Polish baker inks lease deals for first US locations, plans 50 stores in New York

“Just Baked, a Polish bakery chain being rebranded for an entrance to the U.S. market, has signed two Manhattan leases ahead of a bold plan to open 50 stores in New York, signposting a direct challenger to French bakery Maison Kayser.”

The two bakeries, which will sell a range of sandwiches, coffee and pastries, are set to open in a 1,400-square-foot Tribeca storefront at 88 West Broadway, and into another location at Westfield’s Oculus downtown.

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How Restaurants Are Winning Over The Youngest Diners

“Kids menus—particularly at chain restaurants—have taken a beating for being unhealthy, uninteresting and unevolved. But while parents have pushed for the elimination of sugary soft drinks and the addition of fruit and veggies, it’s not just healthier menu choices that make a restaurant kid-friendly. Service, ambiance and the dining experience as a whole matter to parents and their children—especially the largest group of parents: millennials.”

Read more here.

Real Food x Real Talk

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Join Pilotworks at their new location in Brooklyn for a day of panels and business owner showcases. This will be a great opportunity to hear from people involved in the New York food scene, learn about new brands, and network.

You can sign up here.

Thu, April 26, 2018

2:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Pilotworks

630 Flushing Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11206

FORBES MIXING BOWL NYC 2018

On Thursday, March 22nd Mixing Bowl and Forbes will be co-hosting “The Full Stack: Digitization of Food & Ag.” The event will focus on currently implemented IT solutions in Food and Agriculture.

The full schedule and registration form are available here.

March 22nd, 2018
9:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Forbes on Fifth
24 Fifth Ave,
New York, NY 10011

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Opening: DeKalb Market Hall

Our patience is finally rewarded! Tomorrow, DeKalb Market Hall is opening at the Downtown Brooklyn City Point development.  This project has been in the works since 2011, with intermittent pulses of news, and now we’re finally getting a look at the space.

The sub-level markets hosts over 40 vendors, restaurants, and a Forager’s Market and a Trader Joe’s.  The interest anchor here is actually Katz’s Deli–well, “A Taste Of.”  This is the first location of the venerable institution outside the LES original.

Here is the complete line up: Ample Hills, Andrew’s Classic Brooklyn Bagels, Arepa Lady, Belle Cheese, BK Jani, Bread & Spread, BK Juicer, Bunker, Bunsmith, Cafe D’Avignon, Craft and Carry, Cuzin’s Duzin, Daigo Hand Roll Bar, Dekalb Taco, Dulcinea, Eight Turn Crepe, Fletcher’s Barbecue, Foragers Butcher, Foragers Market, Foragers Rotisserie, Forcella, Fulton Landing Seafood Market, Fulton Landing Seafood, Guss’ Pickles, Hana Noodles, Hard Times Sundaes, Home Frite, Jianbing Company, Katz’s Deli, Kotti Berliner Doner Kebab, Likkle More, Lioni Heroes, Nobletree Coffee, Paella Shack, Pierogi Boys, Pop Cake Shop, Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies, Two Tablespoons, Wiki Wiki, and Wilma Jean.

This is the first location for many of these concepts.  This will be Ample Hill’s 7th location, Nobletree Coffee’s second (the first just opened inside the WTC Oculus),  and the third for Cafe D’avignon, the small-format outlet for Pain D’avignon.

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Event: Wine Dinner at Tavo Restaurant

On Tuesday, June 27th, Tavo–the West Village’s new Latin restaurant–is hosting an exclusive four-course dinner curated by Executive Chef Juan Suarez de Lezo. The tasting menu will be paired with wines exclusively selected by Sommelier Dean Fuerth.

During the evening, diners will experience Spanish wines from Catalonia, Rías Baixas, the Canary Islands, Montsant, and Galicia.

The menu is as follows:

First Course: Mackerel with cucumber, basil, and smoked trout on almond gazpacho paired with Vina Moraima, Albarino, 2015

Second Course: Fingerling Potatoes four ways paired with Venus La Universal, Venus Blanc, Montsant, 2013

Third Course: Pork Cheeks in poblano with cauliflower and seasonal vegetables paired with Adega Algueira, Fincas, Ribeira Sacra, 2013

Fourth Course: Lemon Cheesecake with ginger ice cream paired with Bodegas Los Bermejos, Malvasia Dulce, NV

Tickets are $85 a person. Guests are more than welcome to arrive at 6:00PM for cocktails at the bar. For more information, click here.

Welcome Conference: Recap

On Monday, the 4th annual Welcome Conference was held at the Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center.  The attendance was considerably larger this year than last in its new home, and the speakers stirred the crowd.

The thesis of this year’s conference was “Conflict and Change.”  And while restaurants have historically been petri dishes for both of these forces, the speakers primarily focused on personal examples.  Time, love, loss, and coping were at the root of the conflict and change discussed.

Melanie Whelan, CEO of SoulCycle, kicked off the series with a personal introspection on time, and how her greatest conflict and source for change is managing her time.  Gary Noesner, retired chief of the FBI Crisis Negotiation Unit, good the crowd laughing with harrowing work stories and what has worked for him in settling conflicts–active listening.  And Richard Melman, founder of Lettuce Entertain You bestowed “Some Things I’ve Learned” as he put it.

The talks are inspiring and worth a watch! Videos of all of the speakers will be available shortly here.