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Who's News in Catering for July 31, 2021

Hot Off the Presses  

Bill Hansen Catering & Event Production announces a merger with Eten Catering, a full-service catering and event company in South Florida. The merger brings two South Florida food and events brands together, adding a new level of service to Bill Hansen Catering & Event Production’s 41-year platform as an events vendor in South Florida. The acquisition will expand the brand's presence to an even larger market, specifically on large scale yachts in South Florida.  Hansen and Eten will now collaborate under one roof at Hansen’s 8,000-sq. ft. Commissary Kitchen in Opa Locka, FL, while Eten Catering will continue to operate as its own entity.  Both brands will continue to operate as usual, servicing event venues from Palm Beach to the Florida Keys, however the culinary components at both companies will receive modern touches, including new menus for home delivery services. Bill Hansen Catering & Event Production’s menus will continue to be created and curated by corporate executive and culinary mastermind chef Dewey Losasso.  


Delaget, the leader in data solutions for the restaurant industry and InfoSync announced their new partnership today. InfoSync's focus on the restaurant industry, offering accounting and payroll, brings an especially exciting new addition to Delaget's Easy Street Marketplace. Delaget and InfoSync are excited to move forward in their efforts to provide their services to the restaurant industry during the time many franchisees and owners/operators need it most. With the restaurant industry facing an unprecedented labor shortage following 2020, Delaget and InfoSync offer solutions to save money, time, and labor costs with their software solutions. 


Constellation Culinary Group unveiled its latest event space in the heart of Wynwood, Miami’s arts and culture district. SGWS Wynwood is a 17,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art, multi-purpose center with a focus on hospitality and education. The expansive, modern-industrial venue features four versatile event spaces for meetings and events with state-of-the-art audiovisual technology. Constellation will provide culinary offerings for corporate, culinary and social events and activations of all sizes.   


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As part of its “Best Never Rest” campaign, Turning Stone Resort Casino released details today about the newest addition to the resort - 7 Kitchens. The totally redesigned and reimagined buffet will have a contemporary design with seating for more than 375 guests, making it Turning Stone’s largest restaurant. 7 Kitchens will combine a variety of quality artisan food prepared by Turning Stone’s award-winning culinary team, with a contemporary design from Sixteenfifty Creative Intelligence, the same creative team who helped develop the resort’s TS Steakhouse, Upstate Tavern and Tin Rooster, designed Point Place Casino and the newly remodeled YBR Casino & Sports Book. Sixteenfifty has designed some of the finest restaurants in the country partnering with companies such as Wynn Las Vegas and the newly opened Circa Las Vegas. The highly-anticipated opening of 7 Kitchens is slated for this December. 

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Herzog Wine Cellars, a Southern California winery owned and operated by America's oldest wine making family, is pleased to announce and welcome celebrated winemaker David Galzignato as its new Senior Winemaker and Director of Winemaking Operations. Galzignato will work with one of Herzog’s founding winemakers, Joe Hurliman, who has crafted globally awarded Herzog wines for the past twenty-three harvests. Galzignato will oversee the entire winemaking operation, vineyard management and grower contracts; as well as implementing systems and operational changes to meet current and future growth of Herzog Wine Cellars. 


Personica™, the most powerful marketing and analytics platform for restaurants, today named Mark Plourde as its new Executive Vice President of Sales, Mike Mirkil as its new Vice President of Marketing, and Bridget Mackinson as Director of Product Management. These three executive leaders mark a milestone in Personica’s continued growth, as the company helps restaurants acquire new guests, personally engage with their valued guests, and maximize profits.  


Remington Hotels announced today the appointment of Richard Garcia as Vice President of Food & Beverage, who will lead all F&B initiatives for Remington Hotels’ 80 properties. With over 12 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Garcia will provide strategic direction, working closely with the Remington Hotels development team and property owners on F&B ideation and operations for both new build and conversion concepts. By working alongside operations and sales leaders, he will ensure the highest standards and efficiency for F&B outlets, catering and banquets.  


