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As part of our mission to champion our readers and the industry, Food Industry News, in conjunction with Outfront Media, recently ran a billboard campaign across the Chicagoland area encouraging diners to support frontline hospitality workers and to eat out more often. See more photos on page 2 of this issue.

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Food Industry News, in conjunction with Outfront Media, recently showed its support for food and restaurant entrepreneurs, employees and their suppliers and support staff with a few billboards around Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. The billboards urge consumers to dine out locally and enjoy doing so regularly.

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Chicago Restaurant Week Reimagines ‘First Bites’ into ‘First Give’ Moment

Organizers at Choose Chicago celebrated the spirit of community with the launch of a “First Give” moment and donation to a worthy cause. On March 19, Choose Chicago Board Chair Glenn Eden (pictured above left) visited chef Michael Airhart (right), founder of Taste for the Homeless, and gave him a check for $5,000. This gesture represented a new take on Chicago Restaurant Week’s annual kickoff event—First Bites Bash— which traditionally features tastings from participating restaurants. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Choose Chicago instead elected to “First Give” instead of “First Bites.” Each year, an honorary chef is traditionally featured at First Bites Bash, and in recognition of the challenges so many have had these past twelve months, Choose Chicago wanted to recognize the admirable efforts of chef Airhart and support his program. “While much has changed this year, it was so important to keep our key traditions alive, including our incredibly popular annual Chicago Restaurant Week,” said Glenn Eden, board chair, Choose Chicago. A success story in his own right, Airhart began his life’s work as an eight-year-old in a single-parent apartment on Chicago’s South Side. It was there that he learned how to cook, sew and provide for himself, two brothers and others in the city’s largest public housing development, Altgeld Gardens. Everyone came to know him as someone feeding the other kids. Little did he know that decades later, this innate spirit of hospitality would evolve into Taste for the Homeless. Airhart started the Taste for the Homeless program eight years ago and now serves more than 1,500 meals daily seven days a week at four locations starting at 5 a.m. He always has extra clothing and toiletries on hand for those in need and has partnered with North Side Housing and Supportive Services for weekly meal-giving and countless fundraising efforts. “I am honored to feed our fellow sisters and brothers as God guides me and the organization to do. I could not pull this off without God leading me, having my beautiful wife by my side, the volunteers and other organizations who come out to help in any way they can, and all the people that make donations,” said Airhart. “It is such an honor that Taste for the Homeless was chosen by Choose Chicago ... for that and more, I thank you.” Chef Mike plans to soon launch a mobile food truck, complete with a shower in the back, for Chicago’s homeless community.

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White Castle, a family-owned business since 1921, officially passed the century mark on March 10 and became the first fastfood hamburger chain to reach the milestone. When the iconic brand and its longest-running partner, Coca-Cola, considered innovative ways to commemorate the occasion, they turned to Bryan Moss, a Columbus, Ohio, artist to design augmented reality (AR) cups for the restaurants and a large-scale mural for the home office. The three collectible augmented reality soft drink cups come alive with sound and motion when viewed through a smartphone.

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Franklin Park, IL Tel: 847-455-5355 Web Site: www.algelatochicago.com Products: Gelato, Sorbet, Ice Cream & Frozen Desserts

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Chicago, IL Tel: 646-884-2528 Web Site: www.biadgi.com Products: Chocolate and Caramel Sauces; Powdered Beverage Mixes

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Carol Stream, IL Tel: 847-228-7070 Web Site: www.devancofoods.com Products: Gyros, Pita Bread, Tzatziki Sauce, Beef Pepperoni, Beef Bacon, Halal Products, Italian Beef, French Dip, Burgers, Chicken Burgers, Plant-Based Products, Hummus

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Countryside, IL Tel: 708-598-0909 Web Site: www.formellagourmet.com Products: Italian Gourmet Condiments Including Giardiniera, Muffuletta, Pasta Sauces, Salsas, Vinegars & Oils

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Glenview, IL Tel: 847-730-3919 Web Site: www.mbifoods.com Products: Falafel, Soups, Sauces, Side Dishes

Mullen Foods

Niles, IL Tel: 773-716-9001 Web Site: www.mullenfoods.com Products: Mullen’s Applesauce

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St. Charles, IL Tel: 310-266-9394 Web Site: www.gindos.com Products: Hot Sauces & Spice Blends

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Oswego, IL Tel: 630-554-9530 Web Site: www.greenmountainflavors.com Products: Clean Label Natural & Organic Certified Flavors, Extracts, Stabilizers, & Colors

Lillie’s Q Sauces & Rubs Chicago, IL Tel: 773-531-1510 Web Site: www.lilliesq.com Products: Sauces, Chips, Proteins

Lincoln Provision, Inc.

Cicero, IL Tel: 773-343-6326 Web Site: www.chateaufoods.com Products: Potato & Bread Dumplings

Vanee Foods Co.

Berkeley, IL Tel: 708-236-7013 Web Site: www.vaneefoodservice.com Products: Prepared Entrees, Gravies & Sauces

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Chicago, IL Tel: 773-254-2400 Web Site: www.lincolnprovision.com Products: Black Mountain Premium Beef

Des Plaines, IL Tel: 847-813-6040 Web Site: www.marconi-foods.com Products: Giardiniera, Peppers, Spreads, Oil, Vinegar, Olives, Sauces, Dressings

Meats By Linz, Inc.

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Calumet City, IL Tel: 708-862-0830 Web Site: www.meatsbylinz.com Products: Beef, Pork, Lamb & Veal

Gurnee, IL Tel: 847-403-7078 Web Site: www.yingskitchen.com Products: Ying’s Asian Sauces, Batter Mixes, Dry Rub.

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The relief bill passed by Congress contains more benefits for restaurants than just the $28.6 billion in direct aid. The landmark COVID-19 relief bill signed into law by President Biden earmarks $28.6 billion in direct aid to restaurants. First, the basic benefits for restaurants: The bill’s biggest benefit for restaurants is undoubtedly the fund, in part because it’s aimed solely at the industry. The Revitalization Fund will be administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Its funding will be distributed in grants in amounts of up to $10 million per restaurant company, but not more than $5 million per location. The grants are not taxable as income. To ensure the money goes to small businesses, only places that had fewer than 20 locations as of last March 20 are eligible. Publicly traded companies are ineligible.About $5 billion is reserved for truly small food-service ventures—places that had 2019 revenues of less than $500,000. Extension of a key payroll tax break: Restaurants are the most likely users of the Employee Retention Tax Credit, a provision that allows employers to write off up to 70% of what they spent to keep employees on their payrolls despite the economic impact of the pandemic. The credit is taken against the employer’s portion of Social Security taxes, or up to $7,000 per quarter per employee. Increased PPP spending: The fund is intended to complement the PPP, not replace it. It provides the PPP with an additional $7.25 billion in available funding, presumably for second and first-time loans from the SBA. Increased food-assistance funding: Many restaurateurs are unaware that participants in the federal food assistance plan known as SNAP, for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, can account for significant portions of a value-oriented operation’s sales. The American Rescue Plan extends a 15% bump in SNAP funding through Sept. 30. -Source: Restaurant Business Online

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French Brasserie, Cafe & Oyster Bar to Open in Chicago A new French brasserie featuring a swanky oyster and champagne bar is coming to downtown Chicago this spring. Backed by an impressive roster of hospitality industry leaders, Venteux is helmed by Chicago native Executive Chef-Partner Donald Young (Temporis, Les Nomades, Bistrot Saveurs), who is celebrated as the youngest Michelin-starred chef in Chicago. In partnership with restaurant operator Clique Hospitality (MGM Resorts International, Blackstone Group), Venteux will debut at 230 N. Michigan Ave. within the city's historic 1920s art deco landmark Carbide & Carbon Building in mid-May. It will be located on the ground floor of the forthcoming hotel Pendry Chicago. The menu at Venteux will offer comforting French fare imbued with a spark of signature creativity, courtesy of rising star Young (Crain's 20 In Their 20s, Jean Banchet Best Service 2019, Michelin Guide 2019). Diners can also look forward to playful raw bar renditions and nouveau savory plates. "This is going to be reinvigorated Nouvelle French cuisine," says Young. "I am pulling from 11 years of experience in French kitchens and adding unique twists to break some rules while still having some fun with it." -Source: PRNewswire

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Matchacita, a matcha-focused café at 705 W. Belden Ave. in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, is now open and serving a full menu of lattes, specialty drinks and pastries that boast superfoods. Founded and co-owned by Bianca Pearson, Matchacita is a dual-branded partnership with the recently opened health-conscious eatery Squeez Juice Bar, founded by Zach Segal. The Matchacita is a play on “mamacita,” said Pearson.

