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Who's News in Catering for May 15, 2021

Hot Off the Presses

The Institute of Culinary Education is re-opening its special events division for unique culinary experiences. Options include hands-on cooking or mixology events which are a great way to reconnect with colleagues while exploring new cuisines and culinary techniques like rolling pasta, topping pizza and plating tapas! Events are customizable and ICE will be ensuring proper safety protocols.


Table & Vine Supper Club debuts a once-in-a-lifetime, monthly dinner series that partners locally-acclaimed chefs, award-winning vintners and talented artisans and purveyors to create a truly unique dining experience.  Each one-of-a-kind, curated dinner will feature breathtaking venues that are carefully selected with the purpose of complementing the evening’s culinary experience and truly encapsulating the essence of the Central Coast. The first dining experience kicks off Thursday, June 17 at 6:30pm at La Lomita Ranch, featuring Paso Robles’  very own Chef Rachel Ponce and Top Winery. The series will continue through the fall at various locations throughout the Central Coast.   


Great Performances, New York City’s esteemed catering and events company, took up residence in its new 51,000 sq. ft. headquarters in the South Bronx’s Bruckner Building at 2417 Third Avenue yesterday.  The company’s move into the space occupying two-and-a-half full floors of the former factory building, which was built out at a cost of $7.7 million, comes more than a year after Great Performances (GP) vacated its much smaller Hudson Square campus in July 2019.  Since then, GP has been operating out of alternate office space in the Bruckner Building and a temporary kitchen the company built in a warehouse nearby on Park Ave.       

The massive kitchen, one of the city’s larger and arguably the most advanced, is loaded with cutting-edge top-of-the line equipment. It is the centerpiece of the complex., which also includes: a separate pastry; warehouse; purchasing department; design studio; training space; support offices; and The Sylvia Center, a nonprofit dedicated to teaching youth the connection between food and health.   With double the amount of cooking capacity and refrigeration than GP’s former kitchen, it is particularly distinguished by an extremely efficient temperature-controlled flow of goods, assuring the integrity and safety of all food production. 


People on the Move

Food2You has announced the addition of Eugenio “Geno” Rebollar as Sous Chef. Prior to that, he worked his way through Chicago kitchens,  most notably with the Carlucci Restaurant Group. Under the tutelage of award-winning Chef John Coletta, Geno learned all aspects of running a high-volume kitchen.



The Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) has awarded the 2021 WOW Award to Chanell Taylor, sales and catering manager for the Arlington Hilton Garden Inn on Friday, May 7. The WOW Award recognizes a front-line professional who goes to great lengths to create an exceptional and  memorable experience for guests at an Arlington hospitality related organization including hotels, restaurants, attractions, and retail and entertainment venues.


Products on the Market

World-class paper and board packaging manufacturer Detpak has partnered with U.S.-based Eco-Products® to provide industry-leading sustainable packaging solutions in Australia and New Zealand. The partnership brings together a wealth of experience, with Eco-Products bringing a more than 30-year history in compostable foodservice products to complement a leading range of sustainable packaging solutions from Detpak. 



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