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5oz Factory Brings the Midwest to New York's West Village

5oz Factory Brings the Midwest to New York's West Village

To many New Yorkers, the Midwest is a region where dairy cows roam the streets, fields are devoid of cultural institutions like Times Square or the Barclays Center, and things like stars replace skylines and skyscrapers. While the middle of the country doesn't get a lot of credit from its East Coast counterparts, The Midwest, Wisconsin in particular, truly is a culinary epicenter for all things dairy. The West Village's 5oz Factory fills a necessary gap for Midwestern Cuisine in the snobbier Eastern parts of the country, where New Yorkers can finally enjoy the rich deliciousness that is Midwestern dairy.

Dan Schuman, born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin moved to New York nine years ago to pursue a career in the legal field. However, much to his dismay, nowhere in this gigantic metropolis was there a corner custard shop like he was used to from home. Shake Shack was the only thing that came close, but close was not enough.

"I wanted to do it my own way," Schuman said. "I wanted to bring the type of frozen desserts that I loved growing up and I want New York know how good this stuff can be."

In 2012, Schuman traveled the United States for a year, researching dairy texture and taste of frozen desserts, in order to hone in on what he believed to be the perfect Wisconsin Frozen Custard profile.

With his self-appointed diploma from the “Frozen Dessert Institute, Schuman, who had no prior restaurant experience, scouted out the location for 5oz Factory last year, teamed up with chef Angela Kuzma, and built a menu of melts and custards, a truly unique concept to New York City. The custard recipe was tested for over a year before it reached its final formulation. The result is a dense, creamy, rich, and lucious frozen dessert that leaves fans craving the sweet product even during Polar Vortex conditions.

Custard is served in 5 ounce portions, hence the name, and comes in vanilla, chocolate, and caramel flavors. Toppings range from M&Ms to sprinkles to brownies, and many more creative options,

The casual eatery fits in well on West Eighth Street, which is dotted with both sit down and counter service restaurants for NYU students and local neighbors to spend time chatting and enjoying local bites. 5oz Factory's melts range from the Vegetarian (sharp cheddar, swiss muenster and colby on brioche, $7.25) to the Smoked Turkey Lurkey (muenster, Dijon, balsamic dressing, hand-carved smoked turkey breast, spinach, avocado served on rye, $10.25) to the indulgent Figgy and Piggy Went to the City (brie and mascarpone, fig preserves, Principe Prosciutto di Parma and spinach on home-style brioche, $11.25). The melts are gooey and crispy, sweet and savory, combining perfect elements of your cheesy cravings to make the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich. gluten-free options are also available.

All the dairy used in 5oz Factory's products is sourced from upstate Wisconsin, and Schuman has personally met with all of the cheesemakers himself to make sure he can get the best products (and at the best price point).

"A lot of Midwesterners come here," Schuman said. "People come here with a purpose. They love custard and haven't had real custard here. Also, a lot of people just love cheese."

Yes they do. Check out the cheesy melts and new Wisconsin cheese curds at 5oz Factory, 24 West 8th Street. Online ordering is also available, for those who want to gorge on melted mozzerella all the way in Midtown, or down on Canal Street.

Skiing Is on the Upswing In the Northern Midwest

BOYNE FALLS, Mich. — A ski minded visitor might find it difficult to believe, after noting that al most half of Michigan's 72 ski areas are equipped with snowmaking ma chines, that an average of 140 inches of snow is dumped on some sections of this state every winter.

In Michigan, as in the neighboring north‐central states of Wisconsin and Minnesota, ski area operators have been able to generate enthusiasm among out of ‐ state skiers, as well as among local people. Each of the three states has dozens of ski centers of varying sizes with the latest in chairlifts and other equipment.

Boyne Country Complex

The biggest complex in the northern Midwest is Boyne Country, U. S. A., in the northern part of Michigan's Lower Peninsula. It is situated west of Interstate 75 and about 50 miles south of the Straits of Mackinac, which separate the Lower and Upper Peninsulas. Boyne Country has four separate areas, Boyne Mountain, Wal loon Hills, Thunder Mountain and Boyne Highlands.

As in the rest of the ski areas in this section of the country, sizable vertical drops are lacking. But the areas here offer everything else, from four‐seat chair lifts to sumptuous base lodges.

