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BOSTON MARKET – Eric Wyatt replaces Frances Allen as CEO at this chain which now has 376 units across the country. The chain’s plans call for creating a new office of the CEO with Chief Financial Officer Caryn Doyle and Chief Administrative Officer Randy Willer. With 367 sites, it has closed about one-tenth of its total 400-plus units. In 2018 system sales dropped 1.3 percent to $558 million. Later data is not immediately available. Wyatt is a former vice president of operations for Panera Bread and later, since 2018, at Boston Market.

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.”






Wine(s) of the Week – Red wines for winter sipping

Winter’s here and colder weather with it means it’s time for hearty reds that warm our bodies and our spirits. We have a half dozen that fit the bill and come from around the globe from France to Portugal to California.

Chateau La Croix des Pins, Le Villages Ventoux AOP, “Les 3 Villages”  2017 – Cape Classics in New York brings this French charmer to the U.S. It’s a blend of 55% Grenache Noir, 35% Syrah,  5% Marselan and  5% Carignan. It’s 14% ABV. Fresh and juicy, it is aged for 15 years for a rich, smooth finish. Each of the varietals is aged separately in stainless vats for 13 or more months.

Waterbrook 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley – In Walla Walla, WA This winery was a founder, taking its name from the Nez Perce Indian dialect which translates to “Running Water.” Bold and aromatic, it has scents of currant and plum, toasted oak and dark chocolate. Smooth, with a long finish, it makes its own statement.

Lab of Portugal,Vinho Regional Lisboa 2016 –  This is a red medium dry wine from vineyards with clay and limestone soils and comes from Castelao (35%), Tinta Roriz (25%), Touriga Nacional (15%) and  Syrah (23%). It undergoes traditional fermentation and long maceration followed byaging in new oak barrels for four months. It is produced by Casa Santos Lima.

Fetzer Coro Mendocino 2010, is produced in Hopland, CA, blending 67% Zinfandel, 13% Syrah and 10% Petite Syrah. The wine combines five Zinfandel selections from the same vineyard for complexity. “The expression of “place” is the characteristic that the winemaker seeks to showcase. It is uniquely Californian, rich, distinctive and flavorful.

Kanonkop Estate Wine Paul Sauer 2014, made in the Simonsberg-Stellenbosch area of South Africa, is rich and full-bodied with a deep ruby red color, classic elegance and notes of black currant, red berry and cassis. The vines are, on average, 23 years old, the winemaker notes. It ages in new French oak, medium toasted, for 24 months. Rich and flavorful, it’s a blend of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc.

Feuille De Garance Cotes Du Rhone 2018 is 14.5 percent alcohol by volume, says the importer, Cape Classics and comes from Domaine Rouge Garance in the south of France. It’s classic, rich and spicy, blending 60% Grenache, 30 % Syrah and 10% Cinsault.  It is eco-certificed organic and has 14.5 percent ABV. The vines are said to be a minimum of 20 years old and grow in hard clay and limestone-based soils. It has aromas of crushed fruit, earthy with raspberry, spice and tart cherry notes.





Dunkin’ to launch new Oatmilk Latte

CANTON, MA – Dunkin’ Donuts will launch a new Oatmeal Latte beverage in its restaurants this Spring made with “handcrafted espresso and creamy Oatmilk.” For consumers in California, free samples will be available every Friday in January.
The oatmilk will be added to hot and iced coffees as well as frozen beverages. Dunkin’ is also offering almond milk as dairy alternative at restaurants nationwide, the company points out.

Wine(s) of the Week – DECEMBER 15th

Winter’s here, virtually, and colder weather with it. It’s time for hearty reds that warm our bodies and our spirits.
Woodbridge by Mondavi’s 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon comes from a line of wines designed for everyday drinking. With scents of dark cherry and blueberry, it has hints of toast and spice. Wine is one of Robert Mondavi’s passions and this one, moderately priced, fits the bill.
De Toren Z 2014 calls itself (and is) an “approachable” wine for chillier days and warms the spirit and the body. From South Africa, it brings richness and complexity to the table. Sip it and savor as it gains in age and body, bring what it makers describe as a “luxurious” win to the table.
Kanonkop Kadette Cape Blend, 2017, also from South Africa, blends 37 percent Pinotage with 36 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 25 percent Merlot and two percent Cabernet Franc to create a dry red wine with deep notes of cherry and plum. Made in Stellenbosch, the home of many excellent wineries in the country, it has hints of spice on the finish.
Waterbrook 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley comes from Walla Walla in Washington State, where the winery was one of the first there. The name comes from Nez Perce Indians and means “Running Water.” Ripe currant and plum combine with toasted oak and chocolate for richness and a smooth finish.
Lab of Portugal 2015 offers a price point for everyday sippers and comes from the region of Lisboa where the climate is well suited for making quality vintages. It blends Castelao (35 percent) with Tinto Roriz (25 percent), Syrah (25 percent) and Touriga Nacional, 15 percent. It’s aged in Portuguese new oak barrels for four months. Moderate pricing and quality come together to offer good value.
Chasseur De Calloux 2017 is from Cotes Du Rhone where its name means “pebble hunter” for the region where there are vast numbers of pebbles covering the vineyards. This Southern Rhone Valley wine brings us flavors of blackberry and blueberry. The wine is 14.6 percent ABV and blends 30 percent Grenache with 30 percent Syrah and 20 percent Carignan. The winery tells us it pairs well with pork and at the bottom of the label is a small drawing of a little white pig.
El Barrio 2017 Chilean Cabernet Sauvigon offers a plush, rich tasting experience with notes of black cherry and plum, with “savory nuances,” the winemakers say, of smoke and dried peppers. A moderately priced wine, it goes well with meats and features a small drawing of a cow on the label.

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 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 or follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.