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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.

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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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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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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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UK’s most comprehensive and innovative catering show returns for biggest event to date

Manchester , UK, 2014-6-20 — /EPR Food & Beverage News/ — “The Show” organised by the country’s leading distributor of catering equipment, Lockhart Catering Equipment, is arriving in Manchester on Wednesday 25th June for its first event outside of London.

In its fifth successful year “The Show” can proudly call itself one of the UK’s most comprehensive and innovative catering shows, and has attracted industry experts including mixologist James Trevillion from Bonzer and TV chef and food consultant Andy Bates from Brazilian Street Feasts to its first northern event.

Having been well received with customers and suppliers alike, the event will offer up its winning recipe of demonstrations, the unique opportunity to see new product ranges before anyone else and the chance to network with over 30 leading suppliers.

The innovation zone is a must visit for any industry professional who likes to stay one step ahead of innovative tools where there will be the chance to see the latest equipment in action, and not to be missed tasting sessions. Delegates will also be offered a tour of the world famous football stadium.

“The Show” will return to Wembley later in the year, with dates to be announced in the coming months.

Attendance is by pre-registration only, so to reserve your place or if you have any queries, email the.shownorth@bunzl.co.uk, call 03701 678678 or register directly here.

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Exhibitors and customers network at last year’s show.
Exhibitors and customers network at last year’s show.
Lockhart’s representative mixing things up at last year’s show at Wembley.
Lockhart’s representative mixing things up at last year’s show at Wembley.

For more information please contact Lisa Kelly (lisa.kelly@silverbean.com) or Layla Grant (layla.grant@silverbean.com) of Silverbean on 0191 406 1200

Notes to editor

Lockhart Catering is country’s leading distributor of catering equipment, supplying the largest range of light and heavy equipment available to the UK caterer. Lockhart is not affiliated to particular manufacturers, allowing them to offer a wide range of options and, more importantly, advise what’s right for specific client requirements.

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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Allens Catering Hire Asks ‘Is Quality Chair Hire on Your Christmas List?’

With Christmas party season fast approaching, a leading UK hire company is urging organisers to place high quality chairs on their Christmas list.

Allens Catering Equipment & Furniture Hire provides party chairs and much more to London and the South of England. Thanks to years of experience in the events industry, the company knows just how important it is to ensure that visitors are seated comfortably. With a matter of weeks remaining until the season of good will, it is important that event organisers nail down suitable chair hire; or they could find themselves relying on a Christmas miracle.

One of the most popular seating choices of the past few years is the Allens Hire range of Camelot chairs, in silver and white or festive gold. A wide range of other colours are also available.

Camelot chairs have enjoyed tremendous popularity in recent times; particularly after they were chosen to seat the Beckham wedding reception. Sometimes referred to as the Chivari or Chiavari chair, these attractive party chairs are a modern reinterpretation of a luxury chair which originated in Chiavari, Italy.

The chairs have seated some of the most prestigious venues in the world, including the Sydney Opera House and the National Portrait Gallery. They’re also a regular feature in celebrity magazines and lifestyle programmes. As such these glamorous chairs are the perfect choice for the biggest event in your annual social calendar.

In addition to a super strong yet lightweight build, these chairs are built with stackability and transport in mind. Steel bolts are used instead of screws for maximum safety and stability.

When customers place an order with Allens, their chairs are thoroughly inspected before delivery. Any necessary repainting or repairs are completed before hand. All customers need to do is choose the style of chairs which best suit their needs and place their order as soon as possible.

Kevin McGuinness, owner of Allens Catering Equipment & Furniture Hire, said: “Christmas parties are often the biggest event in a business’ social calendar. As such it is amongst the busiest periods in the hire industry.

“The best way to ensure that any event is suitably furnished is to place an order as soon as possible; especially when choosing the most popular ranges, such as our beautiful Camelot chairs. We currently have 11 lorries, a number of fully staffed premises and many furniture hire collections to choose from; so we’re well placed to meet seasonal requirements.

“If you have a particular chair on your Christmas list it pays to make a booking now”.

For more information on tables, chairs, cutlery, glassware and catering equipment for your Christmas party, pay a visit to http://www.allenshire.co.uk today.

