BBQ & Brew = FUN for You

BBQ & BrewsSnoopy & Woodstock, Families & FUN, BBQ & Brew. The list goes on and on, but you can have it all in one place the next three weekends. Beginning April 22nd, The All American Barbeque & Brew Festival is back for its 2nd year!

It is your chance to sample the best craft beers from Kansas City and around the region.

But that’s not all! Executive Chef Kevin Williams will be wielding his culinary genius with samples of his signature barbeque dishes. This year these six breweries from the Kansas City metro, Kansas and Nebraska will be set up in the Americana section of Worlds of Fun, with craft specialists ready to share their love of beer and how they create their own unique blends.

  • Cinder Block (North Kansas City, MO)
  • KC Bier (Kansas City, MO)
  • Bur Oak (Columbia, MO)
  • Defiance (Hays, KS)
  • Tallgrass (Manhattan, KS)
  • Nebraska (Papillion, NE)

Gold and Platinum season pass holders get into the park for free, and get one free station. It includes two samples of beer and a small plate of Chef Kevin’s mouthwatering barbeque.

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Taiwan Tourism Bureau Launches “Best of Taste Taiwan” in North America

Taiwan Tourism Bureau (PRNewsFoto/Taiwan Tourism Bureau)The Taiwan Tourism Bureau has launched its “Best of Taste Taiwan” campaign in North America, which will run through June 2016.

Taiwan, located in the “Heart of Asia,” is renowned for its award-winning cuisine, historical attractions, and stunning natural scenery, making it the perfect destination for both long-haul and stopover visits to Asia. In 2015, Taiwan welcomed more than 10 million international visitors.

The Taiwan Tourism Bureau produced its brand-new travel show, “Best of Taste Taiwan: 10 Things You Must Do,” highlighting an array of activities throughout the country — from signature experiences to local secrets: visiting the iconic Taipei 101, the tallest building in Taiwan; savoring local cuisine in a bustling night market and at the world-famous Din Tai Fung restaurant; navigating the island aboard Taiwan’s easily accessible transportation system; experiencing natural wonders at Taroko Gorge; wandering through the nostalgic gold-mining town of Jiufen, and much more.  This 30-minute special is hosted by Mike Siegel, an acclaimed television presenter and host of the popular “Travel Tales” podcast.

The Taiwan Tourism Bureau hosted the premiere of “Best of Taste Taiwan” in Los Angeles, Vancouver, New York, and Houston throughout the month of April. Cocktail receptions attracted more than 100 guests in each city, including high-profile media, travel influencers, tour operators, and travel agents.

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Now Boarding: Chicago’s Garrett Popcorn Shops® Announces First Texas Location At Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

Garrett Popcorn Shops®, “A Chicago Tradition Since 1949,” announces its first location in Texas at the state’s busiest airport – Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, which welcomes more than 64 million travelers every year. For more than six decades, Garrett Popcorn has been handcrafting small batches of gourmet Popcorn for millions of loyal fans using only the highest quality ingredients and its signature blend of non-GMO kernels.

Opening soon in Terminal B near Gate 27, the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport location will afford millions of travelers the opportunity to easily grab a gourmet treat before boarding a plane to their final destinations. Since opening its first airport locations at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport in Terminals One and Three, Garrett Popcorn Shops® has become a favorite among travelers.

Garrett Popcorn Shops® was just voted the 2016 Best Airport Grab-and-Go Dining brand by USA TODAY 10Best readers. Airport Revenue News (ARN) worked with industry experts to vet and nominate 15 finalists in this category, and USA TODAY 10Best readers had three weeks to vote for their favorites.

“Many fans route through Chicago solely for a taste of our Handcrafted Happiness and to scoop up Tins of Garrett to share with family and friends,” said Scott Schroeder, Chief Brand Officer, Garrett Popcorn Shops. “With this addition at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, we’re excited to share a taste of Chicago with Texans and millions of travelers from around the world.”

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The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association Announces 2016 Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine Concepts Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine

Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine debuts with a dynamic reimagining of food and beverage services (PRNewsFoto/Sodexo)The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association announced yesterday details of the dynamic new offerings from Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine for the 2016 summer season. Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine — developed with the LA Phil, local restaurateurs James Beard Award-winning chef Suzanne Goin and business partner Caroline Styne of The Lucques Group, and Sodexo Sports & Leisure  — will offer patrons a broad range of enticing new culinary experiences. The vision is brought to life by Goin and Styne, whose restaurants, Lucques, a.o.c., Tavern and the Larder, have defined Los Angeles culinary tastes since 1998. Executive Chef Jeff Rogers will execute Goin’s creative concepts and continue to push the boundaries for this quintessential music and dining experience in Los Angeles over the next ten years.

