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Greater Boston Food Bank gleans leftover food

BOSTON – At the recent New England Food Show at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in the Seaport this week, The Greater Boston Food Bank worked with several member agencies and 22 volunteers to glean leftover food at both the Show and the adjacent US Foods Food Fanatics event on the last  day.

They collected 23,058 pounds of food, some 40 percent of which was fresh produce, or the equivalent of 19,215 meals. The collection came on the heels of the previous week’s Seafood Expo North America at which similar efforts resulted in 22,832 pounds of rescued seafood, equating to 19,027 nutritious meals. “These gleaning efforts resulted in a mix of nutritious product that went directly to help those in need in eastern Massachusetts,” says  Product Donation Manager Cheryl Blanton. To help the Greater Boston Food Bank, contact 617-593-1560.

New England Food Show is harbinger of Spring

BOSTON – Snow, sleet or rain, the New England Food Show, taking place this year March 15-17 at BCEC in the Seaport, is a sure sign of Spring, offering foodservice operators a look at new products and services together with a lineup of events, keynote speeches, exhibits, and more. Over 14,000 foodservice industry professionals are expected to attend this year’s NEFS. Program highlights for this year’s show, which features over 500 booths showcasing the latest industry trends, equipment, products and more, include:

· Keynote speeches by hospitality industry training expert and author Jim Sullivan (March 15) and Boston auto industry leader Herb Chambers (March 16)
· A mixology competition featuring top bartenders from Trina’s Starlite Lounge, Eastern Standard, Audubon, and Brick & Mortar (March 15)
· An Iron Chef-style competition between Executive Sous Chef David Ladner of Rialto, Chef and Owner Jason Bond of Bondir Cambridge and Bondir Concord, and Chief Culinary Officer Bill Brodsky of Boston Nightlife Ventures (March 16)
The Show kicks off with hospitality industry training expert and best-selling author Jim Sullivan who will offer industry insights during the show’s inaugural keynote speech, titled “Fundamentals 2015: Nine Ways to Be Brilliant at the New Basics of Leadership & Profitability.” At 2:30 p.m., Yelp Boston Community Manager and Marketing Director Damien Smith gives a keynote presentation on the fundamentals of user review sites.

NEFS’s first day will wrap up at 3:45 p.m. with a Mixology Competition featuring four of Boston’s best bartenders—Naomi Levy (Eastern Standard), Tainah Soares (Trina’s Starlite Lounge), Tyler Wang (Audubon), and Matthew Schrage (Brick & Mortar). Using craft spirits donated by MS Walker and a secret ingredient of their choosing, these master mixologists will go head-to-head to create three rounds of original cocktails. Three local media experts will taste and critique their creations to decide who takes home the $500 first prize.

On Monday, March 16 at 1 p.m., keynote speaker Herb Chambers, president and CEO of The Herb Chambers Companies, will present “Copier Repairman – Hard Work, Passion, Integrity and Great Customer Service Can Take You Anywhere.” During his speech, he will share the story of his career and how a focus on customer service can help drive prosperity in all industries, including foodservice.

Also on Monday is the second annual New England Food Show Greater Boston Culinary Cook-Off, featuring three top local chefs using produce donated by Costa Produce. At 3:15 p.m., Boston chefs David Ladner (Executive Sous Chef, Rialto), Jason Bond (Chef and Owner, Bondir Cambridge and Bondir Concord), and Bill Brodsky (Chief Culinary Officer, Boston Nightlife Ventures), will prepare three dishes highlighting a mystery ingredient revealed onstage. After an intense hour of slicing, dicing, searing, and plating, the final dishes will be judged by a panel of Boston food media.

On Monday night at 6 p.m., Massachusetts dining and foodservice professionals will gather to celebrate the industry’s standout leaders at the MRA Annual Awards Dinner, taking place at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel (606 Congress St., Boston). This year’s honorees are Business Partner of the Year Ed Doyle (Real Food Consulting), Business Partner Associate of the Year Karen Coleman (ARF Financial), Executive Chef of the Year Nick Calias (The Colonnade Hotel), Limited Service Restaurateur of the Year Brian McCarthy (Kelly’s Roast Beef), and Restaurateur of the Year Chris Coombs (Boston Urban Hospitality). To register to attend or learn more, please visit the Awards Dinner event page.