Bringing together worldly flavors and responsible, local ingredients, Janko Hospitality’s brandnew restaurant concept, Oaken Bistro + Bar, just opened within the highly-anticipated new Forester Hotel at 200 N. Field Dr. in Lake Forest, Illinois. Costco, the warehouse wholesaler, is opening a 24,000 square foot logistics office in the Woodfield Preserve Office Center. In Schaumburg, Ill. The property owner is investing approximately $1 million to renovate the space. Costco Logistics is slated to open in Spring 2021. For the Love of Chocolate – Long Grove’s Bite-Size Celebration to Replace Annual Chocolate Fest May 14 -16,2021. This year’s event will focus on all things chocolate, from chocolate demos to chocolate classes and everything in between. Land and Sea Dept. recently opened Parson’s Chicken and Fish at 2109 W. Chicago Ave. and is planning to open another location at 5721 N. Clark in Chicago in May 2021. They also have two more Chicagoland locations at 2952 W. Armitage and 2435 N. Halsted. Lake County Restaurant Week: Ten Days to Savor 2021 will be going on May 14,2021 through May 23, 2021. Each participating restaurant will be offering either a pre-fixe menu or an exclusive restaurant week dining offer. This 10-day event featuring over 75 restaurants throughout Lake County, Ill 60031. LM Parkside Restaurant & Café located at 2201 W. Montrose Ave. in Chicago Plans to Open Summer 2021.

NCG Cinema today unveiled their 26th location in the United States, a brand new, eightscreen, state-of-the-art theater in Alton, Illinois. The theater is one of the first new theaters to be constructed and open in the country following the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. Pescadero Seafood & Oyster Bar is planning to open their second location at 1258 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. Their other location is at 1167 Wilmette Ave. in Wilmette, Illinois. Road Ranger recently announced that it will be relocating its corporate headquarters to the Schaumburg Corporate Center at 1501 Woodfield Rd. The national fueling station and convenience store chain is expected to be open sometime in Spring 2021. Sable at Navy Pier Officially Opens Atop City’s Historic and Beloved Landmark. A once in a lifetime project, officially Curio Collection’s 100th property, this new extraordinary hotel situated in an equally extraordinary location. Travelers looking for ideas on where to spend the 14 weekends between Memorial Day and Labor Day can now view the 2021 Spring/Summer issue of Enjoy Illinois, the state’s free travel magazine, now available in digital and print versions to view and order at enjoyillinois. com. The Chicago Dogs announced their 2021 return of baseball to the award-winning Impact Field. They will play 52 home games in Rosemont, including its season opener against the Sioux City Explorers Friday, May 28th .

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Court Ruling Clears Way for Hydroponics to Join National Organic Program A U.S. District Court in San Francisco has ruled that USDA was correct in certifying organic hydroponic operations as eligible for the National Organic Program. It was a victory for the Coalition for Sustainable Organics and a defeat for the Center for Food Safety. It represented traditional organic producers who believe that without using soil, something cannot be organic. “This case stems from an ongoing debate about whether hydroponics, a form of soil-less agriculture, may be certified organic,” wrote Chief Judge Richard Seeborg for the U.S. District Court in Northern California. The ruling affirms USDA’s National Organic Program certification of organic hydroponic operations. -Source: Food Safety News

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24,000-Square-Foot Food Hall to Open in Las Vegas

Blending Eastern and Western food culture, Zouk Group, Singapore’s leading nightlife and lifestyle brand, will introduce an Asian hawker-inspired food hall concept with authentic street food and cuisines from around the world to Resorts World Las Vegas, the Strip’s new integrated resort opening this summer. Famous Foods Street Eats will be an interactive 24,000-square-foot street food destination, boasting 16 diverse food stalls from top chefs and restaurateurs. The destination will include Michelin Plate and Bib Gourmand winners, including restaurants by Marcus Samuelsson and James Trees, and under one roof. In addition, Famous Foods will feature a vibrant 16-seat center bar and a picturesque speakeasy hidden within the depths of the food hall. Zouk Group’s Executive Chairman Hui Lim and Chief Executive Officer Andrew Li not only took inspiration from these traditional hawker centers, but also recruited from them. Lim and Li traveled throughout Asia to taste cuisines and curated a selection of food stalls. The marketplace will offer food enthusiasts the authentic opportunity to “hawker-hop” and indulge in culturally traditional dishes, as well as stalls from U.S. eateries and their respective celebrated chefs, including Dedet de la Fuente (pictured) Photo credit: Pepita’s Kitchen and Blood Bros. BBQ. The fun and energetic space, conveniently located off the casino floor, is designed to offer Instagrammable moments for a new-age dining experience, featuring vibrant neon signs and trinkets, and an open seating area with floor-to-ceiling views of the iconic Las Vegas Strip. With food “edutainment” at the forefront of the Famous Foods experience, guests can enjoy Michelin-star meals at an affordable price while learning about the different cultures and origins of these authentic cuisines. Anchoring the space will stand a 10foot tall Lucky Cat sculpture made entirely of gold coins.

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The pandemic spurred changes at full-service eateries that shifted to off-premises formats to stay afloat as their dining rooms closed and then reopened at reduced capacity. A number of popular chains including Outback Steakhouse and the Cheesecake Factory have created fast-casual formats, and others launched curbside pickup and began testing drive-thru lanes to offer contactless options. -Source: Restaurant Business

National Pork Board Launches ‘Menú Urbano Fresh’ Campaign to Re-create Nutritious Street-Food Recipes The National Pork Board has teamed up with Mexican TV personality Karla Martínez to launch Menú Urbano Fresh, a campaign to help Latinos discover ways to re-create and enjoy authentic street-food dishes in a nutritious way without sacrificing what consumers love most about pork: its flavor. "I'm thrilled and honored to be part of this effort, not only to keep Hispanic traditions alive through cooking, but also to show consumers how pork is good for them and their families," said Martínez, a co-host of the popular morning show Despierta America on Univision. "Food is one of the primary ways Latinos celebrate and share our culture with family and friends. Every day, we are becoming more conscious of the dishes we cook and serve at our family's tables." According to NPB proprietary research, 79% of Hispanics cook meals to retain a connection to their native culture and 62% say they prefer food that reminds them of their family's tradition. In addition, 62% of Latinos agree that "healthy means fresh to me." Although there are different versions of a typical meal within each culture, one thing that remains constant in Hispanic cuisine is pork.

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Birthplace: Pennsylvania First Food-Service Job: Gino’s; and Golden Crest convalescent home, now known as Eastern Pines. Favorite Food: Lamb chops, Chilean sea bass, rib-eye steak and fresh pasta Awards/Honors: Presidential Medallion, 2020; Cutting Edge Award winner, American Culinary Federation, 2016; Bronze medal winner, ACF Chef of the Year competition, 2015; Achievement of Excellence Award, ACF, 2014; Humanitarian Award, 2014; Open Table Award for Final Cut Steak House, Hollywood Casino Joliet, 2014 Memorable Customers: There was a guest who came into the Hard Rock, and she was with her sister and her daughter. She was having a bad day because it was her birthday and she had to celebrate it without her husband, who had passed away. Then there was a guest in line that was very rude to her, and I removed her from the situation and sat her down in the restaurant with the rest of her party. I then fixed her our glazed salmon, which was her favorite meal and our server sang happy birthday to her and brought her a piece of birthday cake! She was so excited and happy and stated that was the happiest she had been in a long time since the loss of her husband. Worst Part of Job: The worst part of the job would be if there were no more customers coming through the doors to allow me to wow them with great customer service and awesome food! Most Humorous Kitchen Mishap: When I was in culinary school at the Academy of Culinary Arts in Mays Landing, N.J., I was employed at Caesars Atlantic City. I was in the bake shop portion of my apprenticeship, and was told by Chef Pierre to make pâte à choux. I didn’t measure any of the ingredients, thinking I could create my own recipe. Needless to say, I messed up the recipe. Chef Pierre was furious! He made me stand outside of the bake shop looking through the window for eight hours until I got the technique down to make pâte à choux correctly. Favorite Food to Prepare: Homemade fresh pasta and homemade fresh pizza. What part of the job gives the most pleasure: Having the opportunity to try and develop my staff, which includes my managers, supervisors and line employees. Also it gives me great joy to have the opportunity to service and feed the thousands of customers we have. If you couldn’t be a chef, what would you be and why: I would be a foster parent. There are many children who are without parents, and I would love to be their parent and show them love and care for them. It’s a lifelong dream of mine! Best advice you ever got: Always treat others as you would like to be treated. Also to lead by example and give flowers to the ones you love while they’re still with you. Where do you like to vacation: In the Bahamas. My wife Melinda and I really enjoyed it the last time we went! What do you enjoy most about FIN: Food Industry News has interesting culinary ads and current trends. Other than family, who was your greatest culinary influence?: The Chicago Chefs chapter of the American Culinary Federation; Master Chef Heiko Bendixen; and my mentor, Master Chef Tim Bucci of Joliet, Ill.

