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MOET & CHANDON NAMED THE OFFICIAL CHAMPAGNE OF THE PGA OF AMERICA
THE 39TH RYDER CUP WILL TOAST ENTRY INTO AMERICAN GOLF
MOET & CHANDON and THE PGA OF AMERICA announced that Moet & Chandon will be the OFFICIAL CHAMPAGNE OF THE PGA OF AMERICA, aligning the world’s most beloved champagne with the world’s largest sports organization. Moet & Chandon, the champagne of success and glamour since 1743, is enhancing its rich heritage as an icon of victorious celebration and global winning moments with this first foray in American golf, beginning with the RYDER CUP, in September of 2012 in Medinah, Ill.
“One of the world’s most recognized champagnes of choice at premier events, The PGA of America is proud that Moet &
Chandon will serve as the Official Champagne of The PGA of America,” said PGA of America President Allen Wronowski. “We cannot envision a better addition to the many magical moments at our Championships than Moet & Chandon.”
MOET & CHANDON is the champagne of success and glamour since 1743. Renowned for its achievements, firsts and legendary pioneering spirit, MOET & CHANDON is the Maison that introduced champagne to the world. Synonymous with the most venerable of traditions and the most modern of pleasures, MOET & CHANDON has celebrated life’s most triumphant moments with grandeur and generosity for nearly 270 years. MOET & CHANDON‘s heritage is rooted in an appreciation for shared celebratory moments, the pursuit of success and quality, and a taste for challenge. Whether celebrating personal athletic accomplishments or sponsoring the world’s most glamorous athletic competitions, MOET & CHANDON is an icon of victorious achievement in sports.
Moet & Chandon‘s status as the ultimate symbol of success, achievement, and victory was created through an unwavering and triumphant presence at many of the world’s most esteemed competitions and high-profile moments. Moet & Chandon has been at the finish line of international boating and car racing competitions for nearly a century, including the VANDERBILT CUP, Formula One, 24 Hours of Le Mans and the America’s Cup. Moet & Chandon celebrates the elegance and style of tennis on the courts of the U.S. Open, and Roland Garros, Barclays ATP World Tennis in London.
Moet & Chandon also symbolizes triumph atop the world’s most revered podiums, including the Cannes International Film Festival, the Golden Globe Awards, and the Academy Awards.
“Moet & Chandon’s partnership with The PGA of America is a natural,” said LUDOVIC DU PLESSIS, VICE PRESIDENT OF MOET & CHANDON NORTH AMERICA. “Through the magic of champagne, we look forward to creating unique and unforgettable Moet Moments together with The PGA of America and sharing our sense of celebration in the spirit of success and glamour beginning with the Ryder Cup in September as its Proud Partner.”
Since its founding in 1916, THE PGA OF AMERICA has maintained a twofold mission: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering world-class championships and innovative programs, THE PGA OF AMERICA elevates the public’s interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. As The PGA nears its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very best in golf.
Under the agreement with The PGA of America, MOET & CHANDON will be present at all the important and commemorative moments of the competitions including the iconic “Trophy Moments.” In addition, golf fans at PGA of America events will be able to enjoy their golf with a logoed commemorative mini Moet bottle that will likely become a valued memento.
SOURCE: PGA of America
Early Times® Releases Its First Flavored Spirit: Early Times Fire Eater
Hot Cinnamon Flavored Spirit Evokes Turn of the Century Carnival Era
EARLY TIMES® announces the launch of EARLY TIMES FIRE EATER – a hot cinnamon flavored spirit. A brand with a history dating back to 1860 and known for its rich heritage, Early Times Kentucky Whisky has released its first ever flavored spirit that is reminiscent of the turn of the century carnival era.
EARLY TIMES FIRE EATER combines the heat and spice of cinnamon liqueur with aged Early Times Whisky to craft a warm, inviting and smooth whisky character. For enjoying as a shot, on the rocks or in a variety of cocktails, Early Times Fire Eater offers cocktails like the ‘Elephant Man’ and the ‘Stilt Walker’ to reflect various carnival acts.
“With Early Times Fire Eaterwe wanted to deliver a level of curiosity and fun while ensuring the taste consumers have come to
expect from Early Times,” said Therese McGuire, brand manager for Early Times. “One look at a bottle of Early Times Fire Eater and you’re taken back to a time when carnivals would travel the country bringing astonishing acts of amazement to the community.”
As the bottle suggests, EARLY TIMES FIRE EATER evokes an old world carnival feel and an exciting flavor experience. Additionally, the illustration of a big top carnival tent encompasses the bottle with bold red and white stripes.
“Building on the theme of curiosity, vivid carnival imagery and language are used on the packaging for Early Times Fire Eater,” said McGuire. “A silhouette of a carnival barker with an uplifted cane invites one to ‘step right up’ while the side panel warns ‘it is not for the timid’ for a lighthearted approach to this exciting product.”
EARLY TIMES is enjoyed in 28 countries around the world and the EARLY TIMES MINT JULEP is the “OFFICIAL DRINK OF THE KENTUCKY DERBY™.” BROWN-FORMAN CORPORATION (NYSE: BF-B), Louisville, Kentucky, is a diversified producer and marketer of fine quality alcohol brands, including Jack Daniel’s, Southern Comfort, Finlandia Vodka, Woodford Reserve, Tequila Herradura, el Jimador Tequila, Canadian Mist, Old Forester and Korbel California Champagnes.
Early Times Fire Eater will initially be sold in select cities of Kentucky, Indiana, Washington, Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, Wisconsin and California with more to follow in 2012. Each bottle is presented at 66 proof with a suggested retail price of $14.99-$15.99 for a 750ml bottle.
