Bon Appetit Online Sun, 16 Jan 2022 07:20:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Bon Appetit Online 32 32 Take a look at the ends of the Las Vegas market Sat, 15 Jan 2022 15:00:00 +0000

With cheap money fueling a buying frenzy, the Las Vegas housing market accelerated to record speeds last year.

Homes sold quickly, prices hit new all-time highs virtually every month, and the area saw record resales as low mortgage rates allowed buyers to stretch their budgets.

In total, the median selling price of previously owned single-family homes — the bulk of the market — was a record $425,000 in December, up 23% from a year earlier, according to the Las Vegas trade association. Realtors.

As the association reports, here’s a look at both ends of the Southern Nevada market in 2021: the year’s highest and lowest single-family home sales.

685 Dragon Peak Drive, Henderson

Billionaire Anthony Hsieh, founder of mortgage company LoanDepot, bought this newly built mansion in the Henderson foothills for $25 million, the most expensive home purchase ever in southern Nevada.

The sale, by luxury builder Blue Heron, was completed in June.

Three-story, 15,000-square-foot home in affluent MacDonald Highlands community features two saltwater infinity pools, glass wine storage wall, sky lounge, DJ booth, catering kitchen and an elevator, SEO declared.

The house, according to Blue Heron, “is a design lover’s dream and an Instagram paradise.”

Blue Heron founder Tyler Jones previously confirmed that Hsieh had re-rented the house to Blue Heron, allowing the company to continue using it as a “show” house.

Hsieh’s purchase price exceeded Southern Nevada’s previous record of $17.55 million, set in 2016 by David Copperfield.

The famed magician purchased a four-story steel and concrete Summerlin mansion that included a gym, nightclub, golf simulation room, two commercial elevators, a movie theater and two guest houses.

3305 Ernest Street, North Las Vegas

This tiny gated house near the North Las Vegas airport was traded in November for just $57,000.

Property records show that the buyer, using a limited liability company, purchased the home through a probate case.

The one-story home was built in 1967, spans 1,010 square feet and sits on 0.24 acres of land, a sizeable lot compared to typical homes around the valley.

And, in true Las Vegas fashion, the house has already been flipped. The buyer sold it last month to an investor for $70,000, county records show.

Its neighbors include a foreclosed house that is condemned and sits on nearly half an acre of land.

As seen on Zillow, this fire-damaged home went up for sale this week and has already landed a buyer.

Contact Eli Segall at or 702-383-0342. To follow @eli_segall on Twitter.

Flushing Financial Co. (NASDAQ:FFIC) sees sharp drop in short-term interest Sat, 15 Jan 2022 14:30:52 +0000

Flushing Financial Co. (NASDAQ:FFIC) benefited from a sharp drop in short interest during the month of December. As of December 31, there was short interest totaling 181,000 shares, a decrease of 52.8% from the total of 383,700 shares as of December 15. Based on an average daily volume of 113,000 shares, the day-to-cover ratio is currently 1.6 days. Approximately 0.6% of the company’s shares are sold short.

In related news, CEO John R. Buran acquired 1,800 shares of the company in a transaction that took place on Monday, November 29. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $23.77 per share, with a total value of $42,786.00. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, accessible via this hyperlink. Insiders of the company own 5.19% of the shares of the company.

