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LOU MALNATI’S CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF CHICAGO PIZZA Considered the oldest family name in Chicago pizza, Lou Malnati’s is as rich in history as its pizza is in flavor. Lou Malnati got his start in the 1940s working in Chicago’s first deep dish pizzeria. He took his pizza expertise to Lincolnwood, a northern suburb of Chicago, where he and his wife, Jean, opened the first Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria on March 17, 1971. Lou Malnati was known for his fun-loving character as well as making Chicago’s best pizza. Loyal patrons lined the streets on opening day for a taste of his delicious deep dish creations. Continued on page 23

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New Smashburger in Schaumburg is Serving Breakfast All Day

Denver-based burger chain Smashburger, a fast casual better burger restaurant known for its Certified Angus Beef burgers smashed on the grill to sear in the juices and seal in the flavor, recently opened in Schaumburg for takeout and delivery at 1721 E. Golf Rd. Located near the Woodfield Mall, the restaurant will unveil a new look, deliver an elevated fast casual dining experience, and serve an all-day breakfast menu. “Schaumburg has been known as the ultimate shopping and dining destination in Cook County,” said Carl Bachmann, president of Smashburger. “We look forward to being at the heart of this bustling area.” The Schaumburg restaurant will be among the first Smashburger locations nationwide to serve breakfast. The new location is open for takeout and delivery.

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Arcada’s Rock’N Za Pizza Opens Soon Culminating a 10-month renovation project, a new pizza experience is coming to St. Charles, Ill. Ron Onesti, president and CEO of Onesti Entertainment, announced the wood-fired pizza experience will be opening soon. “After months of renovations on the Arcada Theatre and its surrounding storefronts, we are ready to begin the re-opening process." Onesti said. “I am very excited to bring the community back for music and meals, in a safe way." The first of Onesti's creations to open will be a new and unique pizza and grab-and-go food experience. Since the eatery is more of a storefront, with a wide variety of grab-and-go food options, customers can safely order food in a carry-out fashion and wear masks. Living up to its name, Rock 'N Za will feature over 20 wood-fired pizzas, cleverly named after famous musical artists such as the Ides of Mushroom, The Freddie Meatball, the Chubby Checker Chicken Parm and more. Also included in the line-up are creative soups and salads, grilled and Chicago-style hot dogs, gourmet popcorn and pretzels, and flavor-burst soft serve ice cream. -Source: rocknza.com

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What Consumers Miss and Crave What are consumers most looking forward to from restaurant food that they haven’t been able to get from home since the pandemic began? ■ 33% crave specific dish from a certain restaurant ■ 32% miss variety: not as many options at home ■ 30% want dishes that are hard to make at home ■ 21% yearn for global foods and flavors ■ 20% desire indulgent foods. - Source: Datassential

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Sure, you may be able to save a little money buying cheap, bottom-shelf eggs. But the dollar or two you might save may not necessarily be worth it given the quality, care and community that go into a brand and product like Farmers Hen House eggs versus a cheap conventional egg brand. In 1997, Amish farmer Eldon T. Miller started Farmers Hen House with the mission to provide local Amish and Mennonite farmers with a sustainable way to get their organic eggs into retail spaces. Today, Farmers Hen House provides small family farms with a sustainable way of life, while providing a specialty egg to the consumer that is second to none. Farmers Hen House is Certified Humane, which means they provide the highest quality eggs from the most humanely treated hens. As a result, you can be assured that when you buy Farmers Hen House eggs you’re purchasing eggs that not only taste good but also do good. Sometimes there’s more at stake than saving a dollar or two when purchasing eggs, or anything else for that matter. Discover why Farmers Hen House eggs always deliver excellence. For samples or ordering info see their ad on page 46 of this issue.

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The Original Buttercup: Still Convenient For nearly 70 years, Chicago-based Danish Maid Butter has helped restaurants and other food-service, deli, catering and meal kit businesses to offer safe, hygienic butter cups to their customers. The firm uses only AA butter, whipped to perfection to give guests butter they can easily enjoy with complete confidence. Even decades after the company was founded the product continues to combine modern sensibility with good, old fashioned taste. In addition to creating buttercups, the firm also produces popular Easter Lambs, which are often used as centerpieces on buffets and Easter tables at people’s homes. You may see the Danish Maid ad on page 8.

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EARL’S BBQ, 4835 N. Austin Ave., CHICAGO; 773-628-7870. If you like barbecue, then you definitely have to check this place out. I ordered a couple of things from here. The first was a half slab of their baby back ribs. It was smoked to perfection, meaty and flavorful; and it came with two sides. I got the cole slaw and some baked beans. My choice of sauce for the ribs was sweet barbecue. Plus, I ordered the BLT sandwich, which was incredible. The bread and the bacon was so good and it came with one side, so I got the charred corn. Yum! EL AUTHENTICO BURRITO, 16143 Weber Rd., CREST HILL, Ill.; 815-838-3030. This is a small restaurant in a strip mall. They have a good-sized menu and their prices are very reasonable. They serve burritos, tacos, fajitas and a good selection of dinner entrees and seafood dishes. I tried the steak and eggs, which came with salad, rice and beans, and tortillas. It was so filling. My drink was coffee; they serve Thomas coffee there. They also have a location in Bolingbrook. KATZ’S GYROS, 10000 W. Grand Ave., FRANKLIN PARK, Ill.; 847260-5888. Fast food place with a drive-thru offering beef, burgers, dogs, salads and more. They have three sizes of gyros sandwiches: the mini (4 inch), regular (6 inch) and the king (8 inch). I ordered the special meal—a regular size chicken gyros, fries and a drink. The chicken had a nice flavor and they gave you plenty of meat loaded in a pita. I loved their homemade tzatziki sauce. It was so fresh. MR. BURRITOS, 570 Iriving Park Rd., BENSENVILLE, Ill.; 630521-0912. One of my friends recommended we get a bite to eat here. They serve authentic Mexican food and have two sizes of burritos: baby and giant size. I decided to order the taco plate—two chicken tacos, and one steak taco with choice of tortillas. I ordered the corn tortillas, and it came with rice and beans. They gave us some chips and salsa along with our meal. Mr. Burritos has fast and friendly service, and they also cater, deliver and have a drive-thru window. OAK PARK BAKERY, 904 S. Oak Park Ave., OAK PARK, Ill.; 708383-1712. This is a cute, old-school bakery. The lady who waited on me was so sweet. I picked up a few items that included a chocolatechocolate cupcake that had cream filling inside, a pastry called hot dog in a bun, a sweet roll and one of their brownies with nuts. I have to go back for a few more of those brownies. Everything was so good. They also have cakes, breads, pastries and many more baked goods. RIO VALLEY MARKET, 2745 N. Mannheim Rd., FRANKLIN PARK, Ill.; 847-451-8440. This is a full-size grocery store where you can pick up all your regular staples, beer, produce and meat items. They also carry a lot of ethnic products too. Brands include Bimbo, Goya, La Preferida, San Marcos and La Costeña. In the canned goods section, they had a large variety of jalapeño slices and supersize cans of beans and hominy. They also had some interesting snack mixes located in the front of the store and by the checkout. RIO TWIN DRAGONS, 1820 W. Army Trail Rd., HANOVER PARK, Ill.; 630-289-4880. I was in the mood for some Chinese food, so I stopped in. I ordered Delight Lo Mein, which is shrimp, chicken and beef with some veggies over soft noodles. It was delicious. They are very serious about safety in this place. When you get your to-go order, you have to be masked and hand your credit card between some plastic sheets for protection. This is also how they give you pick-up orders as well.

