Great Wraps To Expand Into Boston

Believing Boston is ripe for an alternative to the conventional fast-food offerings, Great Wraps franchisee Fred Gamble and partners are seeking real estate that will allow them to introduce the fast-casual brand to the metro Boston area. They signed a multi-store agreement for Great Wraps, which offers hot-off-the-grill wraps, bowls, and salads that are full of flavor and fresh ingredients.

According to Mark Kaplan, chief executive officer and chairman of Great Wraps, “With Boston’s proximity to universities, government organizations and business districts, there is an abundance of real estate options that could see success from the addition of a Great Wraps.”

“One of the attributes of Great Wraps that attracted me to the brand was its flexible footprint. Whether the concept is located in an enclosed mall, larger retail shopping center or in a business or college district, the concept thrives in various venues,” said Mr. Gamble. He added that in addition to in the metro Boston area, he has plans to look further into the New England region for future growth.

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ACF To Host ChefConnect In Baltimore

Chefs from the American Culinary Federation’s (ACF) Northeast and Southeast Regions will gather for workshops, culinary demonstrations and professional development opportunities during ChefConnect: Baltimore, Feb. 15-17 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront.

The conference topics will highlight culinary trends for 2015 and include discussions on food pairings, vegetable-based and meat-alternative entrees, gourmet ice cream desserts and how to build relationships with local farmers. In addition, seminars will take place on the topic of sustainable seafood, from the science of oyster aquaculture and wild-caught versus farmed fish to the growing process of mussels.

Regional awards will be announced at the event, including ACF Chef Educator of the Year, Achievement of Excellence Awards and ACF President’s Medallions. Eleven student teams from the Northeast and Southeast will compete in the Baron Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl, sponsored by American Technical Publishers. The knowledge bowl is a “Jeopardy”-style culinary competition that includes questions on culinary, baking, nutrition, sanitation and math. For information, visit www.acfchefs.org/events or call (800) 624-9458.

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MRA Names Chefs In 'Holiday Hangover To End Childhood Hunger'

The Massachusetts Restaurant Assn. (MRA) has announced its lineup of Boston chefs who will participate in the upcoming “Holiday Hangover to End Childhood Hunger,” a new industry event with Harpoon Brewery benefiting the “No Kid Hungry” campaign. The event will take place at Harpoon’s Seaport Brewery at 306 Northern Ave. in Boston on Monday, Jan. 26, from 7 to 10 p.m.

Boston chefs participating in the event include Chris Anderson of Clover; Chris Coombs of Boston Chops; Michael Leviton of Area Four, A4 Pizza and Lumiere; Andy Husbands of Tremont 647; Jay Murray of Grill 23; Mike Zentner of Gaslight Brasserie; Rodney Murillo of Davio’s; Josh Ziskin of La Morra; Mary Dumont of Harvest; Jamie Mammano and Anthony Wall of Teatro; and Jody Adams of Rialto.

The ticket price is $40 ($30 for those in the restaurant industry using a code) and includes admission, two beers and tastings of the chefs’ dishes with beer pairing samples.

Net proceeds will benefit No Kid Hungry, which is working to end childhood hunger in America by ensuring that children start the day with a nutritious breakfast and that families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget.

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Latest Word in Food Service...

F.A.B, a national food service marketing and purchasing cooperative for independent distributors, announced that Harold “Chip” Walker has been named executive vice president and chief operating officer. He had served as FAB’s executive vice president of sales and marketing, leading FAB’s membership development initiative.

• Quiznos has appointed Doug Pendergast as the company’s new president and chief executive officer. He has held a variety of leadership roles in the restaurant industry, most recently as president and chief executive officer of The Krystal Co. Prior to that, he held positions as chief development and franchising officer for Craftworks, executive vice president and chief franchise officer for Church’s Chicken and vice president of strategy for AFC Enterprises.

• Wendy’s is the latest fast food chain to remove soda from its kids meal but will remain a separate ordering option. Meanwhile McDonald’s is offering books as the toy in Happy Meals.

• Pizza Hut is launching gluten-free pizzas through a partnership with Udi’s Gluten Free and the Gluten Intolerance Group.

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