Chacho’s Taco Festival Comes to San Jose’s St. James Park August 20

Home of the Official Sanctioned MLE Taco Eating Contest  

TacoFestivalGraphics-06-20-16 (1)The restaurant group behind Chacho’s Restaurant, and downtown San Jose’s newest hotspot Deluxe, is spearheading its second annual all-day taco festival, August 20th from 11AM to 8PM for guests of all ages. Kids 12 and under are admitted free.

The event takes place at San Jose’s St. James Park, right in the heart of downtown’s historic district. This family friendly event will showcase all local vendors, exhibiting the latest in Mexican fusion cuisine along with traditional favorites.

Admission is only $10 and tickets are available now at, Groupon & Eventbrite. Again kids 12 and under are admitted FREE.

Musical guests include The Cure Tribute Band, Planet Earth, and Duran Duran Tribute Band playing classic 80’s tunes the whole family can enjoy, joined by a surprise band to be announced live on Twitter @ilovechachos.

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Grab Your Passport… Lay’s Potato Chips Debuts Four Timely Global Flavors To Store Shelves Nationwide

Limited-Time Flavors of Lay’s Brazilian Picanha, Lay’s Chinese Szechuan Chicken, Lay’s Wavy Greek Tzatziki and Lay’s Kettle Cooked Indian Tikka Masala Reflect Today’s Taste Palate

As the world comes together this summer, the Lay’s brand is bringing four popular international flavors stateside to celebrate the spirit of cultural discovery and adventure through flavors.

According to a recent Mintel study, three out of five people feel they have become more adventurous when it comes to trying ethnic cuisines. Lay’s, one of the marquee brands from PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay division, is putting this to the test by bringing some of the top flavors from around the world – Brazilian Picanha, Chinese Szechuan Chicken, Greek Tzatziki and Indian Tikka Masala – to chip form.

“This summer, all eyes will be on the global stage, reminding us of our desire to travel and explore the world.  While most of us can’t just hop on a plane, all of us can travel through our taste buds,” said Jeannie Cho, vice president of Frito-Lay marketing. “The Passport to Flavor program invites consumers to try four delicious new global flavors, while also giving them a chance to win a variety a different trips and travel-related prizes.”

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The Hollywood Trainer to promote health and fitness benefits of Eggology liquid egg whites

 The Hollywood Trainer to promote health and fitness benefits of Eggology liquid egg whites

EggologyJeanetteJenkinsEggology®, the maker of premium-quality, fresh liquid egg whites, announces a new partnership with Jeanette Jenkins – The Hollywood Trainer, one of the nation’s leading healthy lifestyle coaches and personal trainer to A-list celebrities, including P!nk, Alicia Keys, Tia Mowry and more.

A division of Pearl Valley Farms, Eggology offers pure, pasteurized egg whites in both cage-free and organic varieties. Eggology egg whites contain 12 grams of protein per serving, with no fat, no cholesterol and only one gram of carbohydrates. They are certified kosher, safe to drink raw and contain no artificial colors or preservatives.

As a longtime consumer of Eggology products, Jenkins said this new partnership will give her the opportunity to communicate to her fan base the health and fitness benefits of liquid egg whites.

“Egg whites are nature’s best source of protein, and Eggology has the freshest, healthiest and best tasting egg whites on the market,” Jenkins said. “I’ve been a loyal customer for years, so I’m thrilled to be able to share my love for this perfect fitness food with the world.”

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Bastille Day Fête Brings French Flair to New Orleans Museum of Art

July 15 event highlights include Lost Bayou Ramblers, kids’ activities

Now in its fifth year, the Bastille Day Fête has found a new home at the New Orleans Museum of Art. For the first time this year, NOMA will be transformed into the “bal des pompiers”, or “Firemen’s Ball”, a traditional celebration of the French National Day.

On Friday, July 15 from 4pm to 10pm, festival goers are invited to an evening of dancing and entertainment inside the museum, as well as in front of the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden.

“As we approach our city’s Tricentennial, the annual Bastille Day festivities reminds all of us of the critical role France has held in our history,” said Mark Romig, President and CEO of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation and President and CEO of the 2018 NOLA Foundation. “This event allows citizens and visitors alike to celebrate the vitality and richness of our city’s French heritage and to continue the bonds of friendship for years to come.”

