Food Tourism Innovation Summit Slated for October 30

This year’s FoodTreX Innovation Summit is slated to take place online on Friday, October 30. FoodTreX Innovation is where professionals working in food, beverage, tourism and hospitality come every year to get ideas and inspiration about how to leverage better the power of food tourism for their own businesses, organizations and destinations.

This year’s Summit tackles many of the issues that are of critical interest in food tourism today:

  • How food- and beverage- lovers can travel without using plastic
  • Diversifying restaurant and foodservice operations to survive and thrive in current economic conditions
  • How businesses can tackle the issue of cultural appropriation
  • What London’s popular Borough Market learned since the pandemic began
  • And finally, where the food and beverage tourism industry is headed in 2021
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America’s Test Kitchen Names Toni Tipton-Martin Editor in Chief of Cook’s Country

Award-Winning Author and Journalist to Lead One of America’s Most Trusted Multimedia Cooking Brands

America’s Test Kitchen named award-winning author and journalist Toni Tipton-Martin editor in chief of Cook’s Country. Tipton-Martin is one of the most influential voices in exploring and celebrating the stories of African American cooks and how their recipes have shaped American cooking. She is a two-time James Beard Award for her books Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking and The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks. She is a contributor to the anthology Southern Women: More Than 100 Stories of Innovators, Artists, and Icons as well as to Edna Lewis: At the Table with an American Original. In addition to leading the magazine team, Tipton-Martin will develop new media projects with a focus on television and podcasts. Her new position takes effect on November 2.

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Black Nurse Launches Line of Natural Tea Blends, Handcrafted With Wellness in Mind

Miracle J. Reese is the founder of one of very few Black-owned tea companies based in Birmingham, Alabama. Her company, TasTea Wellness Blends (pronounced “taste tea”), is a premium loose-leaf tea company. Made of natural herbs and fruits, her blends are handcrafted with wellness in mind.

TasTea’s four flavor blends each have unique recipes to create a positive tea experience. Customers get to choose their mood while enjoying drinkable wellness. Miracle says her goal is to bring enjoyable solutions to health that are delicious. Her wellness teas deliver a clean and travel-friendly tea experience nationally with great tea benefits – including skin rejuvenation, immunity boost, and health!

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Female Led Small Business Takes Center Stage for Virtual Orange Wine Week

In 2018 National Orange Wine Day was established by wine media producer The Real Housewine, Amanda Claire Goodwin. This wine holiday is celebrated annually on October 6. Recent expansion efforts now include a completely virtual celebration of orange wines due to social distancing recommendations led by the industries leading professionals, many of whom are women.

Orange wine is still very unknown to the general wine consumer and many assume it’s made from the orange fruit. It’s actually white wine grapes that are essentially treated like red wine grapes. They undergo grape skin contact during the fermentation process. Virtual Orange Wine Week seeks to educate consumers on this lesser known style of wine. Additionally, selected panels and classes are available for wine trade professionals.

Highlighted classes for wine trade professionals will be led by Pascaline Lepeltier, MS on Austrian Wines, Holly Berrigan & Nic Jansson of Mysa Wine on Online Marketing, and the first ever Virtual Orange Wine Trade Panel hosted by Goodwin, featuring Jenny Lefcourt of Jenny & Francois Selections, Simon J. Woolf author of Amber Revolution, Doreen Winkler of Orange Glou, and Mateja Gravner of Gravner Wines.

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Baskin-Robbins and Taye Diggs Invite Kids Everywhere on a Creature Creations® Journey with New Children’s E-book

Baskin-Robbins invites readers on a magical expedition to spread kindness and celebrate uniqueness in a new story starring three unlikely friends

Baskin-Robbins has teamed up with actor and author Taye Diggs to bring the magical world of the brand’s new Creature Creations® lineup to life with the release of a children’s e-book titled “The Festival of Creatures,” available for free at* Written by Taye and inspired by the whimsical Creature Creations® characters, the story takes young readers on a wildly imaginative journey to an enchanted ice cream land, complete with sprinkle-studded paths and milkshake shores. On their way, the three lovable Creatures learn about the importance of kindness and acceptance, no matter how different they think they may be.

“Giving or receiving kindness can help boost your happiness, and this story showcases that we all have that power inside of us,” said Taye Diggs. “I’m incredibly passionate about this story, which has given me an opportunity to spark positivity in all who read it and tell a tale that’s all about celebrating our differences. The Creatures and their personalities provide the perfect avenue to tell that story in a way that everyone can enjoy.”

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Visit Napa Valley and Acqua Panna® Natural Spring Water Announce the “Savor the Experience” Sweepstakes

One winner will receive a deluxe wine country vacation highlighting Napa Valley’s unique Italian heritage

Visit Napa Valley and Acqua Panna® team up to launch the “Savor the Experience” sweepstakes, which runs through October 14th, 2020.

The grand prize winner will experience Napa Valley’s rich Italian history with a trip worth Savoring.  The experience includes a three night wine country retreat at the Napa Valley Lodge, exclusive wine tasting experiences at Del Dotto, V. Sattui and Benessere – three of Napa Valley’s most storied Italian wineries, bike and electric tuk-tuk tours via Napa Valley Bike Tours and Laces & Limos, and true Italian dining experiences at Ca’Momi Osteria and more.

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Travis Scott & McDonald’s Highly Anticipated Partnership Launches

Multi-tier collaboration features a capsule merch collection, McDonald’s crew apparel, TV commercial, and Travis Scott’s signature order in restaurants at participating McDonald’s locations nationwide

With the Travis Scott Meal hitting McDonald’s restaurants around the country this week, the iconic Golden Arches and Cactus Jack have also dropped exclusive merch and a national commercial.

The merch is accessible exclusively on The collection features nods to vintage McDonald’s campaigns, and includes items ranging from t-shirts and hoodies to entirely cut + sew garments and collectible accessories.

“From featuring Travis’s favorite McDonald’s meal in our restaurants, to his new score for our TV spot, to Cactus Jack x McDonald’s merch, this has been a true partnership from start to finish,” said McDonald’s U.S. Chief Marketing Officer Morgan Flatley. “It has been exciting to team up with a true brand fan whose creativity and love for our food shines through in each aspect of the collaboration.”

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13th Annual Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One Unveils 2020 Program

The Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One (NYCWFF) returns for its 13th annual edition this Fall, October 2 – 11, 2020.  The Festival will look and feel different this year, but the commitment is unchanged – to support the New York City hospitality community and serve as a resource that connects people with world class chefs, restaurants and bars all while continuing the fight to end hunger for No Kid Hungry® and Food Bank For New York City, whose missions are now more crucial than ever. With more than 60 events taking place over nine days, this year’s Festival offers a robust lineup of virtual and live programming including Behind the Burger BashNYCWFF Goes Virtual presented by Capital One, an Intimate Dinner Series and an Online Wine Auction all for a good cause.

“As a Festival, we understand the power of food and its ability to bring people together,” said Lee Brian Schrager, Founder and Director, NYCWFF. “The goal has always been to do it in a way that supports the city’s diverse hospitality community and the great work of our charity partners, No Kid Hungry and Food Bank For New York City and that goal is no different this year,” he adds. “The 2020 Festival has been designed to safely meet the urgency and the challenges of the moment while continuing the fight to end hunger and delivering the NYCWFF experience our audience has come to love.” 

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