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  • Hickory Harvest Foods - Food and Drink International
    continue to focus on improving quality and becoming the leader in the industry on quality Brand Improvements Hickory Harvest was incorporated in 1972 by Joseph and Pauline Swiatkowski and their son George It began as a small distributor of cheeses and smoked sausages but as the business grew the company changed focus and began roasting nuts in the mid 1980s Today the company offers a selection of more than 400 different products roasted nuts candies confections and snack items sold under the Hickory Harvest Foods and I M Good Snacks brands as well as private labels and in bulk Its specialties are raw roasted and flavored nuts dried fruits and vegetables confections candy licorice trail mixes and granola Our goals is to continue making high quality great tasting snacks Swiatkowski adds It s an added benefit that many of the snacks we produce nuts dried fruits and trail mixes are also good for you Hickory Harvest plans to launch a new product line of healthy trail mixes this year in what Swiatkowski describes as upscale packaging under its Hickory Harvest Foods brand The new trail mixes offer nutritional benefits and a unique combination of flavors that consumers are demanding We are constantly watching the market for trends on what s the next big thing in snacks he explains We have a good research and development company we work with to help develop products and flavors for our customers I m excited for this new line of products we are rolling out in late spring Most recently the company launched a line of hot panned butter toffee and praline coated nuts Products in the line include butter toffee peanuts almonds and cashews as well as praline pecans This new line of butter toffee nuts are hot panned which creates a hard

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/producers/1877-naturally-delicious (2016-04-27)
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  • El Meson Sandwiches - Food and Drink International
    says We underestimated the traffic in the Florida Mall he says Orlando has a bigger Hispanic population that we realized But El Meson Sandwiches is not relying solely on Hispanic consumers for its success in Orlando In fact the ethnic group makes up only one third of the restaurant s customers Grajales says We underestimated the willingness of Americans to try new foods he says Tourists from all over the world are also a big part of the restaurant s clientele The restaurant s second location recently opened in an Orlando strip mall and Grajales plans to add additional locations every six months until the fifth restaurant opens in early 2017 he says If all goes well he has plans for more aggressive expansion in Florida and other states and would like to take on a U S partner Grajales describes El Meson Sandwiches as fast casual The eateries feature seating for approximately 100 people and some locations will have drive thrus El Meson serves hot made to order sandwiches prepared on the grill The sandwich selections include a variety of classics such as pastrami Monte Cristo roast beef ham turkey and tuna salad Sandwiches begin with a base of mayo margarine cabbage and tomato and are grilled on both sides Numerous specialty sandwiches are also offered The All Pro for example features a combination of Virginia ham pastrami sautéed onions and melted Swiss cheese Vegetarian sandwiches salads and stuffed baked potatoes are also on the menu The Surfer described as an El Meson original features a baked potato topped with soy salami Swiss cheese melted cheddar cheese pickles peppers onions mushrooms cabbage and tomatoes and a special sauce But sandwiches and stuffed potatoes are only part of the restaurant s extensive menu All day breakfasts home baked pastries and fresh from the island coffee also are popular with customers We have a huge breakfast menu and a coffee bar Grajales says After the sandwiches the biggest seller is the coffee The coffee bar includes numerous specialty drinks such as espresso latte cappuccino mochaaccino chocolatero and chai tea Humble Beginnings El Meson Sandwiches got its start in 1972 when Perez Sr opened a small diner in Aguadilla Puerto Rico called El Meson de Felipe He served home style sandwiches on his secret recipe criollo bread His philosophy was simple use only the freshest ingredients and treat customers like family his son recalls It wasn t long before his formula created a devoted following among the area s many surfers who came for both the sandwiches and the hot home style breakfasts Perez did not have a culinary background Before starting the diner he was a police officer Grajales says He opened a shop to make a living for his family he says Grajales started working with his father when he was young boy I grew up in the business at a very early age he recalls The eldest of three children he graduated in 1987 from the University of Florida

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/restaurants/1876-winning-ingredients (2016-04-27)
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  • Reservations Are Open - Food and Drink International
    menus starting at 22 for lunch and 33 and or 44 for dinner excluding beverages tax and gratuity Some new restaurants to the list this year include Appellation The Blanchard Cherry Circle Room GreenRiver Intro Monteverde Oyster Bah Prime Provisions and Seven Lions With so many restaurants to choose from how does on begin Do not let the choices overwhelm you Choose Chicago advises Take this opportunity to explore a neighborhood You can search participating restaurants by cuisine but also by neighborhood here Get out to Bridgeport and head to The Duck Inn or nana Or head to Andersonville and check out Appellation or Big Jones Those interested in attending can also search featured restaurants by vegetarian vegan and gluten free options as well as pairings by Goose Island Beer and Terlato Wines Stop into Eataly a participating restaurant by the end of the month to take advantage of 1 to 3 deals in celebration of its nine year anniversary Chicago Restaurant Week kicked off last Thursday with its annual First Bites Bash held in the Great Hall at Union Station The event featured food tastings from more than 60 of Chicago s celebrated chefs and restaurants as well as beer wine and cocktail pairings Executive Chef Tony Priolo of Piccolo Sogno and Piccolo Sogno Due hosted the First Bites Bash A portion of the proceeds benefits the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation a nonprofit organization founded by Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo The mission of the foundation is to raise money for cancer research and to provide support to children and their families battling the disease For a complete list of participating restaurants click here Photo credit Choose Chicago Tags Chicago Restaurant Week Restaurants Choose Chicago Eataly Goose Island Beer Overall Rating 0 0 out of 5 stars Leave

