Zephyr Introduces Presrv™ Wine and Beverage Coolers

For more than 20 years, Zephyr has transformed the ventilation industry with design, discovery and care, and played an integral role in kitchen design trends. Today, the San Francisco-based company continues its commitment to unexpected design with the introduction of Presrv™ – its first collection of Wine and Beverage Coolers. Presrv reflects the smart design and technology of Zephyr’s original products in a whole new context, with its signature, superior craftsmanship now applied to the art of refrigeration.

The new collection was born from the Zephyr team’s passion for the unparalleled viticulture located just north of the company’s headquarters. “We saw an opportunity in the market to offer high-quality wine coolers at a more affordable price, while still offering the key features found in the higher-end segment of the market,” says Zephyr president, Luke Siow.

While Zephyr’s venture into beverage refrigeration kicks off a new era for the evolving brand, the company’s core values and commitment to quality remain at the heart of the business. “Zephyr has always been on the forefront of innovation and technological efficiency in manufacturing and product design, and now we’re extending that to another category,” Siow says. “We’re just as passionate as we’ve ever been about enriching everyday life through elevated kitchen design and experiences—the Presrv collection is just a natural extension of that dedication to our customers.”

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Moe’s Southwest Grill® Announces Best Day of the Year – Free Queso Day on September 20

Fast casual restaurant chain offers fans the chance to win a lifetime supply of famous queso.

Moe’s Southwest Grill® announced today that its ninth annual Free Queso Day will be on Thursday, Sept. 20. On this national holiday, all fans who visit a Moe’s restaurant will be treated to a complimentary six-ounce cup of Moe’s famous queso. Plus, unlimited freshly fried tortilla chips are free every day of the year at Moe’s!

“Last year at Moe’s, we delighted fans when we gave hundreds of thousands of cups of free queso across the country,” said Bruce Schroder, President of Moe’s Southwest Grill®. “Free Queso Day is our favorite day of the year because it gives us the opportunity to say thank you to all of our loyal fans and what better way to do so than with a free cup of our fan-favorite liquid gold.”

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Museum of Ice Cream San Francisco Celebrates 1-Year Anniversary and Announces Permanence

Museum of Ice Cream San Francisco celebrates its 1year anniversary in the Bay Area with an exciting announcement – MOIC San Francisco will become the brand’s first permanent location. Museum of Ice Cream San Francisco will continue to keep its doors open indefinitely, due to the extremely favorable public reception and mark on the local community.

After consecutively selling out since its SF debut in Fall 2017, Museum of Ice Cream has captivated a global audience, drawing visitors from around the world to visit the famed interactive experience. Since its launch, MOIC has been inspired and invigorated by the spirit and inclusive energy of the Bay Area and has become a dedicated member of the local community.

This Fall, MOIC is introducing “big kid” experiences offering 18+ only tickets after 7:30 pm and has recently launched The Pint Shop in SF after its successful run in NYC. The Pint Shop is a publicly accessible and experiential retail space inside MOIC. In 2019, Museum of Ice Cream will unveil version 2.0 which features completely new installations, tastes and experiences to continue enticing visitors over the years.

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Romano’s Macaroni Grill Mixes It Up with New Brunch Menu and Mix + Match Lunch Specials

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Italian cuisine continues to be a favorite among Americans and is definitely one of ours.  This summer, Romano’s Macaroni Grill introduced its new Mix + Match combinations where diners can select between lunch-sized portions of daily soups, salads, sandwiches, calzonettos and classic pasta dishes or the new unlimited soup, salad and rosemary bread for just under $11.

That means your weekday lunch (served 11 am – 4 pm) just got tastier with selections to include tomato basil soup, pepperoni and chicken caesar calzonettos and chicken parmesan and prosciutto grilled cheese sandwiches. Served in ½ portions, the new lunch Mix + Match combos are just enough to leave you feeling satisfied until your next meal. Affordably priced, you’ll be able to try the entire lunch menu over time without breaking the bank.

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Headquartered in Denver, Colo., Romano’s has become a family favorite for Italian-American cuisine with menu offerings from Italy and the Mediterranean served at more than 90 locations. Restaurants are carefully designed to transport you to your favorite Italian city upon entering.  The family-friendly atmosphere makes gathering for birthdays, anniversaries and other occasions special. Diners with artistic skills especially love the white paper and crayons available on each table for a chance to have their mealtime drawings featured when they post on Instagram using the hashtag #macgrilldoodles.

If you can’t make it out Monday – Friday, be sure to plan for Sunday brunch and with a menu that boasts Peach Bellini Pancakes and Crème Brulee Oatmeal, it just may become your go-to spot week after week, especially with the endless Mix + Match mimosas and Bloody Marys.

Planning a date night?  Dine at Romano’s every Thursday with its special menu for two that consists of choosing 2 entrees, 1 dessert and 2 beverages for only $39.99. This includes the choice of wine, beer or cocktails.

Lastly, don’t let the week end without raising a toast during Happy Hour with brick oven baked appetizers and specialty cocktails.

