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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Resy is Using Machine Learning to Help Restaurants Turn Tables More Efficiently

Resy is Using Machine Learning to Help Restaurants Turn Tables More Efficiently

On this episode of On Foodable: Industry Pulse, we talk to Stephanie Cohen, head of sales for Resy, as she explains how the CRM platform helps restaurants better run their front of house operations.

The company launched in New York City in 2014 and is co-founded by innovators and entrepreneurs Ben Leventhal, Michael Montero, and Gary Vaynerchuk. Resy features complete restaurant reservations and waitlist system, table management, ticketing, web and app booking, CRM, and POS.

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The Forge's Wine Cellar: 300,000 Vintages All in One Place

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The space where The Forge is built upon has been around since the 1920s, and back then, it was an actual blacksmith’s forge. It was transformed into a restaurant in the 1930s, and in 1968, was bought by Alvin Malnik, whose family still owns the restaurant today. Malnik spent a million dollars to renovate the restaurant, bringing it to its modern-day opulence. Today, one of Alvin’s sons, Shareef Malnik, owns and runs the prestigious Miami steakhouse.

While The Forge is famous for its steaks, its wine cellar does not fall in the shadow of its culinary counterpart. With more than 300,000 vintages ranging from $35 to $165,000, The Forge’s wine cellar is considered by wine connoisseurs to be one of the finest collections in the world.

Gino Santangelo has been the sommelier at The Forge for 35 years now, and as such, knows every single bottle in The Forge’s eight-room wine cellar. In this tour, Gino introduces us to the numerous vintages and some very special bottles housed in the Malnik’s private family collection.

The first room of the wine cellar houses some of the finest classic French wines classified as either French Burgundy or Bordeaux. The vintages in this room go back to 1873, a Mouton Rothschild. Within the wine cellar is a private dining room known as the Grand Tasting Room. The dining table is surrounded by walls of Burgundies and classic Californian wines.

One of the largest rooms in the cellar will mesmerize visitors. It is one of the storage rooms and yet still cannot hold all of the wine The Forge has available.

Wines in this storage include bottles from Italy, Burgundy, California, Argentina, Chile, Australia, and New Zealand. In just this room, they house about 30,000 bottles.

However, the most incredible part of the wine cellar is locked behind iron gates. Normally not shown on tours, the Malnik’s private collection holds about 175 bottles of wine with a value of 2.2 million dollar. Most of the bottles in this collection are from the 1800s. The oldest vintage was made with grapes harvested in 1822, the year after Napoleon died. It truly is a sight you must see for yourself.

Matt & Marie’s Is Revitalizing the Classic Italian Sandwich

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Marie Capp and Justin Saplosky met at the Wharton School of business, where one of their first conversations centered around their favorite sandwiches. Their passion for sandwiches and hospitality flourished into a catering business, and just a few weeks after graduating, the pair opened their first brick-and-mortar location in Philadelphia, Matt & Marie’s.

“I dreamed about being able to open my own restaurant since I was very young. Matt similarly said when he retires, he hopes to be able to own a sandwich shop,” Capp said.

It was a match made in sandwich heaven. When the two began brainstorming their menu, they wanted to modernize the classic Italian sandwiches.

“We loved the idea of centering the business around a sandwich. Fresh, healthy, high-quality Italian ingredients with a lot of pop,” she said.


The pair turned to Chef Ryan Smith of New York Vintners to help them create a signature menu of sandwiches that hit on all five flavor profiles in every bite: sweet, salty, bitter, sour, and umami. Their elevated Italian classics have really resonated with their customers.  

“It’s something you would normally get at a nice Italian restaurant at night. Picking on a little sharp provolone, a little fennel salami. I say it’s lunch time. I want a charcuterie board on a piece of Italian bread.”

You can also get a little inventive at Matt & Marie’s. With a balance of sweet and spicy, their Ducati Dealer is their take on a Vietnamese bahn mi.

“If they trust that they can come to one location, but be able to experiment with what they get, it’s a slam dunk,” Capp said.

Check out how Matt & Marie’s is faring in the sandwich city of America on this episode of “Fast Casual Nation.”