LVE Wine Collection by John Legend Now Exclusively Available at all 66 Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar Restaurants

For a Limited Time and on Time for Valentine’s Day, Guests Can Experience LVE Wines Only at Fleming’s

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar today announced that it is offering the LVE Collection by John Legend for a limited time and exclusively at its 66 locations. Made in collaboration with Grammy, Golden Globe and Oscar winning singer/songwriter John Legend and Napa Valley’s renowned Raymond Vineyards, Fleming’s Guests can experience the 2013 LVE Cabernet Sauvignon and 2014 LVE Chardonnay by the glass or bottle at each Fleming’s restaurant through March 29.

“The LVE Collection by John Legend translates true love into the bold flavors and aromas we savor in each glass, and we’re delighted to share the experience these legendary labels lend with Fleming’s Guests,” said Maeve Pesquera, Fleming’s National Director of Wine. “At Fleming’s, we’re honored to partner with John Legend and Raymond Vineyards, whose shared passion for winemaking has created a complex, soulful wine we’re sure will be a timeless favorite.”

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Chef Tre Wilcox Delivers the Soulful Side of Pork for Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month and American Heart Month, the National Pork Board (NPB) has teamed up with chef and TV personality Tre Wilcox, to share a variety of reimagined soul food-inspired pork favorites with a healthy twist. Featured recipe: Sizzling Chili Pork Chops from PorkBeInspired.com. (PRNewsFoto/National Pork Board)

Chef Tre Wilcox

In celebration of Black History Month and American Heart Month, the National Pork Board (NPB) has teamed up with Tre Wilcox, a James Beard Award-nominated chef and television personality, to share a variety of reimagined soul food-inspired pork favorites with a healthy twist. Chef Tre will show home cooks how they can serve up the Soulful Side of Pork without sacrificing the rich and savory flavors that make soul food so delicious.

“Incorporating lean cuts into everyday soul food dishes is an excellent way to reduce fat, which cannot only help keep our waistline in check, but can also keep our heart healthy. This is especially critical for African Americans, who unfortunately overindex in heart disease, hypertension and obesity,” said Celebrity Chef Tre Wilcox, known as the Chef-tainer, founder of TRE Cooking Concepts and a contestant on Season 3 of Bravo’s Top Chef and Top Chef All-Stars.

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Super Bowl 50 Pre-Game Event: Champions and Chefs Culinary Event

ChampsChefs2Get ready for a little pre-game entertainment this Thursday, February 4 from 6 – 8:30 pm with the Champions and Chefs, a culinary event where NFL pros Rashad Jennings (NY Giants), LJ McCray (SF 49ers) and former pro turned chef Eddie Jackson show off their culinary skills with celebrity chef and host Chef Nikki Shaw*.

Guests will experience a 5-course gourmet “tailgating” journey with California wine pairings, brand experiences, sports memorabilia and live music. Restaurants  include alaMar Kitchen and Bar and Skates on the Bay.  Hosted by comedian Willis Turner from Comedy Central, Champions and Chefs is the ultimate foodie and sports lover event. Funds raised from the event will benefit the Alameda County Food Banks.

Tickets are on sale now on Eventbrite and are $45 for general and $75 for MVP Access Pass which includes entrance to the VIP Lounge for pros and celebrities, tabled seating, wine at the table and a gift bag.  The Rotunda is located at 300 Frank H Ogawa Plaza in Oakland.

* Celebrity host may change.

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Yes Virginia, There is More to Life in the Bay Area Than The Super Bowl

SOS Seafood Festival: Sustaining Our Seas Sets Sail
Inaugural Festival is Saturday, January 30 in Princeton-By-The-Sea

HMB Seafood By the Bay EventAre you ready for some seafood? The inaugural SOS Seafood Festival: Sustaining Our Seas will be held Saturday, January 30 (rain or shine) from 10 am to 5 pm in the vast outdoor lots surrounding Half Moon Bay Brewing Company overlooking picturesque Pillar Point Harbor in Princeton-By-The-Sea, the historic and funky fishing hamlet 4 miles north of Half Moon Bay.

Highlights include:

•The headliner – SOS Seafood For Thought Chefs Pavilion will include celebrity chefs’ demos, an expert panel discussion on the effects of ocean warming, seafood sustainability, the seafood chain, and the role of the restaurant industry and food-serving community in helping to shape the future of seafood. Plus a complimentary tasting of award-winning wine from Half Moon Bay’s Barterra Winery and Mavericks Brewing Company’s newest version of its popular Tunnel Vision IPA brewed using recycled water. The SOS Seafood For Thought Chefs Pavilion is curated by the Google Food Team led by Teaching Kitchen Program Manager Liv Wu and award-winning Edible Silicon Valley Magazine led by Publisher and Editor Kerri Stenson.

•Panel Speakers: Liv Wu (Google Food Team), Kerri Stenson (Edible SIlicon Valley), Tim Sloane (Pacific Coast Fed. of Fishermen’s Associations), Sheila Bowman (Seafood Watch/Monterey Bay Aquarium), Cindy Walter (Passionfish restaurant), Kirk Lombard (Sea Forager Seafood), Casson Treanor (Tataki Sushi & Sake Bar), John Chavez (New Leaf Community Market).

