Google And OREO Team Up To Reveal Android OREO

New Android O Operating System Named After World's Favorite Cookie, OREO

EAST HANOVER, N.J., Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Google revealed that the next version of its mobile operating system, Android, is named after the world's favorite cookie1 – Android OREO. Historically, Google has named each successive Android release after sweet treats like Eclair, Ice Cream Sandwich and most recently, Nougat. The Android OREO release marks a global collaboration between the OREO brand and Google, which kicks off with the debut of the Android OREO superhero — a new character who personifies the powers of this iconic duo and the features of the new operating system.

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Poised to be a pop-culture icon, Android OREO channels the playfulness of OREO and intelligence of Android to spread joy throughout the world. And, like all iconic superheroes, the Android OREO superhero originated from a wondrous, and unique, moment in time: the 2017 solar eclipse.  To see Android OREO's story, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twZggnNbFqo.

"It's not every day that iconic brands like OREO and Android join forces in a way that is truly reflective of both brands' personalities," said Justin Parnell, Global Brand Director, OREO. "The OREO brand is on a mission to bring people together through fun, playful moments, so infusing the playfulness of OREO with the openness of Android is the perfect match. And with the Android OREO superhero, we're continuing on our path to engage our fans across the world in innovative ways."

To welcome the Android OREO superhero and celebrate this major cultural moment, Google and OREO unveiled Android OREO's superpowers today during a solar eclipse viewing event in New York City near Chelsea Market, the location of the original Nabisco bakery where the first OREO cookie was made. The celebration revealed the Android OREO kinetic statue—a first of its kind for Android. Building on Google's tradition of creating giant lawn statues for every Android release, which are housed at its headquarters in Mountain View, California, this new version of the Android OREO statue adds a layer of playful interactivity the OREO brand is known for, together with Android's rich history with robotics.  Custom OREO cookies featuring the Android logo on the wafer embossment were also unveiled – an exclusive run created for the event. 

The Android OREO partnership will entail a variety of global initiatives designed to create innovative, playful experiences for both OREO and Android fans.  Earlier this year, the OREO brand and Google teamed up for a unique take on the OREO Dunk Challenge campaign, creating a mobile site that allowed users to virtually dunk an OREO cookie, launching it into "space" and back via Google Earth and Google Street View.

Learn more about OREO by following @OREO on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram. For more fun facts on OREO biscuits, see here.

About OREO
OREO is the world's favorite biscuit, enjoyed by families and friends in more than 100 countries around the world. OREO is the best-selling biscuit of the 21st century with over $2 billion in global annual revenues. The OREO biscuit TWIST LICK DUNK ritual has become the signature way to enjoy this iconic biscuit for many different cultures around the world. OREO has a Facebook community of more than 40 million OREO lovers around the globe, representing over 200 countries and dozens of different languages. OREO ranks among the top five brand Facebook pages in the world. OREO celebrated its 100th birthday on March 6, 2012. Visit www.OREO.com for more information.

About Mondelēz International 
Mondelēz International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDLZ) is building the best snacking company in the world, with 2016 net revenues of approximately $26 billion.  Creating more moments of joy in approximately 165 countries, Mondelēz International is a world leader in biscuits, chocolate, gum, candy and powdered beverages, featuring global Power Brands such as Oreo and belVita biscuits; Cadbury Dairy Milk and Milka chocolate; and Trident gum.  Mondelēz International is a proud member of the Standard and Poor's 500, NASDAQ 100 and Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Visit www.mondelezinternational.com or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MDLZ.

1 Source: Euromonitor International Limited; Packaged Food 2017 edition, as per sweet and savoury biscuits definitions, retail value sales, rsp, 2016

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Dunkin’ Donuts Announces Plans For Seven New Restaurants In Raleigh-Durham With Existing Franchisee, Coastal Franchising, Inc.

- First restaurant under new store development agreement planned to open in 2018 -

CANTON, Mass., Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Dunkin' Donuts, America's all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, announced today the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement to establish seven Dunkin' Donuts restaurants in the Raleigh-Durham market with existing franchisee Coastal Franchising, Inc. The group's first restaurant under this agreement is planned to open in 2018.

Coastal Franchising, Inc., which is led by George Ross, currently owns 39 locations throughout the Carolinas, including four Dunkin' Donuts restaurants and one Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin Robbins multi-brand restaurant within Raleigh-Durham. With this seven-unit expansion, Coastal Franchising, Inc. will more than double its footprint in the Raleigh-Durham, Chapel Hill and I-85 corridor markets in North Carolina.

"We are excited to continue developing the Dunkin' Donuts brand in the Raleigh-Durham area. The team we've formed has a proven track record in multi-unit restaurant development and we're looking forward to our next phase of openings beginning next year," said George Ross, Chief Executive Officer of Coastal Franchising, Inc. "As we expand throughout Raleigh-Durham over the next several years, we hope to attract new customers, as well as longtime fans of the brand, and show them the premium products and quality service we have to offer."

