Category Archives: Nibbles


Wines of Alsace holding tastings in NY this month

NEW YORK – Experience the wines of Alsace, ideal for the summer season, at free tastings in New York this month. Upcoming are the following:

Many of the winemakers are small family-owned operations that date back 300 years. They’ve been leaders in organic and biodynamic viticulture. Visit alsace-tastings-in-new-york-city/

20170612_130338.jpgPizza Expo Giveaway names winners

WALNUT CREEK, CA – Bellissimo Foods names winner of its Pizza Expo Giveaway, a five-day, four-night trip to Las Vegas to attend the 2018 Pizza Expo, valued at $2,500. Winning this year are James and Cathy Lucas, owners of End Zone Pizza & Deli in Augusta, ME. The restaurant, opened last year, was the culmination of Cathy’s life-long dream of having a pizza restaurant. End Zone offers customers a free pizza if they’re able to eat a 30” pizza in 90 minutes.

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Serafina Boston opens 74-seat patio downtown

BOSTON – Serafina Boston has a new 74-seat patio in the Financial District downtown in a setting that looks more like a garden than a busy urban street. Located along Summer St., it has long, picnic-style tables with umbrellas. Check at the inside or outdoor host stand. Plans call for adding outdoor heaters as well to extend the season and keep guests warm on chilly days and nights.

 2 NYC restaurants temporarily shuttered

NEW YORK – Fraunces Tavern, a 305-year-old landmark, and E.A.K. Ramen were temporarily shut down for sanitary code issues, but are expected to re-open, according to a published report.

Foxwoods® launches HighFlyer Zipline

MASHANTUCKET, CT – Foxwoods® Resort Casino plans to owner The HighFlyer Zipline, first phase of a plan to introduce ecotourism this summer. It will be a 33-story high line that will carry guests from the top of Fox Tower to the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center with a top speed of 60-plus mph. The initiative coincides with the celebration of the resort’s 25th anniversary and is said to be “just the beginning of a strategy that will offer guests exclusive and unforgettable experiences in one place,” says President & CEO Felix Rappaport. Also, with partner Craveable Hospitality Group, owners of David Burke Prime, it will open Caputo Trattoria later this summer in its Grand Pequot Tower with Italian cuisine from various regions. Go to

Nibbles – 5/26/17




Summer Fancy Food Show coming to Javits Center

NEW YORK – The Summer Fancy Food Show opens at the Jack Javits Convention Center June 25-27 and Pereg Natural Foods, a leading producer of all natural spices and spice blends will be showing its line of ancient grains and quinoa products. The company will debut a new line of Kahwa (baby quinoa) along with new blends and flavor infused varieties of freekah, teff, basmati rice and quinoa as well as other all-natural items and kosher certified products.

The company believes baby quinoa will be the next ‘new’ ancient super food because it’s an excellent source of complete protein and amino acids, high in iron and gluten-free. Visit them in Booth #5536. Follow Pereg Natural Foods on, Twitter @pereggourmet and Instagram @peregnatural.

 Choice Hotels’ Cambria brand reportedly eyeing Boston area

BOSTON – Cambria, a brand of Choice Hotels, is said tone looking at the greater Boston area for major expansion with up to 10 properties, according to Boston Business Journal.

What’s buzzing in Boston’s Fort Point Channel

BOSTON – Watch for Trillium, makers of great craft beers, to open a new site at 47 Farnsworth St. that will include a brewery, taproom and, reportedly, a full service restaurant by the end of 2018.

Brunch returns at Cambridge’s Craigie on Main

CAMBRIDGE, MA – Tony Maws brings brunch back to his Craigie on Main and also, is launching a new partnership with Notch Brewing that will bring Burger Lunches to customers this summer when his burger will be paired with the brewers beers. The program launches June 2 with additional dates – July 7, August 4 and September 1. Tickets are available on Eventbrite at $18 for the burger and beer.





Beso Del Sol adds Rose Sangria to  its product lineup

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Beso Del Sol, added Beso Del Sol Pink Rose to its line which includes Beso Del Sole Red and Beso Del Sol White earlier this month. It’s  an all-natural 100% Tempranillo (Valdepeñas D.O.), with natural Spanish orange, lemon, peach, and mango along with a touch of Spanish cinnamon. At only 74 calories per serving and with the natural sweetness of fruit, Beso Del Sol Pink is part of the trend of growing sales of lower-alcohol choices, boxed wines, rosé wine, and sangria.