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Morgan’s on Fulton, the state-of-the-art events destination in the heart of the Fulton Market District, has announced the launch of an in-house catering division as well as a new retractable glass rooftop enclosure opening in early May 2021. With the début of Morgan’s Catering and the ambitious retractable rooftop addition, Morgan’s on Fulton is aiming to set the gold standard for full-service private event venues in the city. This private oasis in Chicago’s most vivacious dining and entertainment neighborhood features landscaped planters, lounge cabanas, and soon, a fully retractable glass canopy enclosure – giving the option of an innovative indoor or outdoor experience at the push of a button. The elegant greenhouselike penthouse structure, which will seat up to 160 for dinner or 250 for a cocktail party, will provide guests with allseason flexibility along with peace of mind knowing their dream event can go on despite rain, shine or snow.

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Artopolis Bakery-Café Evolves to Serve Its Customers

Founded in 1999, Artopolis is a successful Greek bakery-café,-market concept that has become part of the fabric of Chicago’s Greektown neighborhood. Located at 306 S. Halsted St. in a modern loft-style space with a light airy feel, Artopolis is an upscale scratch bakery-café producing beautiful sweet and savory items. In addition to the bakery items, they also have a full bar, wine by the glass menu, specialty coffee menu and retail section featuring imported Greek foods and spirits. The business is operated by two men who have deep roots in the restaurant business: Partners George N. Reveliotis, who grew up in the restaurant business and principal of Reveliotis Law, is joined by Olympia Foods chairman Andre P. Papantoniou, who together plan to continue bringing high quality, very flavorful foods to the operation. “We use many organic ingredients as well as products from the very best producers worldwide. We want quality and service to be our hallmark, which is why we are constantly trying to improve the food and customer experience. We feel fortunate that many guests are visiting more frequently and that we are seeing new faces who are becoming regulars” said Reveliotis. Starring on the menu is their Greek country bread, which takes 3 days to create. The dough ferments on the first day, rises on the second day and is slowly baked on the third day. The dough includes several secret ingredients including Greek honey. Other remarkable menu items include their “Artopitas,” which are house- made pastry puffs stuffed with fresh spinach, spring onion, leeks, dill and feta, another filled with Greek feta and Kasseri cheeses, egg and mint, and yet another with portobello mushroom, Swiss and Kasseri cheeses complemented by sweet onion and red pepper. Their signature sandwiches are served on house-made bread and include a chicken tequila sandwich made with hormonefree chicken breast, Roma tomato, arugula, avocado mash and a tequila lime aioli. They also have chicken fajitas served on pita bread, along with the more traditional beef and lamb gyro and chicken gyro. New to the menu is their Siracusa-style pan pizza, which is a Greco-Sicilian pizza prepared on a housemade focaccia-style crust, made with four cheeses, fresh basil, organic Greek oregano, San Marzano tomatoes and choice of toppings. Additionally, as dine-in restrictions continue to loosen, Artopolis plans to add many more dishes such as the Greek chicken platter that comes with grilled free-range chicken, Greek fries, Greek salad and their special bread. The café is open for dine in, delivery and carry out seven days a week from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The staff is warm and attentive. -C.M.

Pita Olive Opens in Streamwood Pita Olive restaurant recently opened at 948 S. Barrington Road in Streamwood, Ill. In addition to the Mediterranean menu, the restaurant also has a large selection of Chinese, Asian and American menu items because “some cravings have no ending.” There is something for everyone on this menu. Be sure to stop in and say hello to the owner Avi Berg and executive chef Paul Wong, who is a native of Hong Kong. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner seven days, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Cargill to Invest in Soy Processing Cargill plans to invest roughly $475 million in its U.S. soy processing capabilities, including modernizing the plants to make them more efficient and expanding operations at its network of crush facilities, the company said in a statement. Some of the improvements include faster unloading of oilseeds and loading of products, increased capacity and improved logistics. All of these efforts are aimed at getting Cargill’s customers quicker access to soybased ingredients. The global appetite for soy-based products is increasing due to a variety of factors including the growth of plant-based meat alternatives such as meat and dairy. -Source: FoodDive

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Former President of Kendall College Heading to NRA The National Restaurant Association has hired Texas Restaurant Association CEO Emily Knight as chief collaboration officer and EVP of industry relations, a newly created job intended to strengthen the association’s voice in speaking for restaurants of all sorts, including small independents. Coming from one of the industry’s largest state associations, Knight is also expected to help strengthen the ties between the national organization and its state affiliates. She describes her mission at the National Restaurant Association as “coalition building and driving change,” and sees the job as “a role that would bring us together with one voice.” Part of that focus will be on improving communication among all constituents and parties within the National Restaurant Association. Knight started her career in Pizza Hut’s Management Training Program, after earning a degree in hospitality management from Boston University. She served as a catering manager of a hotel, but most of her career has been spent in education. Prior to taking the top job at the Texas Restaurant Association, she served as president of Kendall College in Chicago. She holds a doctorate in higher education from Walden University.

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KFC Partners with Meals On Wheels to Help Seniors Kentucky Fried Chicken is donating one million pieces of chicken, this time dedicating its worldfamous secret recipe to support seniors across the country who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of this initiative, KFC is partnering with Meals on Wheels America to help provide meals to homebound seniors. From now through May, KFC U.S. is donating boneless, skinless chicken breast filets to local Meals on Wheels programs in select markets that Meals on Wheels programs will cook and deliver to seniors. Along with a one-time product donation to Meals on Wheels America from KFC U.S., KFC franchisees across the country will, dedicate a case of chicken per restaurant to cook and provide to seniors in their communities. Each local restaurant will determine where that donation is directed. In addition, to recognize and celebrate the volunteers who have been working selflessly throughout the pandemic to help Meals on Wheels, KFC is donating 11,000 KFC gift cards to be distributed to local Meals on Wheels program volunteers nationwide. -Source: PRNewswire

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BATCH FREEZERS Kool Technologies ....................................................... Page 46........ 630-483-2256 BBQ SAUCE- RUBS & SEASONINGS Pork Mafia Inc ............................................................. Page 39........ 312-543-5368 BEEF New S B L Inc ............................................................. Page 22........ 773-376-8280 BEEF & PORK Pioneer Wholesale Meat Inc ....................................... Page 09........ 312-243-6180 BEEF PRODUCTS Steinbach Provision .................................................... Page 29........ 773-538-1511 BEER GAS MacCARB ................................................................... Page 24........ 877-427-2499 BEVERAGE DISPENSING-EQUIPMENT United Fast Food & Beverage .......................................................... 847-616-0711 BEVERAGES Lifestyle Beverages .......................................................................... 630-941-7000 BOOTHS Chicago Booth ............................................................ Page 30........ 773-378-8400 Waco Manufacturing ......................................................................... 312-733-0054 BOOTHS-UPHOLSTERERS Chicago Booth ............................................................ Page 30........ 773-378-8400 BREAD & ROLLS Gonnella Baking Co .................................................... Page 07........ 312-733-2020 Ideal Bakery ...................................................................................... 773-631-6897 Il Mulino di Valenzano Bakery ........................................................... 847-671-5216 BROASTERS Wood Food Systems................................................... Page 11 ........ 847-949-9663 BUSINESS-OPPORTUNITIES Village of Wheeling ..................................................... Page 21........ 847-499-9094 BUTCHER BLOCK WOOD TABLES RestaurantWoodTables.com ............................................................. 773-599-6200 BUTTER-CLARIFIED Danish Maid Butter Co................................................ Page 12........ 773-731-8787 BUTTER-PREPORTIONED-WHIPPED Danish Maid Butter Co................................................ Page 12........ 773-731-8787 BUYING GROUPS/CO-OPS GARC ......................................................................... Page 42........ 847-824-6941 CAKES & DESSERTS Chicago Sweet Connection .............................................................. 773-283-4430 CALAMARI Fisherman’s Pride ....................................................... Page 17........ 800-543-2110 CANNOLI & CANNOLI PRODUCTS Lezza Spumoni & Desserts ........................................ Page 27........ 708-547-5969 CARRY OUT PACKAGING Bulldog Packaging ............................................................................ 630-458-1152 CARRYOUT & CATERING PACKAGING Alfa Restaurant Supply ..................................................................... 773-588-6688 CASH & CARRY OUTLETS Chef’s Kitchen/Dearborn................................................................... 773-801-1600 CASH AND CARRY OUTLETS Angelo Caputo’s Fresh Markets ....................................................... 630-514-1338 CBD PRODUCTS Wiscon Corp - Caputo Cheese ......................................................... 708-450-0074 CHAIRS-COMMERCIAL Chicago Booth ............................................................ Page 30........ 773-378-8400 Waco Manufacturing ......................................................................... 312-733-0054 CHEESECAKES Eli’s Cheesecakes............................................................................. 773-736-3417 CHEESES Wiscon Corp - Caputo Cheese ......................................................... 708-450-0074 CHICKEN-PROGRAMS Wood Food Systems................................................... Page 11 ........ 847-949-9663 FSI/Foodservice Solutions ................................................................ 847-719-6088

