Here is a round-up of the latest news, hires, and product releases from around the bar and restaurant industry.
Terlato Artisan Spirits Introduces Dublin Ink Irish Whiskey
Terlato Wine Group, a leading importer and marketer of luxury wines, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages, is adding a new Irish Whiskey to its Artisan Spirits Portfolio - Dublin Ink Irish Whiskey, in partnership with Steven Nathan, founder of Guanxi and a former managing director at the Distell Group Ltd. Inspired by the ink and warpaint adorning Irish warriors as they were led into battle by ancient Celtic Kings, Dublin Ink Irish Whiskey is a 50% single malt, distilled at 90 proof and finished in Sherry casks at a distillery located in Southern Ireland. Golden amber in color, with aromas of sweet caramel and spice, Dublin Ink Irish Whiskey is soft and sweet on the palate with notes of vanilla and a pleasant nuttiness.
Lightspeed Featured on New Netflix Show
Netflix’s new show Pressure Cooker features Lightspeed Restaurant as a “virtual host." Their tech platform delivers news of the next challenge, opportunity, or obstacle on the show. In the first culinary competition of its kind, Pressure Cooker follows 11 chefs, living under one roof, as they navigate gastronomic challenges while managing the politics and social dynamics of the group. As their own judges, the contestants will showcase their craft while strategically competing for the favor (and votes) of the other chefs. The chefs will need to impress their peers with culinary and leadership skills alike, as they compete for votes, and the grand prize of $100,000. Lightspeed Restaurant communicates tasks and acts as the chefs’ voting station, ultimately transmitting the decision of who will stay and who will go.
Wynn Las Vegas Welcomes Christopher Lee as Vice President of Culinary Operations and Restaurant Development
Wynn Las Vegas is pleased to announce award-winning food and beverage leader Christopher Lee as the resort’s new vice president of culinary operations and restaurant development. With more than two decades of experience in large-scale food and beverage management, Lee will oversee all aspects of the culinary programs across Wynn Las Vegas and Encore. He will be responsible for the conceptualization and operation of new and existing food and beverage spaces throughout the resort, ensuring Wynn remains at the forefront of innovation and trend developments in the culinary industry.
“I’m thrilled to be joining the prestigious culinary team at Wynn,” said Lee. “My goal is for the resort to remain a leader in the food and beverage community not only through exemplary service and premium cuisine, but also by enhancing creative and bespoke dining experiences that lead to memorable moments for our guests.”
Applebee's President Leaving for New Opportunity
Applebee's President John Cywinski, who has been with the brand since 2017, is leaving to become CEO of another chain. He will be replaced by Tony Marolejo, president of international and global development for Applebee’s parent Dine Brands. Applebee’s U.S. Scott Gladstone, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Innovation, will step into the role of President, International and Corporate Development.
Moralejo, a career restaurant veteran who joined Dine Brands in 2020, steps into the Applebee’s leadership role with a proven track record in operations, development and franchisee relations. Prior to Dine, he served as Executive Vice President for International Business and Global Development at Church’s Chicken and its international brand, Texas Chicken. Earlier in his career, Tony worked for more than 18 years for Burger King in various leadership roles.
“It’s been an absolute honor and privilege to serve as President of this very special brand," said Cywinski, in a press release. "I’ve truly enjoyed every moment leading this remarkable group of franchise partners and this equally remarkable team over the past six years. I’ll look on with great pride, knowing the brand is stronger than it’s ever been and poised to continue its extraordinary success moving forward."
New CEO for Walk On's Sports Bistreaux
Brandon Landry, founder of Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux, is stepping down from his position as CEO, but he will stay on as the brand's board chairman. President and COO Scott Taylor, who has been with the sports bar chain since 2010, will take over as CEO.
Vermont-Based Barr Hill Launches Tom Cat Kingdom Strength
Barr Hill announces the launch of itsnewest expression, Tom Cat Kingdom Strength, the first release in Barr Hill’s new Distillery Selection series.
Tom Cat Kingdom Strength is an homage to Barr Hill’s birthplace and the rugged spirit of the land that inspires their work everyday with a bold and distinctive flavor. Bottled at barrel strength, the juice is a full bodied aged gin, featuring notes of sweet, brown aromatics, hints of vanilla and smoky oak, as well as a touch of juniper that cuts through the bright citrus and cedar notes. This high proof (113) Tom Cat shines through any cocktail as well as gives a luscious finish when enjoyed neat.
Labatt Blue Light Introduces Non-Alcoholic Strawberry Acai Beer
Labatt Blue Light recently introduced its fruity take on non-alcoholic beer, Labatt Blue Light Non-Alc Strawberry Acai. With 75 calories, this year-round non-alcoholic beer stands out with bright notes of strawberry and popular acai, a tasty mix for the holiday season and beyond. As the selection of non-alcoholic products expands, Labatt brings one of the first fruit-forward non-alcoholic beers to the segment.
"The new Labatt Blue Light Non-Alc Strawberry Acai offers a unique opportunity to shake up the non-alcoholic beer segment," said Inga Grote-Ebbs, Labatt USA brand director. "Beer fans can enjoy a light and refreshing fruity non-alcoholic beer, the perfect alternative for holiday parties and entertaining."
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