For a Romano’s Macaroni Grill near you, visit their website at https://www.macaronigrill.com. To entice you to experience the Mix + Match lunch menu or brunch for yourself, we’re giving away a $30 gift card to one lucky reader. To enter, just leave a comment below with your favorite Romano’s restaurant dish now through Sunday, October 14, 2018.

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Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day At IHOP® Restaurants With A Free Side Of Pancakes

On Tuesday, September 18, Guests Who Purchase Any IHOP Ultimate Steakburger Can Get a Stack of Two Pumpkin Spice or Original Buttermilk Pancakes for Free Along with Another Side Item

What better way to enjoy a cheeseburger than with a side of piping-hot, fluffy pancakes? To celebrate National Cheeseburger Day tomorrow, IHOP is inviting guests to indulge in the perfect combination of sweet and savory menu items by giving away a free side of its world-famous Buttermilk pancakes or limited-time Pumpkin Spice pancakes with the purchase any IHOP Ultimate Steakburger*. The offer, which is good only on Tuesday, September 18from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. at participating IHOP restaurants nationwide, also includes an additional side item, such as French fries, onion rings, hash browns and more.

The new IHOP Ultimate Steakburgers became the most talked-about menu item of the year when the all-day breakfast champion temporarily changed its iconic name to IHOb earlier this year. Made with all-natural, 100% USDA choice, Black Angus ground beef that is smashed on the grill to sear in juices and flavor, each IHOP Steakburger is topped with premium ingredients and sandwiched between a buttered and grilled Brioche bun. Knowing IHOP guests don’t want to give up their favorite pancakes, the brand is solving the age-old dilemma of breakfast or dinner by empowering people to enjoy both at any time of day.

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Los Angeles Regional Food Bank Teams Up With Starbucks And Feeding America® To Launch Starbucks FoodShare Program

Starbucks FoodShare expected to donate 5,894,775 pounds of ready-to-eat food each year

Starbucks, Feeding America® and the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank announced the launch of the Starbucks FoodShare program in LA County.

As part of the FoodShare program, Starbucks donates nourishing, ready-to-eat meals each day to Feeding America member food banks from its company-operated stores in the U.S. With donations from 369 local Starbucks locations, the program is estimated to provide 5,894,775 million pounds of food, or the equivalent of 4.9 million meals* annually in the LA County.

“One in seven people in LA County struggles with hunger, including one in four children,” said Michael Flood, President and CEO of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. “We are proud to work with Starbucks to ensure that people who struggle with hunger have access to wholesome meals. Starbucks FoodShare exemplifies what we can accomplish when we work together.”

“Organizations like the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank make it possible for our surplus food to get into the hands that need it most,” said Laura Olson, Starbucks director of Global Social Impact. “We take great pride in supporting the communities we serve in any way we can. Through FoodShare, our partners are able to give back to people in need and address one of the most serious issues we have today, hunger.”

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Focus Brands Completes Purchase Transaction of Jamba Juice

Focus Brands, Inc. (“FBI”) today announced the successful completion of its previously announced tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Jamba, Inc. (“Jamba”).  Jamba is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of FBI.

“We are excited to officially welcome Jamba, a leader in the smoothie and juice category with strong franchise operators and an iconic heritage, into our family of well-known and highly loved ‘fan favorite’ brands,” said Steve DeSutter, CEO of FBI. “We look forward to what lies ahead for this great brand, especially the continued growth that will benefit Jamba guests, franchisees, and employees.”

Jamba is the #1 smoothie and juice franchisor in the world with a healthier lifestyle brand offering freshly blended whole fruit and vegetable smoothies, bowls, juices, cold-pressed shots, boosts, snacks, and meal replacements. Jamba Juice has more than 800 locations worldwide.

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America’s Test Kitchen Launches Kids Multi-Media Brand

America’s Test Kitchen Kids dedicated to instructing and inspiring the next generation of cooks

America’s Test Kitchen (ATK) has launched a new multi-media brand dedicated to instructing and inspiring the next generation of empowered cooks, engaged eaters, and curious experimenters. America’s Test Kitchen Kids features kid-tested and kid-approved content, including cookbooks, board books, picture books, digital products and comprehensive video programming. The brand uses food to create natural—and delicious—hands-on activities that teach about STEAM: science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics.

This month, America’s Test Kitchen Kids launched its website, www.ATKkids.com. The new, free site is designed to inspire excitement and experimentation in the kitchen for kids ages 8 to 13, and features kid-tested and kid-approved recipes, experiments, fun quizzes and trivia. Recipes include everything from homemade rainbow sprinkles to the best ever Sheet Pan Pizza. Experiments on the site help answer important questions like “Why does popcorn pop?” and “How does cheese melt?”

The site also includes food-focused video content in which a small group of young adults, ages 14 to 18, help engage and teach younger kids—through recipes, experiments, and kitchen techniques. All video content was shot in America’s Test Kitchen studio kitchens and features local Boston-area talent. Additional recipes, activities, and videos will be added to the site in the coming months. Each of the hands-on activities use food to teach about STEAM: science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics.

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