Languedoc-Roussillon in New York City!

Sud de France Développement, a semi public company working for the region of Languedoc-Roussillon in the south of France, has been hosting a festival in New York City since June 9th and will be ending next week on June 30th. The goal of Sud de France Développment is to support regional businesses in terms of export whilst promoting the Sud de France brand. By strengthening sales and promotional approaches they will be able to develop activities both on national and international markets.

The festival has brought New Yorkers the opportunity to experience the culture of Languedoc-Rousillon through participating in different events such as dinners, wine tastings, cruises, and concerts. One of the events that took place in the past couple weeks was a wine crawl atop a double decker bus! The bus had live music and drove around making stops at different French brasseries and bars in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

To read about the past events and sign up for future ones click here

 

Don’t Stop Shopping: Clothing Retailers Continue Trend of Food in Store

As we wrote earlier this week, clothing retailers are continuing to see opportunities in offering food and beverage in store. Why have them leave if they get hungry, or need a shot of espresso? Grub Street reports today on Saks Fifth Avenue, a store that’s always done well with the ladies who lunch, opening a chainlet, and Brooks Brothers’ entering the field with a preppy beef haven.

Urban Outfitters Opens Coffee Bar Today, More Planned

Urban Outfitters opens a coffee bar in its Fifth Avenue store today, working with specialty coffee roaster Kickapoo in a stylish setup.

UO has opened a few food outlets in its stores in the past few years, and plans to do so in the next NYC opening this winter. Their Philadelphia headquarters even opens to the public.

Lucy’s Whey to Open Third Location: Upper East Side

The artisanal cheese movement continues in Manhattan, with popular cheesemonger Lucy’s Whey opening their third shop. The newest, to open at 1417 Lexington Avenue, at East 93rd Street, follows the Chelsea Market and East Hampton location. This location will have expanded offerings and include a café.

Read the full story here.

As MOFAD Searches for a Home, Roving Event Saturday 8/17 in Foley Square

Party goers and chefs celebrated the first exhibit of The Museum of Food and Drink: “BOOM! The Puffing Gun and the Rise of Breakfast Cereal,” last night in Carroll Gardens.

The exhibit displayed a cereal puffing gun — essentially a canon that applies high pressure to grains of rice and shoots them out as a piece of cereal. It will be on display again on Foley Square this Saturday, August 17th, from 7 am to 1pm, as part of the Summer Streets Festival.

You can read more about MOFAD, which says that it is searching for a permanent home in Brooklyn, here.

Request for Bids for Mobile Vending in Central Park

A Request for Bids for the sale of food from mobile food units at various locations at Central Park began yesterday, and can be downloaded here. (You’ll have to register).

Hard copies of the RFB can be obtained, at no cost, through Monday, September 16, 2013 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., excluding weekends and holidays, at the Revenue Division of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, which is located at 830 Fifth Avenue, Room 407, New York, NY 10065. All bids submitted in response to this RFB must be submitted no later than Monday, September 16, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.

There will be a recommended bidder meeting on Monday, August 26, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. We will be meeting at The Arsenal, 830 Fifth Avenue, Gallery (third floor), New York, New York 10065. The Arsenal is located inside Central Park at Fifth Avenue and East 64th Street, Manhattan. If you are considering responding to this RFB, it is encouraged to attend this meeting.

For more information or to request a copy of the RFB, contact Glenn Kaalund, Project Manager, at (212) 360-1397 or via email at glenn.kaalund@parks.nyc.gov.

Box Kite Coffee Opens Preview Popup Today

It’s been a big week in the NYC coffee scene, with Pulley Collective launching and Joe becoming a roaster retailer. Today’s news is all about Box Kite, with veterans Cora Lambert and Erik Becker of the former (closed) RBC team.

They’ve opened a pop-up cafe at wine bar Maslow 6 to display their espresso and coffee expertise, reconnect with the Tribeca crowd, and hone their service skills before opening on St. Mark’s place later in the year.

Edible features them here.

Sprudge features them here

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