Flay to close NYC Bar Americain
NEW YORK – Bobby Flay and Laurence Kretchmer plan to close their NYC Bar Americain in early 2018 due to the cost of renovating the space if they renewed their lease. The establishment opened in 2005 with its brasserie menu. The two also own Gato in Manhattan and another Bar Americain at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.
Vanilla prices go sky high
The price of organic fair trade vanilla is soaring this year going from the mid $60s to $245 a one gallon bottle, according to a published report. The beans are the seeds of orchids from Mexico and Madagascar and become vanilla through a lengthy process. While synthetic vanilla is less pricey, today’s consumers seek natural products and there are no long sufficient vanilla-producing orchids. In Madagascar, a cyclone early this year is said to have destroyed a third of the crop, causing prices to skyrocket.
Cat Cora teams with Aramark on new concept
PHILADELPHIA – Cat Cora, author, restaurateur and TV personality, teams with Aramark for the second time on a project to create a healthy, savory non-commercial concept, Wicked Eats. It’s her second collaboration with the on-site dining company for universities, schools, healthcare outlets and stadiums. Described as a street eats concept, it offers street foods from Greece, Morocco, Spain and the Middle East with pita wraps, couscous bowls,”topped fries” and salads. It’s the second collaboration with Aramark for Chef Cora who created OLILO by Cat Cora, now in 300 client sites in Aramark’s portfolio. Go to www.catcora.com and www.aramark.com.
Kings Dining opening in Boston’s Seaport
BOSTON – Kings Dining & Entertainment opens in the Seaport with the newest version of its concept as a “retro-modern bowling alley with comfort bites, cocktails and soda-fountain treats. Check out www.kingsbowlamerica.com.
Bowen’s Wharf Seafood festival returns
PROVIDENCE – The Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival returns Oct. 14-Oct. 15 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event offer fresh local seafood, signature cocktails and cold beer along with live music and family events. Proceeds from the festival benefit Oliver Hazard Perry, Rhode Island’s new 200 ft. official sailing education vessel berthed at Bowen’s Wharf Marina and available for visits. Admission is free and food and beverages may purchased at participating vendor booths. Go to http://www.bowenswharf.com.
Burgers, beer & music at upcoming NYC Wine & Food Festival
NEW YORK – Blue Moon Burger Bash, presented by Pat LaFrieda Meats, is coming soon on Oct. 12-15 as it celebrates 10 years, Check out 30 juicy, “decadent” burgers and enjoy the music of Grammy Award winning Naughty By Nature at the Northwestern Mutual Pier 92 Rooftop Stage. Some 70 events include tastings, dinners, culinary demos, family activities, classes, seminars, panels and more. It benefits the Food Bank for New York City and No Kid Hungry. To date, NYCWFF has raised more than $10 million to support the fight to end hunger. Check out nycwff.org.
Vini e Fritti by Danny Meyer opens tonight
NEW YORK – Danny Meyer and Union Square Hospitality Group open Vini e Fritti, a Roman style 50-seat bar on East 30th St. between Madison Ave. and Park Ave. in The Redbury New York hotel where it joins his Marta pizzeria and Caffe Marchio coffee shop. It celebrates bubbles and salty, crispy antipasti. https://www.ushgnyc.com/location/vini-e-fritti/
Save on a leading Brie from France
BUFFALO – Lactalis Culinary offers foodservice operators the chance to get up to $500 back on purchases of premium quality President® Brie, said to be the most popular Brie in both France and the U.S. By one case of eligible Président Brie products from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, complete and submit rebate form and invoice and receive a rebate check of $4 on every case. Get the form online (LactisCulinary.com/BrieRebate) or contact your distributor or broker, or call 1-877-522-8254 before Jan. 31, 2018.
Riboli Family celebrates 100th anniversary
SAN ANTONIO, TX – The Riboli Family of San Antonio Winery celebrates the 100th anniversary of the founding of Riboli Family Wine Estates where it produces varietals under six labels – Riboli Family, San Simeon, Maddalena, San Antonio, Opaque and Windstream and Italian wines under the labels, Stella Rosa, Diama, Mariella. California dessert wines – La Quinta, Chocolate Bar and San Antonio Winery-Dessert are also available. Check out htpps riboliwines.com/brands.
Gov. Baker signs H.3757
BOSTON – Gov. Baker recently signed H.3757, a bill that grants an additional 15 licenses for the sale of alcoholic beverages to be consumed on premise.
NY’s Katz’s Deli intros vegetarian ‘wich
NEW YORK – Katz’s Deli is introducing a new ‘mile high’ sandwich but unlike its pastrami ‘wiches, it’s made with ¾ lb. of several kinds of cheese (Muenster, Swiss or American), the same weight as the meat sandwiches. It’s nothing new, owner Jake Dell says in a published report, noting that it was put on the menu some 15 years ago. Questioned about it, he says it’s not particularly popular but answered requests by vegetarians.
KINGS BOWL, AMERICA celebrates 15 years
BOSTON – KINGS BOWL, AMERICA will rebrand the concept with a new logo, new slogan and new name – KINGS Dining & Entertainment. “KINGS has been on an incredible journey since we established in 2002, says Chief Operating Officer Josh Rossmeisl. “As we’ve grown as a company, we’ve evolved tremendously based on the analysis and the feedback of our loyal guests in every market in which we operate. Our culinary program has become the centerpiece of the memorable social experience that really makes us unique in this segment.” With KINGS’ scratch kitchen garnering dozens of awards and making lists of top destination dining venues, the goal is to set a new standard for high quality dining and entertainment. Additionally, KINGS is staying ahead of the millennial trend of ordering food for at home, increasing to-go business by over 50% and adding delivery options in most locations.