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CHILI Bistro Soups (Div of Vienna Beef) .................................................... 773-278-7800 CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING Food Industry News .......................................................................... 847-699-3300 CLEANING PRODUCTS SuperClean ....................................................................................... 847-361-0289 CLEANING SERVICES Elmwood Cleaning Service ......................................... Page 02........ 773-782-5480 Kleen Teem Group ...................................................... Page 48........ 866-324-2500 CO-PACKING & PRIVATE LABEL Milano Baking Company ................................................................. 800-495-BUNS CO2 MacCARB ................................................................... Page 24........ 877-427-2499 COFFEE ROASTERS Tec Foods Inc ............................................................. Page 44........ 773-638-5310 Tugboat Coffee ................................................................................. 630-390-6613 COFFEE-WHOLESALE Thomas Coffee ........................................................... Page 19........ 815-768-9651 COLD STORAGE Perishable Distribution Solutions ................................ Page 09........ 888-491-1641 COMPRESSED GAS MacCARB ................................................................... Page 24........ 877-427-2499 COMPUTER SUPPORT KCS Computer Technology ........................................ Page 09........ 847-288-9820 CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES Walter Daniels Construction ............................................................. 773-775-0170 CONSULTANTS-RESTAURANT & HOSPITALITY InnPowerment Hospitality Consulting ............................................... 312-399-5655 CONTRACT LABOR SERVICES All About Personnel .................................................... Page 18........ 630-336-6238 Atlas Employment Services ........................................ Page 03........ 847-671-1557 CONTRACT MANUFACTURING Bistro Soups (Div of Vienna Beef) .................................................... 773-278-7800 COOKING EQUIPMENT Ramar Supply Co ....................................................... Page 25........ 708-233-0808 CORNED BEEF-FRESH Vienna Beef ...................................................................................... 773-278-7800 CORPORATE GIFTS Vienna Beef ...................................................................................... 773-278-7800 COVID-19 DISINFECTING Kleen Teem Group ...................................................... Page 48........ 866-324-2500 DAIRY-PRODUCTS Instantwhip Chicago ................................................... Page 45........ 773-235-5588 Mori Milk & Ice Cream ................................................ Page 23........ 847-671-3326 DESSERT SUPPLIES Fox Valley Farms .............................................................................. 630-231-3005 DESSERTS Algelato Chicago......................................................... Page 12........ 847-455-5355 The Baking Institute .................................................... Page 19........ 847-419-0333 Chicago Sweet Connection .............................................................. 773-283-4430 Eli’s Cheesecakes............................................................................. 773-736-3417 Fox Valley Farms .............................................................................. 630-231-3005 DESSERTS-WHOLESALE Lezza Spumoni & Desserts ........................................ Page 27........ 708-547-5969 DIRECT MAIL PROGRAMS Food Industry News .......................................................................... 847-699-3300 DIRECTV All Sports Direct ................................................................................ 630-918-3000 DISINFECTING SERVICES Kleen Teem Group ...................................................... Page 48........ 866-324-2500 DUCT CLEANING Enviromatic Corp of America ...................................... Page 29........ 800-325-8476 Olympia Maintenance ....................................................................... 708-344-0344

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Page 34 EGGS Farmers Hen House ................................................... Page 30........ 319-683-2206 Meadowbrook Egg & Dairy Company............................................... 773-523-8861 ELECTRICAL REPAIR & MAINTENANCE Mackay Heating & Mechanical ................................... Page 45........ 847-381-0448 ELECTRICIANS Elmwood Cleaning Service ......................................... Page 02........ 773-782-5480 EMPLOYEE HANDBOOKS Employco USA............................................................ Page 47........ 630-920-0000 EMPLOYMENT ATTORNEYS Rob Bernstein - Laner Muchin .......................................................... 312-342-7778 EMPLOYMENT LAW Laner Muchin .................................................................................... 312-467-9800 ENERGY BROKER Century Energy Solutions ........................................... Page 20........ 630-817-3164 ETHNIC FOODS Kikkoman Sales USA........................................................................ 630-954-1244 FAUCETS Faucet Shoppe The .......................................................................... 773-478-3890 FILTERS-EXHAUST SYSTEMS Olympia Maintenance ....................................................................... 708-344-0344 FIRE SUPRESSION SYSTEMS Fox Valley Fire & Safety.............................................. Page 08........ 847-695-5990 FIRE-EXTINGUISHERS Henrichsen’s Fire & Safety Equipment ............................................. 800-373-9714 FLATBREADS Grecian Delight Foods ...................................................................... 847-364-1010 FLOOR-NON-SLIP TREATMENT Step Advantage .......................................................... Page 30........ 312-801-4123 FOOD DISTRIBUTORS B & B Foodservice ...................................................... Page 45........ 815-834-2621 Cugini Distribution....................................................... Page 06........ 708-695-9471 Devanco Foods........................................................... Page 20........ 847-228-7070 Olympia Food Industries ............................................. Page 04........ 847-349-9358 Tec Foods Inc ............................................................. Page 44........ 773-638-5310 Angelo Caputo’s Fresh Markets ....................................................... 630-514-1338 Anichini Brothers............................................................................... 312-644-8004 Chef’s Kitchen/Dearborn................................................................... 773-801-1600 Chef’s Quality Meats......................................................................... 708-333-0880 Grecian Delight Foods ...................................................................... 847-364-1010 Perfromance Food Service-Chicago................................................. 630-896-1991 Wilkens Foodservice......................................................................... 708-235-0788 FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY Create Inc Chicago ..................................................... Page 09........ 773-664-4024 FOOD PRODUCTS Devanco Foods........................................................... Page 20........ 847-228-7070 Olympia Food Industries ............................................. Page 04........ 847-349-9358 Tec Foods Inc ............................................................. Page 44........ 773-638-5310 Grecian Delight Foods ...................................................................... 847-364-1010 Neil Jones Food Company ............................................................... 800-543-4356 FOODSERVICE EQUIP REP & MAINTENANCE Restaurant Handyman ...................................................................... 847-232-4474 FOODSERVICE EQUIPMENT Thunderbird Food Machinery...................................... Page 31........ 866-451-1668 A D E Foodservice Equipment .......................................................... 630-628-0811 Losurdo Inc ....................................................................................... 630-833-4650 FOODSERVICE EQUIPMENT-REPAIR CSI - Coker Service Inc .............................................. Page 29........ 888-908-5600 Mackay Heating & Mechanical ................................... Page 45........ 847-381-0448 Cobblestone Ovens .......................................................................... 847-635-0172 United Fast Food & Beverage .......................................................... 847-616-0711 FOODSERVICE- LAYOUT & DESIGN Losurdo Inc ....................................................................................... 630-833-4650 Sarfatty Associates ........................................................................... 847-920-1100 FOODSERVICE-EQUIPMENT PARTS CSI - Coker Service Inc .............................................. Page 29........ 888-908-5600 Cobblestone Ovens .......................................................................... 847-635-0172 FOODSERVICE-SUPPLIES Ramar Supply Co ....................................................... Page 25........ 708-233-0808 FRANCHISE-CONSULTANTS Big Sky Franchising .......................................................................... 855-824-4759 FREEZERS-ALL TYPES Custom Cooler & Freezer ........................................... Page 06........ 630-879-3131 FRYER OIL RECYCLING A&P Grease Trappers Inc ................................................................. 630-231-0905 FRYERS FSI/Foodservice Solutions ................................................................ 847-719-6088 GAMING TERMINALS Aces Up Gaming............................................................................... 773-209-4800 GELATO Algelato Chicago......................................................... Page 12........ 847-455-5355 Lezza Spumoni & Desserts ........................................ Page 27........ 708-547-5969 Fox Valley Farms .............................................................................. 630-231-3005 GELATO EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES Kool Technologies ....................................................... Page 46........ 630-483-2256 GIARDINIERA E Formella & Sons ...................................................... Page 11 ........ 630-873-3208 V Formusa Company ........................................................................ 847-813-6040 GLYCOL REFRIGERATION SYSTEM & REPAIR Mackay Heating & Mechanical ................................... Page 45........ 847-381-0448 GOURMET FOODS Artisan Specialty Foods .................................................................... 708-762-5238 GRAND OPENING PROMOTIONS LED Billboard Trucks ........................................................................ 312-924-7979 GREASE REMOVAL SERVICE Kaluzny Bros Inc ............................................................................... 815-744-1453 Mahoney Environmental Inc ............................................................. 815-730-2088

