12 Under 35: Rahanna Bisseret Martinez, Chef/TV Personality

Age: 16 Rahanna Bisseret Martinez has already accumulated a lifetime’s worth of cooking experiences, and she’s still in high school. The Top Chef Junior finalist has seen her culinary star rise not only because of her talents in the kitchen, but also because her poise and maturity give her a presence people might not expectRead More

Specialty Food Live! Preview: Q&A with Hartman’s Balanko

As the pandemic continues, consumers are seeking ways to feel healthier and more resilient in this uncertain world. One of the ways that they are doing that is through functional foods and beverages. Shelley Balanko, senior vice president at the Hartman Group, will be speaking at Specialty Food Live!, SFA’s upcoming virtual event, about functionality andRead More

Taco Truck Feeds Undocumented Workers Amid CA Wildfires

La Santa Torta, a popular Bay Area taco truck, is working with farms in California’s Central Coast region to give free meals to undocumented farmworkers, reports Eater. Because they don’t qualify for any federal relief money, many of these workers are still out in the fields this week, picking produce despite the dangerously polluted airRead More

FMI Encourages Consumers to ‘Get Coin Moving’

FMI has launched a coin circulation resource page to help drive awareness about the coin circulation problem in the U.S. For the grocery industry, this problem affects a grocer’s ability to complete cash transactions, which significantly limits the ability of consumers to buy necessary goods and services. In July, FMI joined the U.S. Coin TaskRead More

Homemade Food Marketplace Raises $8.8 Million

Shef, a homemade foods marketplace that allows cooks to sell meals in their local communities, has raised $8.8 million in seed funding from investors. Shef will use the funds to create opportunities for individuals who have lost their jobs or been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Our priority right now is to ease hardship, bothRead More

Specialty Food Live! Education Preview: Q&A with Mintel’s David Lockwood

David Lockwood, director of Mintel Consulting, has been a research pioneer for more than 30 years and specializes in identifying and starting new lines of business. He, along with other industry experts, will be speaking at Specialty Food Live!, SFA’s upcoming virtual event, taking place Sept. 21-24. Lockwood’s session, The State of the Specialty FoodRead More

Blue Hill Restaurants Pivot to Chef-In-Residence Model

The Blue Hill restaurant at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, New York will not reopen under its current format next year, but instead will house a chef-in-residence program, reports The New York Times.  In a letter, chef-owner Dan Barber told staff of the plan whereby he hopes to welcome four chefs over the next year, oneRead More

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