Walloon and Thunder lack overnight housing, but there are plenty of accom modations within a short drive of both. At Boyne Mountain, the Boyne, Boynehof and Edelweiss Lodges have a combined total of 170 rooms, all with private baths, while the Boyne Highlands Lodge can cater to 250 overnight guests. Other ac commodations are found at such nearby communities as Walloon Lake and Petos key.

Six Double Chairlifts

The four Boyne Country centers have a total of six double chairlifts, four triple chair and two quadruple ones, as well as three T‐bars, three Pomalifts and four rope tows. And these areas keep growing.

A commercial village is planned at Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands the project will include two condominium vil lages, golf courses, a convention hall, more lift facilities, electronic snowmaking equip ment and new trails.

The proposed development here is in contrast to the resort's beginnings in 1948, when Everett Kircher opened his Boyne Mountain Ski Club. It was centered around the Midwest's first chairlift.

Lift tickets at that time cost $5, and the skier had the choice of two un groomed, stump‐pocked slopes. There was a small warming lodge, a poorly plowed, rut‐scarred parking lot and nature's snow only.

The most expensive Boyne Country tick et now costs $7.50. In addition to the dozen chairlifts available at the four areas, the skier has a choice of 53 mani cured slopes, and the snow is reinforced by compressors and several hundred miles of snowmaking pipes. There is a large base lodge and parking for 3,000 cars.

Apart from the Boyne Country area, which also offers two heated swimming pools, Michigan's popularity continues to grow as a focal point for other winter sports. Many of the state's smaller ski areas rent snowmobiles, ice‐fishing in lakes is attracting more and more dev otees, and ice ‐ boating, which has de clined in many other states, has legions of followers.

In Wisconsin, Mount Telemark, at up state Cable, remains one of the most colorful ski centers in the United States, with Chippewa Indians as lift attendants, an old Soo Line dining car as a restau rant and an airport for private planes bordering its base.

Wisconsin's Wilmot

The growing Wilmot Mountain center in southern Wisconsin has four double chairlifts, two T‐bars and a dozen tows. Hidden Valley, at Manitowoc, Is among the largest ski areas in the state's east central region, and Westby, near La Crosse in the southwest, continues as one of the nation's top ski‐jumping centers.

For G.O.P., a Ray of Light in Midwest

HUMBOLDT, S. D., Nov. 7—Larry Pressler sat somewhat bleary‐eyed from lack of sleep yesterday amid the leftover clutter of his campaign for Congress in the living room of his parents’ small farmhouse on a gravel road just outside this village.

Every few minutes he jumped up to answer the hollow ring of the phone on the wall by the kitchen, where his mother was preparing lunch before his father came in from his chores.

Many of the calls were long distance and most of them were congratulatory. Mr. Pressler, a 32‐year‐old lawyer and former Rhodes Scholar, provided one of the few rays of light in an extremely dark election day for Republicans when he upset Representative Frank E. Denholm, a once heavily favored Democrat who was seeking a third term in South Dakota's First District.

Mr. Pressler was one of only four Republican candidates for the House in the nation to unseat incumbent Democrats.

His feat seemed even more remarkable because it came in the face of Democratic Senator George McGovern's strong comeback defeat of Leo K. Thorsness, the Republican candidate who is a former Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and Vietnam prisoner of war.

Switch From 1972

In 1972, when Richard M. Nixon humiliated Senator McGovern in the Presidential race by rolling up a 54‐to‐46 margin in South Dakota, Mr. Denholm, the Democratic Representative, coasted to victory with 61 per cent of the vote in the First District.

But how much solace the National Republican Party can take from Mr. Pressler's impressive election by 55 to 45 per cent of the vote over Mr. Denholm is open to some question.

For months the good‐looking, brown‐haired bachelor, a Harvard Law School graduate, who was a legal aide to Secretary of State Kissinger before returning here to run, was shunned by both the state and national G.O.P. organizations.

He invoked the anger of state party leaders by ignoring their advice not to seek the nomination and defeating two old‐time Republicans by getting 51 per cent of the vote in the June primary. Later, the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee, convinced that Mr. Denholm was unbeatable, turned deaf ear to Mr. Pressler's pleas for financial assistance until the last days before the election, when it became apparent that he had a good chance of winning.