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foodindustrynews.com GREASE TRAP PUMPING SERVICE Tierra Environmental................................................... Page 26........ 888-551-1998 A&P Grease Trappers Inc ................................................................. 630-231-0905 Kaluzny Bros Inc ............................................................................... 815-744-1453 GREASE TRAP SERVICE Tierra Environmental................................................... Page 26........ 888-551-1998 Mahoney Environmental Inc ............................................................. 815-730-2088 GREASE-EXHAUST CLEANING Enviromatic Corp of America ...................................... Page 29........ 800-325-8476 Olympia Maintenance ....................................................................... 708-344-0344 GREEK FOOD PRODUCTS Devanco Foods........................................................... Page 20........ 847-228-7070 Olympia Food Industries ............................................. Page 04........ 847-349-9358 Grecian Delight Foods ...................................................................... 847-364-1010 GYROS Devanco Foods........................................................... Page 20........ 847-228-7070 Olympia Food Industries ............................................. Page 04........ 847-349-9358 Grecian Delight Foods ...................................................................... 847-364-1010 H/R-HUMAN RESOURCE SERVICES Employco USA............................................................ Page 47........ 630-920-0000 HACCP TRAINING & CONSULTING Task Insurance Group....................................................................... 847-440-2323 HAMBURGER PATTY MANUFACTURER Devanco Foods........................................................... Page 20........ 847-228-7070 HANDYMAN SERVICES Restaurant Handyman ...................................................................... 847-232-4474 HEALTH INSURANCE Employco USA............................................................ Page 47........ 630-920-0000 Gallagher .................................................................... Page 31........ 630-285-3686 National Restaurant Association ....................................................... 312-715-5363 HEATING & AIR CONDITIONER SERVICE & REP Mackay Heating & Mechanical ................................... Page 45........ 847-381-0448 Mechanical 24............................................................. Page 31........ 847-987-9738 HELIUM MacCARB ................................................................... Page 24........ 877-427-2499 HISPANIC FOOD DISTRIBUTION B & B Foodservice ...................................................... Page 45........ 815-834-2621 HISPANIC FOOD PRODUCTS La Criolla..................................................................... Page 44........ 312-243-8882 HOOD & DUCT CLEANING Elmwood Cleaning Service ......................................... Page 02........ 773-782-5480 HOOD EXHAUST & FAN CLEANING Enviromatic Corp of America ...................................... Page 29........ 800-325-8476 Olympia Maintenance ....................................................................... 708-344-0344 HOOD SYSTEMS-FIRE Henrichsen’s Fire & Safety Equipment ............................................. 800-373-9714 HOODS & DUCTS C & R Equipment Company........................................ Page 18........ 773-523-0315 HOT DOGS Crawford Sausage ............................................................................ 773-277-3095 Red Hot Chicago .............................................................................. 800-249-5226 Vienna Beef ...................................................................................... 773-278-7800 HUMMUS & SPREADS Grecian Delight Foods ...................................................................... 847-364-1010 HVAC REPAIR & MAINTENANCE Giant Refrigeration...................................................... Page 43........ 773-539-9629 Restaurant Handyman ...................................................................... 847-232-4474 ICE CREAM Algelato Chicago......................................................... Page 12........ 847-455-5355 Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream..................................... Page 30........ 608-221-8640 Homer’s Gourmet Ice Cream ...................................... Page 03........ 847-251-0477 Instantwhip Chicago ................................................... Page 45........ 773-235-5588 Mori Milk & Ice Cream ................................................ Page 23........ 847-671-3326 Fox Valley Farms .............................................................................. 630-231-3005 ICE CREAM EQUIPMENT REPAIR & SUPPLY Kool Technologies ....................................................... Page 46........ 630-483-2256 ICE CREAM-EQUIPMENT & SUPPLY Kool Technologies ....................................................... Page 46........ 630-483-2256 ICE CREAM-YOGURT Instantwhip Chicago ................................................... Page 45........ 773-235-5588 ICE MACHINE REPAIR & SANITIZING Major Appliance Service ................................................................... 708-447-4100 ICE MACHINES-SALES-RENTAL OR LEASING Empire Cooler Service ................................................ Page 21........ 312-733-3900 Ice Solutions 24 .......................................................... Page 31........ 847-987-9738 ICE-MAKING EQUIPMENT/REPAIR & SERVICE Mackay Heating & Mechanical ................................... Page 45........ 847-381-0448 INSURANCE Cacciatore Insurance .................................................. Page 10........ 312-264-6055 Society Insurance ....................................................... Page 02........ 888-576-2438 Caro Insurance Services .................................................................. 708-745-5031 Concklin Insurance Agency .............................................................. 630-268-1600 ISU Northwest Insurance Services ................................................... 847-310-0400 Task Insurance Group....................................................................... 847-440-2323 INSURANCE SERVICES Cacciatore Insurance .................................................. Page 10........ 312-264-6055 Gallagher .................................................................... Page 31........ 630-285-3686 INSURANCE-INDUSTRIAL & COMMERCIAL Cacciatore Insurance .................................................. Page 10........ 312-264-6055 INTERIOR DESIGNERS Sarfatty Associates ........................................................................... 847-920-1100 INTERNET ADVERTISING Food Industry News .......................................................................... 847-699-3300 ITALIAN BEEF Devanco Foods........................................................... Page 20........ 847-228-7070 Serrelli’s Foods ........................................................... Page 46.......877-385-BEEF Grecian Delight Foods ...................................................................... 847-364-1010 Red Hot Chicago .............................................................................. 800-249-5226

Food Industry News® May 2021 ITALIAN FOOD PRODUCTS Performance Food Service-Chicago................................................. 630-896-1991 ITALIAN FOOD SPECIALTIES E Formella & Sons ...................................................... Page 11 ........ 630-873-3208 ITALIAN SAUSAGE Devanco Foods........................................................... Page 20........ 847-228-7070 Anichini Brothers............................................................................... 312-644-8004 JANITOR-SUPPLIES Ramar Supply Co ....................................................... Page 25........ 708-233-0808 JAPANESE-FOOD PRODUCTS Kikkoman Sales USA........................................................................ 630-954-1244 JUICER REPAIR & MAINTENANCE Up ‘N Adam Service and Supply Inc ........................... Page 32........ 877-876-2326 JUICERS-FRUIT & VEGETABLES Berkel Midwest ................................................................................. 800-921-9151 KID’S MEAL TOYS Wikkistix ............................................................................................ 602-870-9937 KITCHEN EQUIPMENT A D E Foodservice Equipment .......................................................... 630-628-0811 KITCHEN FLOOR NON-SLIP TREATMENTS Step Advantage .......................................................... Page 30........ 312-801-4123 KITCHEN-EXHAUST SYSTEMS/CLEANING Enviromatic Corp of America ...................................... Page 29........ 800-325-8476 Olympia Maintenance ....................................................................... 708-344-0344 LAW FIRMS Laner Muchin .................................................................................... 312-467-9800 LINEN SUPPLY & RENTAL SERVICE Cosmopolitan Textile ......................................................................... 773-254-6100 LIQUOR-WHOLESALE Peerless Liquors ............................................................................... 773-378-3908 LOGISTICS COMPANIES Perishable Distribution Solutions ................................ Page 09........ 888-491-1641 MASKS Synergy Medical Supply Solutions ................................................... 847-609-6160 MAYONNAISE Columbus Vegetable Oils ........................................... Page 13........ 773-265-6500 MEAT PROCESSING EQUIP SALES & SERVICE Berkel Midwest ................................................................................. 800-921-9151 MEAT-WHOLESALE Devanco Foods........................................................... Page 20........ 847-228-7070 Fox De Luxe Foods .................................................... Page 41........ 847-520-8300 New S B L Inc ............................................................. Page 22........ 773-376-8280 Park Packing Company .............................................. Page 27........ 773-254-0100 Pioneer Wholesale Meat Inc ....................................... Page 09........ 312-243-6180 Angelo Caputo’s Fresh Markets ....................................................... 630-514-1338 Anichini Brothers............................................................................... 312-644-8004 Chef’s Quality Meats......................................................................... 708-333-0880 International Meat Company............................................................. 773-622-1400 MEATS -WHOLE PIGS-GOATS-LAMB Park Packing Company .............................................. Page 27........ 773-254-0100 MEDITERRANEAN FOODS Olympia Food Industries ............................................. Page 04........ 847-349-9358 Grecian Delight Foods ...................................................................... 847-364-1010 MENU PRINTERS Hallagan Business Machines............................................................ 773-637-0626 MENUS-CUSTOM PRINTED Accurate Printing .............................................................................. 708-824-0058 MEXICAN FOOD PRODUCTS B & B Foodservice ...................................................... Page 45........ 815-834-2621 MILK Instantwhip Chicago ................................................... Page 45........ 773-235-5588 Mori Milk & Ice Cream ................................................ Page 23........ 847-671-3326 MINI PASTRIES Ideal Bakery ...................................................................................... 773-631-6897 NEIGHBORHOOD MARKETING LED Billboard Trucks ........................................................................ 312-924-7979 NETWORKING - COMPUTERS KCS Computer Technology ........................................ Page 09........ 847-288-9820 NITROGEN MacCARB ................................................................... Page 24........ 877-427-2499 OFFICE EQUIPMENT Hallagan Business Machines............................................................ 773-637-0626 OILS & FATS-COOKING Columbus Vegetable Oils ........................................... Page 13........ 773-265-6500 OILS & SHORTENING Columbus Vegetable Oils ........................................... Page 13........ 773-265-6500 OILS & VINEGAR Pastorelli Foods .......................................................... Page 15.....800-SOS-AUCY OILS-COOKING/BULK Columbus Vegetable Oils ........................................... Page 13........ 773-265-6500 OLIVE OILS Columbus Vegetable Oils ........................................... Page 13........ 773-265-6500 ORGANIC FOODS Pastorelli Foods .......................................................... Page 15.....800-SOS-AUCY OVEN REPAIR & MAINTENANCE Mackay Heating & Mechanical ................................... Page 45........ 847-381-0448 OVENS-SALES & SERVICE Cobblestone Ovens .......................................................................... 847-635-0172 PAINTING & HANDYMAN SERVICES Restaurant Handyman ...................................................................... 847-232-4474 PAINTING CONTRACTORS Elmwood Cleaning Service ......................................... Page 02........ 773-782-5480 PANCAKE-BATTER & MIX Tec Foods Inc ............................................................. Page 44........ 773-638-5310 PAPER-PRODUCTS Ramar Supply Co ....................................................... Page 25........ 708-233-0808 Alfa Restaurant Supply ..................................................................... 773-588-6688 PARTY-FAVORS & SUPPLIES Ramar Supply Co ....................................................... Page 25........ 708-233-0808

