Arcos Dorados Offers Books in Happy Meals to Help Fight Childhood Illiteracy

  • Arcos Dorados reinforces its commitment to childhood literacy with incorporation of books as an option in Happy Meals • Demonstrates ongoing investment in creating positive habits for lifelong learning

Arcos Dorados Holdings, Inc,  Latin America’s largest restaurant chain and the world’s largest McDonald’s franchisee, reinforces its commitment to childhood education with the addition of books as an option in Happy Meals. The Company’s youngest customers can now choose between a toy or a book across ten of its largest markets, including Brazil, Argentina and Mexico.

Arcos Dorados embraces the transformative power of reading, with numerous studies confirming that children who grow up with books reach a higher level of education. Childhood illiteracy is a major issue across Latin America, and the Company has already distributed over 5 million books across the region to help address this critical need. With this new campaign, customers can choose between a toy or one of six hardcover collectible books exclusive to McDonald’s restaurants. By putting the six books together, customers can assemble a secret puzzle from each collection.

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Francis Ford Coppola Winery Unveils New Sofia Brut Rosé and Brut Rosé Minis

The Sofia Brand, Which Revolutionized Wine-in-a-Can, Releases Another Mini in Brut Rosé

Francis Ford Coppola Winery - New Sofia Brut Rose And Brut Rose MinisThis summer everything will be coming up rosé with the newest addition to Francis Ford Coppola Winery’s wildly popular Sofia label. The second sparkling wine in the winery’s illustrious collection and crafted in the style of French Crémant, Sofia Brut Rosé’s light effervescence and fruity floral notes are a refreshing reminder of rosé’s supremacy as a signature of summer.

“This 2016 Sofia Brut Rosé is styled after my favorite sparkling Rosés of Loire and Alsace in France,” says Sofia Coppola. “I spend a lot of time in France and have always loved sparkling rosé so am happy to add this to the line.”

Sofia Brut Rosé’s spiced berry accents are laced with tea leaves, a touch of clove, and crisp, refreshing flavors of tart red currants, pomegranate, strawberries, and peaches – exceptionally refreshing on the hottest of summer days. “Unlike Sofia’s still Rosé, which is crafted from Rhone varietals, Sofia Brut Rosé is made from a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, offering alluring aromatic flavors that pair well with assorted cheeses and charcuterie, hors d’oeuvres, shellfish, and spicy Asian cuisine,” says President & Director of Winemaking Corey Beck.

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Hiland Dairy Ice Cream Launches ‘Happiness in Every Scoop’ Contest

The winner will receive a trip for four to Silver Dollar City

Happiness in every scoopHiland Dairy’s 2017 “Happiness in Every Scoop: A Tradition for Generations” ice cream promotion kicked off in May, and one lucky contestant will win a family trip for four to Silver Dollar City, home of Hiland’s Outlaw Run Ice Cream.

Silver Dollar City’s 2017 season, designated “The Year of Food and Crafts,” represents family traditions handed down for generations. The Hiland contest winner and their family will be able to celebrate the art of American fine craftsmanship with new handcrafted treasures, experience new signature dining experiences with bold, innovative flavors, and enjoy more than 200 new specialty foods.

“Summertime is about making memories,” said Gary Aggus, president and general manager of Hiland Dairy. “This contest is a great way to celebrate families — and what better place than Silver Dollar City?”

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Sonoma Wine Country’s Farmhouse Inn Offers an Electric Experience

Russian River Valley’s only Luxury Hotel offers unique transportation option

Farmhouse InnBright lights, traffic, tall buildings and unidentifiable smells – all the wonders and joys of city living that you’ll leave behind as you travel 60 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge to California’s wine country.  And luckily for wine country visitors, it’s never been easier to get around and to Sonoma.

Tesla designs and builds the most advanced vehicles in the world today.  These tricked out cars are fast, gorgeous and can even drive themselves. All on pure electricity. Farmhouse is offering a new guest amenity that is focused on providing visitors with a new way to travel – in a Tesla. Farmhouse will offer guests wine tours in the hotel’s new Model X, as well as daily dinner runs to the nearby downtown Healdsburg – they’d offer self-driven tours but the insurance company vetoed that option… Wine tours will start at $400 per couple and are subject to availability.

For guests visiting wine country via air travel there is good news here too.  Getting to wine country is also about to be easier with the addition of several new flights to Sonoma’s STS airport. Beginning in June, a direct flight from Minneapolis via American Airlines and daily commuter flights from SFO to STS via United Airlines will be available. Visitors can now skip the rental car line and awful traffic (you’ll really want to skip these…) as the new United flights drop travelers five miles from the Farmhouse Inn.