On Tuesday, March 17 at noon, attendees are invited to a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration featuring Irish music, coffee creations, and more sponsored by New England Coffee Company.

NEFS 2015 offers educational seminars and culinary demonstrations on Sunday, March 15 and Monday, March 16 from 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and on Tuesday, March 17 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Top chefs representing every New England state including Chef Billy Grant of Restaurant Bricco, Grants, and Bricco Tattoria (CT); Chef and Owner Andy Husbands of Tremont 647 and Sister Sorel (Boston, MA); Chef Shannon Bard of Zapoteca (Portland, ME); Chef and Owner Nick Rabar of Avenue N American Kitchen (Rumford, RI); and Chef and Owner Kevin Halligan of Local Eatery (Laconia, NH) will cook up signature dishes on the SnapChef Center Stage each day. At the MRA Info Theater, experts will offer educational sessions covering many aspects of foodservice operations, from craft wine and beer, service fundamentals, and finances, to social media.

The New England Food Show exhibit hall at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (415 Summer St., Boston) will be open to ticketholders on Sunday, March 15 and Monday, March 16 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and on Tuesday, March 17 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. All keynote sessions and competitions will take place on the SnapChef Center Stage.
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New England Food Show opens Mar. 16-18 at BCEC

The Massachusetts Restaurant Association’s New England Food Show opens Sunday, March 16 through Tuesday, March 18 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center with 500-plus booth showcasing new trends, equipment and products. |
Highlights include a keynote speech by new Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, (Mar. 16), a mixology competition with bartenders from Trina’s, The Franklin, and , Ward 8 (Mar. 16), a panel on the role of online bloggers (Mar. 17) and an Iron Chef-style competition among chefs Tim Maslow (Ribelle, Strip T’s), Brendan Pelley, (Zebra’s Bistro & Wine Bar, and Steve “Nookie”Postal, Commonwwalth. The first ever Culinary Cookoff is sponsored by Costa Fruit & Provisions and Paul W. Marks Co.
at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, the MRA’s Annual Awards Dinner takes place Monday evening, March 17, at 6 p.m. At the reception and dinner, the MRA will honor the restaurant industry’s standout leaders. This year’s honorees are: Restaurateur of the Year, Steve DiFillippo of Davio’s; Business Partner of the Year, Ken’s Foods (Marlborough); Business Partner Associate of the Year, Glenn Lawler of Horizon Beverage Co. (Avon); and Chef of the Year Andy Husbands of Tremont 647 (Boston).
NEFS will also feature various educational seminars and culinary demonstrations on Sunday, March 16, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday, March 17, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., and Tuesday, March 18 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Tickets may purchased before March 15 for $20 (Association Members) or $30 (Non-Association Members), or at the show for $60. Please contact Tracy Zibell at the MRA office (508-303-9905) or visit www.marestaurantassoc.org or http://www.nefs-expo.com with any questions.

Chefs demos announced for New England Food Show

Chef demos are always a crowd-drawer at the New England Food Show and this year, a number of chefs from across New England will participate in the event at BCEC March 16- 18.
On Sunday, Chef Nicole Barreira of Great New NH Restaurants, Manchester, NH and the New Hampshire Restaurant Association, will offer a Barista Demonstration sponsored by New England Coffee at 12:15. She’ll be followed by a culinary demo from Chef Melissa Bouchard of DiMillo’s on the Water, Portland, ME at 3 p.m. At 4, an as yet unannounced mixologist will take the stage.
Monday kicks off with Chef Martin Lyons of XO Café, Providence, RI presenting the Barista Demo sponsored by George Howell Coffee Company. He’s followed by the 3:15 p.m. Culinary Cookoff – a first time annual event at the Show with three chefs preparing three savory courses with a secret ingredient picked by one of the celebrity judges. Chefs are Tim Maslow, Ribelle, Brookline, MA; Steve “Nookie” Postal, Commonwealth, Cambridge, MA and Brendan Pelley, Zebra’s Bistro, Medfield, MA. The event is sponsored by Costa Fruit & Produce Co. and Paul W. Marks Co. Inc.
Starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday will be a Morning Smoothies/Juice Demo. At 11:30 a.m., Chef Robert Barral, Café Provence and Vermont Chamber of Commerce will offer the final culinary demonstration.