Nicole Marquis, Founder and CEO of HipCityVeg is an Entrepreneur on a Mission

Nicole Marquis, Founder and CEO of HipCityVeg is an Entrepreneur on a Mission
  • Philadelphia’s HipCityVeg is on a Mission to Show that Plant-Based Food can be Delicious!

On this episode, Nicole Marquis, Founder and CEO of HipCityVeg, tells us how she developed her restaurant to show people that plant-based cuisine can be delicious. Her mission started when her desire to help her father fix his high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes became a debate about genetics versus diet.  Nicole knew that she needed to show, not tell, her father that he could eat well and not give anything up that he loves about food, to instill a lifestyle change.

Listen to the podcast above to hear how Marquis is using the restaurant industry to facilitate lifestyle changes for her customers. 

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Puerto Rico is Leading the Way in Adoption of the Independent Craft Brewer Seal

Puerto Rico is Leading the Way in Adoption of the Independent Craft Brewer Seal
  • What will it take for the remaining craft breweries to adopt the seal?

  • Will these efforts and technicalities benefit or hinder the growth in the craft beer segment?

It looks like the Brewers Association (BA) has been able to convince many small and independent craft breweries to adopt the Independent Craft Brewer Seal.

This many to be exact— 3,524.

This effort, of course, emerged as big beer companies, like Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), had been slowly but steadily acquiring more and more craft breweries to expand their portfolio and better capitalize on the small-batch beer consumer trend.

Foodable took interest on the subject last year and decided to compare three previously craft beer brands that were acquired by big beer companies to compare consumer sentiment before and after their buyouts. The result? The two brands that were acquired by a bigger beverage company actually had higher sentiment scores after the acquisition. This could be due to many different factors, including more resources for equipment, quality lab testing, and even marketing.

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Satisfy Melty Cheese Cravings with The Vegan Roadie's Quinoa Nachos Supreme

Satisfy Melty Cheese Cravings with The Vegan Roadie's Quinoa Nachos Supreme
  • The Vegan Roadie shares his Quinoa Nachos Supreme recipe from his Simply Vegan Cookbook

  • Learn to make the best easy nacho cheese sauce in this episode of Smart Kitchen.

In this episode of Foodable’s Smart Kitchen, we share another easy vegan recipe to help you provide more mindful options to your guests. Foodable’s plant-based chef, Nathi Toro,  introduces us to The Vegan Roadie, Dustin Harder. Dustin has spent the last 10 years traveling across the country, seeking out the best vegan eats on his YouTube show. With all this exploration and all his experimentation, Dustin has pulled together his best recipes and shared them all in his new book, the Simply Vegan Cookbook.

The Simply Vegan Cookbook shares 150 recipes, each with two variations for essentially 450 recipes! And they’re all EASY.

Adding vegan items to your menu is a no-brainer as consumers continue to trend towards healthier, more mindful food choices. Don’t disqualify yourself simply because you don’t offer plant-based options. Using ingredients already in your pantry, you could be offering easy vegan dishes, placing your brand at the top of the list for this new breed of foodie.

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How a Restaurateur and New Jersey Lawmaker Pay Tribute to Late Anthony Bourdain

How a Restaurateur and New Jersey Lawmaker Pay Tribute to Late Anthony Bourdain
  • How Anthony Bourdain helped a family business achieve the American Dream.

  • Pending approval, there may be an “Anthony Bourdain Food Trail” in New Jersey, thanks to a local lawmaker.

Earlier this month, restaurant industry icon, Anthony Bourdain, committed suicide in France.

The late chef, who was born in New York but grew up in the New Jersey suburb of Leonia, touched many lives in the industry at both a national and international level. Bourdain’s death was a shock to his family, friends, peers, colleagues, and fans everywhere. Those who mourned him made a memorial at the restaurant he served as executive chef for eight years— Brasserie Les Halles.

This week, a resolution was introduced by Democratic New Jersey Assemblyman Paul Moriarty to establish the “Anthony Bourdain Food Trail” in his honor, as reported by The Associated Press.

In New York, Bourdain’s death inspired Xi’an Famous Foods’ CEO, Jason Wang, to donate earnings from June 8 to a Suicide Hotline as announced in the company's Facebook page.

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These Countries Have Slapped Tariffs on the American Bourbon Industry

These Countries Have Slapped Tariffs on the American Bourbon Industry

China, Mexico, Canada, and the European Union have collectively agreed to impose tariffs on America's beloved bourbon. 

