The Fifth Annual Lexus Culinary Classic Returns to Cavallo Point Lodge

Now in its fifth year, the Lexus Culinary Classic returns to Cavallo Point Lodge April 26,-28, 2019, with an exciting lineup of guest chefs and culinary experts. Throughout the weekend guests will be treated to a schedule of exclusive events with highlights including a Farmer’s Market Excursion, cycling with famed pro-cyclist Christian Vande Velde, cooking demonstrations, wine blending, and a private dinner at Skywalker Ranch, chauffeured in a Lexus. Driving enthusiasts will also have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a Lexus for an idyllic drive around Cavallo Point. The weekend is capped off with the Lexus Grand Tasting on Sunday afternoon featuring all 10 participating chefs, Blackberry Farm Brewery and 20 winemakers that are members of Napa Valley Vintners, and Champion Racecar Driver and Lexus Brand Ambassador Scott Pruett, who will be pouring wine from his own label.

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James Beard Foundation Partners With Visit Philadelphia® For 2019 Media Awards, Hosted By Tyra Banks

Chef Robert Toland of Terrain Cafe | Photo credit: ISIT PHILADELPHIA®

The James Beard Foundation has announced a partnership with VISIT PHILADELPHIA®, the region’s official tourism marketing agency, to present the 2019 James Beard Media Awards, with support from William Grant & Sons. The exclusive event honors the nation’s top food authors, broadcast producers and hosts, and journalists, and will take place at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York City on Friday, April 26, 2019. The Media Awards will be hosted by Supermodel turned businesswomen and Emmy Award–winning television host, Tyra Banks.

Banks is one of the most recognizable Supermodels and personalities in the world. A true mogul and media maven, she created and executive produced America’s Next Top Model, the first and longest-running competition-based reality television series, for 24 cycles. As an original Victoria’s Secret angel, Banks was the first female model to grace the cover ofGQ and the first African-American model to be featured on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. She was named one of The Hollywood Reporter’s 100 Most Powerful Women in Entertainment and has been honored as one of Glamour magazine’s coveted Women of the Year. Banks is CEO of the Tyra Banks Company — a place where beauty meets entertainment. In 2012, Banks graduated from the Owner/President Management program at Harvard Business School, and she recently developed Fierce Capital, the investment arm of the Tyra Banks Company, which invests in early-stage companies, including firms that are female-led or female-focused.

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Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day is Coming!

Don’t miss this chance to score your flavorite, or try something completely new.

More than a million scoops of ice cream will be given away next week during Ben & Jerry’s annual Free Cone Day, a global celebration of community support, fan awesomeness, and funky chunks and swirls.

Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops around the world will participate on April 9, 2019, offering everything from Americone Dream to Triple Caramel Chunk. This year, the company’s iconic Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough is available in its original and new non-dairy form, so there’s something euphoric for everyone. Ice cream lovers who find themselves in a cone-undrum over which flavor to choose can simply get back in line a second (or third, or fourth!) time.

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Sutter Home Family Vineyards Kicks Off 29th Annual Build A Better Burger Recipe Contest

Finalists from 28th Annual Contest to Compete for $25,000 Grand Prize on May 2

Sutter Home Family Vineyards today announced the opening of its 29thannual Build a Better Burger National Recipe Contest® – the nation’s longest-running burger contest – for a chance to win the $25,000 grand prize. Sutter Home invites burger enthusiasts of all skill levels from home cooks to grill masters to enter their winning burger recipes and wine pairings now through July 31. Semi-finalists will face off at one of five regional tailgate party cook-offs prior to MLB games taking place August and September. Finalists will compete at a live cook-off in Napa Valley in October at the historic Sutter Home Inn in St. Helena, California. Only one winner will come home with the enviable $25,000 grand prize that inspires thousands of recipe entries throughout the year. Contestants may enter at www.buildabetterburger.com.

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McDonald’s USA Launches Largest African American-Focused Campaign in 16 Years

McDonald’s USA announced the launch of Black & Positively Golden, a new campaign movement designed to uplift communities and inspire excellence. It highlights all things positive and focuses on stories of truth, power and pride, while celebrating Black excellence through education, empowerment and entrepreneurship.  Being an active member in the communities McDonald’s serves has been fundamental to the business since its inception. Black & Positively Golden is a natural extension of the brand’s long-term commitment to the African-American consumer, and part of its larger efforts to reconnect with customers and build a better McDonald’s.

“At McDonald’s, we strive to connect with our customers by showing up in ways that matter to them,” said Lizette Williams, Head of Cultural Engagement & Experiences, McDonald’s USA. “Prior to launching the Black & Positively Golden campaign, we spent time with our African-American customer base and heard from them on what’s most important. We are leveraging this platform to shine a brilliant, powerful light on Black culture and excellence in a way that matters most to our consumers. This is the largest African-American campaign we have launched in 16 years and it continues to demonstrate our longstanding commitment to this community.”

