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Sogu has launched its first KickStarter Campaign

SOGU COOLER KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN IS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED

San Antonio, TX, 2017-Jul-24 — /EPR FOOD & BEVERAGE NEWS/ — The Sogu Cooler keeps liquids cold in their bottle for up to 6 hours!

Sogu (www.sogucooler.com) has launched its first KickStarter Campaign to raise the funds necessary to pay for the tooling for the next version Sogu 2.0 Cooler. The patented Sogu Cooler keeps drinks cold for up to 6 hours while still in their original bottle. No ice needed!!! The Sogu Cooler prevents condensation from soaking your clothes or table cloths and is perfect for work, sports and restaurants.

“Our Sogu Cooler is a great addition to your home, restaurant or travel gear to keep your drink cold or hot!” – Michael Van Steenburg, Sogu President

While the Sogu 1.0 Cooler is ready for market now and fits most 1.0 to 1.5 liter bottles, the new Sogu 2.0 version will be even more modular and adjustable to fit an even wider variety of plastic and glass bottles. Sogu 2.0 also features additional technical features such as an optional reusable ice pack and vacuum insulation that increases the available cooling time up to 24 hours.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Michael Van Steenburg at sales@sogucooler.com.

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Trappist Westvleteren online

Westvleteren, Belgium, 2016-Sep-11 — /EPR Food & Beverage News/ — Trappist Westvleteren 12, brewed by the Saint Sixtus monks in Belgium, has been rated as the best beer in the world in 2014 and 2015 by Ratebeer and Beeradvocate. Until recently, the beer was only for sale at the Abbey or in the nearby café “In de Vrede.” Recently, Westvleteren has launched a website where customers can buy Westvleteren online. The beer will be delivered worldwide by courier. This is an opportunity to get some six packs, cases, glasses or gift packs from the different Westvleteren beers.

Founded in 1883 by Belgian Trappist monks, Westvleteren 12 is considered to be the world’s best beer. Awarded twice, this Trappist beer with creamy aromas has been the holy grail among beer lovers all around the world.

Trappist Westvleteren 12
Of all Trappist beer breweries, the Saint Sixtus Abbey of Westvleteren applies in the strictest rules. The Trappist monks only produce enough beer to continue their life as monks and not to make money out of this business. This is their tradition since the first bottle of Westvleteren was made.

Westvleteren 12 is very hard to find. The Trappist monks produce their beer in very limited numbers (about 2 crates a day). Westvleteren 12 and Westvleteren 8 are extremely rare beers, wanted by about every beer enthusiast in the world. Now people from around the world are able to buy Westvleteren 12 and try it, previously the beer was only to be sold from their brewery. Until now!

Westvleteren 12 for sale
Now that the monastery requires new structural maintenance, doors, windows, roof and etc. they have allowed sales in Switzerland, France, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and the United States.

So today, all people can order online from now on, visit us athttp://www.westvleterenbeers.com and keep in mind that the number of beers is still limited, but customers can enjoy the convenience of not going to Belgium and order the beer from home. The Trappist monks make two other kinds of beer: Westvleteren blond beer and Westvleteren 8. Both are excellent and can be also bought online.

Contact-Details: Westvleterenbeers, info@westvleterenbeers.com,http://www.westvleterenbeers.com/

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Straight Up New York Craft Spirits Festival

Warwick, New York, 2016-Jun-22 — /EPR FOOD & BEVERAGE NEWS/ — On Saturday, July 9, 2016 Black Dirt Distillery will host its 2nd Annual Straight Up New York craft spirits festival, from 12pm-5pm. The event will take place at Warwick Valley Winery & Black Dirt Distillery (114 Little York Rd. Warwick, NY 10990), located in the heart of Hudson Valley.

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Tickets to participate are $40.00 and can be purchased at: www.blackdirtdistillery.comAdmission for designated drivers is $15.00. Transportation from NYC and general admission is $90.

Straight Up New York features nearly two-dozen of the state’s leading craft spirits producers, who are coming together to celebrate the New York craft spirits industry. Gourmet food and spirits will be available for tastings and purchase, as well as tours of Black Dirt Distillery. Attendees can enjoy live music while getting the opportunity to meet the pioneers shaping the beverage landscape with their unique brands. In addition to the expansive list of local distilleries; farmers, authors, musicians and chefs will fill this tented event a top the scenic orchards of Warwick Valley Winery. Tractor rides with picturesque views will be offered exclusively to those joining Straight Up New York; participants will receive a souvenir “Straight Up New York Rocks” glass.

straight up NY

Craft spirit distillers in attendance include: Albany Distilling Company, Atsby Vermouth, Barrows Intense, Black Button, Black Dirt Distillery, Brooklyn Gin, Copper Sea, Denning’s Point Distillery, Finger Lakes Distillery, Greenhook Ginsmiths, Harvest Spirits, Hillrock Estate Distillery, Lockhouse Distillery, Long Island Spirits, New York Distilling Company, Orange County Distillery, Orchard Hill, Port Morris Distillery, Prohibition Distillery, Taconic Distillery, Tirado, Tuthilltown Spirits, Van Brunt Stillhouse, 5Spoke Creamery, Black Sheep Cheese Farm and many more!

Contact-Details: Heather Dolland/ 600 3rd Ave, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10016/646.460.1679/heather@allthetastesofnewyork.com www.allthetastesofnewyork.com

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A Sweet Spin on Moonshine for Bloomery Distillery

Charles Town, West Virgina, July 03, 2015 — /EPR FOOD & BEVERAGE NEWS/ — FlipKey.com, the vacation rental company of leading travel site TripAdvisor has published its list of the 50 most loved and most talked about food and drink tours in almost every state across the U.S. And in West Virginia, the winner is Bloomery Plantation Distillery.