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/editors-blog/1875-reservations-are-open (2016-04-27)
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  • Galaxie Coffee - Food and Drink International
    have always competed with large entities and we provide a level of service that allows us to differentiate ourselves and do so at a competitive price During their first meeting Robbins visited six customers with Seidenberg who was left in awe of Robbins customer bonds I was very impressed with the relationships he remembers They weren t superficial There was a certain mutual respect that was apparent It was a nice experience to see with my future partner Robbins looks back on Galaxie Coffee s 1960s roots as a wonderful time to do business because everyone knew everyone Nowadays it is more challenging to know your customers because of email texting and the Internet he says Customer appreciation days are just one of the many ways we try and forge deeper relationships I spend most of my time in the field getting to know our customers better I m sure my partners would agree it s time well spent Staying Fresh Galaxie Coffee has expanded its product lines over the years by acquiring Regal Coffee Marlin Beverage and All Island Janitorial Supply We looked at how we could add more to the product line Robbins explains We sell to schools corporate offices office buildings and bagel stores why not sell them janitorial supplies We are really expanding our product line and provide one stop shopping for a very wide range of products All Island Janitorial Supply offers everything a business needs to maintain a clean and sanitary space Galaxie delivers all of its products together and provides one invoice In addition it offers a complete line of eco friendly green paper products and cleaning supplies which Seidenberg says are just starting to become more economically priced and the company continues to get the word out to its customers Corporate America in many instances has resisted the move to use eco friendly products and most often the reason is price he explains If everyone began using them the prices would decline We are caught in a cycle that hasn t changed in several years but now I m beginning to see more interest from our corporate customers The challenge for us is to find high quality less costly eco friendly products to bring to our customers We will lead the way and be more competitive I m willing to do that to get our customers doing the right thing Offering More Galaxie Coffee recently partnered with City of Saints a coffee roaster based in Brooklyn to provide its customers with specialty ground coffee and cold brew coffee We added both items in fall 2015 and it has been very successful Seidenberg notes Similar to a craft brewer City of Saints is a craft roaster and roasts in small batches Their coffee is a cut above and their commitment to quality is what inspired us to partner with them The company added cold brew coffee in response to its growing popularity We are watching trends and with City of Saints for example

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/distributors/1874-dedicated-service (2016-04-27)
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  • Featured Content - Food and Drink International
    bought a restaurant together in Globe Ariz which was a non Denny s Denny s had bought a chain of restaurants they were going to convert to Denny s but they had one restaurant they didn t want to convert so they sold it out of the chain to my friend and I Read more Article by Russ Gager Special Focus 10 February 2015 Darrenkamp s The trend of customers using full service grocery stores almost as restaurants is sweeping the nation and the world but at Darrenkamp s it is aided by the grocery chain s unique food offerings These include more than 60 varieties of flavored sausage made in house red beet eggs whoopee pies and all the fresh produce and natural foods the Amish of Lancaster County where three of the chain s four stores are located have to offer We have a lot of different deli salads you wouldn t see many places such as Amish potato and macaroni salads and our own ham and cheese spread points out Ryan Darrenkamp manager of the Newberry Commons store in Etters Pa We re pretty proud of all those things We have 20 items we make fresh in the store every day After our deli our meat department would be what we re most known for Larry Darrenkamp is the meat manager and he is really hands on with that He helped create a lot of the flavors Among them are turkey apple horseradish cheddar sweet potato onion crab blueberry and a tavern sausage that has beer in it Read more Article by Chris Peterson Special Focus 10 February 2015 ConAgra Foods As the company behind brands including Hunt s Orville Redenbacher s Reddi Wip and Chef Boyardee ConAgra Foods is one of the nation s largest producers of packaged foods That gives the company a healthy share of the nation s grocery store shelf space and it also gives it a clear responsibility to be responsible in how it utilizes resources It s a responsibility that Vice President of Packaging and Sustainable Productivity Gail Tavill takes to heart as she leads the company s efforts to package its products in a way that reduces waste and serves the consumer as best it can Read more Article by Russ Gager Special Focus 10 February 2015 Capital Brewery Co Inc Back when Capital Brewery Co Inc was founded in 1984 microbrewing beer was still a new idea Nearly 30 years later the company is still in expansion mode adding new facilities and brews to its burnished legacy Publicly rather than family owned Capital Brewery produces an estimated 25 beers some of which are seasonal for limited release or brewer s choice brainstorms unique brews that may never be produced again Our most unusual is probably Jobu a brown ale aged in Jamaican rum barrels recalls President Scott Wiener Every couple months someone in brewing or sales will have an interesting idea They pitch it and we decide if we