Several hedge funds have recently changed their holdings in the company. Palouse Capital Management Inc. increased its stake in Flushing Financial by 4.0% in Q3. Palouse Capital Management Inc. now owns 13,624 shares of the bank valued at $308,000 after buying an additional 530 shares last quarter. Boston Partners increased its stake in shares of Flushing Financial by 1.3% during the second quarter. Boston Partners now owns 75,159 shares of the bank valued at $1,611,000 after acquiring 951 additional shares in the last quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company increased its stake in shares of Flushing Financial by 6.8% during the second quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company now owns 17,333 shares of the bank valued at $371,000 after acquiring 1,102 more shares in the last quarter. Martin & Co. Inc. TN increased its position in Flushing Financial by 2.0% during the third quarter. Martin & Co. Inc. TN now owns 59,941 shares of the bank worth $1,355,000 after buying 1,195 additional shares last quarter. Finally, the Royal Bank of Canada increased its position in Flushing Financial by 15.1% during the third quarter. Royal Bank of Canada now owns 11,710 shares of the bank worth $265,000 after buying 1,539 more shares last quarter. 68.51% of the shares are held by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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Flushing Financial Stock opened at $25.88 on Friday. The company has a market capitalization of $794.00 million, a PE ratio of 12.15 and a beta of 0.79. Flushing Financial has a 52-week low of $17.92 and a 52-week high of $25.90. The company has a quick ratio of 1.05, a current ratio of 1.05 and a debt ratio of 1.13. The company’s 50-day moving average is $24.37 and its two-hundred-day moving average is $23.15.

Flushing Financial (NASDAQ:FFIC) last released its quarterly earnings data on Monday, October 25. The bank reported earnings per share (EPS) of $0.81 for the quarter, beating Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $0.65 by $0.16. The company posted revenue of $64.23 million in the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $62.00 million. Flushing Financial had a return on equity of 13.26% and a net margin of 23.28%. During the same period a year earlier, the company posted EPS of $0.56. On average, equity research analysts expect Flushing Financial to post earnings per share of 2.83 for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 31. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 10 received a dividend of $0.21 per share. This represents a dividend of $0.84 on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.25%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, December 9. Flushing Financial’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 39.44%.

Separately, Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Flushing Financial from a “strong buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a Wednesday, Dec. 29 research report.

About Flushing Financial

Flushing Financial Corp. operates as a bank holding company for Flushing Savings Bank, which provides banking and financial services. Its core business is to attract retail deposits from the general public and to invest those deposits with funds generated from ongoing operations and borrowings, primarily in originations and purchases of multi-family residential properties, commercial business loans, commercial real estate mortgages, construction loans, small business administration loans and other small business loans, mortgage loan, USA

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]]> LaMay’s Catering opens new Alton cafe Fri, 14 Jan 2022 21:07:29 +0000 ALTON — Family-owned LaMay’s Catering has been in business for more than five years, first operating out of rented space in Deliverance Temple, then moving to Broadway in the former Riverbend Billiards building.

Not only is LaMay’s Catering growing during a pandemic, but it’s also employing more than 40 Alton High School students, said co-owner Jason Harrison, who owns the business with his wife, Kayla Harrison. LaMay’s Catering at 909 E. Broadway is the headquarters where the catering portion moved to a year ago.

“We’re primarily in the restaurant business,” said Jason Harrison, who is also president of Riverbend Ministerial Alliance. “We made our mark with schools, daycares, after-school programs, the design grew from there. We hired two top chefs and started organizing private and corporate events and expanded into restaurant management, helping turn around restaurants and staffing them.

LaMay’s hired chef Travis Williams, who cooked for President Barack Obama, and chef Alvin Jones, formerly of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

“They do a lot of high-end catering for us,” Harrison said. “I am so honored and humbled during a time like this that we are able to grow when most companies are downsizing.”

Recently, LaMay hired 42 AHS students on a contract with the Missouri Botanical Garden for its Garden Glow event.

“We created some of the corporate staff, for events and restaurants,” Harrison said. “We got a contract with the student employees who worked there and continue to work with us and we are negotiating other contracts, mainly in St. Louis, a few in Alton. We are looking to grow with local restaurants.

LaMay’s training supervisor is Leon Smallwood-Bey, who is also president of 100 Men Movement, Crime Prevention Initiative and has a food service certificate to take the training.

“We spoke with him about our goals, staffing and during the pandemic so many people need employees,” Harrison said.

Café 111 opened in October with the hope that people would return to their offices in November and early December. But the omicron COVID-19 surge has delayed this office rush.

“But it allowed us to perfect what we do, and we’re open to take it away,” Harrison said. “There are no seats.”

Cafe 111 chef Regina Talbert creates homemade soups daily.