Capitalizing on the craving for locally sustainable craft distilleries and the nostalgia for moonshine, Bloomery’s SweetShine line of naturally flavored liqueurs are handcrafted from farm-fresh roots, fruits, and nuts.

The freshness of the line’s ingredients cannot be questioned, with all agricultural ingredients grown at the distillery’s own farm, local neighboring farms or other small American farms.

To date, more than 60,000 premium drink devotees have toured the distillery to savor an artisanal cocktail – whether it’s the ‘moonshine milkshake’ innovatively called Cremma Lemma or the chilled Chocolate Raspberry (a shot in hot coffee is bound to change one’s morning routine). With more than twenty-one international awards and too many cocktail enthusiast praises to count, the company is doing its part to take the restaurant, bar and hospitality industries to tasty new levels.

The entire process of creating the SweetShine line is handcrafted – from the hand-zesting of every lemon to the hand-chopping of the ginger to the hand-making of syrups to the actual handwriting that goes on every bottle of every label. Company founder Linda Losey claims with pride, “Consumers like a little bit of the unusual and appreciate our whimsical approach, but quality and taste are paramount – this is why we grow our own Italian lemons and Hawaiian ginger as well as our own black walnuts, pumpkins, and raspberries. Losey goes on to say, “Our fans trust our brand…and are comfortable and confident that when they grab a bottle of SweetShine, they can add it to any of their current cocktails and they’ll create a fresher, higher quality, premium cocktail that was a breeze to make.”

Bloomery SweetShine is currently distributed to retailers, bars and restaurants in 42 states and is on the fast track to further expand distribution.

About Bloomery SweetShine
Since opening as a mini-distillery in the agri-tourism industry in September of 2011, Bloomery Plantation Distillery has been capitalizing on the craving for locally sustainable craft distilleries, the nostalgia for the prohibition-era and the explosion of fruit flavored liqueurs through its hand-crafted, award-winning SweetShine line. With a sweet spin on moonshine, the company makes moonshine drinkable through its award-winning liqueurs that are hand-crafted from farm-fresh fruits, roots and nuts. To date, more than 60,000 premium drink devotees have visited the distillery to enjoy a SweetShine artisanal cocktail of their own amid affable company.

The distillery boasts a wildly unique, imaginative and fiercely dedicated staff led by company founder, Linda Losey. For staffers, SweetShine represents far more than just a product line but rather is regarded as a foundational philosophy—an adventurous and even risk-taking way of doing things…a spirited and amusing outlook on life. This viewpoint guides everything the company creates, and Bloomery’s passionate one-of-a-kind team attracts customers from around the world who believe in, connect with and trust the SweetShine brand.

The distillery, located two miles east of Charles Town, West Virginia, is situated on a 12-acre parcel of land where they grow farm-fresh ingredients used in the elixirs, including ginger, raspberries and lemons, among others. Putting their unique spin on the process of making moonshine, Bloomery’s all natural SweetShine is crafted using time-honored recipes with 190 proof ‘shine, pure cane sugar and garden-grown ingredients. The entire process is hand-crafted—from the hand-zesting of every lemon, to the hand-chopping of the ginger, to the hand picking of raspberries, to the hand-making of its syrups, to the handwriting that goes on every bottle of every label. Each batch is individually proofed; the finished liqueurs range from 40° to 70°. Truly handcrafted. And it shows. Just a touch of SweetShine quickly creates a classic cocktail with a twist—goodbye to boring unadventurous drinking! Bloomery SweetShine is currently distributed to retailers, bars and restaurants in 42 states, and continues to expand distribution nationally.

Learn more about the brand and its admirable approach online at www.BloomerySweetshine.com

Contact-Details: Merilee Kern
Ascendant Group Branding
merileekern@ascendantgroupbranding.com
858-577-0206

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Lua Hadar with Twist Swings it in French at Society Cabaret Bastille Party

San Francisco, CA, July 03, 2015 — /EPR FOOD & BEVERAGE NEWS/ — To celebrate French Independence Day, Lua Hadar with Twist returns for an encore performance of their popular French Music Hall show, “C’est Magnifique!” This Bastille-Day-with-a-Twist features Lua on French and English vocals, Music Director Jason Martineau on piano, Dan Feiszli on bass, Kelly Park on drums, and special guest Dave Sturdevant on guitar and harmonica. Saturday, July 11 at 8pm (seating from 7pm) at Society Cabaret at the Hotel Rex Union Square, 562 Sutter Street, San Francisco. Tickets start at $25 (NO FEES) at Ticketmaster or societycabaret.com Or call 415-857-1896. Full bar, great food. More info at www.luahadar.com.

The show presents a variety of songs from the popular traditions of Paris, including those of American songwriter Cole Porter; hence the title “C’est Magnifique!” a song from Cole Porter’s 1953 musical, Can-Can.

Dave Sturdevant’s harmonica brings a Toots Thielemans-style to the show, in addition to the gypsy sound of his swinging guitar.

French songs by Charles Trenet, Maxime LeForestier, Edith Piaf and Serge Gainsbourg round out the set list, and as ever, Lua’s fun and quirky stories provide her personalized bridge to the songs, whether you speak French or not.

Hadar is no stranger to France or French music, having just returned from teaching a master class in France on American Jazz Standards.

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[TICKETS: http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/229943/1911076?Brand=societycab]

ABOUT TWIST:
Since its inception in 2007, Hadar’s cosmopolitan jazz ensemble TWIST has developed a multi-lingual world jazz fusion that twists the styles of international standards and brings new material into the jazz idiom.

