Category Archives: News Nibbles


Kane’s Donuts unveils a tasty new donut offering

BOSTON, MA –  Kane’s Donuts in  Boston and Saugus, MA introduces a new donut featuring Teddy’s Peanut Butter.

Brian Poe joins Gordon Wilcox as partner

BOSTON – Chef Brian Poe joins Gordon Wilcox chef-owner in Parish Café’s two locations, taking over from cofounder Sean Simmons who, with his wife and partner Elaine, is planning retirement. Tip Tap Room g.m. Jerry Ullman is also now a partner at Parish Café, according to a published report. Poe will reportedly introduce new menu items at the Back Bay site starting next month.

Check out SmartFood Expo™ in Chicago in June

WASHINGTON – Registration is open for United Fresh 2018 and a new event, the SmartFood Expo™ here June 25-27 in the South Hall, McCormick Place in Chicago. It expects to draw 10,000 attendees and more than 700 exhibitors with educational opportunities as it co-locates with additional expos there. School foodservice directors will learn about offering healthier and fresh options to students, discover new products and learn about fresh produce brands’ moves to attract young eaters. Check out





The Pantry at Avenue N expands to Pantry 2.0

RUMFORD, RI – The Pantry at Avenue N re-opens Wednesday, December 13, as the expanded Pantry 2.0.

Nick, Tracy and The Avenue N Family will offer an “all-out community market seven days a week, working with local farmers, makers, growers and fishermen. The five year-old establishment will become “a hyper-local market,” declares co-owner Tracy Rabar.

Hotels are changing as 2018 approaches

A panel of hotel industry “insiders’ predicts changes ahead this coming year. They include Tina Edmundson, global brand officer, Marriott International; Bjorn Hanson, clinical professor, NYU Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism, John Vanderslice, global head, luxury & lifestyle brands, Hilton Worldwide, and Guy Langford and Marcello Gasdia, Deloitte LP travel, hospitality & services group. They predict resort fees will become more common at urban properties; turndown service will end; hotel rooms will be more ‘connected’ with mobile app controls; the check-in desk will fade away; brands will appeal to customer values; wellness will become major; and experiences and activities will play a major role – think walking tours, bike riding, culinary classes, etc.


Southern Tier Brewing adds open-air beer garden in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH – Southern Tier Brewing Company recently added a 7,000 sq. ft. open-air beer garden in this city’s North Shore neighborhood. The brewery, based in Lakewood, NY, is expanding its footprint here with the new 30-seat, 30-tap bar with 60 more seats under an all-season rooftop leading into the large, landscaped open-air beer garden. The beers, named “Pittsburgh Brew’d,” are exclusive to the city and match a menu of pub fare. They are distributed by Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale Co. in the city and its environs.

City Winery officially opens in Boston’s North Station area

BOSTON – City Winery officially opened in Boston last week with a functioning winery, restaurant, musical event venue and private function capabilities.



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