The Ocean City Business Summit recently took place, bringing together leaders in local government and commerce.The Summit, now in its 12th year, offered analysis of the 2016 summer season and looked ahead to 2017.The weather, always a prime factor contributing to the success of area businesses, was reviewed by Meteorologist Dan Skeldon, who offered a long-range forecast for Summer 2017. Skeldon predicted a milder winter and a “warm, dry summer.”Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Michele Gillian, representatives of the Boardwalk Merchant’s Association, OC Tourism Commission, OC Realtors and many individual businesses took part in this annual tradition.In this video, OCNJ Daily’s Michael DeVlieger interviews some of the participants, to provide the viewer with a highlights package of some of the event’s most memorable moments.“2016 was a weather-challenged summer, but (visitors) came and they love Ocean City,” Mayor Gillian said. “This is what happens when everyone is working together.”
Source: Lovingly ArtisanThe bakers behind Lovingly Artisan, Aidan Monks and Catherine Connor, have launched an online club to share tips for home baking during lockdown.Called The Baking Club, the Facebook group is designed to be a “happy place” where members can get practical help and advice through articles and interactive meetings, as well as share, encourage and support each other’s baking activities.Here, they will teach home bakers the science behind baking bread to give a thorough understanding of what is happening throughout the process. They’re also sharing insight on how to create the perfect starter, how to use it, as well as kneading, proving and shaping homemade dough, the importance of scoring, and how best to store your finished bread.Recipes covered so far include a white sourdough boule and pizza dough, while advice pieces cover using a Dutch oven, what to do when the dough gets sticky and retarding sourdough.The next Facebook live session is scheduled to take place on Thursday 30 April at 4pm.In 2019, Aidan Monks was named Baker of the Year at British Baker’s Baking Industry Awards. The bakery also took home the title of Bakery Innovation of the Year for its Kombucha Sourdough.