MRA Hall Of Fame Event Set For Oct. 29 At World Trade Center

The Mass. Restaurant Assn. (MRA) announced its selections to its Hall of Fame Dinner, Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the World Trade Center in Boston. They are: David Celuzza, Slattery’s Restaurant, Fitchburg, Mass.; Joe Thibert, TriMark United East, South Attleboro, Mass.; John Grady, Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub, Woburn, Mass.; David Colella, The Colonnade Hotel, Boston; and Kathy Murphy of the MRA.

The event begins at 6 p.m., with dinner following at 7 p.m. The MRA Hall of Fame was established to recognize individuals who have 
exhibited extraordinary dedication to the hospitality industry.

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Northampton Eyes New Rules For Restaurants That Cook With Grease

The The Northampton Board of Health is reviewing a bylaw that would require all food service establishments that generate fats, oil and grease (FOG) to install and maintain a compliant pre-treatment system. The idea is to prevent backups to the city’s sewer system.

Under the proposed rules, any new restaurant or restaurant undergoing “substantial renovations” would have to install an outdoor/underground grease interceptor with a minimum 1,500-gallon capacity, or an indoor automatic grease trap. Existing restaurants would be required to install or upgrade such systems at the discretion of the Northampton Health Department.

The traps would service sinks, floor drains, dishwashers, automatic hood wash units or any fixture that allows fat, oil or grease to be discharged into the sewer.

All connections to the trap would have to be equipped with a proper “flow control device.” The proposed rules call for regular cleaning of the traps, for good recordkeeping by restaurants and for regular inspections by city agents.

The waste grease would have to be collected in a container from an approved vendor, stored on an impervious surface and kept in a sheltered area away from rain, snow and vermin. It would then be hauled away by a permitted offal/septage hauler.

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FAB Adds Two Members To Independent Cooperative

F.A.B. Inc. (Frosty Acres Brands), the national foodservice marketing and purchasing cooperative for independent distributors, announced Jordan Banana Co. and Shaker Valley Foods as the newest members of the cooperative.

Founded in 1984 as a deli meats and cheese distributor, Shaker Valley Foods has since expanded to a food service broadline distributor and processor of meats. Shaker Valley Foods services restaurants, delis, taverns, convenience stores, caterers, hospitals, hotels, clubs and special events in the northeastern Ohio area.

In 1890 Jordan Banana Co. started selling fruits and vegetables and processing bananas in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. Now owned and operated by fourth generation family, Jordan Banana is a food service broadline distributor servicing restaurants, schools, hospitals, institutions, independent grocery stores and convenience stores in the greater Pittsburgh area.

The F.A.B. cooperative is comprised of independent food distributors in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and Bermuda. Members of F.A.B. consist of broadliners, wholesalers, retailers, c-store distributors, system distributors and center-of-the plate specialists. F.A.B. provides national brands and private brands, such as Restaurant’s Pride and Up for Grabs, to its members.

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Latest Word in Food Service...

Six chefs from across the country competed in the 2014 Vitamix Challenge during the 9th annual StarChefs International Chefs Congress in New York City. On Oct. 27, the six contestants contributed their own ingredients to create a signature dish using a Vitamix blender in unusual and innovative ways. The six chefs chosen to compete this year included: Robert Sisca, chef, Bistro Du Midi, Boston; Melinda Dorn, pastry chef, L’Etoile, Madison, Wis.; Marcos Fernandez, chef, Lakeland Yacht & Country Club, Lakeland, Fla.; Scott Drewno, chef, The Source by Wolfgang Puck, Washington, D.C.; Matt Bolus, chef, The 404 Kitchen, Nashville, Tenn.; and Courtney Weyl, pastry chef, wd~50, New York City.

• Popeyes is looking to triple the number of locations it has in the Boston area. There are eight locations in the Boston metro area with plans to add another 15 to 20 over the next five years.

• Crumbs Bakeshop, which filed for bankruptcy in July, reopened a location in New York City. An additional 25 locations will open in the next month.

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