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Experience Rosé Announces 2019 Events + Open Call for Entries

Wine Competition Devoted to All Things Rosé to be Held in May; Winning Wines Presented to Consumers at ‘The Great Rosé Infusion for Summer’ in June

Because every day pairs better with Rosé,” is the philosophy of Craig Palmer and Allen Habel, co-founders of Experience Rosé, a brand that fully celebrates the pink drink. The brand will host an array of events in 2019, kicking things off with Experience Rosé: The 2019 Competitionin May, wherethis year,for the first time ever, they’ve opened the competition up to all rosé-infused products (both domestic and international). Wines will still be the focus of the competition, but producers of rosé-infused spirits, beers and ciders are encouraged to enter as well. Produced by Wine Competitions Management & Productions, the judging will take place at Soda Rock Winery in Healdsburg, Calif. on May 1, 2019. Gold-and-above winners in the Competition will be invited to showcase their wines at The Great Rosé Infusion of Summer event, to be held Saturday, June 22, also at Soda Rock Winery in Healdsburg. This consumer event will provide lovers of the pink with the opportunity to sample the most outstanding Rosé wines in the world alongside a selection of exceptional non-wine Rosé entries, all paired with custom-tailored gourmet accompanimentsof both the savory and sweet variety.

“Our goal with the competition and consumer events is to showcase excellence in domestic and international winemaking,” says Founder and Co-Producer Craig Palmer. “We look forward to connecting lovers of all things rosé with singular adventures and curated resources that are spirited, expansive and revelatory.  That’s why we only pour gold-and-above winners from our Competition, paired in a sophisticated and tantalizing setting.”

The Experience Rosé: The 2019 Competition on May 1 will showcase the best of the best from both domestic and international producers in dry, sparkling and sweet categories, while presenting a wide range of Rosé winemaking styles. The event will be held at the Alexander Valley’s historic Soda Rock Winery. The deadline to enter the competition for winemakers is Friday, April 26, with shipments due by Monday, April 29, 2019. Experience Rosé: The 2019 Competition is currently accepting entries. Winemakers can register by visiting https://www.winecompetitions.com/experiencerose.

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12th Annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival Returns, April 11-14

The West Coast’s premier epicurean lifestyle event, Pebble Beach Food & Wine returns for a 12th year this spring with four days of culinary decadence, April 11-14. Coinciding with Pebble Beach Resorts’ year-long centennial celebration, the 2019 event is pulling out all the stops as 100 of the world’s top celebrity chefs and 250 acclaimed wineries come together on the spectacular central California coastline. Event-goers will enjoy rare access to the very pinnacle of talent in the food and wine world—from upstarts and rising stars to James Beard and Michelin-star award winners— at a series of wine tastings, cooking demos, and some of the most exclusive and original dining experiences in the world.

Among this year’s luminaries are names like l’Arpege’s Alain Passard, Misiòn 19’s Javier Plascencia, Ludo Lefebvre of Ludo Bites, Masaharu Morimoto of Morimoto restaurants from New York to Napa, internationally renowned Argentinean grill master and featured chef on the Netflix original series Chef’s Table Francis Mallmann,DAMA’s Antonia Lofaso, Richard Blais of Trail Blais, Michelle Bernstein of Café La Trova, Dean Fearing of Fearing’s Restaurant, and the chef dubbed “The Last Magnificent,” Jeremiah Tower. A prime opportunity for event-goers to rub shoulders and snap photos with a veritable “who’s who” of culinary legends will take place at the Lexus Grand Tasting Tent on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, which will feature 30 chefs and more than 300 wines from top-notch producers around the world. Other event highlights include:

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Gentleman Jack and Actor Omari Hardwick Return with 3rd Annual Real to Reel National Film Contest

Gentleman Jack Double Mellowed Tennessee Whiskey together with Codeblack Entertainment announces the return of Gentleman Jack Real to Reel, a national contest showcasing the creativity and talent of up-and-coming Black filmmakers. The winner of the national competition will receive $10,000 and the opportunity to screen their short film at this year’s American Black Film Festival in Miami to an exclusive audience of industry professionals.

Experience the interactive Multichannel News Release here: https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8508851-jack-daniels-gentleman-jack-omari-hardwick-real-to-reel/

“We’re excited to continue our work to help forge a way for multicultural filmmakers as the issue around diverse representation among movie producers and directors continues to be a topic of discussion,” says Ben Osei, Associate Brand Manager – Gentleman Jack. “We look forward to seeing the creative projects and talented people coming through this year’s Gentleman Jack Real to Reel program and national contest.”

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