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California Restaurant Association
What... Mandatory Health legislation costs
When... this year before the govenor is voted on
Effect... small business and farms costs will be huge. State will
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Corporation announces a number of promotions. SYSCO, the latest
foodservice marketer and distributor in North America, announced
that James E Lankford, who is currently President and CEO of Sysco
Food Services of San Francisco, has been named Senior Vice President
of Operations - Western Region. Daniel S Haag, who is now President
of Sysco Food Services of Modesto, will succeed Mr. Lankford as
President and CEO of the San Francisco operation. Mr Lankford
succeeds Arthur J Swenka, who will be retiring at the end of calendar
his new role, Mr. Lankford, 47, will have responsibility for Sysco
operating companies in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, and Vancouver
B.C. and Seattle, Washington, as well as Los Angeles, Modesto,
Sacramento, San Diego and San Francisco. He has been involved
in foodservice his entire career, having joined his families'
company, S.E. Lankford Jr. Produce company, at its founding.
graduating from the University of Maryland in College Park in
1974, he served as sales manager until 1981. At that time, the
Lankford Company merged with SYSCO to become the present LankfordSysco
Food Serices, Inc. Pocomoke, Maryland, and Mr Lankford was promoted
to Vice President of Sales at that time. In 1986 he advanced to
Senior Vice President, a position he held until 1991 when he transferred
to SYSCO's Philadelphia operating company as President and CEO,
and in 1998 assumed his current role in San Francisco.
Foodservice (Formerly Rykoff Sexton) announces that it will
close its San Francisco branch as part of its "profitability
strategy". Last minute negotiations for the lines to be represented
by Columbus Meats out of Oakland, or BIRITE Foods did not pan
out for the U.S. Foodservies management. Say goodbye to all those
jobs. Columbus meats keeps moving along the path to becoming a
full service distributor and BIRITE is still experiencing tremendous
growth. Our hearts go out to everyone at U.S. Foodservice San
Francisco branch who gave their all - up to the last minute.
Chili hits the mark, and "Everybody Knows Chasen's"
is the slogan. Chasen's is the legendary Chasenn's Chili that
Liz Taylor shipped to Rome during the filming of Cleopatra. The
chili is being offered in microwave packages to retailers and
comes in chicken as well as regular style. Chasen's is in the
long-line of chef named products to try for retail shelf space.
Table for Women in Foodservice appoints Jeannie Mosgrove,
National Accounts Manager for Otis Spunkmeyer, the 2000 National
President for the Roundtable for Women in Foodservice. Jeanne's
responsibilities as National President include managing a Board
of Directors comprided of 15 women from across the country and
acting as liaison with other industry' organizations. Jeanne oversees
the administration of the organization with the help of the RWF's
new Executive Director, Mary 0'Connor, at the national office
in Chicago. RWF is a national foodservice industry trade association
open to male and female operators suppliers and service professionals
who are committed to the development and enhancement of women's
careers across all segments of the industry through education,
mentoring and networking. RWF has eight active chapters in San
Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego. Orange County. Dallas, Houston,
New York City and Atlanta. RWF's 17th Annual Pacesetters luncheon
will be held on Monday, May 22, during the National Restaurant
Show in Chicago. Over 700 foodservice professionals will attend
the event to honor the five women Pacesetters chosen for their
contribution and impact in the industry.
announces the 2000 Woman of the Year, Debi Benedetti. Debi will
also be honored during the luncheon for her work and lasting impressions
made in this business. Herman Cain, CEO of Digital Restaurant
Solutions and past President of the NRA is scheduled as the event's
Specialists appoints a new Division President Adderton, a
graduate of the University of Missouri. He will relocate immediately
to Southern California to begin his new position with Marketing
Specialists. MS, with some 7000 associates and located in 65 offices
throughout the nation, is one the largest food brokers in the
Technologies is the value leader in "POS" Point
of Sale systems for the restaurant and hospitality industry. Diane
Soshnik has been appointed Regional Account Manager for the San
Francisco Bay area, and is a member of Round Table for Women in
Wine & Grape Symposium 2000, held February 15th in Sacramento,
recorded its highest attendance ever. Emerging as the nation's
largest wine and grape tradeshow, this year's event attracted
over 7000 wine industry professionals, a 95% increase over last
year. The grassy winged Sharpshooter, a pest that could wreak
havoc in the vineyards proved to be the hot topic of the day.
Restaurant and Supply in Santa Rosa, California, equips Roast
Haus, Hof Bran. At the same time, Myers announces that they have
completed work on Ludy's BBQ Grill in Santa Rosa, California.
Myers supplied all cooking equipment, custom ventilation, refrigeration,
fryers, booth seating. and small wears.
Valley Grille comes to San Diego. Yountville California brainchild
of California Cafe' Restaurant Corporation will open on the top
floor of the Horton Plaza in downtown San Diego in the spot formally
occupied by California Cafe'. Bob Hurley one of the wine country's
celebrity chefs, will be Executive Chef of the new restaurant.
Hurley, who recently made his second appearance at the Beard House
in New York City, will oversee culinary operation with the on-site
Chef Joseph Foley, an eight year veteran of the company Renzo
Roder, recently of Tutto Mare in La Jolla, CA, will take the helm
as General Manager. Recently named as one of the country; Hot
New Concepts, Napa Valley Grille Restaurants wins praise for innovation,
seasonal Cuisine, award winning wine list, and a romantic wine
A La Carte moves into new 110,000 square foot facility in
the Valencia Gateway Commerce Center. The new facility' occupies
5.5 acres in the commerce center. Chocolates A La Carte has a
customer base of 500 hotel resorts, cateres, premier restaurants.
It is an industry leader in artistic chocolate designs for special
occasions, VIP amenities and corporate gifts.