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Toronto – Pizzeria Libretto's chef Rocco Agostino and Enoteca Sociale’s Chef James Santon will serve a four-course meal following the screening of the 1996 film Big Night, which stars Stanley Tucci and Tony Shaloub as restaurateur brothers.
Toronto – Starbucks will begin including calorie information on menu boards at all company-operated and -licensed Canadian Starbucks stores on Sept. 29. The calorie information was previously and continues to be available on the nutrition tab on Starbucks.ca and through the Starbucks mobile app.
Canada – By 2030, cash purchases will make up only 10 per cent of money spent in Canada, predicts a survey by credit and debit card processor Moneris Solutions Corporation.
Mississauga, Ont. – The Canadian Pizza Show is for everyone involved in the Canadian fresh pizza industry: owners, managers, prep people, chefs, pizza makers, servers, front counter people and delivery staff in both independent and franchise pizzerias. To celebrate Canadian pizzerias and encourage participation, we are pleased to open up additional spots in our Chef of the Year competition! We now have room for 36 competitors to vie for pizza glory and win some amazing prizes!
There is room for both independent and chain restaurants, says a recent report on the U.S. food service landscape by research firm Higdon & Sink. “Are We Chain Obsessed?” looks at the strengths and weaknesses of each and concludes that because consumers embrace both formats, the two have plenty to learn from each other.
Buenos Aires, Argentina – Four friends with Down syndrome have parlayed their interest in baking, pastry making and serving into a successful pizza service in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Catholic News Agency reports. | READ MORE
Brampton, Ont. – Three suspects have been arrested in connection with a botched robbery at a Brampton pizza place that left a 24-year-old employee suffering from what police describe as “life-altering” injuries. CP24 reports. | READ MORE
Brampton, Ont. – The Culinary Tourism Alliance and the City of Brampton are hosting a one-day Forum on Food Tourism to develop what it calls a “Taste of Place” in the city. Restaurants, hotels, festivals and events, tours, culinary schools, farmers markets and other stakeholders are invited to participate.
Victoria – British Columbia's increase in the minimum wage, which began this week, has drawn a disappointed reaction from Restaurants Canada.
Ottawa – Canada’s finance minister said Wednesday that the government will conduct an assessment of the fees charged to merchants by Visa and MasterCard to ensure that they have met their promise to voluntarily reduce rates. The Toronto Star reports. | READ MORE
Woodstock, N.B. – One of the largest franchise operators of Pizza Hut and KFC locations in North America has scooped up most of the Panera Bread bakery-cafes in Ontario, with plans to grow the fresh soup and sandwich chain across Canada. The Toronto Star reports. | READ MORE
Montreal – When a Montreal neighbourhood harnessed its limited powers over urban planning to legislate a healthier life for its residents – in part by exiling fast-food restaurants to just three areas – it was hailed as a bold move in the fight against obesity. The Toronto Star reports. | READ MORE
Sherbrooke, Que. – A waiter who served salmon tartare to a man with a seafood allergy won't be charged with criminal negligence. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Chicago – Food-service lunch, which accounts for a third of all food-service traffic in the U.S., has posted consecutively steeper declines over the past six months, the NPD Group reports. 
Toronto – An Ipsos-CFIB public opinion poll suggests 70 per cent of employed Canadians oppose a CPP hike if it means a wage freeze.
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