Walk us through the history of NJRE Corp.
After 25 years of honing my design and build skills in Manhattan, increased rents, more restricted truck access and the slumping economy I thought New Jersey would be our next step. I found a warehouse spot close enough to the city that would be easy for my long time customers to get to me and allowed for parking, truck access and enough storeroom space, as we are currently outgrowing our present space.
The good thing about the world of foodservice sales is that it changes by the day. It can also be what makes it challenging. But for Joe Ferri of the Manufacturer's Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry, or MAFSI, it's the lifeblood of being president.
Born in Normandy, France and raised in the Loire Valley, Chef Guy Reuge is perhaps Long Island’s most celebrated cuisinier. He garnered La Toque’d; Argent (the Silver Toque), one of the culinary world’s prized accolades, along with being named; Chef of the Year; in 2006 by the Maitres Cuisiniers de France.
At just 25 years old, Spencer Rubin first brought elevated grilled cheese to the Midtown masses with the opening of Melt Shop and quickly gained a large and loyal following with artisanal sandwiches such as “The Dirty” (pepperjack, muenster, pickled jalapenos, and potato chips as a crunchy filling), “The Award Winner” (cheddar, blue cheese, maple bacon and cranberry jam) and “Buttermilk Fried Chicken” (pepperjack cheese, crispy chicken tenders, and creamy red cabbage slaw), in addition to a handful of creative sides like tater tots with addictive Melt Sauce, refreshing arugula salad, and, of course, warming tomato soup. Additionally, Melt Shop won first place at “The Big Cheesy”–a citywide grilled cheese competition–two years in a row (2012, 2013).
Who doesn’t love chocolate? But the business of making award-winning confections isn’t always easy, and Jin Caldwell, chocolatier and owner of JinJu Chocolates, knows that. Jin, a former chocolatier for Mars Incorporated, and pastry chef for Wynn-Las Vegas and the Bellagio Hotel and a graduate of Le Cordon Blue Culinary School, is known worldwide for her flavors as distinct as sea salt and honeycomb. She’s also recently branched out into edible jewelry for special occasions.