Spanish Food Hall Will Be Open Next Spring

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“Mercado Little Spain in his first New York project and a collaboration with Spain’s most famous culinary siblings Ferran and Albert Adria.

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Nestle planting seeds in new frozen food brands

“Nestle S.A. will invest in Outsiders Pizza Co. and Wildscape while giving them time to make their mark in the frozen food category. The two brands are examples of new innovation models called “internal incubators” by Nestle.

“What we try to do there is to reproduce what start-up companies would do but benefitting from the scale and the strength of Nestle,” said Laurent Freixe, executive vice-president of Nestle S.A., on June 13 at the Deutsche Bank’s dbAccess Global Consumer Conference in Paris.”

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New York Restaurants Open Kitchens to Refugee Chefs

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“As many people in the restaurant industry grow increasingly vocal about immigrant and refugee rights, an NYC festival shows how chefs are making a tangible impact—and how diners can, too.”

“The Refugee Food Festival, which launches in New York City on June 14 and runs until the 17th, is a significant act of solidarity; three restaurants are opening their kitchens to two refugee chefs. Chef Nasrin, of Iran, and Diaa Alhanou, of Syria, will be hosting three unique dining experiences in the city, serving cuisine from their home countries.”

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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.”

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DUMBO Pearl Plaza Subconcession Notice of Solicitation

The DUMBO BID, a not-for-profit corporation organized under the laws of the State of New York, is seeking proposals (“Proposals”) from qualified firms (“Proposers”) by this request (“RFP”) to manage and operate a FOOD AND BEVERAGE subconcession (“Subconcession”) at the Pearl Plaza located on Water Street between Adams Street and Anchorage Place in DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY, as more particularly hereinafter described (referred to as the “Plaza”). The Plaza is furnished with tables, chairs, and planters, and is open year-round (weather dependent).

It is the goal of the DUMBO BID to work closely with the chosen Proposer to create a Subconcession that is successful and enhances the atmosphere of the Plaza and this vibrant neighborhood. The Subconcession should provide an amenity for those who work and live in the area as well as those who visit the Plaza.

The DUMBO BID was created in 2006 and provides a number of programs and services in the area, including supplemental sanitation services, marketing, promotions, events small business support and capital improvements for the neighborhood of DUMBO, Brooklyn.

The Plaza was constructed/installed by the New York City Department of Transportation (“DOT”) in 2008. The DUMBO BID has a concession license agreement (“License Agreement”) with DOT for the operation, management and maintenance of the Plaza allowing for the operation and management of subconcession(s), where no leasehold or other proprietary rights are offered. The DUMBO BID will make copies of the License Agreement available to any Proposer who wishes to review it in its entirety. The DUMBO BID is responsible for the ongoing maintenance of the Plaza. Such maintenance services will include but not be limited to cleaning and trash removal, snow removal (walkways), landscape maintenance, and repairs.

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Request for Bids (RFB) for the Operation of Six (6) Mobile Food Concessions at the Battery, Manhattan

In accordance with Section 1-12 of the Concession Rules of the City of New York, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (“NYCDPR”) is issuing, as of the date of this notice, a Request for Bids (RFB) for the operation of six (6) mobile food concessions at the Battery, Manhattan.

Hard copies of the RFB can be obtained, at no cost, commencing February 23, 2018 through March 23, 2018 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., excluding weekends and Holidays, at the Revenue Division of NYCDPR, which is located at 830 Fifth Avenue, Room 407, New York, NY 10065. All bids submitted in response to this RFB must be submitted by no later than Friday, March 23, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.

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New York City Parks Releases Bid Request

The New York City Parks Department has just released two Requests for Bids for mobile food concessions throughout the city.  One is for various parks throughout all five boroughs, and the other is for locations specifically within Central Park.

Both were issued yesterday, and both have a Tuesday, May 23rd deadline.  If you’re interested in applying, be sure to read thoroughly through the rules and regulations of the application and the operation.  Historically, NYC has enforced stringent bylaws for these types of operations, including menu items and pricing, operating hours, and initial capital cost requirements.

 

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