Thursday, February 26, 2009

Sweet Romance - and Sweet Wines for that Anniversary or Birthday

Along with chocolates, flowers (and perhaps a ring), Valentine's Day is a loving holiday worthy of something special - perhaps a delicious dessert, perhaps delicious, sweet wines to go with that dessert.

Quady Winery ( has been making delightful, very creative, award-winning sweet wines in Madera, CA since 1975, shipping their wines to connoisseurs in the U.S. and worldwide.

Something Different - and Predictable - for a Change

And, unlike the uncertainly and guesswork we have all experienced opening a bottle of wine - only to find it has gone bad - these wines are consistently delicious and predictable.

Sweetness comes in many forms, perhaps as an aperitif before a great meal, wonderful as a sweet wine pairing with many desserts - and many people, regardless of age or romantic inclination - have not tasted excellent sweet wines.

There is Essensia, made from delicious Orange Muscat grapes (known in Italy as Orange Blossom Muscat), a delicious accompaniment to desserts, especially chocolate and those containing almonds, peaches, apples or apricots. With sparkling water, Essensia makes a refreshing spritzer; with sparking wine you have an Essensia Royale. Delicious.

Elysium - Made from the Black Muscat grape with a rose and litchi scent and especially appropriate for Valentine's with the heart on the label. Elysium is perhaps the best accompaniment for dark chocolate dessert. Valentine's Day made simple? A bottle of Elysium, a red ribbon and the finest chocolate dessert you can find.

Quady's Batch 88 Starboard, is, yes, Port. But, of course, it can't be "Port" because that comes from a place in Portugal, the Douro River Valley. Since "starboard" (right) is the opposite nautical direction to port (left) that's how it got its name. The grapes in this world-class port are primarily Tinta Roriz from the Madera, CA area, a blend of several vintages, 190 proof neutral grape spirits (instead of the usual 140 proof fortifying brandy) and then aged, on average, five years. Superb for those who love a great, after-dinner Port.

Deviation is a new style of dessert wine made by infusing aromatic plants into Muscat. In Deviation, Quady has infused two botanicals: Scented geranium and Damiana. The result is truly exotic, a breathtaking aroma of honeysuckle and rose. The wine tastes sweet but amazingly finishes dry. As one reviewer said: "Perhaps the most exotic beverage at this price I have ever tasted - literally breathtaking . perfect for the sweet warm shadows at the end of a long summer picnic, or any intimate occasion."

Electra, a light, very low alcohol (4%) picnic wine (with the tastes of peaches and melons) partners nicely with summer fruits (strawberries, nectarines, peaches and melons), salads, spicy Asian and Indian foods, light desserts, lovely blues skies and a day in the fresh air. It's just excellent as it is, or perhaps on the rocks or semi-frozen as a slushy.


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Father's Day WHISKY GIFTS for Every Budget!

Mentor – Baseball coach –Friend. These are just a few of the roles our fathers played which continue to sculpt us into the individuals we are today.

As June 21st approaches, we reflect on the times we’ve spent together, the memories we’ve shared, and experiences to come. A toast is in order.

Please find delicious whisky gifts below for a variety of palates and budgets.

Under $25
Tullamore Dew – The original Irish Whiskey, known the world over for its smooth and gentle flavor. This pale amber blended whiskey has spicy, lemony and malty overtones with charred wood undertones giving a soft, buttery, rounded and complex flavor that lingers in the mouth. SRP: $23.00

Under $35
Tullamore Dew 10-Year Old is the newest addition to the TD family! Whether sipped straight or on the rocks, this 10-Year Old blend displays a fresh, malty, and slightly woody nose with intriguing citrus notes. It derives its complex flavor of malt and spice, wood and vanilla from long aging in Spanish and American oak casks. SRP 10-Year Old: $34.99.

Under $45
Yamazaki 12-Year Old - Imported from Japan, Yamazaki 12-Year Old has a rich and sophisticated character that’s bound to please the most discerning connoisseur. . With a rich, sophisticated character all its own, Yamazaki’s secret lies in the harmonious marriage of single malt matured in three different oak casks – American, Spanish and Japanese -- giving it its unique blend of spicy, yet sweet flavor. SRP 12 Year-Old: $44.99

The Glenrothes, the award winning Speyside single malt offers Select Reserve, its first non-Vintage selection, hand-picked by the Malt Master from the very finest casks and produced to the same high quality standards and style as the prestigious Vintages so well known to single malt aficionados. SRP Select Reserve: $44.99.

Under $125
The Glenrothes Vintage 1985 - This expression has a rich, fruity nose of raisins and sultanas but also plums, prunes, vanilla and chocolate. The soft, smooth palate features oak, vanilla and sultanas and has the creamy, mouth-filling texture of a café latte. This expression has a long, medium sweet finish with an emphasis on coffee and cocoa. SRP 1985 Vintage: $120.

With aromas of dried fruits and honey, Yamazaki Single Malt 18-Year Old Whisky has a delicate, mellow taste with a lingering, woody, dry finish. Yamazaki uses selected barley strains and peating levels, along with the legendary, ultra pure waters from the outskirts of Kyoto to produce its smooth, honeyed taste. SRP 18-Year Old: $119.99.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Midwest Culinary Dean Gets Promotion

The board of trustees of Cincinnati State Technical and Community College has approved an administrative restructuring plan developed by Interim President Dr. John Henderson.

As part of that plan -- which Henderson said is motivated largely by new standards and goals articulated by the Ohio Board of Regents -- the College has established the position of Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Entrepreneurial Development. Named to fill that post was Dan Cayse, former dean of Business Technologies at Cincinnati State.

In his new role, Cayse will be responsible for developing fresh revenue streams for the College, and for increasing partnerships with other educational institutions and with regional businesses. Cayse will also be responsible for Cincinnati State’s Workforce Development Center in Evendale, the Overlook Food Service Department on the main campus in Clifton, and the Midwest Culinary Institute’s auxiliary enterprises, including The Summit (a fine dining restaurant on the Clifton campus), Bakery Hill (a retail bakery that serves students, faculty and the general public), and “The Dish” (a weekly television show taped at the Midwest Culinary Institute.)

Henderson named Peggy Harrier interim dean of the Business Technologies division until a search is completed to fill the position.

Another part of the reorganization, Henderson said, will find Douglas A. Heesten, Vice President/Institutional Advancement, moving into a leadership role for a major three-year campaign to build the college’s endowment and raise new funds to support academic programs and student scholarships. This campaign will be formally launched later in 2009, Henderson said.

“It is very important that the College community comes together to work toward the goals outlined in the University System of Ohio strategic plan,’’ Henderson said. “We are working in a different political and financial environment now. Our past greatness does not insure future support. We must stay focused on our mission and our importance to the economic development of the region.’’

May Is National Strawberry Month

The sun is shining, the flowers are blossoming and berries are a plenty.
Celebrate the arrival of pleasant weather in good health - with a fist-full
of deliciously ripe Strawberries!

Loaded with nutritional vitamins and antioxidants, Strawberries
are one of the most health-conscious berries around. Just a one-cup serving
of the red berry provides 93% of your daily supply of Vitamin C, 16% of your
daily supply of Fiber and 20% of your daily supply of Folic Acid! Not to
mention the added benefits of Iron, Calcium and a bounty of antioxidants.
How sweet is that?

This May, pay homage to the irresistible Strawberry and pump up your immune
system by adding to your diet. Enjoyable ³a la carte² or paired
with yogurt, salad, cereal, ice cream, etc. Strawberries are
the ideal springtime sweet treat.

Note and Recipe Courtesy of Driscoll's:

Yields 3 ½ cups

1 8-ounce can pineapple chunks or tidbits
1 small avocado, pitted and diced
1 1-pound package Driscoll’s Strawberries, ¾” cubed
½ to1 whole jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
½ teaspoon onion salt

Drain and reserve 2 tablespoons pineapple juice*.

In glass or pottery bowl, combine pineapple, reserved juice, avocado, strawberries, jalapenos, balsamic vinegar and onion salt.

Let stand 5 to 10 minutes for flavors to blend.

Serve with chips, or over grilled halibut or chicken breasts.

OR instead of pineapple, peel and chop 1 medium mango and add to remaining ingredients with 1/3 cup orange juice and 2 tablespoons lemon juice.

*For a simple marinade for chicken breasts combine remaining juice from pineapple, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, and ½ teaspoon sesame oil. Pour marinade over 2 large (or 4 small) halibut steaks/fillets or chicken breasts. Marinate 20-30 minutes; drain. Grill or bake until meat is done.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Message to Obama from The Cornucopia Institute: Please Fix the USDA's Organic Mess

President Obama and new USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack are being urged to take immediate action to repair the USDA’s increasingly dysfunctional National Organic Program (NOP). Suspect imports of grains, nuts, and vegetables from China and other countries, questionable organic milk, beef, and eggs from giant factory farms, and the erosion of opportunity for family farmers are plaguing the organic sector.

Consumer demand for organic production has skyrocketed in recent years, propelling organics into an over $20 billion dollar a year business. That same hunger for organics has encouraged some large corporations, factory farms, and foreign producers to move into the U.S. organic business—but without upholding federal organic production standards.

On February 12, The Cornucopia Institute, a national organic watchdog representing family famers, sent a formal letter and briefing paper to President Obama and Secretary Vilsack specifically asking that they take “a very strong and proactive posture in turning around management at the National Organic Program,” which they described as being “Katrina-ed” by the Bush administration.

“The stewardship of the organic program at the USDA has been an absolute abomination,� said Mark A. Kastel, Cornucopia’s senior farm policy analyst. “It was not just management by neglect—it was an intentional monkeywrenching of the Department's oversight of the industry.”

In the last several years, audits prepared by the American National Standards Institute and the Inspector General's office have blasted the NOP for failing to ensure that independent certification agencies, which verify organic farming and production practices, are competent and properly performing their jobs. A Peer Review Panel—fundamental to ensuring competent certification—has never been established.

Technical Advisory Panels, crucial to the evaluation of specific materials and ingredients used in organic food and agriculture, remain underfunded or unused. Furthermore, dozens of policy resolutions adopted by the National Organic Standards Board, the expert citizen advisory panel to the NOP, have never been reviewed or implemented. �In addition to starving the organic program for adequate funding, the political environment at the USDA has always been hostile to the industry,�� said Kastel.

