What we are reading and listening this week: A certification and label for women-owned businesses, exclusive Amazon products, New Jersey Chef dominating Top Chef, the success of Broritos food truck, alcohol-free booze and a podcast with Alison Cayne from Haven’s Kitchen.
Dry January Is Just the Beginning: Alcohol-Free Booze Is Poised for a Big 2019, Fortune
A few minutes before seven on a cold Monday night in January, a line forms up the stairs leading to the basement of a bar in Manhattan’s East Village. Inside, the lights are dimmed, bartenders shuffle behind the bar, prepping ingredients for the drink menu, which includes craft cocktails, sparkling rosé and an IPA on tap. But unlike every other bar on the block, patrons of this watering hole could drink all night without getting so much as a buzz: Nothing on the menu contains a drop of alcohol.
Food Companies Use Women Owned Label To Showcase Female Leadership, Food Dive
The label — managed by WEConnect International and Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) — can be found on more than 80 products in the U.S. and even more around the world. It lets consumers know when they are supporting women-owned businesses. Stores, labels and websites that tout the logo were verified by the groups to be at least 51% owned, controlled and operated by women.
Brands Invent New Lines for Only Amazon to Sell, Wall Street Journal (Subscription Required)
To build a big line of exclusive products on its site, Amazon.com Inc. is pushing other brand manufacturers to do most of the work. The online retail giant is asking consumer-goods companies to create brands exclusively for Amazon after finding that developing them on its own is too costly and time-consuming, according to people familiar with the strategy.
A N.J. Chef is Dominating on 'Top Chef.' Here's What He Says About Jersey Eats, NJ.com
The Elizabeth native, who has been a front-running contestant on the current season of "Top Chef" and has consequently become one of the hottest chefs in New Jersey, worked in a probation office and planned to go to law school before pursuing a career in cooking. Now, he's a partner and executive chef at the critically acclaimed Heirloom Kitchen in Old Bridge, a James Beard Award nominee and has millions of foodie fans watching him compete on the hit Bravo cooking television show, now in its 16th season.
Driven To Succeed: In Just 2 Years, Bro-ritos’ Specialty Burrito Food Truck is Gaining Speed — And Growing Revenue, ROI-NJ
Winter may be coming, but Bro-Ritos, New Jersey’s first specialty burrito food truck, is not going anywhere, co-founder Marcus Crawford said. “November through March is typically slow for food trucks because no one is outside and there aren’t many events,” Crawford said. “But we’ve been able to fill our calendar with private catering business.”
Episode 201 Alison Cayne, Haven’s Kitchen, All in The Industry Heritage Radio Network
Shari Bayer chats with Alison Cayne, a Manhattan-based entrepreneur and adjunct food studies professor. In 2012, Alison opened Haven’s Kitchen, a recreational cooking school with a café and private event space, in New York’s Union Square neighborhood. Haven’s Kitchen was established to teach the joy of cooking with the understanding that our food choices are deeply connected to a larger food economy. Alison also wrote The Haven’s Kitchen Cookbook which is published by Artisan / Workman, and is the host of “In the Sauce” on Heritage Radio Network.