Sixth outlet for Gail’sLondon-based artisan bakery and café Gail’s has announced it will open its sixth shop in Chiswick this week. It follows the opening of its Queens Park shop in March.Brook Food upgradeBakery equipment supplier Brook Food Processing is to move to a new 40,000sq ft facility this summer. The site will incorporate new workshops, a larger spares department and dedicated assembly areas. A test bakery will enable customers to trial new and used equipment before purchase or for product development.Promotion winnerSteven Smith from Forest Produce in Devon recently won a weekend in Venice at a converted flour mill Hilton Molino Stucky in a prize draw by FWP Matthews and Moule-Bie, as part of a promotion for its Italian 00 flour.GreenPalm supportSustainable palm oil producers in Asia have earned more than $6m in premiums via the GreenPalm certificate trading programme. Since trading began 19 months ago, more than 650,000 certificates have been traded online, as manufacturers and retailers have bought them to off-set the use of palm oil in their products.Loss of Scottish bakerIt is with regret that British Baker announces the death of Ronnie Mackay, aged 92, on 25 April. Mackay joined John F Renshaw and Company soon after the Second World War, rising to the position of deputy chairman. A key part of his work was with the Bakery Allied Traders Association now the Association of Bakery Ingredient Manufacturers and he held the office of president with both BATA and FEDIMA, the European umbrella group.
Casting shakeup! Dexter favorite Lauren Velez will assume the role of Yaz in the forthcoming Second Stage production of Quiara Alegria Hudes’ The Happiest Song Plays Last, replacing previously announced star Elizabeth Rodriguez (The Motherf*cker with the Hat). Directed by Tony winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson, The Happiest Song Plays Last begins performances February 11, with an official opening night set for March 3 at off-Broadway’s Tony Kiser Theatre. In addition to Velez, The Happiest Song Plays Last also stars Anthony Chisholm, Dariush Kashani, Tony Plana, Armando Riesco and Annapurna Sriram. The final play of Hudes’ Elliot trilogy, The Happiest Song Plays Last tells the story of cousins Elliot (Riesco) and Yaz (Velez), who discover the joy in coming home again and the comfort of family, both by blood and by love. When Elliot gets a lucky break in the film business, Yaz takes on the role of familial and neighborhood matriarch, nourishing those that pass through her door. Featuring the sounds of traditional Puerto Rican folk music, The Happiest Song Plays Last is the story of a year in Elliot and Yaz’s life. Velez previously appeared off-Broadway in Intimate Apparel and in the national tour of Dreamgirls. She also understudied the role of the Witch in Broadway’s Into the Woods. She played Captain Maria LaGuerta for seven seasons on TV’s Dexter. Her additional film and TV credits include Oz, New York Undercover, I Like It Like That and City Hall. Fun fact: Velez’s twin sister Loraine, also a Broadway alum, has appeared in Rent and Dreamgirls. The Happiest Song Plays Last View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on March 23, 2014