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Food Industry News® May 2021 PASTA-FRESH AND FROZEN Cugini Distribution....................................................... Page 06........ 708-695-9471 Pastafresh Home Made Pasta .................................... Page 40........ 773-745-5888 PASTRIES The Baking Institute .................................................... Page 19........ 847-419-0333 Chicago Sweet Connection .............................................................. 773-283-4430 PASTRY CONSULTING Sweet Bee ........................................................................................ 847-828-4812 PATIO ENCLOSURES Thatcher Oaks Awnings .............................................. Page 14........ 630-833-5700 PATIO HEATERS TNG Industries.................................................................................. 708-449-1100 PATTY MACHINES/FOOD FORMERS Berkel Midwest ................................................................................. 800-921-9151 PAYROLL SERVICES Employco USA............................................................ Page 47........ 630-920-0000 PEST CONTROL Rose Pest Solutions ................................................... Page 24..... 800-GOT-PEST PEST CONTROL/PEST ELIMINATION Mc Cloud Services ...................................................... Page 16........ 800-332-7805 PICKLES & RELISH Vienna Beef ...................................................................................... 773-278-7800 PITA BREAD Olympia Food Industries ............................................. Page 04........ 847-349-9358 Grecian Delight Foods ...................................................................... 847-364-1010 PIZZA SAUCE Neil Jones Food Company ............................................................... 800-543-4356 PIZZA SAUSAGE Anichini Brothers............................................................................... 312-644-8004 PIZZA SUPPLY DISTRIBUTORS Anichini Brothers............................................................................... 312-644-8004 PLUMBERS Elmwood Cleaning Service ......................................... Page 02........ 773-782-5480 PLUMBING SUPPLIES Faucet Shoppe The .......................................................................... 773-478-3890 POINT OF SALE SUPPLIES Illinois Wholesale ........................................................ Page 33........ 847-285-4163 Alpha POS Services Inc ................................................................... 630-690-9232 POINT OF SALE SYSTEMS Digital Market POS ..................................................... Page 40........ 312-300-4048 Illinois Wholesale ........................................................ Page 33........ 847-285-4163 Alpha POS Services Inc ................................................................... 630-690-9232 Retail Control Solutions .................................................................... 630-521-9900 SpotOn Inc ........................................................................................ 847-833-7691 PORK PRODUCTS Steinbach Provision .................................................... Page 29........ 773-538-1511 Peer Foods ....................................................................................... 773-927-1440 POS SYSTEMS Digital Market POS ..................................................... Page 40........ 312-300-4048 Illinois Wholesale ........................................................ Page 33........ 847-285-4163 Alpha POS Systems Inc ................................................................... 630-690-9232 POS SYSTEMS-CLOUD BASED Illinois Wholesale ........................................................ Page 33........ 847-285-4163 Alpha POS Services Inc ................................................................... 630-690-9232 POULTRY Fox De Luxe Foods .................................................... Page 41........ 847-520-8300 POULTRY PRODUCTS Steinbach Provision .................................................... Page 29........ 773-538-1511 POULTRY-FRESH New S B L Inc ............................................................. Page 22........ 773-376-8280 PPE SUPPLIES Synergy Medical Supply Solutions ................................................... 847-609-6160 PRESSURE WASHING Olympia Maintenance ....................................................................... 708-344-0344 PRINTING-CUSTOM ITEMS Accurate Printing .............................................................................. 708-824-0058 PRIVATE LABEL FOOD MANUFACTURERS E Formella & Sons ...................................................... Page 11 ........ 630-873-3208 PRODUCE-WHOLESALE Angelo Caputo’s Fresh Markets ....................................................... 630-514-1338 PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT Sweet Bee ........................................................................................ 847-828-4812 PROMOTIONAL MARKETING LED Billboard Trucks ........................................................................ 312-924-7979 PROPERTY - TAX - REAL ESTATE LAW Reveliotis Law PC....................................................... Page 08........ 312-230-0160 PUBLISHING Food Industry News .......................................................................... 847-699-3300 RE-UPHOLSTERY Chicago Booth ............................................................ Page 30........ 773-378-8400 REAL ESTATE LAW Reveliotis Law PC....................................................... Page 08........ 312-230-0160 REFRIGERATION EQUIPMENT REPAIR CSI - Coker Service Inc .............................................. Page 29........ 888-908-5600 Kool Technologies ....................................................... Page 46........ 630-483-2256 Mackay Heating & Mechanical ................................... Page 45........ 847-381-0448 Mechanical 24............................................................. Page 31........ 847-987-9738 REFRIGERATION SERVICE & REPAIR Giant Refrigeration...................................................... Page 43........ 773-539-9629 REFRIGERATION-EQUIP/COMMERCIAL Custom Cooler & Freezer ........................................... Page 06........ 630-879-3131 RESTAURANT CONSULTANTS Stanovich Hospitality ........................................................................ 708-359-1911 RESTAURANT EQUIP PARTS WAREHOUSE CSI - Coker Service Inc .............................................. Page 29........ 888-908-5600 RESTAURANT EQUIPMENT Wood Food Systems................................................... Page 11 ........ 847-949-9663 FSI/Foodservice Solutions ................................................................ 847-719-6088 Losurdo Inc ....................................................................................... 630-833-4650

