Chef Emeril Lagasse’s Foundation Launches National School-Based Culinary Education Program

Through a network of schools across the country, Emeril’s Culinary Garden & Teaching Kitchen offers a ground-to-plate curriculum focused on empowering children through food.

Emeril Lagasse Foundation announces the launch of Emeril’s Culinary Garden & Teaching Kitchen, a national education initiative created to enrich the lives of elementary and middle school children through a fun, fresh perspective on food. The program fully integrates culinary gardens and teaching kitchens in schools as interactive learning environments.

Through a unique curriculum developed by a national task force of educators, culinary professionals and farm-to-school experts, schools are provided with grade-level standards for gardening and cooking classes that are not only integrated across all core subjects, but also aligned with national academic standards. The curriculum uses over 100 of Chef Emeril’s recipes that have been modified for the classroom.

Emeril’s Culinary Garden & Teaching Kitchen is the vision of Chef Emeril Lagasse and his wife, Alden. Since they established the Emeril Lagasse Foundation in 2002, the Foundation has granted more than $10 million to children’s charities that provide culinary, nutrition and arts education. While those efforts will remain a cornerstone of the Foundation’s mission, the creation of Emeril’s Culinary Garden & Teaching Kitchen will allow the Foundation to broaden its reach and make a direct, lasting impact on youth in America.

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Chipotle Brings Back BOGO for Back to School This Saturday


Chipotle offering BOGO for students nationwide this Saturday, August 18

Chipotle Mexican Grill is offering a special, one day, buy-one-get-one (BOGO) offer for students nationwide on Saturday, August 18 to celebrate back-to-school season. As part of the BOGO, students of all ages can receive a free burrito, burrito bowl, salad, order of tacos or a kids meal with the purchase of an entrée of equal or greater value.

The BOGO may be redeemed via a digital order (online or in-app) and in-restaurant. While students do not need to show school ID for in-store orders, customers must request the BOGO deal at the register. Online customers can enter the code STUDENT to redeem their BOGO when placing an order for two or more qualifying menu items.

“Back-to-school season is an exciting time for students of all ages,” said Chris Brandt, chief marketing officer at Chipotle. “No matter the time of year, we’re committed to providing students – and all of our customers – real ingredients, real cooking and real flavor, and we hope this BOGO will only add to students’ back-to-school enthusiasm.”

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Get SToK’d! SToK® Cold Brew Coffee Partners With Lil Jon To Get People Hyped

SToK, creators of cold brew coffee, has brewed up a new way to hype up your life. Introducing the SToK Hype Experience, a personalized hype-music video that enlists Grammy Award-winning rapper and the King of Hype – Lil Jon – to get people pumped!

The coffee-nated SToK experience starts at where you can check out Lil Jon’sexclusive hype-music video. And it’s about to get personal. That’s right, this customizable experience allows you to insert your own name and activities – curating your own personal hype-music video, whether you’re going to work or to #werrrk.

“I’ve gotten people hyped my whole career,” said Lil Jon. “It’s cool to be partnering with a brand that wants to motivate and energize folks…especially in such an epic way!”

“At SToK, we never take ourselves too seriously,” said Lindsey Morgan, Director of Marketing for SToK. “We craft cold brew coffee that’s not only deliciously smooth, but also inspires motivation to pump up the day. Lil Jon is the perfect partner for us to bring the hype!”

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Hormel Foods Launches Next Installment of Cooking & Culture Video Series

Hormel Foods has launched the seventh episode of Cooking & Culture, the company’s award-winning video series that brings renowned chefs to Hormel Foods to discuss cultural perspectives and lessons about diversity and inclusion (D&I) while they expertly prepare recipes with Hormel Foods employees.

The series launched in February 2017, during Black History Month, with a chapter on soul food. Subsequent episodes have featured recipes and discussions of Asian cuisine and culture, Hispanic heritage as well as episodes on LGBTQIA community, millennial trends and farming communities.

Cooking & Culture also draws on the support and extended network of external talent to appear in each episode. Both up-and-coming and world-renowned chefs are lining up to lend their culinary expertise, as well as their deep ties, to the topics.

The latest episode features the company’s employee resource group (ERG) for veterans, HMVET. The episode was hosted by Certified Master Chef and veteran Ron DeSantis and Angelita Zynda, an employee at Hormel Foods who is also a veteran.