There are currently more than 90 Dunkin' Donuts restaurants located in the Greater Raleigh-Durham area, and over 200 in North Carolina, all serving the brand's delicious menu of beverages and food. Dunkin' Donuts offerings include hot coffee, iced coffee, Cold Brew, flavored coffees, lattes, macchiato, espresso, cappuccino, Dunkin' Donuts K-Cup® pods, frozen beverages, donuts, muffins, bagels, sandwiches, and a DDSMART® menu featuring better-for-you items.

"Dunkin' Donuts' growth would not be possible without the continued support of our existing franchisees, who continue to demonstrate their high confidence in our brand and world-class support team," said Grant Benson, CFE, Senior Vice President of franchising and development, Dunkin' Brands. "Our hard-working and dedicated franchisees bring the Dunkin' Donuts brand, products and promotions to life each and every day, and have been essential to our growth over the years."

To learn more about Dunkin' Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com. Like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DunkinDonuts) and follow us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/DunkinDonuts).

About Dunkin' Donuts
Founded in 1950, Dunkin' Donuts is America's favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin' Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin' Donuts has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 11 years running. The company has more than 12,300 restaurants in 46 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin' Donuts is part of the Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

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Wolfgang Puck To Launch New, Reimagined Spago At Bellagio Resort & Casino In Las Vegas

Stunning Bellagio Fountain Views and Chic Design will Create Ultimate Fine Dining Ambiance for Chef Wolfgang Puck's Celebrated Contemporary California Cuisine

LAS VEGAS, Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Wolfgang Puck's legendary flagship restaurant Spago, recognized for igniting Las Vegas's dining scene into a culinary epicenter, will open its doors at Bellagio Resort & Casino in spring 2018. Marking 25 years since the fine-dining phenomenon debuted in Las Vegas, Puck's now revolutionary restaurant heralded the era of celebrity chefs and haute cuisine that continues to define the city's restaurant scene today.

The new restaurant will offer an elevated experience, featuring an open-air patio with prime views of the iconic Fountains of Bellagio.

"Just as Spago is credited with beginning the Las Vegas culinary revolution, Bellagio transformed the casino-resort industry when it opened with the first collection of world-famous chefs and restaurants," said Wolfgang Puck. "My partners and I are thrilled to join the Bellagio family and introduce our new Spago to the thousands of international guests the resort welcomes daily. We reimagined Spago in Beverly Hills more than 20 years ago and look forward to doing the same in Las Vegas."

Bellagio President and COO Randy Morton said, "Wolfgang Puck is known worldwide for delivering exceptional restaurant hospitality. From cuisine to service and, of course, style, he is intricately involved in all aspects of the business, providing first-class culinary experiences for his guests. Puck's high standards are the same as those to which we hold our resort culinary program, making this an ideal partnership to continue elevating our dining scene."

Globally influenced seasonal fare and signature Wolfgang Puck touches, such as gourmet pizzas topped with salmon and caviar, will be the focus of Spago's market-driven menus, which will be presented with the outstanding level of service for which the restaurant is known. For lunch and dinner, guests will have the option to choose from an à la carte menu or explore the best of the West with Puck's multi-course California Tasting Menu. A special bar menu of Wolfgang Puck favorites also will be available, along with an artisanal cocktail program and extensive international wine list to accompany the chef's culinary masterpieces.

Designed by architects Massimiliano Locatelli and Annamaria Scevola of CLS Architetti, and inspired by Spago's original flagship location in Beverly Hills, the new venue will have a sleek look and feel. Guests will enter the venue from Via Bellagio on the resort's north side, arriving into Spago's chic lounge and bar. Adorned with brass fixtures, rich smoked-oak wood floors, leather chairs and couches, the focal point will be a spectacular bar and wine room lit by a stunning neon light fixture commissioned for the space.

In the main dining room, beautiful floor-to-ceiling floating glass windows will surround the space, imparting picturesque views of Bellagio's famed lake. Two exquisite chandeliers will highlight the room's modern art pieces, while bold accents featuring rich hues of black iron, velvet walnut and polished grey will express a contemporary aesthetic.  

The restaurants most coveted seats will undoubtedly be on the patio, where guests will enjoy a front row view of the magnificent Bellagio Fountains as they dine al fresco.

The restaurant takes the place of Todd English's Olives, which will close this winter.