During the Bush administration political appointees at the USDA had also significantly softened penalties for organic lawbreakers, overruling stiff enforcement actions recommended by career civil servants, for factory farms that were found willfully violating federal organic standards. Other complaints detailing abuses on factory farms were quashed or went uninvestigated.

“If organic food production and eating had not caught on so well, we wouldn't see these scofflaws doing their thing,” observed Merrill Clark, a certified organic livestock farmer from Michigan and former member of the National Organic Standards Board. Clark added, “It��s time to change the culture at the USDA.”

The Cornucopia Institute has launched a “Change@USDA� campaign and is helping stakeholders in the organic community to unite for rehabilitation of the NOP. The farm group intends to hand-deliver letters to both Mr. Obama and Secretary Vilsack from farmers and consumers supporting a sweeping management shakeup at the National Organic Program.

In the first sign that the new administration at the USDA is taking the concerns of organic and sustainable farming interests to heart, yesterday [on February 23], Secretary Vilsack announced the appointment of Dr. Kathleen Merrigan, a Tufts University assistant professor, as USDA Deputy Secretary. “I cannot think of a more qualified public policy expert to take on this important role at what Abraham Lincoln referred to as the ‘people's department, ’” Kastel affirmed. The Cornucopia Institute, and many other farm organizations, lobbied hard for Merrigan's appointment. �I hope this is representative of President Obama and Secretary Vilsack subscribing to the old adage that, ‘good government equals good politics,’” he added.

However, with sectors of the organic industry in crisis, stakeholders are hoping the new appointees at the USDA take swift action. “The certified organic label belongs to the thousands of ethical organic family farmers, and their consumer allies and patrons, who have built the vibrant organic agricultural and food market,” said Peter Wiesner, General Manager at the Hungry Hollow Co-op in Chestnut Ridge, New York. “We need new management at the National Organic Program if we are to reclaim the organic label,” Wiesner said.

As questions swirl around the handling of organics by the NOP, a true crisis is unfolding in the organic dairy sector. Ethical organic dairy farmers, and the co-ops and family-owned businesses they partner with for processing and marketing, are getting hammered by cheap, phony "organic" milk from giant factory farms and alleged predatory pricing by the $11 billion agribusiness behemoth, Dean Foods.

Dean Foods, owner of 50 different milk brands including the nation’s leading organic dairy label, Horizon Organic, has heavily discounted their retail pricing, driving down market prices for all competitors. Dean/Horizon gets a large percentage of their milk from their 8000-cow industrial dairy and from many other mega-farms they contract with.

The majority of the bogus private-label, or store-brand, milk (which is usually cheaper than branded organic milk) marketed by Wal-Mart, Costco, Safeway, Target, and other grocery chains comes from the controversial Aurora Dairy, operator of five giant factory farms in Texas and Colorado.

“These unethical competitors are squeezing and undercutting other brands and the family farms that supply them,�� stated Cornucopia’s Kastel. Kastel added that “Stonyfield, Organic Valley, and other smaller marketers have had to let some of their family farmers go and/or cut prices paid to them.”

Despite their rhetoric supporting family farmers, Dean/Horizon has used strong-arm tactics in attempting to terminate ties with some of its farmers—this, sadly, as the company continues to expand its use of industrial-scale dairy operations.

Don Halverson, a family-scale organic dairy farmer near Rupert, Idaho, recently saw Dean refuse to buy his milk. “We thought we were dealing with ethical people,” said Halverson, who milks about 50 cows. �My family and I hitched our wagon's future to the commitments we received from the Horizon folks.” His family now faces financial ruin without a market for his organic milk.

Cornucopia is calling on the USDA to enforce federal organic regulations that would control abuses occurring in the organic dairy sector. Enforcement has been spotty, at best, at the USDA. A number of legal complaints filed by Cornucopia documenting alleged violations of organic law on factory dairies were never investigated by the Agency.

Monday, February 23, 2009

p.i.n.k. dessert cocktails

p.i.n.k. Tiramisu
1 ½ oz p.i.n.k.® vodka
1 oz Baileys® irish cream
1 oz Starbucks&trade coffee liqueur
1 oz Starbucks&trade cream liqueur
½ oz half & half cream
Combine p.i.n.k.® vodka, Baileys® irish cream, Starbucks&trade coffee liqueur, Starbucks&trade cream liqueur, and half & half cream over chipped ice and shake well. Rim a well-chilled martini glass with heavy chocolate syrup and strain the contents of the shaker into the glass. Garnish with a ladyfinger cookie.

p..i.n.k. White & Blue
2oz p.i.n.k. vodka
1scoop vanilla ice cream
1oz wild strawberry liqueur
Large dollop of fresh whipped cream

Combine p.i.n.k.® vodka, vanilla ice cream, and wild strawberry liqueur with one scoop of chipped ice in a blender and blend until creamy. Pour into a well-chilled martini glass. Top with whipped cream. Garnish with a fresh blueberry placed on top of the whipped cream.

p.i.n.k. berry cake
2 ½ oz p.i.n.k.® vodka
2 oz white crème de cocoa
1 oz Frangelico®
5 fresh blackberries
Combine p.i.n.k.® vodka, white crème de cocoa, Frangelico® and 4 blackberries over ice and shake well. Strain into a well-chilled martini glass. Garnish with 1 blackberry.

p.i.n.k. mint condition
2 oz p.i.n.k.® vodka
1 ½ oz irish cream
¾ oz green crème de menthe
Swirl chocolate syrup inside a well-chilled martini glass. Combine ingredients over chipped ice and shake well. Strain into glass.

Former Ketel One Vodka Executives Concoct Ultra-Premium Azuñia Tequila

Kirk Gaither and Jim Riley today announced the launch of their latest venture, Intersect Beverage. This spring, the company is set to bring to market a line of authentic, ultra-premium tequila: Azuñia Tequila.

Gaither, former Vice President of Sales for Ketel One Vodka, and Riley, former Vice President of Public Relations and Events for Ketel One Vodka, have secured a deal with Sergio Partida Zuniga and Liliana Partida, two members of a respected tequila-making family in Amatitan, Mexico. They have signed a contract for 20,000 acres of Weber Blue Agave fields in the Jalisco region that includes established distillery resources. This coalition will put them at the forefront of the ultra-premium tequila import market.

"This is the next step natural in our careers. Being well-acquainted with the Partida-Zuniga family as well as their fields and facilities in Amatitan, we could not be more elated with the business arrangement and the products that we have developed together," explains Riley.

Intersect Beverage's initial imports will include Azuñia Tequila made from 100 percent Weber Blue Agave in the following varieties: un-aged Platinum; Reposado—aged six months in American Oak barrels; and a 12- to 18-month aged Añejo. All three tequila varieties will be available in 750 milliliter and one liter sizes.

As for distribution, Gaither comments, "We will partner with those distributors best positioned for the launch of an ultra-premium tequila brand. Our preferred pricing, marketing strategies and nimble approach to the industry put us in a perfect position to launch Azuñia Tequila today."

"My family and I are extremely excited about this new partnership. Jim and Kirk are exceptionally well-suited to carry the passion, heritage and tradition of my family to the United States through Azuñia Tequila," remarks Liliana Partida.

Pastry Chef Is Preparing for a National Stage

Megan Ketover never got an Easy Bake Oven when she was a girl. Instead, when the baking bug bit, her mom told her to use the big old gas oven in the kitchen.

Good move, Mom.

Ketover, you see, has turned out to be an accomplished pastry chef.

Indeed, at the tender age of 29, Ketover – an adjunct faculty member at the Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College – has just been named Regional Pastry Chef of the Year for the Northeast Region of the American Culinary Federation.

She will now compete in July in the Federation’s national competition in Orlando.

Ketover’s path to the pastry kitchen at Cincinnati State was as circuitous as it was fortuitous.

After graduating from Cincinnati’s renowned Walnut Hills High School, she enrolled at Sam Houston State University in Texas, with plans to major in business. But Ketover started working in the retail industry during school – so much so that she began to win promotions even though she hadn’t finished her degree. She was on the eve of another promotion when she learned that the Midwest Culinary Institute was starting a pastry program. It occasioned a big decision.

“When the pastry program opened here, I thought, ‘Hmm, I wonder if I could do that for a living?’’ Ketover recalled.

It turned out she could.

Ketover left retailing -- and any plans she might have entertained about returning to school in Texas -- and enrolled at Cincinnati State. She graduated summa cum laude from the Midwest Culinary Institute in 2007.

After working at several restaurants and hotels in Greater Cincinnati, Ketover came back to the Midwest Culinary Institute as an adjunct instructor. She also helps out as a prep chef for the weekly television show, The Dish, that’s filmed in the MCI studio kitchen. And she spends a fair amount of time helping out with Cincinnati State’s retail bakery.

But where Ketover has really made a name for herself, at least at MCI, is her cakes. Luscious, elegant, whimsical cakes – the sort that look too good to slice, but taste too good to not eat.

Flip through a montage of photos of the cakes she’s done and you’ll find the monkey guards from Wizard of Oz. A Cincinnati chili dog. A disturbingly realistic catfish. And example after example of elegant wedding cakes in subdued shades of white and beige.

Ketover credits her mother’s artistic inclination and her father’s discipline as an engineer for her approach to designer cakes. The first part of her DNA helps with the inspiration and design, the other with the execution.

She’s also picked up a bit from the Midwest Culinary Institute’s library. “I’ve read every cookbook we have,’’ she admits.

It turned out that the author of one such cookbook, chef Francisco Migoya from the Culinary Institute of America, was her competitor at the American Culinary Federation’s recent Northeast Regional Conference in Boston. “He wrote a lovely book – it’s down in our library,’’ Ketover remarked.

Migoya and Ketover were invited to participate in the ACF’s head-to-head regional competition on the basis of detailed applications they and others submitted. For Ketover it was a first – never before had she entered a culinary competition, much less one this prestigious.

She packed up all her equipment – mixing bowls, whisks, blenders, ingredients, just about everything she’d need besides an oven and a refrigerator -- and flew it all to Boston. Then, with a little help from her mother, she hauled it all from her hotel to the venue the day of the event.

Once there, she had an hour to prepare and present a hot desert for four. She made a Brown-butter almond cake, with passion fruit caramel, rum, blood orange, whipped mascarpone with a ginger-pineapple compote, from recipes she’d developed herself and then refined through weeks of practice. The judges responded by awarding her the top regional prize.

Now she gets to do it all over again, on a national stage. Ketover is clearly excited by the challenge, but seems as well to be keeping everything in perspective.

