Bill Hansen Catering (BHC) has acquired Catering by Lovables, and will be renaming the brand Lovables Catering + Kitchen. The merger marries two South Florida catering brands, adding a new dimension to Bill Hansen Catering’s 40-year culinary journey by offering expanded culinary offerings for budget-conscious clientele. Hansen and Lovables founder Elizabeth Silverman will now collaborate together under one roof at Hansen’s 8,000-sq. ft. Commissary Kitchen in Opa Locka, FL.
Lovables Catering + Kitchen has served South Florida for 35 years, offering wholesome meals through sustainable practices. The brand provides meals for weddings, corporate and social events at venues across the region. Silverman collaborated with Hansen throughout the years and looked to him for advice as they grew the Lovables brand. In August 2019, Hansen purchased the company for an undisclosed amount and rebranded it to Lovables Catering + Kitchen.
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort plans to start 2021 in style with the opening of the new luxury hotel, Hotel Effie Sandestin, which will open February 1, 2021.
Located between the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Choctawhatchee Bay, the 250-room hotel features multiple room configurations with thoughtful design and exquisite detail. Taking inspiration from the locale, the fully appointed rooms and suites will welcome guests with a complement of amenities, including an upscale spa, state-of-the-art fitness center, and the only rooftop pool on Florida’s Emerald Coast. Add 20,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, to include a 13,000 sq. ft. ballroom, plus all of the unique offerings of the hotel and resort, and Hotel Effie is the perfect setting for a dream wedding, corporate meetings, memorable events and unforgettable vacations.
Plant-based meat provider Before the Butcher is expanding its wholesale lineup with its new Mainstream Plant-Based Patties, which will join the company’s premium UNCUT brand and is available through distributors at a low wholesale cost.
Like Before the Butcher’s UNCUT line, the Mainstream patties are 100% plant-based, vegan, gluten-free, and made from a proprietary combination of soy, coconut and canola oils, and natural seasonings. Each Mainstream patty provides 18 grams of plant-based protein and closely replicates the taste and texture of a beef burger.
The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has signed an agreement with the Emirates Agency for Kosher Certification, which is led by Rabbi Levi Duchman, to launch the Abu Dhabi Hotels Kosher Certification Project, to officially certify the emirate’s hotels for serving kosher meals. The move comes after F&B outlets at hotels were instructed to include kosher food options on their room service and restaurant menus.
The new agreement allows Abu Dhabi’s hotel industry to have access to free kosher certification services for one year. This initiative paves the way for Jewish tourists from various nationalities to visit the emirate, after the UAE’s historic peace accord and the normalisation of relations with Israel was signed, and will also serve to open up a whole host of new opportunities for the emirate.