Budweiser Expands “Give A Damn” Safe Rides Campaign to Offer 150,000 Round-Trip Lyft Rides to Prevent Drunk Driving

Largest-of-Its-Kind Program Provides up to 10,000 Free Round-Trip Lyft Rides Every Weekend and on Select Holidays through Dec. 31

Budweiser and Lyft - Give A Damn Slogan LogoBudweiser today announced the bold next step in its Give A Damn campaign, together with safe ride partner Lyft. Given the success of last year’s pilot program — during which Budweiser delivered more than 35,000 rides home across six states plus Washington, D.C. — the brand will expand the 2017 campaign to offer 150,000 round-trip rides across nine states plus Washington, D.C. to help people get to and from their nights out.

The largest-ever safe rides effort from a beer company, Give A Damn aims to make a strong statement against drunk driving and celebrate people who embrace Budweiser’s responsible drinking message: “Give A Damn. Don’t Drive Drunk.” Throughout the 15-week campaign, Budweiser and Lyft will offer 10,000 round-trip rides every weekend and on select holidays, when people need them most.

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CIA: Applications Being Accepted for Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Arts

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The road to a rewarding career in the food and hospitality industries just got shorter for career changers and college students. They can now use the college credits they have already earned to speed up their path to a valuable bachelor’s degree from The Culinary Institute of America. The CIA has announced its first bachelor’s degree in Culinary Arts, designed for motivated students who have at least 30 eligible transfer credits earned at another college.

“This new degree is an opportunity for those who may have gone to college with another career in mind and are now looking for an entry into the many career options in the exciting food world,” says Dr. Michael Sperling, vice president for academic affairs. “The CIA’s bachelor’s degree in Culinary Arts will help them explore food career pathways, refine their skills, and elevate their professional stature as they enter the industry.”

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Charlie Trotter and French Laundry Alums Open Wine Bar/Restaurant/Education Center in Buzzy Downtown Napa

MG-6465-Ryan-Matt-photo-credit-Dona-Kopol-BonickImagine a space where you can taste and learn about world-class wines, tuck into a delicious meal, and purchase your newly discovered bottles to take home—all in one place. Welcome to Compline Wine Bar, Restaurant and Merchant, which will celebrate its grand opening—and ambitious concept—on September 10, 2017 at 1300 First Street #312 in the hot Downtown Napa neighborhood. Latin for the “completion of the working day,” Compline (pronounced Comp-LYN) is poised to be Napa’s premiere wine gathering spot for tourists, locals and wine professionals alike.

“We wanted to create someplace we wanted to go—a laid-back place to drink cool wines,” says co-owner and former Charlie Trotter wine director Ryan Stetins, who hatched the idea for Compline three years ago with co-owner and fellow Napa resident, Master Sommelier Matt Stamp, formerly of the French Laundry. “As we refined the concept, Compline evolved into what it is today: A restaurant and wine bar, bottle shop, and center for wine education. But the part about drinking kick ass-wines in a beautiful space? That’s never changed.”

Stamp and Stetins have a distinct vision for Compline: Unfussy and convivial, with a smart crowd and plenty of flowing wine that celebrates Napa Valley and beyond. “Our wine bar list has plenty of local finds, as well as a generous collection of other domestic and international bottles,” says Stamp. The comprehensive selection extends to Compline’s retail shelves, where most bottles are priced between $15-$30, and can be enjoyed in the wine bar for a small corkage fee. “Our retail is really designed for both locals and visitors hunting for new finds, new grapes, and new experiences beyond our little corner of the world,” says Stamp.

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You Are What You Eat (And Drink) USANA Scientists Discover a Link Between Diet And Gene Regulation

USANA Food Consumption DNA Signatures InfographicYou’ve heard the old adage, “You are what you eat” — meaning, our bodies are made up of the things we consume (good, bad and ugly). But new research has discovered that what we eat and drink may have a significant impact on how our genes are regulated.

In a new study published in the journal “Nutrients,” scientists from USANA discovered the chemical signatures found on DNA (termed DNA methylation) were different in subjects who consumed whole fruit versus 100 percent fruit juice. These distinct signatures are linked to different cell-signaling pathways and immune cell functions, suggesting that whole fruit and juice may not confer the same health benefits and should not be thought of as nutritionally equivalent.

