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.

CRAFTS

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 PorkRinds.com.

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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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Lay’s Potato Chips Reveals The Four Finalists Competing For A $1 Million Grand Prize In The Lay’s “Do Us A Flavor” Contest

Lay’s Cappuccino, Lay’s Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese, Lay’s Kettle Cooked Wasabi Ginger and Lay’s Wavy Mango Salsa Flavored Potato Chips Hit Shelves Nationwide in late July; Fans Can Vote to Save their Favorite through October 18, 2014

Lay’s potato chips, one of the marquee brands from PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay division, today announced the four finalist flavors in its Lay’s “Do Us A Flavor” contest. Lay’s Cappuccino, Lay’s Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese, Lay’s Kettle Cooked Wasabi Ginger and Lay’s Wavy Mango Salsa flavored potato chips were selected as finalists from the more than 14 million entries submitted to the contest between January 13 and April 5, 2014. All four finalist flavors have been fully developed by Frito-Lay’s culinary experts and will make their debut on store shelves nationwide later this month. Consumer votes will determine which flavor is selected as the winner, with the finalist behind the winning idea taking home a $1 million grand prize.

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The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® Launches Largest Advertising Campaign in Its History

Encourages customers to “Keep Cool And Summer On” with iced beverages this summer.  The West Coast’s beloved coffee & tea retailer raises its profile with a first-ever, integrated ad campaign across Southern California

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® continues on its path toward accelerated growth as it launches the most significant and comprehensive advertising campaign in the brand’s history. As part of a brand investment strategy, the initiative targets millennials through radio, outdoor, digital video, banner ads, and sentiment-driven social media placements that invite customers to “Keep Cool and Summer On“. The campaign from newly appointed agency WONGDOODY features pop culture-inspired headlines, hidden messages, and promotional offers for new summer drinks and customer favorites. Featured prominently are new flavored iced coffees and the Mud Pie Ice Blended® drink—a new seasonal offering of the company’s signature beverage innovation that started the frozen coffee craze in 1989.

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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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