“Dining has long been an integral part of an evening at the Hollywood Bowl,” stated Gail Samuel, Executive Director of the LA Phil. “With the combined creativity and excellence of our new team, we have developed exciting new culinary options that will enhance the concert-going experience and contribute to making a night at the Bowl unforgettable.”

Whether it’s a picnic, a bottle of wine, street food from around the globe, supper in your box seat or dining at one of the on-site restaurants, visitors can take advantage of a wide variety of options for all tastes and preferences, including signature vegetarian dishes. The full spectrum also extends to catered events with a variety of locations for both small and large groups.

Highlights of the new Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine choices include:

The Wine Bar by a.o.c – L.A.’s favorite wine bar comes to life at the Bowl featuring artisanal cheese and charcuterie, market-fresh salads, grilled fish and meats. The wine list, curated by Caroline Styne, features only wines that are farmed sustainably, organically or biodynamically, and are made by small-production, artisanal winemakers. A selection of craft brew and farmers’ market-driven cocktails made with soju and other wine-based liquors complete the offerings.  Menu Highlight: Soft Polenta with Wild Mushrooms, Mascarpone and Gremolata

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Natural Grocers to host free community cookout and food drive on April 30

Event to bring Midland community together and include a performance by local band, The Shades

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Natural Grocers is pulling out all the stops for its upcoming Midland Strong Grill & Chill event. Part of a six month series of events to unite and strengthen the Midland community, the cookout will take place on Saturday, April 30 from 12 to 2 p.m. at the Midland store located at 3116 N. Loop 250 W.

In alignment with Natural Grocers’ founding principles and commitment to community, the Grill & Chill provides an opportunity for Midland friends and neighbors to spend time together. Midlanders are encouraged to bring or buy a non-perishable food item that will be donated to the West Texas Food Bank to support local residents who are unable to purchase food during the current economic hardship. West Texas Food Bank bins will be set up throughout the store for customers to deposit donations.

Natural Grocers and Mayor Pro Tem Lacy will also present a check for $1,035.15 to Casa De Amigos at 12:30 p.m. This money was raised on March 23 during Natural Grocers’ Easter celebration, when 5% of daily total sales were allocated for Casa De Amigos.

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Four Seasons Announces New Private Jet Experiences — Including Global Culinary Journey Developed With Noma

Four Seasons takes Private Jet travel to new heights, introducing all-new 2017 journeys

Four Season JetFour Seasons Hotels and Resorts, the world’s leading luxury hospitality company, today announced three new Four Seasons Private Jet journeys taking off in 2017. The itineraries are headlined by Culinary Discoveries, a first-of-its-kind journey developed in partnership with one of the world’s best restaurants, Copenhagen-based Noma, and its acclaimed head chef René Redzepi.

Beginning in May 2017, the three-week Culinary Discoveries itinerary will take travellers on an extraordinary journey to explore the people and places of many of the world’s most exciting culinary destinations. Tracing food influences and cultures across Asia and Europe, from the vibrant history and traditions of Chiang Mai, Copenhagen and Florence to the cosmopolitan energy of Tokyo, Seoul and Paris, guests will discover or reconnect with the cities and cultures that continue to shape the tastes and flavours of the world.

Four Season Jet 2More than just a journey of the senses, Culinary Discoveries will explore each destination through a variety of angles, from visiting some of the world’s best restaurants and private kitchens to joining local chefs and producers as they travel to markets and farms to taste the best of what is in season. Guests will also visit each location’s historical and cultural landmarks, many of which have influenced cuisine well beyond their borders – all while enjoying Four Seasons legendary service and staying exclusively at Four Seasons hotels and resorts. 

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Pinot’s Palette® Launches Pinot Perks Rewards Program

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Pinot’s Palette, which has used its cutting edge technology to become the fastest-growing paint and sip chain in North America, is launching the industry’s most innovative online customer rewards program called Pinot Perks.

Developed in-house by the Pinot’s Palette technology team, Pinot Perks is designed to elevate the upscale paint and sip experience by utilizing some of the most sophisticated proprietary technology behind the scenes. The first brand to launch an online shopping component for paint and sip, the omni-channel retailer is taking a smart-technology approach for those guests who frequent its studios the most.

In addition, Pinot Perks is expected to enhance the bottom line for franchise owners, driving sales, rewarding loyalty and acknowledging the repeat business that the brand drives.

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Jimmy John’s To Sell $1 Subs Nationwide To Say Thank You

Logo - Jimmy JohnsJimmy John’s is hosting a nationwide Customer Appreciation Day on Thursday, April 21, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The sandwich shop known for being Freaky Fast will be selling subs (#1 – 6) including the BLT in-store for $1 to thank loyal fans and show appreciation for supporting the Jimmy John’s business.

Sales tax will be assessed at the point of sale and extra charge for wheat bread may apply.  Limit 1 per person.  Good for in-store purchase only (no deliveries), at participating locations.

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