Lua has charmed audiences from New York’s Iridium Jazz Club to Bangkok’s Thailand Cultural Center to the Swan Bar in Paris, where, on a return engagement, she previewed “C’est Magnifique!” to an enthusiastic full house before bringing it to San Francisco’s Society Cabaret for its first run in November 2013. The show was reprised last year and became a Society Cabaret tradition, presented each time with a different featured instrumentalist.

Hadar has released three CDs with Music Director Jason Martineau and Twist. The most recent, “Like A Bridge,” was recorded in 2012 as the centerpiece of her Bridges Project. The “Like A Bridge” DVD was nominated for an Independent Music Award and was released at Yoshi’s Jazz Club in Oakland in September of 2013 after its premiere at San Francisco’s Historic Balboa Theater.

“…such a lovely variety of songs from cabaret traditions of Paris (and beyond), that we might as well have been in a brick-walled basement room in the Quartier Latin.” – Talkin’ Broadway

“First call band of international talent and an innate gift of swing.” – Critical Jazz

For more information on Lua Hadar with Twist, see luahadar.com, iTunes, youtube, facebook, twitter and most major music sites.

ABOUT THE HOTEL REX AND SOCIETY CABARET:
The Hotel Rex is San Francisco’s answer to New York’s legendary Algonquin Hotel, located at 562 Sutter Street between Powell and Mason. Surrounded by 1920’s and 30’s style artwork and glamour, guests can linger in the Library Bar for cocktails and conversation. A menu of American classics with a European influence is available in the cabaret room as small plates or dinner. Society Cabaret patrons are immersed in an ambiance of arts and culture, in a true cabaret setting. Society Cabaret has received acclaim from the San Francisco Mayor’s Office and has expanded this year with venues in San Diego and San José. (http://societycabaret.com)

Contact-Details: Lua Hadar

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LondonTown.com offer five pairs of tickets to Taste of London

Win tickets and sample food from 40 of London’s hottest restaurants

LONDON, June 04, 2015 — /EPR NETWORK/ — LondonTown has teamed up with top food festival, Taste of London, to offer five lucky winners a pair of tickets to the al fresco gastronomic showcase at Regent’s Park, and for those who want to stay in the city overnight there are many London hotels, from five star to affordable but trendy hotels, to choose from.

Always a foodie highlight of the summer, Taste of London offers a tantalising selection of world-class chefs and 40 of London’s hottest restaurants all gathered together in one place at London’s Regent’s Park from 17th – 21st June 2015.

New London restaurants taking part in the 2015 festival include contemporary Chinese restaurant Chai Wu, South East London’s latest haunt Artusi, Jose Pizarro’s authentic Spanish Pizarro, The Clove Club which serves cutting edge cuisine in Shoreditch Town Hall, The Palomar with its modern fare from Jerusalem and contemporary Japanese cooking from Aqua Kyoto.

Further new London restaurants partaking in Taste of London are Peruvian hotspot LIMA Floral, Anna Hansen’s newest venture, Modern Pantry mark II, and Marcus Wareing’s Tredwell’s.

Returning again are Taste of London favourites The House of Ho, L’Anima, Club Gascon, Spice Market, Ember Yard, Duck & Waffle, SushiSamba and Roka.

Top chefs Marcus Wareing, La Gavroche’s superstar sous chef Monica Galetti and the man responsible for revolutionising the way we eat Indian food, Atul Kochhar, are all appearing at Taste of London in 2015. Added to the mix are Mexican street food chef and entrepreneur Thomasina Miers, and Michelin starred Portuguese chef Nuno Mendes, head chef at celebrity favourite Chiltern Firehouse.

To enter the LondonTown Taste of London competition, go to LondonTown, answer the simple question and email your answer before 12noon on Monday 8th June 2015. The website also has a large number of London hotels to suit all budgets is given as well as information on restaurants, attractions and all the current London events.

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About LondonTown.com
LondonTown.com is the number one Internet site for London. With over 18 years of experience assisting visitors to the capital, they pride themselves on their customer service and editorial independence – no banner advertising or paid for content is allowed. The LondonTown.com team assist in finding cheap London hotels, sightseeing tours, ticket information and events. Trusted and with a loyal following, LondonTown.com is a very reliable source of recommendations and advice on what to do in London. http://www.LondonTown.com

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Raw Milk Bill Scheduled for Vote in the Texas House

Austin, TX, May 05, 2015 — /EPR FOOD & BEVERAGE NEWS/ — Texas lawmakers will have the opportunity to make it easier for consumers to buy raw milk on Thursday, when House Bill 91 is scheduled to come up for a vote on the floor of the House.

The bill, which was approved by the Public Health Committee, will loosen the current regulations that only allow raw milk to be sold on the farm by allowing dairy farmers to sell raw milk at farmers’ markets and to make delivery arrangements with their customers.

“Currently, Texans have to travel to a licensed dairy to buy raw milk,” explained Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance Executive Director Judith McGeary. “This bill reduces costs and hassle for consumers, while allowing farmers a fair opportunity to market their products,” she continued.

Kris Errickson, whose 13-year old daughter testified to the Public Health Committee in favor of the bill, explained the impact raw milk had on her daughter’s health. “My daughter suffered from food allergies and eczema for much of her life. Her condition changed for the better after implementing a strict diet including raw milk. However, for the past two years my husband battled terminal brain cancer. Driving hours for raw milk was too burdensome, so she had no milk during this time, and her eczema recently returned.”

