New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute (Nochi) Welcomes Inaugural Class

New Orleans’ Premier Culinary School Strives to Cultivate Next Generation of Inspired Chefs and Culinary Visionaries with Opening

Pictured: Inaugural Class | Photo credit: Randy P. Schmidt

New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute (NOCHI) opened its doors yesterday, welcoming twenty-one students in the Culinary Arts and the Baking & Pastry Arts certificate programs. NOCHI is a non-profit institute that brings to New Orleans an accelerated culinary and hospitality training model, which includes industry-driven curricula, hands-on experience, and strong connection to the local culinary industry, all in a fast-tracked term designed to enhance learning outcomes for students.

The intensive 100-day program blends fundamental knowledge and technical skills in cooking and baking, as well as courses in product knowledge, health and safety practices, restaurant planning and career development. Over the five-month term, students will receive the critical foundation to become professional cooks or bakers and gain essential skills to be successful in their career paths. Continue reading

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Natural Grocers launches free, 6-week Keto Diet program on Resolution Reset Day – January 18

For the millions of Americans, every year, who say, “This is the year I get healthy,” Natural Grocers is resolving to help them reach their health and nutrition goals with Resolution Reset DaySM on Friday, January 18. In addition to discounts on health-related products, the organic and natural retailer will unveil its 6-week Keto Reset program and provide keto-friendly Berry Coconut Cream Delight samples to customers at Natural Grocers stores.

Keto Reset is a 6-week program to kick-start your metabolism based on Mark Sisson’s The Keto Reset Diet book. The course includes a series of “how to” classes designed to introduce customers to the trending Ketogenic Diet, or Keto Diet, and to guide and support them as they embark on the Keto Reset journey. Visit your local store for more information about the date and times of the Keto Reset Program.

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Thomas’® Bagels Registers New National Bagel Day Date as January 15

The “hole-iest” food holiday – National Bagel Day – will forever be celebrated on January 15 thanks to bagel lovers across America. The new date was registered officially by Thomas’®Bagels in Chase’s Calendar of Events, the nation’s most comprehensive and authoritative reference on special events, holidays, federal and state observances, historic anniversaries and more. After years of sharing its national day of celebration with National Pizza Day, the bagel received its own new annual celebration after bagel lovers from across the country “hole”-heartedly voted on a new date and selected January 15 as the perfect day to demonstrate “dough-votion” to the iconic breakfast staple.

Thomas’ will celebrate National Bagel Day on the ground in Philadelphia with a celebration featuring a larger than life Thomas’ toaster that consumers can “pop” out of to capture their ultimate National Bagel Day memory, and a giant bagel wall where fans can snap a photo. Consumers across the country will also have the chance to get a taste of Thomas’ Bagels’ celebration, as the brand will give away free bagels for a year to a select group of lucky fans on its Facebook page on January 15.

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Califia Farms Further Diversifies Plant-Based Offerings With Launch Of New Oatmilk Line

Marriage of a Trusted Brand with an Emerging Alternative Milk Will Fuel Oatmilk Growth and Popularity Nationwide at Coffee Shops and At-Home

Califia Farms®, best known for its innovative plant-based beverages in distinctive curvy bottles, furthers their commitment as the plant-based food and beverage company of the future by today announcing a new line of Oatmilks. The new portfolio includes an Oat Barista Blend launching February 2019 and an Unsweetened Oatmilk launching April 2019.

The new Oat Barista Blend joins Califia Farms’ already-popular Original and Unsweetened Almondmilk Barista Blends, continuing the brand’s credentials in craft and strengthening existing and new coffee shop partnerships. Unlike some other leading oat milk providers, Califia’s Oat beverages are made with North American whole grain, gluten-free oats. Califia Farms’ Oat Barista Blend is also completely unsweetened and has no gums or stabilizers. Creamy, rich and delicious, it tastes delicious by itself, steams amazingly with no splitting, and can easily create beloved latte art.

