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Support Chef Jacky Robert and Kids Sunset Cruise

BOSTON – Chef Jacky Robert of Ma Maison here is promoting On Board For Kids Sunset cruise on Saturday, September 23 – a date to save to help make the world a better place for children.

He became involved thanks to learning to tango and meeting Martha Castano, PhD, who teaches it and organizes with her husband, Dr. Pracha Eamranond.

Both Martha and Jacky were involved in nonprofit foundations that benefit children – Martha’s Sunantha Camila Foundation helps youngsters in Circasia, Colombia ( and Chef Jacky is involved with Chefs Feed Kids which helps feed street kits in Dasmarinas, Philippines –

The two decided to work together to help children around the world and On Board for Kids came into being four years ago, helping other groups globally to aid needy youngsters.

The cruise fundraiser at 60 Rowes Wharf on Boston’s harbor takes place September 16 from 6 to 11 p.m. when Boston chefs will offer French fare to generate money for the new class of children the group supports abroad.

Blue Hill at Stone Barns eliminates tipping

POCANTICO HILLS, NY – Blue Hill at Stone Barns is reportedly ending tipping in the wake of a legal action for $2 million for allegations of not disclosing service charges at private functions, Eater New York reports.




Fast casual chain growth down from ’15 levels

CHICAGO – Technomic reports fast casual chain growth slipped compared to 2015’s 11.9 percent and 2014’s 13,8 percent gains, falling to 8.9 percent last year. The drop is attributed to lower unit development in the segment. At the same time, chains such as Panda Express, Jimmy John’s, and Zaxby’s reported double digit advances and the pizza segment saw sales advance and the menu category showed sales growth at a cumulative rate of 35  percent.

Great Kosher Restaurants Foodies presents Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival

BROOKLYN, NY – Great Kosher Restaurants Foodies holds Brooklyn’s Beer Bourbon & BBQ Festival at Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse here on Monday, June 26 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Highlights include:

*Huge, beautifully decorated Terminal Warehouse in Greenpoint
* 18 top restaurants/food trucks/vendors
* 100s of beers and bourbons
* Valet Parking
* Bison & Bourbon Bar
* Zusha House Band
* Cigar Rolling
* Swag Bags
* Picnic Tables & Picnic Benches
* Right off the Water

Purchase tickets at
Use code: gkrf15 for 15% off

Diageo to reportedly buy George Clooney & partners’ Casamigos 

CNBC  supposedly announced plans to purchase George Clooney, Rande Gerber and Michael Melman’s Casamigos tequila for close to $1 billion, VinePair reports.



CSPI urges fighting Trump’s Menu Labeling Delay

WASHINGTON – The new Administration is attacking calorie counts on chain restaurant menus, says the Center for Science in the Public Interest. It points out:

“By delaying menu labeling, Trump is randomly sowing chaos in the restaurant industry. Many of the biggest chains are ALREADY labeling calories and have invested considerably in the design of new menus and the installation of new menu boards.

Remember—calorie labeling first became law seven long years ago with the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Chains have been preparing for this for years!

Menu labeling is under assault in Congress, too, where extremists in the House of Representatives have a plan to weaken menu labeling requirements and carve out special exemptions for supermarkets, convenience stores, and pizza chains.

Contact the Food and Drug Administration to register your objection to the delay. We face a deadline of July 3 to get your messages in at the agency.”



Cambridge restaurant ordered to stop cooking with wood & charcoal

CAMBRIDGE, MA – Shepard in Harvard Square was reportedly ordered by the city to cease cooking with wood and charcoal, following complaints from nearby neighbors. The restaurant has spent $100,000 to reduce smoke  from its vents, according to a published report that noted that city councilors are considering banning wood-fired grills, a move that would impact others including Smoke Shop and Felipe’s Taqueria.

2nd Annual The Readable Feast takes place June 21 at Boston Public Library

BOSTON – The 2nd Annual The Readable Feast will be held at Boston Public Library on June 23 at 6:30 p.m. The Lifetime Achievement Award for a restaurateur will be presented to Mary Ann Esposito, creator of PBS’s Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Esposito, now in its 26th season. Check out

Brazilian homestyle restaurant now open Sundays in Montclair, NJ

MONTCLAIR, NJ – Samba Montclair, a Brazilizian homestyle restaurant, will now offer brunch Sundays from noon to 4 p.m., with the dinner menu available from noon to 8. Executive Chef/Owner Ilson Goncalves explains that: “Brazilians don’t eat the traditional American breakfast of eggs, bacon, toast and so on. So I’ve added classic Brazilian touches to familiar foods, to make them even more delicious and healthy.”



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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PRESSED to open unit inside Whole Foods Market®

SUDBURY, MA – Boston-based PRESSED, purveyor of premium cold pressed juices, superfood shots and boosters, plus 100 percent plant-based prepared food items, will open the first of a new multi-location partnership unit in Whole Foods Market® here. It will incorporate custom vintage ice-thong fixtures, a nearly 8 ft. live plant wall and Italian marble counters. Further locations have not yet been announced. PRESSED is hiring full and part time team members for its regional sites. For information, contact Ashley Gleeson –

White wines for summer days

Looking for summer whites that offer value to restaurants and diners alike? Check out the Pinot Blanc wines from Alsace ( They offer medium acidity, fresh, fruity aromas and go well with light fish, poultry and egg-based dishes, as well as Alsace’s version of pizza – tarte flambé.

Coming soon: Party Rental Party Rental Ltd. to enter the Boston market

BOSTON – Party Rental Ltd., with locations in Teterboro and Pennsauken, NJ, New York, NY, Bridgehampton, NY, Stamford, CT, Philadelphia, PA, Laurel, MD and Washington, DC, will enter the Boston area in July with sites in the city and in Franklin, MA.

The company, which began business in 1972 has more than 375,000 square feet of combined warehouse space and the largest selection of linens, tables, flatware, china and catering equipment in the Northeast U.S., is well prepared to meet the needs of any first-rate event, Sandy Smith, business development manager, says. Two Design Studios will be located at 186 South Street, Boston, MA and 157 Grove Street, Franklin, MA

Whether it’s a dinner for 500, a picnic for 10,00 or cocktails for 20,000, it can deliver anywhere in the country. New items from coffee makers to flame retardant drapes, cocktail glasses, wrought iron cocktail tables, patio heaters and many, many more are available to lend the perfect touch to any event. Whether it’s equipment, linens or both, Party Rental Ltd. is prepared to offer looks that, it declares, “will be loved for less.” The company’s slogan is is “Your Party. Our Passion.” Check out Instagram posts to view how it approaches the task of outfitting perfect events and visit