Annual Ghirardelli Square Tree Lighting Ceremony

Ghiradelli Tree Lighting 2015This year marks the 51st annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in Ghirardelli Square (est: 1964) and we are turning the Square into a Winter Wonderland complete with a 60 ft. tree to commemorate the 50+ year holiday tradition at the center of this historical landmark.

The Tree Lighting Ceremony will also feature a preview to the exciting new tenants due to move in during 2016. Le Marais bakery & Bistro will have baked goods and urban winery, Bluxome Street Winery will be pouring their tasty varietals complete with bay views. Gourmet food shop Vom Fass is now carrying gift-able wines and spirits and offers wine and Champagne tasting in-store. Les Mechantes boutique (translation: naughty girls) will also have top winter fashion and accessories for sale.

The ceremony will take place on Friday, November 27 from 4-9 pm (the actual lighting occurs at 5:30 pm.)

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S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2016 Calls on Canadian Culinary Talents

S.PELLEGRINO YOUNG CHEF 2016 - S.Pellegrino announces its new search for the best Young Chef of the World (PRNewsFoto/S.Pellegrino)


Following the success of its first edition with more than 3,000 applications submitted, S.Pellegrino-an ambassador of Italian taste and fine dining around the globe-is proud to launch S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2016, the global scouting project to find the best young chef in the world.

The initiative, dividing the world into 20 areas and involving around 100 top chefs as jurors across the globe, 20 young chef finalists, 20 chef mentors and a stellar chefs jury, reflects S.Pellegrino’s commitment to supporting emerging talents. Applications will start on 1st Jan 2016 on

Veteran talents of the competition include Irish Chef Mark Moriarty, winner of the 2015 edition, who commented on his positive experience: “I was delighted and honoured to be named S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2015. The journey was an unforgettable and one off experience that I will never forget. I met so many fantastic chefs along the way and the title has made an incredible difference to my career as a whole“.

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New Contest Celebrates The Joy Of Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee During The Holidays

#DDCoffeeJoy Photo and Video Contest offers fans chance to show holiday moments with Dunkin’ Coffee to win holiday prizes including JetBlue travel certificates and Dunkin’ mGifts

From fueling up for travel or shopping, to gatherings with family and friends, for many people Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee is a part of their favorite holiday moments. This year, Dunkin’ Donuts is giving fans an opportunity to show just how their favorite coffee brings them joy throughout the season, today launching the #DDCoffeeJoy photo and video contest for the chance to win special holiday presents, including one dozen JetBlue travel certificates.

Beginning today and continuing through December 5th, people can share pictures or videos of their holiday moments with Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee using hashtags #DDCoffeeJoy and #Contest. Select photos and videos of fans running on Dunkin’ Coffee will be displayed on a special #DDCoffeeJoy web page and 12 winners selected by Dunkin’ Donuts will each be awarded a JetBlue travel certificate. In addition, up to 50 participants selected will receive Dunkin’ mGifts to help them enjoy Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee and other favorite Dunkin’ food and beverages any time of day throughout the busy weeks ahead.

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Partnership With Native Americans Joins Newman’s Own Foundation For #GivingTuesday Challenge

Newman’s Own Foundation will match up to $10,000 in funds raised between Nov. 24 and Dec. 1 for PWNA’s food and water initiatives.

Partnership With Native Americans, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, provides consistent aid and services for Native Americans with the highest needs in the U.S. (PRNewsFoto/Partnership With Native American)

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Partnership With Native Americans (PWNA) encourages everyone to give back this season as a participant in the Newman’s Own Foundation Challenge for #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to promote philanthropy and generosity around the world.

PWNA can earn up to $10,000 in matching funds for donations made between Nov. 24 and Dec. 1, as part of the Newman’s Own Foundation Challenge.

Funds raised through the Newman’s Own Foundation Challenge will be put toward PWNA’s food and water initiatives, supplying food boxes for pantries, serving individual families in need and preparing meals for Native American communities living in poverty or “food deserts.”

