Thinking about attending the National Restaurant Association Show this May 18-21 in Chicago? You probably already are going just to visit Foodservice News at our parent company’s (Franchise Times Corp.) booth.
If you’re a Rick Bayless fan (he’s the chef/owner of the acclaimed Frontera Grill, Topolobampo and Xoco and Public Television cooking show host), there’s another reason to sign up: The NRA Show is offering a special excursion to a small group of folks for a tour of his three-city-block urban garden that fuels his restaurants on Saturday, May 18 at 9 a.m. The tour starts with a meet and greet with Bayless himself. From the press release:
A press release from the “This just in…” file. Like, literally. Five minutes ago.—Ed.
Summit Brewing Company is pleased to announce the “release tour” of an exclusive small-batch beer brewed specifically for the Blue Plate Restaurant Company. Blue Plate’s Highland Grill celebrates its 20th anniversary this month and Summit beers have been proudly on tap there from the beginning. To celebrate this partnership, head brewer Damian McConn brewed a springtime IPA inspired by Blue Plate co-owner David Burley. Using David’s native home of Australia as inspiration, Damian devised the “Hops like a Kangaroo IPA” using new Australian hops, a traditional Australian yeast strain and American malt.
It’s an opportunity that almost wasn’t.
“I almost deleted the e-mail; I thought it was a hoax,” said Lenny Russo, the chef and co-owner of Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market in St. Paul, remarking that the subject line of the e-mail in question resembled something along the lines of that desperate, high-ranking political refugee wanting to dump a million dollars into your personal bank account. “But I did a Google search and turned out it was valid.”
No, Russo is not successfully laundering money for a percentage profit. But he can claim to be an ambassador of sorts for the U.S. State Department. He, along with Cassie Parsons, the chef and owner of Harvest Moon Grille in Charlotte, N.C., will travel to Slovenia as part of a “food diplomacy” tour that will highlight sustainable food production, responsible environmental practices, and, of course, cooking the results of such practices.
Renewing the Countryside and the University of Minnesota Extension are hosting two identical Farm-to-Cafeteria workshops in the metro area. These workshops are designed to help break down barriers to Farm to School for school food service professionals, school administrators, institutional buyers/wholesalers, farmers, growers, Statewide Health Improvement Program coordinators, and other community partners.
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