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Bacci Pizza plans to open a new location at 116 W. Northwest Highway in Palatine, Ill. Chicago’s South Side and Downtown St. Patrick’s Day parades have been canceled for 2021. Choose Chicago announces the return of Chicago Restaurant Week from Friday, March 19, to Sunday, April 4. Chicago Restaurant Week offers an exciting opportunity to experience some of the city’s most highly sought restaurants. Participating dining establishments showcase specially curated prix-fixe menus. Attorney William R. Tapella of the Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm has been selected to the 2021 edition of Super Lawyers. This list includes no more than 5% of U.S. attorneys annually. Gaelic Imports at 6346 W. Gunniston St. in Chicago has been around since 1967. They carry one of the largest selections of Irish groceries in the Midwest, including everything you need for a traditional breakfast, such as Donnelly’s, Diamond’s and Winston’s Irish pork sausages, rashers and puddings. Jameson’s Charhouse recently opened a new restaurant in the Holiday Inn Chicago SWCountryside hotel, at 6201 Joliet Rd. in Countryside, Ill. KeHE Distributors based in Naperville, Ill., announced that its 2021 holiday show

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Atlas Employment Expands Pleasant Prairie, Wis., Presence Atlas Employment Services, Chicagoland's source for short-term and long-term employment staffing, recently expanded its Kenosha/Pleasant Prairie, Wis., recruiting offices. Seven years ago, Atlas Employment opened its first office in Pleasant Prairie at the request of one of its clients who was impressed with the way Atlas Employment does business. This same client is still with Atlas today. Established in 1999, Atlas has become a trusted solution provider to the food manufacturing, e-commerce fulfillment, packaging and manufacturing industries across metropolitan Chicagoland and southeastern Wisconsin. The firm is a member of the Kenosha Area Business Alliance and is committed to supporting companies relocating from Illinois to Wisconsin. Their new location on 77th Avenue in Kenosha brings in a steady flow of qualified individuals seeking steady employment. For companies facing staffing or hiring challenges, Atlas offers turnkey solutions which enable employers to scale quickly and eliminate headaches with hiring all while keeping labor and staffing budgets on track. Additionally, because every Atlas employee is covered under its own health insurance, liability insurance and workman’s comp policies, Atlas clients have peace of mind knowing those working in their facilities are in compliance with government regulations. To find out more ways Atlas Employment Services can work with you to solve your staffing needs so you can focus on driving growth, see their ad on page 3.

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AROUND CHICAGO With Valerie Miller ARISTON RESTAURANT Ariston restaurant is a family-owned business that has been around for 35 years. Jim Pappas started the restaurant in 1986 and today, along with his two sons Frank and Sam, the business continues to thrive. The name Ariston in Greek means the best, and Jim has exemplified this along with continuing to serve the highest quality food to his guests: The hard work has paid off. They have a loyal following with a lot of repeat business, and their motto is, “A family business where quality still counts!” There’s no slowing down here. Looking at the menu, I would say they have over 200 items to choose from. Frank says, “If you’re looking for something to eat, you’ll find it here.” The selection is endless. For the larger appetite, there are a lot of items to choose from, which include the Big Italian Beef, Big Mama Angus Cheeseburger, Big Mannheim Chicken Philly and the Football Super Taco just to name a few. The Hungry Men’s menu comes with large fries and a large drink.

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Psaltis Opens Modern Greek Eatery

Decorated chef Doug Psaltis has opened Andros Taverna, a new restaurant and his passion project built out of love—love for food, family and community, honoring heritage and tradition. Located at 2542 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago, Andros is a contemporary Greek restaurant in Logan Square Doug is joined at Andros by Hsing Chen, a pastry chef with an impressive pedigree (Manresa Restaurant, The French Laundry, The Peninsula Hotels, Jean-Georges Restaurants) who also happens to be his wife. The pair partnered with another husband-and-wife duo, Ryan and Anna O’Donnell, successful restaurateurs and founders of Ballyhoo Hospitality (Gemini, Old Pueblo Cantina, Coda di Volpe, Sophia Steak) to form Andros Restaurant Group. Doug grew up around his grandfather’s Greek restaurant, Olympia Diner, in Queens, N.Y. He went on to work with prestigious chefs including Alain Ducasse and Thomas Keller. He now combines his unique culinary foundation with his family’s Greek recipes. Andros will serve sophisticated Mediterranean soul food in a contemporary space inspired by the local tavernas found across Greece.