Said the young West Chester resident: “I just keep trying to learn as much as I can.’’

Friday, February 20, 2009

Monettes at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel in Hawaii Names Executive Chef

Monettes, a new fine dining restaurant at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel founded by the owners of the award-winning Flagstaff House Restaurant in Boulder, Colorado, welcomes Matt Zubrod as Executive Chef.

“Chef Zubrod has an enthusiasm for cuisine that is both playful and very well crafted,” said Mark Monette, Owner/Chef of Monettes. “He has a wealth of experience in hotel restaurant management, and has a true passion for the art of cooking. We look forward to his influence on the overall dining experience we will be providing at Monettes.”

Chef Zubrod brings to Monettes nearly 20 years of culinary and hotel restaurant management experience in various Mobile Four-Star and Five-Star properties in the U.S. and Paris.

“Opening a restaurant in Hawaii is an exciting culinary adventure for two of Colorado’s most esteemed chefs. They are combining a bit of refined rocky mountain cuisine with fresh island specialty foods,” said Scott Monette, Owner of Monettes.

Prior to joining Monettes, Chef Zubrod was Executive Chef and Managing Partner at DishAspen in Aspen, Colorado, where he was featured in various publications including Wine Spectator, Esquire and USA Today.

Other experience includes:
15 years with the Ritz Carlton Hotel Company where he served in several Mobile Four-Star and Five-Star properties, including Ritz Carlton-Boston, Ritz Carlton-Naples and Ritz Carlton-Aspen Highlands;
Executive Chef at the Vail Cascade Club and Spa, where he was awarded the AAA Four Diamond Award;
Stagiere at The Chanticleer Restaurant in Nantucket, Massachusetts and in Parisat Michel Rostang and Philipe Groult’s Ampycles.
In addition, Chef Zubrod was recognized twice as one of America’s Best Hotel Chefs by the James Beard Foundation; one of the highest honors for food professionals. He was also a competitor on Food Network’s Iron Chef America in 2007.

Born in Newton, Massachusetts, Chef Zubrod spent most of his life in Kennebunkport, Maine. His culinary training began with an apprenticeship program with The Ritz-Carlton, Boston in 1989, where he received certification and further education from Newbury College in Brookline, Mass.

About Monettes
Located at the prestigious Mauna Kea Beach Hotel in Hawaii, Monettes was founded by brothers Mark and Scott Monette, owners of the award-winning Flagstaff House Restaurant in Boulder, Colorado. Monettes offers American French cuisine with island influences combined with the world-class, award-winning service that the Monette family has become known for over the past 38 years. Monettes also offers a more casual dining experience in an outdoor setting at the Bar M Café. For more information about Monettes visit; for more information about Flagstaff House Restaurant visit

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Disney-themed Breyers Yogurt Fun, Tasty Way To Introduce Kids To Healthier Eating

Disney Consumer Products and Breyers® Yogurt Company have teamed up to create Disney themed Breyers®Yogurt; a new kid-focused, swirled, low-fat yogurt that moms appreciate and kids love. Since the line is still going strong and since parents are on more of a quest than ever to find healthier food their kids will actually eat.

Available in a convenient six-cup multi-pack, Disney themed Breyers® Yogurt provide an excellent source of calcium, a good source of Vitamin A & D, contain no high fructose corn syrup or artificial colors and only 110 calories per cup.

Featuring the Disney characters and great taste kids love, the new line is available in the following flavors (all featuring colorful flavor swirls):

§ My Friends Tigger & Pooh, Strawberry Vanilla and Peach
§ Disney/Pixar’s Cars, Super Strawberry and Blazin’ Strawberry Banana
§ Disney Fairies, Cherry Blossom and Pixie Hollow Orange
§ Hannah Montana, Super Star Strawberry and Rockin’ Berry Blast

This Disney themed Breyers® Yogurt is sold for an SRP of $2.79-$2.99 for each multi-pack of six 4oz cups.

Americans Celebrate World Fair Trade Day May 9

Americans across the country will gather in unison on Saturday, May 9, to surpass last year's largest Fair Trade coffee break to support the growing popularity of Fair Trade in the United States. Large cities and small towns, faith-based groups, businesses, neighborhoods and interested individuals can take part by participating in many planned activities throughout the country to help highlight the benefits of Fair Trade to farmers, producers, consumers and the environment.

WHO: Fair Trade supporters, retailers, and consumers across the United States

WHAT: "World's Largest Fair Trade Coffee Break" to help set the record straight: Everything is Better When It's Fair

Simultaneous Fair Trade coffee breaks throughout the country to celebrate Fair Trade's accomplishments, enjoy many Fair Trade products, and join the movement to improve the lives of farmers & artisans in developing countries.

WHERE: Local organizers will host Fair Trade "breaks" in hundreds of towns and cities across the U.S., from Milwaukee to Media, PA, Chicago to Taos, NM, and San Francisco to New York. Event locations & details can be found at

WHEN: Saturday, May 9, 2009, World Fair Trade Day

Hundreds of events are being planned on or around May 9th. Please check the Web site for details on exact dates & times.

WHY: Americans are participating in World Fair Trade Day to set the record straight - Everything is Better When It's Fair.

The Fair Trade movement is about treating people and the planet with respect and dignity. Buying over $1 billion of Fair Trade products annually, U.S. consumers are supporting millions of farmers and artisans who make the goods we consume and enjoy. Fair Trade ensures they are paid a fair wage, and work in healthy conditions. Additionally, choosing Fair Trade products benefits the environment since Fair Trade supports sustainable practices which minimize our environmental footprint.

The Fair Trade Resource Network (FTRN) coordinates World Fair Trade Day in the United States and acts as an educational resource on Fair Trade for the general public. FTRN will be providing promotional materials, educational resources and ideas on how to celebrate and organize a Fair Trade break in local communities. The non-profit group has also teamed up with various partners to help make World Fair Trade Day 2009 a success. Major sponsors of World Fair Trade Day 2009 include Catholic Relief Services, Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, Fair Trade Federation, Gifts With Humanity, Global Crafts, Handmade Expressions, Jamtown, Lutheran World Relief, Oxfam America, Sierra Club, TransFair USA, & Wholesome Sweeteners. Regular sponsors include Adina for Life, Cooperative Coffees, Equal Exchange, Fair Trade Sports, Green America, Handcrafting Justice, Larry's Beans, and For more information on World Fair Trade Day 2009, please visit

OU Passover Guide 5769, 2009 Now Available

hock full of information about the latest Passover products, Jewish law guidelines, and interesting features, the annual OU Guide to Passover not only possesses a wealth of useful information but also offers varied reading material as a special issue of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. The Passover Guide for 5769/2009 is now available.

Passover is celebrated this year from April 8-16.

The Guide is no longer a mere gray and white compendium of which foods are and are not permitted for Passover. It has evolved into a full-feature, color magazine, an annual special of the renowned Jewish Action Magazine that is distributed to tens of thousands in the OU community each year.

David Olivestone, National Director of Planning and Communications, declared, “Since the annual OU Guide to Passover is one of the major ways in which we reach the public, even beyond the membership of our synagogues, we realized it offers a great opportunity to provide informative articles about how to observe Passover. There are a lot of important guidelines there that can help a family enhance their enjoyment of the holiday.”

The heart of the Guide features food and other products that are approved for Passover use. The OU has compiled two basic lists:

• Items that must have an OU P appear on the label, such as baking mixes, baked products, beverages, candy, condiments, dairy products, matzah products, meat and poultry, olive oil, snack food, wine and liqueurs;

• Items that do not require special Passover certification such as aluminum foil, candles, cleansers, and paper goods, as long as they still have the regular OU certification.

Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, Executive Vice President of the OU, noted, “Once again, the Orthodox Union is bringing a vital service to the Jewish community and to the Jewish homemaker in particular. The preparations for Passover are complicated and sometimes onerous. The OU Guide to Passover provides real help and guidance for Passover preparation, and is an aid to both efficiency and kashrut observance. Many thanks to all the many contributors to this Directory, which has become an integral part of the Passover holiday for so many thousands of Jewish homes.”

Once again, this year’s edition includes guidelines concerning the use of medicines on Passover; Passover recipe substitutes; a koshering primer for preparing your home for Passover; and a brief guide to the Passover seder.

Interesting features in this year’s issue include “Getting to Know Your Matzah,” an account of the matzah-baking process and all the intricacies involved; “From Grapes to Kosher Wine,” on how wine is produced from grapes, and the Jewish laws involved; and “A Question of Kitniyot,” an in-depth look at kitniyot (loosely translated as legumes) another food category prohibited by those in the Ashkenazi community.

Additionally, the Guide contains essential information for observing the holiday and articles on making a kitchen kosher for Passover, as well as the counting of the Omer, the 49 days that lead to the Festival of Shavuot. Listed in the Guide are the latest possible times to eat leavened bread (chametz), and for burning chametz, as well as candle lighting times for Passover in major cities across the United States and Canada.

The Guide will be available at ShopRite at the customer service desk and at many smaller kosher supermarkets as well. OU synagogues and Yeshiva/day schools have also received copies of the Guide, and it will be directly available through the mail to all OU members and Jewish Action subscribers. It can be accessed on the OU website, To order individual copies for $3 each, contact Roberta Levine at or 212-613-8125.

Roni Piterman, CEO of gfMeals Wins Award

The San Fernando Valley Business
Journal has awarded Roni Piterman, CEO of Your Dinner Secret, a "40
Under 40" award for leadership in business. This is an annual award
presented to 40 young leaders, under the age of 40, in the San
Fernando Valley.

Roni and her sister Ari Kosmal started Your Dinner Secret in January
of 2007. The company started out as an independent meal assembly
business, but quickly morphed into the premiere supplier in the
country of frozen, ready-to-cook, gluten-free, casein-free entrees,
sides and baked goods, shipped directly to your door.

They market their food under the gfMeals™ brand name. It can be
ordered at the website, or directly from their retail
store in Woodland Hills, CA.

The primary markets for this delicious food are: people with celiac
disease; families recovering children with autism, aspergers, ADHD and
other autoimmune disorders; and people who lead a healthy gluten-free

Gourmet Conversation

TableTopics Conversation Starters are cubes are filled with mini cards each with a different question. They are fun, thought provoking and guaranteed to propel your conversations to new heights. Discover something new about your family, friends and even yourself!

Sample questions:
What piece of kitchen equipment do you covet?
If you could only use one cookbook for the next year which would you choose?
WhatIf you had your own cooking show what would be your theme?