“She knocks it out of the park,” Harrison noted.

The cafe also serves potato salads, specialty salads, vegan flatbread, and a signature Cafe 111 sandwich.

Customers can order online at or call 618-433-1388. Cafe 111 hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, email

To learn more about LaMay’s Catering, call 618-433-3660, which takes messages Monday through Saturday or email

Does this pass for a first class meal on United Airlines? ! Fri, 14 Jan 2022 18:04:54 +0000

Some readers call me the United Airlines fanboy, but I’m no apologist and want to focus on United’s ongoing restoration issues in Denver today. In its latest dispensation, passengers in premium cabins are now served quasi-astronaut stable food and I have to say… I have never seen a more pathetic “first class” meal.

United Airlines Denver catering issues lead to dismal first-class meals

If you’re flying United Airlines out of Denver this week, chances are you won’t get a meal at all…maybe nothing more than a bottle of water, even in first class. And maybe that’s a good thing. A traveler on FlyerTalk shared his recent first class meal served from Denver to Orlando and I have to say the shelf stable penne pasta looks way worse than anything I’ve ever seen served first class before:


And this was not just an isolated case. Another traveler received an identical meal traveling from Denver to Los Angeles:

If United are going to serve that, they might as well shout ‘COVID-19’ and cut meal service altogether…

It seems to me there’s a big chasm between United’s budget and the cost of doing business, especially in Denver, where the cost of living has gone up so much in recent years. live and fly covered United’s decision to shut down their dining options, which alone isn’t the issue. Indeed, Denver has faced restoration hurdles for years. Instead, it seems the problem lies in unrealistic expectations for labor and cost of goods.

You could say the direct problem is the same reason we have empty shelves in many grocery stores: shortages and delays in supply chains have hampered trade. But there’s a reason that goes beyond congested ports and wintry conditions. Indeed, with an unemployment rate of 3.9%, the USA is well above full employment (generally classified when the unemployment rate drops to 5%). In this tight labor market, employers are going to have to pay, as there is a demand for skilled and unskilled labour. Inflation is also at its highest level in 40 years, which means the same goods cost more.

Sherlock Holmes must not realize that United, through its contractor Gate Gourmet in Denver, cannot attract enough manpower. This is a good sign that it does not offer high enough wages or benefits to workers. While this could technically be Gate Gourmet’s problem, most customers aren’t going to blame Gate Gourmet when this sauce is served on United Airlines meals in United First Class by flight attendants wearing United uniforms.

Also, I wonder how United’s budgets have handled rising food prices?

It would be one thing if this was the first case of such problems in Denver, but they have literally been going on, in different forms, for many years. It’s a waste and an annoyance for United. It’s time for United Airlines to take a serious look at this problem and fix it once and for all. This will require more than outsourcing: it will require strategic vision and more money.


Don’t expect much, if anything, in the way of dining if you’re flying first class on United Airlines from Denver in the next few days. The carrier is struggling to properly service flights as its outsourced caterer, Gate Gourmet, faces labor shortages and supply line issues.

But shelf stable food that I only hope to eat in a nuclear holocaust or a war zone or on the moon? It’s a whole new low for United’s first-class catering. Stick to the snack box, at least.

GWM reached a new record in 2021 with sales growth of 15% Fri, 14 Jan 2022 04:31:09 +0000

BAODING, China, January 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — GWM has released the latest sales data on January 6 that the company recorded a volume of nearly 1.3 million vehicles in 2021, up 15.2% year-on-year, which marks the new sales record of more than one million units for six consecutive years.

In the difficult conditions of the global pandemic, GWM still experienced strong sales growth. Official data showed that in the last month of December, 162,369 new vehicles were sold, a monthly increase of 32.5%.

GWM reached a new record in 2021 with sales growth of 15.2%

As a single brand, HAVAL was still GWM’s top seller in 2021, with annual sales of over 770,000 units and cumulative global sales of over 7 million units.