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Restaurant Coalition Claims Cautious Victory with Indoor Dining The Chicago Restaurants Coalition (www.chicagorestaurants.org), a group of Chicago voters, restaurant owners and food service businesses, is claiming a cautious victory over the January announcement by Mayor Lori Lightfoot and state officials that indoor dining can resume at 25% occupancy or a maximum of 25 people, with a maximum of 4 people per table. Foremost and always, CRC wants maximum public safety. Restaurants should never let their guards down and strictly continue to follow the COVID-19 safety guidelines. Employees should have clear procedures to stay safe and know whether or not to come to work if they have symptoms. Older employees

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The Village of Wheeling has long been known for the Restaurant Row along Milwaukee Avenue. Now the village is earning a reputation for helping restaurateurs construct their next project. Up to $150,000 in grants are available to help build out new sit-down restaurants within the Village’s Town Center-II and North Milwaukee Avenue Tax Increment Financing Districts. The village recently announced a new Restaurant and Retail Build-Out Grant Program, which can provide reimbursement grants toward qualifying building improvements and some labor costs. Many permanent improvements installed inside and outside of the restaurant space may be covered by the grant, including plumbing, electrical, grease traps, bathroom fixtures, permanent seating, bar and kitchen fixtures, black irons, façade improvements, signage and more. In the last few years, Wheeling has continued to grow, with the construction of over 1,000 new luxury apartment units in the downtown area. The main development, Wheeling Town Center, a $110 million transit-oriented development, features 301 luxury residences and 100,000 square feet of retail space anchored by a CMX movie theater. Another nearby development, Uptown 500, recently opened its doors, with 321 apartments and over 10,000 square feet of restaurant/retail space. The Village of Wheeling is offering this grant to downtown businesses to continue this prosperous growth. The grant is also available in the North Milwaukee Avenue area, which includes prominent restaurants such as Buca di Beppo, Cooper’s Hawk, Saranello’s and Spears Bourbon Burgers and Beer. To learn more about Wheeling’s Restaurant and Retail Build-Out Grant Program, visit www.wheelingil.gov/grants or call Patrick Ainsworth, Wheeling’s director of economic development, at (847) 499-9094. You can see Wheeling’s ad on page 7.

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Campbell Soup Co. announced plans to close its manufacturing facility in Columbus, Ga., by spring 2022. The plant currently employs 326 individuals in the production of candy, crackers, cookies, nuts and bars. The closure comes after a careful review of the snacks division’s manufacturing operations. Chipotle has been testing car-side pickup. The pilot includes 29 restaurants in California with plans to roll out nationally later this year. For the first time, fans can get Chipotle’s real food delivered right to their parked cars using the Chipotle app. Entrepreneur magazine has unveiled its annual Franchise 500, and ranked Taco Bell at No. 1 for the first time— jumping up a position from last year. Dunkin’ is No. 2, The UPS Store is No. 3, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is No. 4, and Culver’s is No. 5. Epicurean Atlanta, Autograph Collection plans to open in August at 1117 W. Peachtree St. in Atlanta. Hotel amenities include the Sky Terrace and its sweeping views, the events lawn and the innovative Epicurean Theatre where guests will watch, listen and learn from a curated lineup of incredible chefs, winemakers, mixologists and artists. The food-service equipment market is slated to reach $44.81 billion globally, by 2027 at 5.7%, according to Allied Market Research. Growth in the food-service industry and increase in pref-

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erence for quick-service restaurants drive the growth of the global food service equipment market. Hello Fresh SE, America’s leading meal kit company, announced the opening of a new distribution center in Totowa, N.J. The 127,055-square-foot facility supports the production and distribution of EveryPlate, HelloFresh’s rapidly growing meal kit brand focused on value, convenience and customization. Regal New Zealand King Salmon is expanding U.S. distribution of its award-winning salmon with the launch of its premium Regal Fresh King Salmon at all Fresh Thyme Market grocery stores across 10 Midwest states. The city built on imagination is unveiling a new “Avengers Campus” later this year, within California Adventure Park at Disneyland Resort. All superheroes are welcome at the palatial Westin Anaheim Resort, a haven for wellness and renewal, opening in March. Twin Peaks overcomes industry challenges and gains momentum for 2021 as the ultimate sports lodge enhances digital capabilities. In 2020, Twin Peaks introduced its acclaimed sports viewing experience to Latin America when the brand made its debut in Mexico City. Twin Peaks finished the year by opening a new sports lodge in Hollywood, Fla. The brand has 12-15 new locations set to open in 2021.

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at Virtual Summit Agro.Club, a mobile platform that creates a network for farmers, suppliers and buyers, is one of a collection of 13 agtech startups that will present at the virtual World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit in March. The startups will display their innovations to about 1,000 attendees. -Source: Successful Farming

Ben & Jerry’s Adds Ganache

Over the years, there has been one consistent thread in Ben & Jerry’s offerings: the flavor must be delicious. Enter Ben & Jerry's latest ice cream innovation, Topped, a new line of seven flavors covered with a chocolatey ganache. Whiskey Biz is a brown butter bourbon ice cream with blonde brownies and whiskey caramel swirls topped with white chocolatey ganache and white fudge chunks. This flavor is produced in partnership with Vermont‘s WhistlePig Whiskey. The remaining flavors are: chocolate caramel cookie dough; PB over the top; salted caramel brownie; strawberry topped tart; thick mint; and tiramisu.

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Chef Calls for Inclusion in Restaurant Industry