Click on this link to see a photo and learn more.

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Food & Wine Classic Contest

Green & Black’s is a chocolate that makes no compromises. The great tasting chocolate made from the world’s finest organic ingredients also gives back to the environment. Now Green & Black's Organic chocolate wants to find out how others live green & black – making eco-friendly choices while not compromising on life's every day indulgences.

We invite your readers to submit an original story (200 words maximum) on how they balance both the green & the black – the eco-friendly and indulgent – in their life. Some ideas to get you started:

-Since hot water accounts for about 90 percent of a washer’s energy, I only use it on my toughest stains. An added bonus, laundering in cold water helps keep the colors of my favorite outfits from fading.

-I really take an interest in what I eat and where my food comes from, so I go to to determine how eco-conscious my favorite restaurants are. The Green Restaurant Association offers various certification levels, based on criteria like whether a restaurant buys locally or composts its waste, so it helps me feel great about eating out.

The winner will receive an exclusive guest package for two (2) to the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, June 19-21, 2009. This year’s Classic will include culinary favorites Giada De Laurentiis and Mario Batali, cooking legend Jacques Pépin, grill master Bobby Flay, along with Michael Symon, Michel Richard, and many more. The perennially sold-out event will support Food & Wine’s Grow for Good campaign benefiting Wholesome Wave Foundation, a national initiative dedicated to supporting local farms and encouraging sustainable agriculture

The winning “Live in the &” entry will be awarded the following:
• Guest passes to the Classic in Aspen Grand Tastings
• Insider access to the exclusive Grow for Good Dinner
• Passes to select seminars
• Round trip airfare for 2 to Aspen
• Accommodations for 3 nights

To enter the Green & Black’s “Live in the &” Contest presented with Food & Wine, visit Entries are being accepted now through April 30, 2009.

New - Food Savers

We could all use some extra room in our refrigerators, and who wouldn't
like food to stay fresher for longer? Here are some cool new kitchen
finds and space-savers I think your readers would find interest in. Let
me know if you'd like images, samples, or more information. Thanks!

A leftover pizza box can take up tons of room in the refrigerator. Now
there's a fun and functional new way to store the remaining slices. The
2 slice Pizzapartment conveniently holds the leftover pizza. It's
microwave, dishwasher, and freezer safe as well. Now you don't have to
deal with the big box in the refrigerator or slices that are sticking
together. Check it out at

Keep snacks on-the-go chilled up to 6 hours with the Fit & Fresh Healthy
Food Snacker. It's the perfect size for purses, backpacks, or messenger
bags. So if you're snack of choice is chilled celery and carrots-
there's even a cool top section to store dip. You can always take out
the ice pack and fill it up with raisins, nuts, or trail mix. Visit

A new way to mix or blend things up when there isn't a blender in sight!
The Blender Bottle is perfect for protein shakes, pancake mix, eggs,
salad dressings, etc. Just drop the steel wire whisk BlenderBall into
the cup, screw on the top and shake it until your ingredients are
completely mixed. Available in two different sizes, learn more at

Bringing a salad to work can sometimes be a pain. Between soggy lettuce
and leaky dressing containers- it can get messy. Now it's possible to
carry salads in one easy container- salad dressing included. The
Original Salad Blaster is a cool 28 ounce container for your veggies
with a 2 oz lid for your dressing. When you're ready to eat your salad
just push down the top and 'blast' your salad with the dressing. Shake
it up- and eat! Check it out at

For more gadgets and space-saving solutions for every part of your home
check out

Mrs. Charles Darwin's Recipe Book

Charles Darwin’s name is recognized around the globe and his discoveries have shaped our understanding of the natural world. While the scientist pursued research and theory, his wife Emma Wedgwood Darwin, like many women of her time, kept a notebook filled with recipes, culinary instructions and personal anecdotes about everyday life in the Darwin household. Authors Dusha Bateson and Weslie Janeway have recreated and tested every one of Mrs. Darwin’s 55 recipes and put them in a new cookbook, Mrs. Charles Darwin’s Recipe Book: Revived and Illustrated (Glitterati Inc.; November 2008; $35.00/hardcover; ISBN-13: 978-0-9801557-3-0). This unique cookbook offers a rare glimpse behind the dining room doors of one of the Victorian era’s most eminent families.

More than a cookbook, Mrs. Charles Darwin’s Recipe Book illuminates a lifestyle at the top of English society. This treasure trove of fifty-five delicious recipes reflects Emma Darwin’s social position and responsibility for feeding her family, entertaining guests, and maintaining the household. Reading her recipes and notes today offers remarkable insight into Victorian life and includes dishes popular in her day such as:
· Baked Cheese Custard
· Scotch Woodcock
· Beef Collops
· Chicken and Macaroni
· Veal Cake
· Turnips Cresselly
· Baked Apple Pudding
· Potato Rissoles
· Arrowroot Pudding
· Compote of Apples

And of course, all her ingredients were free-range and organic.

These wonderful recipes have been adapted for today’s modern kitchen and are easy to prepare and create unique dinner menus for family get-togethers, holiday parties, or weeknight dinners.

From a historical perspective, the authors provide a unique look at Victorian life through their Introduction chapter, discussing details and practices of the Darwin household. And, the historian in anyone will be delighted to see many reprinted pages from Mrs. Darwin’s actual diaries.

“While researching our book we found that cooking and eating a dish enjoyed by Charles Darwin and his family brought us closer to the great man,” say authors Dusha Bateson and Weslie Janeway. “And our impression of Emma at the end of our culinary journey? We felt a growing admiration and warmth. From her letters she emerges as a truly interesting and extraordinary woman. “

February 12, 2009 was Darwin Day, the bi-centennial anniversary of Darwin’s birth and an international celebration of the discoveries and life of this extraordinary man. Mrs. Charles Darwin’s Recipe Book is the perfect complement to the celebration of the life of Charles Darwin through authentic dishes from the Darwin household, and opening a window into the life and accomplishments of Emma Darwin, who gracefully supported her husband along his path of scientific inquiry. Cookery, history, Victoriana, and botany buffs alike will be sure to devour this rich culinary exploration.


DUSHA BATESON studied history at England’s Cambridge University. She may have inherited her interests in investigating archival materials and writing from her father, a BBC foreign correspondent to the Balkans and author of several books. Born and raised in the UK, Dusha has worked as a journalist and as a librarian. In 1988, her husband, Sir Patrick Bateson, became Provost of King’s College where the Batesons entertained many guests, from Queen Elizabeth II to the Dalai Lama. The Batesons live in East Suffolk, England.

WESLIE JANEWAY studied history and politics at Barnard College and Brown University. She has worked as a political analyst in banking, investment banking and continued to work in investment (at Sontag Advisory, a boutique investment firm) until 2006, when she and her semi-retired husband moved to Cambridge, England. She lives with her husband and son variously between Cambridge, England, New York City, and the coast of Maine.

Revived and Illustrated
by Dusha Bateson and Weslie Janeway
Glitterati Inc.
November 2008
ISBN-13: 978-0-9801557-3-0

Next Time You're In Newark...

Accession Public Relations and restaurant, JT's Original Louisiana Barbeque, announced today their official partnership with the goal of bringing the spotlight back to the Newark, New Jersey restaurant scene.

Located in the up and coming Cultural Arts District of downtown Newark, JT's provides an uplifting experience with a level of sophistication and down home cooking that business locals and out-of-town visitors can't stop talking about.

Owner James Turner first opened the restaurant in Gig Harbor, Washington and with its great success in the North West decided to move to New Jersey with his family with one thought in mind, "My wife and I decided to give Newark some Louisiana-style food."

And they have done just that, building their new place near many Newark attractions which include the reputable New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the Prudential Center, and historic Newark Symphony Hall.

JT's restaurant offers an array of succulent barbecued entrees. Whether you are in the mood for ribs, chicken, or a shredded beef po'boy sandwich there is something for every barbeque lover at JT's .

Other options include crispy fried catfish that go great with the home-made side dishes that might just challenge mom's macaroni and cheese, baked beans, potato salad and more. JT's also has a sweet spot and offers homemade sweet potato pie and peach cobbler that you can indulge in by slice or by the pan.

In addition to great food, customers enjoy live music and regularly held special events at a place that's looking to do more than fill their bellies. Rooted in the Newark community and regular supporters of Newark's nonprofits and charities, JT's shares a sense of family, fun and Louisiana tradition that will keep you coming back for more.

For more information visit JT's at 1011 Broad Street, Newark New Jersey 07102. 973.639.2222 or visit

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Gluten-Free Wedding Cakes Focus of Pamela's Products at Natural Products Expo West

Pamela's Products, an award-winning leader in the gluten-free foods arena, will serve gluten-free wedding cakes made From Pamela's Products Baking Mixes, at the Natural Products Expo West, March 6-8, 2009. President and Founder Pamela Giusto-Sorrells is working with a top-notch wedding cake company that are creates gluten-free cakes in various flavors to illustrate that 'you can't tell the difference in taste or appearance' when using her company's all natural gluten-free baking mixes. Pamela's Products will be located at Booth # 2664 in the Anaheim Convention Center (Anaheim, CA) during show floor hours (

Weddings bring together a diverse group of people in celebration; and a decadent, moist wedding cake--plays a key role. With a substantial number of people adhering to a gluten-free diet because of wheat allergies, other health issues, or a lifestyle choice, the idea that everyone can participate in the celebration of food traditions, while still enjoying a decadent, lush cake of any flavor is important to many brides & grooms. Pamela was inspired to connect with wedding cake company Branching Out to show that healthful gluten-free doesn't mean anything less than the best.

Throughout the day on both Friday and Saturday, Branching Out owners Jill Branch and Ann Sakai will create full-size wedding cakes, decorating them at the booth, and then serving them with Pamela from 4:00-6:00pm. One day will feature a white cake and the other day, chocolate; but Pamela's Products mixes can be used to create additional wedding cake flavors such as marble, chocolate chip, hazelnut or almond, lemon, tangerine, and more, as well as butter cream frostings. "I can't imagine a bride not eating her own Wedding cake!" says Pamela. "A woman I met told me that when she found out her daughter was Celiac the first thought to enter her mind was 'what will we do about her wedding cake?' With my mixes, you can have a delicious and beautiful wedding cake that is gluten-free and not have to apologize to anyone!"

