Wine of the Week – Blandy’s Colheita Bual 2003

Blandy’s Colheita Bual 2003 comes from Blandy’s Madeira Wine Company, a producer with a long history spanning seven generations to 1811 of winemaking. This lovely Madeira is rich and complex with acidity, made with hand-harvested grapes from the volcanic sub-tropical soil of this Portuguese island. It is described as a special vintage, one more highly rated than others. We found it to be rich and spicy with hints of caramel. It has 13 years of aging in all in American oak casks.  The winery makes a number of deeply flavored Madeiras. Visit https://www.blandys.com/contact.html

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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 www.winesofalsace.com/wineswines-of 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 www.foxwoods.com.

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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 – Ashley@pressedboston.com.

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 (www.winesofalsace.com). 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.

Wine of the Week- Domaine Paul Buisse Touraine AOP Sauvignon Blanc 2016

This moderately priced Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley on the banks of the River Cher in the western part of France, makes a great addition to wine-by-the-glass lists for summer months.

The Paul Buisse vineyards in Touraine are on hillsides along the Loire and Cher rivers, where grapes are grown in soils rich in clay and limestone. Fresh, floral and fruity, the wine reflects the district’s terroir and celebrates summer. The vineyards are spread over 50 acres. Checkout www.paul-bouisse.com and www.capeclassics.com.

 

 

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 www.partyrentalltd.com.

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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 Facebook.com/peregnatural, 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.