Texas State Rep. Dan Flynn(R-Canton), the bill’s sponsor, has called it a “free-enterprise” bill. “If you have a legal product, it seems like you should be able to sell it at a farmer’s market,” Flynn told committee members at a hearing on April 21.

Mark Hutchins, a second generation raw milk dairy farmer from Greenville who also testified at the hearing, encouraged the full House to pass the legislation. “The House should affirm that licensed, regulated and legal raw milk is a safe product that ought to be more readily available to interested consumers.

“As a raw milk producer myself, I know how hard raw milk farmers work to ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of their loyal customers, and how much it means to customers to be able to access this product. I urge the Texas House to quickly pass HB 91 and support the freedom of farmers and consumers to choose what is best for their families’ health and safety.”

A fact sheet on HB 91 is available at: http://farmandranchfreedom.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Fact-sheet-HB91-floor-vote.pdf

About Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance
Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance (FARFA) is a national organization that supports independent family farmers and protects a healthy and productive food supply for American consumers. FARFA promotes common sense policies for local, diversified agricultural systems.

Contact-Details: Judith McGeary, 512-484-8821, Judith@FarmAndRanchFreedom.org

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How Catering Equipment & Furniture Hire Beats Buying for Events

If you are planning an event of any kind, from a birthday party or a wedding to a large, international corporate event you need the tools to do the job right. This means you need a suitable venue and so much more. You need food, furniture and catering equipment.

But the big question is do you hire equipment or buy it outright?
With an unlimited budget and lots of future events in the books, you might be tempted to buy. But there are a number of ways that catering equipment and furniture hire can prove a more worthwhile alternative.

We’ve listed 8 of the best:

Reasons for Hiring Catering Equipment & Furniture

1. Affordable
If you only require catering or kitchen equipment for a short period, hire specialists like Allens Hire in London can offer an attractive price which stacks up favourably against the purchase price of the same things.

2. Storage
Buy catering equipment or furniture and you’ll be burdened with looking after it when it isn’t in use. With hire furniture, tableware and more, you don’t have to worry about these items until they are required to ensure your event is a success.

3. Transport
At Allens Hire, a fleet of drivers are ready and waiting to deliver catering equipment, such as tableware, tables, chairs and kitchen equipment , to your door; no matter where in London or the South of England your event is to be held. This is one of the major benefits of hiring for an event. We bring the equipment to you.

4. Maintenance
You might wish to purchase your own outdoor BBQ, garden heaters or chest freezers but when disaster strikes you could be sorry you didn’t simply hire them out. We maintain our inventory of gas and electrical products so there is a good range to choose from. We never distribute an item without first performing a series of checks.

5. Safety
When gas appliances are involved, health and safety should be a high priority. At Allens Hire we are gas certified and PAT trained to ensure that our equipment is safe to use when it leaves the premises and each appliance carries Safety and Operating instructions to ensure that you have the best advice whilst appliances are in your care.

6. Cleanup
Once your event draws to a close, and the fun is over, the hard work truly begins. At least that’s the case if you’ve used your own tableware and it’s your job to clean up. When you hire catering equipment from Allens Hire, we offer to do the cleaning for you, so you can return the equipment dirty for us to do the job for you and alleviate you of this task at least!

7. Trends
Fashion is constantly changing. But that doesn’t simply mean that clothing changes. The popular ways to decorate an event change too. When you buy furniture, tablecloths and more, their so-called ‘trendiness’ may diminish over time. But a hire company like Allens remains at the forefront of the event planning industry, providing insight into trends of the moment and has a carefully chosen portfolio to theme your event in your chosen colours. Every time you host a party, sporting or corporate event you will have access an excellent range of equipment for the job; and the looking good to boot.

8. Tailored
No two events are ever truly the same and so the best catering equipment and furniture projects are truly bespoke. That’s what you get when you hire catering equipment for each individual event. You can request exactly the things you need to cater a birthday party of less than 50 people or a corporate event for hundreds. Allens Hire advisors can work closely with every client to ensure that they receive a tailored project that is perfect for their needs.

Call Allens Hire on 0208 574 9600 (London) or 023 8065 2316 (South Coast) to talk about your catering equipment hire, event hire and furniture hire needs. Whether you are arranging an event in a park, a palace or a party at home we can provide everything that you might need to ensure that the event is enjoyed by all.

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This Easter, get your chocolate fix with a delicious cup of teapigs Chocolate Flake Tea

Easter is synonymous with bunnies, treasure hunts and lots and lots of chocolate. In fact around 80 million Easter eggs are eaten in Britain each year — that’s a lot of chocolate!

And while we love nothing more than digging into a delicious Easter egg, sometimes we want the indulgent chocolatey taste without the calories, teapigs chocolate flake tea is the perfect alternative, warming, yummy and totally guilt free. So this Easter, try a cup of our lovely chocolatey tea for something a little bit different. It makes a nice Easter gift too!

The teapigs range contains only the very best whole leaf tea, not the dust found in a normal tea bag. The teas come in their special tea temples, a biodegradable mesh bag that gives the leaves lots of room to infuse, so you get all the taste of loose tea but with the convenience of a bag.

teapigs are available in the following flavours: everyday brew, Darjeeling earl grey, chai tea, chilli chai, chocolate flake tea, mao feng green tea, green tea with mint, popcorn tea, jasmine pearls, silver tips white tea, tung ting oolong, rooibos, rooibos creme caramel, spiced winter red, lemon and ginger, chamomile flowers, peppermint tea, pure lemongrass, super fruit, liquorice and peppermint, yerba mate, organic matcha.

Where to find teapigs: www.teapigs.co.uk, Waitrose, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, John Lewis Food Hall and Whole Foods Market.

teapigs have a shop online and each blend comes in a range of sizes and prices.

