The Asheville, N.C., chef celebrates dads with a whole roasted red snapper that packs a ton

The Asheville, N.C., chef celebrates dads with a whole roasted red snapper that packs a ton of flavor; Wine Spectator recommends 7 great Rhône whites to match A love for food is a natural prerequisite for an aspiring chef, but that alone wasn’t what drew John Fleer to the profession. The award-winning chef of three Asheville, N.C., dining spots—Rhubarb, the Rhu and Benne on Eagle—was first attracted to the notion that the dinner table brings people of all walks of life together; to Fleer, it was and still is a medium for dialogue. “The power of passing food is really one of the greatest barrier breakers there is,” he says. “From there springs conversation, exchange and the swapping of stories. These are the things that make us human.” Before his professional cooking days, Fleer knew he wanted to find a way to merge culture and food. While enrolled at graduate school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and simultaneously working at a local restaurant, Fleer decided to make the subject of his master’s thesis the dinner table—how it served as a model for community, aesthetics and political judgment. “I was trying really hard to an...

While gum sales have been flat, flavor and packaging innovations as well as better-for-you (BFY) and

While gum sales have been flat, flavor and packaging innovations as well as better-for-you (BFY) and functional options are opening up opportunities for growth in the gum segment.  Earlier this year, Gerrit J. Verburg Co., announced the reintroduction of three classic chewing gum brands: Black Jack, Clove and Beemans. Black Jack lays claim to being the first chewing gum brand sold in the U.S., and Beemans traces its history back to the 1800s when it was promoted as a digestive aid. Undoubtedly, the manufacturer is banking on consumers embracing the nostalgia of the products. Time will tell if it can create movement in a segment that traditionally does not experience sales spikes.  Overall gum dollar sales at c-stores for the 52 weeks ending Dec. 30, 2018, totaled $10.4 billion, up 1.5% over the previous year, according to research firm IRI. Sugarless gum fared best with $862 million in dollar sales, up 3.1%. Regular gum saw dollar sales of $182 million, down 5.7%.  A March Mintel Group report on gum, mints and breath fresheners described the market as “softening,” partially because consumers are no longer attracted to the fresh-breath message in the modern retail environment. P...