In addition to the wedding cakes, Pamela's Products will be showcasing the following from their line of gourmet 'fast, easy & delicious' baking mixes and decadent packaged cookies:
Newly released 4 lb. size bag of Pamela's Gluten-Free Bread Mix & Flour Blend
· New Cornbread & Muffin Mix
· New Chocolate-Dipped Biscotti, in vanilla and chocolate flavors
· Debut of Ready to Eat line of cakes and cheesecakes--Cheesecakes are available in 3" mini and 6" sizes, and Chocolate Cake and Coffee cake in 6" and 9" inch serving sizes. (More information to come.)

Pamela, her Director of Marketing Stephanie Robbins, and the company's traveling baking diva and cupcake party hostess Marion will be on hand to discuss recipes, ingredients, gluten-free cooking, and, of course, to share sumptuous treats.

Pamela's Products are a tried-and-true staple for Celiacs. Celiac Disease is the world's most common autoimmune disease, with the only treatment today being a strict adherence to a diet devoid of gluten. Gluten is most commonly contained in wheat (durum, semolina, kamut, spelt), rye, barley and triticale. (For more complete information, please visit, "About".) People with autism spectrum disorders, cancer, wheat allergies, alternative diets, and even those adhering to a Kosher or 'natural' diet, also frequently turn to Pamela's Products for satisfying that sweet tooth or simply for making bread or pancakes.

Reese’s Loves You Back

Get ready peanut butter and chocolate lovers, Reese’s is now loving you back! With all the love for Reese’s out there, the iconic brand will reward its loyalists by giving away up to $2.5 million in cash prizes toward gasoline and groceries through its Reese’s Loves You Back promotion. In addition, Reese’s fans will be introduced to the latest perfect combination to join the Reese’s family – Reese’s® Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. Reese’s enthusiasts can start feeling the love in June 2009 when the Reese’s Loves You Back promotion and Reese’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups will be available at retail.

“Reese’s fans are very enthusiastic about the perfect taste experience that only Reese’s can deliver, and we believe our loyal customers deserve to be thanked and given something back for their devotion to the brand,” said Michele Buck, Senior Vice President and Global Chief Marketing Officer, The Hershey Company. “As the cost of gasoline and groceries rise, we saw the combination of putting cash back into consumers’ pockets and the launch of the delicious new Dark Cup taste experience as a perfect way for Reese’s to give back.”

The Reese’s Loves You Back on-pack, instant-win promotion invites consumers to look inside specially-marked wrappers of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Reese’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, Reese’s Big Cup Peanut Butter Cups, Reese’s® Pieces® Candies, Fast Break® Candy Bars, ReeseSticks® Wafer Bars Reese’s® Nutrageous® and Reese’s Whipps™ for a chance to win up to $2.5 million in cash prizes in $10, $25 and $100 increments. Specially-marked Reese’s products are available in June while supplies last at mass, grocery, drug and convenience stores. The Reese’s Loves You Back promotion runs through December 31, 2009.

Tempting Reese’s lovers to visit the dark side, Reese’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups feature the perfect combination of irresistible Reese’s peanut butter wrapped in dark chocolate. Beginning in June, Reese’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups standard 2-cup packages, 6-packs and Reese’s Miniatures Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups will permanently join the Reese’s family nationwide at mass, grocery, drug and convenience stores.

For additional information on the Reese’s Loves You Back promotion or Reese’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, visit

About The Hershey Company
The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) is the largest producer of quality chocolate in North America and a global leader in chocolate and sugar confectionery. Headquartered in Hershey, Pa., The Hershey Company has operations throughout the world and more than 12,000 employees. With revenues of more than $5 billion, Hershey offers such iconic brands as Hershey’s, Reese’s, Hershey’s Kisses, Kit Kat, Twizzlers and Ice Breakers as well as the smooth, creamy indulgence of Hershey’s Bliss. Hershey is a leader in the fast-growing dark and premium chocolate segment, with such brands as Hershey’s Special Dark and Hershey’s Extra Dark. In addition, Artisan Confections Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Hershey Company, markets such premium chocolate offerings as Scharffen Berger, Joseph Schmidt and Dagoba as well as Starbucks Chocolate. For more than 100 years, The Hershey Company has been a leader in making a positive difference in the communities where we live, work and do business. The Milton Hershey School, established by the company’s founder in 1909, provides a nurturing environment, quality education, housing, and medical care at no cost to children in social and financial need. The School is administered by the Hershey Trust Company, Hershey’s largest shareholder, making the students of Milton Hershey School direct beneficiaries of Hershey’s success. Please visit us at

Explorer's Bounty of Florida Attending the Oscars!

Later this week, presenters, nominees and winners of the 81st annual Academy Awards will enjoy the red carpet treatment in advance of the actual ceremony. Starting February 20th, Explorer’s Bounty will spotlight their premium organic products at the premier natural health, wellness and green living ALIVE! Expo. Explorer’s Bounty Tribal Teas, fairly traded mate tea blends, will set the red carpet ablaze with energy. Starlets and Leading Men will crunch the new Puffed Fruit, a 100% organic “fruit only” 90 calorie snack, destined for greatness! Others will indulge on the artisan panned 70% cacao dark chocolate enrobed nuts, and lounge with a cup of Explorer’s Bounty single-origin small batch roasted organic coffees.

In partnership with MixMedia Award Suites, the luxury lounge will feature eco-friendly products and pampering, and act as an environmental and educational awareness event. As part of the event, Explorer’s Bounty will be showcasing their entire line of USDA-certified organic and fair trade products, including their maté tea blends, whole bean and ground premium coffees, dark chocolate enrobed nuts and beans and the newly introduced 100% pure puffed fruit that crunches.

Explorer’s Bounty is also proud to be the official logo of the celebrity gift bag of the ALIVE! Green Pavilion promoting their motto, “Always Organic, Always Great Tasting”. All bags will include a selection of Explorer’s Bounty products as well as a sampling from all of the companies participating in the pavilion.

Jim Ford, CEO of Explorer’s Bounty, commented, “This year’s ALIVE! Oscar Pavilion provides the unique combination of entertainment and eco-conscious living. As a company devoted to spreading awareness and availability of earth-friendly products, we are thrilled to be participating in this year’s festivities.”

About Explorer’s Bounty
At Explorer’s Bounty, “exploring the planet for nature’s finest bounty” is a commitment the company holds true. Explorer’s Bounty markets and manufactures premium certified organic food products found throughout the world. For more information on Explorer’s Bounty, visit

Organic Baby Food Company Acquired by Nest Collective

The Nest Collective has announced the acquisition of Plum Organics, a leading provider of frozen, organic baby food and toddler meals. With this acquisition, The Nest Collective continues to fulfill its mission to create a suite of healthy, organic and nutritional products for babies and kids across America. The Nest Collective plans to build a family of leading brands through additional acquisitions and internal innovation. In addition to Plum Organics, Nest recently launched a new line of healthy kid’s food under Revolution Foods, the consumer products brand with a focus on organic lunchbox snacks and meals for children. Plum Organics’ product line includes organic, culinary-inspired baby food in three stages as well as sustainably produced whole-meal solutions for toddlers.

“With a focus on the needs of children and parents, Plum Organics felt like a natural extension of our greater portfolio,” said Sheryl O’Loughlin, CEO of The Nest Collective. “Our mission at Nest is to create a nurturing environment where great brands can grow. Now, with our support, Plum Organics can stay true to its core mission and accelerate its growth through cutting edge innovation and the business synergies of The Nest Collective.”

As part of The Nest Collective, Plum Organics will expand its product line and further advance its position as a pioneer in the baby food and toddler categories.

“As an entrepreneur and mom, I saw the Nest as a place to nurture a larger vision while staying true to the heart and soul of my company,” said Gigi Lee Chang, Founder of Plum Organics. “Nest represents a new lens through which business is conducted. Together with a talented and dynamic team, Nest balances the need for results, while upholding the values that Plum Organics was built upon.”

With this acquisition, Plum Organics becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of The Nest Collective.

About Plum Organics

Plum Organics is the leading frozen organic baby food brand in the nation. Building on the core value of "healthy eating for life," Plum Organics has created a line of culinary-inspired, fresh-frozen baby foods that are fortified with DHA for optimal nutrition. From ingredient sourcing to biodegradable packaging, Plum Organics is continuously striving to reduce their carbon footprint and to ensure that their product line is pure and clean from the inside out. Plum Organics Kids is a new product line that further builds on these core values and provides continued support with nutritious and simple solutions for the busy parent and growing child. For more information, visit:

About Revolution Foods

Revolution Foods was founded on the belief that all children deserve access to healthy, wholesome foods where they need it most – in their schools. After great success revolutionizing the school lunch line, providing over 2 million organic meals to date, Revolution Foods is now offering an entire line of organic snacks and sandwich builders for on-the-go nutrition. Available products include: PopAlongs, popped organic whole grain chips; Mashups, organic squeezable fruit; and Jammy Sammys, organic snack-sized sandwich bars. On a mission to make every bite matter ™, 3% of the net product line sales goes back into the school lunch business, providing more meals to kids in underserved schools. For retail information and to learn more about Revolution Foods visit:

About The Nest Collective

The Nest Collective is a company of consumer products brands focused on nourishing babies, toddlers and kids with healthy, organic foods. With a commitment to growing mission-based brands that nurture people and the planet, Nest’s goal is to build a long-term sustainable suite of brands, brand evangelists and world-class products. Nest intends to do so by caring for all stakeholders in the business – employees, community, products, packaging, suppliers and customers. The Nest Collective is backed by Catamount Ventures, Bridgescale and Simon Equity. For more information visit:

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Guilt-Free Summer Snacks!

Guilt-Free Summer Snacks!

You have spent months spinning, detoxing, tanning and dieting to squeeze in their bathing suits. Now that the heat wave is here, poolside picnics and beach bbqs are full of foods made to pack the pounds right back on.

But there is hope! Kopali Organics SUPERGOOD SUPERFOODS are organic and fair trade snacks, all in low cal bags great for on the go. They are foods you can feel good about eating both inside (the brand takes care of local farmers and the environment) and out (the vitamins, antioxidants and fiber will keep your body bikini ready).