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Legendary Spanish restaurant elBulli goes on display at London’s Somerset House

For many of us ‘elBulli: Ferran Adrià and The Art of Food’, a new exhibition opening at the Embankment Galleries of London’s Somerset House on Friday 5th July 2013, will be as close to eating at the famous Spanish restaurant, its 50-course tasting menus, and its distinctive brand of molecular gastronomy as we will get – especially since it closed its doors in 2011.

The retrospective at the Embankment Galleries, Somerset House, gives visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Adrià’s unique cuisine. Chefs who worked at the restaurant under Adrià’s leadership included Heston Blumenthal whose restaurant at London restaurant, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, at the Mandarin Oriental in Knightsbridge ranks among the most prestigious London restaurants.

The multimedia exhibition at Somerset House offers an insight into the research behind each dish, revealed through handwritten notes and sketches. Also on display are plasticine models which were made for all the dishes – and the elBulli team invented 1,846 of them – used as a means of quality control for colour, portion size and position on the plate.

The London show is a taster of what is next for elBulli – Adrià intends to reopen in 2015 with a foundation to safeguard the legacy of the restaurant and to create Bullipedia, a central resource documenting culinary history and providing research material for chefs around the world.

In addition to the exhibition, which continues until 29th September 2013, there’s the chance to meet the man himself at ‘An Audience with Ferran Adrià’ on the opening night, Friday 5th July 2013, when he will discuss the afterlife of the restaurant, and his ongoing projects. Tickets, at £25, include a complimentary drink, and free entry to the exhibition (which has a standard entry fee of £10) until 9.30pm.

From 10th July onwards visitors can see two Embankment Galleries shows when they book a joint ticket for £12.50 (£10.50 concessions), £6.25 on Mondays (excluding Bank Holidays) which includes entry into ‘elBulli: Ferran Adrià’ and ‘The Art of Food and Miles Aldridge: I Only Want You To Love Me’, a major retrospective on the London-born photographer who has works in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria & Albert Museum.

For more information on all exhibitions and restaurants, new openings and the latest events in London go to LondonTown.com where a wide choice of London hotels to suit all budgets, information on restaurants, bars and cafes as well as all the major attractions is provided.

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Studio William To Be Featured in The London Design Festival 2012

The 2012 London Design Festival is likely to attract a lot of interest this year, and particular due to the release of some new dessert cutlery designed and manufactured by British cutlery company, Studio William.

Studio William’s cutlery has been purchased, showcased and utilised in a number of prominent exhibits and the Company can even boast that even the residents of No. 10 Downing Street use the cutlery designed in their Gloucestershire base.

The designs which will be showcased on the day have been create as part of Studio William’s cutlery sets design competition, where students have been given the opportunity to create cutlery designs which ultimately could be into production of showcased – the competition was an initiative launched by Studio William to inspire more talented designers into the process of cutlery design.

The winning designer of the competition was one Anabela Chan – Anabela’s design called leaf has now been incorporated into the Studio William range; it will also be sold utilising Studio William’s relationships with various prominent retailers including John Lewis, where the cutlery will go on sale form September, 2012.

All of the 54 competition entries will be showcased by Studio William at the design festival as a marker of contemporary British-led design. Rachel Church, curator in the sculpture, metalwork, ceramics and glass department at the V&A had this to say about the competition and Studio William’s designs: “The Studio William patterns represent excellent examples of contemporary British cutlery design. We are delighted to have acquired seven examples of the company’s design patterns for the national collection of metalwork at the V&A.”

On top of the showcasing of competition entries, Studio William will also celebrate the permanent inclusion of seven of its designs in the V&As permanent showcase.

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The National Trust joins fight to save the great British pud

The National Trust has announced it is backing a Government Minister’s call to save the great British pudding.

After being appointed in a recent cabinet reshuffle, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson urged people to be patriotic with their puddings, choosing traditional British recipes over foreign imports. In an interview with Farmers Weekly, Paterson said: “There is a huge dessert deficit in this country. We have a huge opportunity to replace imported desserts with desserts made here.”

He encouraged diners to swap desserts such as crème brulee and panna cotta, which use imported dairy products, for traditional favourites like apple crumble, treacle tart and spotted dick.

The news comes as the National Trust prepares to launch its autumn pudding campaign, with free puddings throughout the month of October with every lunchtime meal purchased in its selected cafes and restaurants.

The flavour of the month will be great British puddings, all made from seasonal ingredients – a reminder to visitors at National Trust places just how good a British pud can be.