For further P.R. information on the products or images please contact: Jessica Filbey at team TASTE on 0207 242 2844 or jessicaf@taste-pr.com

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Redefining The Modern Wine Experience

Josh McFadden, the 31 yr. old Creative Director and Founder of Proof Wine Collective (a creative company dedicated to developing small-production, critically-acclaimed wineries) has big plans for a space of his own. The self-taught entrepreneur has spent over ten years mastering the ins and outs of the wine industry: working harvest, sommelier at restaurants, wine buyer, wine shop clerk, cellar rat, cook, server, and wine label designer… He’s been there!

After 4 years of building Proof from the ground up, Josh is ready to catapult himself into the next big project. Turncoat Wine Co. will be a wine bar located in the center of the rapidly growing wine region that is the Central Coast of California. Not only will it be a wine bar, the 4000 sq. ft. space will also offer a full service restaurant, wine shop, lesson room for tastings, and also act as an event location. Turncoat will create a much larger wine presence in the small downtown of San Luis Obispo, and put the area on the map as a top destination for lovers of wine, art and food. It is set to open its doors in early 2013.

The space will be a “living gallery”, as Josh describes it. “Imagine the most interesting party you’ve ever been to: you are meeting fascinating people, including awesome winemakers, offering you wines you’ve never seen, you are being offered food from the season you’ve never tasted, and you have at your disposal over 500 wines from wineries located everywhere in the world. The place will be a display of sensations, and the play between all of them: an interpretation-gasm.”

Needless to say, Josh is intent that Turncoat will be a work of art in itself. His repertoire includes labels on display at the SF MOMA, Trader Joes, as well as for many of the top wine producers of Paso Robles and Santa Barbara like Herman StorySans LiegeField RecordingsAlta Maria, and Force of Nature.

“The winemakers I’ve worked with, just like myself, don’t come from money or privilege.” Josh brings up. “We’ve had to make our own way and we couldn’t have made it this far without the support from our friends.”

In preparation for Turncoat, Proof Wine Collective has put together a compelling campaign to raise money and awareness on the crowd-funding site Kickstarter.com. They’re trying to raise $25,000 by Dec. 3rd in order to help fund some of the initial start up costs of the wine bar. Rewards for support vary from graphic t-shirts, fine art prints, and custom art pieces inspired by yourself. “One print we made is called Wine Pangea which is my attempt to simplify and beautify the world of wine; and the other is called Presidential Drugs of Choice it’s a print detailing every drug/vice done by each President,” explained Josh.  Both the prints reflect Proof’s unique creative style which reappropriates vintage engravings with colors, elegant typography, and new information.

Proof Wine Collective was founded in 2008 in order to create a world where curious and creative spirits may fall in love with wine. Visit their website atwww.proofwinecollective.com.

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teapigs Mix n Match Selection Box Is The Perfect Gift This Christmas

If you are looking for the perfect gift this year, teapigs, the online tea shop have got just the thing! Their mix n match tea selection, which features a range of herbal teas and green teas, is perfect when the cold winter weather gets a bit too much for us.

Louise, teapigs tea taster says “We’re a nation of tea drinkers. There is nothing better than settling down watching your favourite programme with a proper, great tasting cuppa; especially when the snow is falling and temperatures are in the minuses! That is why we have decided to release a selection box of mini packs of tea, you get to choose yourself and enjoy 12 different blends – your very own tea tasting set!”

A set of 12 very cute mini packs of tea in a lovely gift box. You get to pick the teas yourself so you can be sure to get something they’ll love. You can choose from twenty-one different blends ranging from classics like Everyday brew and Darjeeling earl grey, naturally caffeine free herbal infusions such as peppermint and lemon & ginger and for the more adventurous, popcorn and chilli chai! There are teas to suit everyone’s tastes.

The teapigs range contains only the very best whole leaf tea – not the dust found in a normal tea bag. The teas come in their special tea temples – a biodegradable mesh bag that gives the leaves lots of room to infuse, so you get all the taste of loose tea but with the convenience of a bag.

Each mini pack of tea contains two tea temples, available exclusively atwww.teapigs.co.uk. You can also find some brilliant tea gifts as well. Visit the website today, choose your favourite teas and then sit back and enjoy the festive period with great tasting teapigs tea.

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The Jamaica Epicurean Escape – Something For Every Taste And Budget

Jamaica will host its first international food festival,  The Jamaica Epicurean Escape (JEE), November 29 to December 2, 2012 in St Ann. The four-day event will include different types of activities at three different venues targeting different markets.

It will kick off on Thursday 29 with a black tie dinner, an exclusive, high-end affair which will be catered by a team of Jamaica’s best gourmet chefs and will be held at the UDC’s (Urban Development Corporation) Roaring River Great House. Proceeds from this event will finance a foundation which will target the feeding of needy Jamaican children and will also support the development of young and upcoming chefs. On Friday 30, the action will be on Main Street Ocho Rios which will host restaurateurs and street food vendors against a backdrop of music and entertainment. The main event is on Richmond Estate in Priory, St Ann, from Saturday to Sunday and will host some 80 Jamaican chefs as well restaurants and food vendors.

Marcia McDonnough, managing director of Touchstone Productions and team leader of the JEE project elaborates on the concept. “Although Jamaica is well known for its delectable and varied food offerings, and while we do offer many food events, we do not currently have a sophisticated, international food festival such as the likes of the Aspen Food Festival, South Beach Food and Wine, and so on. We feel that in light of the island’s 50th anniversary year celebrations, the time has come for this to change as we are a prime destination to offer a world-class food event. The festival will bring together the best of everything local and international in the food industry; chefs; food; music. It will feature classy sidewalk cafés and lounges in themed zones within the festival grounds. In addition, it will feature unique and exciting food and table displays, show cooking, demonstrations and symposia. A fully manned Youth Village will offer interesting edutainment for children while giving parents the chance to enjoy the offering. The weekend will be a one of a kind experience for all ages, visitors and locals.”