And the way he conducted his campaign did not help him much with the party leaders. As far back as April, he said he would vote for the impeachment of President Nixon. When President Ford pardoned Mr. Nixon in September, he protested. Continually, he advocated Congressional reform. On most other issues, he sounded as much like Mr. McGovern as the Democratic Senator himself.

Mr. Pressler is an Army veteran who spent 18 months in Vietnam, He is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a former American Legion post commander But he repeatedly called for a $17‐billion cut in the defense budget, urging troop reductions in Europe, scrapping the B‐1 bomber and an end to the manufacture of nuclear weapons.

Seeks Idealism and Reform

The Republican party now has the opportunity to become the party of idealism and reform,” he said in an interview. “I'm going to speak out strongly—if anybody listens to me in Washington—to try to convince the President we've got to take some of these issues.”

He is convinced that the large Democrat's majority in. Congress will force the Democrats to assume the responsibility for much that happens in the country and that Republicans can best serve by offering provocative solutions to problems.

“I think we've got to change the Republican party to a problem‐solving approach,” he declared.

Along that line, he is in favor of more, rather than fewer, controls on the economy and urges such things as rollbacks in oil and fertilizer prices.

In his campaign, he refused funds from any “special‐interests” groups, subsisting almost entirely on small contributions for which each donor received a painstakingly written longhand thank you note from his mother. John Gardner, of Common Cause, is one of his idols and he continually referred to that organization and its work in his speeches and television commercials.

He raised about $35,000 for his race and spent almost all of it on television and other media advertising. He had no bill boards, no bumper stickers, no paid staff and no campaign headquarters except the tiny living room at the farmhouse 22 miles west of Sioux Falls. For months he traversed the district in a second‐hand car, determined to shake 500 hands a day.

Mr. Pressler, a former young Republican at the University of South Dakota who dated Senator McGovern's daughter, Ann, for two years there, said he had decided to run the most “idealistic” campaign he could because “I really didn't expect to win.”

Denholm Also Surprised

Mr. Denholm, a 50‐year‐old lawyer and former agent for, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, did not expect Mr. Pressler to win either. He did not take his challenger seriously until the last few weeks of the campaign, spending much of his time in Washington.

There is no doubt that Mr. Pressler's victory can be attributed in part to the defections of many First District Democrats, especially among younger McGovern supporters.

At a McGovern celebration Tuesday night, large numbers of young volunteers abknowledged that they had voted for Mr. Pressler, And a long‐time aide to the Senator said that their canvassers had found before the election “that about 30 per cent of our No. I's were going to vote for Pressler.”

If much of his support was from McGovern backers, the quiet, but outspoken, Mr. Pressler was not chagrined.

“I admire him very much,” he said, “and agree with most of his things on igriculture. And I think he's given a positive face to South Dakota politics.”

About Mark Reigelman II

Mark Reigelman’s (American b. 1983) site-specific installations deal in the remarkable. Through his material usage, head-turning scale, or placement in public spaces, his works marry wit, context, and the element of surprise. His approach reevaluates the everyday, reinvigorates public space, and challenges typical urban conditions. Emphasizing research and exploration, his diverse body of work is poised between abstraction and literal representation, which he meticulously integrates into civic spaces.

World Famous GUSS’ PICKLES, “Imitated But Never Duplicated”

Over 100 years ago, Izzy Guss arrived in America from Europe. He settled on New York City’s Lower East Side, a vibrant cauldron of immigrant life. There, young Izzy set up his now legendary pickle stand. Using his generations-old original recipes brought over from the old country, Izzy began selling his products – right out of the barrels!

Guss’ stand quickly grew into the most revered destination in the city, and indeed in the country, for top-quality old-world style pickles. Down through the generations, the Guss reputation has continued to grow. Today, the name Guss is known the world over for the best pickles money can buy. These same Guss’ original pickles, the ones that made New York famous for its great pickles, are now available in supermarkets, by mail order, and in select gourmet pickle outlets across the country.


In a beige, unassuming building on a side street in downtown Oswego, some of the finest roadsters, coupes and sedans that Jaguar Cars Ltd. ever designed and produced are coming back to life after years of looking like junk heaps. Two highly skilled brothers make these Jaguars purr after months of restoration. Moreover, their new drop-dead looks reflect the sleek elegance of former days of glory.

