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NEWPORT, Ore. (May 5, 2021) — Rogue Spirits, one of the original craft distilleries in the country, takes home top honors at the 2021 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Rogue’s Rolling Thunder Stouted Whiskey brought home the Double Gold for the second time in three years and Rogue also earned silver for both Dead Guy Whiskey and Farmhouse Gin.

The San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC), the second oldest competition of its kind, is one of the most influential competitions due to the legacy, integrity and experience behind the judging process. Each year, the prestigious panel of judges receives and tastes over 1,000 whiskey entries and awards medals to the top products.  Its judges are considered world class and its medals and awards are ranked among the world’s most prestigious.

A double gold award is the highest medal available in this competition and is awarded to the entries that receive a gold medal rating by all members of the judging panel. These are among the finest products in the world.

“We’ve been distilling spirits on the Oregon Coast for decades and are honored to be recognized by this impressive panel of judges for our hard work and dedication to the craft,” says Dharma Tamm, Rogue President. “We’re especially proud to earn the highest honors for our Rolling Thunder Stouted Whiskey. This product is the culmination of all things Rogue and is a testament to the DIY ethos that guides our company and culture.”

Rolling Thunder Stouted Whiskey is an American Single Malt whiskey that is distilled at Rogue's distillery on the Oregon Coast, then aged in first use oak barrels built by hand at Rogue's cooperage, Rolling Thunder Barrel Works. After the initial aging process, the whiskey is then finished in barrels that previously aged Rogue's Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout. Rolling Thunder Stouted Whiskey combines the spice and citrus tones of Oregon Oak, the flavor of the original Rogue whiskey and the deep, dark tones from the stout. It is a big, bold whiskey that exemplifies the quality and creativeness of the burgeoning American Single Malt category. With only 700 cases made a year, this limited-edition and award-winning whiskey is truly one-of-a-kind.

Rolling Thunder Stouted Whiskey is available for sale at Rogue pubs throughout Oregon and online for national shipping and local Portland delivery at

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Innovation, sustainability, technology and safety. Thanks to the easing of restrictions and the new measures decided by governments regarding trade fair structures, the HoReCa world will meet “live” at fieramilano for its restart, from 22 to 26 October 2021, at HostMilano, the global equipment hub capable of bringing together all the most important Italian and international companies (to date there are already more than 1000 exhibitors from 40 countries).

The 42nd edition's menu not only promises to be even richer thanks to the simultaneous holding of TUTTOFOOD, the reference exhibition for the agro-food ecosystem (...)

The October appointment will be in person

The HostMilano machine has never stopped in recent months and now the time has come for the Fiera Milano event to celebrate the world of professional hospitality through a physical exhibition held in complete safety thanks to the protocols already in place and tested last September. (...)

Trend: focus on security

In its role as trendsetter and place-to-be for anyone who innovates in the world of hospitality, the next edition of HostMilano will take a special look at the Next Normal's priority for companies in the sector: safety and quality. (...)

Business and innovation triumph at Host

Immersive, personalised, multi-channel and capable of combining business opportunities and innovation. Always the ideal marketplace for all business opportunities, the next edition of HostMilano will be enriched with an additional tool, Fiera Milano Platform, a new platform dedicated to the entire community of the reference sectors.

The SMART Label Host Innovation Award, the competition open to all "innovative" companies held in collaboration with POLI.Design, Consortium of the Milan Politechnical University, and under the patronage of ADI - the Italian Industrial Design Association, will also return to the Rho Fiera pavilions. (...)

Events: Maestro Iginio Massari returns

From contests to show-cooking, from in-depth seminars to training sessions, the 2021 edition of HostMilano will feature a menu of over 800 events covering all the macro-areas of the exhibition. In the foreground, the return of an event such as “Pasticceria di Lusso nel Mondo” (Luxury Confectioners around the World) by Iginio Massari (in the presence of the world's most renowned pastry chefs). (...)

Who will be there: from Italy and the world

Like every edition, Hostmilano will feature a line-up that knows no boundaries, with top exhibitors from the five corners of the globe. (...)