Early Times Fire Eater Tasting Notes
Aroma: An aromatic blend of warm bakery cinnamon and creamy brown sugar with a hint of cinnamon stick balanced with delicate whisky notes.
Taste: Starts with an inviting blend of bakery cinnamon and sweet brown notes that quickly escalates into a hot cinnamon sensation.
Finish: Finishes with a blend of rich spices and smooth whisky character.
EARLY TIMES FIRE EATER COCKTAILS
1 1/2 oz. EARLY TIMES FIRE EATER
1 oz. orange juice
4 oz. lemon lime soda
In a shaker filled with ice, add ingredients, roll to mix, and transfer to serving glass.
1 oz. EARLY TIMES FIRE EATER
1/2 oz. AMARETTO
1 oz. orange juice
4 oz. Sprite
In a shaker filled with ice, add ingredients, roll to mix, and transfer to serving glass.
STAY COOL. DRINK RESPONSIBLY.
EARLY TIMES DISTILLERY CO., DISTILLED SPIRIT SPECIALTY, 33% ALC. BY VOLUME, LOUISVILLE, KY ©2012
SOURCE: Early Times
Web Site: http://www.earlytimes.com
THE MOST HIGHLY ANTICIPATED WINE EXPERIENCE OF THE SUMMER RETURNS TO THE CAPITAL GRILLE
Imagine having the freedom to enjoy nine world-class and limited-vintage varietals, hand-selected by a Master Sommelier, all while savoring signature appetizers, dry-aged steaks, fresh seafood and house-made desserts. Make that dream a reality by unleashing your inner sommelier this summer for THE GENEROUS POUR WINE EVENT – just $25 per person at dinner now through September 2.
The GENEROUS POUR WINE EVENT offers guests an unparalleled opportunity to enjoy generous pours of as many of the featured wines as they choose and the event exemplifies the expert, personalized service that THE CAPITAL GRILLE is known for. Guests will be guided through the experience, with suggested pairings and wine tasting notes for each course ordered.
THE CAPITAL GRILLE owns and operates 46 locations nationwide. The restaurant is known for its dry aged steaks, award-winning wine list and professional service in an atmosphere of relaxed elegance. Routinely recognized by Wine Spectator magazine, The Capital Grille has received the AMERICAN CULINARY FEDERATION‘s “ACHIEVEMENT OF EXCELLENCE AWARD.” The Capital Grille offers more than 350 New and Old World wine selections, including a Captain’s List of some of the world’s most highly allocated and sought-after wines. The restaurant also offers a variety of elegant private dining spaces for meetings and group events.
Each wine was chosen from unique vineyards around the world by The Capital Grille‘s Master Sommelier, GEORGE MILIOTES, one of only 186 in the world. “I selected the wines for the GENEROUS POUR WINE EVENT, relying on favorites from unique vineyards that I enjoy in my own personal cellar. Allowing guests to experience the wine paired with food, tasting notes and expert guidance from our servers, adds depth to the experience that a traditional tasting event would not provide. The best way to learn about wine is to drink it!”
The GENEROUS POUR WINE EVENT introduces guests to some of the season’s newest wine trends, while also offering hard-to-find varietals and known favorites. Highlights from this summer’s signature collection of choice whites and reds are:
- CONN CREEK ANTHOLOGY, CABERNET, 2007 – The finest vintage of the last 50 years for Cabernet in Napa, this robust blend of BORDEAUX grapes from 13 of the region’s top vineyards is Conn Creek’s crowning jewel. A rich and creamy wine to complement dry aged steak.
- FERRARI-CARANO MOUNTAIN RESERVE, CABERNET, 2008 – The Capital Grille is proud to be hosting the exclusive debut of Mountain Reserve from Ferrari-Carano. With a mixture of aromas and a long, dry finish, this bold Alexander Valley Cabernet is the perfect accompaniment for Kona Crusted Dry Age Sirloin.
- SIMCIC, REBULA, 2008/09 – Available exclusively at The Capital Grille, this wine, also known as “Orange Wine,” is a 1,000 year-old style of wine production making a comeback. Highly aromatic, it is an ideal companion for appetizers and light fish dishes.
- VILLA MT. EDEN GRAND RESERVE, PINOT NOIR, 2007 – One of Master Sommelier George Miliotes personal favorites, this silky and smooth wine, boasting flavors of strawberry, cherry, and toffee, pairs beautifully with Cedar Planked Salmon with Tomato Fennel Relish.
Follow GEORGE MILIOTES on Twitter @TheWineExpert. Join the conversation about #GenerousPour12.
For more information on THE CAPITAL GRILLE, please visitwww.TheCapitalGrille.com.
SOURCE: The Capital Grille
Revisit Your Childhood by Kicking Off Summer With A Traditional, But All-Natural, Honey Raspado
The National Honey Board Joins Sno-Con Amor Founder and Raspado Expert Lauda Flores to Bring You Tasty Twists on a Classic Favorite
We all enjoy cold treats during the summer, but it can be hard finding one that’s refreshing, natural and satisfying. And who doesn’t love a day laying out in the sun? A cold, delicious RASPADO by your side, topped with honey that’s as golden and bright as the sun would make these hot summer days, even better. The NATIONAL HONEY BOARD found the perfect solution with LAUDA FLORES of SNO-CON AMOR, who has partnered with them to create delicious honey Raspados, or shaved ice, inspired by traditional Latin flavors and using only natural ingredients.