The trendy HAVAL JOLION, the highly intelligent HAVAL H6 HEV and many other new models have won over users all over the world and become the stars of the SUV segment. Statistics showed that HAVAL H6 HEV won the top two in the Thai C-class SUV market for five consecutive months.

The GWM pickup also performed well, with a total of 233,006 units sold, the major contributor being the spread of the GWM pickup to more than 50 countries and regions, including Australia, Chile, South Africa and Egypt. GWM POER and WINGLE became the sales co-drivers of the GWM pickup truck, resulting in total cumulative worldwide sales of 2 million units.

As the world’s next-generation smart and safe pickup truck, GWM POER has received the latest stringent A-NCAP five-star safety ratings in Australia, which has established itself as the new benchmark throughout the industry. This achievement has made GWM POER “one of the top three safe van brands in Australia“.

Especially in terms of vehicle performance, GWM POER has a drag force of 3.5T, with strong off-road performance. Considering both utility and entertainment features, it has become a favorite among users, catering to various usage scenarios such as lure fishing and camping. During the annual model selection organized by Autocar, GWM POER received the “Best Model of the Year” award.

With the popularization of electric vehicles, GWM in this wave has built several new energy paths, including hybrid and all-electric technologies, and launched a variety of new energy models in the early years of R&D planning.

In 2021, GWM launched HAVAL H6 HEV, HAVAL JOLION HEV, ORA GOODCAT and WEY Mocha PHEV in overseas markets, showing its presence in the international new energy vehicle market on behalf of Chinese brands. According to statistics, GWM sold 136,953 new energy vehicles, contributing 10.7% to its total sales.

Seeking Alpha, the website offering crowdsourced content for financial services, showed that in the sales ranking of global manufacturers of electric vehicles, GWM ranked 13th with a market share of 2.1%.

Based on these outstanding sales performance, in 2022, HAVAL, ORA, TANK and other brands of GWM will continue to launch products of different styles to continuously maintain the momentum of sales growth.



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Banks cut overdraft fees Thu, 13 Jan 2022 22:45:20 +0000

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One of life’s biggest annoyances – being hit with high overdraft fees when the bank is covering a transaction larger than your account balance – just got a little less annoying. More and more US banks are waiving or even eliminating dreaded overdraft fees.

Bank of America is the latest US bank to offer its customers fee relief. The nation’s second-largest bank (ranked by total assets) said it was reducing its overdraft fee from $35 to $10 starting in May, as well as waiving its insufficient funds (NSF) fee in February. (An NSF check fee is applied when the bank rejects a transaction, such as an NSF check, that it knows will create a negative account balance.)

Bank of America’s fee cuts are not the first in the banking industry, which has come under heavy criticism from consumer advocates and congressional lawmakers. Capital One announced in December that it was completely eliminating overdraft and NSF fees in early 2022, and in June Ally Bank, the largest digital bank in the United States, eliminated overdraft fees on all of its accounts. . In mid-2019, Discover was the first to get rid of all fees on certificates of deposit, checking accounts, savings accounts, and money market accounts.

“It’s great for the consumer, absolutely,” says G. Michael Moebs, economist and CEO of economic research firm Moebs Services. “Any move by a major player [to reduce fees]– and Bank of America is a major player – is very important.

Frustrating fees

Overdraft fees are among the most expensive and common fees charged by banks. The national median overdraft fee (that’s half the fee more and half the fee less) is $30, according to Moebs Services’ most recent survey of 3,309 depositories.

Unfortunately, these fees aren’t going to completely disappear anytime soon. In fact, a dozen of the top 16 retail banks still charge overdraft fees ranging from $34 to $37.50, according to a recent analysis by personal finance site ValuePenguin.

The financial blow for account holders is considerable. Consumers paid more than $11.68 billion in overdraft fees in 2019, according to a June report from the Center for Responsible Lending. If you include both overdrafts and NSF income collected by banks in 2019, the total fees paid by consumers amount to about $15.47 billion, according to a December report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. (CFPB), which was created by the United States. government in 2010 following the financial crisis.

