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The Anchor Boston brings new life to Shipyard Park

 

CHARLESTOWN, MA – The Anchor Boston, a new venue in the Navy Yard’s Shipyard Park since last summer, sought to “bring vibrancy to the public realm” and quickly succeeded with its two-story public gathering space, performance venue and open-air wine and beer garden where it offered free programs, live entertainment and more.

 

It’s owner, Chris Sinclair, who began doing events as a way to make money in high school, created what became The Anthem Group as a marketing agency in college and today, operates it to include catering, concessions, and most recently in the Navy Yard, a full service restaurant, bar and beer garden, The Anchor. This past Summer and Fall seasons saw the restaurant bring a host of activities and hundreds of people to an under-served area.
Sinclair believes that when a business does well, it must use that success to help the community it serves. Even when something has not been done previously, he says, that is no reason to not do it. Coming into a neighborhood that has been underserved in terms of entertainment and foodservice venues since it first opened in the early ‘80s, The Anchor brought an estimated 100,000 visitors to the new outlet.

 

He sees a way for his company to grow and evolve as it “leaves an imprint” on the city through a “pioneering initiative” on what had been a relatively untapped area on the city’s waterfront. The Anchor offered some 300 free public programs and events including movies and games as it focused on what Sinclair calls “ the right things for the venue.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Baskin-Robbins intros new non-dairy, vegan Coffee Caramel Crunch

Baskin-Robbins, said to be the world’s largest chain of specialty ice cream shops, is serving up Fall treats. The brand, which recently expanded into the plant-based category with vegan* and non-dairy flavors, unveils a new plant-based, vegan option: November’s Flavor of the Month, Non-Dairy and Vegan Coffee Caramel Chunk which features an espresso-flavored base punctuated by chocolate chunks and a smooth caramel ribbon.The Caramel Delight Ice Cream Cookie Torte is inspired by European designs. The chain’s culinary specialists layered Gold Medal Ribbon® ice cream on top of a chocolate chip cookie crust garnished with caramel praline and fudge toppings and almonds. There are also classics like the Turkey Cake, or the Fall Harvest Roll Cake or Football Cake, available at order.baskinrobbins.com or through the Baskin-Robbins Mobile App.

“This Thanksgiving, we’re giving that typical dessert spread a sweet makeover so that everyone at the table can enjoy some ice cream deliciousness,” says Jason Maceda, senior vice president of Baskin-Robbins U.S. and Canada. “We hope our festive cakes and our expanded non-dairy flavors are the tasty finale to everyone’s Thanksgiving celebration.”

Topping off the month’s lineup is the addition of Chopped Jolly Ranchers™ to the toppings case to enhance favorites such as Vanilla, Rainbow Sherbet or Wild ‘n Reckless. For more information about Baskin-Robbins’ variety of premium ice cream flavors and frozen desserts, visit www.BaskinRobbins.com or follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

News in Brief

NY State has new plan for restaurants

ALBANY, NY – New York recently announced a plan to make restaurants reduce capacity by 50 percent in order to curtail close human contact as it responds to the Coronavirus epidemic. At the same time, MSNBC reported that cases of the virus, in a period of only five days, rose by 50 percent, going from 545 to 1,129.

Dunkin' Donuts aids COVID-9 response group

RANDOLPH, MA – Dunkin’ Donuts’ Joy in Childhood Foundation is activating $1.25 million in emergency funding to support health and hunger relief  organizations on the frontline of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) response.

This includes a $250,000 donation to the Boston Resiliency Fund established by Mayor Marty Walsh to bring essential services to local residents whose health and well-being are most immediately impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19)  pandemic.

The Foundation helps children battling hunger or illness with emergency grants that are designed to give flexible funding for organizations so they can apply for the support they need.

“Dunkin’ is made up of thousands of independent businessmen and women who care deeply about the communities they serve and demonstrate that care by supporting our Foundation in addition to hundreds of other local charities,” says Alex Smigelski, Dunkin’ Franchisee and Co-Chair of the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation. “The Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation has been working with hunger relief organizations and hospitals for many years, and we know that now, more than ever, they need resources and flexibility to be able to help those most impacted by the pandemic. We are happy to be able to give this support and want to encourage everyone to step in to help our communities during this time of great need.”

Donations to the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund can be made at www.joyinchildhoodfoundation.org.

A new French Chenin Blanc you will enjoy

Vincent Careme’s Les Clos 2017 comes from a single block of very old Chenin Blanc vines steep slope that overlooks the Loire Valley in France. Hand-harvested, they are matured in oak barrels for 12 months. The wine is rich in hand-harvested organic grapes.  The honeyed fruit has finesse and minerality, the winemaker says. Visit www.capeclassics.com for more information.

 

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Wine of the Week -Les Clos 2017

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Vincent Careme’s Les Clos 2017 comes from a single block of very old Chenin Blanc vines steep slope that overlooks the Loire Valley in France. Hand-harvested, they are matured in oak barrels for 12 months. The wine is rich in hand-harvested organic grapes.  The honeyed fruit has finesse and minerality, the winemaker says. Visit www.capeclassics.com for more information.

 

 

New Products: A special reserve coffee from New Guinea

Gevalia Kaffe Special Reserve Single Origin from Papua New Guinea offers excellent flavor and character in a medium bodied coffee. The coffee makers

add Arabica beans from Java’s top plantations to “Hurrar Moka” beans from Ethopia to create a spicy, full-bodied and slightly sweet beverage. An iced coffee concentrate is also available. Check out https://www.gevalia.com/mocca-java-rsfc59f6c0-d93a-454e-aa6e-56f9666c5c90.jpg.w1920.jpg

Kentucky whiskey maker wins 2 medals

Bardstown, KY – Two of Barton 1792 Distillery’s whiskies received medals at the 2020 American World Whiskies Awards presented by Whisky Magazine.

1792 Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey received a Gold Medal and 1792 Bottled in Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey won a Bronze Medal at the awards event in New York.

“We are very thankful to receive these recognitions,” Master Distiller Danny Kahn says. “Producing top-quality whiskey is truly a team effort and everyone at Barton 1792 is dedicated to accomplishing that goal. These awards are another indication of that commitment.”

Whiskies in each category were subject to blind tastings in a three-round judging process to reward and promote the world’s best whiskies to consumers and trade across the globe.  The winners from the American World Whiskies Awards 2020 will now compete with counterparts from all over the world, and global winners will be announced March 26 in London. For more information about the World Whiskies Awards visit www.worldwhiskiesawards.com

The purveyor is part of Barton Brands  which has facilities in Bardstown, Ky., Carson, Calif., and Baltimore, Md. Barton Brands is owned by the Sazerac Company, an American family-owned company based in New Orleans since 1879 and continues today as the oldest fully-operating distillery in the “Bourbon Capital of the World.” It is located on 196 acres with i 28 warehouses, 22 other buildings, the Morton Spring and the Tom Moore Spring.  Distilling, aging and bottling fine Bourbon whiskey are hallmarks of the historic Barton 1792 Distillery. 1792 Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey is named for the year Kentucky became a state. The Distillery has garnered a number of prestigious awards for its whiskies, including its 1792 Full Proof, which was named the World Whiskey of the Year by “Jim Murray Whiskey Bible 2020.”  To learn more visit www.1792bourbon.com.