Brooklyn to get DeKalb Market Hall downtown

BROOKLYN, NY – Brooklyn will get its own food hall at
DeKalb Market where Katz’s Deli will expand for the very first time. Other tenants are said to include Hard Times Sundaes, Wilma Jean, Ample Hills and Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue. Also among the 40-some vendors will be Bunker Vietnamese, Jianbing Company, Pierogi Boys, Arepa Lady and more. The marketplace is at 445 Albee Square West and will reportedly include a stage, Zagat New York reports.

Hard Rock Cafe founder celebrates 46 years

BOSTON – Isaac Tigrett, founder of two’s Boston favorite entertainment venues, Hard Rock Cafe and House of Blues, visited the city recently, celebrating Hard Rock’s 46th birthday and reminiscing about the early years when he was inspired to take American music and culture worldwide.

It’s a remarkable tale of a young man from Tennessee who was living in London where he yearned for a hamburger, opening the first of what became an almost 200-unit chain of Hard Rock Cafes worldwide.

He’d grown up with Bluegrass music and found himself, as he puts it, “dedicated to educating and celebrating the history of Southern culture.”

The mission, as he viewed it, was to create profitable, principled global entertainment celebrating, as he describes it, “the diversity and brotherhood of world culture.”

“I wanted to introduce the world to Southern Blues, Rock and Roll, R&B, gospel jazz, and more,” he explains, and after the first one in London, considered doing maybe two or three more.

Today, Hard Rock has close to 200 units in 70 countries around the globe. The company began to expand when Tigrett and partner, Peter Morton, began opening new units in New York, Boston, Dallas, Washington, DC, Orlando, Paris and Berlin.

The search for a good burger was enough at the beginning, but musical entertainment quickly became a key element. Musician Eric Clapton, an early fan of the first Hard Rock, wanted his own favorite bar stool to assure it would always be there for him. He hung his guide above his favorite one! The rest, as they say, was history. One week after hanging his guitar in the cafe, Pete Townshend of The Who’s sent a package with a guitar and a note with the message, “Mine’s as good as his! Love, Pete.”

Today, owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Hard Rock International has venues in 75 countries including 176 cafes, 24 hotels and 11 casinos.

Tigrett went on to launch the International House of Blues Entertainment Company in 1991 with partners that included The Disney Company, Harvard University’s Endowment Fund, and Chase Manhattan Bank’s Venture Capital Group.

Having succeeded in the mission of bringing American music and culture to a global audience, he went on to, through the non-profit Rama Foundation of Zurich, Switzerland, fund the SSSIHM, a free 500-bed high-end super specialty surgical hospital in Andra Pradesh, India.

Tigrett is also the benefactor of the Freedom Award at the National Civil Rights Museum USA, presenting them to civil rights activist Bishop Desmond Tutu and President Jimmy Carter.

He’s been commended publicly on the floor of the U.S. Senate for his contributions to American culture worldwide; awarded two PhD honorariums for his work in promoting racial harmony and African American culture.

Today, he serves as CEO of the Prakashan Book Society and oversees publication of spiritual books in 15 countries globally.

A highly knowledgeable student of religion, he’s been honored at Harvard University. Today, he lives in his early home in Tennessee.


Support Chef Jacky Robert and Kids Sunset Cruise

BOSTON – Chef Jacky Robert of Ma Maison here is promoting On Board For Kids Sunset cruise on Saturday, September 23 – a date to save to help make the world a better place for children.

He became involved thanks to learning to tango and meeting Martha Castano, PhD, who teaches it and organizes with her husband, Dr. Pracha Eamranond.

Both Martha and Jacky were involved in nonprofit foundations that benefit children – Martha’s Sunantha Camila Foundation helps youngsters in Circasia, Colombia ( and Chef Jacky is involved with Chefs Feed Kids which helps feed street kits in Dasmarinas, Philippines –

The two decided to work together to help children around the world and On Board for Kids came into being four years ago, helping other groups globally to aid needy youngsters.

The cruise fundraiser at 60 Rowes Wharf on Boston’s harbor takes place September 16 from 6 to 11 p.m. when Boston chefs will offer French fare to generate money for the new class of children the group supports abroad.

Blue Hill at Stone Barns eliminates tipping

POCANTICO HILLS, NY – Blue Hill at Stone Barns is reportedly ending tipping in the wake of a legal action for $2 million for allegations of not disclosing service charges at private functions, Eater New York reports.