Who is most affected

Here are the key findings from a CFPB study that looked at overdraft and NSF fees paid by opt-in customers, or those who give a bank permission to charge them fees to cover overdrafts:

  • Most overdraft fees are paid by a small fraction of bank customers: 8% of customers bear almost 75% of all these fees.
  • Overdraft and NSF fees make up about 75% of total customer checking account fees and average over $250 per year.
  • Transactions that result in overdrafts are often quite small. For debit card transactions, the median amount that incurs overdraft fees is $24.
  • Most consumers who have an overdraft turn their accounts positive quickly, with more than half turning positive within three days.
  • The propensity to overdraft generally decreases with the age of the account holder, with 10.7% of those aged 18-25 having more than 10 overdrafts per year, but only 2.8% of those aged 62 and over falling into this category.

It’s also common for some banks to charge multiple overdraft fees on any given day, so it’s not uncommon for an account holder to incur three overdraft fees a day, even by accident, and end up with $100 or more. fees, says Chanelle Bessette, banking specialist at personal finance site NerdWallet. “Overdraft fees can be more than simple,” she says. “They can add up to crazy amounts over time.”

Unsurprisingly, overdraft fees are a big deal for customers, especially for account holders who are already in financial difficulty. “Overdraft fees tend to hit people when they’re already down, which makes them especially frustrating for people,” says Bessette. “Being punished for an already difficult situation can be very difficult. Having lower fees obviously eases consumers’ minds so that they don’t have to worry so much about occasional account overdrafts.

]]> Catering Insight – IFSE’s major marketing strategy limited Covid impact Thu, 13 Jan 2022 13:27:18 +0000

Croydon-based dealer International Food Service Equipment (IFSE) believes it is best placed to take advantage of new market opportunities as it emerges from the pandemic period.

The company quickly pivoted its strategy when Covid first hit, which limited the impact of its difficulties.

IFSE’s latest annual report, just published on Companies House, shows that in the 12 months to March 31, 2021, the retailer generated £5.2m in revenue, down 29% from the previous year’s £7.4m.

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The impact on operating profit was less severe though, with a year-on-year decline of just 5% from £123,000 to £117,000.

Group Chief Executive Andrew Fordyce commented: “Covid-19 has produced the toughest trading conditions in IFSE’s 30-year history. The government instruction to work from home if possible and the ensuing lockdowns had a major effect on our clientele. Commercial and industrial catering have drastically reduced their operations overnight and street restaurants, tourist attractions and hotels have all been hit very hard.

He underlined: “Throughout the year, we have placed the welfare of our staff at the top of our agenda. In addition to pastoral care and regular informal contact with people living alone and working from home, it was also to ensure that we kept as many staff as possible employed so that we had a full team ready to go when the market will recover.

During this period, IFSE immediately launched a major marketing strategy to enter new markets. Fordyce commented: ‘It has proven to be very successful and has led to new contractor-led projects aimed at taking advantage of low cost rental opportunities on the high street.

“This has allowed the team to partner with several independent and small chain operators to design, build and equip new food and drink concepts on the high street. This includes the design and development of a new pizza concept in Leigh-on-Sea, a new community kitchen and cafe in the heart of Thames Barrier Park, a new family restaurant in Reading and a large-scale delicatessen partnership. mother-granddaughter in Tring.

The IFSE team also designed and delivered a new state-of-the-art development bakery kitchen for The FoodWorksSW, providing specialist development space for local businesses to try out new recipes.

Regarding the new trading relationship with the EU, Fordyce said: “One effect of Brexit has been the difficulty construction companies have had in finding and hiring suitably trained staff to work on their sites. Many projects for which we had to fit out the catering areas have thus taken a long time, which has led to projects being postponed outside the commercial year to 2021/2022.

Nevertheless, he indicated that at the end of the year there were clear signs of a market recovery with a wave of inquiries in the fourth quarter.

Regarding the group’s service arm, Romann Catering, Fordyce said the lockdowns and work-from-home instructions were also having a major effect on that division. He said: “Many sites were closed and those that were open were only lightly using their equipment. Covid-19 restrictions meant that our engineers were not allowed to enter many sites to carry out maintenance. Revenue declined accordingly and did not begin to return to more normal levels until the fourth quarter.

