Kane’s Donuts unveils a tasty new donut offering

BOSTON, MA –  Kane’s Donuts in  Boston and Saugus, MA introduces a new donut featuring Teddy’s Peanut Butter.

Brian Poe joins Gordon Wilcox as partner

BOSTON – Chef Brian Poe joins Gordon Wilcox chef-owner in Parish Café’s two locations, taking over from cofounder Sean Simmons who, with his wife and partner Elaine, is planning retirement. Tip Tap Room g.m. Jerry Ullman is also now a partner at Parish Café, according to a published report. Poe will reportedly introduce new menu items at the Back Bay site starting next month.

Check out SmartFood Expo™ in Chicago in June

WASHINGTON – Registration is open for United Fresh 2018 and a new event, the SmartFood Expo™ here June 25-27 in the South Hall, McCormick Place in Chicago. It expects to draw 10,000 attendees and more than 700 exhibitors with educational opportunities as it co-locates with additional expos there. School foodservice directors will learn about offering healthier and fresh options to students, discover new products and learn about fresh produce brands’ moves to attract young eaters. Check out




Wine of the Week – Petite Siréne 2015

Fruity and round, this Bordeaux, Petite Siréne 2015, is 60 percent Merlot and 40 percent Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine was added to Cape Classics’ portfolio via a partnership with Third Growth Bordeaux estate, Chateau Giscours in Margaux. It became the second Bordeaux winery go join Cape Classics last year and combines the aroma of berries with tannins. Selected from the best parcels in Bordeaux, the grapes – 60 percent Merlot and 40 percent Cabernet Sauvignon – are fruity, savory and complex with “gentle” tannins. The wine won a Gold in the 2016 International Wine Competition in Los Angeles. Go to

Coppola continues partnerships with Sundance & Oscars®

GEYSERVILLE, CA – Francis Ford Coppola Winery will continue partnerships with the Sundance Institute and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as the exclusive wine sponsor for the second consecutive year of the Sundance Film Festival and the sole wine brand poured at the 90th Oscars® and Governors Ball, the Academy’s official post-Oscars® celebration. Attendees of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival will have several opportunities to interact with Francis Ford Coppola Winery. Select wines are being served at official Sundance Institute events. In addition, attendees can visit the winery’s activation at the Festival Co-Op on Main Street, dubbed “The Coppola Club.” Guests will be able to immerse themselves in a unique film experience and screen The Family Coppola’s first original branded short film, “The Red Stain,” directed by Rodrigo Saavedra. In this innovative club space, The Family Coppola will premiere the new Diamond Collection Pavilion Chardonnay* and introduce an exclusive new rewards program for The Family Coppola insiders. Peet’s Coffee® will be available for guests. While at Sundance, The Family Coppola will also announce the winner of the Francis Coppola Director’s Short Film Competition, a collaboration with Francis Ford Coppola Winery and Zoetrope: All-Story, at a private venue. The five competition finalists, as selected by accomplished filmmaker and entrepreneur Roman Coppola, are Jon Ayon, Gus Péwé, David Bornstein, Odessa Young and Matt Nelsen. Film buffs can cast their vote for the competition’s Viewer’s Choice Award at “We conceived of the competition as a call to action, as a catalyst for anyone with the ambition to make a film to do just that. We’ve been encouraged by the response, and grateful for the introduction to such inventive and imaginative work, especially from new and emerging filmmakers,” says Roman Coppola.

Wine(s) of the Week – – Raats Family Cabernet Franc ‘14 and Red Jasper ‘14

Since founding Raats Family Wines in the Stellenbosch area of South Africa in 2000, Bruwer Raats has been acclaimed as “forward thinking and exciting” by wine afficiandos from around the globe.

“We do it small and we do it fantastically,” he’s quoted as pointing out, adding that Raats seeks to be “rare, unique, small and different.”

And it is all of that. The Red Jasper 2014 and the Cabernet Franc of the same vintage offer the same level of high quality that the winery has provided since it began. The Red Jasper ’14 blends blackberry with black cherry for what some have called berry-like fruitiness. It is 60 percent Cabernet Franc, 24 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, eight percent Petit Verdot, six percent Merlot and two percent Malbec for a full-bodied and fruity vintage.

It was named in tribute to the winemaker’s late father, Jasper, who was founder and viticulturist for nine years.

The Cabernet Franc ’14 is from the oldest, highest vineyard on the estate and has been described as ‘exceptional.’ Smell hints of rosemary, lavender, thyme and blackberry fruit in this wine, which was won a Double Platinum award in the Top 100 South African Wine Challenge in 2014. Taste hints of brambles and blueberry along with notes of nutmeg, cloves and star anise. These wines, dubbed “super elegant,” are special and worthy of placement on wine lists for their quality and value as they proudly represent the South African terrain. Check out www.







Sam Tell Companies offers free pass to International Restaurant Show of NY

NEW YORK – The Sam Tell Companies offers free registration to the upcoming March 4-6 International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York. They’ll be at the show in Booth #1313. This year’s show includes

Food Trends Experience

The Pub

Culinary Demo Theater

Specialty Pavillions

New Product Showcase

US Pastry Competition

Foodservice Council for Women

Japan Pavilion

Key Buyer Alliance (MUOA) and more.


French & Italian wine scholar programs begin soon in Boston

This program’s providers in Boston are offering the Wine Scholar Guild’s French Wine Scholar and Italian Wine Scholar programs with sessions for both programs beginning shortly!

The wine courses are designed to provide committed students of wine with the most advanced and comprehensive specialization programs on French and Italian wines.


  • Dates: Saturday January 20th through Saturday March 10th 2018
  • Exam date: March 31st
  • Location: Taste Café and Wine Bar, 101 Summer Street, Boston MA 02110
  • Instructed by: Erika Frey, DWS, FWS
  • To register: contact Erika Frey at 1-508-308-1355 or

The sessions will include:

  • Tutored wine tastings to support individual classes
  • 274-page, full-color FWS study manual ($135 value, new 6th Edition!)
  • Access to FWS Online Study Program for class prep and review (a $295 value, new 6th Edition!)
  • FWS exam registration ($250 value)
  • FWS credential, certificate, and label pin upon passing the exam

The French Wine Scholar program is also available via distance-learning. You can learn more by clicking here.

ITALIAN WINE SCHOLAR™ – UNIT 2 (Central & Southern Italy):

  • Dates: Saturday January 20th through Saturday March 17th, 2018 from 10.00am to 1.00pm.
  • Exam Date: Saturday March 31st, 2018 (1 hour exam).
  • Location: La Morra Restaurant, 48 Boylston Street, Brookline, MA 02445
  • Instructor: Jo-Ann Ross, FWS
  • Tuition: $675
  • To register: online by clicking HERE or by contacting Jo-Ann Ross at 508-243-8208 or

The sessions will include:

  • Tutored wine tastings to support individual classes
  • 316-page, full-color Italian Wine Scholar Unit 2 study manual ($135 value)
  • Access to the Italian Wine Scholar Unit 2 Online Study Program for class prep and review (a $295 value)
  • FWS exam registration ($250 value)
  • Italian Wine Scholar credential, certificate, and label pin upon passing the exams for Unit 1 and 2.

The Italian Wine Scholar program is also available via distance-learning. You can learn more by clicking here.



Wine Scholar Guild
Tel: 202-640-5466
Fax: 202-449-8331