BELLAGIO
Inspired by the beautiful villages of Europe, the AAA Five Diamond Bellagio Resort & Casino overlooks a Mediterranean-blue, 8 ½-acre lake, where fountains perform a magnificent aquatic ballet choreographed to music and lights. Within Bellagio are award-winning dining experiences including two AAA Five Diamond restaurants, Julian Serrano's Picasso and Le Cirque from the renowned Maccioni family. Bellagio is home to an impressive collection of luxury retailers including Valentino, Louis Vuitton, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Tiffany & Co., Breguet, Prada, Chanel, Dior, Fendi, Bottega Veneta, Hermès, SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker and OMEGA. A world-class art gallery, the exquisite Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, the stunning "O" by Cirque du Soleil, a luxurious spa and salon, dynamic nightlife at The Bank, Hyde Bellagio and Lily Bar & Lounge and an elegant casino all add to the extraordinary Bellagio experience. Bellagio is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information and reservations, visit bellagio.com, call toll free at (888) 987-6667or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining
The name Wolfgang Puck is synonymous with the best of restaurant hospitality and the ultimate in all aspects of the culinary arts. The award-winning restaurants in the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group include Spago (Beverly Hills, Istanbul, Las Vegas, Maui and Singapore); CUT (Bahrain, Beverly Hills, Las Vegas, London, Singapore, New York City, Doha (2017));  Chinois (Santa Monica); Cucina by Wolfgang Puck (Las Vegas); Five Sixty (Dallas); The Source by Wolfgang Puck (Washington, DC); Lupo by Wolfgang Puck (Las Vegas); Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air (Los Angeles); re/Asian Cuisine (Bahrain); Wolfgang Puck American Grille (Atlantic City); Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill (Las Vegas, Summerlin and Los Angeles); Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina (Detroit); Wolfgang Puck Steak (Detroit); and WP24 (Los Angeles).  For more information, please visit www.wolfgangpuck.com or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

 

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Fazoli’s Offers Unbeatable Value All Day Long

--America's Largest Fast Casual Italian Brand Offers $5 All Day Meal Deal --

LEXINGTON, Ky., Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Fazoli's, the nation's largest fast casual Italian chain, is now offering guests a $5 All Day Meal Deal at participating locations. Available all day, every day dine-in, drive-thru or carryout, guests can choose two favorites and a drink, plus unlimited breadsticks when they dine in, all for only $5. Known for its high quality Italian dishes served at a great value, Fazoli's is also continuing to offer its widely popular Pizza Baked Spaghetti dish for just $4.99.

"Our guests choose Fazoli's because we offer clean, delicious meals, freshly prepared to order that the whole family can enjoy at an unbeatable value," said Chief Marketing Officer, Donna Josephson. "With offers such as the $5 All Day Meal Deal and $4.99 Pizza Baked Spaghetti, we are helping guests feed their families at a reasonable price without sacrificing quality."

With nearly 220 restaurants in 26 states, Fazoli's has refined its menu offerings to bring more flavor and customizable menu options to meet ever-changing consumer tastes and preferences. The brand has introduced a modernized menu in its 120 company-owned locations using premium ingredients and offerings such as tableside grated Parmesan, upgraded plateware, as well as new dishes such as "Spicy Sausage Rigatoni," and "Brownie Gelato Sundae." The remaining 90 and all new franchised locations will feature the newly upgraded menu in early 2018.

Fazoli's is proud to offer fast, fresh Italian to guests across the country. Connect with Fazoli's online at www.fazolis.com, "follow" @Fazolis on Twitter, "like" us on Facebook, and sign up to become a Fazoli's eFamily member by visiting fazolis.com/efamily.

About Fazoli's
With nearly 220 restaurants, Fazoli's is America's largest Italian fast-casual brand serving freshly prepared entrees, Submarinos® sandwiches, salads and pizza. One of the New York Post's five breakout fast-casual restaurants and a Fast Casual.com Brand of the Year, Fazoli's franchisees are experiencing record sales growth.

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Pinstripes Bistro, Bowling & Bocce Planning Nationwide Expansion

CHICAGO, Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Recognized by restaurant industry insiders as a brand to watch, Pinstripes Bistro, Bowling and Bocce earlier this month opened its eighth location, its second in the Washington, D.C., metro area. The new, 37,000-sq.-ft. Bethesda, Md., Pinstripes is the first of five 2017/2018 openings planned for the Chicago-based experiential dining and entertainment concept, including first-time entries into the markets of Cleveland, Houston, Fort Worth, Texas, and San Mateo, Calif.

Founded in 2007 by Dale Schwartz, Pinstripes was the realization of Schwartz's decades-long vision of creating a welcoming, country club-style venue in which guests could unwind and connect with the people in their lives over exceptional food, good wine and social gaming. With four locations in its hometown Chicago, and additional locations in Overland Park, Kan., Edina Minn., and Washington, D.C.'s Georgetown neighborhood, Pinstripes quickly became a local favorite, amassing a solid following of communities and businesses in every market in which it opened.

"People need to connect with other people, in person," said Schwartz. "When I read Robert Putman's book Bowling Alone in 2001, the author's description of disintegrating communities reinforced my own observation that a fundamental part of the human experience is now under-served. The average American spent just 40 minutes a day socializing off-line in 2015, considerably less than when I grew up.