Kopali Organics are available at Whole Foods and Wegmans stores nationwide

New Economy-Sized Organic Green SuperFoods Keep Hockey All-Star Zdeno Chara Energized

Amazing Grass is making it more economical for people to achieve optimal nutrition. The company has announced a new discount bulk-size package for their four popular varieties of Wheat Grass and Green SuperFood powders. Each new 17-ounce jar of Green SuperFood ($47.99), Organic Wheat Grass ($42.99), Kidz SuperFood ($42.99) and Green Chocolate SuperFood ($47.99), contains a two-month supply (60 servings). By purchasing the bulk size, consumers achieve a significant discount of 15% per ounce as well as the eco-benefit of reducing packaging.

Amazing Grass Organic Wheat Grass and Green SuperFood powders are designed to provide health-conscious consumers with a delicious and convenient means to achieve the recommended 5 to 9 daily servings of fruits and vegetables. Green SuperFood is a complete raw food powder that has a high concentration of naturally-occurring enzymes, carotenoids, phytonutrients and antioxidants that work synergistically to fight free radicals, remove toxins and repair damaged cells. The formula is made with organic ingredients and contains every amino acid, vitamin, and mineral necessary to sustain human life, as well as an enhanced digestive enzyme and active probiotic blend to improve nutrient absorption. Since the human body is designed to obtain nutrition from whole foods, the body is able to efficiently and rapidly absorb the nutrients in Green SuperFood and quickly convert them into fuel.

Amazing Grass’ Pro Endorsers are Getting Bigger, Too - NHL’s Tallest player, Zdeno Chara, is a Grasshead

“Our products are enjoyed by amazing athletes around the world, including Zdeno Chara,” says Brandon Bert, President of Amazing Grass. Zdeno, or Zee as he is best known, is a rugged National Hockey League (NHL) All-Star defenseman and the Captain of the Boston Bruins. At 6’9” and 251 pounds, Zee is the tallest player in the league and is one of the leaders in Time on the Ice per game –a statistic that demonstrates his incredible stamina and endurance. At this year’s NHL All Star Game SuperSkills competition, Zee shattered the 16-year-old NHL Hardest Shot record and captured his third consecutive title after recording a 105.4 MPH blast. “Amazing Grass is on my table every morning during the season,” says Zee. “It helps me maintain my energy and enhances my performance - and it tastes great, too.”

Since Zee became a GrassHead, most of the team has been interested in the secret behind his sustained energy. “Zee started consuming Amazing Grass at the start of this season, and now the Bruins have the best winning record in the whole NHL,” notes Bert. “We think it is more than a mere coincidence.” With all the travel and the hectic 82 game regular season schedule plus the playoffs, having a convenient, whole food means to ensure proper nutrition is critical for elite athletes like Zee.

For the majority of people, stress and consumption of unhealthy processed foods can create an acidic imbalance in the blood that, among other problems, can cause the body to store water and build up fat in the arteries (cholesterol) as protection from acidic blood. The rich chlorophyll content and high alkalinity of the Amazing Grass Green SuperFood and Organic Wheat Grass products helps to combat acidity and restore blood to the optimal pH level. It is also known to promote improved circulation, digestion and regular elimination.

Amazing Grass Green SuperFood contains over 70% organic ingredients and provides more organic whole leaf greens per gram than any other green SuperFood brand. The company recommends that customers enjoy 1 to 3 servings a day by mixing 1 scoop with 6 or more ounces of water, juice or smoothie. Amazing Grass products are widely available at stores around the country and at In addition to the savings provided by the new bulk sizes, Amazing Grass offers a discount under their popular GrassHeads program, and also offers ‘Best of Both’ special deals on their website.

Amazing Grass’ mission is to educate the world about the benefits of green SuperFoods and the improved quality of life derived from healthy eating habits. In addition to Green SuperFood, Organic Wheat Grass, Kidz SuperFood and Green Chocolate SuperFood, Amazing Grass also offers Orgnaic Wheat Grass in tablet forms, three flavors of a new product called Amazing Meal, two new organic Whole Food Energy Bars, and new Berry Green SuperFood.

Amazing Grass is a friends-and family-owned company with roots that date back over 60 years of growing and dehydrating green foods. The company produces certified organic wheat grass, barley grass, oat grass, rye grass and alfalfa at a family farm in Kansas, and markets the most nutritious, convenient and affordable green SuperFoods to help families thrive. Amazing Grass stands out because the grasses are field-grown throughout the winter allowing the roots to soak up nutrients from mineral-rich soil for over 6 months. “The young leaves are harvested just one time each year at their nutritional peak,” says President Brandon Bert. "The greens are carefully flash dehydrated at low temperatures, frozen as whole leaf powders and then packed in nitrogen to maintain freshness. The extra steps ensure customers get the most nutrient-dense raw green food powders in the world," adds Bert. For more info, please visit

Monday, February 16, 2009

Kyocera's Ceramic "Everything Mill"

It's a unique new kitchen product that combines
ease, durability and practicality all in one. The versatile "Everything
Mill" from Kyocera Advanced Ceramics sports an adjustable dial that
provides grinds from fine to coarse, while the cap keeps spices dry in humid
conditions. The grinding mechanism is made from an advanced ceramic similar
in hardness to diamond and will never rust. The Everything Mill provides
consistent results and durable performance and will outlast any metal-based
grinding mechanisms.

The Everything Mill can be used for multiple foods including: coarse salts,
peppercorns, seeds, dried herbs and more. Because ceramic is chemically
inert, the mill maintains the fresh taste of spices and will not alter the
flavor s it is being ground. In turn, the mechanism will not react to or
absorb any flavors from the spices. The clever upright design of the mill
will keep shelves & counters clean from residual grinds. The glass base can
also be re-used as much as necessary and is dishwasher safe.

The Kyocera Everything Mill sells for $17.95 and is available at:

Friday, February 13, 2009

World-Class Chefs Gather for Benefit for Childhood Cancer Cures

In an effort to cook for childhood cancer cures, over twenty world-class chefs will come together in the City of Brotherly Love on Wednesday, June 17, 2009 for the Fourth Annual Great Chefs Event to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer. The event will once again be hosted at Osteria restaurant, 640 North Broad Street, under the tutelage of Marc Vetri, Jeff Benjamin, Jeff Michaud and their newly created Vetri Foundation for Children (VFFC). The Great Chefs Event will be the first event held under their newly formed VFFC, which will be used to support Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and other child oriented charities.

Much like Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation which emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott, The Great Chefs Event came from humble beginnings. What started out as a small tasting at the Restaurant School in Philadelphia, has grown into a nationally recognized event, with world-class chefs traveling from all corners of the country to cook for the over 500 attendees. The event allows those in attendance to walk around and mingle, while tasting all the fantastic fare the chefs have to offer. In 2009, the Great Chefs Event will include more chefs, and the addition of VIP tickets for those who wish to be treated to sit-down service. VIP tickets will be available for $400 each, while regular tickets are $250.

According to Liz Scott, Alex’s mom, “Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is constantly amazed by the chefs participating in the annual event, especially the enthusiasm and dedication to the fight against childhood cancer that they embody.”

Jeff Benjamin says, "The Great Chef's Event is the ideal venue for us to increase awareness of childhood cancer nationwide. The event allows to us to continue Alex's dream, taking important steps toward the cures we so desperately seek, one plate at a time."

Known as an event featuring small plates for big appetites, The Fourth Annual Great Chefs Event will once again feature Tom Colicchio, renowned chef and head judge on Bravo’s Top Chef; as well as several new famous faces including Michael Symon, former host of Dinner Impossible and Bobby Flay of The Food Network. Several of the other participating chefs are James Beard Award winners and nominees, including host chef Jeff Michaud of Osteria, Daniel Stern of Gayle/Rae Restaurant; Brad Spence of Vetri; Clark Fraiser & Mark Gaier of Arrows/MC Perkins Cove/SummerWinter in Maine; and Paul Kahan of Blackbird/Avec in Chicago, among others. (A complete list of confirmed 2009 chefs is included below)

Guests will have the opportunity to meet and greet all of the world-class chefs while enjoying their food and wine, all prepared in front of their eyes.

For information on how to become a sponsor, contact Cynthia Ellis at Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, or (866) 333-1213.

For tickets and more information, visit or call 610.649.3034.

About Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). At the age of 4, Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of volunteers across the country carrying on her legacy of hope. To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charity, has raised more than $25 million towards fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 80 research projects nationally.

Flagstaff House Selected by Prince Resorts Hawaii to Open Fine Dining Restaurant

Prince Resorts Hawaii has selected owners of the award-winning Flagstaff House Restaurant, brothers Mark and Scott Monette, to develop and operate a new restaurant and bar/cafe located in the world-class Mauna Kea Beach Hotel in Hawaii. The new restaurant will be called MonettesTM and will have full ocean views of Kauna’oa Bay and one of the best beaches in Hawaii as ranked by top travel authorities.

Monettes, which is scheduled to open in March 2009, will serve inventive American French cuisine with island influences in a fine dining atmosphere. While Monettes will provide cuisine that reflects the flavors of the islands, the restaurant will also serve several signature dishes from the Monettes’ Flagstaff House Restaurant in Boulder, Colorado, such as the Colorado rack of lamb, which was featured on Food Network.

Monettes will also offer a more casual dining experience within the restaurant and adjacent outdoor terrace with the new Bar M CaféTM. Bar M Café will offer elegant cuisine in a casual atmosphere complemented by a variety of unique specialty cocktails utilizing fresh squeezed juices and herbs.

The Monette brothers are pleased to be able to offer a second location as exclusive and memorable as the Flagstaff House, the Monettes’ flagship restaurant in Boulder, Colorado. “Like the Flagstaff House, Monettes will offer exquisite food and wine, unparalleled service with the personal touch of a family owned restaurant and an unforgettable setting,” said Scott Monette, General Manager and Co-Owner of Monettes.

“We are pleased to have the Monettes join our culinary team at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel,” said Jon Gersonde, General Manager. “The Big Island of Hawaii has always had family as its traditional foundation which is why many of the farms and businesses here are family owned. We were attracted to the Monettes as they are one of the few families in the nation to own and operate a highly successful, four star restaurant over the past 38 years. Their high standard of excellence is consistent with the culture and philosophy of the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel.”

“A key ingredient to our culinary success is the use of local ingredients – the fresher the better,” said Chef and Co-owner Mark Monette. “The prestigious Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and the Big Island in general is the perfect place for our restaurant concept. We have easy access to Big Island raised meats, dairy products, seafood and other specialty items that can be used in our recipes.” The Big Island of Hawaii offers a wide range of growing conditions, climates, available land and resources and hosts nearly one million of the state’s 1.8 million acres in agriculture production.

