EuroShop 2017: The Borough Market

The Borough Market, London

Foreword: Every 3 years, 100,000+ visitors flock to an international destination to experience all things retail. Hailed as the “Global Retail Trade Fair,” EuroShop covers all things retail related, from store design to visual merchandising. Located in Dusseldorf, Germany, the event offers 17 exhibition halls within 19 different buildings.  A group of lucky FRCH-ers made the trip this year and will be sharing global trends and inspiration from the conference and nearby travel all week!

The Borough Market has existed in one form or another for nearly 1,000 years and if you’ve ever visited this London institution, you understand it’s centuries-old appeal.  Read more of this post

Fast Food Goes Organic

Amys Drive Thru, FRCH Creative Fuel

While attending a wedding this past weekend in Santa Rosa, California, I did a double take when I drove by a drive-thru restaurant with grass growing from the roof and a water tower in the lawn. I quickly recognized the Amy’s logo – not because of my familiarity with the restaurant, but from the numerous Amy’s products (from soups to frozen pizza) I’ve consumed over the years. Read more of this post

Pass Your Plate

FRCH | Pass Your Plate

“The most indispensable ingredient of all good home cooking: love for those you are cooking for.” – Sophia Loren

We firmly agree with Ms. Loren so for our holiday “card” this year our team decided to gather our favorite recipes from around the firm and share the stories behind the food (along with some pretty mouthwatering recipes…).

Every family has a story to tell, welcome to ours … so pass your plate and allow us to share our joy, memories and waistline with you this holiday season.  Read more of this post

Burlington Antique Show

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Mark your calendar! October 20 will be the last opportunity of the current season for the Burlington Antique Show. If you haven’t been, it’s a great way to spend a Sunday morning, with a cup of coffee in hand. One of the most interesting things that I have seen there in a while was this rickshaw (pictured). I love that some of the vendors use simple principles of visual merchandising to elevate their product offering, by creating vignettes, or capturing your attention through use of form, color, or symmetry of arrangements.

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Waiting For Summer

A recent business trip to Connecticut had our team determined to see something more of this beautiful state beyond our hotel. On an evening that was warm enough to hint at spring, we drove the country backroads from Meriden to the shore town of  Clinton. A right turn at Town Marina Road did not disappoint. This residential road, filled with 19th century homes, eventually led to a small marina and lobster shack, which were the quintessential picture  of small town New England.

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windy city food tour…

Food & Beverage KioskChicago, one of America’s classic cities, has it all – from retail to incredible Architecture to most importantly RESTAURANTS… it is really a design paradise – even when the wind chill is -10 degrees.

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Apple Pound Cake with Spiked Cider Glaze

Apple Pound Cake with Spiked Cider Glaze

This recipe is from Taste of Home’s Holiday & Celebration Cookbook c 2000  It was adapted and tested by one of our favorite cooks – Mr. Chaney take a bow!!!!

As you can see from the photo this cake is delish.  I can almost smell it

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