Miss McDonnough went on to explain that the Jamaica Epicurean Escape is being developed as an annual signature event that will harness Jamaica’s culinary and cultural appeal and thus provides the ideal vehicle for promoting the island to foodies at home and abroad.

The event will have the benefit of an intensive marketing campaign both locally and among the Diaspora as the patronage of some 10,000 foodies worldwide will be targeted to come and enjoy the offerings of food an entertainment at all JEE events.

To facilitate attendance an integral element will be a shuttle service that will ferry patrons from central points across the island to and from the event. In fact the JEE experience begins on entering the vehicle that will transport the guests. Karen Peart of Y Stress, the official concierge partner of the JEE who will also manage the transportation programme, noted that “driving long distances can be stressful and tiring so we believe that stress-free travel arrangements can only bring added value to our guests.

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Enhance Your Cooking Experience with Cooktorial iPhone Application

WEBST Consulting S.A., a mobile application developer, proudly announces the launch of its new project, «Cooktorial», available for iPhone and iPod Touch. Cooktorial is a recipes application, mainly addressed to the novice cook, although it can be of value to the more skilled cook as well, given that its main idea is to suggest what can be cooked based solely on the ingredients already available at home.

In fact, the main attribute setting Cooktorial apart from the rest of the cooking applications available on App Store is that, using Cooktorial, one can browse recipes which can be cooked using ingredients they already have, instead of finding a recipe which will, almost certainly, require a visit to the super-market. Cooktorial implements an easy-to-use interface, a database of over 1.000 recipes, images and thorough description of each recipe, as well as providing the user with the option of filtering the results by preparation time, cuisine type and difficulty level.

Furthermore, with a single tap the user can generate a list with the most commonly found ingredients, which can be easily edited and will be automatically stored for future use.

Last but not least, using Cooktorial does not require an internet connection, allowing thus the user to browse recipes without the use of a 3G or a Wi-Fi network. Cooktorial is a Free application available on Apple’s App Store. Users may enhance it by purchasing any of the two available In Apps, allowing them to perform unlimited number of searches within the app and to remove the Ads.

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Perlage Systems, Inc. To Release Cocktail Carbonating System

On July 20th, Perlage Systems, Inc. will launch the Perlini Cocktail Carbonating System, at New Orleans’ Tales of the Cocktail. Perlini is the first and only carbonation product designed by and for professional bartenders, specifically for use in commercial environments, and specifically tailored to the needs of bars and restaurants.

“The craft of making cocktails has been around for over two centuries, so it’s rare when something comes along that is entirely new,” says Jamie Boudreau, noted mixologist.” Perlini is that rare, truly revolutionary product. Perlini gives us a whole new set of techniques, flavors, and textures to work with , and that is very exciting to the profession.”

Currently, sparkling cocktails are created by the addition of an effervescent component, like soda or Champagne. This results in a lightly carbonated drink that is diluted by that added carbonated beverage. Perlini, by contrast, infuses all the ingredients in the drink with effervescence —including the alcohol– creating a vigorously sparkling cocktail with persistent bubbles, as with a fine Champagne.  Perlini create s a multitude of unexplored options by using carbonation to create an entirely new category of cocktail.

“In 2004, on a whim, I showed the owners of the ZigZag Café in Seattle how to make a sparkling Cosmopolitan with an early prototype of the Perlage Champagne Preservation System,” says Evan Wallace, founder and president of Perlage Systems, Inc. It was kind of meant as a joke, but t hey just about flipped. Their enthusiasm spurred us to start working on a device specifically designed to carbonate cocktails, and that’s how the Perlini concept was born,” “Perlini was conceived in a bar, and we designed it from the ground up with constant input and feedback from professional bartenders to create the perfect tool—one that would work in the chaotic environment of a busy bar without impacting the traditional workflow of cocktail production.”

Even beyond the realm of mixology, the Perlini has a multitude of uses in the workplace as well as in the home. With its commercial and home versions, this product allows anyone and everyone to get in touch with their creative side. Chefs are finding dozens of uses for this device ranging from carbonating garnishes and marinating chicken, to creating sauces and more . From creating your own sparkling water, to carbonating cocktails, juices and even your coffee, there is an infinite number of possible concoctions—limited only by the imagination.

Perlini retails for $199 and comes with shaker, pressurizing filler, and 12 CO2 cartridges in an aluminum attaché case.

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Enagic USA, Inc Launches New Kangen Water SD501U Water Filtration Device

Enagic, Inc. has recently introduced a brand new water filtration device, the Kangen Water™ model SD501U. Packed with all the same power of Enagic’s flagship product, the SD501, this water filtration system can be directly mounted underneath an existing countertop for better storage. For more information please visit http://www.phdrinkingwater.com.

