Kretschmar Master’s Cut® Sweepstakes Will Offer Cooking Enthusiasts the Experience Of A Lifetime

Winners Will Receive A Trip For Two To The Culinary Institute of America In Napa Valley And A Personal Cooking Class With Kretschmar Certified Master Chef® Brian Beland

Kretschmar Master’s Cut super-premium deli meats is giving away a foodie’s dream weekend. Three grand prize winners and three guests will receive a trip to The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Greystone in Napa Valley, California, where they will be given a private cooking class from Kretschmar Certified Master Chef Brian Beland.  The prize package also includes round-trip transportation, lodging and a chance to experience the breathtaking views, exquisite dining and legendary wine tasting that Napa Valley has to offer.

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Tickets On Sale for Cuisine Noir’s 5th Year Anniversary Celebration – September 20

Cuisine Noir celebrates 5 years as the country’s first black food, wine and travel magazine with an unforgettable evening of 5 culinary experiences.

It is hard to believe that Cuisine Noir is turning 5 years-old in September and we’ll celebrating with an event unlike no other.

Join us at the Cartoon Art Museum (new location) located at 655 Mission Street in San Francisco for an evening of food, wine and music as we celebrate with staff, friends, celebrities, media and food and wine enthusiasts from near and far with 5 fabulous culinary experiences from 6 – 10 pm.

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Canola Oil Helps Control Blood Glucose in People with Type 2 Diabetes

Canola oil can help control blood glucose (blood sugar) in people with type 2 diabetes when included as part of a low-glycemic index (GI) diet, according to research presented at theJune 2014 American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions (abstract CT-SY24) and published in the peer-reviewed journal Diabetes Care.  The study of Canadian adults with type 2 diabetes shows that adding canola oil to the diet is a simple way of helping control blood glucose and risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Diabetes affects about 3.3 million Canadians (9 percent) and 26 million Americans (8.3 percent).

In the multicenter, randomized controlled trial, 141 participants with type 2 diabetes who were taking drugs to control blood glucose were given either a test or control diet for three months. The test diet was low GI (minimizes fluctuations in blood glucose levels) and higher in fat, including bread made with canola oil (31 grams of oil per person per day). The control diet was healthy, low-fat and high-fiber, emphasizing whole wheat foods. Results showed that those who consumed the canola oil diet improved blood glucose control. Importantly, participants at increased risk for adverse effects from type 2 diabetes, such as those with high blood pressure, derived the greatest benefits.

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Shakewell in Oakland Adds a Spanish-Mediterranean Touch to Local Dining Scene

Two long time friends and Top Chef alumnus – Jen Biesty and Tim Nugent, are poised to take the top spot in Oakland’s Lakeshore district with their new restaurant, Shakewell.

The Mediterranean inspired restaurant will keep the former Mezze location upscale, informal, and international – featuring flavors from Spain, Greece, and North Africa.

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Nominations Being Accepted for Martha Stewart’s American Made 2014 Awards

Martha Stewart’s American Made is a nationally recognized awards program that celebrates new rising stars of the growing maker culture who have turned their passions for handcrafted, well-designed goods into small businesses and proudly make their products in America.

Through American Made, Martha and the editors of Martha Stewart Living honor these makers, small-business owners and creative entrepreneurs in the fields of crafts, design, food and style.

We are honoring makers, small-business owners, and creative entrepreneurs in the fields of crafts, design, food, and style. If you are an American maker and you are producing beautiful, innovating, inspiring products, nominate yourself in one of our categories.


If you make your business as a quilter, paper crafter, stationer, needleworker or knitter, ceramist, toy maker, basket weaver, sewer, or candle maker, producing the beautiful items that make up the decorative-arts category, we want to hear your story. You can select from the following:

  • Celebrations: Party goods, decorations, wedding products
  • Ceramics, Pottery & Glass: Functional, heirloom-quality objects
  • Fiber Crafts: Embroidery, crocheting, felting, knitting, quilting, cut-and-sew, natural dyeing
  • Nature Crafts: Candles, soaps, home fragrances
  • Paper Crafts: Books, calligraphy, paper, calendars, journals, paper flowers, stamps, stationery, wall art, letterpress
  • Recycled, Upcycled, Vintage Crafts: Products made with recycled or vintage materials
  • Toys: Kids’ toys, games, puzzles

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Creole United Festival Party feat Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic plus Los Cenzontles

The mood of this “Southwest Get Down” will be one of excitement, high energy, and a lot of dance! A rhythmic journey that transports all into a full-party atmosphere, celebrating the flavors of Southwest Louisiana and California on Sunday, July 27 at 6 pm at Sweetwater Music Hall located at 19 Corte Madera Ave in Mill Valley in California.

Live entertainment will be provided by Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic, who boast a finely honed ability to merge traditional Zydeco music with hip-hop, blues, jazz and rock. If you like to dance, Andre will have you moving your feet all night long.

Plus a very special performance by the Zydeco Mexican Connection, Los Cenzontles Mexican and Andre Thierry Creoletraditions showcase a cross-cultural collaboration that celebrates and connects two of America’s rich heritages that have coexisted in our neighborhood for generations. Accordion, Mexican folk guitars, percussion, rubboard, jawbone and zapateado dance combine to color this deep and vibrant new mix. French, Spanish and English mix fluidly, creating a fresh lyrical voice.

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Pork Rind Leader Honors Truck Drivers with Chance to Show Off Their Rig and Win Rudolph Foods

 Celebrates 4th Annual Truck Driver Appreciation Week With Contest for $1,500 Cash Prize and Pork Rinds

Rudolph Foods, the world’s largest manufacturer of pork rinds, is celebrating National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, September 14-20, 2014, commemorating the spirit of the American truck driver with a ten-week campaign that begins July 16. Rudolph Foods will pay tribute to truck drivers across America by asking them to submit a photo of their “rig” for a chance to win $1,500 and a year’s supply of pork rinds. The campaign will be supported by brands that include Rudolph’s, Southern Recipe, Pepe’s and Lee’s Pig Skins. Details of the campaign can be found on

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World Renowned Chefs Gather in Los Cabos November 30 – December 6 for “Sabor a Cabo” a First-Class Tour of Baja’s Best Food & Wine

A selection of the world’s finest chefs will gather in Los Cabos November 30 – December 6 in celebration of the 9th Annual “Sabor a Cabo” (The Flavors of Cabo) food & wine festival. This highly anticipated event is expected to be the largest yet and for the first time, will include a weeklong series of ticketed events highlighting Baja California Sur’s cuisine and Mexico’s celebrated Baja wine region.

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