A recent National Trust online poll of people’s favourite autumn puddings found that dishes using seasonal ingredients remained the popular first choice, despite the modern trend of year-round food availability using foreign imports*.

Clive Goudercourt, Development Chef for the National Trust, said: “We pride ourselves on baking our own food using the best of British ingredients, many grown on National Trust estates and farms.

“We hope our delicious, home-cooked puddings will inspire people to choose traditional recipes and celebrate Britain’s best food across the seasons.”

Clive added: “British, seasonal food is tastier, fresher and more nutritious. It is better value, better for the environment and better for your wallet.”

Delicious examples of fresh autumn food can be enjoyed for free when customers spend over £5.75 on a main lunchtime meal at over 100 National Trust locations across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

To find out more about this offer, and to download free recipes to help save the Great British pud, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/pudding and download a voucher (offer is valid from Monday 1st October until Wednesday 31st October 2012).

There’s also the chance to walk off those autumn puddings on a Great British Walk with the National Trust. Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/greatbritishwalk for more information and to download hundreds of free walking routes.

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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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Malmaison Launches New Summer Menu

Malmaison, the luxury boutique hotel brand in the UK, has announced the launch of a new Summer Menu at its brassieres.

The menus have been created by Head Chef John Woodward and his team, who have added some seasonal delights and exciting new dishes, including a seared yellow fin tuna salad nicoise, Greek salad with grilled halloumi and watermelon and, in the mains, guests can enjoy Cajun swordfish, delectable grilled polenta and more.

In addition to the new dishes, the Malmaison hotel restaurants still include Malmaison’s heartily portioned favourite Mal dishes, including the Mal’s prawn cocktail, ‘from the shore’ smoked salmon blini, crème fraiche and caviar, the legendary Mal Burger and the delicious Cornish Crab fritters with avocado, as well as six different choices from the grill. In keeping with the overall quality of the menu, all of the beef on offer is naturally reared, grass-fed and dry aged on the bone for a minimum of twenty eight days.

The new dessert menu includes a fresh summer berry pavlova, raspberry ‘Charlotte Royale’, an array of delicious ice cream sundaes and an artisan cheese slate with crackers and chutney. An iced fresh fruit plate is also available for those looking for something a bit lighter.

Guests at the brasseries can choose from a range of liqueurs and rich ports to enjoy with their desserts. Also paired well with dessert is the Irish coffee, the French coffee and the Espresso Martini.

The new Summer Cocktail Menu offers fresh and summery treats, including a ‘Brazilian Apple Blossom’ , ‘Coconut & Passion fruit Batidas’, ‘The Bees
Knees’ and the ‘Rising Sun’, made with Plata Tequila, Midori Lime, Tabasco and Sauvignon Blanc.

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Malmaison Launches A New Menu At Its Brasseries

Malmaison, a luxury boutique hotel brand in the UK, has announced the launch of a new menu at its brasseries, as well as updated bar and room service menus.

The menu includes an array of starters that feature seasonal offerings, such as the Scotch quail egg and bacon salad with a piccalilli vinaigrette and the ‘From the shore’ smoked salmon blini, creme fraiche and caviar.

In addition to the new starters, the Malmaison hotel restaurants offer an array of heartily portioned mains, including six different choices from the grill. In keeping with the overall quality of the menu, all of the beef on offer is naturally reared, grass-fed and dry-aged on the bone for a minimum of twenty eight days.

Vegetarians and seafood fans aren’t without options either. The new menu also includes a risotto primavera with young fresh vegetables and a hefty sprinkling of parmesan cheese. Seafood options include the yellow fin tuna steak and the salmon fish cake with spinach and parsley sauce.

Emma Benney, Group Marketing Director, said: “We are delighted with the new menu. It’s a return to the Malmaison classics, with a few new ones which are already becoming hot favourites. There’s a great selection, something for everyone. I personally recommend the Chicken Skewers and of course The Mal burger.”

The updated bar menu features a new wine list, headed-up by world renowned sommelier Johnny Walker. Every Malmaison bar also regularly hosts ‘Vino Voyages’ for wine enthusiasts and occasional wine drinkers alike. These events are presented by guest wine producers and include a large sit-down feast matched with various wines.

Another component of the new bar menu is the cocktail list, which features exotic mixed drinks like the Blackforest Martini as well as classics like the Tom Collins.