While listening to the radio playing such '60s oldies as "Born to be Wild," "I Get Around" and "Pretty Woman," the brothers regularly work on eight to 10 Jaguars, often XK two-seater roadsters, in various stages. The majestic, high performance machines are owned by customers in the Midwest, New York and California.

Transforming these very aging beauties back into mighty metal sculptures are Jim Kakuska, owner of JK Restorations, and his youngest brother, Gary. The firm specializes in restoring pre-1975 Jaguars, primarily those of Jaguar's great years, the '50s and '60s, to their original splendor.

The Jaguar is attributed to Sir William Lyons, founder of Jaguar Cars Ltd. in Coventry, England. Since 1935 the firm has produced various styles and models, but it is best known for its roadsters. In 1948 at the London Motor Show, Lyons introduced the smashing XK120 roadster. Its looks and low price helped launch the American craze for European sports cars. Two other popular versions, the XK140 and the XK150, were built from 1954 to 1961. In 1961 Lyons introduced the XK-E or E-type roadster at the Geneva Auto Show. Car enthusiasts went wild. At the time it was one of the fastest production sports cars in the world by the mid-'60s it had become the most famous.

"The XK120 and XK-E were like something from Star Wars, the future. They were absolutely gorgeous and unbelievable. They created a sensation. They really established the reputation of Jaguar," said Bob Joynt of Batavia, a banker who has been chief judge for the prestigious annual Chicago International Concoursn d'Elegance.

(This year's show was called The Chicago Centennial Concours to celebrate the first organized auto race in the U.S., which was held in Chicago in 1895, and to celebrate the introduction at that time of the first cars in North America -- this sentence as published has been corrected in this text. Concours events were held last weekend.

Joynt, who owns a 1959 XK150S black roadster serviced by Kakuska, said, "Jim's business is the only restoration shop in the Chicagoland area that specializes exclusively in Jaguar restoration. Jim is an expert, a walking, talking authority on the Jaguar. While Jim can make one of these cars perfect, if that's what a customer wants, that's not necessary to win first place. In judging you're not looking for perfection you're looking for a re-creation of historical accuracy.

"With a true restorer you go through everything," said Joynt. "A lot of car restorers do it to make the car look pretty instead of including mechanical work if it is needed. The guys who do that kind of restoration go out of business. The world of collecting cars is a very small one. If you're cutting corners, that gets found out quickly, on a nationwide basis. When Jim gets into a car, he drives and tests it so the person can use it. A true restorer does the mechanics as well as the cosmetics."

Kakuska, 46, opened JK Restorations in 1981 in the same 3,200-square-foot space it's in today. Kakuska worked in the body shops at Village Pontiac in Naperville in 1974 for 4 1/2 years and at Sports 'n Classics (now closed) in Itasca for 1 1/2 years. During those six years Kakuska also worked at home in the evenings restoring antique cars, which became a second job. Two jobs became too much, so he opened his Oswego service.

"It was hard starting out," he said. "This business does not relate well to advertising. Anyone starting this kind of business must deal with the fact it's slow starting. Business comes from word of mouth. I worked on various types of antique cars until 1987 or '88, until my work evolved into restoring only Jaguars."

Gary, 42, who has worked as an auto mechanic since his teens, joined Jim in 1986. Though their work sometimes overlaps, Jim does the body work and metal work and Gary handles the mechanical work and painting. Both do assembly, putting a car back together.

"We do major structural rebuilding," said Jim. "Machine work, where a motor needs to be rebuilt, is sent out to a machine shop we've worked with for 12 to 14 years. We still do things seldom done any more, such as metal finishing. We're also able to duplicate the lead seams that were done originally. We do a lot of lead work, which involves a lot of hand work. It can take 12 to 14 months to completely restore a Jaguar."

According to Jim, a complete project encompasses "body-off restoration, which involves restoring the chassis structural body rebuild metal finishing and lead work and painting."

Gary said: "We try to stick to original color combinations. Some of these are British racing green with biscuit interior, imperial maroon with biscuit, black with red interior and red with black interior. We've noticed that one of the toughest decisions people have to make is the color. And they need to stick with original colors to show the car."

When a car has been restored, Jim or Gary test drives it several times in the country, putting on 150 to 200 miles.

