Chef Nicholas Flores Gives Us The Know-How for a Perfect Pizza

Chef Nicholas Flores Gives Us The Know-How for a Perfect Pizza
  • Chef Nicholas Flores of Sette Osteria in Wynwood dishes his top tips to craft the perfect pizza.

  • The best authentic Italian pizza is a combination of ingredients, dough, method of cooking, and technique.

Chef Nicholas learned from the best in Italian cuisine. Starting as a dishwasher at the tender age of 15, he honed his craft, moved up in the industry, and mastered the art of pizza. When the opportunity presented itself to open up another location in Miami, Fla., Chef Flores was open and excited to take on the challenge.

The vibe of Sette Osteria and the neighborhood of Wynwood correlate perfectly. Sette Osteria has a very modern look with loads of green plants scattered throughout the location. Similarly, Wynwood is a bright, contemporary neighborhood surrounded by the green palm trees of Miami. Osteria couldn’t have been placed in a better spot.

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Amazon Go to Threaten 70 Billion Fast Casual Segment

Amazon Go to Threaten 70 Billion Fast Casual Segment
  • Is Amazon Taking Over the Food Service Industry?

  • Find Out How Fast Casual Chains are at Risk, and What They Can Do to Survive.

On this episode of The Barron Report, Paul Barron analyzes the aggressive move Amazon is making in the foodservice industry.

Amazon plans to open up to 3,000 of its cashier-less Amazon Go convenience stores by the year 2021, according to a recent report from Bloomberg. The tech giant's brick-and-mortar concept Amazon Go currently has three stores open, two in Seattle and one in Chicago.


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Amazon Plans to Open Up to 3,000 Cashier-Less Convenience Stores by 2020

Amazon Plans to Open Up to 3,000 Cashier-Less Convenience Stores by 2020

Watch out 7-Eleven and CVS, Amazon is making an aggressive push into the convenience store industry.

The tech giant's brick-and-mortar concept Amazon Go already has three stores open with two in Seattle and one in Chicago, but the company has plans to roll out as many as 3,000 by 2020, according to "Bloomberg."

These stores are fueled strictly by technology. There are no human cashiers or even kiosks. Thanks to sensors and automation software, a customer can shop and checkout with minimal effort.

"Customers scan their Amazon accounts with their smartphones when walking in, and from there they can shop for sandwiches, salads, groceries, and household goods. Sensors and software that’s trained to analyze and perceive what items get removed from shelves are able to update your shopping cart in real time, while checkout happens automatically once you leave the store," writes "The Verge."

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Artificial Intelligence Is Primed To Drive Economic Growth In Food Service

Artificial Intelligence Is Primed To Drive Economic Growth In Food Service
  • AI Is Predicted to be a Major Player in Economic Growth Over The Next Decade in Food Service.

  • “56 percent of consumers today are ready to order meals using voice…” Says Ted Cohn of Orderscape.

In this episode of The Takeout Delivery and Catering Show, Valerie and Erle talk with Ted Cohn, Co-Founder, and CTO at Orderscape Inc, to talk about AI in food service. AI is predicted to be a major player in economic growth over the next decade in food service.

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The Biggest Threat to Kitchen Success

The Biggest Threat to Kitchen Success

Employing a crew of trained kitchen killers means you need brain power as much as cooking firepower.

So how do you get your cooks to think, troubleshoot, and work critically? Or do you?

Asking members of the biz for their insight on how they get their cooks to think, the responses fell shockingly silent. This quiet is surprising because we ask our kitchen crews to work harder, work faster, work cleaner.

“Work smarter, not harder” is cliche and familiar. But what are we doing as leaders in the kitchen to be a catalyst for thinking?

Historically - and depending on with whom you are talking to - restaurant failure rate within five years is somewhere in the neighborhood of 80%. Poor product? Sometimes. Location? Maybe. Fiscal mismanagement? Now you are getting warmer. Off-mission? A resounding yes.

Having a mission and actually understanding how to keep the train on those tracks requires intellect. And that is where we aren’t stirring the pot.