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Earth Balance Holiday Bake-Off 2015

Earth Balance 2015 Holiday Bake OffYou know that delicious recipe you make every year for the holidays that your family and friends line up to devour? Well now it could win you a trip for two to New York City complete with dining experiences at some of the finest plant-based restaurants.

The annual Earth Balance® Holiday Bake-Off is back, and this year it’s better than ever. Our three judges, vegan chef Chloe Coscarelli, Emily von Euw of This Rawsome Vegan Life, and Dreena Burton of Plant-Powered Kitchen, will decide the top recipe winner, and category winners!

Category (Pies, Savory baked Goods, Cakes/Cupcakes, and Cookies/Bars) winners will each receive a KitchenAid mixer and a year’s supply* of Earth Balance®!

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Thanksgiving Dinner at Philadelphia Restaurants in 2015

2015 Philly ThanksgivingThanksgiving Day will be here before you know it, so now is the time to begin prepping for the big, annual feast. Fortunately, dozens of Philadelphia’s great restaurants are making it easy for those aiming to avoid the cooking, baking, grocery store rush and post-meal clean up.

Beyond sit-down dinners, Philadelphia’s dining scene has you covered this Thanksgiving holiday with take-out, too. For those looking to dine in their own home, tons of eateries are now taking orders for turkeys and Thanksgiving dinners. Whether you looking for a farm-fresh turkey with a side of locally grown veggies or a lavish buffet at one of the city’s premier hotels, there’s a Thanksgiving option here for you.

Before dinner, be sure to head to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the annual Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, the oldest parade of its kind complete with festive floats, giant balloons, lively dancers, costumed characters, celebrities and marching bands.

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Cuisine Noir’s 2015 Holiday Gift Guide


Sad but true, the holidays are here whether we like it or not.   This year, we wanted to a little bit of the stress away from gift giving with some great suggestions and offers that food and wine enthusiasts are sure to love.

Here is just  sneak peek of what you can expect to find.

(includes shipping within the U.S. only)
PROMO CODE: Use CNOIR15 to receive 15% off
EXPIRATION DATE: December 31, 2015

Island Discovery BoxThe “Island Discovery Box” is a collection of curated food and drink products inspired by the Caribbean. In its first holiday edition, the box includes:

* Belcour Sorrel Preserves – Jamaica
* Tobago Pepper Sauce – Trinidad & Tobago
* Cornelia Confections – Made in USA (Jamaican influence)
* Wicked Jack’s Tavern Butter Rum Cake – Made in USA (Jamaican influence)
* Xaymaca Blue Mountain Coffee Blend – Jamaica

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10-25% off
(shipping not included)
PROMO CODES: CNOIR10 (3 bottles), CNOIR15 (6 bottles) and CNOIR25 (12 bottles)
EXPIRATION DATE: December 16, 2015

2013 chardonnayDon’t miss out on this opportunity to stock up for the holidays with Charles Wines Co. Award-winning selections include 2013 Pinot Noir, 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013 Chardonnay, 2012 Red Blend, 2014 Symphony and “Cherise” Sparkling Reisling.

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Charles Wine Co. does not ship to UT, PA, OK, AR, AL, DE, MS and RI


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Celebrity Chef G. Garvin and Anytime Fitness Recommend Burning The Turkey This Thanksgiving

#BurnTheTurkey encourages people to burn a few calories on Turkey Day via fun exercise improv to benefit families through Feeding America

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While acclaimed Food Network Chef G. Garvin doesn’t actually recommend burning the turkey to a crisp this Thanksgiving, he does recommend burning the turkey calories. His new, tongue-in-cheek #BurnTheTurkey Recipe Collection in partnership with Anytime Fitness will show you how, featuring exercise “recipes” like The Cranberry Bicep Curl, The Gravy Pour and Couch Plank-Outs.

According to the Calorie Control Council and the American Council on Exercise, the average American consumes 3,000 to 4,500 calories and a whopping 229 grams of fat during a typical Thanksgiving gathering. As a result, Anytime Fitness and Chef Garvin have teamed up to help Americans work off some of those butter-laden mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie through tips and a video showcasing a series of fun exercise improvisations.

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