So what makes these honey raspados so delectable? While traditional raspados are flavored by ingredients that are sometimes too sweet, these raspados use all-natural honey, with flavors ranging from Tamarindo with Honey to Honey Mojito. You’ll be able to satisfy your sweet tooth without going overboard! “I get tons of people asking me for my recipes, and I always tell them to find the best natural ingredients at their reach, and to add pure honey to truly enhance their amazing flavors,” states Flores. “I’ve always been a fan of honey and it’s exciting to explore and discover the way it compliments each flavor in such distinct ways.”
THE NATIONAL HONEY BOARD is a federal research and promotion board under USDA oversight that conducts research, marketing and promotion programs to help maintain and expand markets for honey and honey products. These programs are funded by an assessment of one cent per pound on domestic and imported honey.
Honey’s versatility allows it to gracefully pair with virtually any fruit’s natural taste, and its unique flavor sets it apart from other sweeteners. Using it as the sweetener for your raspados will add a special touch that your family and friends are sure to note and appreciate. We’re all constantly looking for natural options and ingredients to re-create old recipes – including childhood favorites like raspados - but it can be difficult to figure out what will work. The NATIONAL HONEY BOARD has done the work for you, and you can trust that these recipes will be your go-to “refreshments” of the summer! Also, since a little goes a long way with honey, it’s a cost effective ingredient that you can use for Raspados and beyond.
“Working with Sno-Con Amor to create these summer treats has been a wonderful experience, and we think honey lovers will be pleasantly surprised with how delicious their results are once they try these recipes at home,” adds CATHERINE BARRY, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING OF THE NATIONAL HONEY BOARD.
Honey is a pure and natural ingredient, made by honey bees, with the help of Mother Nature. Use nature’s gift to make these flavorful honey raspados and let the summer begin!
HONEY TAMARIND RASPADO
Makes 4 servings
Ingredients: 6 tbsp of honey 8 tamarind pods 2 cups of water 4 servings of shaved ice
Preparation: Rinse and shell tamarind pods. Extract pulp and place in a pot with water. Bring to a boil and stir in 2 tablespoons of honey. Once combined thoroughly, remove from heat and let stand until cool. Refrigerate overnight. Pour over shaved ice and drizzle the remaining honey to top it off.
YOUR FAVORITE HONEY MOJITO RASPADO
Makes 4 servings
Ingredients: 6 tbsp of honey 1/4 cup of lime juice 10 organic mint leaves (a few more for garnish, optional) 1 3/4 cup of water 4 servings of shaved ice
Preparation: Place honey, water and mint in a pot and bring to a boil. Muddle and stir to infuse the flavors. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain into a container and stir in lime juice. Refrigerate overnight. Pour over shaved ice, drizzle extra honey to taste and serve.
For more tasty honey raspado recipes visit www.mielpura.org.
INTRODUCING “TALL, DARK AND HANDSOME” IN RESPONSE TO CONSUMER DEMAND, ZICO PURE PREMIUM COCONUT WATER LAUNCHES 1 LITER CHOCOLATE
ZICO PURE PREMIUM COCONUT WATER introduces, by popular demand, its top selling chocolate flavor in a new 1 Liter package. Voted BevNet’s “2011 PRODUCT OF THE YEAR“, ZICO CHOCOLATE COCONUT WATER is already a fan favorite. In response to its drinkers asking for more, more, more, the brand is launching the larger 1 Liter tetra pack right in time for summer to keep everyone hydrated and healthy.
Founded in 2004 by MARK RAMPOLLA, ZICO Beverages, LLC (pronounced Zee-co) is the maker of ZICO PURE PREMIUM
COCONUT WATER. With five electrolytes, as much potassium as a banana and low acidity, ZICO is the all-natural, refreshing way to hydrate and replenish. And because ZICO is the only major brand of pure premium coconut water available in both a tetra carton and a re-sealable, recyclable, on-the-go HDPE bottle, it truly is the ultimate hydration drink. ZICO is headquartered in El Segundo, Calif.
The irresistible blend of coconut water, with a touch of coconut cream, a dash of cocoa and a hint of vanilla makes this possibly the best-tasting form of replenishment this side of the tropics! ZICO Chocolate lovers will be thrilled to get more than double the amount of coconut water per package. But consumers should not be fooled by the delicious taste, as each serving of ZICO Chocolate contains 20% less sugar than leading flavored coconut waters and 50% less sugar and calories than leading chocolate milks, making it a healthier alternative for those yearning for a chocolate fix.
ZICO Chocolate 14 oz. bottles have been flying off shelves since its introduction in March 2011, making it one of the brands bestselling products and the #1 or #2 (depending on the market) selling flavored coconut water in major markets across the country. The 1 Liter ZICO Chocolate tetra packs are available now at key national retailers with additional outlets and Amazon.com coming on soon.
“Given the success of ZICO Chocolate in our bottle, it was obvious people wanted more, including me!” says Mark Rampolla, CEO of ZICO Beverages, LLC. “Now this great tasting recovery beverage and healthy treat is ready made for refrigerators across the country.”
ZICO Natural will continue to be offered in the family-friendly 1 Liter size as well as the 11 oz. cartons. Additionally, ZICO is available in five delicious flavors packaged in convenient 14 oz. resealable and recyclable on-the-go bottles.
For more information, please visithttp://www.zico.com.
SOURCE ZICO Beverages, LLC
Web Site: http://www.zico.com
HIBALL ENERGY ANNOUNCES 16OZ COLD ACTIVATED CAN LINE AVAILABLE AT WHOLE FOODS MARKETS (WFM) NATIONWIDE
HIBALL INC., a true pioneer in the energy drink category, is pleased to announce the distribution of its newly reformulated and repackaged line of energy drinks to more than 250 WHOLE FOODS MARKET stores throughout the US.