Nonetheless, across the business, all aspects of its overhead were reviewed and it was able to reduce its operating costs when its lease ended in the second quarter. According to Fordyce: “We have invested in redesigning parts of our office to make them more suitable for the revised level of office footfall combined with the work-from-home regime that will be the new normal after the pandemic ends.

“All of these measures mean that we have ended the year with profits in both operating companies with reduced overheads until 2021/22 and offices adapted to the new post-pandemic employee work model. The delayed projects from 20/21 bolstered our recovery in 21/22 when they added to the general increase in market activity. We are confident of a strong performance this year with a full recovery to expected post-pandemic trading levels in 22/23. »

He concluded: “The team is excited to be working on major projects such as M&S Cafés, University of Football Business and LSBU, as well as multiple design partnerships for new and emerging high street concepts.

“Our people strategy paid off and we maintained our highly experienced project team without any losses. This has placed us in the best position to take advantage of the many new business opportunities currently appearing in the market. »

Catering Insight – JLA teases new brand and expansion Thu, 13 Jan 2022 12:43:47 +0000

Ripponden-based janitorial specialist JLA Group is launching a new brand capitalizing on its core service areas of catering, laundry, infection control, heating and ventilation and fire safety.

As part of the company’s growth, it plans to recruit 50 positions nationwide in the coming weeks, with opportunities available for those wishing to join as an employee, or through the apprenticeship program recently launched by JLA.

Christina Larkin, Group Chief Data and Marketing Officer, said: “We’re really excited for 2022. We’ve invested time and resources into building our new brand, but it’s about much more than a new appearance.

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“We put our customers at the heart of everything we do, to create a business that works for customers, colleagues and the communities in which we operate.”

Steve Leyland, Director of Field Operations at JLA, added: “We are proud to be JLA, proud to be the leading supplier of business critical equipment and proud of the comprehensive service we provide to our customers. .

“Thanks to JLA, our customers can have peace of mind knowing that we will take care of their critical equipment. With our five core services, we take care of them while they focus on what’s really important to them – making sure their guests, residents and customers have running hot water and hot, well-cooked meals. , a fire-safe building, cold and cold temperatures as needed, reliable equipment, and a hygienic, germ-free environment.

Over the last 2 years JLA has acquired several fire safety, heating and air conditioning businesses across the UK. With nearly 50 years of experience, the company today has a nationwide team of 450 engineers serving more than 25,000 customers at 40,000 sites including care homes, hotels, pubs, restaurants , housing associations, schools, hospitals and government and custodial premises.

Go out for lunch with Tori: Shier’s Deli & Catering Thu, 13 Jan 2022 10:03:42 +0000 Over the past few years I’ve heard a lot about Shier’s Deli & Catering in Midland, especially their famous pastries. While some readers enjoyed hearing about my trip up north in October – including my experience tasting a real northern pate – a couple weren’t keen on going all the way for lunch and suggested I try Shier’s pasties. This suggestion was taken to heart and this week I ventured outside to see what Shier had to offer.

Shier’s, located at 2218 N. Saginaw Road, offers freshly baked hot pastries from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. If you can’t make it for lunch at those times, you’re still in luck, because the grocery store offers frozen pastries to take home for lunch or dinner.

The young woman behind the counter, hearing my desire for a pastry for lunch, offered me the choice of beef or chicken. I was puzzled, torn between the traditional filling and my favorite. I chose the cashier’s brains for a moment – ​​she was very kind to give me her opinion – before deciding to go for the beef.

Sitting at one of the deli’s five red-clad tables, I took note of the subtle hints of Michigan’s proud heritage that dot the space. In addition to the baking tradition, Shier’s offers Better Made chips — a Detroit-based brand — as well as bags of Trenary Cinnamon Toast from a downtown Upper Peninsula bakery.

