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Bauscher Hepp, Inc. Announces Opening of New Showroom 
Bauscher Hepp, Inc. is excited to announce the opening of a brand new showroom in Chicago's booming Fulton Market Innovation District. The new showroom has been created in partnership with The Hode Group, a manufacturer representative company providing products & services to catering, healthcare, hotel, and restaurant professionals, as well as Chef Works, a uniform company for the hospitality industry.

The new showroom, located at 1048 West Fulton Market, boasts a 1400 square foot display space, a rooftop patio for entertaining and events, as well as a 1400 square foot storage space in the basement. The elegant presentation of all five of the company's European brands will give clients a first class opportunity to select and build the best tabletop option from Bauscher Hepp's extensive portfolio.

This is the company's second new showroom in the last year. In January 2014 Bauscher Hepp, Inc. announced that they would be relocating their corporate office that includes a 3400 square foot showroom and event space to support growing sales and headcount. The choice to build a second showroom in Chicago stems from the strong business relationships developed by Vice President of National Accounts MaryAgnes Raulston. "Chicago is an amazing city for hotels and restaurants…the growth is unbelievable. Locating our showroom in the heart of the old meatpacking district and just a few blocks from the Randolph Street restaurant row is proving to be extremely successful. Chicago is a great city to visit and an easy place for customers to fly into when looking for new tabletop ideas and inspirations."

@Chef_Mag Named Number One Restaurant Insider to Follow on Twitter 
With its bite-sized messages and mobile capabilities, Twitter is a great way to keep up with trends and news in the ever-changing food industry, 140 characters at a time. Here's a look at ten restaurant insiders including taste-makers, trade publications, food critics and others to help you stay current on all things food.

1. @Chef_Mag: The official Twitter feed of the magazine for executive chefs and food service professionals shares news and opinions from across the industry. The stream also includes a curated selection of other food resources from across the web.

To view the entire list of the top ten please click HERE.

Hestan Commercial Kicks Off 
Chinese American entrepreneur Stanley Cheng, founder of the largest cookware company in the U.S., is unveiling his latest culinary enterprise, Hestan Commercial. Cheng will open a state-of-the-art 70,000 square-foot facility aimed at producing the most advanced commercial kitchen appliances available. Cheng established the Meyer Corporation that makes iconic cookware brands including Anolon®, Circulon® and Farberware®.

Built entirely in the USA and with six utility patents and five design patents pending, Hestan Commercial is a contemporary kitchen line designed with input from some of the world's top chefs and leading kitchen designers. The industrial series is slated to roll out in spring; the outdoor and residential collection will follow in 2016.

Chef Thomas Keller was drawn to partner with Hestan Commercial Appliances because of his ardent support of American based manufacturers and entrepreneurs. Hestan's commitment to excellence in design, a principle synonymous with his restaurants, including The French Laundry and Per Se is another key component to this partnership.

Hestan Commercial's lineup includes freestanding ranges, island suites, countertop equipment, convection ovens, griddles, char broilers, French tops, hot tops, planchas, salamanders, cheesemelters, fryers, pasta cookers and refrigerated bases.

Second Harvest Food Bank Receives Donation of Truckload of Chicken from Tyson Foods and Champions for Kids
Champions for Kids and Tyson Foods, Inc. donated a truckload of chicken to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina. The food bank provides food assistance to 300,000 in the region; nearly one-third of those are children. The donation is one of two donation events in fulfillment of the second annual "Be a Hunger Hero" campaign.

Meat and poultry are nutrient dense foods and, according to health experts, can be especially helpful to people who need more protein including children and seniors. According to food banks nationwide, meat is the most requested and least available food item.

"Champions for Kids is proud to partner with Tyson Foods in a shared effort to help meet the needs of children and families across America," said Adelaide Schaeffer, President and CEO of Champions for Kids. "When you give time or resources to your local food bank, you not only help families in your community—you can also amplify your impact by teaching your children the importance of giving to others in need and fostering a lifelong habit of generosity."

Tyson Foods has been an active participant in the fight against hunger for a decade, donating nearly 100 million pounds of protein, or the equivalent of 300 million meals. The company partners with Share Our Strength, Lift Up America, Feeding America, and the League of United Latin American Citizens to raise awareness and help feed the hungry across the nation. The company's current "KNOW Hunger" campaign is focused on helping more people understand and join the effort to eliminate hunger in America.

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