Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Accepting Applications for Grants to Reduce Underage and Dangerous Drinking

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) is now accepting applications from schools, community organizations, municipalities, law enforcement organizations, nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, and for-profit institutions for two-year grants aimed at reducing underage and dangerous drinking.

Grants are intended to fund programs that focus on proven strategies to discourage and reduce both underage and dangerous drinking. The grant cycle is for up to two years, from July 2017 through June 2019, with a maximum award of $20,000 per year and $40,000 over two years. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis and are subject to the availability of funds, and grant amounts will be determined by the Bureau of Alcohol Education.

This year, grant applications must be submitted through PLCB+, an online system developed to streamline licensing and alcohol education functions.

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The Los Angeles Times Launches Citywide Food Festival

Food Bowl will celebrate the diversity of Los Angeles through 31 days of food this May

The Los Angeles Times announced the launch of Food Bowl, an annual month-long festival celebrating the city’s dynamic and influential food scene, taking place throughout the month of May. Centered in Los Angeles, the festival will bring together the best in local dining experiences while promoting social awareness about food waste and hunger. L.A.’s largest culinary event to date, Food Bowl will include special programs with internationally renowned chefs during rare U.S. appearances, including Massimo Bottura, chef-owner of Osteria Francescana in Modena,

Italy, and founder of Food for Soul; Fergus Henderson, chef and founder of St. John in London; Rosio Sánchez, chef-owner of Hija de Sánchez in Copenhagen; and Magnus Nilsson, chef at Fäviken in Sweden, with more to be announced.

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Food Truck Festivals of America Expands To 16 Markets In 2017

Festivals to launch in Palm Beach, FL in February and end in Asheville, NC in November

The country’s largest touring food truck & craft beer festival company, Food Truck Festivals of America (FTFA), is branching out to new markets in 2017 including Palm Beach, FL, Little Rock, AK, Milwaukee, WI, New Bedford, MA, Louisville, KY and Asheville, NC.

“Initially our festivals took place solely in New England,” says Anne-Marie Aigner, founder of FTFA. “But the weather was not conducive to having festivals year-round, so, we started chasing the sun.”

Here’s the 2017 schedule:

  • Palm Beach Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival – Feb. 25
  • 3rd Annual Great New Mexico Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival – April 8
  • Little Rock Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival – April 22
  • 3rd Annual South Carolina Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival – April 29
  • 2nd Annual Syracuse Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival – May 13
  • Milwaukee Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival – May 20
  • 6th Annual Worcester Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival – June 3
  • Seacoast Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival – June 18

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Flavor! Napa Valley March 22 – 26, 2017

A Five Day Festival of Food and Wine Benefiting the CIA

Visit Napa Valley, the official tourism marketing organization for the Napa Valley, is pleased to announce that Flavor! Napa Valley returns March 22 – 26, 2017. Tickets for the five-day food and wine festival, which supports programs and scholarships at The Culinary Institute of America’s Greystone Campus in St. Helena, CA, are available for purchase at FlavorNapaValley.com.

Flavor! Napa Valley, which takes place during Napa Valley’s “Cabernet Season,” November through April, celebrates local and celebrity chefs and winemakers and includes cooking demonstrations; intimate winemaker workshops, a “Grand Tasting,” and exclusive experiences that bring out the best flavors of the legendary Napa Valley.

A highlight of Flavor! Napa Valley 2017 events include:

  • Thursday, March 23 – “Chef and Winemaker Golf Tournament and Reception” at Silverado Resort and Spa
    Join local chefs and winemakers for a day on Silverado Resort and Spa’s championship golf course. The event includes a continental breakfast and 18 holes of golf and the post-tournament reception provides guests the opportunity to mingle with chefs and winemakers.
  • Thursday, March 23 – “Napa Valley Icons Dinner” presented by the Silverado Resort and Spa at Silverado Resort and Spa
    Guests will celebrate the food and wine icons of the Napa Valley at the Silverado Resort and Spa while honoring legendary winemaker Heidi Barrett.

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Submit Your Video “Audition” to the Create® Cooking Challenge 2017

Public television’s premier lifestyle channel to showcase up-and-coming culinary talent

Cooking Challenge 2017Create TV today announces the launch of the Create Cooking Challenge 2017, the second year of a national video contest for both professional chefs and home cooks interested in winning a web series on CreateTV.com. Create is public television’s most-watched multicast channel, airing on 235 public TV stations and reaching 46 million viewers annually.

Sponsored by American Public Television (APT), the Create Cooking Challenge runs February 6–28, 2017. Entrants must submit online a short (two minutes or less), original YouTube video featuring their best culinary project, recipe or tip. The contest will be judged by Create staff and a panel of public television chefs: Lidia Bastianich (Lidia’s Kitchen), Sara Moulton (Sara’s Weeknight Meals), Julia Collin Davison and Bridget Lancaster (co-hosts of America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country), Kevin Belton (New Orleans Cooking With Kevin Belton), and Steven Raichlen (Steven Raichlen’s Project Smoke).

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Goya Foods Offers Four $20,000 Scholarships Application

Goya LogoGoya Foods, America’s largest Hispanic-owned food company, will offer a $20,000 nationwide Culinary Arts Scholarship granted annually to four students entering their freshman year of college to obtain their first undergraduate degree in culinary arts and/or a food sciences area of study.

Goya’s Culinary Arts Scholarship is available on a competitive basis to students entering an accredited two-year or four-year institution. Scholarships are in the amount of $5,000 awarded per academic year starting in Fall 2017 and are renewable for up to three additional years provided the student remains eligible to receive funding.

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3rd Saturday Diva Market Returns to Carol’s Book January 21

This month, the Diva Market will continue on Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 11am to 6pm at Carols Books located at 1913 Del Paso Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95815 with hopes of drawing an even larger crowd.

Third Saturday Diva Market, brought to you by Framed by Frankie a​nd Brown Sugar Art Gallery.  The event, which was covered by the Sacramento Observer, Good Day Sacramento, Jay King of the KDEE 97.5 Traffic Jam, Black Talk Sacramento (BTS) and the Del Paso Boulevard Partnership, filled with good vibes flowing between customers and vendors.   City Councilman, Allen Warren of District 2 also dropped by to give his support and stated that he “loves what the women are doing in the community.”

One of the most important things Diva Market founders Frankie Edwards Lee and Daphne Burgess strive to achieve with the market is bringing attention to local and small businesses.  While to some, this may not seem like such a huge deal, when given careful thought, this is a truly meaningful undertaking as it provides area consumers with the opportunity to keep more of their dollars circulating in the community in which they live.  Keeping that goal in mind, each month the Diva Market spotlights a business owner.

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My Mix Grab n’ Go brand Chocolate Pretzel Hearts Recalled due to Salmonella

Warning SymbolOverwaitea Food Group is recalling My Mix Grab n’ Go brand Chocolate Pretzel Hearts from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below.

The following product has been sold in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

If you think you became sick from consuming a recalled product, call your doctor.

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