Now sold in 16oz cold activated cans, Hiball’s line of ORGANIC SPARKLING ENERGY DRINKS and SPARKLING ENERGY WATERS began rolling out into WHOLE FOODS MARKET‘s stores mid-June, featuring a revised formula with organic and fair trade certified ingredients. The entire HIBALL ENERGY line received an upgrade and now contains the following certified organic active ingredients for energy: guarana (50mg), ginseng (50mg) and caffeine (160mg) per can.
The naturally, zero calorie HIBALL SPARKLING ENERGY WATERS are free of any sugar or sweeteners of any kind and remain the only Sparkling Energy Water and unsweetened energy drink available in the market today. The HIBALL ORGANIC SPARKLING ENERGY DRINKS add a little more flavor and sweetness by including organic juice, fair trade certified organic sugar but still only contain 100 calories and 25 grams of sugar per 16oz can.
In addition to sourcing the most premium organic and fair trade ingredients available, Hiball also upgraded its packaging. Consumers will notice that the 10oz glass bottles have been replaced with new 16oz cold-activated cans made by Ball Corp. The new cans are made with thermochromic ink built into the award winning design by ALYSSA WARNOCK DESIGN STUDIO (www.alyssawarnock.com). Once the can temperature drops below 45 degrees Fahrenheit, the pattern of “sparkling dots” turn from white to blue, indicating that the product is at the optimal temperature to drink.
FOUNDER TODD BERARDI states, “We are incredibly thrilled to launch the new 16oz Hiball Energy cans with Whole Foods Market. We knew it was a big change switching from glass bottles to cans, but we realized it would allow us the perfect opportunity to offer premium organic ingredients in a 60 percent larger package that was fully recyclable, while at the same time lowering our retail price per ounce by as much as 30 percent. The new cans allow consumers a wider variety of occasions in which to enjoy the healthiest option for energy, which is what our customers ultimately asked us for. The decision to launch the cans proved to be a good one, as volume has increased substantially.”
UNITED NATURAL FOODS, INC. (UNFI) is currently distributing all six reformulated HIBALL ENERGY products to WHOLE FOODS MARKET, available in the following SPARKLING ENERGY WATER flavors: Wild Berry, Lemon Lime, Vanilla and Grapefruit. Organic Sparkling Energy Drink Flavors: Cranberry Apple and Wild Berry.
SOURCE Hiball Inc.
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar Celebrates Summer with Steak & Sangria Prix Fixe Options
New Pairings Offer a Summer Vacation Experience Every Two Weeks During July And August
With long summer days rolling into warm summer nights, FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE & WINE BAR is celebrating summer
with a series of SUMMER LOVIN’ STEAK & SANGRIA PRIX FIXE DINNERS that will take guests on a culinary world tour. This summer menu series, offered July 2 through August 26, will introduce a new steak and sangria pairing every two weeks, each featuring an artfully inspired selection of fresh, seasonal ingredients and internationally inspired flavors.
The nationally acclaimed FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE & WINE BAR offers the best in steakhouse dining – Prime meats and chops, fresh fish and poultry, generous salads and side orders — with a unique wine list known as the Fleming’s 100, which features over 100 wines served by the glass. Fleming’s was launched in Newport Beach, California in 1998 by successful restaurant industry veterans Paul Fleming and Bill Allen. Today there are 64 restaurants nationwide. Fleming’s is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including WINE ENTHUSIAST‘s annual AWARD OF DISTINCTION and Wine Spectator Magazine‘s AWARD OF EXCELLENCE.
Every SUMMER LOVIN’ STEAK & SANGRIA menu features a summer salad, a uniquely seasoned specialty prime New York Strip Steak with a vibrant topping and a decadent dessert for $39.95*. Each menu also includes a suggested hand-crafted sangria pairing for $7.95*. Guests visiting the bar or patio, will also have an opportunity to enjoy the series of refreshing, seasonal sangrias.
FLEMING‘s EXECUTIVE CHEF RUSSELL SKALL, believes that summer dining is about innovative flavors that convey fun in the sun.
“Steak and sangria are two things that instantly take a summer BBQ from ordinary to extraordinary, and Fleming’s is helping guests take away the fuss by bringing the ultimate summer BBQ to our patios instead of theirs,” said Skall. “The steak and sangria menus will present a variety of marinades and sauces that will highlight fresh summer flavors and provide guests with a global summer vacation feel.”
The 2012 SUMMER LOVIN’ STEAK & SANGRIA menus include:
July 16 through 29
- BABY SPINACH SALAD with fresh pears, seasoned bacon, crumbled goat cheese, toasted Marcona almonds and a red onion vinaigrette
- PRIME NEW YORK STRIP with garlic herb butter and Burrata cheese, Tuscan-style, blistered grape tomatoes and a balsamic glaze drizzle
- MIXED BERRY SHORTCAKE with Grand Marnier-soaked strawberries and blueberries, pistachio-orange buttermilk shortcake, and Sambuca cream
- Optional Pairing: SANGRIA SOL - Vinedos Terranoble Sauvignon Blanc, Solerno Blood Orange, Stoli Peach Vodka and fresh peaches, honeydew melon, oranges and lemons
July 30 through August 12
- BUTTER LETTUCE AND PEAR SALAD with goat cheese, candied walnuts, crispy onions, and a lemon vinaigrette
- PRIME NEW YORK STRIP with a sweet and spicy rub, topped with a savory tomato and roasted red pepper butter and chopped Marcona almonds, and served with a side of summer zucchini slaw
- FRESH PEACH COBBLER with a brown sugar oat streusel and topped with vanilla ice cream
- Optional Pairing: SOUTH SEAS SANGRIA - Vinedos Terranoble Sauvignon Blanc, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, and Peach Schnapps with fresh peaches, honeydew melon, oranges and lemons
August 13 through 26
- BEEFSTEAK TOMATO & MOZZARELLA SALAD with arugula and a red onion balsamic vinaigrette
- PRIME NEW YORK STRIP topped with crispy gorgonzola and served with grilled asparagus, pickled fennel and baby golden beets
- LEMON-POPPY SEED BUTTER COOKIES with vanilla ice cream and a warm apple-ginger sauce
- Optional Pairing: SAILORS SUNSET SANGRIA - Red Diamond Merlot, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and Peach Schnapps, with fresh peaches, oranges and lemons
For more information or to find your nearest Fleming’s location, visit www.flemingssteakhouse.com.
