Introducing the WANDA Academy

This month WANDA: Women Advancing Nutrition Dietetics & Agriculture launches the WANDA Academy providing free online healthy cooking and wellness classes for D.C. women in Ward 7 and 8 on Medicaid during #Covid-19 pandemic with support from DC Dept. of Health Care Finance and Sibley Memorial Hospital. 

The online program is creating a safe, supportive sisterhood of self-care at a critical time during the COVID-19 pandemic while navigating structural barriers and existing chronic conditions.

“We strongly support WANDA’s initiative and the focus on reducing health disparities among our Ward 8 residents especially Medicaid recipients by increasing the delivery of evidence-based interventions that are culturally relevant,” Calvin Smith, Ward 8 Health Council Chair. “WANDA is not only a Ward 8 based nonprofit organization but Tambra who founded WANDA is also a proud Ward 8 resident and parent working in the community for over 10 years.”

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Mount Vernon’s Ripe Kitchen & Bar Prepares for Comeback

It is Official-Ripe Is Closed!

As if the challenge of being closed during the “pandemic” wasn’t enough, we were forced to once again close our doors temporarily due to a
major kitchen fire.

The COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with this new devastating blow, has been the hardest time we have ever faced in Ripe’s 17-year history. We have survived blackouts, major storms, flooding and other difficulties, but this latest one-two punch has truly knocked us to the pavement of harsh reality.

However, we remain steadfast, and my hope is that with your help we will be able to write success stories again in the very near future. YOUR PURCHASE OF A DIGITAL GIFT CARD TODAY will help make that a reality sooner rather than later which you can forward to friends and family as a gift or give as a food bank for someone in need or use yourself when we re-open our doors.

As we navigate the many hurdles of the rebuilding process, we are so grateful for the outpouring of love and support we have received from patrons and the city agencies of Mount Vernon and surrounding areas, and hope that you will join them with investing in our future.

We are filled with hope for the upcoming reconstruction and have a renewed resolve to get Ripe back on its feet as soon as possible!

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Oregon’s Willamette Valley Welcomes Two New Nested Appellations

The winemaking state of Oregon now boasts 21 unique American Viticultural Areas (AVAs)

With the recent addition of Tualatin Hills and the Laurelwood District AVAs, the state of Oregon is now home to 21 federally recognized winegrowing regions. The regions, called American Viticultural Areas (AVAs), offer unique winemaking conditions thanks to a combination of widely varied physical geology and climate.

Both areas are situated in the northern Willamette Valley and were granted approval on June 3rd. Local wineries had petitioned the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) years earlier for the additions to the wine country map, citing distinctive features like soil type and elevation, which in turn lead to distinctive wines. They join fellow Oregon AVAs including Eola-Amity Hills, Umpqua Valley and The Rocks Districts of Milton-Freewater and more, adding to the state’s eclectic winegrowing landscape. The expansive Willamette Valley now totals ten AVAs.

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New York Wine Events presents Private Day Trip To Wine Country

The safe, fun way for private parties to experience Long Island & Hudson Valley’s best wineries.

New York Wine Events announces its Private Day Trip to Wine Country series, offering private groups of 2-12+ a safe, customized VIP tour experience all their own. For full details and booking links, visit

New York Wine Events is pleased to announce a new take on its popular Day Trip to Wine Country tours, offered Thursdays through Sundays from July 6 to November 15, 2020. The all-new Private Day Trip to Wine Country program offers private groups of 2-12 guests a safe, custom VIP tour experience all their own. All day trips provide private transportation with recommended health precautions in place as well as a completely private experience at the selected wineries. Customizing their day, guests get to select two featured wineries of their choice for tours to Long Island Wine Country or the Hudson Valley, plus have the option to include lunch. Additionally, all roundtrip transportation aboard luxury vans originates and returns to one location of the party’s choice, anywhere in midtown Manhattan from 23rd to 59th Streets. Guests also select their departure time. Arrival back in Manhattan is approximately 9 hours later.

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Drink Like A Connoisseur: Curated Weekly Tastings Guided By Sommeliers

WTSO’s Weekly Tasting brand is making new changes, bringing the tasting to customers with a more focused approach.

As summer approaches and the wine industry rapidly changes to produce quality products and satisfy customers, WTSO‘s Weekly Tasting saw this season as an ideal opportunity to make some changes to the brand. Starting on June 15, 2020, the Weekly Tasting page will offer one featured wine set per week. This highlights what the shopping method is all about: quality, affordability, and intriguing information with every bottle.

WTSO, an online wine retailer, introduced Weekly Tasting in 2017 as a way to deliver a tasting experience to wine lovers’ doors. Each Weekly Tasting set comes complete with all the materials required to enjoy a fun and interactive wine tasting.

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Wine of South Africa USA Launches Industry Podcast and Virtual Tastings to Support Sommeliers

The organization unveils two initiatives to reach consumers and support sommeliers.

Wines of South Africa (WOSA) USA, the industry association that promotes the exports of South African wine, is proud to announce the launch of two initiatives aimed to offer continued education and awareness of South African wines, as well as support out-of-work sommeliers: the Wines of South Africa Podcast and WOSA Somm Sessions. The latter offers consumers a sommelier-led virtual tasting experience geared to their own tastes and selection of South African wines.”

The Wines of South Africa Podcast runs bi-weekly, covering a different aspect of the South African wine scene with each episode. Clarke interviews different members of the South African wine industry and its advocates, including winery owners, winemakers, importers and sommeliers. The first episodes have explored Méthode Cap Classique, the country’s signature sparkling wine; the Swartland wine region; Stellenbosch and its flag-bearer variety, Cabernet Sauvignon; and Pinotage, respectively. Upcoming episodes include Chenin Blanc, to be released on June 19, just in time for International #DrinkChenin Day on June 20, and the Hemel-en-Aarde wine region, released on July 3. Future episodes will focus on the Constantia wine region, Old-Vine wines and chardonnay.

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Black-Owned Tech Firm Launches New App Featuring Almost 5,000 African-Inspired Restaurants

Amid the racial protests, the rapid spread of COVID-19, and the accelerated unemployment particularly among people of color, a Chesterfield, Virginia based culi-tech Black-owned company, Vibrainium Learning, Inc., launches the GotSoul? App – a restaurant guide that features just under 5,000 African inspired cuisine, restaurants, and experiences (Cajun, Creole, Nigerian, Gullah, Soul Food, Jamaican, Afro-Brazilian, etc.) across Africa and the African Diaspora, of which 98% are Black-owned. Those cuisines culinary roots derive from Africa, for us in the United States it began in 1619 when the first Africans arrived on the Virginia shores.

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Become A Food Judge From The Comfort Of Your Home

The World Food Championships (WFC) is known as a springboard for cooks and chefs to realize and cultivate their culinary dreams. But for judges, it’s an opportunity to taste some of the world’s best food, all while helping determine who will be the next World Food Champion.

WFC’s “Licensed to E.A.T.™” judging classes have attracted more than 3,000 foodies from far and wide to earn certification –– spanning from California to Tanzania, Africa and everywhere in between. But now, the opportunity to become a judge is easier than ever with WFC’s newest online course,

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