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Who's News in Catering for June 19, 2021

Products on the Market

Novolex® announced that it has launched a new Chattanooga, Tenn. production line to manufacture compostable cold beverage cups made from a plant-based plastic. The clear cups are made using polylactic acid (PLA), a plastics polymer created from starch-based plants such as corn, sugarcane and wheat straw. The cups will be available from Novolex brand Eco-Products®, a leading provider of foodservice packaging made from renewable and recycled resources. 


Introducing Chunky CHIPS AHOY! Cookie Pieces—a versatile and convenient new format of America’s favorite chocolate chip cookie. Available in July 2021, the classic cookie pieces are the perfect mix-in, add-on and ingredient for frozen desserts, baked goods, sweet treats and more. From decadent breakfast applications to over-the-top milkshakes, Chunky CHIPS AHOY! Cookie Pieces help bring more profitability across dayparts. Chunky CHIPS AHOY! Cookie Pieces make it easy to create value-adds and limited-time offers. For example, mix cookie pieces into pancake and waffle batters for elevated brunch offerings or add a playful twist to popular items like donuts, brownies, cupcakes and cheesecake. And don’t forget your beverage menu. From creative coffee drinks to signature cocktails, these versatile cookie pieces can inspire menu items across dayparts. 

Hot Off the Presses

From high atop the 19th floor of the timelessly elegant InterContinental® Mark Hopkins San Francisco, the historic Top of the Mark has been enchanting locals and visitors for 82 years with its dazzling 360-degree views, sophisticated entertainment and fascinating traditions. The lounge reopened on Friday, June 4 (with a refreshed Signature Cocktail and appetizer menu), and early next month, the Top of the Mark will launch programming around a new partnership with Hanson of Sonoma Organic Vodka, including the introduction of a “Vodka Expressions” service – a Tableside cart tasting experience, where select organic vodkas from Hanson are paired with artisanal chocolates from Kollar Chocolates, and later in the summer, with caviar. The curated Vodka Expressions service will launch on July 1, 2021. Patrons will be able to choose from a salty or sweet flight of Hanson Organic Vodkas, delivered via tableside cart. There are five flavors of Hanson Vodka – Original, Cucumber, Meyer Lemon, Mandarin, and Habanero – and each one lends itself to a special pairing flight. The indulgent sweet flight, available from early July on, is accented with delectable treats from Kollar Chocolates. Some of the sweet pairings will include Original with a Passion Fruit chocolate, Meyer Lemon with a Sunflower Seed Praline or Habanero with an Orange Grand Marnier chocolate. The salty flight (launching in August 2021) will include a choice of caviar pairings with house made potato chips, cucumber, or endive, all enriched with crème fraîche.  




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