All updates on:, @HostMilano, #Host2021

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NEW YORK, NY May 4, 2021 – After conferring with the NY/tri-state restaurant and foodservice community, and based on the feedback, Clarion Events Food & Beverage Group has announced that the 2021 International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York and Healthy Food Expo NY will not be held in July at the Javits Center in New York City. Instead, the next in person event will now be held at the Javits Center March 6-8, 2022.   

“As the industry starts to come out of the year-long impact of the global pandemic, we have been in close contact with hundreds of our exhibitors, sponsors, speakers and our association partner and they have reported that they are just not ready for a large-scale, live event in the second half of 2021 and are very much looking forward to gathering in person with their peers in March 2022,” said Tom Loughran, Vice President, Clarion Events Food & Beverage Group. “Although disappointed, our events are here to support the industry as a partner, and we know this is the right decision for our community. And overwhelming support from the vendor community for the 2022 event points to a strong return to a live event in March.” 

“Feedback from our customers helped us to refocus the event to meet the changing needs of the foodservice community,” added Loughran. “One of those significant changes is an all new education program through our new partner, EventEd. The restructured program will bring the best of curated content for all visitors through four new Educational Summits, for independents, foodservice, chains, and retail – and will make this a ‘must-attend” event. In the meantime, based on conversations with the foodservice community, we will continue to support the operator need for education and networking and will continue to provide year-round opportunities for foodservice professionals to connect virtually through our Digital Forums, a robust on-demand webinar library and late 2021, a new national digital event.”

“We applaud the difficult decision Clarion Events has made and strongly believe waiting until March 2022 is truly what is right for the industry,” said Melissa Autilio Fleischut, President & CEO of the New York State Restaurant Association (NYSRA), sponsors of the trade show and conference. “If the past year has shown us anything, it’s that we must remain flexible to be successful – and we’re proud to watch how operators have adapted to change, and see the industry move forward to recovery and look to growth in the future. I look forward to gathering with our members and the industry next spring for an exciting event to celebrate the resilience of our industry. Throughout this year, we have been working diligently with our members to provide leadership and local/state/national advocacy and will continue to be a voice for the industry.” 

“We fully support postponing the show and look forward to seeing all our customers and the tristate foodservice industry in March 2022 at the Javits Center," said Joe Cirone of Roger and Sons. “It will be a great show as the industry rebounds in 2022 and we are excited to be a part of this event.”  

“We are grateful to our customers, and the entire foodservice community, who play a critical role in serving their neighborhoods -- either in person, curbside or via delivery. We are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel as restrictions begin to lift throughout the state and the successful roll out of the COVID vaccines,” said Peter Caro from Sam Tell Companies. “And we very much look forward to seeing the industry come together again in person at the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York in March, 2022."

“We look forward to welcoming back an event that consistently brings the community together to learn, uncover innovation, and share ideas that will chart the future of foodservice during a time of growth and opportunity," added Morgan Tucker, VP, Marketing at Singer Equipment Company.  “At Singer, we’re excited to continue to be a part of the IRFSNY legacy with a commitment to returning as an exhibitor when the show returns in 2022.”

Coffee Fest NY, originally scheduled to co-locate with the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York and Healthy Food Expo, will move to Atlanta for 2021 – taking place July 16 & 16, 2021 at the Georgia World Congress Center. The event will return to New York in March of 2022 to return the three shows under one roof for a comprehensive education and product sourcing event as part of F&B Week NY.   

In addition to planning for a live, in-person event in March 2022, Clarion Events Food & Beverage Group is continuing to offer educational webinars and online product sourcing opportunities to support our operators with the tools to connect with suppliers and rebuild their business. For more information, visit

The New York State Restaurant Association ( is the trade association for New York restaurants. NYSRA has been giving restaurateurs the power to succeed since 1935. The Association provides a platform for statewide cooperation and leadership on advocacy issues, along with valuable support services to members.