“While we are very excited about this partnership with the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, we are also thrilled about how our Hawaii location will benefit our patrons at the Flagstaff House Restaurant,” added Chef Monette. “In addition to the local Colorado products we currently utilize at the Flagstaff House, our diners will now be able to enjoy specialty items only available from Hawaii, including fresh seafood just hours out of the water, shipped direct from the fishermen. We believe that sharing unique local food offerings between our two restaurants will further enhance the overall dining experience for our patrons.”

About the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
Situated on 60 acres overlooking Kauna'oa Bay, one of the finest natural white sand beaches in Hawaii, The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is known for its a remarkable sense of place that enhances without intruding on dramatic natural surroundings. In 2007, the American Institute of Architects recognized the hotel as one of the 150 best works of architecture nationwide.
The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is a part of Prince Resorts Hawaii, which operates four hotels in Hawaii. For more information, visit

About The Flagstaff House Restaurant
Celebrating 38 years, the Flagstaff House Restaurant has been providing award-winning mountainside dining with inspiring views of Boulder and the Colorado Front Range. Owned by the Monette Family since 1971, the Flagstaff House has one of the best wine collections in the world, with more than 20,000 bottles and 3,000 selections.

Starting in 1983, the Flagstaff House has won the prestigious Grand Award each year from Wine Spectator magazine, signifying the Flagstaff House as one of the top restaurants in the world. Other prestigious awards include the Mobil Four Star Award, the AAA Four Diamond Award and the DiRoNA Award. In 2004, the Flagstaff House became the first Colorado restaurant to be inducted into Nation’s Restaurant News’ Fine Dining Hall of Fame. Bon Appetit magazine named the Flagstaff House among its “Top 10 Favorite Outdoor Dining Spots” nationwide. The Flagstaff House was also featured on a Food Network series called “Road Tasted,” that is hosted by Jamie and Bobby Deen, sons of celebrity chef Paula Deen. For more information, visit

About Monettes & Bar M Cafe
Brothers Mark Monette, chef/owner, and Scott Monette, general manager/owner, created Monettes at the prestigious Mauna Kea Beach Hotel to provide inventive American French cuisine with Island influences with the world-class, award-winning service in which the Monette family has become known for over the past 38 years. The restaurant has full ocean views of Kauna’oa Bay and one of the best beaches in Hawaii as ranked by top travel authorities. Monettes will also offer a more casual dining experience in an outdoor setting in their Bar M Café. For more information, visit

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Dinner and Gospel Music at Cincinnati State

Marcia Caulton works at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. As the assistant director of student activities, her job is to help students navigate the College and develop their interests outside the classroom.

She’s also one of the people sought out by students – and sometimes faculty members – when they need help with audio equipment for a performance.

What some of those folks might not realize is that Caulton is blessed with a luscious singing voice.

On Feb. 25, the Cincinnati State community – and the public at large – will have an opportunity to hear that voice for themselves.

Caulton, a familiar presence in church choirs around Cincinnati, has agreed to perform at a benefit concert sponsored by the Cincinnati State chapter of the National Council on Black American Affairs. Because she will sing a selection of gospel music, the show is being billed as “Marcia Caulton & Grace.’’

The music is just part of the evening’s event. The concert will be preceded by a dinner prepared by Cincinnati State’s renowned Summit Restaurant, which is housed within the College’s Midwest Culinary Institute.

The buffet dinner will be served between 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Space is limited to 60 people. The concert will begin at 7:45 p.m.

Cost for a combo ticket (for the meal and concert) is $30 for a single, $55 for a couple. Cost for a concert ticket only is $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

The dinner and concert are part of Cincinnati State’s celebration of Black History Month. Proceeds from the event will benefit the NCBAA Scholarship Fund.

To purchase tickets or seek additional information, please contact Katrina Rugless (513.569.1825), Janice Lewis (513.569.1536) or Crystal Bossard (513.569.4756) at Cincinnati State or send an e-mail to Bossard at

Double Vision Doppelbock

Grand Teton Brewing Company, known throughout the West for their exceptional microbrews, will release Double Vision Doppelbock February 15th, the first in their 2009 “Cellar Reserve” series of specialty beers. The 2009 Cellar Reserve beers are dedicated to, and brewed in strict adherence to the Reinheitsgebot, the 1516 Bavarian beer purity law. Each beer this year will be brewed to commemorate one of the four true beer ingredients: malt, hops, yeast and water.

Double Vision Doppelbock was brewed to highlight the brewery’s wonderful water. Like all the great traditional brewing towns, our home, Victor, Idaho, is in or near some of the world’s best barley- and hop-growing regions, and is distinguished by an ample supply of top-quality water.

Our Double Vision Doppelbock is brewed with Idaho 2-Row Pale and German Munich, CaraAroma, CaraMunich and de-husked Carafa malts to an original gravity of 24 Plato (1.096 SG). The malts provide a dark leather color with ruby notes, a luxurious tan head, and a bready aroma with a hint of smoke. It is lightly spiced with Liberty hops, an American version of the noble German Hallertau Mittelfruh, and fermented with lager yeast from a monastery brewery near Munich. In the traditional manner, Double Vision is fermented cold (48 F) and lagered a full 10 weeks for smoothness. At over 8% alcohol by volume, it is a deceptively drinkable springtime warmer.

The 17th century Paulist monks of Munich were allowed no solid food during their twice-yearly fasts. They brewed an especially nourishing strong dark lager they called “liquid bread” and named “Holy Father” to help them through the Lenten and Advent fasts. The beer was known as a doppelbock, which signifies a strong lager. Since “bock” also means “billy goat” in German, these beers are often decorated with images of gallivanting goats. Our Double Vision label features two goats in front of a waterfall—a reminder of the importance of water to the development of the style as well as the taste of this strong lager.

Double Vision’s slightly burnt caramel flavor and malt sweetness make it an incredible match for game—venison, moose, duck, goose, wild boar—especially when prepared with fruity sauces or reductions. Try it with pork and sautéed apples, roasted root vegetables, sweet sausages, ham or prosciutto. It’s wonderful with cheese and dessert, too. Pair it with an aged gruyere, a caramel flan, crème brulee or tart tatin.

The Cellar Reserve series of beers are unique, different even from other craft beers. Grand Teton’s Cellar Reserves are brewed with specialty hops and malts and unique strains of yeast. Most ales and lagers are produced in 2-4 weeks. However, 3 to 8 months are spent on each of the Cellar Reserve specialty brews. They are also bottle and cask-conditioned, which produces natural carbonation and will blend and smooth the flavors with age. These beers have a long shelf life and don’t have to be rapidly consumed. Proper aging of these bottles creates beers to be cherished.

Grand Teton Brewing releases four or five different beers a year in the Cellar Reserve line. The production quantity is very limited. The Double Vision Doppelbock is available in kegs and unique brown one-liter, flip-top bottles, with captivating silver and gold labels.

The Double Vision Doppelbock will be available February 15th at select locations in Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, California, Oregon, Montana, Washington, New York, Arizona, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Kansas! Call the brewery at 1-888-899-1656 for information and availability on this exciting new product.

Grand Teton Brewing Company was founded in 1988 as the first modern “micro” brewery in the state of Wyoming. Today, founder Charlie Otto and his company are in the top 100 craft breweries in North America. Premium microbrews include the 2X gold-medal-winning Bitch Creek ESB, Sweetgrass IPA, Workhorse Wheat and the favorites of the Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, Old Faithful Ale (pale golden), Au Naturale (organic blonde ale) and Teton Ale (amber). From their production facility in Victor, Idaho, Grand Teton Brewing Company beers are hand-crafted from only the finest ingredients, including locally-grown grains and pure Teton mountain spring water. GTBC is a green company utilizing bio-diesel and feeding local farmer’s cattle with spent grain from the brew kettle. Discriminating beer drinkers can find their favorite GTBC brews on tap and in bottles throughout Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, California, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Wisconsin, Arizona, Kansas, New York and Missouri.

New Products from The Container Store!

Every week The Container Store introduces NEW PRODUCTS that are designed to improve lifestyles by creating organization and efficiencies in virtually every room and space. Enclosed is a sneak peek at some of the NEW PRODUCTS we’ll have available this spring/summer!

Add a dash of fun to your children’s travel suitcase with one of our adorable Toothbrush Holders. These cute cases are available in four designs (puppy, dinosaur, ladybug and bumble bee). It’s perfect for any trip this summer whether it’s to visit the grandparents or camp. The holder automatically closes when toothbrush placed inside – keeping germs out!

Be the talk of the office or class with our fashionable Neoprene Gourmet Getaway Tote. Eating lunch out is costly, but bringing your lunch in one of our new totes is cost-effective, fashionable and good for the environment since the tote is reusable. The totes are available in five new designs – polka dots, strips, rainbow flowers, micro dots and black and white vine with a pop of fuchsia inside.

Our Medallion Dopp Kit and Cosmetic Bag are perfect for the trend-setter and environmentalist. These bags are made from recycled plastic and are easy to wipe clean in case you spill. The prices are also just right (Dopp Kit - $6.99 and Cosmetic Bag - $3.99).

Last but not least is our Bristol 3-Section Valet Box – it gives any table or dresser a classic look. Use it to store keys, coins, watches, a blackberry or phone - keep everything in one place but also out of sight. It’s great for Father’s Day or a house warming gift.

Wolfgang Puck Unveils his Debut Fine Dining Restaurant in Dallas

After much anticipation, Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck has officially opened. The Master Chef’s fine dining restaurant illuminates Dallas’s skyline as it sits atop the city’s landmark Reunion Tower.

“We are proud to be a part of Dallas’ first-rate culinary scene with the launch of Five Sixty,” said Wolfgang Puck. “It’s an honor to be in this iconic location, helping create new special memories for our guests.”

The journey into the restaurant begins at a newly designed sleek, glass pavilion. After ascending 560-feet into the center of the circular restaurant, guests are greeted with stunning 360-degree views of Dallas seen through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

Five Sixty’s modern interior, created by EDG Interior Architecture + Design, exudes a sophisticated and warm ambiance, created by merging the structure’s hard materials, such as metal and glass, with softer design elements. A palette of warm gray, ivory and silver lends subtle contrast to the space. Textural, natural materials such as wood, glass, ceramic tile and stone, including locally harvested mesquite floors, complement the cool stainless steel sushi and robata bar. Modern settees, legged booths and arm chairs upholstered in mohair, velvet and leather, allow guests to enjoy the incomparable food, beverage and service in comfort and style. An ultra-contemporary, illuminated glass bar, joined by stylish lounges, provides guests with an opportunity to experience Five Sixty for drinks and appetizers The Zen-like atmosphere of the space is enhanced by the slow rotation of the restaurant overlooking the city.

