Earth Day Eats: Seasonal Recipes from Earth Day Food & Wine Weekend Chefs

Serve farm-fresh, fabulous fare on Earth Day and every day

Ready to celebrate Earth Day every day? Earth Day Food & Wine Weekend, California’s premier celebration of sustainable food, wine and farming, asked its renowned Chefs for their favorite seasonal recipes and wine pairings for an epicurean Earth Day event, any time, anywhere.

“Our Chefs are award-winners, TV personalities and all-around sustainable superstars,” said Vineyard Team Executive Director and Earth Day Food & Wine Weekend Founder Kris Beal. “We asked them for great recipes that anyone can use to be seasonal and sustainable at any spring or summer occasion—and they delivered.”

Each recipe was hand-selected to offer home cooks a go-to seasonal menu inspired by Earth Day Food & Wine Weekend. In addition, each dish is paired with Sustainability in Practice (SIP) Certified wines from wineries that may be pouring their creations at Earth Day Food & Wine Weekend.

Artisan Paso Robles Executive Chef Chris Kobayashi offers up a classic dish with as seasonal twist. His Roast Chicken with Scalloped Potato Risotto, Pioppini and Peas is a simple-yet-elegant centerpiece for your farm-fresh feast. Pair with SIP-Certified Cambria Estate Winery Chardonnay or Carmel Road Winery Riesling.

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Land O’Lakes, Inc., Ree Drummond Team Up for Pin A Meal, Give A Meal

Every recipe pinned on April 1 will count double toward our goal of 3.5 million meals

Land O’Lakes and Ree Drummond, also known as The Pioneer Woman, are partnering to host a live online cooking event as part of the 2015 Pin A Meal, Give A Meal Pinterest campaign. This new addition to the campaign will provide easy springtime recipes, including a new signature recipe from Drummond– Chicken Broccolini with Mustard Cream Sauce. Those interested in attending can RSVP online today.

Drummond, along with Land O’Lakes’ Test Kitchen director Becky Wahlund, will share the latest tips and tricks for cooking up new spring recipes and discuss how everyone can support the one in six people struggling with hunger in the U.S.

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Rioja Heads to the Windy City

Rioja Week Chicago celebrates the vibrancy of Spain’s premier wine region

Rioja Wine and Tapas Festival - LogoWines from Rioja announces the 2nd annual Rioja Week in Chicago, kicking off with the Rioja Wine & Tapas Festival on Saturday, May 2, followed by a week replete with festivities across the city and country. Wine and food lovers everywhere are invited to explore the largest Spanish-focused festival in the country, celebrating Spain’s most renowned wine region of the world, well-known for its excellent quality and tremendous value.

The Rioja Wine & Tapas Festival, held at Chicago’s historic Union Station, includes nearly 200 vibrant wines from Rioja, from Blancos to Rosados to Gran Reservas, and everything in between. Attendees are invited to taste wines and learn directly from the best with top Rioja winemakers and winery principals in attendance.

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Ore-Ida Helps Parents Inspire Bold Conversations With Their Kids Through #FindYourBOLD Pinterest Campaign

New Research Sponsored by Ore-Ida® Bold & Crispy Shows That 90 Percent of Parents Want to Liven Up Dinner Time Talk With Their Children

Ore-Ida FindYourBOLD InfographicMealtime equals family time for most Americans, but the vast majority of parents say that meaningful conversation is missing from the menu. According to new research sponsored by Ore-Ida® Bold & Crispy, more than 90 percent of parents say they have trouble adding flavor to dinner time talk with kids and are looking for ways to liven up their mealtime routine.[i] Ore-Ida is helping parents bring flavor back to mealtime and inspire bolder conversations through starter questions found on a new #FindYourBOLD Pinterest board.

The Ore-Ida research reveals a range of topics that parents agreed could lead to flavorful dinner time discussions, from healthy habits (49 percent) and personal goals or dreams (46 percent), to entertainment interests (44 percent) and school-related concerns (43 percent). The #FindYourBOLD Pinterest board features questions in these categories and more. Samples include:

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Blue Bell Ice Cream Recalls 3 Oz. Institutional/Food Service Ice Cream Cups Because Of Possible Health Risk

Blue Bell Creameries Recall ProductsBlue Bell Ice Cream is recalling three flavors of its 3 oz. institutional/food service ice cream cups because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

The cups recalled are chocolate, strawberry and vanilla flavors with tab lids. They are not sold through retail outlets such as convenience stores or supermarkets. No retail products are involved in the recall and no illnesses have been reported to date.

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Mini Babybel® Introduces Babybel’s Big Dreamers Contest

The little cheese with big taste is looking for little kids with big dreams

BabybelMini Babybel® is celebrating the epic aspirations in all of us by showcasing the big things kids want to be when they grow up. The little cheese with big taste will help three lucky contest finalists bring those big dreams to life and have a chance to win the grand prize of a $50,000** scholarship  to help them achieve their aspirations.

Now through April 19, 2015, consumers can enter by heading to the Big Dreamer’s Contest tab on Babybel’s Facebook page or by going directly to the Babybel’s Big Dreamers Entry Form online. Submissions require just three simple steps:

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Eckrich Surprises Military Family with One Year of Free Groceries

Mondesir Family Honored with Help from NASCAR Driver Aric Almirola

ECKRICH LOGOJoining the armed forces isn’t a decision to be taken lightly, and veteran Marine Corps Corporal Chloe Mondesir certainly understood her commitment to her country and family. She bravely served as a Marine for over four years, but on Friday, Eckrich, the makers of naturally hardwood smoked sausage and deli meats, had the opportunity to turn the tables and give back to her.

Eckrich, a brand of Smithfield Foods, partnered with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Aric Almirola to surprise Mondesir with one year of free groceries from Albertsons. Under the impression that she was only meeting Eckrich representatives at Albertsons to receive race tickets to Sunday’s event at Auto Club Speedway, imagine the surprise when Almirola arrived in his Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 Eckrich Ford with a giant gift card for free groceries for one year, on behalf of Eckrich. In addition, Almirola presented Mondesir with VIP tickets for Sunday’s race.

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Five Student Teams Win $5,000 in Technology Grants

Student-designed projects tackling local hunger win tech products for schools and clubs across the country

Five teachers at middle and high schools from around the country were selected as recipients of the Lead2Feed Leadership Awards and will be awarded $5,000 in technology products for their classrooms. These teachers and their classrooms are participants in Lead2Feed, the nation’s leading and fastest growing service learning program that challenges students to solve local hunger issues while building skills like leadership and teamwork. Free of cost, Lead2Feed is aligned to standards and 21st century skills. Lead2Feed was developed by the USA TODAY Charitable Foundation, with support from the Lift a Life Foundation, and the Yum! Brands Foundation.

Winners were randomly selected from classrooms that entered their Lead2Feed World Hunger Leadership Challenge projects by March 20, 2015.

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