*Excluding tax and gratuity. Sangrias are sold separately. Fleming’s abides by all local and state liquor laws.
SOURCE: Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
OLIVE GARDEN’S NEW 2 FOR $25 ITALIAN DINNER OFFERS MORE THAN 1,000 DIFFERENT MEAL OPTIONS
THREE-COURSE DINNER OFFER AVAILABLE FOR LIMITED TIME ONLY
OLIVE GARDEN is providing guests with greater choice and variety at an undeniable value with its first-ever “2 FOR $25
ITALIAN DINNER“ – an abundant three-course meal for two guests for only $25. The offer features six entrees and boasts more than 1,000 possible dinner combinations, so there’s something for every member of the family.
“With OLIVE GARDEN‘s ’2 FOR $25 ITALIAN DINNER,’ our guests can share an affordable, satisfying three-course Italian meal for only $25,” said JULIE ELKINTON, OLIVE GARDEN’S SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF CULINARY AND BEVERAGE. “With a variety of entrees, appetizers and desserts to choose from, guests can customize their meals for any taste and occasion – whether it’s a weeknight dinner or a special evening for two.”
OLIVE GARDEN is the leading restaurant in the Italian dining segment with more than 750 restaurants, more than 90,000 employees and more than $3.5 billion in annual sales. OLIVE GARDEN is a member of the DARDEN family of restaurants (NYSE: DRI), the world’s largest full-service restaurant company. In 2012, Darden was named to the FORTUNE “100 BEST COMPANIES TO WORK FOR” list for the second year in a row and is the only full-service restaurant company to ever appear on the list.
Olive Garden’s 2 for $25 Italian Dinner
Start with: Our famous unlimited freshly baked breadsticks and a choice of unlimited garden-fresh salad or homemade soup.
Choose two entrees: From a variety of six delicious options, including two new entrees and four menu favorites:
- New Smoked Mozzarella Chicken
- New Spaghetti with Four Cheese Meat Sauce & Meatballs
- Eggplant Parmigiana
- Five Cheese Ziti al Forno
- Ravioli di Portabello
- Fettuccini Alfredo
Choose two appetizers or a dessert to share: Start off the meal with two appetizers, or save room and share an indulgent dessert. This limited time offer is available now through August 12. Find a local restaurant at www.olivegarden.com. Connect at www.Facebook.com/OliveGarden and @OliveGarden via Twitter.
OLIVE GARDEN is committed to making a difference in the lives of others in the local community. For more information, visit www.olivegarden.com.
SWEET TOOTH’S BEST KEPT SECRET SHEILA G’S BROWNIE BRITTLE GOES ALL-NATURAL THIS SUMMER!
BROWNIE STAR SHEILA G ANNOUNCES NEW WALNUT FLAVOR AND DELICIOUS REFORMULATION
This summer, SHEILA G’S BROWNIE BRITTLE goes all-natural with a rich new recipe and outstanding TRADITIONAL WALNUT option. One bite of SHEILA G’S famous BROWNIE BRITTLE and you’ll be amazed at how they squeeze a mountain of chocolate goodness into a wafer-thin snack!
Sheila G Brands, LLC, a woman-owned company in West Palm Beach, Florida, has been baking and selling innovative brownie products to restaurants, club stores and world-class theme parks since 1992. Brownie Brittle, the company’s flagship product, is a twelve-month shelf-stable retail snack made in America and available in Chocolate Chip, Traditional Walnut and Toffee Crunch flavors.
If you like brownies, you’ll love Brownie Brittle. With just 120 calories and 3 grams of fat per serving, a mountain of Brownie Brittle equals just one traditional brownie square. Brownie Brittle provides the rich chocolate taste of a brownie without the guilt.
Recently nominated by the NATIONAL CONFECTIONER’S ASSOCIATION for their “Most Innovative Products”
competition, SHEILA G’S BROWNIE BRITTLE is baked to please and is now certified-kosher (OU). And those with worrisome peanut-allergies can experience chocolate delight as well. Sheila G’s is now produced in a peanut-free facility.
Sheila G’s rich, dense brownies are served in some of America’s finest restaurants and theme parks. After Sheila herself perfected her family brownie recipe, she took her favorite part of a brownie, those crispy edges, and gave them center stage as Brownie Brittle.
With more to love, flavors now include: Chocolate Chip, Toffee Crunch and all-new Traditional Walnut (2 packages for just $9.95 online).
See how Sheila G’s Brownie Brittle stacks up and order the perfectly baked & treat at www.browniebrittle.com or just log on to find out where it’s sold in your area.
