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Buddy’s Pizza to open Detroit Zoo location


A Buddy’s Pizza location is set to open at the Detroit Zoo in the spring.

It will join two other Detroit food operators at the zoo, American Coney Island and Detroit Popcorn, and mark the pizza chain’s first location inside an attraction.

While a few zoos around the country sell foods made in their local markets, they do not operate branded restaurants, said Patricia Janeway, the zoo’s communications director.

Service Systems Associates, the operator of concessions, retail and grounds services for ...

Ron Hall to Receive the Premier Illuminating Excellence Award

SSA’s Vice President of Procurement, Ron Hall was presented with Premier’s Illuminating Excellence Award-Commercial at the 2017 Premier Culinary Creation Dinner this past June. The award recognizes an outstanding food service professional as Premier’s food service director of the year. Ron was selected based on overall improvements in operations, participation in Premier activities, professional and community activities, and personal achievements. Way-to-go, Ron! 

Monterey Bay Aquarium Executive Chef Matthew Beaudin Named 2017 Seafood Champion

In his two short years as Monterey Bay Aquarium’s executive chef, Matthew Beaudin has already made a lasting impression. Chef Matt is dramatically transforming our restaurant’s product sourcing by working with Seafood Watch and his vendors. He hopes it can serve as a sustainability model for others to follow.

Today, we’re happy to share that his tireless effort has been recognized with a Seafood Champion Award in the Visionary category. The Awards are given out annually by ...

Oakland Zoo Unveils $13 Million Restaurant and Gondolas

By Justin Phillips

June 5, 2017 Updated: June 6, 2017 1:27pm

Photo: Justin Phillips

The Landing Cafe in Oakland.

Oakland’s newest restaurant features 190 seats and totes a $13 million price tag. Its window-lined dining room, nestled in the rolling hills, has views overlooking six Bay Area counties and can be accessed only by a four-minute ride on Northern California’s only urban gondolas.

And those gondolas? They’re just a couple of feet past the giraffes.

You don’t need to scour OpenTable to secure ...

Pebble Beach Food & Wine Guide: Top 10 Food & Wine Favorites From The 10th Anniversary of PBFW

From April 20th – April 23rd, Pebble Beach Resorts went from being thought of as the ‘golf capitol of the world’ to becoming the ultimate mecca for foodies and wine aficionados (for 4 consecutive days), thanks to the return of the annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine festival.

What made this year’s celebration even more special was that it marked the 10th Anniversary of PBFW. A decade later since this epicurean adventure ...