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Page 34 34 Page CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING Food Industry News................................................ 847-699-3300 CLEANING PRODUCTS SuperClean............................................................. 847-361-0289 CLEANING SERVICES Elmwood Cleaning Service............Page 42 ........... 773-782-5480 Kleen Teem Group .........................Page 14 ........... 866-324-2500 CO-PACKING & PRIVATE LABEL Milano Baking Company....................................... 800-495-BUNS CO2 MacCARB ......................................Page 30 ........... 877-427-2499 COFFEE ROASTERS Tec Foods Inc ................................Page 40 ........... 773-638-5310 Tugboat Coffee ....................................................... 630-390-6613 COFFEE-WHOLESALE Thomas Coffee ..............................Page 17 ........... 815-768-9651 COLD STORAGE Perishable Distribution Solutions ...Page 43 ........... 888-491-1641 COMPRESSED GAS MacCARB ......................................Page 30 ........... 877-427-2499 CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES Walter Daniels Construction ................................... 773-775-0170 CONTRACT BAKERS Buttercrumb Bakery ................................................ 708-741-7260 CONTRACT LABOR SERVICES All About Personnel .......................Page 19 ........... 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 30 ........... 708-233-0808 CORNED BEEF-FRESH Vienna Beef ...................................Page 21 ........... 773-278-7800 CORPORATE GIFTS Vienna Beef ...................................Page 21 ........... 773-278-7800 COVID-19 DISINFECTING Kleen Teem Group .........................Page 14 ........... 866-324-2500 CRAFT BEVERAGES Deutsch Wine & Spirits ........................................... 708-687-9870 DAIRY-PRODUCTS Instantwhip Chicago ......................Page 28 ........... 773-235-5588 Mori Milk & Ice Cream ...................Page 07 ........... 847-671-3326 DELI-MEATS Deli Halal ................................................................ 224-900-7567 DESSERT SUPPLIES Fox Valley Farms .................................................... 630-231-3005 DESSERTS Algelato Chicago ...........................Page 02 ........... 847-455-5355 Chicago Sweet Connection ...........Page 12 ........... 773-283-4430 Eli’s Cheesecakes .........................Page 14 ........... 773-736-3417 Fox Valley Farms .................................................... 630-231-3005 DESSERTS-WHOLESALE Lezza Spumoni & Desserts ...........Page 17 ........... 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 14 ........... 866-324-2500 DUCT CLEANING Enviromatic Corp of America .........Page 31 ........... 800-325-8476 Olympia Maintenance ............................................. 708-344-0344 EGGS Farmers Hen House ......................Page 46 ........... 319-683-2206 Meadowbrook Egg & Dairy Company ...............................773-523-8861 ELECTRICAL REPAIR & MAINTENANCE Mackay Heating & Mechanical ......Page 23 ........... 847-381-0448 ELECTRICIANS Elmwood Cleaning Service............Page 42 ........... 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 .................................Page 24 ........... 312-467-9800

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foodindustrynews.com foodindustrynews.com ENERGY BROKER Century Energy Solutions ..............Page 21 ........... 630-817-3164 ETHNIC BREADS-ROLLS & PASTRIES Ideal Bakery............................................................ 773-631-6897 ETHNIC FOODS Kikkoman Sales USA.............................................. 630-954-1244 FACILITY MAINTENANCE UmbrellaOne National Facility Services ........................................ 773-383-6826 FAUCETS Faucet Shoppe The ................................................ 773-478-3890 FILTERS-EXHAUST SYSTEMS Olympia Maintenance ............................................. 708-344-0344 FIRE SUPRESSION SYSTEMS Fox Valley Fire & Safety ......................................... 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 44 ........... 312-801-4123 FOOD DISTRIBUTORS Cugini Distribution .........................Page 19 ........... 708-695-9471 Devanco Foods .............................Page 22 ........... 847-228-7070 Olympia Food Industries................Page 15 ........... 847-349-9358 Perfromance Food Service - Chicago ............................. Page 04 630-896-1991 Tec Foods Inc ................................Page 40 ........... 773-638-5310 Angelo Caputo’s Fresh Markets ............................. 630-514-1338 Anichini Brothers .................................................... 312-644-8004 B & B Foodservice .................................................. 815-834-2621 Chef’s Kitchen/Dearborn ........................................ 773-801-1600 Chef’s Quality Meats .............................................. 708-333-0880 Grecian Delight Foods ............................................ 847-364-1010 Wilkens Foodservice .............................................. 708-235-0788 FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY Create Inc Chicago ........................Page 44 ........... 773-664-4024 FOOD PRODUCTS Devanco Foods .............................Page 22 ........... 847-228-7070 Olympia Food Industries................Page 15 ........... 847-349-9358 Tec Foods Inc ................................Page 40 ........... 773-638-5310 Grecian Delight Foods ............................................ 847-364-1010 Neil Jones Food Company ..................................... 800-543-4356 FOOD PRODUCTS-PREPARED Captain Ken’s Foods ...............................................800-510-3811 FOODSERVICE EQUIP REP & MAINTENANCE Restaurant Handyman............................................ 847-232-4474 FOODSERVICE EQUIPMENT Thunderbird Food Machinery ........Page 25 ........... 866-451-1668 A D E Foodservice Equipment.................................630-628-0811 Losurdo Inc ............................................................. 630-833-4650 FOODSERVICE EQUIPMENT-REPAIR CSI - Coker Service Inc .................Page 46 ........... 888-908-5600 Mackay Heating & Mechanical ......Page 23 ........... 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 46 ........... 888-908-5600 Cobblestone Ovens ................................................ 847-635-0172 FOODSERVICE-SUPPLIES Ramar Supply Co ..........................Page 30 ........... 708-233-0808 FRANCHISE-CONSULTANTS Big Sky Franchising ................................................ 855-824-4759 FREEZERS-ALL TYPES Custom Cooler & Freezer ..............Page 12 ........... 630-879-3131 FRYERS FSI/Foodservice Solutions...................................... 847-719-6088 GAMING TERMINALS Aces Up Gaming .................................................... 773-209-4800 GELATO Algelato Chicago ...........................Page 02 ........... 847-455-5355 Fox Valley Farms .................................................... 630-231-3005