SOURCE Sheila G. Brands
WOODLAND FOODS INTRODUCES CONVENIENT FLAVOR-READY RICES
PREMIUM PORCINI RISOTTO RICE AND AUTHENTIC PAELLA RICE ARE READY WITH ONE POUR
WOODLAND FOODS®, the premier importer and supplier of over 1,100 specialty natural ingredients, announces the launch of their new, all-natural FLAVOR-READY RICES. Premium Rices are naturally infused with select ingredients, eliminating the guesswork of flavoring and the need to buy multiple flavoring ingredients. Now, impressive flavorful rice dishes will take minutes to make.
Woodland Foodsspecializes in product innovation and providing unique food choices through global sourcing, custom blending,
custom processing, variety and convenience. Offerings include: mushrooms, chiles, sun-dried tomatoes, herbs and spices, grains, rices, flavored couscous and orzo, beans, lentils, dried fruit, nuts, truffle products, sea salts and more.
Adding to Woodland Foods always-growing family of rices and rice blends, Flavor-Ready Rices are currently available in two great-tasting varieties including Porcini Risotto and Paella. With over 1,100 ingredients to choose from, Porcini Risotto Rice and Paella Rice are just the beginning. Plans to continue adding more exciting varieties and flavors are already in the works.
RISOTTO FLAVOR-READY RICE – Porcini infuses ARBORIO RICE, a high quality short grained rice used extensively for making perfect textured risottos, with a multi-layered seasoning including porcini mushrooms, garlic, roasted garlic, shallots and other select spices for a rich umami effect. Its complex flavor and creamy character make it a truly desired premium risotto.
PAELLA FLAVOR-READY RICE infuses CALASPARRA RICE, a premium rice known for its superior flavor absorption and successful role in paella, with the finest natural paella spices including pure saffron (an essential paella spice that has unique flavor and turns the rice a wonderful golden color), garlic, onion, Aleppo pepper, paprika, turmeric and other select herbs and spices. Its intense color, well-developed flavor and remarkable texture make it a wonderful authentic Spanish paella.
“Easily prepared rice dishes don’t have to be tasteless and boring. Our Flavor-Ready Rices offer distinct tastes, unique ingredients and convenience in the kitchen,” says JEFFREY TROIOLA, CORPORATE CHEF/RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AT WOODLAND FOODS.
To find out more, visit www.WoodlandFoods.com. Click to view our newest catalog.
SOURCE Woodland Foods
Web Site: http://www.woodlandfoods.com
KAHLUA® UNVEILS NEW ICED COFFEE EXPRESSION, BRINGING PLEASURABLE PORTABILITY TO SUMMER GATHERINGS AND ON-THE-GO MOMENTS
SLEEK, MUST-HAVE CANS ALLOW CONSUMERS TO CONVENIENTLY KICK BACK AND COOL DOWN IN THREE JAVA-FORWARD FLAVORS – ICED ESPRESSO, ICED MOCHA AND ICED COFFEE WITH CINNAMON SPICE
Looking for an easy way to enjoy delicious iced coffee on the go? It’s in the can! Introducing KAHLUA® ICED COFFEE, a refreshingly simple iced coffee that contains a delicioso taste of KAHLUA – all in a convenient to-go can. Perfect for any gathering or a quick coffee break, new KAHLUA ICED COFFEE offers a premium new way to experience the sophisticated coffee-forward flavor of Kahlua.
PERNOD RICARD USAis the premium spirits and wine company in the U.S., and the largest subsidiary of Paris, France-based
PERNOD RICARD SA, which employs more than 18,000 people worldwide and is listed on the NYSE Euronext exchange (Ticker: RI). The company’s leading spirits and wines include such prestigious brands as Absolut® Vodka, Chivas Regal® Scotch Whisky, The Glenlivet® Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Jameson® Irish Whiskey, Malibu® flavored rum, Kahlua® Liqueur, Beefeater® Gin, Plymouth(TM) Gin, Seagram’s Extra Dry Gin®, Martell® Cognac, Hiram Walker® Liqueurs, Pernod®, Ricard® and Avion™ Tequila (through a joint venture with Tequila Avion); such superior wines as Jacob’s Creek® and Brancott Estate®; and such exquisite champagnes and sparkling wines as Perrier-Jouet® Champagne, G.H. Mumm™ Champagne and Mumm Napa® sparkling wines.
“The portability of Kahlua’s new Iced Coffee makes it the perfect addition to summer parties, afternoon cookouts, or just to sip on the go,” said MICHELLE SANDERS, BRAND DIRECTOR, KAHLUA. “The sleek and modern cans offer simple convenience in the form of pre-mixed Kahlua cocktails, which means hosts and party-goers can spend more time mingling and less time mixing drinks.”
Kahlua Iced Coffee delivers the artisanal taste of iced dark coffee using Kahlua‘s locally sourced, 100% Arabica Coffee Beans from Veracruz, Mexico. Canning the coffee keeps the blends genuine, cool and fresh. Bursting with flavor, Kahlua Iced Coffee is available in three sophisticated, java-forward varieties for everyone to enjoy: Iced Espresso, Iced Mocha and Iced Coffee with Cinnamon Spice.
Kahlua Iced Coffee, which is 5% alc./vol. per 200 ml can, is available nationwide, with an MSRP of $2.50 a can, or $9.99 for a four-pack.
Pernod Ricard USA is based in Purchase, New York, and has roughly 850 employees across the country. Pernod Ricard USA urges all adults to consume its products responsibly and has an active campaign to promote responsible drinking. For more information on this, please visit: www.acceptresponsibility.org.