Is this in response to the recent steel and aluminum tariffs President Donald Trump recently implemented?

Trump has made it clear that his administration’s trade policies will reflect his “America First” campaign. 

Trump has threatened to end or at least renegotiate multiple trade agreements, including the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico and the U.S.-South Korea free-trade agreement. 

The steel and aluminum order introduced a 25% tariff on steel products and 10% on aluminum goods. Trump said, like he has in the past, that Canada and Mexico could remain exempt if a “new and fair” North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) is signed. 

The China, Mexico, Canada, and the European Union are making their next move in the trade negotiations by slapping tariffs on bourbon. 

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Fresh Blends Creates World’s First Digitally Integrated Platform with 100% Natural Ingredients

Fresh Blends Creates World’s First Digitally Integrated Platform with 100% Natural Ingredients
  • Fresh Blender is an intuitive high-performance smoothie machine that allows customers to create 600 varieties.

  • Fresh Blends’ technological advancements allows for operator and consumer convenience.

On this episode of On Foodable: Industry Pulse, we talk to Sean Larkin, executive vice president of global commercialization at Fresh Blends, North America, as he showcases the Fresh Blender powered by Fresh Blends’ innovative beverage platform.


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The Online Catering Marketplace ezCater Announces Massive Funding Round

The Online Catering Marketplace ezCater Announces Massive Funding Round

This week, the corporate catering online marketplace ezCater announced that the company has raised a $100 million series D investment by Wellington Management Company LLP. 

Th company has now raised 170 million in total with the help of other investors including ICONIQ Capital and Insight Venture Partners.

“We’re flattered Wellington Management is joining us as an investor,” said Stefania Mallett, co-founder, and CEO at ezCater. “After six years of at least doubling our revenue annually, we’re the market leader by a considerable margin. Watch for more products for our catering partners, more offerings for our customers, and international expansion too. With this round and these backers, we’re unbeatable."

Last year, the Foodable team sat down with ezCater to learn more about how the company is making it easier for operators to leverage their catering business. 

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How Supermarket Foodservice Can Compete with Restaurants

How Supermarket Foodservice Can Compete with Restaurants
  • If supermarkets follow these tips they can position their business to better compete with restaurants in the fast casual segment.

  • Grocery retailers can have the real upper hand with time-saving shoppers if they amped their foodservice capabilities.

Grocery stores are uniquely positioned to compete with restaurants when it comes to serving up fresh meals.

Sure. Consumers have more choices today than they did a decade ago with the rise of restaurant openings (especially in the fast-casual segment), but supermarkets can be a one-stop-shop for time-saving shoppers.

It’s true… more and more restaurants are offering healthier options, but if grocery stores can perfect their foodservice game, they will have the real upper hand.

As Supermarket News reports, there are nine things these businesses can do to streamline their operations. Here are four that stood out to us:

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Alternative Foods Hit the Mainstream, Providing Better-for-You Options

Alternative Foods Hit the Mainstream, Providing Better-for-You Options

Consumers today are making a notable shift towards eating cleaner. It’s led to the success of a number of small, artisanal companies with lofty values, and now, a wave of large brand names are also getting into the game, often by acquiring these smaller, innovative companies.

Carmel Hagan, Founder of Supernatural New York City explains how once trendy lifestyle changes like organic, plant-based, and vegan are now being adopted by larger shares of the market.

“The idea that we need to be taking care of ourselves through food is becoming more and more mainstream and that’s something that I think, at a baseline, is probably the number one thing that most people can do in their lives to have autonomy over their health,” she says.

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Xenial Serves An All-In-One Solution for Restaurants & Businesses Alike

Xenial Serves An All-In-One Solution for Restaurants & Businesses Alike
  • Xenial is an all-in-one, cloud-based solution to help restaurants run their businesses.

  • Xenial is Taco Bell’s mobile ordering solution.

On this episode of On Foodable: Industry Pulse, we talk to Christopher Sebes, the president of Xenial as he explains the cloud-based, full-restaurant platform solution which allows business operators to do everything necessary to run their business from one application.

Xenial includes “everything from ordering to payroll integration, time and attendance management, inventory, labor scheduling, reporting. And, the ordering platform also includes all sorts of ordering, so that’s mobile ordering, web ordering, customization kiosk,” said Sebes. “And, Xenial doesn’t charge extra for those services.”

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