Blue Plate Chicago is proud to announce the arrival of Charles Haracz as their new Executive  Chef. Chef Haracz comes to Blue Plate after 10 years with Bon Appetit at the Art Institute of Chicago where he oversaw all Culinary Operations for events including private internal events for the Museum and rental events for clients ranging from weddings to corporate events and galas. Chef Haracz also served as Chef De Partie to Chef Tony Mantuano at the acclaimed Terzo Piano Restaurant at the Art Institute. 

Products on the Market

Old Harbor Distilling Company, San Diego’s first licensed distillery in downtown known for its San Miguel Southwestern Gin, is pleased to announce the national distribution of its newest line of small-batch handcrafted spirits: The Adventure Series. This collection of three 80-proof liquors: Gin, Rum and Vodka were designed to be the ideal craft choice for well placement, as well as an easy choice for any classic cocktail menu.  


With a culture of excellence, boasting of more than 40 cocktail flavors, 12 children's varieties and constantly seeking to provide quality drink experience, My Drink Bomb introduces yet another amazing product: The Fit Bomb™ cocktail drink specially crafted for those conscious of health implications, diet and fitness as it comes with CBD and detox options. They're introducing this just in time for the season of summer. My Drink Bomb's® Fit Bomb™ recipe is made of the finest ingredients that promises goodness in every sip like none other in the beverage and spirits market. Ideal to suit different dietary requirements people have, their new product line affords the opportunity to indulge their premium cocktail without worries. 


Veroni, the beloved maker of Italian cured meats and specialties unveils its brand-new snack line that combines a selection of authentic Italian salami with provolone cheese, dried fruit, and breadsticks. The four pairing options come in a practical and easy- to-open packaging to enhance your breaktime, while offering a real Italian tasting experience. With the right amount of protein, Veroni’s snacks recharge your batteries everywhere, at the office, at school or after gym. After the successful launch of the Enjoy Aperitime cheese and charcuterie trays that enrich the Italian Aperitivo experience, the latest extension of the brand’s product offerings aims to be the perfect snack to quench cravings. It recalls the Italian concept of “merenda” (snack), which is usually made with simple but high-quality ingredients available at home and holds a special place in the Italian food tradition. Imported Italian mild salami paired with Provolone cheese and breadsticks is the simplest pairing variant of the brand-new line, while the hot spicy version with salame Calabrese is designed for those who love the intense spicy flavors. The other two options with dried fruits include imported Italian salame, Provolone cheese and dried cranberries or dried apricots. 


Kitchen Garden Textiles, a line of sustainable textiles with a mission to support urban agriculture and reduce reliance on single-use disposables, is now available nationwide through its newly launched website: Founded by former costume designer Heidi Barr, the line includes napkins, aprons, market bags, paperless towels, coffee filters, tea bags and much more, all crafted in Pennsylvania from unbleached, undyed linen and reclaimed materials. 

Upcoming Events

Gather your group for an interactive culinary escape to the Garden State at one of the East Coast’s most desirable vacation destinations of 2021. Cape May’s idyllic Beach Plum Farm is hosting an interactive farm-to-fork cottage experience offering guests the opportunity to be fully immersed in farming operations with its rooted culinary escape to Beach Plum Farm.  Offered during select dates in October and November, for four days, guests of the rooted experience will work closely with Cape May farmers and chefs gathering ingredients from the autumn harvest and enjoying seasonal recipes and farm-to-table dinners while participating in a la carte farm experiences such as morning yoga, tending to farm animals, cocktail making classes, hiking, candlemaking and more. Guests may choose from Beach Plum Farm’s five historic, well-appointed cottages and barns which range in sleeping accommodations for 6-8 guests and are situated directly on the farm.  Structured for those interested in the unique opportunity to enjoy an authentic, hands-on farm-to-fork experience in one of the country’s oldest beach resort towns in a state known for its farming heritage, rooted and the Beach Plum Farm Cottages offer an ideal private culinary getaway for couples, groups of friends, family reunions, and even executive and corporate retreats. This interactive four-day experience can be booked by calling 833-327-6268 with prices beginning at $3,596 per cottage for 4 guests. Additional information can be found below and on the website here. View a sample itinerary here. 



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