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Stellar Distributing holds 22nd annual golf outing

IMG 0815MADERA, CA — The 22nd annual Hinds Hospice Golf Fundraiser, hosted by Stellar Distributing, was held April 25 at the Madera Golf & Country Club, here.

The event was held in memory of Paul Cappelluti, father of Stellar’s Sales Manager Kurt Cappelluti, and Judy Powell, former head accountant at Stellar Distributing, who both received exceptional care at Hinds Hospice in Fresno, CA, during the last days of their lives. The entire staff at Stellar and the Cappelluti family put a lot of work in to make the event a success.

Cappelluti said that customers and colleagues from across the San Joaquin Valley and the United States come every year to the outing to have fun on the golf course and support the Hinds Hospice fundraiser, and he expressed gratitude to everyone who attended.

At the first tee of Madera Golf & Country Club for the 22nd annual Hinds Hospice Golf Fundraiser were George Davis, Kenny Jones, John Birch, Tim Stroupe, Kurt Cappelluti, Kenny Mcginnis, Michael Simmons, Kevin Carrol, Paul Catania and Lindo Jimenez.

Celebrity Chef Jet Tila the featured speaker at FPFC luncheon

5-LianeCERRITOS, CA — Nearly 300 produce professionals jammed the Sheraton Cerritos ballroom April 27, here, for the Fresh Produce & Floral Council’s Southern California Membership Luncheon. Featured speaker for the event was renowned Chef Jet Tila, who regaled the crowd with stories about his growing up in a produce family (his parents opened one of the first Thai markets in the United States in 1972) to eventually becoming an executive chef at the Wynn Hotel and being a participant on "Iron Chef America," where he faced off against the legendary chef, Masaharu Morimoto.

Today, Chef Tila, who trained at the famed Le Cordon Bleu, is the owner of three restaurants (Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Dallas) and can be seen often on the Food Network. He touched briefly on food trends, saying that informed consumers today have moved to a more veg-centric manner of eating, with vegetables moving to the center of the plate.


Featured Luncheon Speaker Chef Jet Tila and FPFC Chairman Marvin Quebec of Quebec Distributing Co.

Women's Fresh Perspectives Conference kicks off with a sunny start

DSC 0548The Center for Growing Talent by PMA celebrated its 10th anniversary by welcoming attendees to sunny San Diego for the 2016 Women's Fresh Perspectives Conference at the beautiful Loews Coronado Bay Resort on Coronado Island. The conference kicked off into high gear with the general session — "How to Fascinate: From First Impressions to Lasting Value," presented by speaker Sally Hogstead of Fascinate Inc. Following the session, attendees were treated to a strolling dinner reception on the terrace, complete with an assortment of delicious food, drinks, desserts and of course, plenty of chances to network, all amongst a stunning backdrop of the San Diego skyline.

Nicole Rumsey of Wilcox Fresh and Mirvat Carr of Lakeside Produce.

FPFC Northern California Expo draws big crowd

fpf0The Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, CA, was the site for the 2016 version of the Fresh Produce & Floral Council Northern California Expo. Scores of exhibitors and hundreds of attendees flocked to this full-day regional produce show on April 20. The FPFC pioneered the regional produce show in Southern California four decades ago and added the Northern California event about 10 years ago. The show featured a reception the night before to enhance the networking focus of this event.

Tracy Lenz of Taylor Farms with Robert Thompson of FreshSource.

CPMA show marks final appearance in Calgary

20160413 164027CALGARY, AB — The 91st annual Canadian Produce Marketing Association show will be the last in Calgary — starting next year the event will rotate between Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal — so attendees are making the most of this setting at the edge of the Canadian Rockies.

CPMA will be seeing the Calgary skyline for the last time at the 91st annual convention.