The new Kangen Water™ SD501U filtration device comes with a very generous, bumper to bumper five-year warranty and comes with all the standard features available with the high-quality family of ionizers from Enagic USA, Inc. Each device has the ability to create all forms of Kangen Water™, including strong, neutral, acidic and strong acidic. Kangen Water™ is one of the purest antioxidants one can ingest. With this new under-the-counter device, owners can easily store the unit out of sight while easily accessing the benefits of fresh Kangen Water™. With some simple adjustments to a customer’s existing sink a counter mounted discharge port allows for easy access of the Kangen Water™ SD501U machine. The Enagic, Inc. filtration devices no longer have to sit on a kitchen counter top taking up valuable counter space. Kangen Water™ does not have to be used just for physical consumption either. Many people are using KANGEN water for cooking and bathing and not just for drinking. Cooking with Kangen Water™ has been known to enhance the taste of food and bathing in Kangen Water™ has been known to work wonders on all types of hair and skin conditions. Kangen Water™ has also been known to have amazing rejuvenating powers, helping the body to return to its original healthy state. Chronically ill patients have discovered that Kangen Water™ has aided them in the recovery from many illnesses. Enagic’s larger devices have the ability to be used in a restaurant or small-scale food industry settings providing chefs with amazing results. Enagic’s water ionizers come with self-cleaning capabilities so that there is no need to dismantle the device in order to clean it.

For more information or to watch a quick video as to how this water’s magic really works for everyday people and the benefits that Kangen Water™ filtration machines can bring a person please visit http://www.phdrinkingwater.com.

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Allergiesandme.com Carries Many Products For Those With Special Dietary Needs

The company is offering their online customers great discounts and lower shipping costs. Allergiesandme.com carries many products for those with special dietary needs including allergy free foods and gluten free products for those with food allergies or disorders like Celiac Disease.

Allergiesandme.com is now teaming up with the well-known food allergy publication, Allergic Living Magazine, to offer their valued online readers a special discount. From now until December 31st, shoppers will be able to take an additional 10% off their product orders. The company is also announcing a recent reduction in their shipping costs. “We have been able to take advantage of some reduced fees, and will be passing these directly on to our customers. “Our company strives to provide the best possible value in today’s hard hit economy. I know that feeding a family with traditional diet requirements is hard, so we want to offer a greater level of assistance to families with food restrictions”, according to the company owner, Jamie Stern.

The online retailer, www.Allergiesandme.com, launched their internet store in August and has grown quickly. Customer feedback has been positive regarding the stress-free shopping on their “user-friendly” allergen search database, as well as the extensive product and ingredient information. “Our shoppers have been happy with the website’s easy navigation and all the information we provide” says owner, Jamie Stern. “Our team is continuing to add even more unique, specialty foods and personal use items weekly”.

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Tequila Cocktails By Voodoo Tiki Tequila Just in Time for National Tequila Day

Feel some heat coming your way? Tequila drinkers around the world wait in anticipation as National Tequila Day (July 24th) and Mexican Independence Day (September 16th) loom right around the corner. This year, Voodoo Tiki Tequila will be introducing one-of-a-kind cocktails to spice up your night. Make the best of your National Tequila Day with the smooth, refreshing taste of the Prickly Pear Margarita or light up the sky for Mexican Independence Day with a Tiki Torch Mar-Tiki. Also be sure to spice up your life with a loved one or enjoy the warmth of a few friends by sipping on Voodoo Tiki Tequila’s Platinum Mar-Tiki.

Filled to the brim with flavor, Voodoo Tiki combines both splash and zing, making your drink more sizzling and tasteful than ever. Each bottle of Voodoo Tiki Tequila is hand blown, and is inscribed with words such as, “happiness,” “love,” and“success.” These words have been said to bring magic to the owner of the bottle.

Celebrate the holidays right, by adding some magic to your night:

Voodoo Tiki Tequila

National Tequila Day (July 24, 2009)
Prickly Pear Margarita
2 oz Voodoo Tiki Desert Rose Prickly Pear Infused Tequila
1/2 oz Triple Sec
1 oz Orange Juice
2 oz Sour Mix
1/2 Grenadine

Rim: Salt or Sugar
Serve: Up Rocks Frozen
Garnish: Sugar Coated Lime Wheel

Mexican Independence Day (September 16, 2009)
Tiki Torch Mar-Tiki
3 1/2 oz Voodoo Tiki Anejo Tequila
1 oz Everclear or Grain Alcohol (float and ignite)
1 1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice

Rim: Sugar
Serve: Up
Garnish: Sugar Covered Lime Wedge

About Voodoo Tiki Tequila:
Voodoo Tiki Tequila is made in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico in the region known as “Corazon de los altos,” renowned for being blessed by nature with geographic features integral to the cultivation of the sweetest and largest “Agave Azul.” Voodoo Tiki Tequila offers a full range of high concept, high quality Ultra-Premium and Super-Premium hand-crafted tequila made from the highest quality 100% Weber Blue agaves aged between 10 and 12 years. Voodoo Tiki Tequila Corp. chooses only the biggest and sweetest agaves, which are baked between 26-48 hours, and to ensure the finest flavors, their tequila is distilled twice. The brand is currently sold in 23 states and 4 countries!

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Eden Springs Launches Online Hydration Calculator

Eden Springs, the UK’s leading water cooler supplier, have just released a new hydration calculator that enables people to work out how much water they should be drinking. This online tool calculates your optimum daily water intake by taking into account a person’s gender, age, weight and exercise routine. The hydration calculator is available in the services section of the Eden Springs website.

It is commonly accepted that we all require a certain amount of water to maintain optimum health, energy and concentration. It is also reported that most people fall short of this daily requirement. What is less understood is exactly how much water we need.

Everyone is familiar with the ‘8 glasses a day’ or “7 glasses per day” arguments, but these rumours often understate our true requirements and don’t take into account the differences in a person’s age, weight and lifestyle. On the flip side, drinking too much water is not ideal either so it’s important for an individual to learn about their own requirements with some level of accuracy.

