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🎂 THE NRA at 100 🎂

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Greetings from our hotel in the Windy City where we just completed he 2019 NRA Show.

Attendance seemed rather light on Saturday, perhaps due to the proximity to the recent NAFEM show, but picked up nicely on Sunday.

Highlights include the 100th anniversary of NRA, the various awards banquets and the highly innovative Middleby display featuring vignettes of various foodservice and retail operations.

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Nominee No. 1 (San Jose Mercury News):

An unidentified man, using a shotgun like a club to break a former girlfriend’s windshield, accidentally shot himself to death when the gun discharged, blowing a hole in his gut.

Nominee No. 2 (Kalamazoo Gazette):

James Burns, 34, a mechanic from Alamo MI, was killed in March as he was trying to repair what police describe as a “farm-type truck.” Burns got a friend to drive the truck on a highway while Burns hung underneath so that he could ascertain the source of a troubling noise. Burns’ clothes caught on something, however, and the other man found Burns “wrapped in the drive shaft”.

Nominee No. 3 (Hickory Daily Record):

Ken Charles Barger, 47, accidentally shot himself to death in December in Newton NC. Awakening to the sound of a ringing telephone beside his bed, he reached for the phone but instead grabbed a Smith & Wesson 38 Special, which discharged when he drew it to his ear.

Nominee No. 4 (UPI, Toronto):

Police said a lawyer demonstrating the safety of windows in a downtown Toronto skyscraper crashed through a pane with his shoulder and plunged 24 floors to his death. A police spokesman said Garry Hoy, 39, fell into the courtyard of the Toronto Dominion Bank Tower early Friday evening as he was explaining the strength of the buildings windows to visiting law students. Hoy previously has conducted demonstrations of window strength according to police reports. Peter Lawson, managing partner of the firm Holden Day Wilson, told the Toronto Sun newspaper that Hoy was “one of the best and brightest members of the 200-man association.”

Nominee No. 5 (The News of the Weird):

Michael Anderson Godwin made News of the Weird posthumously. He had spent several years awaiting execution in South Carolina’s electric chair on a murder conviction before having his sentence reduced to life in prison. While sitting on a metal toilet in his cell attempting to fix his small TV set, he bit into a wire and was electrocuted.

Nominee No. 6 (The Indianapolis Star):

A cigarette lighter may have triggered a fatal explosion in Dunkirk, IN. A Jay County man, using a cigarette lighter to check the barrel of a muzzleloader, was killed Monday night when the weapon discharged in his face, sheriff’s investigators said. Gregory David Pryor, 19, died in his parents’ rural Dunkirk home at about 11:30 PM. Investigators said Pryor was cleaning a 54-caliber muzzle-loader that had not been firing properly. He was using the lighter to look into the barrel when the gunpowder ignited.

Nominee No. 7 (Reuters – Mississauga, Ontario):

A man cleaning a bird feeder on the balcony of his condominium apartment in this Toronto suburb slipped and fell 23 stories to his death. “Stefan Macko, 55, was standing on a wheelchair when the accident occurred,” said Inspector Darcy Honer of the Peel Regional Police. “It appears that the chair moved, and he went over the balcony.”

Finally, THE WINNER! (Arkansas Democrat Gazette):

Two local men were injured when their pickup truck left the road and struck a tree near Cotton Patch on State Highway 38 early Monday. Woodruff County deputy Dovey Snyder reported the accident shortly after midnight Monday. Thurston Poole, 33, of Des Arc, and Billy Ray Wallis, 38, of Little Rock, were returning to Des Arc after a frog-catching trip. On an overcast Sunday night, Poole’s pickup truck headlights malfunctioned.

The two men concluded that the headlight fuse on the older-model truck had burned out. As a replacement fuse was not available, Wallis noticed that the .22 caliber bullets from his pistol fit perfectly into the fuse box next to the steering-wheel column. Upon inserting a bullet, the headlights again began to operate properly and the two men proceeded on eastbound toward the White River Bridge.
After traveling approximately 20 miles and just before crossing the river, the bullet apparently overheated, discharged and struck Poole in the testicles. The vehicle swerved sharply right, exited the pavement and struck a tree. Poole suffered only minor cuts and abrasions from the accident but will require extensive surgery to repair the damage to his testicles, which will never operate as intended.