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BUYERS GUIDE DIRECTORY RESTAURANT EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES Custom Cooler & Freezer ........................................... Page 06........ 630-879-3131 Ramar Supply Co ....................................................... Page 25........ 708-233-0808 Alfa Restaurant Supply ..................................................................... 773-588-6688 Berkel Midwest ................................................................................. 800-921-9151 Schultz Supply .................................................................................. 708-652-2020 RESTAURANT EQUIPMENT REPAIR Up ‘N Adam Service and Supply Inc ........................... Page 32........ 877-876-2326 RESTAURANT EQUIPMENT REPAIR SERVICE CSI - Coker Service Inc .............................................. Page 29........ 888-908-5600 Mackay Heating & Mechanical ................................... Page 45........ 847-381-0448 Berkel Midwest ................................................................................. 800-921-9151 Cobblestone Ovens .......................................................................... 847-635-0172 Emerald Service Inc.......................................................................... 888-696-7317 Major Appliance Service ................................................................... 708-447-4100 RESTAURANT EQUIPMENT-NEW & USED March Quality Used & New Equip .............................. Page 12........ 800-210-5895 RESTAURANT REAL ESTATE SALES John Moauro/Realty Executives ....................................................... 708-361-1150 Nick Dibrizzi/Coldwell Banker ........................................................... 708-562-9328 Pontarelli & Company ....................................................................... 847-778-3571 RESTAURANT-DESIGNERS Losurdo Inc ....................................................................................... 630-833-4650 Sarfatty Associates ........................................................................... 847-920-1100 ROOF TOP GREASE CONTAINMENT SYSTEMS Enviromatic Corp of America ...................................... Page 29........ 800-325-8476 ROOFS-SALES-REPAIR & MAINTENANCE Care Sheet Metal & Roofing ....................................... Page 28........ 708-387-9784 SAFETY TREATMENT FOR FLOORS Step Advantage .......................................................... Page 30........ 312-801-4123 SALAD-DRESSINGS & OILS Columbus Vegetable Oils ........................................... Page 13........ 773-265-6500 Tec Foods Inc ............................................................. Page 44........ 773-638-5310 SANITATION CERTIFICATION Illinois Restaurant Association .......................................................... 312-787-4000 SATELLITE TV SYSTEMS All Sports Direct ................................................................................ 630-918-3000 SAUSAGE Angelo Caputo’s Fresh Markets ....................................................... 630-514-1338 Anichini Brothers............................................................................... 312-644-8004 Crawford Sausage ............................................................................ 773-277-3095 Red Hot Chicago .............................................................................. 800-249-5226 Vienna Beef ...................................................................................... 773-278-7800 SCALES Berkel Midwest ................................................................................. 800-921-9151 SCALES-SALES & REPAIR Accurate Scale Company ........................................... 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ITALIAN: Unique concept, upscale ristorante in affluent NW suburb. Established 16 profitable years. Seats 120 in dining room, party room and bar. Plus additional 60 on patio. Big catering $$$$. Positive cash flow and profit. Qualified buyers only...strong financials required by landlord. Highly confidential. Biz, Lease, FF&E @ $250K. (Big price reduction due to illness). BROASTED CHICKEN I: High volume! NW suburb. Freestanding, parking, patio. Busy street/signalized intersection. Seats 52. Dine-in, carry out, delivery. Authentic southernstyle menu. Unique concept. Fully equipped in pristine condition. Real Estate, Biz, FF&E @ $595K. BROASTED CHICKEN II: See above. Sold separately or... build a chain! This unit on NW side at stoplight corner. Seats 30 Big carry-out and delivery. Great lease w/biz, FF&E @ 125K. MIXED USE BUILDING: Jefferson Park! Chicago tavern license! Three (3) newly renovated apartments, fully furnished bar, patio and two (2) car garage. “Trophy Building”...big rental income. Real Estate, Biz @ $645K

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FORMER KATHY’S LAKESIDE INN: Opportunity knocks! Located on Forest Lake in Lake Zurich. 4,200 sf building with restaurant/bar, apartment, parking lot & 82’ pier for boats! Owner will assist tenant to rehab and re-establish this once popular venue with rent subsidies. Call!! TAVERN: Totally remodeled bar with rare Chicago tavern license (corporate)!! 2am/3am. No strikes. 50 capacity. Great lease. Excellent clientele...class act. Ready to re-open. Biz, Lease, FF&E @ $65K

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PIZZERIA: Outstanding opportunity to own this renowned pizzeria and full service restaurant. NW Suburb. Established 1973. Home of Chicagoland’s original stuffed pizza! Seats 125. Plenty of parking. Full liquor license. BONUS: Big $$$$$$ from Video Gaming! Priced right @ $249K. Tasty Cuisine Chinese Restaurant in Elmhurst. $899,000 including RE with locked in catering contracts at O’Hare Airport!

BREAKFAST/LUNCH: Well established neighborhood icon in upscale community on Chicago’s NW side. Seats 90 plus. 20 on sidewalk patio. Parking lot. Sound lease. Corner location across from park and train station. Excellent condition... needs “hands-on” owner. Biz, FF&E...NEW PRICE @ $79K.

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FOR LEASE-VANILLA BOX, WESTERN SUBURBS ON ROUTE 59, HOT DUPAGE COUNTY 900 – 1,200 SF ready for your final finishes. Short lease or long lease available in free standing shopping center with over 60 parking space. WESTERN SUBURBS/MAJOR LIGHT INTERSECTION/FREE STANDING RESTAURANT WITH DRIVE-THRU WINDOW AVAILABLE FOR SALE OR LEASE 1,332 SF Building with drive thru on 22,500 SF lot BENTON HARBOR, MICHIGAN / BAR-RESTAURANT & LIVE ENTERTAINMENT / FREE STANDING 4,000 SF ON ONE ACRE OF LAND WITH RIVER VIEW CONNECTING WITH LAKE MICHIGAN Established since 1958; present owners since 1975. Only $4,000 in Real Estate taxes. Known for amazing food, excellent service and affordable prices. Karaoke and living entertainment. For Sale/Lease PIZZERIA-FAST FOOD FREE STANDING WITH DRIVE THRU/CHICAGO SOUTH/BEVERLY ROSELAND AREA Pick up, delivery, dine in, self-service, free standing 4,000 SF bldg, 24,000 SF lot. Sales are $28,000 per week or $1,456,000.00 a year. Asking price for Real Estate and Business: $799,000.00/possible seller financing to a qualified buyer. PIZZERIA-PUB-PICK UP-DELIVERY-DINE IN-SIT DOWN BAR-VIDEO GAMING WITH OUTDOOR PATIO/REAL $$$ MAKER/$8,000 A MONTH IN VIDEO GAMING/FREE STANDING, HARD CORNER OR CICERO & 147TH STREET IN MIDLOTHIAN Free standing 5,000 SF bldg. on 27,787 SF lot, seats 300, total (indoor and outdoor), parks 57+/- cars. $15,000 a week in gross sales plus $8,000.00 a month in video gaming. Separate carryout delivery section, large sit down bar inside and outside. Real Heavy traffic flow 43,000 cars on 147th Street and 45,000 cars per day on Cicero Avenue.Asking price $899,000 for Real Estate and Business PIZZERIA-PUB-BANQUETS-PICK UP-DELIVERY-DINE WITH SIT DOWN BARS PLUS OUTDOOR PATIO, $10,000 A MONTH IN VIDEO GAMING, DOWNTOWN TINLEY PARK, ILLINOIS, INCLUDE ASSETS ONLY Free standing 8,000 SF bldg. divided into a pizzeria with separate entrance for pick up and delivery, connecting dining, sports bar lounge area, banquet and kitchen plus outdoor dining. Real $$$ Maker. Rent $17,000 per month plus 5% of video gaming. Major development across the street called Harmony Square/Village Entertainment Center/Ice Skating in the winter months/more than 250 events a year, shows-dancing-movies, etc. Also, more than two hundred condos are presently being built. Asking price: For assets, leasehold improvements and video gaming: $325,000. It does not include Business and phone number. NW SUBURBS,O’HARE AIRPORT AREA/TURN KEY FULLY EQUIPPED RESTAURANT FOR LEASE,LIQUOR LICENSE AND VIDEO GAMING ALLOWED 2,275 SF, seats 100,plenty of parking, asking $14 per SF NNN and $6.16 per SF on Real Estate taxes. CHICAGO NW SUBURBS/O’HARE AIRPORT AREA /PIZZA PASTA ETC,PICK UP-DELIVERY-CATERING & DINE IN/100 DELIVERIES PER DAY/VIDEO GAMING ALLOWED Short hours, 4:00PM to 10:00PM, closed Monday, Real $$$ maker, sales are over $1,700,000 a year, cash flow $400,000 a year verifiable, for real estate and business: $1,299,000. CHICAGO MIDWAY AIRPORT AREA,PIZZERIA PICK UP AND DELIVERY,SHORT HOURS,CLOSED MONDAYS,REAL $$$ MAKER,$150,000. CASH FLOW,INCLUDES REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS Mixed used building plus full basement,established for 32 years, owner retiring, store front with apartment, that is why Real Estate Taxes are only $4018 a year. Weekly payroll $1,600. For Real Estate & Business $479,000. LA SALLE COUNTY, ILLINOIS | PIZZERIA-RESTAURANT | FOR SALE BUSINESS AND REAL ESTATE Starved Rock Park Area in the 4th Large Micropolitan Statistical Area in the (Peru-Ottawa).Building 3,250 SF plus 1,400 SF basement with unlimited parking. Built brand new in 1997. Established for 42 years. Open only five days a week, closed Sunday and Monday; Potential to open another day. Only open seven hours per day, two hours for Lunch and five hours for Dinner. Pick up and dine in, potential for delivery service. Sales are $850,000 a year with a cash flow of $290,000 a year; all verifiable. Real Estate taxes are only $5,700. For Real Estate and Business: $899,000 SW SUBURBS | OAK FOREST | PIZZA AND MORE | FOR SALE BUSINESS ONLY Located in a very busy shopping center with 7-Eleven as a main anchor. Open six days a week; dinner only. 1,400 SF; Rent only $1,700 per month all in $3,000 cash flow a week. Asking price $179,000 PIZZERIA-PUB-PICK UP DELIVERY-DINE IN WITH SIT DOWN BAR PLUS OUTDOOR PATIO WITH VIDEO GAMING GENERATES $8,000 PER MONTH, PALOS HILLS ON ROBERTS ROAD. BUSINESS ONLY. 5,300 SF divided into a pizzeria with separate entrances for pick up and delivery connecting with dining room-bar area, without door patio, located in famous center with unlimited parking. $14,000 a week in gross sales plus $8,000 a month in video gaming revenue. Rent $8,500 per month. Asking price for Business, Fixtures and Equipment: $299,500. LISLE – WESTERN SUBURBS | HOT NATIONAL TENANT LOCATION Free standing, second generation restaurant. 2,520 SF, plus 1,000 SF lower level on 22,800 SF lot with drive thru window. For Sale: $739,000; For Lease: $25 per SS NNN, Real Estate taxes: $5.60 per SF We have bank owned foreclosures; commercial and residential. For more Confidential Listings, Call Today! 1-888-317-7721. Se Habla Español.