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12th Annual Sisters and Friends Getaway to Martha’s Vineyard Gives Black Women An Opportunity To Network, Bond, Relax And Rejuvenate

Looking for a way to extend the summer? Join Sisters and Friends Getaway to Martha’s Vineyard for a last minute vacation. After 12 years of hosting women for a relaxing and rejuvenating week on the Vineyard, host Connie Portis will soon be moving on to explore new ventures.

Sisters and Friends is comprised of women from around the country who share a week together exploring Martha’s Vineyard, participating in workshops, joining in book discussions, and networking with sisterfriends. Portis says, “Women come, all ages, and at varying stages in life. They come as strangers and leave as lifelong friends.”

More than 150 women will participate this year. The first week, September 9-16 has filled with women from as far away as California and Alaska. Space is available the second week, September 16-22. The women are all ages and at varying stage in life.

In addition to Tedder’s presentation, discussion titles include “Our Voice, Our Activism” with Valerie McDonald-Roberts, former Pittsburgh City Council member and “Glam 101” led by cosmetologist and makeup artist Shakita Hollis-Poag. Continue reading

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USA United to bring world-class Michelin culinary experiences to MileagePlus members

In an effort to continue offering travel inspiration while highlighting some of the top cities in the U.S., United Airlines today announced a new partnership as the official airline partner of the MICHELIN® Guides USA. Created in France in 1900, the MICHELIN Guide was originally published as an aid to the very first motorists and was filled with handy information such as maps, how to change a tire, where to fill up with petrol and the best places to eat and sleep. The four MICHELIN Guides for the USA highlight cities known for tourism and cuisine – New York, Washington D.C., San Francisco and Chicago – all of which serve as hub markets for United.

As part of this partnership, MileagePlus members will have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to attend Michelin events in these cities. Through the MileagePlus Exclusives program, MileagePlus members will be able to bid their miles to attend five unique events. Experiences include guide launch events with cocktails and tasting stations from some of the newly selected and highly talented Michelin chefs of 2019 in each of the different MICHELIN Guide cities.

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Shoney’s Announces Franchise Opportunities for Aspiring Entrepreneurs and Franchisees in North Carolina

Shoney’s Restaurants is Now Offering Franchising Opportunities Throughout the State of North Carolina; Targeting those with a Passion for Providing Excellent Service in the Food and Beverage Industry

Shoney’s Restaurants is proud to announce that they are currently offering franchise opportunities to qualified candidates throughout the state of North Carolina, effective today. Qualified applicants who are awarded the opportunity to own and operate a franchise will be provided with an exceptional business modelextensive training, and consistent, ongoing support from all departments within the organization.

Shoney’s Restaurants opened its first location in 1947 – and has become a household name for serving All-American food for over 70 years. From starting as a single drive-in in West Virginia to now having a footprint in 17 states, Shoney’s continues to be one of the nation’s top casual dining destinations. Shoney’s Restaurants menu consists of a wide range of selections including: hand-dipped milkshakesan array of breakfast choices that are available all day, desserts (including: their world-famous hot fudge cake and iron-skillet cookie), starter items (including: wings and sliders), and tasty entrees (including high range ribeye and baked spaghetti).

“Over the past 70 years, many of our franchisees have opened restaurants, created jobs, boosted the local economy, and have done some remarkable things for their state as a whole,” says David Davoudpour, Shoney’s Chairman and CEO. “We are looking to do the same exact thing in North Carolina.”

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Uncle Ben’s Launches 7th Annual BEN’S BEGINNERS Cooking Contest

It’s becoming apparent through research that kids who eat and cook with family tend to be healthier, happier and have higher academic achievement. But, it’s also true that parents are pressed for time to do this, especially entering a new school year. To help families overcome this barrier and experience the benefits of cooking together, the UNCLE BEN’S® Brand created the annual BEN’S BEGINNERS™ program and cooking contest, launching today. Parents can use the tools and recipes on the UNCLE BEN’S® website to help create an easy, rice-based dish with their child for a chance to win cash and a school cafeteria makeover.

Since launching in 2012, the BEN’S BEGINNERS™ program has driven a nationwide movement to help kids learn how to cook as well as they learn how to read and write. The contest has motivated thousands of families to cook together and has donated more than $1,000,000 to children and schools across the country to help create healthier communities.

“The UNCLE BEN’S® Brand is all about inspiring shared meals and spending time together in the kitchen,” said UNCLE BEN’S® Senior Brand Manager Ashley Findlay. “The BEN’S BEGINNERS™ program is our way of bringing this mission to life. It’s our goal to help kids learn the essential life skill of cooking and provide convenient products – like our READY RICE® – and family-friendly recipes to make it easy for parents.”

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