Food Industry IndustryNews® News® March March2021 2021 Food GELATO EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES Kool Technologies..........................Page 44 ........... 630-483-2256 GIARDINIERA E Formella & Sons.........................Page 46 ........... 630-873-3208 V Formusa Company.............................................. 847-813-6040 GLYCOL REFRIGERATION SYSTEM & REPAIR Mackay Heating & Mechanical ......Page 23 ........... 847-381-0448 GRAND OPENING PROMOTIONS LED Billboard Trucks .............................................. 312-924-7979 GREASE REMOVAL SERVICE Kaluzny Bros Inc..................................................... 815-744-1453 Mahoney Environmental Inc ................................... 815-730-2088 GREASE TRAP PUMPING SERVICE Tierra Environmental .....................Page 22 ........... 888-551-1998 Kaluzny Bros Inc..................................................... 815-744-1453 GREASE TRAP SERVICE Tierra Environmental .....................Page 22 ........... 888-551-1998 Mahoney Environmental Inc ................................... 815-730-2088 GREASE-EXHAUST CLEANING Enviromatic Corp of America .........Page 31 ........... 800-325-8476 Olympia Maintenance ............................................. 708-344-0344 GREEK FOOD PRODUCTS Devanco Foods .............................Page 22 ........... 847-228-7070 Olympia Food Industries................Page 15 ........... 847-349-9358 Grecian Delight Foods ............................................ 847-364-1010 GROCERY MANUFACTURERS MEMBERSHIP Lezza Spumoni & Desserts ...........Page 17 ........... 708-547-5969 Meirtran ATM .................................Page 06 ........... 815-275-8031 GYROS Devanco Foods .............................Page 22 ........... 847-228-7070 Olympia Food Industries................Page 15 ........... 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 ...................Page 31 ........... 847-440-2323 HALAL DELI MEATS Deli Halal ................................................................ 224-900-7567 HALAL FOOD PRODUCTS Deli Halal ................................................................ 224-900-7567 HAMBURGER PATTY MANUFACTURER Devanco Foods .............................Page 22 ........... 847-228-7070 HANDYMAN SERVICES Restaurant Handyman............................................ 847-232-4474 UmbrellaOne National Facility Services ........................................ 773-383-6826 HEALTH INSURANCE Employco USA...............................Page 47 ........... 630-920-0000 Gallagher .......................................Page 26 ........... 630-285-3686 National Restaurant Association............................. 312-715-5363 HEATING & AIR CONDITIONER SERVICE & REP Mackay Heating & Mechanical ......Page 23 ........... 847-381-0448 Mechanical 24 ........................................................ 847-987-9738 HELIUM MacCARB ......................................Page 30 ........... 877-427-2499 HISPANIC FOOD DISTRIBUTION B & B Foodservice .................................................. 815-834-2621 HISPANIC FOOD PRODUCTS La Criolla .......................................Page 32 ........... 312-243-8882 HOOD & DUCT CLEANING Elmwood Cleaning Service............Page 42 ........... 773-782-5480 HOOD EXHAUST & FAN CLEANING Enviromatic Corp of America .........Page 31 ........... 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 17 ........... 773-523-0315 HOT DOGS Vienna Beef ...................................Page 21 ........... 773-278-7800 Crawford Sausage .................................................. 773-277-3095 Red Hot Chicago .................................................... 800-249-5226

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CLASSFIEDS and DIRECTORY OF SERVICES LINEN SUPPLY & RENTAL SERVICE Cosmopolitan Textile............................................... 773-254-6100 LIQUOR & SPIRITS Deutsch Wine & Spirits ........................................... 708-687-9870 LIQUOR-WHOLESALE Peerless Liquors ..................................................... 773-378-3908 LOGISTICS COMPANIES Perishable Distribution Solutions ...Page 43 ........... 888-491-1641 MAILING PROGRAMS On Time Printing ..................................................... 708-544-4500 MAYONNAISE Columbus Vegetable Oils ..............Page 11 ........... 773-265-6500 MEAT PROCESSING EQUIP SALES & SERVICE Berkel Midwest ....................................................... 800-921-9151 MEAT-ORGANIC-NATURAL-ABF Fox Deluxe Stap ..................................................... 847-520-8300 MEAT-WHOLESALE Devanco Foods .............................Page 22 ........... 847-228-7070 New S B L Inc ................................Page 27 ........... 773-376-8280 Park Packing Company .................Page 29 ........... 773-254-0100 Angelo Caputo’s Fresh Markets ............................. 630-514-1338 Anichini Brothers .................................................... 312-644-8004 Chef’s Quality Meats .............................................. 708-333-0880 Fox Deluxe Stap ..................................................... 847-520-8300 International Meat Company .................................. 773-622-1400 MEATS -WHOLE PIGS-GOATS-LAMB Park Packing Company .................Page 29 ........... 773-254-0100 MEDITERRANEAN FOODS Olympia Food Industries................Page 15 ........... 847-349-9358 Grecian Delight Foods ............................................ 847-364-1010 MENU PRINTERS Hallagan Business Machines ................................. 773-637-0626 MENU-DESIGN Pinata Graphics ...................................................... 312-929-6805 MENUS On Time Printing ..................................................... 708-544-4500 MENUS-CUSTOM PRINTED Accurate Printing .................................................... 708-824-0058 MEXICAN FOOD PRODUCTS B & B Foodservice .................................................. 815-834-2621 MILK Instantwhip Chicago ......................Page 28 ........... 773-235-5588 Mori Milk & Ice Cream ...................Page 07 ........... 847-671-3326 MINI PASTRIES Ideal Bakery............................................................ 773-631-6897 NEIGHBORHOOD MARKETING LED Billboard Trucks .............................................. 312-924-7979 NITROGEN MacCARB ......................................Page 30 ........... 877-427-2499 OFFICE EQUIPMENT Hallagan Business Machines ................................. 773-637-0626 OILS & FATS-COOKING Columbus Vegetable Oils ..............Page 11 ........... 773-265-6500 OILS & SHORTENING Columbus Vegetable Oils ..............Page 11 ........... 773-265-6500 OILS & VINEGAR Pastorelli Foods .............................Page 48 ........800-SOS-AUCY OILS-COOKING/BULK Columbus Vegetable Oils ..............Page 11 ........... 773-265-6500 OLIVE OILS Columbus Vegetable Oils ..............Page 11 ........... 773-265-6500 ORGANIC FOODS Pastorelli Foods .............................Page 48 ........800-SOS-AUCY ORGANIC MEAT & POULTRY Fox Deluxe Stap ..................................................... 847-520-8300 OVEN REPAIR & MAINTENANCE Mackay Heating & Mechanical ......Page 23 ........... 847-381-0448 OVENS-SALES & SERVICE Cobblestone Ovens ................................................ 847-635-0172 PACKAGING MATERIALS Barrington Packaging Systems .............................. 888-814-7999 PACKAGING SYSTEMS Barrington Packaging Systems .............................. 888-814-7999 PAINTING & HANDYMAN SERVICES Restaurant Handyman............................................ 847-232-4474

