Landmarks Illinois Seeks Qualified Owner, Steward of Iconic former Johnson Publishing Company Test Kitchen

Proposals due by May 1, 2019

Landmarks Illinois, a statewide historic preservation nonprofit, is seeking a new owner for the one-of-a-kind former Johnson Publishing Company Test Kitchen, designed in 1971 by Palm Springs-based interior designers William Raiser and Arthur Elrod. Landmarks Illinois (LI) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) from qualified institutions, organizations, corporations or other entities interested in accepting ownership of the former test kitchen and reassembling it for educational display or use.

The iconic test kitchen, featuring bold colors, patterns and appliances, was previously housed on the fourth floor of the Johnson Publishing Company Building at 820 S. Michigan Ave. in Chicago and was where Ebony Editor Charlotte L. Lyons would experiment with new recipes before putting them in the magazine’s monthly feature, “A Date with a Dish.” The former test kitchen strongly reflects the mod interior design styles and bright colors of the 1970s. It also corresponded with Raiser and Elrod’s interiors throughout the former Johnson Publishing Company building, designed by local African American architect John Warren Moutoussamy.

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Appellation St. Helena Wine and Food Competition Features James Beard Winners and Industry Experts as Professional Judges

Saturday, March 30, Appellation St. Helena (ASH) will host their 10thannual wine and food pairing event, bASH. The event, which draws attendees from all over the country, provides guests with the experience to taste wines from one of Napa Valley’s most respected viticulture areas, paired with creations from local restaurants and rising star chefs. Attendees explore the art of food and wine pairing and vote on their favorites alongside notable industry professionals.

Held in the historic barrel room at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), guests visit tasting stations where wines from about 30 wineries will be paired with savory bites prepared by culinary students, as well as by esteemed winery chefs and St. Helena restaurants. Attendees also serve as judges, tasting each combination and voting on their favorites throughout the evening, to determine the “People’s Choice” awards. Attendees consistently call it “the best food and wine event in Napa Valley.” 

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Ben & Jerry’s Cookie Dough Ice Cream Goes Vegan

Ice cream maker unveils its #1 global flavor, with everything but the cow

Dairy-free fans: your chip has come in. Ben & Jerry’s has created a vegan version of its #1 fan favorite, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.

For years, Non-Dairy denizens focused on what’s not in dessert. Ben & Jerry’s celebrates what is—rich, creamy almond milk; euphoric chunks and swirls; and incredibly indulgent flavor combinations. Today’s announcement  introduces two new additions to the company’s collection of Non-Dairy frozen deliciousness:

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough–Vanilla with gobs of chocolate chip cookie dough & fudge flakes

Chocolate Caramel Cluster–Chocolate with peanuts, fudge chunks & salted caramel swirls

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Black-Owned Travel Agency, Sisters and Suitcases, Planning 2019 Journey to Ghana For Women Travelers

The trip is in commemoration of the country’s “Year of Return”

A Black-owned travel agency called Sisters and Suitcases has announced that it is offering a once in a life-time opportunity for female travelers to experience the “Year of Return” in Ghana. The trip will commemorate the 400th year anniversary of the first enslaved Africans arrival to English Colonial America from Ghana in 1619. The trip will be led by the company owner, Tamaya Walker McClendon, August 9-15, 2019 or August 22-28, 2019.

“The Year of Return is the commemoration of the diaspora’s return to the continent and the opportunity for women of all backgrounds to experience Accra and how Pan-Africanism is a true part of Ghanaian culture,” Walker McClendon said. “People have come to have a negative connotation of Africa. I want to unlock this hidden gem and allow women to experience Ghana and have a taste of Africa they have never seen before — breathtaking views, loving people, delicious cuisine, cool places filled with lots culture, music and so much more.”

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International Association of Women Chefs & Restaurateurs (WCR) Announces 2019 International Women’s Day Dinner

Five Renowned New York Chefs Curate “The Immigration of Flavor” at James Beard House, March 8, 2019, 7pm

Celebrate International Womens Day 2019 with WCR > Chef Einat Admony, Chef Selassie Atadika, Chef Emma Bengtsson, Chef Fany Gerson, and Chef Hong Thaimee

The International Association of Women Chefs & Restaurateurs (WCR) announces a singular culinary event, curated for International Women’s Day, featuring top first-generation immigrant chefs. WCR, these hand-selected chefs, and partners are coming together on March 8 to present a unique dinner that underscores themes of globalism in marking this important yearly celebration. Held at the storied James Beard House, the dinner’s menu, created by these celebrated chefs, marries an international array of flavors.

