Category Archives: Nibbles

NIBBLES 4/26/17

Learn about the sensory quality of cheese

BOSTON – MA Cheese Guild plans one-day workshop May 15 at 9 a.m. at Boston Public Market on “Sensory Evaluation of Cheese” at The Kitchen at Boston Public Market. Visit


Au Bon Pain makes ordering easier and simpler

BOSTON – Au Bon Pain introduces ABP Pickup, a new service designed to save customers time and let them skip waiting in line. It’s a new mobile app that lets guest place orders via ABP Pickup, select a convenient pickup time and skip long waiting lines. The app is being rolled out in MA sites and will be available across other regions by May 25. It’s available on the App Store and Google Play. Go to for details.

Third edition of Mediterranean Diet Roundtable coming

BOSTON – The third edition of the Mediterranean Diet Roundtable comes to Boston May 15-16 at U-Mass Club at 1 Beacon St. , 32nd floor. The conference brings international scholars, Dr. Antonia Trichopoulou from Greece, Dr. Miguel A. Martinez-Gonzáles, MD, PhD, MPH, from Spain and Prof. Eugenio Luigi Iorio from Italy, as well as Harvard professors and Belmont residents, Dr. Immaculata De Vivo, MPH, PhD, and Prof. Frank Sacks, MD. Ken Toong, executive director of UMass Auxiliary Enterprises/UMass Dining, whose foodservice operation was ranked #1 in the nation and has earned many national and international awards and recognitions will make opening remarks. Toong calls MDR “educated and inspirational.”

The event is sponsored by Barilla, Olivio, NAOO, Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior, Order of AHEPA, the International Trade Center of Washington and Boston and the American Hellenic Institute. Learn more and register at





Pepe’s opens 9th restaurant

WATERBURY, CT – Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana is now open here at 130 Reidville Drive, the ninth in the chain of Neapolitan pizzerias in Connecticut and Chestnut Hill, MA.


Ming Tsai to close Wellesley, MA Blue Ginger

WELLESLEY, MA – The original Blue Ginger, now 18 years old, will close in June says Chef-Owner Ming Tsai, who was quoted in a published report as saying he plans a new, quick service concept, ChowStirs, opening early next year.




Looking for an easy meal for family/friends?

 CAMBRIDGE, MA –  Couldn’t decide which to have for Easter this year – ham or chicken? The Kirkland Tap & Trotter has a way to simplify meal prep on the long holiday weekend that includes both Easter Sunday and Marathon Monday! Chef-Owner Tony Maws is offering a slow-cooked and then grilled seasoned chicken with choice of two side dishes. This week’s bird is served with roasted Easter Egg potatoes with roast garlic and lemon, broccoli slaw, salsa verde, and Iggy’s garlic bread. Designed to serve two or three people, the meal is available to take out between Sunday and Thursday this week to be purchased online and picked up after 5 p.m. at


J. Alexander’s plans Pennsylvania steakhouse

NASHVILE, TN – J. Alexander’s Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: JAX) recently signing of leases for two new upscale restaurants including a J. Alexander’s in King of Prussia, PA and a Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill in Troy, MI. Both restaurants are currently scheduled to open in 2018.

Lonnie J. Stout, II, president and chief executive officer of J. Alexander’s Holdings, Inc. note that in the Northeast, “we look forward to bringing our first J. Alexander’s to Pennsylvania.” The new J. Alexander’s restaurant will be located at 265 Mall Boulevard across the street from the King of Prussia Mall. Plans call for the restaurant to include approximately 9,800 square feet with seating for more than 220 guests. Approximately 100 full and part time professionals will be employed to operate the new restaurant.

The new establishment will be designed by Shea Architects, Inc., Minneapolis, MN. Known for its wood-fired cuisine, the J. Alexander’s menu will feature a wide selection of American classics – hand-cut steaks, prime rib of beef, fresh seafood and sushi, along with a large assortment of interesting salads, sandwiches and homemade desserts.

Legal Sea Foods announces new concept – Legal Fish Bowl

CAMBRIDGE, MA – Nearly 50 years ago, Legal Sea Foods’ first restaurant opened, a small restaurant that had a simple concept that was ‘all about the fish.’ That philosophy still is the guiding force behind its many restaurants today, and this month, a new fast casual outlet opens in its Legal Sea Foods location in Kendall Square. The menu consists of six signature bowls along with an option to create your own. Check it out April 20th when it officially opens to the public!


Joanne Chang’s 7th Flour Bakery about to open

BOSTON – The seventh Flour Bakery opens on Dalton St. in the Back Bay late this month, says owner Joanne Chang. The chain is interviewing potential personnel so check out job openings at

BESPOKE offers ideas and more at SOWA Power Station tomorrow

BOSTON – BESPOKE, a new addition to COCHON555, takes place tomorrow from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at SoWA Power Station in the South End. Come listen, share ideas and more. Making its national debut, the symposium aims to enrich the culinary and intellectual worlds of all present beginning with keynote speeches by leading thinkers such as Dr. Amy Trubek (Vermont Professor and author of Taste Of Place: A Cultural Journey into Terroir) and Adam Sharp (formerly Twitter’s Head of News, Politics, and Elections). A four person panel will address issues of power, labor, diversity, and class in the restaurant industry, followed by a series of intimate talking circles pairing no more than 15 guests with each of the day’s guest speakers for lively, themed discussions. This marks the beginning of a partnership between Cochon555 and the American Friends of the world’s most prestigious forum for food studies, the Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery. All proceeds go to charity. Cost: $70 for breakfast, lunch, and the day-long symposium. 20% discount for students & chefs/cooks using the code = Industry: or industry/restaurant ID or proof needed at door for discount entry.







EvyTea to open in downtown Charlestown, MA

CHARLESTOWN, MA – Evy’s Tea Bar will reportedly open at 1 Monument Ave. here in the space formerly occupied by Sorelle. Owner Evy Chen was quoted in a published report noting that the new unit (there’s one in Jamaica Plain), will serve cold brew coffee, along with tea, matcha,and lattes.


Panera Bread subject of speculation about possible sale

ST. LOUIS, MO – Panera Bread saw its stock rise sharply today in the wake of reports that it may be on the market. The company, whose sales last year rose 5.1 percent from those of a year ago, is the subject of speculation, according to Nation’s Restaurant News, and declined to comment.

Harry’s Bar & Burger in RI holds hiring event

LINCOLN, RI – Harry’s Bar & Burger, owned by Providence-based Chow Fun Food Group, holds hiring hours this Thurs. through Saturday for staffers at all levels as it prepares to open a new unit here.