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PAINTING CONTRACTORS Elmwood Cleaning Service............Page 42 ........... 773-782-5480 PANCAKE-BATTER & MIX Tec Foods Inc ................................Page 40 ........... 773-638-5310 PAPER-PRODUCTS Ramar Supply Co ..........................Page 30 ........... 708-233-0808 Alfa Restaurant Supply ........................................... 773-588-6688 PARTITIONS-ACRYLIC Social D Partitions .................................................. 224-242-2236 PARTY-FAVORS & SUPPLIES Ramar Supply Co ..........................Page 30 ........... 708-233-0808 PASTA-FRESH AND FROZEN Cugini Distribution .........................Page 19 ........... 708-695-9471 Pastafresh Home Made Pasta.......Page 16 ........... 773-745-5888 PASTRIES Chicago Sweet Connection ...........Page 12 ........... 773-283-4430 PASTRY CONSULTING Sweet Bee .............................................................. 847-828-4812 PATIO ENCLOSURES Davinci Patio Sysems Inc .............Page 29 ........... 630-715-8575 PATIO HEATERS Davinci Patio Systems Inc .............Page 29 ........... 630-715-8575 TNG Industries ..............................Page 45 ............708-449-1100 PATTY MACHINES/FOOD FORMERS Berkel Midwest ....................................................... 800-921-9151 PAYROLL SERVICES Employco USA...............................Page 47 ........... 630-920-0000 ADP ........................................................................ 847-507-4210 PEST CONTROL Rose Pest Solutions ......................Page 25 ........ 800-GOT-PEST PEST CONTROL/PEST ELIMINATION Mc Cloud Services.................................................. 800-332-7805 PICKLES & RELISH Vienna Beef ...................................Page 21 ........... 773-278-7800 PITA BREAD Olympia Food Industries................Page 15 ........... 847-349-9358 Grecian Delight Foods ............................................ 847-364-1010 PIZZA SAUSAGE Anichini Brothers .................................................... 312-644-8004 PIZZA SUPPLY DISTRIBUTORS Anichini Brothers .................................................... 312-644-8004 PLUMBERS Elmwood Cleaning Service............Page 42 ........... 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 ......................................... 630-690-2870 POINT OF SALE SYSTEMS Digital Market POS ........................Page 28 ........... 312-300-4048 Illinois Wholesale ...........................Page 33 ........... 847-285-4163 Alpha POS Services Inc ......................................... 630-690-2870 Retail Control Solutions .......................................... 630-521-9900 PORK PRODUCTS Steinbach Provision .......................Page 24 ............773-538-1511 Peer Foods ............................................................. 773-927-1440 POS SYSTEMS Digital Market POS ........................Page 28 ........... 312-300-4048 Illinois Wholesale ...........................Page 33 ........... 847-285-4163 Alpha POS Systems Inc ......................................... 630-690-2870 POS SYSTEMS-CLOUD BASED Illinois Wholesale ...........................Page 33 ........... 847-285-4163 Alpha POS Services Inc ......................................... 630-690-2870 POULTRY PRODUCTS Steinbach Provision .......................Page 24 ............773-538-1511 POULTRY-FRESH New S B L Inc ................................Page 27 ........... 773-376-8280 POULTRY-WHOLESALE & PROCESSORS Fox Deluxe Stap ..................................................... 847-520-8300 PRESSURE WASHING Olympia Maintenance ............................................. 708-344-0344 PRINTERS On Time Printing ..................................................... 708-544-4500 PRINTING-CUSTOM ITEMS Accurate Printing .................................................... 708-824-0058

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SATELLITE TV SYSTEMS

SUPERMARKET EQUIPMENT REPAIR

PRODUCE-WHOLESALE

SAUSAGE

877-876-2326

E Formella & Sons.........................Page 46 ........... 630-873-3208

Angelo Caputo’s Fresh Markets ............................. 630-514-1338

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

Sweet Bee .............................................................. 847-828-4812

PROMOTIONAL MARKETING

LED Billboard Trucks .............................................. 312-924-7979

PUBLIC RELATIONS-MARKETING SERVICES

Falk PR ................................................................... 847-208-7052

IMR Chicago ........................................................... 312-878-1222

PUBLISHING

Food Industry News................................................ 847-699-3300

RE-UPHOLSTERY

All Sports Direct ...................................................... 630-918-3000 Vienna Beef ...................................Page 21 ........... 773-278-7800 Angelo Caputo’s Fresh Markets ............................. 630-514-1338 Anichini Brothers .................................................... 312-644-8004 Crawford Sausage .................................................. 773-277-3095 Red Hot Chicago .................................................... 800-249-5226

SCALES

Up ‘N Adam Service and Supply Inc................................ Page 06

SUPERMARKET- EQUIPMENT/ NEW & USED

Berkel Midwest ....................................................... 800-921-9151

TABLES-ALL TYPES

Chicago Booth ...............................Page 18 ........... 773-378-8400 RestaurantWoodTables.com................................... 773-599-6200

TAMALES

Accurate Scale Company ..............Page 42 ........... 773-847-1820

TEA-GREEN

Fisherman’s Pride ..........................Page 13 ............800-543-2110

TEMPORARY STAFFING

SEAFOOD

Dewdrop Tea........................................................... 630-335-7806

SEASONINGS & SEASONING BLENDS

CSI - Coker Service Inc .................Page 46 ........... 888-908-5600

SEATING

THEATERS AND VENUES

Mackay Heating & Mechanical ......Page 23 ........... 847-381-0448

SEATING REPAIRS

TOMATO PRODUCTS

REFRIGERATION SERVICE & REPAIR

SELF-SERVICE ORDERING KIOSKS

TRADE PUBLICATIONS

REFRIGERATION-EQUIP/COMMERCIAL

SEWER(MAINT)-RODDING & JETTING

RESTAURANT CONSULTANTS

SHAKE MIX

Kool Technologies..........................Page 44 ........... 630-483-2256

Mechanical 24 ........................................................ 847-987-9738

Giant Refrigeration ................................................. 773-539-9629

Custom Cooler & Freezer ..............Page 12 ........... 630-879-3131 Stanovich Hospitality ...............................................708-359-1911

Famar Flavors ...............................Page 03 ........... 708-926-2951 Waco Manufacturing ............................................... 312-733-0054 Express Seating ............................Page 19 ........... 630-985-7797 Alpha POS Services Inc ......................................... 630-690-2870 Tierra Environmental .....................Page 22 ........... 888-551-1998

Fox Valley Farms .................................................... 630-231-3005

RESTAURANT EQUIP PARTS WAREHOUSE

SHEET METAL FABRICATION

RESTAURANT EQUIPMENT

SHIPPING-REFRIGERATED & FROZEN

CSI - Coker Service Inc .................Page 46 ........... 888-908-5600 Wood Food Systems .....................Page 16 ........... 847-949-9663

FSI/Foodservice Solutions...................................... 847-719-6088

Losurdo Inc ............................................................. 630-833-4650