"Bowling and bocce are inherently social games," added Schwartz, noting that the Pinstripes bistro, bowling, bocce concept was a distinct departure from the video-game-based model dominating the experiential restaurant space a decade ago. "These traditional games fulfill a nostalgic need for connection, first and foremost with each other, but also with the perceived simplicity of the past."

While Schwartz and team are intent on infusing a distinct, local personality into each Pinstripes, trademark elements include well-appointed bowling lanes, indoor/outdoor bocce courts, a bistro serving made-from-scratch Italian/American cuisine, a curated wine cellar and craft beer selection. With distinctive décor reflecting a rustic sophistication, every Pinstripes offers dynamic event space for groups of 20 to 600, and expansive outdoor patios, perfect for gathering with family and friends year-round.

Pinstripes is actively filling its pipeline of new locations throughout the country and, according to Schwartz, plans to open four to five new locations per year for the next several years.

For additional information, visit www.pinstripes.com.

 

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Westfield World Trade Center Announces A New Home For The Creative Kitchen Kids Food Festival In Collaboration With The James Beard Foundation

Free and open to the public on August 26th and 27th, The Creative Kitchen Kids Food Festival will provide a weekend of flavorful, family fun by offering hands-on cooking classes, sampling, and family-friendly activities and entertainment.

NEW YORK, Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Westfield is thrilled to announce the Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center as the host of the 7th annual The Creative Kids Food Festival taking place on August 26th and 27th from 10am4pm.

The Creative Kitchen Kids Food Festival is a celebration to educate families about making balanced food choices that help create wholesome lifelong eating habits for both kids and parents. The weekend-long event will offer a host of family-friendly activities including cooking classes in the James Beard Foundation Future Foodies Pavilion, hosted in Épicerie Boulud, food demonstrations, musical performances, a Balanced Plate Scavenger Hunt for kids with goody bag prizes, food sampling, and more!

Featured chefs and restaurants in the James Beard Foundation Future Foodies Pavilion include Épicerie Boulud, Elizabeth Falkner, Aaron McCargo Jr, and Eataly Downtown. Featured programming in the Community Performance Area includes contestants on MasterChef Junior Season 5, FunikiJam, The Pineapple Explorers Club, and Karma Kids Yoga.

"I couldn't be more thrilled to find such a wonderful new home for the Kids Food Festival at Westfield World Trade Center! We're happy to bring this fun and flavorful family programming to lower Manhattan - and appreciate the community welcoming us!" said Cricket Azima, Founder of The Creative kitchen and Kids Food Festival.

"We are excited to partner with the kids food festival and our local community to bring experiences and activities into Westfield World Trade Center" Michael McNaughton, SVP of Development commented .

Tickets to hands on cooking classes in the James Beard Foundation Future Foodies Pavilion can be purchased at www.kidsfoodfestival.com. The Kids Food Festival is proud to support the American Heart Association and their initiatives to improve kids' health.

About The Creative Kitchen Kids Food Festival

The Kids Food Festival is a series of events that educates families on how to make balanced food choices through fun and engaging activities. The weekend includes hands-on cooking classes (programmed with the assistance of the James Beard Foundation), the Balanced Plate Scavenger, prizes, lively entertainment, family-friendly activities, HUGE giveaways, and more!  For more information, visit www.kidsfoodfestival.com and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kidsfoodfestival.

The Creative Kitchen, founded in 2003, presents educational and entertaining content to children through food-related activities. The company focuses on teaching, writing, recipe and curricula development, brand consulting, and marketing to present entertaining and educational content through food-related activities, classes, and events for children. The Creative Kitchen's signature kids cooking curricula, Everybody Can Cook, offers 15 recipes and lesson plans to allow instructors in general and special education classrooms to bring hands-on cooking classes to children ages 2 and up, of various physical and developmental abilities.

About Westfield World Trade Center

The new port of entry to Lower Manhattan, Westfield World Trade Center is located at the site where 60,000 neighborhood residents, 300,000 daily commuters, 13 subway / PATH trains, multiple ferry lines, and millions of global travelers converge within one unforgettable setting. The destination encompasses retail space across the Santiago Calatrava designed Oculus, surrounding street-level shops and restaurants, and within the galleries traversing the entire World Trade Center campus.

With more than 100 fashion, beauty, lifestyle, and technology brands, Westfield World Trade Center showcases the very best New York has to offer—all in one place. From luxury and high-end concepts to trend-setting designer and everyday essentials, the shopping experience is designed to offer something great for everyone. The destination's favorite brands include Apple and Bose in technology; Boss Hugo Boss, H&M, Kate Spade, John Varvatos, LK Bennett, Lacoste, and Banana Republic in apparel; Under Armour in the athletic category; Sephora, Caudalie, Kiehl's, MAC Cosmetics, and Dior Cosmetics in beauty; Cole Haan, Stuart Weitzman, Aldo, and Vince Camuto in footwear; Breitling, London Jewelers, Links of London, and Swatch in jewelry.