"It's always exciting going out for the first time, and we test it to see that everything has been done right and that it functions correctly," said Jim. "Mechanically, the Jaguar motor was a pretty advanced design for the era. They're fast enough and really safe enough to use today. I have a 1959 XK150 drop head coupe that cruises at 75 m.p.h. with a lot of room to go."

The cost of restoration varies greatly, according to Jim, because it depends on what the customer wants and is trying to achieve.

"We've worked on some '50s and '60s Jaguars to bring up to show standards that have cost $65,000," said Jim, who serves as a judge in five car shows in the Midwest and in the East. "Other cars may be acceptable cosmetically but need a few hundred dollars to more than $10,000 worth of mechanical work," he said.

One of the firm's customers is Cleon Statton of Wheaton, past president and a founder of the Northern Illinois Jaguar Drivers Club. Statton owns a '67 E-type primrose yellow roadster, which he showed in the Chicago International Concours d'Elegance several years ago. He now drives it for Jaguar club events. JK Restorations recently redid the engine of his roadster.

"Jim is one of the best Jaguar restorers in the U.S.," said Stratton. "His cars have won many national first-place awards . He knows everything."

Statton, who owns a cardiovascular supplies business and said that he's 55 going on 19, added, "The image of the Jaguar is sex and speed. All Jaguars are very sensual they have beautiful lines. The XK-E has a very distinctive roar at high r.p.m."

Another pleased customer is Rome Arnold, 39, of New York City, an investment banker on Wall Street. Arnold's fourth Jaguar, a '67 Mark II white sedan, which was bought in California and shipped to Oswego, is undergoing body, paint and mechanical work. Previously, he had sent to JK Restorations his '55 XK140MC imperial maroon drop head coupe and '59 XK150 white roadster for complete restoration and a '55 XK140 black drop head coupe owned by him and his brother for mechanical work. He regularly drives his Jaguars.

" one of the best," said Arnold. "When somebody does good work, they don't need to advertise. Some friends in Chicago told me about this terrific guy in Oswego of all places. I checked him out and started going to him.

"The challenge for the older cars, the 140s and 150s, is that originally there was a lot of handwork in construction of these cars at the factory. There are a lot of little pieces. There's a little bit of artistry to do the restoration properly. You have to know how to work the metal. He and his brother have the artistic element in addition to the mechanical. You have it or you don't. He also stands behind his work."

Women make up JK Restorations' customer base, too, including Helen Drew Mitchler of Oswego, a community leader and wife of former State Sen. Robert Mitchler. She owns a '68 XK-E sable roadster and services it at JK Restorations.

" excellent. I used to take it to other shops, but since Jim opened I take it only to him. I take it in for everything, even an oil change," she said. "The Jaguar is the only sports car I've ever been interested in. The XK-E has beautiful lines that they've never reproduced. When I'm frustrated, I just get in my XK-E and go fast, and the faster you go the better it drives.

"You should get in one, but put your bandanna on."

So, one fine day Jim Kakuska took a guest (with bandanna) for a ride in his dark green '61 XK-E with biscuit interior. The top was down and the windows were rolled up. Kakuska left the shop and wound through town until the Jaguar reached Plainfield Road.

Under blue skies and a shining sun the car took off on the road into the green countryside. The whine of the XK-E's first gear dissipated as Kakuska shifted into second gear. When he shifted into third, the bandanna blew off. The power of this animal charged ahead and the famous roar came forth. Tearing down the highway, the XK-E hugged the road at hairpin curves.

Kakuska watched its speed and the engine settled into a quiet hum. The ride in this great car was magnificient. No wonder the Kakuskas and their customers are so fond of Jaguars. Too soon the ride was over. Chalk it up to a hard day's work.

Midwestern Travel Ideas & Road Trip Ideas!

Did you have any idea there were so many fun things to do in the Midwest? We believe these are some of the best Midwest vacation ideas out there!

If you’ve been wondering what to do in the Midwest and have already checked all these ideas off your bucket list, then consider some of these super fun attractions in the Midwest:

  • Mackinac Island, Michigan – I haven’t been yet, but it’s high on my list to visit when we make it to Michigan!
  • Indianapolis, Indiana – a super family friendly destination with the world’s largest children’s museum. Plus who can resist a visit to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home to the famous Indy 500!
  • Minneapolis Minnesota’s Mall of America…I mean come on…there’s an indoor theme park!! Pretty cool! – our family loves anything involving water and their 15 miles of shoreline along Lake Michigan looks amazing!
  • Visit the famous Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri!

