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Flay to close NYC Bar Americain

NEW YORK – Bobby Flay and Laurence Kretchmer plan to close their NYC Bar Americain in early 2018 due to the cost of renovating the space if they renewed their lease. The establishment opened in 2005 with its brasserie menu. The two also own Gato in Manhattan and another Bar Americain at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.

Vanilla prices go sky high

The price of organic fair trade vanilla is soaring this year going from the mid $60s to $245 a one gallon bottle, according to a published report. The beans are the seeds of orchids from Mexico and Madagascar and become vanilla through a lengthy process. While synthetic vanilla is less pricey, today’s consumers seek natural products and there are no long sufficient vanilla-producing orchids. In Madagascar, a cyclone early this year is said to have destroyed a third of the crop, causing prices to skyrocket.

NIBBLES – 5/8/17


BRA_MobTrkNAFEM_na_05_2017-02-09.jpgExplore Vollrath’s new Showroom on Wheels at the NRA Show 2017

CHICAGO – Attendees at the National Restaurant Association® Show at McCormick Place May 20-23 will have the opportunity to  explore Vollrath’s extensive line of serving systems and components with its new Vollrath Experience Tour – a traveling showroom in an expandable 48-foot trailer. The tour will be in Vollrath’s booth 4021 South Hall. Vollrath’s serving systems showroom includes intuitive guides that walk guests through each step of the specifying and purchasing processes. Architects, designers, consultants and foodservice operators alike are invited to explore the mobile showroom to get inspired and see everything from design and engineering, to construction and materials, to graphics, signage and lighting, along with Vollrath’s wide-ranging equipment selection.

The 600-square-foot trailer highlights Vollrath’s unique in-house design and engineering studios, and will continue its tour through the year across the United States, Mexico and Canada.

“Creating unique experiences in line with your surroundings is one of the most exciting aspects of the foodservice and merchandising industries,” saysBrian Hedlund, managing director of serving systems and components. “With an extensive array of in-house design capabilities, Vollrath has a well-earned reputation for offering the industry’s most strategically branded carts, kiosks and inline systems. We expect this cross-country endeavor to increase market awareness and create some excitement of our capabilities.” Visit vollrath,com/tour17.

Vanilla prices rising rapidly

BOSTON – Vanilla prices are on the rise, The Boston Globe reports, in a piece citing the impact on ice cream purveyors in the area. Vanilla bean suppliers are raising their prices accordingly and shops such as J.P. Licks, Toscannini’s, Gracie’s and others are struggling to adjust. Madagascar, an island off Africa’s southern coast, is a major supplier of vanilla beans and was hard hit earlier this year by a devastating storm that led to higher costs. Some purveyors are boosting their prices accordingly while others are trying to purchase as much extract as they can. They’re all, the Globe reports, hanging in there and hoping the situation improves.


20170507_163115.jpgLamb Jam returns to Boston 

BOSTON – The popular Lamb Jam event returned to the Hub this past weekend, with six chefs competing with their favorite lamb recipes. The Grand Champion trophy went to Portland, ME’s The Honey Pot, with Chef Lars Taylor making a smoked lamb hot dog with spicy lamb coppa, kimchi chowchow and miso mustard. It was the second consecutive win at Lamb Jam for Chef Taylor who was a trophy recipient last year. ThePeople’s Choice honors went to Tiffani Faison and Dan Raia from Boston’s Sweet Cheeks & Tiger Mama. Their winning dish consisted of “hot, hot Tandoori lamb” with Ramp Ranch, crispy brea and pickles. Other participating restaurants included The Smoke Shop BBBQ, Durk’s Bar-B–Q, Terlingua, and Rosebud American Kitchen & Bara.