SOURCE: Pernod Ricard USA
Friendship Dairies Introduces Gourmet Mix-In Ideas and New Recipes
Just in time for summer, FRIENDSHIP DAIRIES is introducing inventive mix-ins and recipes that demonstrate how easy it is to turn a wholesome snack into a culinary delight. Healthy, creative and delicious, these fresh ideas showcase the scrumptious versatility of cottage cheese.
FRIENDSHIP DAIRIES has been committed to making high-quality, healthy and delicious cottage cheese, sour cream, farmer cheese and buttermilk for almost 100 years. Its dedication to craftsmanship and tradition and its ability to revolutionize culinary classics has been respectfully recognized by publications like SELF, Men’s Health, Women’s Health and Shape magazine. It has been the steady companion of those who not only savor the flavors of the season but look to enhance them with guilt-free goodness that’s easy prepare. Friendship was acquired by DEAN FOODS COMPANY in March of 2007.
With these new mix-in ideas and recipes, FRIENDSHIP DAIRIES elevates cottage cheese to a must-have staple for on-the-go snacks and tasty, wholesome meals. Friendship fans, new and old, will rediscover cottage cheese as an adaptable and surprising base ingredient as well as a great source of nutrition.
If you’re craving a healthy yet flavorful meal or snack, but don’t have time to cook, Friendship’s new mix-in combinations will satisfy your need. They provide a quick, great tasting on-the-go meal you can make anytime. Perfect for breakfast, GRANOLA GLEE features pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, granola and real maple syrup for a fresh take that challenges traditional granola combinations. WAIKIKI DELIGHT is a delectable combination of dried pineapple, unsweetened coconut flakes, chopped toasted macadamia nuts and crystallized or candied ginger. For an afternoon pick-me-up, Instant WASABI combines crispy onions with wasabi peas to become a crunchy snack with a spicy twist.
The EVERYTHING BAGEL combines toasted dried onion, dried garlic flakes, sesame seeds, caraway seeds, poppy seeds and flaky sea salt for a savory, crunchy little-bit-of-everything topping for Friendship cottage cheese. Delicious and versatile, it could even be used in place of butter on whole wheat toast or a rice cake. SAVORY SUMMER features crumbled bacon, chopped cherry tomatoes, diced avocado, chopped red onion, fresh basil, a squeeze of lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil. If you’re need of a guilt-free indulgence, STRAWBERRY DECADENCE includes graham cracker crumbs, sliced fresh strawberries and shaved chocolate curls.
Unexpectedly delicious and easy to prepare, FRIENDSHIP’S new recipes incorporate a range of ideas from breakfast to dessert, including starters and vegetarian dishes that add healthy, flavorful twists to classic dishes, and exciting new recipes.
Putting a spin on SPINACH ARTICHOKE DIP, Friendship has lightened this staple for any large gathering by using cottage cheese, giving it fluffiness and full flavor without the fat. In a new take on a traditional Italian classic, Friendship’s whipped cottage cheese takes the place of ricotta in Pasta A La Norma, creating an incredibly authentic tasting tomato and eggplant pasta. The eggplant and whipped cottage cheese meld together, enhancing the creaminess and elevating the dish. Triple Berry Streusel Parfait proves that it’s not just savory fare that benefits from Friendship’s healthy, flavorful products, and gets a revelatory upgrade: 1% Friendship is blended with sour cream and sugar to create an incredibly smooth, exquisitely rich cream.
FRIENDSHIP DAIRIES brings you cottage cheese like you’ve never seen it before! For complete line of recipe ideas for incorporating FRIENDSHIP COTTAGE CHEESE into your everyday eating, please visit www.friendshipdairies.com.
Peak California Strawberries Are Sweetest When Shared
Strawberry Farmers Share Passion for their Communities and California Strawberry Commission Shares Summer Strawberry Recipes
Eighty-eight percent of the strawberries in the United States are grown in California by more than 500 family farmers. GLEN HASEGAWA has been growing California strawberries in Oxnard, Calif., for 25 years. He has been sharing his passion and his strawberries with his community for as long as he has been harvesting the fruit. It’s no surprise that he is known around town as “The Strawberry Guy.” The peak of the California strawberry harvest is now well under way as sweet, succulent strawberries are plucked in their prime and shipped fresh to market within 24 hours. The refreshing red berries are the perfect ingredient for summertime gatherings, and are even sweeter when shared with loved ones.
The CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY COMMISSIONis a state government agency that represents 600 growers, shippers and
processors of California strawberries. With a focus on food safety education, Commission strategies also include production and nutrition research, trade relations, public policy and marketing communications. Hear strawberry growers share their passion for farming and how they support their communities.
“As a person who loves the outdoors, being a California strawberry farmer is a perfect fit for my lifestyle,” said Hasegawa. “My friends, neighbors, and family get really excited when I share strawberries fresh from my ranch – it’s definitely a great calling card.”
Like most California strawberry farmers, Hasegawa’s favorite way to enjoy California strawberries is right from the field. However, with unlimited ways to serve strawberries, the CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY COMMISSION shares hundreds of recipes, on its popular social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and its recipe blog, In the Kitchen, which can all be accessed at http://www.californiastrawberries.com.
1 pound fresh California strawberries
1 cup butter
1 cup caster (very fine) sugar
2 cups self-rising flour
1 large vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped from pod
2 teaspoons finely ground black pepper
1 pint heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons good quality balsamic vinegar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease two 8″ springform cake pans and line bottoms with circle of parchment paper.
Beat butter and sugar together with electric mixer until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time until just incorporated. Fold in flour gradually until smooth.
Stir in vanilla bean and black pepper and pour batter into prepared cake pans.