Customers showed up, some familiar with pastries from the delicatessen and at least one who wasn’t sure what a pastry was. The staff handled each order calmly and kindly, offering their expertise to all guests.

As my dough was delivered, I immediately realized that I would be foolish to try to finish it in one sitting. It took me a minute to marvel at the large mound of pastries full of tasty flavors in front of me. Wisps of steam brought a spice aroma to my nose as I made the first incision. Chunks of potatoes and rutabagas were nestled among chunks of carrots, sliced ​​onions and ground beef. The crust was chewy and flaky, a perfect container for the contents.

While the dough was well seasoned and moist enough that any toppings were unnecessary, the sauce was still a nice addition. I can count on my hand the number of times I’ve eaten pastries, and I haven’t perfected how to apply the sauce yet. Do you dip dough forks in the sauce? Do you pour sauce on it? I’ve tried both methods and found the latter to be best for this particular dough, but I’m open to ideas. Please don’t suggest I use ketchup instead, because I can’t stand that kind of stuff.

About half the dough and a lot of the sauce was left over at the end of lunch. I left Shier comfortably full and can’t wait to have the rest for dinner.

I’ve found that one of the best remedies for cold, dreary winter days is a warm, comforting meal. I certainly found that at Shier. I was lucky to be pretty consistent in my entree choice this time around, as the deli has a wide selection of paninis, burgers, hot and cold sandwiches, wraps and soups and more.

If pasties aren’t your thing, Shier’s still has you covered. I take my hat off to this local grocery store for successfully bringing a northern delicacy to Midland. Cheers!

Out to Lunch with Tori will appear every Thursday in the Midland Daily News. Victoria (Tori) Ritter can be reached at

McDan’s commercial private jet service will take off on January 28 Thu, 13 Jan 2022 01:08:03 +0000

Commercial private jet services to be operated from Kotoka International Airport (KIA) and managed by McDan Aviation, will commence from January 28, McDan Group Executive Chairman Daniel McKorley told Joy Business.

“We were looking forward to it opening earlier in the year, but it was clashing with other big events in the city.”

Mr McKorley admitted that the motivation for entering the business was first and foremost to make money, have a positive impact on society and change lives.

“It has been my motivation to be the best wherever I operate as a businessman,” he added.

Commercial Private Jet Services Details

McDan Aviation received a license in 2019 to operate what can be described as the first purpose-built FBO, providing business jet operators with a secure and private alternative to the airport’s main terminal for international travel.

The facility will include a VIP lounge, presidential suite, crew lounge and flight planning office as well as conference rooms and a hangar.

It will also have facilities that will allow passengers and crew to complete customer and immigration procedures in the same building in addition to a restaurant and in-flight catering.

According to the McDan Group Executive Chairman, the facility will make it easier to travel around the region and around the world for companies looking to close deals quickly and return home.

Mr. McKorley noted that there is a total connection between Africa and the world when it comes to ground services needed for executive private jets.

Securing Terminal 1 of Ghana Airport Company

Mr McKorley also dismissed reports that Terminal 1 was a government giveaway.

He maintained that it was a purely private business transaction with Ghana Airports Company and McDan Aviation, structured under a one-term lease agreement.

He revealed that Terminal 1 was “ideal” following the Ghana Airports Company’s decision to move domestic flights to Terminal 2. Mr McKorley noted that Terminal 1 would have been in a terrible state at present if this agreement had not been concluded with the managers of the airport.

Other services McDan Aviation will offer to the public

Terminal 1 also offers other services to the public and businesses. This also includes an air ambulance service and a “heliport” activity.

McKorley noted that his team plans to offer full aviation services to the public when the facility officially opens.

“The ‘Heliport’ business is expected to help boost domestic tourism and help business owners move quickly around the country to complete necessary business transactions,” he noted.

Terminal 1 and job creation

According to Dr McKorley, around 500 jobs will be created from the creation of Terminal 1’s Executive Jet services and other related activities.

He maintained that this will be in the form of direct and indirect jobs, assuring that there is a commitment to ensure that the majority of these jobs go to Ghanaians.