At the same time, a collection of highly-rated restaurants, bakeries, and fresh food marketplaces includes Eataly, Epicerie Boulud, and Lobster Press (created by Michelin star-winning chef Marc Forgione). Coming soon, the destination will also be home to the renowned London steakhouse Hawksmoor (the "best steak restaurant in the UK") and a new casual restaurant created by acclaimed chef Daniel Humm and Will Guidara (owners of the Michelin three-star rated Eleven Madison Park, voted the 3rd best restaurant in the world by "The World's 50 Best").

For more information: https://www.westfield.com/westfieldworldtradecenter/

About The James Beard Foundation

The James Beard Foundation's mission is to celebrate, nurture, and honor chefs and other leaders making America's food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone.

A cookbook author and teacher with an encyclopedic knowledge about food, the late James Beard was a champion of American cuisine. He helped educate and mentor generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts, instilling in them the value of wholesome, healthful, and delicious food. Today JBF continues in the same spirit by administering a number of diverse programs that include educational initiatives, food industry awards, scholarships for culinary students, publications, chef advocacy training, and thought-leader convening. The Foundation also maintains the historic James Beard House in New York City's Greenwich Village as a "performance space" for visiting chefs. Get food news, recipes, and more at the James Beard Foundation's blog, or subscribe to the free digital newsletter, Beard Bites. Follow @beardfoundation on FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterest, and Snapchat. Watch the James Beard House Kitchen Cam, the James Beard Awards, and more on the Foundation's Livestream channel.

The James Beard Foundation is a national not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in New York City.

 

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Westfield World Trade Center Announces A New Home For The Creative Kitchen Kids Food Festival In Collaboration With The James Beard Foundation

Free and open to the public on August 26th and 27th, The Creative Kitchen Kids Food Festival will provide a weekend of flavorful, family fun by offering hands-on cooking classes, sampling, and family-friendly activities and entertainment.

NEW YORK, Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Westfield is thrilled to announce the Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center as the host of the 7th annual The Creative Kids Food Festival taking place on August 26th and 27th from 10am4pm.

The Creative Kitchen Kids Food Festival is a celebration to educate families about making balanced food choices that help create wholesome lifelong eating habits for both kids and parents. The weekend-long event will offer a host of family-friendly activities including cooking classes in the James Beard Foundation Future Foodies Pavilion, hosted in Épicerie Boulud, food demonstrations, musical performances, a Balanced Plate Scavenger Hunt for kids with goody bag prizes, food sampling, and more!

Featured chefs and restaurants in the James Beard Foundation Future Foodies Pavilion include Épicerie Boulud, Elizabeth Falkner, Aaron McCargo Jr, and Eataly Downtown. Featured programming in the Community Performance Area includes contestants on MasterChef Junior Season 5, FunikiJam, The Pineapple Explorers Club, and Karma Kids Yoga.

"I couldn't be more thrilled to find such a wonderful new home for the Kids Food Festival at Westfield World Trade Center! We're happy to bring this fun and flavorful family programming to lower Manhattan - and appreciate the community welcoming us!" said Cricket Azima, Founder of The Creative kitchen and Kids Food Festival.

"We are excited to partner with the kids food festival and our local community to bring experiences and activities into Westfield World Trade Center" Michael McNaughton, SVP of Development commented .

Tickets to hands on cooking classes in the James Beard Foundation Future Foodies Pavilion can be purchased at www.kidsfoodfestival.com. The Kids Food Festival is proud to support the American Heart Association and their initiatives to improve kids' health.

About The Creative Kitchen Kids Food Festival

The Kids Food Festival is a series of events that educates families on how to make balanced food choices through fun and engaging activities. The weekend includes hands-on cooking classes (programmed with the assistance of the James Beard Foundation), the Balanced Plate Scavenger, prizes, lively entertainment, family-friendly activities, HUGE giveaways, and more!  For more information, visit www.kidsfoodfestival.com and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kidsfoodfestival.

The Creative Kitchen, founded in 2003, presents educational and entertaining content to children through food-related activities. The company focuses on teaching, writing, recipe and curricula development, brand consulting, and marketing to present entertaining and educational content through food-related activities, classes, and events for children. The Creative Kitchen's signature kids cooking curricula, Everybody Can Cook, offers 15 recipes and lesson plans to allow instructors in general and special education classrooms to bring hands-on cooking classes to children ages 2 and up, of various physical and developmental abilities.

About Westfield World Trade Center

The new port of entry to Lower Manhattan, Westfield World Trade Center is located at the site where 60,000 neighborhood residents, 300,000 daily commuters, 13 subway / PATH trains, multiple ferry lines, and millions of global travelers converge within one unforgettable setting. The destination encompasses retail space across the Santiago Calatrava designed Oculus, surrounding street-level shops and restaurants, and within the galleries traversing the entire World Trade Center campus.