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Ben & Jerry’s Celebrates Bob Marley’s Legacy with One Love Flavor

Pints to Promote Youth Empowerment and Social Change with Annual ‘One Love Youth Camp’ in Jamaica

Ben and Jerry One Love Ice Cream“One love, one heart…” So begins one of the most recognized songs in reggae history. Bob Marley’s memorable refrain is a call for global compassion, and is a perfect anthem for Ben & Jerry’s latest flavor, One Love. The flavor concoction that came to fruition in partnership with the Marley family pays homage to the legendary performer and his vision for a better world.

A portion of the proceeds from each One Love pint sold will benefit Jamaica’s One Love Youth Camp, a program run by The Bob Marley Foundation and Partners for Youth Empowerment. After the flavor enjoyed tremendous success in the United Kingdom last year, One Love is now making a splash on this side of the pond by sharing its mission-driven deliciousness with fans in the U.S. One Love is an enchanting harmony of banana ice cream, caramel and cookie swirls, and chocolatey peace signs.

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The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association Announces 2017 Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine Concepts

Chef Suzanne Goin and restaurateur Caroline Styne introduce new offerings for their second season with the Hollywood Bowl

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association announced details of enhancements and menus from Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine for the 2017 season last night. Building on the success of last summer’s inaugural season with local restaurateurs and James Beard Award-winning chef Suzanne Goin and business partner restaurateur Caroline Styne of The Lucques Group, and Sodexo Sports & LeisureHollywood Bowl Food + Wine promises exceptional dining options for visitors to the iconic venue.

Goin and Styne’s culinary history has defined Los Angeles tastes since 1998 when they opened Lucques, their flagship restaurant. At the Hollywood Bowl, their California-inspired menus, which include over 17 concepts, are created by Suzanne Goin in tandem with the exceptional wine and beer programs curated by Caroline Styne. Before being finalized, the dishes meet thorough testing and approval with Goin, Styne, Sodexo Sports & Leisure and the LA Phil. Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine is pleased to welcome back Executive Chef Jeff Rogers to oversee the broad range of dining operations that serve thousands of guests nightly.

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America’s Test Kitchen Announces Boston Eats

A Two-Day Festival Celebrating New England’s Top Culinary Talent 

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America’s Test Kitchen announces America’s Test Kitchen Boston EATS, a two-day festival celebrating New England’s innovative and eclectic culinary talent. The event, taking place October 27 and October 28, 2017, will be centered at the company’s new headquarters and studios in the Seaport’s Innovation and Design Building, where an exciting roster of local chefs, producers, artisans, educators, and eaters will gather to participate in a delicious lineup of events, including tastings, cooking demonstrations, panels, and more.

“For more than two decades, America’s Test Kitchen has been a trusted resource for the millions of home cooks who watch our television series, subscribe to our magazines, Cook’s Illustrated and Cook’s Country, buy our books, and enroll in our online cooking school,” said David Nussbaum, CEO of America’s Test Kitchen. “We’re thrilled to now welcome the Boston culinary community to our new headquarters. This is a city of incredible talent, teachers, and tastes and we have been proud to call it our home.”

For the first time, America’s Test Kitchen (ATK) will open its doors at its brand new state-of-the-art kitchen and studios and take visitors behind the scenes. The public will have the opportunity to meet and learn from the personalities of ATK, including co-hosts Bridget Lancaster and Julia Collin Davison, and longtime cast member and Chief Creative Officer Jack Bishop. The ATK cast and crew will be joined by some of New England’s most celebrated chefs. A full lineup of culinary talent will be announced at a later date.

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Trends: Choreographing Dinner

Union and Music

[Restaurant Hospitality] Music has long played an important supporting role in restaurants. But one California restaurateur is experimenting with a unique event that attempts to literally choreograph a meal to music.

Union restaurant in Pasadena, Calif., in March launched its first “Tasty Tunes” dinner in partnership with San Francisco-based “silent disco” production company HUSHconcerts.

The event is an example of how restaurants are looking to enhance the experiential aspects of dining out, going beyond food, drink and atmosphere to bring guests together in new ways.

The Tasty Tunes event featured a one-seating, three-course prix fixe dinner and dessert combined with hand-selected music that was delivered via wireless headphones.

While Union chef and co-owner Bruce Kalman said the initial plan was to attempt to time the music to each course of the meal, they realized that everyone eats at a different speed, so they set it up based on speed instead.

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