"It's thrilling to be part of this renovation," said EDG’s lead designer, Jennifer Johanson. "We're giving Reunion Tower new life and magnetism while celebrating the essence of what makes this landmark great."

Five Sixty’s Asian-influenced cuisine features some of Chef Puck’s signature dishes including the Chinois Chicken Salad and Spicy Tuna Tartare in sesame-miso cones, as well as specialties created by Executive Chef Sara Johannes, such as “Tiny Dumplings,” with pork belly, black vinegar and chili oil; Grilled Lamb Chops with Hunan eggplant and chili-mint; Lacquered Chinese Duckling with lo-mein noodles; and Grilled Double Cut Bone-in Prime Beef Rib Chop for two with wasabi-armagnac peppercorn sauce and drunken noodles. The menu can be enjoyed in the 150-seat main room or at the restaurant’s two stylish bars, one that is stationary and one that revolves

Wine aficionados will appreciate Five Sixty’s extensive list, featuring more than 400 labels with a majority of American producers as well as wines from Austria, Argentina, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and New Zealand. The impressive selection is encased in a custom-designed, refrigerated glass display running the length of the wall adjacent to the restaurant’s entry.

“This is an extraordinary and exceptionally unique location to open our newest restaurant,” said Tom Kaplan, senior managing partner of the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group. “We’re excited to create unforgettable memories for the Dallas community and for visitors to the city.”

Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck is open Tuesday through Saturday for dinner service; Sunday brunch will begin at a later date. The dining room is open Tuesday through Thursday from 5:30pm to 10pm, and Friday and Saturday from 5:30pm to 11pm. The bar and lounge are open Tuesday through Thursday from 5pm to 11pm, and Friday and Saturday from 5pm to 12am.

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The award-winning restaurants of the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group include Spago (Beverly Hills, Las Vegas, Maui and Beaver Creek), Postrio (Las Vegas and San Francisco); Chinois (Santa Monica and Las Vegas); Trattoria del Lupo and Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill in Las Vegas; Wolfgang Puck American Grille at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City; the critically acclaimed, steakhouse CUT (Beverly Hills and Las Vegas); Wolfgang Puck Grille at the MGM Grand Detroit; The Source by Wolfgang Puck at the Newseum in Washington, DC; and Five Sixty atop Reunion Tower in Dallas, TX. Opening in 2009, Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill at LA Live (Los Angeles).

Monday, February 9, 2009

Pamela's Products' Rolls Out 4LB Bag of Popular Bread & Flour Blend

Pamela's Products wheat-free bread mix is now available in a convenient 4-lb bag. Truly versatile, this Bread and Flour Blend may be used to bake bread, pizza dough, bagels, ravioli and pretzels among other things. The 4-lb size adds a new level of convenience and value for the home-baker. With a shelf-life comparable to other baking mixes and a diverse selection of recipe variations, Pamela's Gluten-Free Bread and Flour Blend is poised to become a kitchen staple.

"Our Gluten-Free Bread & Flour Blend is so versatile and well-used by our customers that the larger bag just made sense. Not only can our customers make almost every bread-based product with this mix, they can now do so even more economically than before," said Stephanie Robbins, Director of Marketing for Pamela's Products.

All of Pamela's Products mixes are simple to use and versatile. The package of each baking mix comes with a variety of recipes. The Gluten-Free Bread & Flour Blend can be used to create any bread-based entrée or dessert. From gingerbread cookies, to ravioli, and cornbread to cinnamon rolls, the final product is only limited by the baker's imagination. And when your imagination needs a nudge, you can easily search Pamela's Products recipes on line and in their monthly newsletter. Pamela's encourages people to experiment and create their own 'signature' breads and desserts. In fact, each year Pamela's Products hosts a 'Greatest Gluten-free Recipe' contest.

Pamela's Products are available nationally and online at For additional information on Pamela's Products or the new 4lb Gluten-Free Bread & Flour Blend, please visit Recipe variations and baking information may be found at

Green Chocolates

In time for Valentine's Day, The Food Channel ( is featuring chocolate that foodies can feel “extra” good about. Independent chocolate maker Shawn Askinosie of Askinosie Chocolates based in Springfield, Mo., who pays his contracted cacao farmers beyond the standard Fair Trade rate, is spotlighted on the popular food Web site along with other editorial reviews of organic and ethical chocolate choices.

Askinosie says his philosophy, learned from fellow Ozarks businessman and author Jack Stack, is to offer the farmers “A Stake in the Outcome.” He travels to Ecuador and Mexico to personally meet with his farmers and to share ten percent of the net profits from the chocolate made from the beans grown on their farms.

Profits aren’t the only thing Askinosie has shared—the founder also provided original Askinosie Chocolate recipes to chefs at The Food Channel ’s culinary center, who prepared and photographed the rich, romantic and ultrachocolatey delights, according to senior editor Kay Logsdon.

As part of The Food Channel’s holiday coverage, editors revealed the top ten low-cost Valentine ideas to deliver high results, including ideas such as a utensil bouquet or an at-home series of appetizers and wine tasting. Original recipes created by the chefs of The Food Channel, along with selected featured recipes from food bloggers and corporate recipe partners, are housed at

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About The Food Channel
The Food Channel Web site is designed to be a one-stop-shop for all things food, where users can find great recipes, smart food advice, and the latest food news and reviews. For more than 20 years, the state-of-the-art kitchens of The Food Channel have developed food products, ideas and recipes for some of the world’s largest food companies. Until recently, The Food Channel has been used for industry insider information—feeding news and resources to the food and foodservice industry—and now it expands to reach food professionals and food lovers alike. To learn more, visit

Explorer’s Bounty Going West, Young Man, to Expo West 2009

When Natural Products Expo West ushers in 50,000+ attendees next month, Explorer’s Bounty will be among the featured exhibitors. On display will be the Company’s fair trade and certified maté tea blends, organic premium chocolates, world coffees and newly introduced puffed fruit snacks. Expo West attendees who would like to learn more about the premium organic food and drink varieties that Explorer’s Bounty will showcase at Expo West can visit the company at Booth #4189 or online at

Natural Products Expo West is the world’s largest natural and organic products trade show. Featuring over 3,000 exhibits, the 2009 event is expected to draw in excess of 50,000 attendees when it takes place March 6–8 at the Anaheim Convention Center. With its focus on supporting organic farmers who reduce the pollution and waste that are so harmful to the planet, the Explorer’s Bounty mission seamlessly aligns with Expo West’s agenda.

Among the latest novelties that Expo West attendees will be treated to at the Explorer’s Bounty Booth are:

Organic and Fairly Traded Maté Teas in cinnamon apple, orange, hibiscus, green tea, peppermint, original and chamomile varieties
Organic 100% Pure Puffed Fruit in banana, pineapple, plantain, banana pineapple, cinnamon banana and cinnamon pineapple flavors
Organic Dark Chocolate Enrobed Nuts and Beans, including espresso beans, cocoa nibs, cashew nuts and macadamia nuts
Whole Bean or Ground Premium Single-Origin Organic Coffee from Peru, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ethiopia and Sumatra

Expo West 2009 visitors who would like to explore all the organic and fairly traded products Explorer’s Bounty manufactures can do so online at Interested media and buyers are invited to stop by Booth #4189 or arrange an interview with company management by calling (512) 514-6045.

About Explorer’s Bounty
At Explorer’s Bounty, “exploring the planet for nature’s finest bounty” is a commitment the company holds true. Explorer’s Bounty markets and manufactures premium certified organic food products found throughout the world. Committed to local and global community well-being, Explorer’s Bounty has donated to marine wildlife charities in the U.S., and endeavors daily to build direct trade. For more information on Explorer’s Bounty, visit

CIA News: Food Enthusiast Classes Expand to California

The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone has introduced its first-ever weekend classes for food enthusiasts. "Saturdays at the CIA" will offer a wide array of hands-on cooking and wine exploration classes for Napa Valley visitors with no previous professional training. Each of the two-hour classes—taught by the same expert faculty that has made the CIA the world's premier culinary college—costs $75 per person.

With titles ranging from "Hot Latin Cooking" to "Street Foods of the Middle East," these unique hands-on cooking classes take students on a culinary journey while creating dishes inspired by global cuisine. Class sizes are small—just 12 students—so all participants have the opportunity to work one-on-one with the chefs of the CIA. Over the course of the two hours, students will work in teams to prepare a tasting for their fellow classmates to enjoy.

Saturdays at the CIA wine exploration classes introduce students to the world of viticulture in our state-of-the-art Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies. Instructors guide students in tasting a number of grape varieties and exploring the diversity of wine regions throughout the world. Participants will also learn helpful tips when tasting, buying, and serving wine for their friends and family.

Students who enroll in Saturdays at the CIA can get even more out of their trip to campus by making a lunch or dinner reservation at The Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant. Guests who make a reservation before class will receive a seat at a communal table with their classmates and enjoy a special fixed-price menu for only $19 for lunch or $29 for dinner. All Saturdays at the CIA participants will also receive a 10% discount on any purchases from the college's Spice Islands Marketplace.

Too busy to visit the CIA on a Saturday? The new food enthusiast offerings also include a limited number of exclusive Sunday classes taught by Chef John Ash that focus on how to pair food and wine, for just $95 per person.

A schedule of all the new food enthusiast courses can be found at Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 707-967-2320.

For more information, or to receive high resolution photos, please contact Tyffani Peters at 707-967-2322 or

Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is an independent, not–for–profit college offering bachelor's and associate degrees, as well as certificate programs, in either culinary arts or baking and pastry arts. As the world's premier culinary college, the CIA has a network of more than 37,000 alumni that includes industry leaders such as Grant Achatz, Anthony Bourdain, Cat Cora, Harold Dieterle, Steve Ells, Todd English, Duff Goldman, Sara Moulton, Charlie Palmer, and Roy Yamaguchi. The college has campuses in New York (Hyde Park), California (The CIA at Greystone, St. Helena), and Texas (San Antonio), as well as an additional location in New York City (Astor Center, Manhattan). In addition to its degree programs, the CIA also offers courses for professionals and food enthusiasts, as well as wine education. For more information, and a complete listing of program offerings at each site, visit the CIA online at