Wine(s) of the Week – Tavel Frieuré de Montézargues ’14 & Willm Pinot Blanc 2014

It’s official – Summer has arrived! It’s warmer and hotter days make us yearn for rosés and whites when we think about sipping wine. The 2014 Tavel Frieuré de Montézargues and Willm Pinot Blanc fit the bill to a tee. Both are delicious fruity, floral and fresh. The rosé comes from Frieuré de Montézargues, owned by the Richard Family, proprietors of Chateau La Nerthe (Chateauneuf-du-Pape) and Domaine de la Renjarde, (Clos de Rhone Villages Massif d’ Uchaux). It’s in the Rhone Valley in an abbey dating to the 12th century. Full bodied and fresh, it is also elegant with notes of red berries  and ripe peaches and is 13.5 percent ABV. It’s imported by Pasternak Wine.

The Willm Pinot Blanc is from the Alsace in a vineyard even older  (1896). It combines Grand Cru Kirchberg de Bart and Clos Gaensbroennel. Fresh, fruity and floral, this wine imported by Monsieur Touton Selection Ltd., is estate bottled is a Réserve and works with many foods from sushi or savory tarts to seafood and mixed salads. It is 12 percent ABV. These two fresh and floral wines makes us think about finding a hammock to swing in and enjoy the warmer season!


Fast casual chain growth down from ’15 levels

CHICAGO – Technomic reports fast casual chain growth slipped compared to 2015’s 11.9 percent and 2014’s 13,8 percent gains, falling to 8.9 percent last year. The drop is attributed to lower unit development in the segment. At the same time, chains such as Panda Express, Jimmy John’s, and Zaxby’s reported double digit advances and the pizza segment saw sales advance and the menu category showed sales growth at a cumulative rate of 35  percent.

Great Kosher Restaurants Foodies presents Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival

BROOKLYN, NY – Great Kosher Restaurants Foodies holds Brooklyn’s Beer Bourbon & BBQ Festival at Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse here on Monday, June 26 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Highlights include:

*Huge, beautifully decorated Terminal Warehouse in Greenpoint
* 18 top restaurants/food trucks/vendors
* 100s of beers and bourbons
* Valet Parking
* Bison & Bourbon Bar
* Zusha House Band
* Cigar Rolling
* Swag Bags
* Picnic Tables & Picnic Benches
* Right off the Water

Purchase tickets at
Use code: gkrf15 for 15% off

Diageo to reportedly buy George Clooney & partners’ Casamigos 

CNBC  supposedly announced plans to purchase George Clooney, Rande Gerber and Michael Melman’s Casamigos tequila for close to $1 billion, VinePair reports.



CSPI urges fighting Trump’s Menu Labeling Delay

WASHINGTON – The new Administration is attacking calorie counts on chain restaurant menus, says the Center for Science in the Public Interest. It points out:

“By delaying menu labeling, Trump is randomly sowing chaos in the restaurant industry. Many of the biggest chains are ALREADY labeling calories and have invested considerably in the design of new menus and the installation of new menu boards.

Remember—calorie labeling first became law seven long years ago with the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Chains have been preparing for this for years!

Menu labeling is under assault in Congress, too, where extremists in the House of Representatives have a plan to weaken menu labeling requirements and carve out special exemptions for supermarkets, convenience stores, and pizza chains.

Contact the Food and Drug Administration to register your objection to the delay. We face a deadline of July 3 to get your messages in at the agency.”



Cambridge restaurant ordered to stop cooking with wood & charcoal

CAMBRIDGE, MA – Shepard in Harvard Square was reportedly ordered by the city to cease cooking with wood and charcoal, following complaints from nearby neighbors. The restaurant has spent $100,000 to reduce smoke  from its vents, according to a published report that noted that city councilors are considering banning wood-fired grills, a move that would impact others including Smoke Shop and Felipe’s Taqueria.

2nd Annual The Readable Feast takes place June 21 at Boston Public Library

BOSTON – The 2nd Annual The Readable Feast will be held at Boston Public Library on June 23 at 6:30 p.m. The Lifetime Achievement Award for a restaurateur will be presented to Mary Ann Esposito, creator of PBS’s Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Esposito, now in its 26th season. Check out

Brazilian homestyle restaurant now open Sundays in Montclair, NJ

MONTCLAIR, NJ – Samba Montclair, a Brazilizian homestyle restaurant, will now offer brunch Sundays from noon to 4 p.m., with the dinner menu available from noon to 8. Executive Chef/Owner Ilson Goncalves explains that: “Brazilians don’t eat the traditional American breakfast of eggs, bacon, toast and so on. So I’ve added classic Brazilian touches to familiar foods, to make them even more delicious and healthy.”