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Alimentum Makes The Sunday Telegraph Top 50 Summer Restaurants List

Alimentum Restaurant in Cambridge, renowned for its affordable, ethical, award-winning food was placed runner up in the prestigious Observer Food Monthly Best Restaurants in Great Britain Awards recently, joining The Fat Duck at Bray in the Southern area selections. Moro in London took the overall prize – as voted by readers of the Guardian / Observer titles.

The online review says simply “Gorgeous menus using organic and locally sourced produce.”

And in August The Sunday Telegraphs Jasper Gerard voted Alimentum one of his top 50 summer restaurants in the UK after dining at the restaurant in July

“…This French classic is rarely executed with much panache in England, but this is as delicious as I’ve tasted… there is plenty of gastro promise here and I heartily recommend it.”
– Jasper Gerard, The Telegraph

Speaking about the influential recognition the restaurant has achieved of late, owner John Hudgell commented “This is just superb recognition of all that we are striving to achieve at the restaurant. To be placed as a runner up alongside Heston Blumenthal and his team has made everyone here feel a little bit special – and rightly so! And Jasper Gerard doesn’t pull any punches either so we’re obviously doing lots of things right.

August has been quite a month for us as we’ve also just received news that we’ve been shortlisted for another RSPCA Award – having picked up the Innovation Award in 2008 we have this year been nominated in the Independent Restaurant category and are looking forward to the awards night on October 7th.

For details on the RSPCA nomination click here: www.caterersearch.com.

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Who Says There’s No Such Thing As A Free Lunch (Or Dinner)?

Who says there’s no such thing as a free lunch (or dinner)? To celebrate the launch of their new website, Alimentum Restaurant Cambridge is giving customers the chance to win a meal for two, up to the value of £100, every month for a year at Alimentum! Furthermore, there are twelve runner up prizes of dinner for two, again worth £100 per meal.*

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To enter this fabulous competition, simply visit restaurantalimentum.co.uk and follow the instructions on the screen. Closing date for entries is September 30th 2009, and the lucky winner will be announced at the restaurant by owner John Hudgell in the first week of October.

Since opening in 2007, Alimentum has been quietly making a name for itself, winning three AA Rosettes, runner up at The Observer Food Monthly awards 2008, as well as a RSPCA Good Business award for their commitment to the ethical values of the restaurant. Head chef Mark Poynton recently joined the restaurant from nearby two-Michelin starred Midsummer House, where he spent seven years in the kitchen. Mark draws on his extensive Michelin Star restaurant experience to create dishes brimming with quality and originality at Alimentum. Starters from Mark’s new menu at Alimentum includeVelouté of pea with lardo and pea shoots and Assiette of duck with nettle puree and girolles.Main courses include Slow roast sirloin of beef Bordelaise, fricassee of snails and girolles and braised beef shin. And tempting dessertsinclude blackberry and granny smith mousse with granny smith sorbet.

Alimentum is also proud to host an acclaimed jazz club showcasing established and award winning rising stars every Tuesday evening, with the new season beginning in mid September.

One of the top French restaurants in Cambridge, Alimentum also has a cocktail bar, fantastic set menus and special offers.

*Terms and conditions apply

By taking part you are agreeing to receive news and promotions from Restaurant Alimentum. There is no purchase necessary but will only accept one entry per person. All winners will be notified and invited to join us at the restaurant for a glass of bubbly and prize-giving presentation. Your data will never be passed to a third party and you have the option to unsubscribe from e-marketing activity at any point in the future.

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Beer Universe Announces Enhanced Beer Recommendations

Beer Universe, Inc. (Beer Universe or the “Company”), a social media / e-commerce website that revolutionizes the beer marketplace and community for beer enthusiasts of all ages, has announced the enhancement of its Beer Recommendation system. The Company believes that its new algorithm will allow users to truly get better recommendations of beers that they will want to try.

“Utilizing the principles of collaborative filtering, Beer Universe is able to accurately predict the variety of beers a user may enjoy,” said Angel Rivera, lead developer on the project. He continued “We firmly believe that our recommendation system is the best out there and will continue to make Beer Universe the best beer social network on the Internet.”

With the vast amount of beers available, it is often overwhelming for users to select new beers that they have not previously consumed. There are many different styles of beer that are available today, including:

•  Pilsners

•  Lagers

•  Bocks

•  Ales

•  Meads

Each of these categories can be broken down even further (IPA’s, Belgium Ales, Lights, Darks, etc). With over 3,000 beers in Beer Universe’s database – the Company alleviates the aimless search for good beer. By utilizing the ratings system on Beer Universe, users will be able to enhance their own recommendations – the more beers a user rates, the smarter the system gets and the better the recommendations become. Users at Beer Universe can either rate / review beers in order to have it incorporated into their preferences.