With more than 100 fashion, beauty, lifestyle, and technology brands, Westfield World Trade Center showcases the very best New York has to offer—all in one place. From luxury and high-end concepts to trend-setting designer and everyday essentials, the shopping experience is designed to offer something great for everyone. The destination's favorite brands include Apple and Bose in technology; Boss Hugo Boss, H&M, Kate Spade, John Varvatos, LK Bennett, Lacoste, and Banana Republic in apparel; Under Armour in the athletic category; Sephora, Caudalie, Kiehl's, MAC Cosmetics, and Dior Cosmetics in beauty; Cole Haan, Stuart Weitzman, Aldo, and Vince Camuto in footwear; Breitling, London Jewelers, Links of London, and Swatch in jewelry.

At the same time, a collection of highly-rated restaurants, bakeries, and fresh food marketplaces includes Eataly, Epicerie Boulud, and Lobster Press (created by Michelin star-winning chef Marc Forgione). Coming soon, the destination will also be home to the renowned London steakhouse Hawksmoor (the "best steak restaurant in the UK") and a new casual restaurant created by acclaimed chef Daniel Humm and Will Guidara (owners of the Michelin three-star rated Eleven Madison Park, voted the 3rd best restaurant in the world by "The World's 50 Best").

For more information: https://www.westfield.com/westfieldworldtradecenter/

About The James Beard Foundation

The James Beard Foundation's mission is to celebrate, nurture, and honor chefs and other leaders making America's food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone.

A cookbook author and teacher with an encyclopedic knowledge about food, the late James Beard was a champion of American cuisine. He helped educate and mentor generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts, instilling in them the value of wholesome, healthful, and delicious food. Today JBF continues in the same spirit by administering a number of diverse programs that include educational initiatives, food industry awards, scholarships for culinary students, publications, chef advocacy training, and thought-leader convening. The Foundation also maintains the historic James Beard House in New York City's Greenwich Village as a "performance space" for visiting chefs. Get food news, recipes, and more at the James Beard Foundation's blog, or subscribe to the free digital newsletter, Beard Bites. Follow @beardfoundation on FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterest, and Snapchat. Watch the James Beard House Kitchen Cam, the James Beard Awards, and more on the Foundation's Livestream channel.

The James Beard Foundation is a national not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in New York City.

 

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Westfield World Trade Center Announces A New Home For The Creative Kitchen Kids Food Festival In Collaboration With The James Beard Foundation

Free and open to the public on August 26th and 27th, The Creative Kitchen Kids Food Festival will provide a weekend of flavorful, family fun by offering hands-on cooking classes, sampling, and family-friendly activities and entertainment.

NEW YORK, Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Westfield is thrilled to announce the Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center as the host of the 7th annual The Creative Kids Food Festival taking place on August 26th and 27th from 10am4pm.

The Creative Kitchen Kids Food Festival is a celebration to educate families about making balanced food choices that help create wholesome lifelong eating habits for both kids and parents. The weekend-long event will offer a host of family-friendly activities including cooking classes in the James Beard Foundation Future Foodies Pavilion, hosted in Épicerie Boulud, food demonstrations, musical performances, a Balanced Plate Scavenger Hunt for kids with goody bag prizes, food sampling, and more!

Featured chefs and restaurants in the James Beard Foundation Future Foodies Pavilion include Épicerie Boulud, Elizabeth Falkner, Aaron McCargo Jr, and Eataly Downtown. Featured programming in the Community Performance Area includes contestants on MasterChef Junior Season 5, FunikiJam, The Pineapple Explorers Club, and Karma Kids Yoga.

"I couldn't be more thrilled to find such a wonderful new home for the Kids Food Festival at Westfield World Trade Center! We're happy to bring this fun and flavorful family programming to lower Manhattan - and appreciate the community welcoming us!" said Cricket Azima, Founder of The Creative kitchen and Kids Food Festival.

"We are excited to partner with the kids food festival and our local community to bring experiences and activities into Westfield World Trade Center" Michael McNaughton, SVP of Development commented .

Tickets to hands on cooking classes in the James Beard Foundation Future Foodies Pavilion can be purchased at www.kidsfoodfestival.com. The Kids Food Festival is proud to support the American Heart Association and their initiatives to improve kids' health.

About The Creative Kitchen Kids Food Festival

The Kids Food Festival is a series of events that educates families on how to make balanced food choices through fun and engaging activities. The weekend includes hands-on cooking classes (programmed with the assistance of the James Beard Foundation), the Balanced Plate Scavenger, prizes, lively entertainment, family-friendly activities, HUGE giveaways, and more!  For more information, visit www.kidsfoodfestival.com and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kidsfoodfestival.

The Creative Kitchen, founded in 2003, presents educational and entertaining content to children through food-related activities. The company focuses on teaching, writing, recipe and curricula development, brand consulting, and marketing to present entertaining and educational content through food-related activities, classes, and events for children. The Creative Kitchen's signature kids cooking curricula, Everybody Can Cook, offers 15 recipes and lesson plans to allow instructors in general and special education classrooms to bring hands-on cooking classes to children ages 2 and up, of various physical and developmental abilities.