Bake 30-35 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean from center of cake. Cool in baking pan for 8-10 minutes; remove and place on rack to cool before assembly.
Rinse whole strawberries and gently pat dry. Divide into thirds. Cut tops off of two-thirds of the strawberries and cut into 1/4″-1/2″ slices. Reserve remaining third of whole strawberries to decorate top of cake.
In large mixing bowl, combine heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar and balsamic vinegar. With electric mixer, whip until stiff peaks are formed.
Place one cooled cake layer on cake stand or serving plate. Spread sliced strawberries evenly across the cake.
Layer the strawberries with half the balsamic whipped cream. Top with the second cake layer. Repeat with whipped cream mixture and top with whole strawberries. For an interesting styling trick, leave some strawberries whole and cut some halves to add dimension to the garnish.
SOURCE California Strawberry Commission
‘GOT MILK?’ Gives Helping Hand With Glasses Sale
Sale to Raise $50K for State Non-Profits Promoting Health & Nutrition
The CALIFORNIA MILK PROCESSOR BOARD (CMPB), the creator of GOT MILK?, announced today the creation of a FOUR-WEEK SALE OF LIMITED EDITION MILK GLASSES from Jul. 9 Through Aug. 5, 2012 to benefit community-based organizations in the Golden State. THINK Together, the BAY AREA COMMUNITY RESOURCES and the CENTRAL VALLEY AFTERSCHOOL FOUNDATION, which support afterschool and summer programs for children and their parents to make wholesome, “real” and “simple” food choices for a healthy lifestyle, will work with GOT MILK? to raise $50,000 during the sale.
“We are honored to be chosen to become a part of this effort,” says Randy Barth, founder and CEO of THINK Together. ”All three organizations believe that education is key to a healthy lifestyle and we’re excited to partner with GOT MILK? as it recognizes and wants to reward us for the work that we do with California families day in and day out.”
The glass sale is the extension of GOT MILK?‘s latest campaign, ‘Science of Imitation Milk,’ which educates California consumers of the long list of hard-to-pronounce ingredients in imitation milk, contrasting that of the pure, simple nature of dairy milk. The LIMITED EDITION GLASSES, which hope to bring this message home to families while helping a good cause, come two in a set: the real milk glass shows the very short list of ingredients that can be found in dairy milk (milk and vitamin D3) in contrast to the “imitation milk” glass which has a multitude of ingredients that include soy beans, water, zinc gluconate and carrageenan, among others. During the four-week sale, the pair can be purchased on www.gotmilk.com/glasses for $15, which includes shipping and handling, with 100 percent of the purchase going directly to the community organizations to support nutrition education programs in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco/San Jose and Fresno. The goal of the sale is to raise $10,000 for each area for a total of $50,000.
The CALIFORNIA MILK PROCESSOR BOARD was established in 1993 to make milk more competitive and increase milk consumption in California. Awareness of GOT MILK? is over 90% nationally and it is considered one of the most important and successful campaigns in history. GOT MILK? is a federally registered trademark that has been licensed by the national dairy boards since 1995. The CMPB’s Spanish-language campaign began in 1994 using the tagline “Familia, Amor y Leche” (Family, Love and Milk). The TOMA LECHE (Drink Milk) campaign replaced it in 2006, following a growing trend in Hispanic food advertising that uses wit and humor to reach audiences. GOT MILK? gifts and recipes can be viewed at www.gotmilk.com and www.tomaleche.com. The CMPB is funded by all California milk processors and administered by the CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE.
“We chose THINK Together, the Bay Area Community Resources and the Central Valley Afterschool Foundation to be the recipients of the sale because they give so much to the communities they serve to ensure that families keep wholesome, real and simple food choices, like milk, top of mind coupled with daily exercise,” says Steve James, executive director of the CMPB. ”From teaching health curriculum with programs such as Harvest of the Month and the Dairy Council’s Deal Me In program to the introduction of new healthy cooking classes in select cities, they are making a difference in the lives of many, one family at a time.”
To purchase the ‘Science of Imitation’ glasses until Aug. 5, 2012, visit www.gotmilk.com/glasses.
As the largest non-profit provider of extended learning time programs, THINK TOGETHER‘s statewide infrastructure enables the organization to leverage private philanthropy across the publicly-funded distribution system to provide high-quality wellness and afterschool programs in every community. Private gifts enable THINK Together to offer hands-on learning enrichment opportunities in this area that include the “Healthy Living” program as part of its Extended Learning Time, CATCH (COORDINATED APPROACH TO CHILDHOOD HEALTH), “Harvest of the Month” and “Deal Me In“, a collaborative effort with the DAIRY COUNCIL OF CALIFORNIA.
The BAY AREA COMMUNITY RESOURCES (BACR) promotes the healthy development of individuals, families and communities by providing direct services in seven Bay Area counties and leveraging volunteerism to further strengthen the communities it serves. Among BACR’s direct services is an extensive afterschool program where children and youth can learn to be productive, build positive relationships, and participate in meaningful academic and enrichment activities. The organization supports this programming at over 70 schools in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, and Marin counties. BACR out-of-school-time and youth leadership programs promote the successful, holistic development of youth, including healthy life-style choices.
The CENTRAL VALLEY AFTERSCHOOL FOUNDATION (CVAF) is an innovative nonprofit technical assistance organization that promotes the development of underserved children and youth in central California during their time out of school. Founded in 2005, CVAF supports afterschool and summer program excellence through training and coaching, community partnership development, special events, public awareness initiatives, and curriculum development including a new Culinary Arts Project to benefit low-income youth in the region.
SOURCE The California Milk Processor Board
Web Site: http://www.gotmilk.com