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Geri Guidote Hernandez, chef and owner of empanada concept Savory Crust, is capitalizing on pre-pandemic shifts to takeout and delivery, and expanding with virtual brands. Hernandez is working to bring empanadas to airports. As a female- and minority-owned business, Savory Crust has also certified as an Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise. Not only would the convenient hand-held pastries work well for in-flight dining, she envisions a concept that would allow travelers to order their meals online while landing, for easy to-go pickup before they leave the airport and return home. -Restaurant Hospitality

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3 Types of Business Insurance Restaurants Should Have

Running a restaurant is hard. Add in the potential for injuries or other losses, and it’s obvious the best possible protection is needed for a restaurant’s livelihood. According to Society Insurance, there are 3 types of insurance restaurants need: 1. General Liability: Business owners have a duty to take reasonable steps to protect customers from known hazards. General liability insurance provides coverage for general business claims involving injuries and property damage. 2. Liquor Liability: Alcohol service creates unique risks. Liquor liability insurance is critical for claims and litigation that arise because of alcohol service and damage or injury caused by an intoxicated person. Even if the business is not liable, legal defense costs can add up quickly. 3. Cyber Liability: The risks associated with data security (malicious and accidental) continue to grow in number and sophistication. Cyber liability insurance provides data security and privacy coverage that addresses direct losses for businesses and third-party liability claims. Additional considerations: n Employment Practices Liability is designed to protect businesses from employee-related claims and allegations, such as sexual harassment, discrimination or wrongful termination. In today’s litigious climate, these damaging claims can result in loss of business. n An Umbrella Policy provides additional coverage against catastrophic losses. Avoid major financial loss and costly litigation by selecting a company that customizes coverage options based on unique business needs. This information is not professional advice and does not establish compliance with any law, rule or regulation. This information contains only a general description of coverages and is not a statement of contract. All coverages and limits are subject to the terms, definitions, exclusions and conditions in the policy. You can see Society Insurance's ad on Page 2 of this issue.

Ghost Kitchen Menu Concepts made Easy Today, every restaurant owner is seeking new ways to generate revenue and income. One such way is to add a concept within your concept, using equipment you already have. With all of the third-party delivery platforms available, these delivery-only concepts, if high margin, can add extra revenues without increasing your overhead or labor costs. The trick is to offer menu items 1) not easily prepared at home and 2) streamline production to make it easy for your existing crew to handle the orders without disrupting the current flow of orders from your existing menu. The variety of products that work very well for this application are from Franklin Park, Ill.-based Olympia Foods. Their off-the-spit gyros offers charbroiled flavor, which has been cooked over an open flame and carved off the spit. Combine this gyros with Olympia’s lighter-than-air pita bread and you are now in the gyros business! The firm also offers traditional Greek off-thespit carved chicken and authentic Middle Eastern-style chicken shawarma. Olympia also offers authentic al pastor pork and al pastor chicken with which you can add a Mexican concept to your operation. Other convenient items are also available. All of their products are made in their new state-of-the-art, 200,000-square-foot food processing facility in Franklin Park. The firm has expanded its meat production capacity and has also added a state- of-theart flatbread line, creating pizza crusts and flatbreads for food-service and manufacturing use. For more information see the Olympia ad on page 4 of this issue.

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People Selling the Industry With Cary Miller

This month I am proud to be pictured with executives from the new Athenian Greek Cuisine Restaurant located at 8255 Georgia St. in Merrillville, Ind.: owner Andreas Andreou (second from left), general manager Stamos Pierrakeas (second from right) and owner Gus Bisioulis (pictured far right). This large restaurant, at Highway 65 and U.S. Highway Route 30, is destined to be one of the busiest, nicest and highest-volume Greek cuisine restaurants in Northwest Indiana. Shaun Louw is the owner of Ice Solutions 24, a local firm offering full-service ice machine rental and leasing. This company offers all sizes and brands of ice machines. The firm includes services such as proactive maintenance, sanitizing and cleaning with every machine as well as 24-hour emergency ice replacement. The company is celebrating its 10th year and is a division of Mechanical 24, one of our area’s leaders in refrigeration and HVAC service. You can see the Ice Solutions ad on page 31 of this issue.

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Jose Chaparro is the owner of La Criolla, producers and importers of fine spices and food products for more than 50 years. Jose sells many products, including Golden Emperor Jasmine Rice, to supermarket and restaurant chains across the region. If you are looking to add products to your retail shelves that are so good customers return for them time and time again, contact Jose. You can see his ad on page 44 of this issue. Peter Kailis is the director of operations of Chicago Sweet Connection Bakery, a local dessert company supplying supermarkets, restaurants, cafes, distributors and institutions across the Midwest region. Peter has the privilege of working closely with his father, Tom, who is President and CEO of the bakery operation. The firm is known for exceptionally beautiful products, which are very hard to resist. They even make delectable spinach-and-cheese pies with their homemade phyllo dough. You can see their listing in our directories under cakes and desserts; desserts; and pastries. Ken Siegers is the owner of south suburban based Pancho Foods, a distributor specializing in serving quick service chains along the Interstate Highway 80 corridor going through Chicagoland’s southern suburbs. In addition to offering highquality products, Pancho has its own brand of products that are known to be consistently high quality with value pricing. Please join us in congratulating Pancho on its 50th anniversary. Chef John Hogan is the vice president of culinary development at R. Whittingham & Son Meats, a firm supplying all types of restaurants and steakhouses across Chicagoland. John’s extensive culinary experience is helping the firm to offer more to its clients both with new products and culinary insights and guidance. The firm is celebrating its 74th year in business.

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Wheeling is at the center of commerce and industry in the northern suburbs, which is why it is no secret that restaurants and entrepreneurs have found Wheeling as a smart location for their business. Incorporated in 1894, the Village recently celebrated 125 years of growth and prosperity. In the decades before incorporation, Wheeling served as an overnight rest stop for travelers journeying from Chicago to the Wisconsin Territory via the Overland Trail* along the Des Plaines River known today as Milwaukee Avenue. In the 1830’s, inns, taverns, and eateries became part of the landscape and helped to establish this major corridor into what became known as Wheeling’s Restaurant Row. Today, Wheeling is home to over 850 businesses encompassed in 17,000,000 SF of office, industrial, retail and hospitality space. A diverse and dynamic community of 40,000, Wheeling has grown over the years into a thriving suburb along Chicago’s North Shore which includes 1,000 new housing units in the past three years. Wheeling is also home to and coowner of Chicago Executive Airport, the third busiest airport in Chicagoland after O’Hare and Midway. These dynamic factors have helped establish award-winning restaurants along Milwaukee Avenue welcoming diners from near and far. Among the high-quality restaurants on Milwaukee Avenue are: Bob Chinn’s Crab House, Phil Stefani’s Tuscany, Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant, Saranello’s, Boston Fish Market, Buca di Beppo, Spears, and Benihana. To learn more on how to join Wheeling’s restaurant scene and business opportunities, visit www.wheelingil.gov/business or call Patrick Ainsworth, Wheeling’s Director of Economic Development, at (847) 499-9094. You can see the Village of Wheeling’s ad on page 21 of this issue.

*Special thanks to the Wheeling Historical Society for archival research and photographs.

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