Tiffany Haddish and Lawry’s Launch First-Ever Limited-Edition Lawry’s Seasoned Salt

Long-time Lawry’s® fan, Tiffany Haddish, has teamed up with the iconic seasoning to launch a limited-edition Lawry’s Seasoned Salt bottle, just in time for the holidays. For the first time in Lawry’s history, a celebrity will appear on the bottle alongside Haddish’s family recipe for Joyful Greens. Fans can also watch Tiffany in action at Lawrys.com, whipping up her cherished dishes and sharing personal tips and tricks for using her favorite seasoning.

The partnership quickly formed after the brand spotted Haddish adding Lawry’s Seasoned Salt to her signature recipe, Joyful Greens, on the Ellen Show earlier this year. “I brought over one of my favorite homecooked dishes, Joyful Greens, to a party with some celebrity friends. I love to cook and have always used Lawry’s Seasoned Salt, especially in my greens. Everyone at the party loved it,” said actress Tiffany Haddish. “After Lawry’s saw me prepare it on TV, they sent me a personalized bottle with my name, photo and the ‘She Ready! ™’ tagline! If so, shouldn’t we include TM? Of course, I was excited to share, and everyone kept asking where to buy it.”

The limited-edition 16 oz. bottles are now available for purchase starting today in limited quantities online via Amazon.com and Lawrys.com. The product will be sold as a two-pack for $13.50.

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Instant Brands Introduces New Instant Pot Smart WiFi Programmable Pressure Cooker

Survey shows 80% of parents wish they had more time to cook dinner for their family, Smart WiFi Instant Pot speeds up cooking process to give home cooks back that time.

Instant Brands—maker of the most loved multicooker, the Instant Pot—have launched the Smart WiFi Programmable Pressure Cooker. This innovative new multi-use cooker is designed to give home cooks back precious time in their busy days by allowing customers to monitor and control their cookers from the palm of their hands with the Instant Pot mobile app.

The Instant Pot Smart WiFi boasts game-changing features to help customers save time by verifying cooking progress from anywhere and receiving alerts and notifications directly on mobile devices. The first-of-its kind device pairs directly with the Instant Pot app, allowing total user control to cook, schedule, adjust and monitor the progress of meals from anywhere. The new multicooker also holds over 750 recipes, making it possible to cook specific meals with the click of a button in the Instant Pot app.

“Driving innovation in the kitchen is at the forefront of what we do at Instant Brands,” said Dr. Robert Wang, founder and CEO of Instant Brands Inc. “We know how valuable time is for our users and the Smart WiFi, like all of our products, was designed to allow home cooks to spend less time in the kitchen and more time doing the things they love.”

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CellarTracker! and Benchmark Wine Group Announce Global Partnership to Accelerate and Simplify Rare Wine Transactions

CellarTracker!, the most widely used wine cellar tracking software, has launched new technology that accelerates the process of bringing rare wine collections to market. In a few clicks through the new platform, cellar owners around the world can now designate collectible wines for sale in record time. All 568,000 CellarTracker! users will find this new feature in their account which allows them to generate a list of their collectible wines. Sellers then receive a top quote from Benchmark Wine Group, the leading rare wine reseller in the U.S.

“Unlike estimates from auction houses, this quote will be a firm offer for the wine in excellent condition, and generally will be higher than a seller would receive from an auction house or other legally licensed buyer of rare wine,” said Benchmark CEO David Parker.

Both companies have founders united in their tech backgrounds and passion for fine wines. Coming from a longstanding career with Microsoft, CellarTracker! originally began as a hobby for owner Eric LeVine in 2003. While he built CellarTracker! for himself, LeVine quickly realized the benefit the platform could provide likeminded collectors. Continue reading

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Ferrero Celebrates Grand Opening of Nutella Cafe New York

New Union Square Cafe Set to Delight Guests With All-Day Menu of Nutella®-Centric Dishes

Ferrero, a global confectionery company and the maker of Nutella®, The Original Hazelnut Spread®, is pleased to announce that it will officially open the doors of the highly-anticipated Nutella Cafe New York to the public today, November 14, at 12 p.m. EST. The permanent cafe brings to life an authentic Nutella experience all year-round with a menu of Nutella-centric dishes and specialty espresso beverages.

Located at 13th Street and University Place near Union Square, Nutella Cafe New York is the second Nutella restaurant owned and operated by the company in the U.S. The first Nutella Cafe opened in Chicago in May 2017.

