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As the summer of 2017 comes to an end, we are in what seems like a European style vacation; long and quiet. Look out, friends…here comes September!

Kreider Farms, one of Pennsylvania’s largest egg and dairy farms, has helped to honor an 18th century Native American couple that lived and was buried on Kreider property more than two centuries ago. The couple is documented as the last Conestoga Indians living in Lancaster County, and the story of their escaping massacres that wiped out the remaining Conestoga Indians in the county is a harrowing tale. In late 1763, six Native American residents of Conestoga Town were massacred by a vigilante group known as the Paxton Rangers from Dauphin County, PA. Two weeks later, the Paxton Boys, as they were known, killed 14 Conestoga Indians who had been moved to a Lancaster workhouse for their protection. A short time before the massacres, Michael and Mary left the town and moved to the farm of Christian and Anna Hershey, ancestors of the founder of The Hershey Chocolate Company. When the Paxtons went to the farm looking for them, Christian and Anna hid the couple in the cellar under their farm house. When the danger had passed, the couple remained on the farm and lived there until their deaths in their late 1780s. They were buried on the property near the site of their home. When a Hershey married a Kreider, the Hershey property eventually became a part of Kreider Farms. Ron Kreider, president of Kreider Farms, had been working with a local historian on the Hershey-Kreider family history and was aware of Michael and Mary’s graves. He had the grave site cleared of debris and, in 2016, met Arthur Young, a local man who had an interest in American Indian history. Young expressed interest in Michael and Mary’s story. He offered to create a permanent memorial for the couple, and he has maintained the site ever since. Last month, Kreider Farms unveiled a sign on the railing of its 100-foot tall observation tower, which is located within view of the memorial. The sign tells the story of Michael and Mary and points out the location of their graves. The Kreider observation tower was built from an old grain silo that was moved last year to its current location from approximately 300 yards away. Kreider Farms’ car and bus tours and observation tower tours are available Monday through Saturday, and advance reservations are required. For reservations, call 717.665.5039 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon, or email at farmtour@kreiderfarms.com. It’s worth the trip.

Pierogies are going gourmet! This summer, Pennsylvania’s own Mrs. T’s Pierogies partnered with renowned restaurateur and Iron Chef America star, Chef Jose Garces to create four restaurant-inspired recipes that put a creative spin on his favorite classic recipes and showcase the versatility of the product: pierogies poblanos, Szechuan-style pierogies, pierogies piccata and chicken-fried pierogies. Chef Garces introduced the chicken-fried variety to the menu at two of his locations in Philadelphia: Froman’s Stand at Spruce Street Harbor Park, one of Philadelphia’s most popular summer attractions, featuring colorful hammocks, floating gardens, craft beer and food from popular Philly chefs. This recipe was featured on the menu from May 19 through July 14. Balcony Bar at The Kimmel Center, Garces’s new pop-up bar offering spectacular views and tastes of Philadelphia will feature Mrs. T’s Pierogies on the menu through September 1. I may have to go in to Center City just to taste them!

The second week in October is food marketing week at Saint Joseph’s University (SJU).

This event filled week begins Tuesday, October 10 with the 12th annual Food Industry Summit (FIS). This year’s topic is “Disruptive Innovation in Food Marketing.” Speakers include: Bill Mayo of Wakefern, Shauna McNeil of C&S/Symbotic, Larry Levin of IRI, Scott Aakre of Hormel; Ernest Baskin of SJU (Google) and Kevin Coupe of Morning News Beat. The program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. with registration and continental breakfast from 7:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.; lunch is included. To register for this event, go to https://sites.sju.edu/foodindustrysummit/. Proceeds from the event will support experiential learning opportunities for students and faculty in the Department of Food Marketing.