Also on offer for Spring 2012 is a new dessert menu, which includes a baked New York cheesecake with blueberries, an array of ice cream sundaes, a Valrhona chocolate tart and a classic vanilla crème brulee. The dessert menu also features an artisan cheese slate with crackers and chutney and an iced fresh fruit plate for those looking for something a bit lighter.

Guests at the brasseries can choose from a range of liqueurs and rich ports to enjoy with their desserts. Also paired well with dessert is the Irish coffee, the French coffee and the Espresso Martini.

The room service menu has also been upgraded to reflect the fresh ingredients of the season. It includes a range of starters, salads and mains, many of which are exclusive only to room service. The menu also offers a selection of sandwiches, the ideal option for guests wanting a light lunch. Catering to guests’ late-night cravings, the room service menu also features some ‘Midnight Munchies’, such as the British classic, beans on toast.

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Rise And Shine With The Co-Operative Food And Win £100 To Spend On Your Breakfast Favourites

When you want to put a spring in your step at the start of the day, the best way is to tuck into a hearty and nutritious breakfast that will set you up for the rigours of the day ahead.

And right now, you can take a giant step in the right direction, by entering The Co-operative Food’s weekly draw, for a chance to win £100 in vouchers to spend on your favourite treats for the most important meal of the day.

What’s more, because this is a weekly draw, you can enter each week and give yourself more than one chance of winning one of our mouthwatering top prizes.

The Co-operative Food is giving away seven £100 vouchers each week for the duration of the competition, and if you enter the competition on one week, you’ll even receive an email reminding you of the closing date for being included in the following week’s draw.

Alex Webb, Brand Manager Digital, from The Co-operative Food, said: “With families everywhere finding it tough just now to keep their fridges and kitchen cupboards stocked, we wanted to lighten the load on some of our loyal customers by giving them£100 to spend on ensuring that everyone can start the day on the right note, with a healthy and filling breakfast.

“If they wish, the lucky winners will be able to fill their fridge with a host of quality British products which are sourced especially for The Co-operative.

“So not only will they be helping themselves to a tasty prize, they’ll be able to mark the coming Diamond Jubilee in an appropriately British way – with a great traditional breakfast, all on us!”

Each entrant can also choose to receive a special breakfast bonus in the shape of vouchers entitling them to 50p off a one-litre carton of Tropicana orange juice, and a 200-gram jar of Nescafe Original instant coffee.

Entries for the last draw close on Tuesday May 22, and no purchase is necessary to take part. Entry is free and simple – just complete the online form at http://www.goodwithfood.co.uk/breakfastclub, where you will also find the full terms and conditions.

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New Spring Dining Deals from DiscountVouchers.co.uk Help UK Consumers Save

New bargain deals to eat out this spring have been sourced by voucher codes site DiscountVouchers.co.uk to help UK consumers save. The website, which offers consumers deals for more than 800 stores and retailers, has this week published new deals for eating out more affordably at La Tasca, Pizza Express and Toby Carvery.

One of the UK’s favourite Italian diners is Pizza Express and that chain is on show in the new DiscountVouchers.co.uk deals. Pizza Express is popular with both families and couples and thanks to the latest DiscountVouchers.co.uk Pizza Express voucher choices Brits can get themselves 3 courses for £12.95 and 25% Off Your Food Bill.

All the most popular restaurants and retailers regularly feature on the DiscountVouchers.co.uk site, and a top Spanish restaurant is on show at present in the shape of La Tasca. By logging onto the DiscountVouchers.co.uk site right now consumers can help themselves to new La Tasca vouchers which can be exchanged for Buy 1 Get 1 FREE on Tapas to share.

Top quality family roasts are available in the new deals in the shape of offers redeemable at popular UK chain Toby Carvery. This spring sees the DiscountVouchers.co.uk website offering diners new Toby Carvery vouchers which they can use to get 2 Daytime Carveries for £10 and Free Dairy Ice Cream with any Carvery Meal.

Doug Scott, managing director of DiscountVouchers.co.uk, commented, “The spring time is always a popular time to dine out and through these new deals we have made available consumers can enjoy top restaurants on a budget. Toby Carvery, Pizza Express and La Tasca are great places to dine out this April and May.”

DiscountVouchers.co.uk offers consumers money saving deals at major high street brands and specialist retailers, including stores like Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Travelodge, First Choice, lastminute.com and Boden.

For more information visit www.discountvouchers.co.uk.

