BIGS Sunflower Seeds Launches First-Ever Taco Bell “Taco Supreme” Flavor Seeds

New Offering Will Introduce Taco Bell Flavor To Sunflower Seed Category

BIGS® Sunflower Seeds, a brand of Conagra Brands, Inc, announced it will introduce a new flavor of Taco Bell-inspired sunflower seeds, BIGS Taco Bell Taco Supreme. The seeds, which will debut in retail locations in April 2018, will combine BIGS fire-roasted, USA-grown sunflower seeds with the spicy taco flavor and signature crunch associated with the nation’s leading Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant.

With 7,000 restaurants across the country, Taco Bell’s menu includes the signature Taco Supreme – an iconic flavor that has inspired the new BIGS Sunflower Seeds. These seeds are the latest addition to BIGS impressive collection of co-brand flavor collaborations that have helped BIGS become the fastest-growing Sunflower Seed in the category for eight consecutive years.

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Sombra Mezcal Announces Sustainable Virtual Cocktail Competition

Grand Prize of Week-Long Trip to Oaxaca, a Destination for Mezcal and Gastronomy, and a Hands-On Apprenticeship at Sombra Mezcal’s Groundbreaking, Sustainable New Distillery

Sombra Mezcal, a spirit distilled to sustain the land and the people of Oaxaca, today announces its first-ever sustainable cocktail competition, “Shake and Stir to Sustain the Land and the People.” Open to professional bartenders in the U.S., entries are accepted from April 22 through August 22, 2018 on Sombra‘s website. Sombra Mezcal is the brainchild of Richard Betts, a Master Sommelier whose love of Oaxaca inspired him to open a distillery (palenque) that sets the highest standards for eco-friendly production. Newly opened, Sombra’s palenque ensures consistent quality and innovation from the fields to the bottle. Click here for an Earth Day message from Richard Betts, Founder, Sombra Mezcal.

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Detroit Metro CVB Launches New Restaurant-Focused YouTube Show

The Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (DMCVB) has debuted its new YouTube series Eats in The D. The five minute show focuses on the food, drinks and people in metro Detroit that are making headlines around the world.

“We want this new show to entice visitors to come to Detroit and try out these restaurants for themselves,” said Larry Alexander, DMCVB President & CEO. “The episodes are short, fun and informative, to give visitors a taste of Detroit’s diverse and unique dining scene, which is earning accolades from media and visitors around the world.”

The first season of Eats in The D includes 10 episodes featuring 20 popular foodie destinations throughout metro Detroit. The first three episodes can be viewed now on YouTube and Facebook. To watch Eats in The D, go to: http://bit.ly/eats-in-the-d-media.

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2018 World Pizza Eating Championship at John’s Incredible Pizza Company

The California-based Family Fun Hotspot Brings Top Ranked Eaters to Compete in Westminster CA for $4,000 in Prizes

John’s Incredible Pizza Company and Major League Eating are excited to announce this new event to its slate of sanctioned eating championships for 2018. This event will be held over 10 minutes of contest time with ranked competitive eater Matt Stonie seeking to set a new world record in the pizza discipline on Sunday, April 22 at 1p.m. at the Westminster Mall in Westminster, CA.

After the event, spectators can enjoy John’s all-you-can-eat buffet plus a free $5 FunCard for games and rides with regular admission purchase. Photos with John’s Mascot IncrediBear and the Championship belt are also part of the fun.

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FOOD & WINE Announces Restaurants of The Year 2018

America’s 10 Most Exciting Openings Selected by FOOD & WINE Editors in Fourth Annual List

FOOD & WINE announces that Lasa in Los Angeles, Grand Café in Minneapolis, and Superior Motors in Braddock, Pennsylvania are among the 10 new restaurants across the country named to the fourth annual FOOD & WINE Restaurants of the Year list. Restaurants of the Year are FOOD & WINE’s definitive list of the 10 most exciting new places to eat in America now. This year’s winners not only create something delicious, but also transcend the dinner plate and reflect the communities of which they are a part.

The complete Restaurants of the Year 2018 report, with insights on why all 10 restaurants made the list, is featured now at www.foodandwine.com/restaurants-of-the-year and will also be in the May issue of FOOD & WINE, on newsstands April 13. All of the restaurants opened within the past 14 months.

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John Legend to Appear at Philadelphia magazine’s Wine Festival

Musician/songwriter/actor will host intimate chats about his wines, greet fans.

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) announced that 2018 Wine Week celebrations will start with a visit from John Legend, who will appear at Philadelphia magazine’s Wine Festival presented by Lexus at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday, May 3 at 5 pm.

Philadelphia magazine’s Wine Festival presented by Lexus brings local restauranteurs and culinary favorites together with vintners, winemakers, and industry experts who help guide and inform guests on each wine being sampled. The event will feature more than 500 wines, dozens of vintners, and an on-site Fine Wine & Good Spirits store carrying wines sampled at the event. Additionally, Legend will hold two intimate “fireside chats” with a limited number of guests.

A ticket to the first fireside chat with Legend includes a VIP ticket to the wine festival, a bottle of LVE Cabernet Sauvignon pre-signed by Legend, an exclusive private tasting of the LVE Collection produced by Raymond Vineyards, and attendance at the private chat.

A ticket to the second fireside chat includes all the features above, plus an exclusive photo opportunity with Legend.

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Ben & Jerry’s Annual Free Cone Day Celebration Is Back

Spoons at the readyFree Cone Day is back! On April 10th, Ben & Jerry’s 40th Free Cone Day arrives and as always, YOU are invited to celebrate.

Imagine waking up to a day of endless ice cream … plus unlimited chunks and swirls. It must be Free Cone Day 2018. Free scoops of Ben & Jerry’s euphoric ice cream, packed with chunks and swirls, will be offered at Scoop Shops around the country.

Ice cream lovers will be able to choose a longtime favorite like Cookie Dough, or dig their spoons into something completely new. Your appetite is the only limit to the number of times you can get back in line.  Dreamy right?

Okay, so this celebration is hardly a surprise … the company’s first Free Cone Day was way back in 1979. Back then, it was highly unusual for a company to share, rather than sell, its product, but Ben and Jerry wanted to thank their dedicated, ice cream loving community for helping them get through their first year.  These days Ben & Jerry’s hands out more than one million free scoops of ice cream across the world each April.

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Nationwide Grilled Cheese Recipe Competition Begins

Wisconsin Grilled Cheese Recipe Showdown Will Award $40,000 for the Nation’s Best Wisconsin Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Beginning April 2, aspiring chefs of all ages are invited to submit their most creative grilled cheese recipes. The Wisconsin Grilled Cheese Recipe Showdown runs through May 15. One grand prize winner will receive $15,000 and be crowned the 2018 Wisconsin Grilled Cheese Champion. More than $25,000 in additional cash and bonus prizes will also be awarded throughout the competition.

Celebrity judges will critique recipes based on incorporation of Wisconsin cheese, creativity, presentation and taste. This year’s top grilled cheese recipes will be judged by a panel of experts, including editors from Rachael Ray Every Day and Allrecipes.com, bloggers from Cheese Sex Deathand Grilled Cheese Social, Laura Werlin, author of Grilled Cheese, Please!: 50 Scrumptiously Cheesy Recipes and previous grilled cheese champions. The 2018 winners will be announced live on the Wisconsin Cheese Facebook page in June.

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