The next evening Richard Saker, chairman, president and CEO of Saker Holdings Corporation and Saker ShopRites, Inc., will be inducted into the Food Marketing Hall of Honor. Saker, an alumnus of SJU, will join other alums as he receives the highest honor given by the Academy of Food Marketing. The induction will take place at the Campbell Collection section of the Drexel Library on the SJU campus from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The students come back from their mini vacation on Wednesday, so Thursday and Friday are all about them. The SJU Food Marketing Association meeting will be sponsored by EJ Gallo Wines and the students will get a presentation/lecture on social and business etiquette in today’s changing environment, a type of survival guide. Friday wraps up the week with the SJU Food Marketing Association sponsoring a sampling of new products from various vendors. Calling all potential vendors; if you are interested in taking part in this event, please call Eileen Acello at 610.660.1602 before October 1. If any of you ever wonder about the future state of our industry, come to one of these events and witness the excellent education given by the dedicated professors and received by smart, savvy, ambitious young adults attending the finest food marketing program in the country.

Registration is now open for the October 5 MAFTO fall retailer dinner at Springfield Country Club. Guest speaker will be Jason Homola, VP of category management at Wawa. A month later, Redner’s will be feted at MAFTO’s annual dinner-dance weekend at Resorts Casino in Atlantic City. Join the Redner family and industry notables at this fun filled weekend which begins with a dance party at Margaritaville on November 3, continues with fun events and the gala celebration on November 4 with music by the Fabulous Greaseband and wraps up with a scrumptious breakfast buffet on Sunday, November 5. To register for all upcoming MAFTO events, go to www.mafto.org.

Mark your calendars! The Network of Executive Women Greater Philadelphia Chapter’s (NEW) fall learning event and silent auction will be held November 9 from 12:30-4:00 p.m. at The Farmhouse at People’s Light in Malvern, PA. The afternoon will include a light luncheon, speaker, silent auction and parking. Guest speaker for the event is leadership expert, best-selling author and executive coach Grace Killelea. She will discuss “The Decision to Lead” and how to bring your best self and be the best leader under challenging circumstances. This learning session will focus on what taking accountability really means, providing leadership that drives teams forward in adverse situations and understanding that leveraging resilience and making the decision to lead is what ultimately defines a leader. Emerging leaders, executives, professional men and women who would like to connect with other professionals in the area are encouraged to attend. Not a member? No problem. For registration go to: www.newonline.org.

The food industry golf tour is working to a close, but a couple of rounds have yet to be played. The NJFC outing was rained out in July and has been rescheduled for September 11.  Same time, same place. Still to be played are the Zallie outing on September 12 and the Uplift Solutions/Brown’s outing on September 25. A high five goes to Allan Perkins of JOH who won two spots on the 2018 annual Redner’s vendor trip at the Redner’s golf outing last month.

The circle of life continues as the industry has lost another lifetime veteran. Sal Grande passed away on July 29, at home. He was 72 years young. Born in South Philadelphia in 1944, Sal was a graduate of St. Joseph’s Prep, and was in the first graduating class of St. Joseph’s University’s Food Marketing Academy before being drafted into the Army where he served in Vietnam, receiving a Bronze Star. Upon returning from Vietnam, he began a more than 50-year career journey in the foodservice industry. He started his career at Aramark, went on to receive his MBA and held senior level positions at the Sal Grande Company, Blue Diamond Meat Company, Quality Foods, and Devault Foods before returning to Aramark as purchasing director in 2006. He retired in 2016. He was a kind, thoughtful, gentle man who loved life and above all, his family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Angela, his sons Matthew, Mark (Fay), and Christopher, a brother, a sister, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Memorial donations may be made in his name to Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, or Haverford Township Free Library, Attn: Children’s Department, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown, PA 19083.

I was also saddened to learn that Meredith Huffman, executive director of the Genuardi Family Foundation, passed away on July 26, 2017 after a long battle with cancer. Meredith served as executive director of Genuardi Family Foundation for the past nine years. During that time, she also joined the board of directors of Philanthropy Network, became active and worked her way up to serving as vice president from 2015 to 2017. A service to celebrate Meredith’s life took place on August 18 where everyone wore a bit of pink to honor her. She leaves behind her husband and three young children. Rest in peace.

Birthday shout outs for the lazy month of August go to: Michael Bozzuto, Bozzuto’s; Marty Delinski, Acme Markets; Hans Ketels, Kings Food Markets; Ed Rogers, L&L Brokerage; and Frank Frazier, retired from Cargill. Buon compleanno a tutti!

 

Quote of the month: “Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.” Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.