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Golden Spoon Unveils New Website to Revitalize Brand

Golden Spoon, the popular Southern California frozen yogurt company, unveiled their hip new website highlighting the chain’s Southern California roots, it’s famous creamy taste, and even the frozen yogurt’s health benefits. “ We’ve only just begun to renew our brand and bring it back to life; the website is a reflection of what is to come,” said Golden Spoon’s CEO Roger Clawson.

Golden Spoon is Southern California’s original frozen yogurt. The look of the new website is simple and fresh, just like their ingredients, with classic Southern California beach images highlighting Golden Spoon’s heritage. It started in 1981 as a remodel of a health food store in Tustin, California, and has grown into a worldwide brand with an extremely loyal following. You can read all about the journey in the “About Us” section on the site.

The website spotlights the healthy attributes of Golden Spoon’s product made with real fruit and real milk , including full nutritional information for both low-fat and non-fat flavors. Another handy feature allows you to compare the nutritional value of Golden Spoon frozen yogurt to other foods such as ice cream, granola bars and smoothies.

The website is also a great place to find out about new flavors and new additions, like thenew eco-friendly yogurt cups, which biodegrade in only 21 days. Along with the new design and eco-friendly cups, Golden Spoon is also introducing a revolutionary new pricing method, one without scales. Most competing frozen yogurt stores provide one over-sized cup for customers to fill with yogurt and toppings, and the cup is priced based on the total weight. You never know what your dessert will cost you until it is too late, and it’s very easy to go over-budget.

Golden Spoon is changing all that with an innovative, industry-first pricing structure they have trademarked as “Weightless Pricing.” Customers pay a single, fixed price for one of three cup sizes, then fill it with as much yogurt and as many toppings as they wish. Three stores, including Irvine, La Costa and Carlsbad, will launch the new store concept on May 12, 2012 with free yogurt all day.

And, if all the flavors and toppings are not enough variety, customers can also choose their service level. Tell a Golden Spoon “concierge” employee what you have in mind, and then relax as they swirl your yogurt and bring it to your table. Or, you can opt for a “hands-on” experience and create your own masterpiece.

“My father, Jeff Barnes, is the founder of Golden Spoon.  Since I can remember, the stores have always looked the same,” said Reed Barnes, Golden Spoon’s Director of Training.  “As an

owner of two stores, including the original Golden Spoon location in Lake Forest, I love the new direction, the new look and the new store concept.  It couldn’t be a better time to be a part of Golden Spoon Franchising.”

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The Co-Operative Flies The Flag For Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

The Co-operative Food is flying the flag for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a £10,000 party fund to give community groups and neighbourhoods across the UK the chance to win one of 100 street parties.

The community-based retailer, which has a store in every UK postal area, is backing the royal revelry as it gears up for what is expected to be one of the busiest summers on record with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Euro 2012, Wimbledon and the London Olympics.

The Diamond Jubilee weekend may be two months away, but “Jubilee fever” is already sweeping many parts of the country, with a bumper number of applications for road closures for street parties according to the Local Government Association.

People holding street parties over the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend (2 – 5 June, 2012) can win £100 worth of Co-operative vouchers to put towards the food, together with a party pack full of street party essentials including red, white and blue bunting, balloons, papers cups and plates, and Union Jacks.

Party organisers can enter by visiting Co-operative Food’s Diamond Jubilee Page and saying what’s special about their community and why they’ve decided to host a street party. Judges will be looking for entries that most touch their hearts and are the most community focused. The competition, launched today (12 April 2012), runs until 30 April 2012 inclusive.

Sales soared over last year’s bumper bank holiday for the royal wedding as shoppers made the most of the extended weekend and, with another extended bank holiday break for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, retailers are anticipating a repeat performance as party fever grips the nation.

Moreover, with three major sporting events – Euro 2012, Wimbledon and the London Olympics – in quick succession, retailers are hoping the sales momentum will continue throughout the summer.

The Co-operative is marking the celebrations with a host of new products, including a Teddy Bear Gingerbread Biscuit sporting a Union Jack T-shirt and limited edition doughnuts decorated with red, white and blue sprinkles – both available from 2 May, 2012*.

The community retailer will also be introducing two limited-edition premium own-brand British beers, appropriately named “Jubilation” and “Salutation”, which will be in store from 2 May, 2012**. Jubilation is a pale, diamond-bright beer made with malt from Warminster and Bramling Cross hops from Worcester to create a refreshing taste with a distinctly hopped finish.