Beso Del Sol founder and CEO Bradd Levitan says: “We’d seen restaurants creating house-made rosé sangria. After a year of work behind the scenes, we are delighted to bring them the consistency, ease, and cost-efficiency of Beso Del Sol Pink. We are the only rosé sangria in a handy grab-and-go format.” Last year, he notes, the company raised sales 143 percent year over year of its Beso Del Sole Red and Beso Del Sol White. This year it launched a social media campaign, and teed off a partnership with LPGA golfer Belén Mozo at the 7th Annual LPGA Bank of Hope Founders Cup, which the brand also sponsored.

Scales & Tales dinner series coming in RI

PROVIDENCE – A seasonal fundraising dinner series is coming starting June 12 in local RI restaurants to promote Eat Drink RI’s mission of creating a place based approach to sustaining New England’s wild seafood. upscale, seasonal dinners will be fundraisers for the Scales & Tales Mobile Food Boat program.

The Scales & Tales Mobile Food Boat is a skiff (a shallow, flat-bottomed open boat) that the team is converting into a mobile education platform, complete with a cooking demo station. Eating with the Ecosystem plans to run free, educational events at farmer’s markets and other public locations showcasing the Food Boat. The goal of these programs is to educate consumers about our local seafood, fisheries, and ecosystems. Learn more at




NIBBLES 5/18/17

The Readable Feast Awards Gala coming in June

BOSTON – On June23 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., The Readable Feast Awards Gala takes place at the Boston Public Library. Check out this culinary book festival at

 Brunch available again at Craigie on Main

CAMBRIDGE – After a three-year absence, brunch is now available again at Tony Maws’ Craigie on Maine.



NIBBLES – 5/8/17


BRA_MobTrkNAFEM_na_05_2017-02-09.jpgExplore Vollrath’s new Showroom on Wheels at the NRA Show 2017

CHICAGO – Attendees at the National Restaurant Association® Show at McCormick Place May 20-23 will have the opportunity to  explore Vollrath’s extensive line of serving systems and components with its new Vollrath Experience Tour – a traveling showroom in an expandable 48-foot trailer. The tour will be in Vollrath’s booth 4021 South Hall. Vollrath’s serving systems showroom includes intuitive guides that walk guests through each step of the specifying and purchasing processes. Architects, designers, consultants and foodservice operators alike are invited to explore the mobile showroom to get inspired and see everything from design and engineering, to construction and materials, to graphics, signage and lighting, along with Vollrath’s wide-ranging equipment selection.

The 600-square-foot trailer highlights Vollrath’s unique in-house design and engineering studios, and will continue its tour through the year across the United States, Mexico and Canada.

“Creating unique experiences in line with your surroundings is one of the most exciting aspects of the foodservice and merchandising industries,” saysBrian Hedlund, managing director of serving systems and components. “With an extensive array of in-house design capabilities, Vollrath has a well-earned reputation for offering the industry’s most strategically branded carts, kiosks and inline systems. We expect this cross-country endeavor to increase market awareness and create some excitement of our capabilities.” Visit vollrath,com/tour17.

Vanilla prices rising rapidly

BOSTON – Vanilla prices are on the rise, The Boston Globe reports, in a piece citing the impact on ice cream purveyors in the area. Vanilla bean suppliers are raising their prices accordingly and shops such as J.P. Licks, Toscannini’s, Gracie’s and others are struggling to adjust. Madagascar, an island off Africa’s southern coast, is a major supplier of vanilla beans and was hard hit earlier this year by a devastating storm that led to higher costs. Some purveyors are boosting their prices accordingly while others are trying to purchase as much extract as they can. They’re all, the Globe reports, hanging in there and hoping the situation improves.


20170507_163115.jpgLamb Jam returns to Boston 

BOSTON – The popular Lamb Jam event returned to the Hub this past weekend, with six chefs competing with their favorite lamb recipes. The Grand Champion trophy went to Portland, ME’s The Honey Pot, with Chef Lars Taylor making a smoked lamb hot dog with spicy lamb coppa, kimchi chowchow and miso mustard. It was the second consecutive win at Lamb Jam for Chef Taylor who was a trophy recipient last year. ThePeople’s Choice honors went to Tiffani Faison and Dan Raia from Boston’s Sweet Cheeks & Tiger Mama. Their winning dish consisted of “hot, hot Tandoori lamb” with Ramp Ranch, crispy brea and pickles. Other participating restaurants included The Smoke Shop BBBQ, Durk’s Bar-B–Q, Terlingua, and Rosebud American Kitchen & Bara.



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