Have you taken a Midwestern road trip? Tell me about it in the comments below!

I hope you’re enjoying our USA road trip ideas series. If you’re looking for road trip ideas in other parts of the USA, check out these road trip itineraries:

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Greenworks Lending Continues Rapid Growth by Building Out Team with Twelve New Hires

In the second half of 2020, Greenworks hired twelve talented individuals to add to its team to further its stronghold as market leader within the C-PACE industry and accommodate the rapid growth of the company and industry as a whole – now actively originating in 25 markets.

Julie Sommese – Director, Upper Midwest

The firm has expanded its presence in the Upper Midwest, New York, and Florida with the hiring of three new directors to lead expansion efforts in those regions. To lead its efforts in the Upper Midwest, Greenworks named Julie Sommese as Director for Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Julie comes to Greenworks Lending with over 25 years of CRE experience as a former commercial banker, most recently serving as the Chief Lending Officer for a community bank in the Chicagoland area. Julie has worked with all facets of commercial real estate including multi-family, multi-use, medical, hospitality, retail, student housing and industrial.

Greenworks has extended its footprint in Florida with the hiring of Kyle Orban, as Director for the state, who brings over 10 years of commercial real estate experience. Before coming to Greenworks, Kyle worked at American Real Estate Capital in Miami, FL.

Crystal Smith – Director, New York

With New York State’s Open C-PACE program launching last year, and NYC’s program launch on the horizon, the firm has appointed Crystal Smith as Director for New York – a commercial real estate market which promises to be transformative for the C-PACE industry. Crystal comes to Greenworks with over 15 years of commercial real estate experience. Her most recent roles include originating large construction loans in New York City as a lender with M&T Bank, and later joined a fintech company to help build out its alternative lending platform. Her earlier experiences include asset management at a distressed CRE credit fund as well as managing a large portfolio of office and industrial assets at JLL.

Also focused on the New York City commercial real estate market, Greenworks has brought on Josh Elstein – a ten-year commercial real estate veteran – as Director of Market Activation to support Greenworks’ growing market activation efforts in the New York area.

Heather Crosby – Transaction Manger

Heather Crosby, who recently joined the team as a Transaction Manager, supports Julie and Crystal in managing deal flow and underwriting in the New York and Upper Midwest markets.

Sarth Mehta – Transaction Manger

Also joining the Transaction Management team are Sarth Mehta and Spencer Olson. Sarth serves as a Transaction Manager for the Mid-Atlantic region. Prior to Greenworks Lending, Sarth worked at SunTrust Bank as a CRE Portfolio Manager, underwriting and servicing a portfolio of loans across the Mid-Atlantic and Mid-South markets. Spencer is a recent MBA graduate of The McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and serves as Transaction Manager for the Mountain West region.

Tess Arzu – Clean Energy Program Development Manager

In addition to growing its Business Development team across the country, the firm continues to build out its policy team by bringing Tess Arzu on board as Clean Energy Program Development Manager to expand Greenworks’ footprint in active markets and work to implement C-PACE programs in new states and municipalities. Prior to joining Greenworks, Tess was Development Coordinator for Government Partnerships at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). At EDF, she managed portfolios of international government donors while identifying and evaluating funding opportunities. Tess also served as the Environmental Initiatives Specialist at The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey where she was responsible for the agency’s engagement with offshore wind developers and managed the Clean Vessel Incentive Program.

To help projects get to the finish line more quickly, Greenworks has added to their legal, operations and credit teams with the hiring of Randall Abbott as Associate Transaction Counsel, Linda Baxter as Legal Assistant and Contracts Administrator, and Nancy Montour and Kim McGehee as Associate Director, Loan Servicing, and Senior Credit Manager, respectively.

Greenworks was founded in 2015 to provide building owners and developers attractive financing solutions to reduce their energy consumption while also saving them money. Commercial buildings account for 20% of nationwide greenhouse gas emissions but the vast majority of building owners lack the upfront capital needed for energy efficient upgrades. From day one, Greenworks’ goal has been to solve this problem and that goal has not changed as the company and the C-PACE industry as a whole has continued to grow and evolve. Greenworks is proud to have assembled a team or talented, mission-driven individuals to help achieve that goal and continue to propel the firm forward. 2020, an otherwise challenging year, proved to be one of tremendous growth and success for Greenworks Lending, and 2021, with a larger team of talented, mission-driven individuals, is poised to surpass that.

