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Sodexo honored for diversity programs reducing barriers for women

GAITHERSBURG, MD – Sodexo was named to the annual list of America’s Top Corporation for Women’s Business Enterprises, the 18th such listing of honoring corporations that reduce barriers and drive growth for women-owned businesses.

Magnolia Bakery offers Boston Marathon cupcakes

BOSTON – Magnolia Bakery’s new store in Faneuil Hall Marketplace here will offer advance ordering from Saturday, April 14 until Monday, April 16 for special Boston Marathon cupcakes, available in chocolate or vanilla with vanilla buttercream for $5.50 apiece to celebrate the annual event. Advance orders can also be placed by calling 1.855.MBAKERY or 617.904.1100


SHFM Conference coming soon to NYC

LOUISVILLE, KY – The Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management (SHFM) will host its 2018 Critical Issues Conference on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at the New York University Kimmel Center here, offering educational seminars on professional development and industry issues and networking opportunities.

The Critical Issues Conference originated in response to the events of September 11, 2001, and the foodservice and hospitality industry’s responsiveness to the community’s needs at that time. In its aftermath, SHFM members came together to host an area-wide conference and established the Critical Issues Conference as an annual event. Each year, inspired by a specific industry challenge and its opportunities, SHFM leaders select a critical industry issue as the focus of this conference.

This year’s  theme is Designing the Evolutionary Work Space Experience. Industry experts on space planning and execution will address demographic and generational shifts impacting space design, the impact of technology on design elements, and customer utilization, function, and flexibility as they relate to the workspace experience.

Speakers will include:

  • John G. Nackley, President & CEO, InterMetro Industries Corporation, MODERATOR
  • Michael Bonomo, Director of Global Workplace, CannonDesign
  • Mike Church, Managing Director, Deloitte Digital
  • Connie Dickson, Principal, Rippe Associates
  • Christine Gurtler, Design Director, Jacobs l Doland l Beer, LLC

For more details, contact Michelle Romero Director of Sponsorship & Marketing 502.574.9036

Additionally, another pre-conference session for SHFM Client Liaison, Self-Operator, Contractor and Integrated Facility Manager members allows an exchange of ideas with industry professionals who share similar membership classifications. The group will learn about who should be at the table and on the project team, as well as current retail restaurant trends. For the full agenda and other details about SHFM’s Critical Issues Conference visit: http://shfm-


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Tony Caturano to open a second Tonno

WAKEFIELD, MA – Tony Caturano will open a second Tonno restaurant in an upscale retail development, Wakefield Station, here. The 4,100 sq. ft. space will have 110 inside seats plus 65 more seats outdoors on a patio. Additionally, the restaurant has a 65-seat space available for private dining. Caturano is joined in the new Italian seafood concept by David Petrilli, his partner in his original Boston restaurant, Prezza.

Chef Neal Maver will leave the Tonno Gloucester location to head up the kitchen in Wakefield while Chef Aaron Budak – previously at Townsman – will replace Maver in Gloucester. Maver and Budak spent years together working at Gaslight restaurant.

“I have to thank my partner and General Contractor, Matthew Maggiore, president of The Maggiore Companies, for encouraging me to bring my old-world style of coastal Italian seafood”
to the vibrant town of Wakefield,” says Caturano, adding: I’m grateful for the opportunity to share my favorite culinary dishes with this community, and look forward to their input and feedback.”

The culinary program will showcase coastal Italian classics, with nightly specials that reflect the catch of the day from local waters. The menu is comprised of an array of sfizi and primi options to start, signature homemade pastas, secondi courses such as roasted cod oreganata, cioppino  and of course fresh grilled tonno steak (tonno is the Italian word for Tuna)  and decadent desserts. The beverage program is curated to highlight classic Italian cocktails, a selection of local and regional craft beers and a list of 150 wines focused on Italian varietals. Go to or








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