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NH Lakes Region celebrates 81 years

MEREDITH, NH – Lakes Region Tourism Association celebrates 81 years of tourism professionals making the region a premier destination for travelers worldwide. The group holds its annual celebration Nov. 7 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at Hart’s Turkey Farm Restaurant & Copper Kettle Tavern, Meredith, NH. RSVP as soon as possible – email or call 603-286-8008. New this year is the presentation of the Lifetime Tourism Award along with networking, business, presentations and more.

Thanksgiving turkeys raised the old fashioned way

WYCOFF, NJ – Dean & Deluca® partners with Goffle Road Poultry Farm for turkeys raised the old fashioned way with lots of space and sunshine. They’re fed a balanced diet of local grains and corn, says proprietor Joe Silvestri, and never have antibiotics or added hormones. Visit










Johnny Carino’s Italian files second bankruptcy

AUSTIN, TX – The owner of Johnny Carino’s Italian, Fired Up Inc., filed for its second bankruptcy since 2013, according to Nation’s Restaurant News. It currently has 84 units, franchised and company owned, down from 173 in 2006. The company is said to be seeking a buyer.

c4883cdb-db4e-4cfc-918d-cb84ac16e631.jpgNortheast Organic Farming Assn. (NOFA) holds conference

AMHERST, MA – The Northeast Organic Farming Assn.’s 42nd annual Summer Conference takes place here at University of Massachusetts Amherst Aug. 12-14. 1,000 participants will explore such challenges as climate change, racial inequity and more. Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm and André Leu of the International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements (IFOAM) are the keynote speakers. Knowledgeable presenters will offer workshops on a variety of topics in eight 90-minute sessions. Before the conference begins, five half and full day intensive seminars will take place on grazing, homesteading, season extension, digestive wellness and regenerative agriculture. For registration and events schedule, go to



Beard Foundation Taste America® heads to Boston

BOSTON – The James Beard Foundation’s Fourth Annual Taste America® national culinary tour heads here Oct. 28 at The Langham, Boston with an exclusive dining event benefitting the Foundation.

It starts with a walk-around tasting reception complete with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from local chefs and follows with a four-course dinner crafted by ALL-STAR Chef John Besh and Local Star Ana Sortun who together, will create the menu.

Local chefs participating in A Night of Culinary Stars include Chef Michael Scelfo, Chef Karen Akunowicz and Chef Jeremy Sewall. Please visit for more details.

Winners announced at Boston Lamb Jam

CAMBRIDGE, MA – The American Lamb Board’s Lamb Jam event this past weekend with chefs from Boston, Providence and Portland competing saw top honors go to a Portland, ME establishment, The Honey Paw, which won not only Best in Show but also was The People’s Choice and Best Asian category winner, showing off the talents of its Executive Chef Thomas Pisha-Duffly.

Despite a group of protesters in front of the entryway to the hotel and a change in the arrangement of the space by Boston Chefs, which works with the Lamb Board to carry out the event,  it was a busy afternoon with a large crowd of attendees tasting the offerings of 20 celebrated chefs from around New England.

Top honors in the Mediterranean category went to Brian Alberg of Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge, MA and Tom Borgia from State Street Provisions, Boston who were tied. Best Middle Eastern winner was Tim Wiechmann of Bronwyn and Plaska from Somerville, MA and Best Latin honors were taken by Elm Square Oyster Co. Chef Michael Sherman, Andover, MA. Learn more about American lamb at

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French PAUL Bakery opens a 4th Boston area unit

BURLINGTON, MA – PAUL, from Lille, France, opened in the Burlington Retail Complex across from Wegmans, serving lunch and dinner as well, and just received PAUL’s first alcoholic beverage license. (Photo: Lisa Richov for PAUL USA)


Gains for many categories in Saratoga racing this year

SARATOGA, NY – The racing season here broke records this summer in food and beverage, wagering and merchandise sales. Food, beverage and merchandise sales were up approximately 13.8 percent, according to a published report, while betting advanced $77 million to $648.3 million at a time when other tracks reportedly struggled this year.

Johnny Rockets brings new concept to Western NY

CHEEKTOWAGA, NY – Johnny Rockets will open its first Johnny’s Burger Factory here in the Walden Galleria this Fall, reports Buffalo Business First. It will occupy a larger square footage than an earlier Johnny Rockets which closed in 2014 in the Galleria.