Ranch style beans recipe

Fifteen years ago, I was on my way to the Austin airport to catch a flight to New York City when the friend I’d be staying with called and said that we’d be attending a dance performance that evening in the East Village. Admission was free, she said, but the organizers requested a donation of two canned goods for a food pantry. So before walking out the door, I grabbed a couple of Ranch Style Beans as my offering.

Ranch Style Beans are a Texan staple and they’ve been satisfying people since 1872 with their take on classic chuck-wagon fare. It’s a distinctive flavor—the beans aren’t fiery but they do have a depth and brightness that can be very addictive. When I lived in Texas, we ate them often—either topped with cheese and rice, as a base to bean salad, alongside enchiladas or even in my mom’s King Ranch casserole.

But beyond the deliciousness and versatility of Ranch Style Beans, there’s the appeal of that iconic black can with its distinctive Western-style font and illustration of a man with his tongue sticking out stating the beans are Appetite Pleasin’. (Of course, the latter is a recent development for if you’re as old as I am, you remember when the beans were Husband Pleasin’.) I love that can and I’ve read that if Andy Warhol had been a Texan he would have painted Ranch Style Beans cans instead of Campbell’s Soup cans. I believe it.

In the 15 years since I’ve moved to New York City, I’ve seen this city become more hospitable to fellow homesick Texans. We now have a Texan-style barbecue joint selling Kreuz sausages and excellent brisket you can find Ro-Tel tomatoes at several grocery stores dried and canned chiles are a common staple and Austin-based Whole Foods is now here selling decent brands of tortillas, chips and salsas. But despite the advances this city’s made, there’s still one thing missing: my beloved Ranch Style Beans.

To help with the drought, every time I go home I load up on a few cans. And my mom has even been known to put them in my Christmas stocking, which is always a very welcome gift. But when I recently came to my last can with no trip home in my immediate future, I realized that I should just figure out how to make these beans on my own.

The recipe is a closely guarded secret, so I was flummoxed on what to do. And then I read one fan’s observation that Ranch Style Beans are simply pintos swimming in a chili gravy. At last, it all made sense! I decided I’d cook a pot of pintos in a chili gravy and see what happened. When making my chile gravy, I used the ingredient list on the back of my remaining can as my guide. Sure, there were some vague terms, such as “spices” and “natural flavor,” but the basic building blocks were in the open: tomatoes, chile peppers, paprika, vinager and beef fat. And of course, pinto beans.

Even though the can didn’t specify what type of chile, I went with anchos as they’re the base of your common chili powder. I rehydrated the anchos and then blended them with some tomatoes, vinegar, cumin and paprika. And instead of beef fat, I opted to use beef broth instead.

While the beans cooked, the house smelled gorgeous and the broth tasted right. But it wasn’t until after a few hours when I ladled out a bowl that I realized that this bowl of beans far exceeded my expectations. I threw in some sour cream, warmed up a flour tortilla and had a most satisfying meal. And even though it’s been 15 years since I gave away those beans, I’ve often wondered if the New Yorker who ended up with them enjoyed them. I hope that they did.

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NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale

Address: One East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

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Founded in 1958, NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale is a premier destination for exhibitions and programs encompassing many facets of civilization’s visual history. Located midway between Miami and Palm Beach in downtown Fort Lauderdale’s arts and entertainment district, the Museum’s 83,000 square-foot building, which opened in 1986, was designed by architect Edward Larrabee Barnes and contains over 25,000 square feet of exhibition space, the 256-seat Horvitz auditorium, a museum store and café. In 2008, the Museum became part of Nova Southeastern University (NSU), one of the largest private research universities in the United States.

NSU Art Museum is known for its significant collection of Latin American art, contemporary art with an emphasis on art by Black, Latinx and women artists, African art that spans the 19th to the 21st century, as well as works by American artist William Glackens, and the European Cobra group of artists. Two scholarly research centers complement the collections: The Dr. Stanley and Pearl Goodman Latin American Art Study Center and the William J. Glackens Study Center.

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