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New Wine Institute Video Series Celebrates “California Wines: Behind the Glass”

Vineyard rocks absorb water like a sponge; a novice wine drinker’s eyes widen as she tastes the difference between two California Chardonnays guided by a pair of sommeliers; a winemaker describes wine as the elixir that brings people together. Wine Institute’s new video series, “California Wines: Behind the Glass,” conveys the appeal of the regions, climates, grapes and people that come together to make California wine. The short films are set with backdrops of the Golden State’s iconic and aspirational landscapes.

California Wine Month,” the first in the 23-part video series, debuts Sept. 6 on Instagram before rolling out across social media channels including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and going live on www.DiscoverCaliforniaWines.com  A new video will be posted every week with the final video, “Road Trip,” wrapping up the series on Feb. 7, 2018.  The videos travel the length of California’s 800 miles of coastline, climb the mountains to consider fog and microclimates, capture sustainable winegrowing practices in action and reflect on California’s winemaking culture with its tradition of experimentation and innovation.

California produces 85 percent of U.S. wine and is the number one U.S. state for wine and food tourism with dozens of distinct wine regions, 138 American Viticultural Areas and 4,700 wineries. The Californiaindustry generates 786,000 jobs in the U.S. and attracts 24 million tourist visits to the state’s wine regions each year.

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2017 Food and Beverage Trade Shows Wrap-up

By Wilbert Jones

Recently, Bon Appetit Magazine named Chicago, Restaurant City of the Year. Long before this windy city became home to some of the best chefs in world, the food, beverage and decorative businesses hosted their signature trade shows in Chicago for decades. Annually, well over 100,000 attendees and exhibitors come to the International Home + Housewares Show, National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, National Confectioners Association Sweets & Snacks Expo and the Global Cold Chain Expo.

This year, the International Home + Housewares (www.housewares.org), had over 1,000 exhibitors offering the newest home and kitchen products. A host of celebrity chefs demonstrated their newest line of cookware, food preparation products, dining and entertaining goods.

Michigan-based KitchenAid (www.kitchenaid) showcased its new Cold Brew Coffee Maker. Croatia manufacturer, Soing (www.soing.net), introduced to the market a new metal plate protector for irons called Iron Shoe. It doesn’t burn, scorch or shine and designed universally to fit over all irons.

The 98th Annual National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel -Motel Show registered over 68,000 food and beverage professionals. Trends noted included Street Food inspired dishes, house-made charcuterie, ethnic-inspired breakfast sandwiches, and ethnic spices such as Moroccan Harissa, Reginal Indian Curry and South African Peri Peri.

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Win a Trip to Amsterdam from Dutch Farms

Dutch Farms is giving away a trip for two to Amsterdam to celebrate their 30th anniversary!


For 30 years Dutch Farms has been Chicagoland’s trusted and family-owned dairy company with Dutch roots. To celebrate this milestone, we want to send a customer on a trip of a lifetime. Honoring our Dutch roots, we will send a customer on a trip for two to the Netherlands! The trip will include both airfare and lodging for one week in the beautiful city of Amsterdam.

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Fall Flavours Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Downtown Toronto Launch

The Fall Flavours Festival team were in downtown Toronto today to celebrate the festival’s 10th anniversary and announce the 2017 Signature Event and celebrity chef lineup. On hand were celebrity chefs Chuck Hughes, Corbin and David Rocco to help celebrate this announcement.

Visitors were treated to delicious Island flavours including PEI Mussels, Oysters, Beef-Sliders, Island potatoes and a live performance by Prince Edward Island fiddler, Richard Wood.

New to the all-star lineup this year are celebrity chefs David Rocco and Danny Smiles who are joined by fan favourites Chuck Hughes, Lynn Crawford, Mark McEwan, Vikram Vij, Corbin Tomaszeski and PEI’s own Michael Smith. Proudly presented by Sobey’s and hosted by Canada’s Food Island, Fall Flavours takes place at locations across Prince Edward Island from September 1st – October 1st, 2017.

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