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/featured-content?start=110 (2016-04-27)
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  • Bono's Pit Bar-B-Q - Food and Drink International
    Happiness passion and pride in Bono s is true at all levels of the company More than twenty five of its employees have worked there for more than 25 years and many others for more than 10 years Bono s has found that long term employees inspire long term customers They get to know each other recognize people as soon as they walk into the restaurant and even know their favorite menu item Our pit bosses have eyes in the back of their heads Martino says Sometimes they don t even look at the door They already know what that person wants they know their dog s name wife s name they know what to ask about in their life It s someone getting to know you personally and serve you a hot meal You can walk into the greatest steak restaurant and if it s inhospitable it doesn t matter how good the steak is people won t go back he relates It really is about the experience It s hard to duplicate People that appreciate it they stay with us a long time New Concept After receiving many offers for franchising opportunities a few years ago Bono s considered a new concept to target even more customers a fast casual version of Bono s Many people want the quality of Southern pit barbecue without the time it takes for a sit down restaurant experience The company opened its first fast casual version of Bono s called Willie Jewell s Old School Bar B Q in Charleston S C in 2009 At its busiest it only takes six people to run the place and costs between 350 000 550 000 to open it rather than the 1 8 million it would cost to open a full version of Bono s Although 2009 wasn t the greatest time to be opening any new business in the United States Bono s franchisees were able to sustain both it and Bono s traditions We didn t look at it as a startup Martino explains Once we established that the Willie Jewell s brand could stand on its own the question stopped coming up about why we didn t name it Bono s Express or Baby Bono s But we were very intentional about that The name Willie Jewell s is an homage to a woman who came to work for the Adeeb Family decades ago She became part of the Bono s family and a second mother to Bono s CEO Joe Adeeb Martino says she became one of the finest cooks in Jacksonville Fla and had a larger than life personality She passed away when the company was coming up with the fast casual dining concept and Martino and Adeeb decided to dedicate it to her especially since she had created so many of the company s recipes The Willie Jewell s concept has opened many doors for people who want to franchise a smaller version of Bono s There is

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/restaurants/1873-real-pit-barbecue (2016-04-27)
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  • At Home with De’Longhi - Food and Drink International
    products under the De Longhi Kenwood and Braun brandnames De Longhi s MultiFry is an innovative kitchen countertop appliance that fries cooks bakes and broils and is designed to allow home cooks to enjoy healthier versions of their favorite foods The machine performs as both a low oil fryer and a multi cooker We have a deep understanding of what home cooks want in the kitchen convenience versatility and delicious healthy meals for their families to enjoy are at the top of the list De Longhi Group North America s President and CEO Mike Prager says MultiFry delivers across the board with a combination of features that make the meal preparation experience easier than ever MultiFry is your ultimate countertop cooking partner to create hundreds of recipes throughout the year The mozzarella sticks we whipped up required no oil and the company says that for a little over 2 pounds of potatoes cooks just need to add one tablespoon of oil No additional oil is needed for frozen potatoes MultiFry made a great addition to our office allowing us to ditch our brown paper bag lunches for a fried treat How to use Place ingredients in the bowl set the power level and timer and start the machine The pop out timer is so convenient because we could go back to our desks while we waited Users can also easily monitor the cooking progress through the transparent lid and the automatic mixing paddle handles any stirring or mixing needs The mixing paddle can be removed to bake a pizza or cake De Longhi s MultiFry is available on Amazon Tags food fried food fryer Phoenix Media Corp Food Drink International De Longhi Overall Rating 0 0 out of 5 stars Leave your comments Post comment as a guest Name Required

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/editors-blog/1872-at-home-with-de-longhi (2016-04-27)
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  • Texas Tech University Hospitality Services - Food and Drink International
    500 square foot two story stand alone dining facility featuring a mini market along with various food outlets including Einstein Bros Bagels a Mongolian style grill and an Italian restaurant The department recently added the StrEat food truck to the mix The truck travels the campus and serves various sandwiches tacos side dishes and beverages Student expectations played a big role in the university s decision to change its culinary offerings Students are more knowledgeable Rodriguez says Additionally 40 percent of the university s students hail from large urban areas across Texas represent numerous cultures and have myriad food preferences Providing Choice The hospitality department makes its initial impression on first year students who live on campus and are required to purchase the university s dining plan We want to provide choice Rodriguez says Students have a variety of meal plan options from which to choose depending on how much they like to eat and snack Rodriguez says Approximately 5 000 commuter students signed up for the meal plan last year an indication of its popularity We do a lot of student benchmarking Rodriguez says They expect to be wowed Offering quality and choice is important because the on campus eateries are not the only game in town Fast food restaurants and other establishments line the street across from campus and offer students an alternative The Hospitality Services department focuses on offering nutritional information to students to help them make appropriate dietary choices It has a full time dietitian on its staff She works with students one on one Rodriguez says That s also very comforting for parents In addition to the advice and direction the dietitian offers the hospitality department s website provides detailed information about the caloric fat protein carb and fiber content of practically all of its

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/restaurants/1760-texas-tech-university-hospitality-services-1 (2016-04-27)
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