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The Province has recently announced two programs to with the aim of helping hire and train employees. 

The first, announced April 29th, is the Manitoba Youth Jobs Program, will provide employers a 50 per cent subsidy on wages paid to eligible employees during the program period of May to September 2021, with a maximum of up to $25,000 per employer. The premier said he anticipates the program will support more than 2,000 Manitoba employers recover from the pandemic and create sustainable long-term, seasonal and short-term employment opportunities for more than 6,000 Manitoba youth.

The second, the Canada–Manitoba Job Grant, allows eligible employers to apply for up to $10,000 per employee to assist with training costs delivered by a third party. Employers with 100 or fewer employees must contribute a minimum of 25 per cent of training costs, and employers with over 100 employees must contribute a minimum of 50 per cent of training costs. Employers can apply for up to a maximum of $100,000 in funding.


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LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill., May 4, 2021LG Business Solutions USA is making it easier than ever for businesses with public area digital displays to control their entire portfolio of screens through its new system called Pro:Centric Catena. Operating on LG’s Pro:Centric smart televisions, Catena provides a browser-based user interface to enable simple and convenient control of multiple commercial displays by staff using smartphones or tablets.

Available now, the new IP-based solution is an ideal way for sports bars, fitness centers, hospitals, and retail establishments to remotely tune, content and manage their digital displays without having to use multiple remote controls or tune individual set-top boxes to TV channels.

Pro:Centric Catena also offers a new, unique benefit for customers: a simple web app that allows patrons to select from the available live TV broadcasting and listen to the audio through their own smartphones and earbuds. LG Catena uses a unique way to manage lip synch by separating the audio from the video stream on the premises and delivering it to the smartphone independently synchronized with the TV broadcast.

Bars and restaurants can play background music while each table or customer chooses which game or show they want to listen to via their smartphone. LG Catena also is an ideal solution for gyms, hospitals and transit centers where multiple TVs display various channels, but their sound is muted.

According to Richard Lewis, vice president, technology for LG Business Solutions USA, more and more integrators and end users are considering remote management solutions as a means to increase productivity and simplify content management across any size display network, all while providing new benefits for customers and guests.

“Public facing displays are effective tools for messaging and ambiance, and Pro:Centric Catena helps make it easier for business owners to ensure their customers have great experiences without requiring constant staff supervision or assistance,” said Lewis. “Customers gain a personalized experience, business owners and staff get peace of mind that TVs will always be easy to control, and maintenance is simplified by installers’ ability to login remotely and diagnose minor issues. All of this further enhances the value of connected displays.”

The solution comprises a server and a TV application that is accessed through an intuitive web-based user interface, providing control of every display, either individually or in pre-arranged groups of displays. TVs can be remotely tuned, powered on and off, rebooted and display custom messaging created by the owners. Catena is designed to work exclusively with LG Pro:Centric Smart IP televisions and set-top boxes and supports both High Definition and 4K UHD resolutions. For new installations, using an IP-based design reduces equipment costs by replacing long HDMI cable runs and video matrices with simple Cat6 cabling, while also eliminating the need for each display to have its own set-top box or media player for live TV content delivery.

To provide these new functions to the widest market of business owners, including those using other displays, LG’s Pro:Centric Smart set-top-boxes (STB) support Pro:Centric Catena. This provides a cost-effective path for integrators and end-users to upgrade to the Pro:Centric Catena experience.

“In addition to the simplicity of a drag-and-drop interface to direct content to displays, business operators also have the ability to brand their user interface with their logo or color scheme for a more personalized user experiences,” Lewis added. “For on-site staff, responding to customer requests has never been easier, as any changes to channel or volume can be made instantly through staff’s mobile devices.”

Pro:Centric Catena supports cable and satellite box sources as well as commercial video-on-demand services using the Pro:Idiom® digital rights management system that provides owners access to premium content and protecting content with a leading end-to-end digital rights management system. “All of these attributes combine to make controlling a digital display network simple, fast, reliable, affordable and directly beneficial to end customers,” said Lewis.


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