RESTAURANT EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES

Custom Cooler & Freezer ..............Page 12 ........... 630-879-3131

C & R Equipment Company ..........Page 17 ........... 773-523-0315 Perishable Distribution Solutions ...Page 43 ........... 888-491-1641

SHORTENING

Columbus Vegetable Oils ..............Page 11 ........... 773-265-6500

SIGNAGE-INDOOR & OUTDOOR

American Graphics ........................Page 40 ........... 888-774-6270

Ramar Supply Co ..........................Page 30 ........... 708-233-0808

SIGNS

Berkel Midwest ....................................................... 800-921-9151

SLICERS-SALES & SERVICE

Alfa Restaurant Supply ........................................... 773-588-6688

Schultz Supply ........................................................ 708-652-2020

Pinata Graphics ...................................................... 312-929-6805 Berkel Midwest ....................................................... 800-921-9151

RESTAURANT EQUIPMENT REPAIR

SLOT MACHINES

877-876-2326

SMOKERS

Up ‘N Adam Service and Supply Inc................................ Page 06

RESTAURANT EQUIPMENT REPAIR SERVICE

CSI - Coker Service Inc .................Page 46 ........... 888-908-5600 Mackay Heating & Mechanical ......Page 23 ........... 847-381-0448 Berkel Midwest ....................................................... 800-921-9151

Cobblestone Ovens ................................................ 847-635-0172

Illinois Gaming Systems ......................................... 312-544-9856 Wood Food Systems .....................Page 16 ........... 847-949-9663

SMOKERS-COMMERCIAL

Game Changer Smokers ........................................ 574-353-7855

SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING

Create Inc Chicago ........................Page 44 ........... 773-664-4024

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FAST FOOD MEXICAN RESTAURANT WITH REAL ESTATE. 3834 W. 47TH STREET, CHICAGO, IL NWC of 47th Street and Avers Avenue. One block east of major spotlight intersection of Pulaski Road and 47th Street across from Walgreens. Lot size: 48’x17” front and 125’ depth or 5,396 SF, building 1,140 SF, seats 20, parks 10. For Real Estate and Business: $299,000. Possible seller financing. Also available For Lease: $2,000 per month. 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 $$$ MAKER/$8,000 A MONTH IN VIDEO GAMING/ FREE STANDING, HARD CORNER OR CICERO & 147TH STREET IN MIDLOTHIAN Free standing 5,000 SF bldg. on 27,787 SF lot, seats 300, total (indoor and outdoor), parks 57+/- cars. $15,000 a week in gross sales plus $8,000.00 a month in video gaming. Separate carryout delivery section, large sit down bar inside and outside. Real Heavy traffic flow 43,000 cars on 147th Street and 45,000 cars per day on Cicero Avenue.Asking price $899,000 for Real Estate and Business PIZZERIA-PUB-BANQUETS-PICK UP-DELIVERY-DINE WITH SIT DOWN BARS PLUS OUTDOOR PATIO, $10,000 A MONTH IN VIDEO GAMING, DOWNTOWN TINLEY PARK, ILLINOIS, INCLUDE ASSETS ONLY Free standing 8,000 SF bldg. divided into a pizzeria with separate entrance for pick up and delivery, connecting dining, sports bar lounge 3area, banquet and kitchen plus outdoor dining. Real $$$ 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. 3NW 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 ALLOWED4 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.

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3SW 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 3DOWNERS GROVE | DOWNTOWN BY TRAIN STATION | BUSINESS ONLY Fast food casual. Real $$$ maker. 1,500 SF seats 40 plus 30 outdoor. 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.

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3LISLE – 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 CHICAGO-LINCOLN PARK | SIX CORNERS Fast food, 2,080 SF, established, turn-key, dine in, pick up and delivery. Sales: $16,000 a week, plus 60% delivery done Door Dash, Grub Hub. Payroll: $3,700 per week; Rent: $4,774 per month. Asking price: $159.500 For Business Only

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Jerseys Sports Bar on Barrington Road, $1,875,000 including RE. Great water feature and right next door to CORE Athletics, would make a great medical use facility bordering Barrington, IL Tasty Cuisine Chinese Restaurant in Elmhurst. $899,000 including RE with locked in catering contracts at O’Hare Airport!

Suburban Broker Chad Severson. With over 23 years in Operations, I’m a restaurant operator selling your restaurant, not just a Real Estate Agent trying to sell your restaurant. Bring your Bar, Restaurant, Banquet Hall, Catering Needs, Gaming Needs or ANY commercial needs to me!

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Building Features - 6 Story building in the heart of printers row. - Perfect for a sit down restaurant or a quick bite lunch spot. - Existing restaurant and includes FF&E with prominent corner location for plenty exposure. - Very desirable location with high pedestrian and car traffic. - This unique space includes a antique train car used as a dining room Area Features - First Building and entrance off the I-290 expressway - 4 minute walk to Lasalle blue line CTA. - - 5 minute walk to Lasalle/Van Buren Station - 4 minute drive to Grant park - Traffic volume of approx. 140,000/day - 2020 Population - 1 Mi: 76,990 2 Mi: 258,189 5 Mi: 829,982

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What can business owners, managers possibly do during a difficult market? A hard insurance market is a period of time in which the demand for coverage increases and/or the capacity of carriers to provide coverage decreases. The result of a hard market is that the premium rates a business is paying for the same coverage goes up, there is less competition among carriers for business, and most insurers have more stringent underwriting criteria. As we exited 2020, a number of factors were affecting the insurance marketplace. First, there was a substantial increase in the number of large weather-related loss events over the past few years. Second, interest rates were at historical lows, reducing investment income which carriers have traditionally relied on for profitability, and third, the industry was dealing with a rapidly increasing loss trend across most liability lines. Each of these factors helped drive up prices and reduced coverage availability. Unfortunately, all of these conditions still exist today and the hard market is expected to continue into the foreseeable future. There are several things a business can do to help minimize the impact of a hardening insurance market: 1. It is important that a company’s upper management is involved with and committed to its safety programs to help ensure better safety results and make them a more attractive option to carriers. 2. Businesses should look to start the insurance renewal process as early as possible, from 90 to 120 days in advance of their renewal date. 3. If possible businesses should seek to take advantage of any safety or bundling discounts offered by a carrier. Some carriers will offer discounts for implementing certain safety programs or technology. Look into placing more lines of coverage with a single carrier to see if that provides a savings opportunity. 4. Work with a broker you trust to help mitigate the market forces as much as possible by obtaining quotes that provide the best possible coverage at the best price available—and understand that might look different then it has in the past! —Chris Weronko, Gallagher For more information or to obtain a quote, see the Gal-