About Westfield World Trade Center

The new port of entry to Lower Manhattan, Westfield World Trade Center is located at the site where 60,000 neighborhood residents, 300,000 daily commuters, 13 subway / PATH trains, multiple ferry lines, and millions of global travelers converge within one unforgettable setting. The destination encompasses retail space across the Santiago Calatrava designed Oculus, surrounding street-level shops and restaurants, and within the galleries traversing the entire World Trade Center campus.

With more than 100 fashion, beauty, lifestyle, and technology brands, Westfield World Trade Center showcases the very best New York has to offer—all in one place. From luxury and high-end concepts to trend-setting designer and everyday essentials, the shopping experience is designed to offer something great for everyone. The destination's favorite brands include Apple and Bose in technology; Boss Hugo Boss, H&M, Kate Spade, John Varvatos, LK Bennett, Lacoste, and Banana Republic in apparel; Under Armour in the athletic category; Sephora, Caudalie, Kiehl's, MAC Cosmetics, and Dior Cosmetics in beauty; Cole Haan, Stuart Weitzman, Aldo, and Vince Camuto in footwear; Breitling, London Jewelers, Links of London, and Swatch in jewelry.

At the same time, a collection of highly-rated restaurants, bakeries, and fresh food marketplaces includes Eataly, Epicerie Boulud, and Lobster Press (created by Michelin star-winning chef Marc Forgione). Coming soon, the destination will also be home to the renowned London steakhouse Hawksmoor (the "best steak restaurant in the UK") and a new casual restaurant created by acclaimed chef Daniel Humm and Will Guidara (owners of the Michelin three-star rated Eleven Madison Park, voted the 3rd best restaurant in the world by "The World's 50 Best").

For more information: https://www.westfield.com/westfieldworldtradecenter/

About The James Beard Foundation

The James Beard Foundation's mission is to celebrate, nurture, and honor chefs and other leaders making America's food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone.

A cookbook author and teacher with an encyclopedic knowledge about food, the late James Beard was a champion of American cuisine. He helped educate and mentor generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts, instilling in them the value of wholesome, healthful, and delicious food. Today JBF continues in the same spirit by administering a number of diverse programs that include educational initiatives, food industry awards, scholarships for culinary students, publications, chef advocacy training, and thought-leader convening. The Foundation also maintains the historic James Beard House in New York City's Greenwich Village as a "performance space" for visiting chefs. Get food news, recipes, and more at the James Beard Foundation's blog, or subscribe to the free digital newsletter, Beard Bites. Follow @beardfoundation on FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterest, and Snapchat. Watch the James Beard House Kitchen Cam, the James Beard Awards, and more on the Foundation's Livestream channel.

The James Beard Foundation is a national not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in New York City.

 

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Captain D’s Expands Presence in Texas with Opening of New Garland Restaurant

- Leading Fast Casual Seafood Franchise Continues Development in the Lone Star State -

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Captain D's, the leading fast casual seafood restaurant, announced today the opening of its newest franchised location in Garland, Texas will open on Wednesday, August 23. Marking the brand's second new location to open in the Dallas-Fort Worth area this summer and 14th in the state, the Garland opening signifies Captain D's accelerated development plans for Texas, with an additional location slated to open in Houston this fall. Located at 6327 Broadway Boulevard, the Garland restaurant is 3,030 square feet, showcases the brand's most recent beach design and will create more than two-dozen jobs in the community.

The new Garland restaurant is owned and operated by first time Captain D's franchisees Eric and Tae Kim, with Nathan Murrell managing operations. The Kim's forged a business partnership in 1998 and have over 40 years of combined experience in the restaurant industry, serving as multi-unit operators of several Dairy Queen restaurants throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

"While researching potential franchise opportunities to expand our portfolio, Captain D's longstanding reputation as a leader in the fast casual seafood segment immediately made the brand stand out to Tae and I," said Eric Kim. "Captain D's compounding success, proven business model and strong franchisee support structure made us feel confident we were investing in a brand that has unlimited potential. We're proud to bring Captain D's to the city of Garland and to be a part of the brand's expansion in our community."

The opening of the Garland location comes on the heels of an outstanding year of success for Captain D's, achieving its sixth consecutive year of same store sales increases and fourth successive year of record high system-wide AUV in 2016. This ongoing success has propelled Captain D's franchise development efforts and nationwide growth, with agreements signed this year to open an additional 25 new restaurants in states across the country, including Florida, South Carolina, Texas, Georgia, Illinois, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas and Virginia.

Coupled with its ongoing menu innovation, Captain D's credits its new restaurant beach design with contributing to the brand's ongoing strong performance. To date, nearly 60 percent of all restaurants have been reimaged to the brand's new vibrant, coastal design, with another 50 locations to be remodeled by the end of this year. With these efforts, Captain D's has remained true to what it does best — serving high-quality seafood with warm hospitality at an affordable price in a welcoming atmosphere.