Damien Higgins, Marketing Manager at Eden Springs says “Eden Springs have released this calculator to give existing customers and website visitors a way of working out how many glasses of water they might need and it’s a reminder to us all that we should be refilling our glasses as we go about our day.”

“We’ve also just released a new range of low cost bottled water cooler rental plans, and this calculator helps people to work out how many bottles of water they might need each month for their home or office. Of course, we can also deliver additional bottles to their doorstep at short notice if they find they’re running short.”

The hydration calculator is a continuation of Eden Springs ‘Well-Being at Work’ philosophy, which encourages the consumption of water in the workplace to improve health, energy, focus and concentration.

Eden Springs is a recognised European brand and the leading supplier of bottled and plumbed-in water coolers in the UK. Based in Glasgow, they supply and service 130,000 water coolers held by more than 80,000 customers across the country. To learn more about Eden Springs, or to view a complete range of water coolers, please visit EdenSprings.co.uk.

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SeamlessWeb Users Can Now Browse and Order from Local Restaurants Via Mobile Phones

SeamlessWeb, the nation’s leading online food ordering service, today announced the launch of its mobile Web site and iPhone Web App. The SeamlessWeb mobile site, available on any Web-enabled mobile device at www.seamlessweb.com, allows SeamlessWeb’s hundreds of thousands of hungry users to view menus and order meals from more than 3,500 restaurants in over 22 cities. The site was developed in response to high demand from SeamlessWeb customers for the ability to order food on-the-go.

Users can now log into existing accounts or create a new account from their mobile device and take advantage of the same features and functionality as the original Web site, including:

• Viewing up-to-date menus from 3,500+ restaurants in 22 cities
• Finding and sort through restaurants that deliver to your address
• Paying and tip by credit card
• Re-ordering favorite meals in just two clicks

“The ability to order food on mobile phones allows our customers to take advantage of the convenience of ordering food through SeamlessWeb whenever hunger strikes,” said Jason Finger, co-founder and CEO of SeamlessWeb. “Customers now have the ability to use our site wherever they are, breaking the barrier for those without access to a computer and further saving time from traditional food ordering methods.”

Users can also access the mobile site from any desktop or PC by visiting www.seamlessweb2go.com. SeamlessWeb’s mobile site is powered by Usablenet, a mobile partner for other leading brands, including American Airlines, Amtrak, Limited Brands, Marriott Hotels, Nissan and Pfizer.

About SeamlessWeb
SeamlessWeb is a comprehensive, web-based food ordering system that links companies and individuals with local restaurants, caterers and onsite dining providers. SeamlessWeb was founded in 1999 with the mission of providing companies, customers, and restaurants with an efficient and cost-effective method of purchasing and accounting for food. Since then, SeamlessWeb has become the industry leader in online food ordering, processing almost 1.5 million orders per month, and now services over 3,500 clients, 3,000 restaurant partners and over 500,000 individual users in cities throughout the U.S. and London.

About Usablenet
Usablenet’s unique mobile Web platform provides leading brands with a new channel to extend marketing, commerce and client service efforts to their customers. It offers companies a fully managed service called Usablenet Mobile that translates all existing Web site functionality to a full-featured mobile interface. The solution requires no IT or Web resources on the client side, works on all Web-enabled mobile devices worldwide and can be implemented in six weeks. Usablenet customers include American Airlines, Amtrak, Limited Brands, Marriott Hotels, Nissan and Pfizer. Founded in 2000, Usablenet is a private company headquartered in New York City with offices in Italy. For more information, visit www.usablenet.com

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World Panda Healthy Herbal Drink (Panda Sober Drink)

“World Panda Healthy Herbal Drink” (Panda Sober Drink), a very inspirational Sober-upproduct, is Dr. Chao’s own patented product that comes from a line of 130-year-old formulas developed and first used by Dr. Chao’s ancestors back in 1878. This 100% all-natural herbal beverage is manufactured in the state of Wisconsin, and has been certified by the National Food Laboratory of America to be sugar-free, calorie-free, caffeine-free, contains no preservatives and no artificial sweeteners of any kind.

Consuming alcohol may cause headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, unclear mind, uncomfortable stomach, thirstiness, and a bitter taste, and can also cause severe headache, stomach ache, loss of appetite, and a lethargic feeling from a previous night of alcohol consumption.

Drinking 1 to 3 cans of Panda Drink before consuming alcohol, or mixing it with alcohol, will allow individuals to drink three times more alcohol without getting drunk and dizzy.

When drunk, drinking 3 to 5 cans of Panda Drink will allow individuals to quickly recover from alcohol intoxication within three hours, relieving the symptoms of headache, dizziness, vomiting, thirstiness, and clearing the bitter taste, as well as avoiding a severe headache the next day. This drink enables the individual to restore his or her natural state of mind, so that they can function normally the next day.

The herbs in the Panda Drink contain special enzymes that help alcohol dehydrogenase break down alcohol quicker, then quickly convert the alcohol to harmless water and carbon dioxide and thus can be discharged rapidly through urine. At the same time, the herbs of Panda Drink help to balance the functions of the liver and the heart, improve the metabolism of cerebrum cells, and increase the cells’ absorption rate of oxygen. According to Dr.Chao’s expertise, people can avoid the harm from alcohol and won’t get drunk if alcohol can be converted into harmless water and carbon dioxide quickly. Therefore, drinking with Panda Drink will help people keep a clear head even when drinking great quantities of alcohol.

In order to expand our service, we are looking for business partner who has the financial capability and sales experience in the beverage industry to join the company’s management team.

For more information on the sober up drink, and to purchase it, please call U.S. PANDA FOODS & BEVERAGES INC. at 1-877-237-2426.

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