Westfield World Trade Center Announces a New Home For The Creative Kitchen Kids Food Festival In Collaboration With The James Beard Foundation

Free and open to the public on August 26th and 27th, The Creative Kitchen Kids Food Festival will provide a weekend of flavorful, family fun by offering hands-on cooking classes, sampling, and family-friendly activities and entertainment.

Westfield is thrilled to announce the Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center as the host of the 7th annual The Creative Kids Food Festival taking place on August 26th and 27th from 10am – 4pm.

The Creative Kitchen Kids Food Festival is a celebration to educate families about making balanced food choices that help create wholesome lifelong eating habits for both kids and parents. The weekend-long event will offer a host of family-friendly activities including cooking classes in the James Beard Foundation Future Foodies Pavilion, hosted in Épicerie Boulud, food demonstrations, musical performances, a Balanced Plate Scavenger Hunt for kids with goody bag prizes, food sampling, and more!

Featured chefs and restaurants in the James Beard Foundation Future Foodies Pavilion include Épicerie Boulud, Elizabeth Falkner, Aaron McCargo Jr, and Eataly Downtown. Featured programming in the Community Performance Area includes contestants on MasterChef Junior Season 5, FunikiJam, The Pineapple Explorers Club, and Karma Kids Yoga.

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The 2017 Savannah Food & Wine Festival Announces Schedule and Several New Events

The Savannah Food & Wine Festival, presented by Publix will be celebrating its fifth anniversary, November 6 – 12, 2017. The festival has grown exponentially each year and now is the state of Georgia’s second largest culinary and wine event. According to Savannah Food & Wine Festival President, Michael T. Owens, “The festival continues to bring exceptional culinary awareness to Savannah, with its unique Savannah charm and high-quality events. Events include local and celebrity chefs along with the country’s leading winemakers and beverage experts. We continually improve upon our signature festival favorites as well as introduce one or two new events each year keeping festival programming fresh for our many repeat attendees – now coming to Savannah from all around the world.”

This year the festival has created two new events: Sip & Shop Tanger Outlets and a Riverboat Wine Paired Luncheon Cruise – both of which will take place on Friday, November 10. The festival will announce its last special event in early August, which will be a pop-up dinner presented by Savannah Magazine, on November 11, featuring some of Savannah’s best and emerging chefs.

Summer advance discounts on tickets for many of the festival’s signature events are available now through August 31, 2017 at, Summer Advance Discount Tickets. The festival’s preview events include the Bartenders Challenge Semi-Final Rounds, presented by Imbibe Magazine, September 9 and 10, 2017 at B Historic Savannah and Bistro Savoir Interactif which takes place at Savannah Technical College on October 12, 2017.

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McDonald’s USA To Celebrate Literacy Month with Popular Children’s Books in Happy Meals

Between 2013-2016, McDonald’s USA distributed 54M books to kids with plans to distribute 20M more books during the upcoming promotion

In celebration of National Literacy Month in September, McDonald’s USA is inviting families to celebrate the joy of reading with the launch of the latest Happy Meal Books promotion. Happy Meal Books will return to restaurants nationwide from September 5-18 helping spread the gift of reading to families across the U.S.

In celebration of its 200th anniversary, HarperCollins Publishers, one of the leading publishers of children’s books, is joining forces with McDonald’s USA to bring families a collection of four Happy Meal-sized books featuring popular titles – “Pete the Cat’s Got Class” by James Dean, “Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School” by Herman Parish, “Just A School Project” by Mercer Mayer and “If You Take a Mouse to School” by Laura Numeroff. Books are available in English and, in select restaurants, in Spanish.

“HarperCollins is pleased to be part of McDonald’s Happy Meal Books promotion again this year to place beloved books in the hands of millions of children,” says Suzanne Murphy, President and Publisher, HarperCollins Children’s Books. “Reading has a profound impact on the educational development of a child and through this program along with our donation to Reading is Fundamental, we hope to make book ownership for children more accessible.”

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Kids’ Food Trends – Pork Triumphs Over Chicken and Mexican Tops the List in HelloFresh Survey

Meal Kit Company Uses Data to Redesign Family Plan That’s Kid-Friendly, Family-Approved

HelloFresh LogoHelloFresh, one of the world’s leading meal kit delivery companies, has released the results of a new survey on the latest food trends among families in the United States.  HelloFresh consulted the experts – parents and kids – in addition to analyzing over a year’s worth of customer recipe feedback, finding that pork is the #1 protein, kids love customization, and Mexican cuisine is the most popular among families. As a data-centric company, HelloFresh looks to constantly evolve and improve its products, which is why they are using this data to launch a revamped Family Plan, available starting August 19.