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Festival Review: Winter Blues Jazz Fest in Williamsburg, Virginia

By Naomi Tene’ Austin

Williamsburg, Virginia houses a close knit community of natives along with transplants and retirees from all around the country.  The tourism-based economy and service oriented culture  centered around Historic Colonial Williamsburg has consistently landed the city atop the list of the ”12 Best Historic Destinations in the USA” according to the US News and World Report.

WBJF logo_David GildersleeveWinter typically ushers in a tranquil calmness as tourist traffic takes a significant dip and the area receives its first dusting of snow.  Last November, Steve Rose, owner of Williamsburg Event Rentals saw this trend as an opportunity to draw traffic into the city while also providing a dose of excitement to lure area locals out of hibernation during the month of January.  He and longtime girlfriend, entrepreneur Jennifer Raines, hatched an idea to host a four day jazz festival.  With their combined love of music, culture, and arts and respective backgrounds in event planning and marketing, the two leveraged their community ties to engage local businesses, restaurants, and municipalities in sponsorship for what would become the first Winter Blues Jazz Fest in Williamsburg.  Not only did they pull off this logistical fete without a hitch, the event was a huge success garnering rave reviews!

WBJF Judy Band_Nick RoseThursday, January 14 marked the second year of the Winter Blues Jazz Fest.  The four-day event attracted more than one thousand people to Williamsburg over the Martin Luther King Jr holiday to enjoy the jazzy sounds of 15 local bands spread across 11 venues throughout the city.  The Williamsburg Winery provided ambiance and a plentiful selection of local Old World style wines for the kickoff event as Good Shot Judy and Their Little Big Band played in the foreground with a sultry throwback to the 1950’s nightclub jazz era.

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Tiffani Thiessen Returns For A Second Star-Studded Season Of “Dinner At Tiffani’s” On Cooking Channel

New Season Premieres Wednesday, February 3rd at 8pm ET/5pm PT

Actress Tiffani Thiessen returns to Cooking Channel for a second serving of Dinner at Tiffani’s, premiering on Wednesday, February 3rd at 8pm ET/5pm PT. Throughout the 16 half-hour long episodes, Tiffani showcases her culinary talents and entertaining skills for throwing effortless get-togethers for family, friends and former castmates, where every dinner is filled with special guests, entertaining stories, and party-pleasing recipes. From burger bashes to fiesta nights, and from campfire cookouts to farmer’s market fresh meals, guests will come for the party, but stay for the food.

Tiffani knows that delicious dishes and good company are the main ingredients for the perfect dinner party. Over the course of the season, her dinner menus include mouthwatering, crowd-pleasing recipes such as Jumbo Crab Cakes and Tartar Sauce, Citrus Marinated Beef Fajitas, and the juiciest Ultimate Lux Burger topped with bacon and Tiffani’s special sauce. The list of special guests RSVPing to attend in the new season includes Sasha Alexander, Bill Bellamy, Julie BenzDan BucatinskyHilarie Burton, Eric Close, Neal Dodson, Ethan EmbryJennifer Finnigan, Dave FoleyDaisy Fuentes, Catriona & Mark-Paul Gosselaar,  Clare Grant, Seth Green, Bill Horn, Vanessa Lachey, Matthew LillardScout Masterson, Ross Mathews, Tim Meadows, George Newbern, Cheri Oteri, Naomi Priestly, Missi Pyle, Property Brothers Drew & Jonathan Scott, Nicole Sullivan, Bree TurnerCynthia WatrosAshley Williams,  and Scott Wolf. It is the not-to-be-missed event of the season so do not miss the party, pull up a chair for Dinner at Tiffani’s.

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2016 National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Scholarship Applications Now Open

National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (PRNewsFoto/NRAEF)

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The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) opened the application process for its 2016 merit-based scholarships today. Awards range from $1,750 – $10,000, and are available for students as well as educators interested in advancing their knowledge of the restaurant and foodservice industry.

Scholarship applications will be accepted between Dec. 17, 2015 and June 7, 2016, with some exceptions, including the David R. Parsley Endowed Scholarship Fund for Supply Chain Management, which has a deadline of March 29, 2016. To apply as well as access additional information on available scholarships, visit www.nraef.org/scholarships.

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Voluntary Recall Notice for Zatarain’s Red Beans and Rice Original due to Possible Health Risk from Undeclared Ingredients

Zatarain's Red Beans and Rice Original (PRNewsFoto/Zatarain's)

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Zatarain’s is initiating a voluntary recall of 8 oz boxes of Red Beans and Rice Original with a “BEST BY” date of  JUL 31 16Z distributed in the Midwest and Eastern regions of the U.S.  The Red Beans and Rice Original product may actually contain Creamy Parmesan Rice Mix with dairy ingredients.  Dairy allergens are not labeled on the Red Beans and Rice Original package.  People with a dairy allergy or sensitivity run the risk of a serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

No illnesses or allergic reactions have been reported to date and no other Zatarain’s products are involved in this recall.

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