The Company encourages new users to utilize the system, as reviewing more beers leads to points, which are the incentive based system on Beer Universe. The more points members accrue the more free stuff that they possibly could earn, f r o m books based on beers to flat screen televisions.

For more information, please visit http://www.beer-universe.com.

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Beer Universe Launches in Alpha

Beer Universe Launches! Beer Universe, Inc. (Beer Universe or the “Company”) is a new social media / e-commerce website that revolutionizes the beer marketplace and community for beer enthusiasts of all ages (over 21, of course). Beer Universe provides an unrivaled online destination for beer enthusiasts and a solution to all of their beer related needs. Through these offerings, Beer Universe is able to provide users with exposure to new brands as well as greater knowledge about their favorites – thus creating a medium to obtain more aptitude about the universe of beer.

The Company was founded in September 2007 and has been funded by the employees ever since. The company officially was incorporated in December 2008.

Beer Universe, Inc.
Chicago, IL 60657

Key Facts
o Founded: September 2007
o Incorporated: December 2008
o Employees: 4
o Status: Private

Product Highlights
o Beer, Bar, Brewery Profiles
o Groups / Forums
o Beer Recommendations
o Beer / Beer Related Articles
o Biweekly Newsletter
o Beer of the Week
o Universal Third Party Store

o Points Store for users
o Beer of the week provides new beers
from breweries across the country
o Similar beers and recommended beers
give a tailored experience to all users
o Dynamic ratings across the site
enhance the user experience
o Friends can publicly “owe” a beer to
others on the site

Initial Points Levels
o Beer Novice — 0 points
o Beer Amateur — 5,000 points
o Beer Drinker — 12,500 points
o Beer Explorer — 25,000 points
o Beer Connoisseur — 65,000 points
o Beer Aficionado — 140,000 points

Market Overview
The Beer industry landscape has undergone significant change in the past several years. Beer Universe’s market is being driven by growth in the craft brewing segment, which is expanding between 13% – 15% per year, and grew more than 20% in 2007. Similar to other industries, breweries are allocating increasing amounts of their marketing budgets to online or emerging media, which from a macro perspective is growing at approximately 20% annually, amounting to $29 billion in 2008, and is expected to grow to $40 billion in 2010.

Beer Universe provides a number of products for its user base, including:

Beer, Bar, Brewery Profiles
Information on other sites is often cluttered and difficult to sort
through. Beer Universe’s user interface was designed to eliminate this problem for our users. The Company is driven via user generated content – the more the users contribute the better the site gets!

Groups / Forums
Staying true to it’s social networking components, Beer Universe has built groups / forum capabilities. As soon as you register on Beer Universe you can peruse our forums and join groups to start a healthy discussion on beer!

Beer Recommendations
Beer Universe helps users put together beers they love by an initial
survey and subsequent ratings. The more beers you rate the better Beer Universe can help you!

Beer / Beer Related Articles
Articles with RSS feeds allow Beer Universe to help its users stay up to date with market information. Also, Beer Universe often has guest writers who share their own unique perspectives on beer!

Biweekly Newsletter
The Company’s Biweekly Newsletter highlights industry news and information and is distributed to breweries / informed consumers!

Beer of the Week
Beer Universe seeks out the best beers across the country and the world to promote to our users in order to expand their horizons. From a classic premium lager to a Belgium ale – Beer Universe provides variety on a weekly basis!

Universal Store
The Company’s universal store is comprised of products from a variety of vendors. Consumers can shop for any beer related products they want in a single location!

The Big Question: How Do Points Work?
Beer Universe’s points system creates an incentive for users to frequently use our platform. The Company has put together a system that allows users to benefit greatly from their continued use of the site. Users earn points through:

  • Adding a beer / bar / brewery
  • Writing reviews over 25 words
  • Writing quality reviews
  • Creating a group
  • Joining a group
  • Joining a quality group
What does this really mean? Beer Universe gives users points if they add a beer, bar or brewery to the system. (Beer Universe has not currently included ways for users to edit any of these in the current database, but this will be added in the near future.) In addition, users are incentivized to write reviews on beers, bars or breweries greater than 25 words. For each review a users adds to the Company’s system, they will receive 50 points. Reviews that are ranked by others as being Helpful will earn the author an additional 50 points.Beer Universe has also built incentives around Groups. The system buckets users in groups and treats each individual group as a user. Once a group reaches a minimum threshold of reviews, they will ALL receive points that will be distributed to all the members. In addition, if the group writes quality reviews – they will receive bonus points for these same reviews. Leaders of all these groups will earn a bonus for starting highly successful groups.

All point allocations to users are subject to change from time to time.

We really hope you enjoy using Beer Universe.
Your Choice. Your Beer. Drink Up.

For more information, please visit http://www.beer-universe.com.

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