The nationwide survey conducted in May 2017 polled a total of 1,168 respondents, including current HelloFresh customers and non-customers about their preferences on types of cuisine, techniques and ingredients. This, combined with analysis of over a year’s worth of Family recipe feedback including more than 17,000 unique data points, resulted in a revamped product, and a “cheat sheet” for parents to make quick and easy weeknight dinners for the whole family.

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ALDI Delivers to Your Door with New Instacart Partnership

Retailer Pilots Delivery Service in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Dallas

AldiThe new partnership allows customers to conveniently complete their grocery shopping by ordering award-winning ALDI products for delivery in as little as one hour. Starting later this month, ALDI will launch the service in Atlanta, Dallas and Los Angeles, with potential for future expansion.

“Our partnership with Instacart is another example of ALDI expanding our commitment to customer convenience and value,” said Jason Hart, CEO of ALDI. “We know customers are looking for new ways to save time and money. Instacart provides easy access to our low prices at the click of a button.”

The Instacart experience is as easy to shop as an ALDI store. Customers fill their virtual carts by visiting instacart.com or downloading the Instacart App. At checkout, customers can choose a delivery window that works best with their schedule, anywhere from an hour or up to a week later. Instacart’s personal shoppers do the rest.

“From their unique assortment of goods to their low price commitment and high standards, the ALDI and Instacart partnership aligns on delivering excellent value and convenience to consumers,” said Apoorva Mehta, CEO of Instacart. “There’s a clear demand for quality grocery delivery, and ALDI and Instacart are working together to meet it.”

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Gloria Ferrer’s 3rd Annual Glorious Bites Challenge Opens for Entries August 15th

Gloria FererDo you love food & wine pairing and know how to pull together creative, crowd-pleasing appetizers worthy of a trophy?  Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards is searching for the nation’s most glorious appetizer recipe to pair with its Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut and it’s willing to pay $5,000 to get it!  Starting August 15th, budding home cooks age 21 and over are encouraged to channel their inner-foodie and submit their signature appetizer recipe for the 3rd annual nationwide Glorious Bites Challenge. Each recipe entered will be reviewed by a panel of wine and food experts based on originality, perceived taste appeal and perceived ability to pair with the award-winning Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut.  For official rules, entry deadlines and more please visit www.gloriousbites.com.

Last year, Chera Little of Leander, Texas, beat out over 1,800 entries to take home the grand prize for her recipe for Miso-Maple Glazed Cod Wonton-Cho’s with Crispy Bok Choy Slaw.  This year, twelve semi-finalists will be chosen from all entrants to participate in three live cook-off events scheduled around the country that will culminate in the Glorious Bites Challenge Finals at Gloria Ferrer Winery in Sonoma, California. Tickets for all events are available now! Events include plenty of cookoff excitement, special guests, delicious Gloria Ferrer wines, savory bites and a cooking demonstration by Keynote Judge and Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company Executive Chef Jennifer Luttrell.  Event details below:

Boston, MA – Glorious Bites Challenge Semi-Final Cookoff
Tuesday, October 3rd, 6-8pm
Divine Design Center
2 Battery Wharf, Boston, MA 02109

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Taraji P. Henson Joins Special K to Rally Women to Stop Questioning What They Eat

New Special K survey reveals women spend 61 minutes second-guessing their food choices – every day

Special K and TarajiMost women admit to questioning what they should or shouldn’t eat, but it’s surprising to know just how much time they spend doing so. In fact, new research1 commissioned by Special K shows 90 percent of women in the United States question or doubt their food and spend 61 minutes second-guessing their choices – every day.

  • That’s an hour trying to decide what you “should” eat, regretting what you eat, wondering if a bad choice was “worth it,” or figuring out how to balance an “indulgence”
  • It’s 15 days a year spent feeling uncertain about your food choices – more time than most Americans receive as paid vacation
  • And, 51 percent wish they didn’t think about food as much as they do

Special K is on a mission to change that, and has teamed up with Oscar-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson to rally women to ditch the doubt, feel good about their food choices and #OwnIt.

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Giant Food Alerts Customers to Voluntary Recall of MMM Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix

Warning SymbolFollowing a recall by Madhava Natural Sweeteners, Giant Food, LLC announced it removed from sale MMM Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix which may contain milk, an allergen that is not listed on the ingredient label. This product is safe to consume for individuals who do not suffer from a milk allergy.

The following product is included in this recall:

  • MMM Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix, 13.8 oz., UPC 831425105, all lot codes

Giant has received no reports of illnesses to date.

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