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Viva La Vegolution: CAULIPOWER Launches New Cauliflower Tortilla Line

CAULIPOWER®, the #1 better-for-you pizza in the U.S, launches a new frozen, ready-to-make cauliflower tortilla line with Original and Grain Free varieties. CAULIPOWER will sample its signature CAULIPOWER pizzas and crusts, sister brand Sweet PotaTOASTS™, and debut the new tortillas at the Specialty Food Association’s Winter Fancy Food Show on Sunday, January 13 – Tuesday, January 15, 2019.

CAULIPOWER tortillas are the gluten-free solution to quesadillas, burritos, tacos, wraps and more, with fewer calories, less fat, more fiber, and Vitamin C. As with all CAULIPOWER products, cauliflower is the first ingredient. The new products are wheat and dairy-free, vegan, Non-GMO, and preservative-free. The Grain Free Cauliflower Tortilla features chickpea flour with 7 grams of protein and only 8 net carbs per tortilla. Both CAULIPOWER tortillas will be available on Amazon and at select retailers this February.

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iPic® Elevates Popcorn Seasoning with Questlove’s New SNEAKIES

On The Go Seasoning Collection Available For a Limited Time at iPic® Theaters Nationwide

This January, iPic® members and moviegoers can look forward to elevating their popcorn with Questlove’s new line of SNEAKIES popcorn seasonings, developed as part of his Popcorn Collection exclusively for Williams-Sonoma, and are now making their debut at iPic® Theaters around the country.

To announce the launch, Questlove filmed an on-site “trailer” for his SNEAKIES at iPic Fulton Market in NYC. The promotional video can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGJjvFbVzr0.

“Ever since I can remember, I’ve loved going to the movies. But what’s the movies without popcorn, and what’s popcorn without popcorn flavoring?” explains Questlove, who is the drummer and co-founder of The Roots and culinary entrepreneur.

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Officially Dunkin’: New Look and New Menu Items Provide Energizing Start to 2019

New Dunkin’ brand identity comes to life with bright and bold new in-store packaging

Dunkin’ introduces New Power Breakfast Sandwich and Energy Cold Brew; Brown Sugar Chipotle Bacon Breakfast Sandwich and Caramel Chocoholic Donut return

The New Year is all about new possibilities and opportunities, and enthusiasm enough to maybe finally keep those resolutions. In the spirit of “new year, new you,” Dunkin’ is presenting an exciting new look to its product packaging, while welcoming both new and returning favorite menu items, to give the brand and its guests an energizing start to 2019.

Officially Dunkin’: New Packaging

Last September, Dunkin’ Donuts revealed plans to put the company on a first-name basis with America, in recognition of its long relationship with fans who have referred to the brand simply as “Dunkin’.” As part of its rebranding efforts, in January Dunkin‘ will introduce bright and bold new product packaging that brings to life the energy and excitement of Dunkin’s new brand identity. The colorful cups, donut boxes, MUNCHKINS® donut hole treat boxes, Box O’ Joe®, napkins and more will begin appearing in Dunkin’ restaurants across the country in the coming days, and will be in all U.S. shops by the end of the month.

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Chobani Launches First-Ever Non-Dairy, Plant-Based Recipe

New coconut-based products are packed with probiotics, less sugar[1],[2] than other non-dairy brands and only natural ingredients

Nine new Non-Dairy Chobani™ products now available nationally

Launch coincides with debut of Chobani’s good-for-you kids food, Chobani® Gimmies™, and its expanded Less Sugar Greek Yogurt portfolio

Chobani, LLC, maker of America’s #1 Greek Yogurt brand and the second largest overall yogurt manufacturer in the U.S., today announced the launch of the company’s first-ever plant-based recipe Non-Dairy Chobani™, to give people looking for non-dairy products a delicious option that’s packed with probiotics, less sugar1,2 than other non-dairy brands and contains only natural ingredients.

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