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Northern California Sees a Surge in Wine Tasting Room Openings

Northern California Sees a Surge in Wine Tasting Room Openings

Northern California is known for its wine country, but establishments selling wine in the Napa and Sonoma counties have to abide by strict regulations prior to opening.

With that being said, tasting room openings aren't happening every week.

But this year, the area saw a spike in these openings.

Some of the new Napa tasting rooms include Rebel Vintners, which is located downtown and features wines from Holman Cellars, Leaf & Vine and Cadle Family Wines; Signorello, which has opened a temporary space after its previous one was burned down in the 2017 wildfires, and Keplinger, which opened in August and offers an array of Rhone-style wines.

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Are Some Amazon Employees Accepting Bribes From Merchants?

Are Some Amazon Employees Accepting Bribes From Merchants?

The tech giant Amazon is investigating if independent merchants using the platform are bribing Amazon staff members in exchange for data, according to a recent report from the "Wall Street Journal."

"In exchange for payments ranging from roughly $80 to more than $2,000, brokers for Amazon employees in Shenzhen are offering internal sales metrics and reviewers’ email addresses, as well as a service to delete negative reviews and restore banned Amazon accounts, the people said," writes "The WSJ."

The illegal practice is primarily occurring in China due to the large number of sellers in the country. Also since Amazon's Chinese employees get paid smaller salaries, they are more likely to accept kickbacks.

With the help of third-party brokers, the employees are recruited on apps like WeChat where they are offered deals like for $1500, the employee will delete at least five negative reviews.

Other deals include in exchange for a monetary amount, the merchant will be given the mail addresses of reviewers or the Amazon employee will restore a ban on an account.

However, Amazon is looking into the illegal activity.

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Plant-Based Meat Sales Have Increased by 23 Percent in the Last Year

Plant-Based Meat Sales Have Increased by 23 Percent in the Last Year

We recently reported that plant-based consumption is up over 300 percent over the last year, according to our Foodable Labs data.

The Good Food Institute (GFI) has also released market data from Nielsen showing that the consumer demand for plant-based products is at an all-time high.

The sales of this sector have recently exceeded $3.7 billion.

"While total U.S. retail food sales grew just two percent over the previous 12 months, retail sales of plant-based foods grew a phenomenal 17 percent during the same time period," writes the GFI.

Specifically, plant-based meat, which has increased in popularity thanks to companies like Impossible Foods and Beyond Burger, saw a 23 percent spike in the last year. In the previous year, veggie-based meats only saw 6 percent growth.

Beyond Meat saw sales spike by 70 percent.

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Will this Wheat-Based “Chicken” Nugget Be the Next Impossible Burger?

Will this Wheat-Based “Chicken” Nugget Be the Next Impossible Burger?

Veggie burgers like Impossible Foods' Impossible Burger and Beyond Meat's Beyond Burger are certainly on the rise.

Listen to Beyond Meat’s unique story below.

But are these burgers just the beginning? Will chicken strips and vegan filets be next?

There's so much potential in the market to develop other plant-based products mimicking meat favorites of consumers. These products appeal to the consumer looking to make eco-friendly dining choices.

With that in mind, start-up companies are developing innovative formulas to mimic the texture of real meat. By looking like something familiar, these products are much more approachable.

In 2017, Christie Lagally founded Seattle Food Tech with a goal of expanding plant-based foods like its wheat-based nuggets to the masses at universities and hospitals.

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How These Beer-Battered Fish Recipes Can Spice Up Your Seafood Menu Options

How These Beer-Battered Fish Recipes Can Spice Up Your Seafood Menu Options
  • Chef Adrianne Calvo Shares a Baja Fish Taco and Crispy Beer Battered Fish Sandwich Recipe.

  • Chef Adrianne Talks Directly To Chefs and Cooks About Quality, Taste, and Menu Applications.

On this episode of Foodable’s Smart Kitchen and Bar, our host Chef Adrianne will demonstrate for us two delicious recipes using High Liner’s award-winning beer battered product line.

The two dishes she covers in this episode are a Baja Fish Taco with chipotle lime mayo and a Crispy Beer Battered Fish Sandwich with homemade tartar sauce.

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