“We are thrilled to celebrate the grand opening of the Nutella Cafe New York in one of the greatest culinary cities in the world,” said Rick Fossali, vice president of operations, Nutella Cafe. “The response to our first Nutella Cafe in Chicago has been outstanding, and we cannot wait to treat New Yorkers and tourists alike to a wonderfully delicious Nutella experience showcasing the uniqueness and versatility of this beloved product.” Continue reading

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Wine.com Releases 2018 Wine.com 100

Wine.com, the nation’s leading online wine retailer, today announced the twelfth annual Wine.com 100. Reflecting the top wines purchased on the website during the first 10 months of 2018, the Wine.com 100 is the industry’s only list based exclusively on consumer purchasing behavior. With nearly 35,000 unique vintage-specific wines purchased at Wine.com in 2018, the Top 100 is an exclusive group representing the best-selling available labels.  The list provides insight into consumers’ online wine-buying patterns, highlighting popular producers, regions and varietals. The complete 2018 Wine.com 100 list is available online at www.wine.com/100.

2018 Wine.com 100 highlights:

  • Washington State shines: This year, Substance 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon from Washington Statetopped our list. The list featured six Washington wines (up from 4 last year), two of which were in the top 10. This highlights the growing awareness of the state’s value and quality combination, especially for red wine lovers.
  • Consistent quality vintage over vintage. This year 10 wines gained two spots on the list due to a vintage change. From Chardonnay to Rose to Cabernet, wineries like Caymus and Kendall-Jackson made double placements, reflecting the consumer’s loyalty to specific wine year over year.
  • Rose all day. Following the national trend, rose claimed two more spots this year with a grand total of five. While not dominating the list, 5% is a big jump from the solo placement we saw in 2012.

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Back To The Roots Teams Up With Ayesha Curry For The Holidays

Back to the Roots Launches New Kitchen Herb Garden with Ayesha Curry Available at Lowe’s Nationwide

Back to the RootsOakland-based, organic food & gardening company, announced today its partnership with celebrity Mom & restauranteur, Ayesha Curry to create an indoor grow kit equipped with Curry’s exclusive home recipes just in time for the holidays. Ayesha Curry’s Kitchen Herb Garden is available at Lowe’s Home Improvement stores nationwide.

Back to the Roots is reinventing the way people connect with food. The new Ayesha Curry Kitchen Herb Garden is set in classic mason jars ready to compliment any countertop and includes complete care instructions along with Ayesha’s secret home recipes – it’s the ultimate holiday gift for anyone who wants to unplug, dig in, and get their hands dirty! With everything included, families can start growing fresh mint & basil in no time – just add water & place on the windowsill.

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KIND Healthy Snacks Announces Minis

Today KIND Healthy Snacks (KIND) announces the national introduction of KIND® Minis and in the process redefines the small portion snack category that has been comprised of empty calorie options for decades. To date, most food manufacturers have failed to make reduced portion snacks that effectively balance health and taste. The 100-calorie or less KIND Minis aim to fill a need for people seeking on-the-go snacks that not only taste good but also offer balanced nutrition.

“For years, 100-calorie snacks have enjoyed a health halo due to their smaller pack sizes and lower calorie count, but in reality they provide little nutritional value,” says Daniel Lubetzky, Founder & CEO of KIND. “With KIND Minis, we aim to turn the industry’s approach to small portion single-serve snacks upside down. In so doing, we hope to shift the conversation so that it focuses less on quantity of calories and more on quality of ingredients.”

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KFC Is (Finally!) Serving Chicken & Waffles – Now You Can Have Brunch Anytime, Anywhere

Kentucky Fried Chicken® – the original chicken purveyor– is making a formerly upscale brunch favorite available to everyone with the introduction of its new Kentucky Fried Chicken & Waffles, available for a limited time only. With Kentucky Fried Chicken & Waffles, you can forget the reservations, long lines and expensive checks and get back to what really matters: the food.

“Our famous extra crispy, savory fried chicken atop a Belgian Liege-style waffle, with the finishing touch of classic Mrs. Butterworth’s syrup, makes for a scrumptious dish I’d put up against versions at upscale restaurants, but we’re offering it at a price just about anyone can afford. And it can be enjoyed at KFCs across the country for brunch, lunch or dinner,” said Andrea Zahumensky, Chief Marketing Officer, KFC U.S.

The menu item perfectly pairs the southern favorite, Extra Crispy™ fried chicken, with scrumptiously thick, Belgian Liege-style waffles. The waffle recipe was developed specifically to pair perfectly with KFC’s Extra Crispy fried chicken and is made with a yeast-raised dough instead of a batter. The waffles include pearl sugar imported from Belgium that creates a delectable sweet and crunchy outer texture.

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