With 521 restaurants in 21 states, Captain D's is the fast-casual seafood leader and number one seafood franchise in America ranked by average unit volume. The company is currently seeking single- and multi-unit operators to join in the brand's rapid expansion. For more information about franchise opportunities, visit http://www.captaindsfranchising.com or call 800-550-4877.

ABOUT CAPTAIN D'S
Headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., Captain D's has 521 restaurants in 21 states. Captain D's is the nation's leading fast casual seafood restaurant and was named the #1 seafood chain in the QSR 50, ranked by AUV. Founded in 1969, Captain D's has been offering its customers high-quality seafood at reasonable prices in a welcoming atmosphere for more than 47 years. Captain D's serves a wide variety of seafood that includes freshly prepared entrees and the company's signature hand-battered fish, which is cooked to order. The restaurants also offer premium-quality, grilled items such as shrimp, and surf and turf, as well as hushpuppies, desserts and freshly brewed, Southern-style sweet tea, a Captain D's favorite. For more information, please visit www.captainds.com

Contact:
Nikki Rode
Fish Consulting
954-893-9150
nrode@fish-consulting.com

 

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Indoor Farms of America Receives Investment From Major U.S. Ag Firm Co-Alliance

LAS VEGAS, Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Indoor Farms of America, LLC is pleased to announce that it has completed the final phase of its initial relationship with Co-Alliance, LLP, one of the nation's oldest, largest and most diverse traditional agriculture companies. This final phase comes in the form of an equity investment in Indoor Farms of America.  Terms of the transaction are private.

"When we had our first visit from the folks at Co-Alliance late last year, we expressed our commitment to having traditional agriculture in the U.S. embrace this technology in a manner that would benefit them, and we discussed in detail just how that would take shape," explained David Martin, CEO of Indoor Farms of America.

"Becoming a part owner of Indoor Farms of America represents our belief in its products and people," said Co-Alliance CEO, Kevin Still. "We see the potential of integrating this world class indoor agriculture equipment into traditional farming operations as a way to diversify family farms, add a year-round income stream, and bring the next generation back to the farm."

The new investment comes just weeks after Co-Alliance purchased two "warehouse" style farms, marking an important milestone for the CEA company. "We have achieved the first stage of the plans to have indoor farming adopted by the very folks who have kept us fed in this country since its inception, and that is the traditional farmer," said Martin.

Co-Alliance will pilot these indoor farms with traditional farmers, assessing the capability to diversify income, spread risks, and to supply local fresh produce all year round. Said John Graham, CFO of Co-Alliance, "We are evaluating the commercial application and income generating potential of the farms here in Indiana so when we introduce the technology to our member-growers on a larger scale, we have a turnkey, replicable, scalable complete production process in place."

"When Dave and I developed the equipment, we embarked on a journey that started 4 years ago and continues with an intense focus on Research and Development. This is an affirmation of the purpose of the journey. Our aeroponic farms have proven reliable in 3 years of test growing of over 30 types of greens, strawberries, cherry tomatoes, peppers, beans and edible flowers. The equipment will produce strong economic results that make it more than viable in the indoor growing environment, more so than any other equipment that exists today, due to far higher yields in a given space," said Ron Evans, President of Indoor Farms of America.

Co-Alliance sees new opportunities for farmers to have a major impact on the "locally grown" food movement.  Per Kevin Still, Co-Alliance CEO, "Co-Alliance is positioning itself and its farmer owners to be able to capitalize on the growing consumer demands for truly fresh, locally grown, and high-quality products available to them from local farmers they know and trust, year round.  And to do so, we believe investing in Indoor Farms of America is the right way to go about it."

Co-Alliance, LLP, is a partnership of cooperatives with community roots established in the 1920s. Headquartered in Avon, Indiana, its 50 locations across Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio serve the areas of Energy, Agronomy, Grain Marketing, and Swine and Animal Nutrition. For more information, visit www.co-alliance.com.

Indoor Farms of America, LLC, is leading indoor ag innovation. It has farms installed in countries surrounding the globe, and brings meaningful advancement to indoor agriculture, with a sole purpose to make it economically viable, while creating meaningful jobs for people in any region, including veterans and disabled individuals. 

Indoor Farms of America is dedicated to creating a sustainable food supply for generations to come. The company designs and builds its patented advanced indoor agriculture equipment using a proven, reliable aeroponics method as the foundation of the farm, allowing year-round high yield production, with no sky-lifts or ladders required to operate the farm. Visit www.indoorfarmsamerica.com.

CONTACT:
David W. Martin, CEO   172984@email4pr.com     IndoorFarmsAmerica.com 
4000 W. Ali Baba Lane, Ste. F, Las Vegas, NV 89118
(702) 664-1236 or (702) 606-2691

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