The French National Day (Bastille Day) commemorates the storming of the Bastille, a fortress prison in Paris, on July 14, 1789. This event marked the first step towards bringing democracy to France. Today, Bastille Day is honored at events by French and American communities throughout the state of Louisiana.

“Bastille Day Fête is the biggest celebration of French National Day in Louisiana,” said Grégor Trumel, Consul General of France in Louisiana, “It brings people together to enjoy the summer and appreciate our common heritage with joy, dancing, and fun! Louisiana is the Francophone hub of the United States!”

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General Mills voluntarily recalls a limited quantity of frozen Beyond Meat Vegetarian Indian Curry with Beyond Chicken

Recall due to National Frozen Food’s recall on frozen peas

General Mills today announced a voluntary recall of a limited quantity of frozen Beyond Meat Vegetarian Indian Curry with Beyond Chicken, produced over seven days in April 2016.  This product is available exclusively at Whole Foods. The recall is being issued as a precaution after the producer of whole garden frozen peas used as an ingredient in this product issued a national recall for the potential presence of Listeria monocytogenes.

General Mills has not received any reported consumer illnesses related to this issue.  General Mills produces and distributes this product under license from Beyond Meat.

This voluntary recall is limited to only one variety of frozen Beyond Meat product – Vegetarian Indian Curry with Beyond Chicken – and only with the following “Better if Used By” dates printed on the package:

10NOV2016 NL

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Consumers are urged to dispose of the products affected by this recall and call General Mills Consumer Relations at 1-800-754-9061 if they had product covered by this recall and need a replacement.

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Kroger Recalls Deluxe S’mores Ice Cream Due to Undeclared Allergens

The Kroger Co. has recalled Kroger Deluxe S’mores Ice Cream (48 oz, tub) sold in its retail stores because the product may contain peanuts not listed on the label.  Kroger initiated the recall when a supplier, Grain Craft, indicated a raw ingredient may have become contaminated with low levels of peanut residue.

People who are allergic to peanuts could have a severe reaction if they consume this product. For consumers who are not allergic to peanuts, there is no safety issue with the product. No customer illnesses have been reported at this time.

All stores operating under the Kroger, Dillons, Baker’s, Gerbes, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, JayC, King Soopers, City Market, QFC, Ralphs and Smith’s names, stores located in Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming no other Kroger locations in Louisiana or Texas are included.

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Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Launches Golden Feather Sweepstakes

Forrest Gump-Themed Restaurant Offers Customers Chance to Win a Trip for Two

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. has launched the Golden Feather Sweepstakes, offering customers the chance to win a trip for two. From now through November 30, customers can purchase one of the specially-marked “Life’s Like a Box of Chocolates” boxes for the chance to win at each of its U.S. locations with the exception of Hawaii.

Within each of the 10,000 chocolate boxes, Bubba Gump has placed a golden ticket with a scratch off code. Upon purchase, customers are encouraged to enter their code on the company’s website. Recipients of the winning golden feather will receive a round-trip ticket for two at any domestic Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. location city of their choice, such as Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Kailua Kona, and San Francisco. The trip will include hotel accommodations, as well a complementary dinner at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

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Continental Mills Recalls Blueberry Pancake Mix Because of Possible Health Risk

Continental Mills Recalls Blueberry Pancake Mix Because of Possible Health Risk (PRNewsFoto/Continental Mills, Inc.)

Continental Mills has issued a recall affecting only retail Krusteaz Blueberry Pancake Mix, which involves product manufactured between April 2016 and June 2016.  The company was notified by our supplier that their product, a blueberry nugget, is made with a small percentage of affected flour which was recalled by General Mills because it may be contaminated with E. coli O121.  This is an isolated issue, and only affects specific lots of Krusteaz Blueberry Pancake Mix.  Food Safety is our highest priority and this has caused us to take action for the safety of our consumers.

Most strains of E. coli are harmless, however, others can make you sick. E. coli O121 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration. People who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately. The very young, seniors, and those with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness.  Anyone diagnosed by a physician as having an illness related to E. coli 0121 should contact state and local public health authorities.

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