Watch for Nahita opening in Hub’s Park Square

BOSTON – An exciting new restaurant opening this summer at 100 Arlington St. is seeking top quality employees.

d.ream (Doğuş Restaurant Entertainment and Management), from Istanbul, Turkey, will open Nahita, a unique dining and drinking experience with Latin and Asian cuisine and the first Northeast project for this international group in the Park Square site and is inviting potential candidates to its upcoming job fair this Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the second floor at 100 Arlington. It is seeking the créme de la crème of candidates. Please email jobs@nahitarestaurant.com for more information regarding positions at Nahita.

 

New Navy Yard hotel passes regulations

CHARLESTOWN, MA – A hotel proposed for the Navy Yard’s historic Chain Forge Building recently passed an environmental review process without formally being reviewed by MEPA. The building is a former disposal site, allegedly with a high number of PCBs, according to a Charlestown Patriot Bridge report. MEPA says the project’s environmental impacts will be “avoided, minimized and/or mitigated” as “practicable.”
The project includes a 230-room hotel with a restaurant as well as “refurbishment” of the Chain Forge Building, new construction and a museum despite the fact that the once official “disposal site” could be polluted with PCBs.

The building was used by the Navy for more than 70 years for manufacturing of anchor chain and other “small metal parts.” The state’s Department of Environmental Protection notes that in 1992, soil and groundwater contamination were detected by the US Army Corps of Engineers. MA Water Resources Administration expresses concern that the site may not be capable of handling surges of  stormwater which, it says, “cause combined sewage and stormwater to discharge into the Little Mystic Channel. MWRA  has urged developers of the building to install sewer separation equipment.

Other issues of concern about the project include the fact that there is no onsite parking, although developers indicate they expect a reported 920 “new trips.” The offsite AutoPort is expected to offer 220 offsite valet parking spots. No date has yet been announced for the beginning of construction on the project.

Wine of the Week – – Domaine Vincent Careme Cuvee “T” Vouvray

This Brut Cuvee “T” 2014 from Domaine Vincent Careme was made using the traditional sparkling wine method with a second fermentation in the bottle. The wine, made and bottled by Tania and Vincent Careme, is made with Chenin Blanc grapes.

Fresh and delicious, it’s a perfect wine for summer sipping. The winery began in 1999 and is located on 37 acres which are home to trellished bush vines, an average of 35 years old. The soil consists of clay and flint. The cellar is described as a “traditional 16th century troglodytic cave” carved in limestone rock.

The wine, with 12 percent ABV, gets a second fermentation for one month in the bottle with no added sugar. Notes of citrus and apple are prevalent and the wine is effervescent and fresh with what the winery’s owners, Vincent and Tania, call “racy” acidity. It is distributed by Cape Classics.

Wine(s) of the Week – 2 for Summer Sipping

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As we move toward late Spring/early Summer, we’re still drinking red wines as well as moving into the whites and rosés that sing of summer. Here are two that fit the season well – not overly rich and heavy, but well balanced. Both are wines that offer value to the restaurant and the consumer as the price points are modest ($10 retail range) and both are well made and a good fit for every day drinking.

GNARLY HEAD Malbec – Grown in Argentina (Mendoza) in vineyards located in the high eastern foothills of the Andes Mountains, the wine offers a nose of dark berries – think blueberry and blackberry. The 2016 vintage saw what its winemakers call an “outstanding harvest” with bold, juicy concentrated fruit. It’s a big wine for a small price, 13.5 percent ABV, and somewhat like Argentinian Zinfandels in style. The name is for the gnarly vines of the grapes that twist around. This particular harvest was deemed “outstanding, exciting and somewhat unexpected.” It’s a nice surprise for a relatively inexpensive bottle to offer such depth of flavor. Visit www.gnarlyhead.com.

 

SMOKING LOON – This Cabernet Sauvignon is a product of Chile, imported and bottled by Smoking Loon Winery in Napa, CA. Rich and savory, it’s well balanced with notes of blueberry, dried cherry, and a hint of nuts, black raspberry, red currant and notes of vanilla and even coconut. It’s aged in American oak and is 13.5 percent ABV. Check it out at www.smokingloon.com.

SHFM launches diversity program for associate members

LOUISVILLE, KY – The Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management (SHFM) is launching a Diversity Business Enterprises Program for Associate Members.

Certified Women Business Enterprises, Minority Business Enterprises and Disabled Business Enterprises will be eligible for a 35 percent discount on annual SHFM Associate membership fees.

The group launched a Diversity Council last year to cultivate an environment embracing diversity and inclusion at all levels within the market the Society members serve. The goal is to increase membership diversification, champion employment opportunities and highlight and encourage procurement opportunities for minority business in the foodservice industry.

SHFM President Victoria Vega of Unidine Corp. notes that the group is “committed to workplace diversity partnerships and is believed to be the first industry association to announce such a program to certified suppliers.”

The Diversity Council notes that, “fostered by a need for unity and connectedness,” it will be committed to breaking down barriers. “Our goal is to provide non-discriminatory access and inclusion that are vital to the enhancement and longevity of SHFM.”

From workforce diversity to vendor partnerships, the group will “align itself with pride to promote equal access and socially support the changing composition of our more diverse membership.” The program is available by calling SHFM headquarters at 502-574-9931. Those applying need to submit documentation of their company’s enterprise status.

Nibbles – a reminder

What’s new in retail leasing & lending in NYC

NEW YORK – Faith Hope Consolo, chairman of Douglas Elliman Retail Leasing Marketing and Sales Division, will be the keynote speaker on May 17th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at a panel discussion of What’s Happening in the Retail Leasing and Lending Market at 4 Times Square. Panelists include Leland Bunch, head of Securization/Capital Markets, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Darren Gluck, head of B-Piece Acquisitions, Silverpeak Argentic, Jonathan Schultz, founder and managing principal, Onyx Equities, LLC and Frances Zujkowski, counsel, White and Williams LLP. Moderator will be Steven Coury, partner, White and Williams LLP. The panel discussion begins at 6 p.m. with the keynote and runs through 7:30 when there will be a networking reception. Price is $85 for members/$170 for non-members.

NIBBLES

Seafood exec indicted on price-fixing charges

SAN DIEGO – The CEO of Bumblebee Foods here, Christopher Li, reportedly faces indictment on charges of conspiring to illegal price fixing to end competition in the packaged seafoods market. He is reportedly the third corporate executive facing such charges, according to a published report.