Salutation is a classic British bitter, and the careful addition of two historic hop varieties – Goldings and Fuggles – creates a darkly-delicious beer with a satisfying bitterness. Both of the beers, which are part of The Co-operative Truly Irresistible range, are brewed by hand at the Freeminer brewery in the Royal Forest of Dean.

The Co-operative will also be offering better-than-half price Champagne and half-price Cava***.

Helen Nunn, Head of Marketing for The Co-operative Food, said: “For millions of people, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is a celebration of everything that’s great about Britain, and street parties are a quintessentially British way to celebrate.

“They are great neighbourhood occasions and, as a retailer at the heart of the communities in which we trade, we’re getting behind the Jubilee celebrations at a local level with a helping hand to make people’s street parties extra special and memorable.”

She added: “This summer is a spectacular season of events, and we’re gearing up to ensure we have everything our customers need to make the most of these unique occasions and celebrate together with family and friends.”

For more information, to enter the competition and for full terms and conditions, including judging criteria, please visit Co-operative Food’s Diamond Jubilee Page.

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Golden Spoon Expands To Qatar

Golden Spoon Franchising, the franchising arm of the largest frozen yogurt brand in Southern California, announced the signing of an agreement with the M.H. Al Mana Group of Companies to develop the Golden Spoon franchise throughout Qatar. The agreement is for the opening of eight or more stores over the next five years. Three stores are currently open in the Doha market area with five more to follow. The fourth location is expected to be open by April 30th with two more slated for the end of June 2012. The final two will open by the end of August 2012 for a total of eight stores.

“Signing the agreement to enter the Qatar market demonstrates our commitment to make Golden Spoon a leading global brand,” said Golden Spoon Franchising CEO Roger Clawson. “Our successful launch into Japan and the Philippines helped validate Golden Spoon’s international expansion into the Middle East Region and built our brand’s exposure worldwide. We look forward to replicating that success in Qatar with the M.H. AL Mana Group and throughout the GCC with other professional, multi-unit franchise developer groups.” Clawson said he plans to continue the health-conscious frozen yogurt brand’s worldwide expansion by signing master franchise agreements in the UAE, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait within the next 12 months. Golden Spoon also has its sights on key markets in Asia such as China, India and Vietnam.

“Golden Spoon is the only worldwide brand selling authentic frozen yogurt. Unlike most of our worldwide competitors, we insist that all of our products are produced and shipped from our dairy. The rest of the industry falls short by generally serving a reconstituted powdered mix that attempts to taste like their original U.S. product. The difference in taste, quality and overall value has set us apart for almost 30 years. One taste and you will know why we have led the industry since 1983,” said Clawson.

“Signing with the M.H. Almana Group of Companies is a great win for Golden Spoon,” Clawson said. A proven multi-unit developer and operator, the M.H. Almana Group of Companies has already developed a famous U.S. restaurant brand in Qatar. The M.H. Almana Group of Companies has many years of successful experience in retail operations. “We explored many franchising opportunities to add to the M.H. Almana Group of Companies family, and Golden Spoon matched well with our focus on bringing in brands that will be of value to the people in Qatar,” Abdulaziz Al Mana stated. “We feel Golden Spoon’s focus on local communities and its commitment to providing premium products at a great price creates an opportunity that is too good to pass up.” Golden Spoon’s community-centric focus adapts their model and flavors to fit varying cultures across the globe, all while maintaining a consistent and credible quality product.

When asked if any flavors would be developed to cater to the local taste palette, Clawson said apricot and additional regionally popular flavors would soon be added to the current menu. “However, we anticipate that our traditional Western flavors will also be popular.”

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DiscountVouchers.co.uk Sources New Dining Out Deals for March

Online retail codes specialist DiscountVouchers.co.uk is helping Brits to enjoy more eating out for their budgets this March thanks to it sourcing new restaurant deals. Shoppers trust DiscountVouchers.co.uk to save them money at more than 800 retailers and restaurants, with the site this week offering new deals redeemable at famous names Burger King, Pizza Express and Pizza Hut.

Enjoying some quality pizza without spending a fortune can be done this month thanks to the latest deals sourced for Pizza Hut. DiscountVouchers.co.uk has made available new Pizza Hut vouchers which UK diners can use to enjoy 5 Special Pizzas, 1 Special Price. Enjoy an 11”
Italian Meat Feast, Margherita, Veg Supreme, Pepperoni or Hawaiian for just £5 each. Restaurant, Collection or Delivery.

