a cool growing season. The wine is medium bodied, elegant and crisp with 13.56 ABV. There are underlying notes of passion fruit and pineapple. This is a perfect wine for a hot summer day, alone or accompanying a meal. It is imported by Indigo Wine Group, Venice, Fl. Visit www.rustenberg.co.za.