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‘Spring Baking Championship’ is Back The country’s most talented bakers take on springtime treats in a new season of Food Network’s hit culinary competition “Spring Baking Championship,” airing Monday nights. Host Ali Khan (pictured above far right) returns to host. The winner gets a $25,000 grand prize and a spot in Food Network Magazine. Competitors must prove they can create and elevate tasty springtime desserts to impress judges Nancy Fuller (pictured above, from left), Duff Goldman and Kardea Brown. “With last season having the series’ highest ratings, it is clear viewers can’t get enough of ‘Spring Baking Championship,’” said Courtney White, president, Food Network. The three contestants who make it to the finale must make lush spring garden cakes with a surprise design element.

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People Selling the Industry With Cary Miller This month I am proud to be pictured with Steve Palmer (left), of Palmer’s Place Restaurant & Biergarten in La Grange, Ill. Steve and his family have worked tirelessly to serve guests since 1983. As the business flourished, they expanded with a larger footprint and heated outdoor patio. Steve gives back to the community by volunteering as well as preparing and donating meals on a weekly basis. When you’re in the mood for good food and drink in La Grange, be sure to visit Palmer’s Place, 56 S. La Grange Road. You’ll be able to find Steve there with other hard-working family members. Rich and Michael Wood operate Wood Food Systems, Chicagoland’s Broaster® dealer. Rich and Michael help restaurants and other food-service and retail businesses offer products that can’t be replicated at home. The Broaster® lineup includes their proprietary equipment, marinades, to-go packaging and more. Offering Broaster® to your guests is a great way to increase your carry-out, delivery and dine-in sales along with repeat business. Wood Food is also the Chicagoland distributor for Southern Pride BBQ Smokers. You can see their ad on page 16 of this issue. Dean Ciluffo is the founder and owner of Accurate Scale Company, based in Lyons, Ill. Accurate is said to have the Midwest’s largest inventory of scales, parts, printers and related items. They have a large team of professionals who install, calibrate, maintain and repair most brands of scales and weighing equipment. Whether you are weighing food, meat, produce, pallets, barrels, trucks or items for shipping, Accurate has products to meet your needs. And because they guarantee and maintain everything they sell, you’ll never get the runaround like you will when you buy scales on the internet. The firm also has an extensive inventory of parts, which is why they even sell to their competitors. The Accurate Scale team has a great attitude and love to serve. You may see their ad on page 42 of this issue. Gil Rangel is the founder and owner of Create Chicago Inc., a firm providing social media services to restaurants, hotels and resorts across the country. Create Chicago helps its customers get noticed on Facebook and Instagram with eye-catching promotional videos. The firm’s programs are month to month with no contract. They make it very easy for restaurants and resorts to stand out online, with four to five promotional videos a week, ideas, concepts, design, marketing and promotional strategies, tracking and insights. If your restaurant needs a boost contact Gil for a free consultation and consider putting his 20 years of marketing experience to work. You can see his firm’s ad on page 44 of this issue. Karl Loepke (right) is the owner and chief skeptic at Melrose Park, Ill.-based Skeptic Distillery. He is joined by his director of sales, James Semrick. Skeptic Distillery draws inspiration from curiosity and fuses craft with science to evolve spirits beyond tradition, using a unique cold vacuum distillation process to achieve otherwise unattainable flavor and freshness. When you taste Skeptic’s famous gin, you realize it’s not like other gin because of its smoothness. Karl’s creativity has enabled him to produce remarkable products including Skeptic vodka and their soon-to-be famous Ginquila. The brand’s footprint and distribution is increasing monthly. Be sure to try Skeptic spirits, which are gluten free, made with natural ingredients and no added sugar! Sal Russotiesi is a sales executive with Berwyn, Ill.-based Turano Baking Company. For over half a century, the Turano family has been dedicated to baking delicious and authentic European-style breads. Honoring the tradition and passion for bread making passed down through generations. The firm continues to innovate with new items that are sold into retail and food-service channels.

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Program Established to Aid Restaurant and Hospitality Workers Launches Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation, the charitable arm of Women of the Vine & Spirits (WOTVS), has launched a groundbreaking assistance program offering health, financial and legal aid to restaurant and hospitality workers in response to COVID-19. WOTVS Foundation, which provides scholarships to women to advance their careers in the food, wine, spirits, beer and hospitality industries, was faced with the challenge to find an innovative solution to offer aid to those in need. WOTVS Foundation has selected ComPsych Corporation, the worldwide leader of fully integrated EAP, behavioral health, wellness, work-life, HR, FMLA and absence management services under its GuidanceResources® brand. Core services include shortterm counseling, treatment referrals, financial, retirement, legal, family, child, elder assistance, intervention for critical incidents and more. “Restaurant and hospitality workers have been one of the hardest hit professionals due to the pandemic. So many of our colleagues are experiencing increased stress, anxiety, worries and fears,” said Deborah Brenner, president, WOTVS Foundation, and founder and CEO, WOTVS. Thanks to a generous donation from Love, Tito’s, the philanthropic arm of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, the program received funding to initiate the launch. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Upon acceptance, candidates will be enrolled and receive the WOTVS Foundation Assistance Program until Jan. 31, 2022. To offer the program to more individuals in the U.S and expand internationally, donations are being accepted. “The pandemic’s impact continues to cause immense stress to those in the restaurant and hospitality industry,” said Lisa Huddleson, director of strategic philanthropy at Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Applicants must be employed in the restaurant and/ or hospitality industry for a minimum of three years or currently unemployed, furloughed, or working fewer hours, having previously worked To apply for the program, for a minimum of go to womenofthevine. three years prior to their current com/foundation-assistanceu n e m p l o y m e n t program To donate to the program, status. For those go to https://www.paypal. employed, please check with your com/donate?hosted_button_ human resources id=82UGV99XCTZJ2. If your company would like manager if your to make a donation to support company offers WOTVS Foundation an EAP program the Program, before applying. Assistance please email: foundation@ Applicants must be womenofthevine.com. U.S. residents.

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