The most popular restaurants feature regularly on DiscountVouchers.co.uk, and this week another top name on show is Burger King. Flame-grilled burgers and sandwiches can be had from the DiscountVouchers.co.uk site right now using new Burger King vouchers to get deals like Get Any £1.99 Sandwich Deal Any Day with a Wild Card.

Another of the UK’s most popular pizza parlours on show in the new deals on DiscountVouchers.co.uk right now is Pizza Express. Families can look forward to fresh pizza and pasta thanks to new Pizza Express vouchers offering 25% Off Your Food Bill and 4 Classic or Leggera pizzas for £20.

Doug Scott, managing director of DiscountVouchers.co.uk, says, “Because we stay on top of all the very latest deals all the time we can offer our users great dining deals like these. The new offers for Burger King, Pizza Hut and Pizza Express can help diners enjoy more for their budget this March.”

DiscountVouchers.co.uk offers consumers money saving deals at major high street brands and specialist retailers, including stores like Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Travelodge, First Choice, lastminute.com and Boden.

For more information visit www.discountvouchers.co.uk.

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Get in-store Mother’s Day dedications at The Co-operative

With just a few days left until Mother’s Day, millions of people across the UK are no doubt wondering just how they’re going to show their appreciation for their mums this weekend. If you’re not sure how to make this Mother’s Day truly irresistible, wonder no more – because the Co-operative is offering you the chance to send a special message to your mum via its online and in-store radio station. If you’re stuck for ideas you’re unable to spend time with your mum this Mother’s Day, you can simply drop her a line through the Co-operative Radio.

To find out more, simply visit  goodwithfood.co.uk/radio to make a song request or leave a message for the Co-op’s resident DJs to read out on the day itself. Co-operative Food stores across the country will be tuned in to the Co-operative Radio next Sunday, so if your mum’s doing her shopping for Mother’s Day meals she may well hear your message or request while she’s out and about. And even if you’re not planning on visiting your local Co-operative Food store on Mother’s Day, you can simply choose to listen in online and wait for your song or message to appear.

Melanie Rushton – digital marketing and development manager at The Co-operative Food– encouraged anyone looking for a special way to mark Mother’s Day to get involved, and said it could be the ideal way to show gratitude to dedicated mums.

“This is a lovely way to help make Mother’s Day even more special, and put a smile on the faces of our hard-working and deserving mums,” she explained.

However, anyone who wants to request a track or send a message to their mother via the Co-operative Radio will need to be quick to avoid disappointment – the deadline for requests is on Thursday March 15th.

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New Spring Dining Deals on DiscountVouchers.co.uk Help Brits to Eating Out on a Budget

Internet voucher codes specialist DiscountVouchers.co.uk has this week published new deals to help UK diners save money at top restaurants this spring. The money-saving deals site has introduced a new choice of offers redeemable against savings at Pizza Express, Toby Carvery and Cafe Rouge right now.

Eating out at popular Italian chain Pizza Express can be done on a budget this spring thanks to the new DiscountVouchers.co.uk deals. All consumers need to do is log on and download new Pizza Express vouchers which they can then use to get themselves great value offers like 25% off your food bill and 4 Classic or Leggera pizzas for £20.

Cafe Rouge is among the UK’s most popular French restaurant chains and serves up great quality French cooking in a trendy environment. This spring DiscountVouchers.co.uk has new Cafe Rouge vouchers available to help users get more for their money – deals on show include big value offers like 2 for 1 Main Courses.

Savings on breakfasts and lunches can also be had this spring at popular nationwide chain the Toby Carvery thanks to the latest DiscountVouchers.co.uk dining deals. Consumers can log on and get their hands on new Toby Carvery vouchers like 2 Breakfasts for £6 and 2 Daytime Carveries for £10.

Doug Scott, managing director of DiscountVouchers.co.uk, commented, “We help our users to enjoy big savings at all the most famous names in retail, and this spring we’ve some great savings available at top restaurants too. Consumers who want to get more dining out for their money this March should log on and download the latest Pizza Express, Cafe Rouge and Toby Carvery right now.”

DiscountVouchers.co.uk offers consumers money saving deals at major high street brands and specialist retailers, including stores like Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Travelodge, First Choice, lastminute.com and Boden.

For more information visit www.discountvouchers.co.uk.

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