Chef Lorena Garcia, Ayesha Curry and Big Freedia Team Up with No Kid Hungry to Help Kids Get Free Summer Meals

All kids deserve a happy, healthy summer, but as communities continue to struggle with the effects of the pandemic, millions of children are at risk of hunger this summer. No Kid Hungry, a national campaign to end childhood hunger, is launching an awareness campaign to help families find free meals for their kids and teens this summer through a bilingual text service. Parents, grandparents and caregivers can simply text “FOOD” or “COMIDA” to 304-304 to find sites serving free meals in their neighborhood. Chef Lorena Garcia, Ayesha Curry and Big Freedia are joining the effort as campaign ambassadors.

During the school year, kids can rely on school meal programs like breakfast, lunch and after school meals. But when school is out, many of those meals disappear, making summer the hungriest time of the year for kids and teens. This summer, rising food and fuel prices will make it particularly hard for families to put meals on the table.

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RETURN OF MARTINI REINVENTION: elit™ Vodka’s Global Cocktail Competition is Back with a Sustainable Twist

elit™ Vodka has announced the launch of the latest evolution of the brand’s global cocktail competition elit Martini Masters. Previously known as the Art of Martini, the competition is back after a four-year hiatus – promising even tougher competition and offering a once in a lifetime “money can’t buy” prize.

As a 10-time platinum award winning vodka and advocate of social responsibility, elit Vodka is pairing with the best bartenders in the industry from 13 countries (United Kingdom, France, Austria, Spain, Italy, Greece, Israel, South Africa, Australia, Turkey, Dominican Republic, United Arab Emirates and Mexico) to bring the perfect sustainable martini to life and unearth the future of the classic cocktail.

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4 Ways To Improve Your Restaurant’s Ambiance

Providing an unforgettable dining experience requires more than delicious food. You can boost your overall profits by making a few minor operational changes.

It’s not difficult for customers to find restaurants that serve incredible food; however, the atmosphere and ambiance are what puts some places above the rest. No matter what type of restaurant you want to cultivate, your guests should feel it as soon as they walk through the door. Take note of these four ways to improve your restaurant’s ambiance and boost your overall profits.

Proper Lighting

Before deciding on an incredibly dark or light setting, be sure it’s comfortable for your potential customers. In most restaurant settings, there are three types of lighting to focus on:

  • Accent- Showcases your establishment’s design elements and unique décor.
  • Ambient- Creates a specific mood and can incorporate colors.
  • Task- Includes table lighting and overhead fixtures for the service areas.

Lighting can make or break a dining experience for many people. Creating the perfect balance between too bright and too dark is easier said than done, but finding it can help your place stand out.

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Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot & World Business Chicago Announce the Inaugural Chicago Venture Summit Future-of-Food

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More than 600 founders, Fortune 500 leaders, and investors are attending Chicago’s flagship food innovation conference hosted by World Business Chicago.

Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot today welcomes more than 600 venture capitalists & investors, founders, innovators, and corporate executives for a sold-out Chicago Venture Summit Future-of-Food, the city’s new flagship food innovation conference led by World Business Chicago. The two-day conference concludes today at 167 Green in Chicago’s Fulton Market District. The Chicago Venture Summit series is led by World Business Chicago, with the support of 40 sponsors.

“Our local food innovation and startup ecosystem is core to our city’s economic progress and future prosperity,” said Mayor Lightfoot. “As the global capital for food innovation with the largest concentration of food and beverage Fortune 500s, I’m honored to welcome more than 600 founders, innovators and investors for our first-ever Chicago Venture Summit Future-of-Food.”

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Ben’s Original™ Asks Everyone To #Shareyourtable on World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

To celebrate World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development (“Diversity Day”) on Saturday, May 21, Ben’s Original™ is encouraging people from around the world to learn about and try a treasured meal from a different culture. The annual holiday was created by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 2001 to help communities understand the value of cultural diversity and learn how to live together in harmony – and the Ben’s Original brand believes food plays an important role in that.

For everyone that shares a photo of their family and/or friends enjoying a meal inscribed on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity – or even their own culture’s favorite dish – with the hashtag #ShareYourTable from May 21 – 28, 2022, Ben’s Original will donate a meal to a food bank, up to 20,000 meals. Donations will be made to hunger relief organizations in the US and throughout Europe.

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