Wallis sustained a broken clavicle and was treated and released. “Thank God we weren’t on that bridge when Thurston shot his balls off, or we might be dead,” stated Wallis.

“I’ve been a trooper for 10 years in this part of the world, but this is a first for me. I can’t believe that those two would admit how this accident happened,” said Snyder.

Upon being notified of the wreck, Lavinia (Poole ‘s wife) asked how many frogs the boys had caught and i f anyone got them from the truck?

Though Poole and Wallis did not die as a result of their misadventure as normally required by Darwin Award Official Rules, it can be argued that Poole did in fact effectively remove himself from the gene pool.

👀Seeing for yourself what’s cooking 🍳

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Will you be walking


  the NRA Show this coming weekend in Chicago?  If so, have we got some stuff to show you


On the heels of a rather successful Q1, come by to see what our factory partners have cooked up for you!


And please come to our first annual PIZZA FORUM in NJ and have a slice on us!


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📝 Deducting 📦

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Way back in the fall of 2017, when the upcoming IRFSNY show was imminent, the exhibiting dealers were all asking their factory reps for new ideas as to what to display in their respective booths in March of 2018.

As perplexing as the annual question was, a clear direction was about to take shape, per the suggestion of the contract manager of a leading kitchen equipment and supplies dealership.

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We’d like to introduce you to the launching of Crown Steam Group, who together with Market Forge and Firex products, provide the ultimate line of steam cooking systems, packed with depth and technology.  

Please contact us for: 

  • Crown Steam Group 2019 Catalog – includes a section for Crown, Market Forge and Firex
  • Cross Reference Excel Sheet (Reference between Crown, Southbend Blodgett and Market Forge Model numbers)
  • Crown Steam Group resource flyer – where you will find all the social media platforms we are on. Also, our new Crown Steam Group website!

Please visit us at – for spec sheets, owner’s manual, and many more resources!

Crown has also launched in AutoQuotes & is now available for reference and quoting with the current list prices in AQ (and on our website).

🎓 Educating the Healthy Masses 🎓

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Educating the “Healthy” Masses

By Ed Pecinka

Opportunities to bring knowledge and value to our marketplace comes from many different places.  In the month of March, after attending the bi annual NAFEM “training ground”, Pecinka Ferri has been fortunate to “educate” our industry, not only on a regular basis in our Culinary Center or by sharing our sales staff and knowledge with our key dealer partners as they presented “what’s new” and unique at the annual International Restaurant and Foodservice Show of New York.

We were requested to participate in two unique programs that have allowed our staff to “teach” new cooking techniques and product applications.

Our Chef Nick Mercogliano, with his sous’ John Alfano and Amir Kamal, cooked and presented at the AHF-NY event “Mindful Eating for the Beloved Community- Plant Based Culinary Clinic”.  This was followed up this week with Chef Nick presenting “Farm to Table, Vegetables and Micro Greens” to students at Queensborough Community College.  The school’s annual common read was Will Allen’s, The Good Food Revolution. Chef Nick presented our Garden Chef as a unique tool available today that will allow restaurants and healthcare facilities a perfect environment for growth of micro greens and vegetables. By bringing “tasting samples” along with a freshly grown tray of wheatgrass, this presentation gave perfect closure with real-life examples of the value of good foods.    

The Unique Training Continues!!!!

Come join the team from Pecinka Ferri and meet James Zensen, Engineering Support Manager for Wells Ventless Products, for an in depth and hands on presentation/training on the features, benefits, and design specifications for what is becoming the industries latest ventilation technology offering.

Training sessions will be taking place on:

Tuesday April 16th / 11am- 2pm and Wednesday April 17th 11am – 2pm

Day and Nite/ All Service 10 Charles Street New Hyde Park, NY 11040

Lunch will be served

For more information or to RSVP call Terie Ozuski at PF  973 812-4277

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Just in time for Ice Cream Season, Server Products announces that they are delaying their scheduled price increase until 2020!

Please join us in welcoming our newest team member Daria Runza to Pecinka Ferri.

Daria will be working with our customer service team and can be reached at (973) 813-7149


2019 AHF Election Results

The 2019 election results are in The members elected two new officers, three new directors, and two leadership development committee members to serve on the Association’s 2019-2020 Board of Directors and Leadership Development Committee.

Aatul JAin

New Jersey’s own Aatul Jain was voted in as Director at Large.

He is currently Executive Chef at Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick.

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