Featured Chefs 
Chef Einat Admony (Israel) BalaboostaKish-Kash, and Taim, NY. 
Chef Selassie Atadika (Ghana) Midunu Europe. NY. 
Chef Emma Bengtsson (Sweden) Aquavit, NY. 
Chef Fany Gerson (Mexico) DoughLaNewYorkina NY 
Chef Hong Thaimee (Thailand) Thaimee TableThaimee Box, and Thaimee Magic NY.

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Rachael Ray Every Day Magazine Reveals Second Annual “Like A Boss” Issue, Showcasing Women In The Food Industry

Angie Mar, Daniela Soto-Innes, Anita Jaisinghani and Nyesha Arrington Join Rachael Ray on the Cover of the March 2019 Issue

Meredith Corporation’s Rachael Ray Every Day reveals its second annual “Like a Boss” March 2019 issue, which highlights women shaping the food and beverage industry this year, including chefs, bartenders, business owners, bakers and more. The cover stars, along with Rachael Ray, are Daniela Soto-Innes (of Cosme and ATLA in New York City), Anita Jaisinghani (of Pondicheri in Houston and New York), Nyesha Arrington (of Native in Santa Monica, California), and Angie Mar (of the Beatrice Inn in New York). The issue is on newsstands and on on February 15.

“We’re thrilled to celebrate these talented women and join the discussion about representation and equality,” said Lauren Iannotti, Editor in Chief of Rachael Ray Every Day. “These are the women making the food industry a more inclusive and delicious place, and we’re thrilled to share their stories with our readers.”  

To celebrate the launch of the issue, Rachael Ray is hosting a panel discussion on women in food on Wednesday, February 27 at Pondicheri in New York City with Nyesha, Anita, and Tania Harris, pastry chef at The Lazy Goat in South Carolina, moderated by Lauren Iannotti. Tune in on Facebook Live to watch the discussion.

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Uncle Nearest CEO Makes History On American Whiskey Magazine

American Whiskey Magazinethe quarterly publication celebrating whiskeys from around the USA from Paragraph Publishing Limited, the publishers of international best-seller, Whisky Magazine, announced the launch of its March 2019 issue with Fawn Weaver, CEO, Co-Founder and Chief Historian of Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey, on its cover. The occasion marks the first time in the publishing house’s more than 20-year history that an African-American is featured on the front of one of its publications. The issue hit newsstands this week.

The 8-page cover story, TAKING ON THE WORLD: The Rise of Uncle Nearest, is an update to the November 2017 article written by Jim Leggett for Whisky Magazine. “I recall wondering if this, the first spirit brand in history commemorating an African-American would, could, find a home among increasingly crowded store displays, even join the top shelf brands in upmarket clubs and bars,” said Leggett. “Well, now sold in almost 50 states and eight international markets later, the answer is a resounding yes! The upstart label is already selling in more than 4,000 locations around the world, London, Tokyo, Cape Town, Glasgow and Belfast included,” Leggett continued, outlining the extraordinary growth of a brand that is barely 18 months old.

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Vanessa Lachey Shares Her Love for Bob Evans Farms with Two Special Valentine’s Day Recipes

Like the Lacheys, 48% of People Plan to Stay in This Valentine’s Day

Vanessa Lachey in her kitchen for Bo Evans Farms

Bob Evans Farms is celebrating Valentine’s Day by partnering with Vanessa Lachey, who has created two unique recipes perfect for couples or families who want to skip the crowds and celebrate at home. In fact, according to a new Bob Evans Farms® survey, 48% of people who celebrate Valentine’s Day plan to spend the evening at home and, of those staying in, 80% prefer home cooking to takeout.

“Valentine’s Day is a special day for Nick and me, and we love including the kids too,” said Vanessa Lachey. “This year, we want to slow things down and spend the day at home. Food is my love language, so I’m treating my family to a home-cooked breakfast and dinner using recipes that I customized with Bob Evans Farms. I’m thrilled to partner with a company that appreciates recipes that are both easy and delicious.”

Vanessa’s home-cooked recipes include several favorites from Bob Evans’ Family of Brands. The breakfast recipe, Spinach and Gruyere Egg White Cups with Hash Brown Crust, features Simply Potatoes® Hash Browns and AllWhites® Egg Whites. For a cozy night in, Vanessa shares her dinner recipe for Garlic and Herb Mashed Potato Bake, made with Bob Evans Original Mashed Potatoes.

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