SACRAMENTO, Calif., Dec. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ @HalcyonTV -- The Golden State invites visitors to start off the new year by exploring its culinary bounty during the seventh Annual California Restaurant Month in January 2017. For 31 delicious days, participating destinations will offer various discounts, specialty menus and events that showcase the state's diverse range of culinary offerings.
Cities and towns throughout the state are inviting foodies and food lovers to dig in to the best of California cuisine paired with a memorable vacation experience.
"What began as a simple initiative to promote local businesses has grown into an annual statewide collaboration promoting culinary tourism in California," said Visit California President and CEO Caroline Beteta. "We are proud to enter our seventh year of this program as it continues to grow and position California as a top foodie destination."
California's varied destinations are home to a diverse group of Dreamers and Dream Eaters including chefs, restaurant owners and tastemakers. Truly putting the "farm to fork" philosophy into practice, these innovators have developed pioneering menus and restaurant concepts, creating culinary experiences that are exclusive to the Golden State.
Below is a listing of celebratory culinary happenings in Northern, Central and Southern California during California Restaurant Month 2017. For destination updates and a list of all participating destinations, visit: www.DineinCA.com.
Northern California/Bay Area
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, OpenTable, the world's leading provider of online restaurant reservations and part of The Priceline Group (NASDAQ: PCLN), has released "How to Open a Restaurant: The Modern Restaurateur's Guide to Starting & Growing a Restaurant Business," to provide prospective restaurant owners with a roadmap for success. Noting that 60% of restaurants fail within the first year and 80% within five years[i], this digital guide serves as a recipe for success – hitting on key topics from business planning and funding to staffing and utilizing restaurant technology – to avoid common pitfalls or become a statistic. Additionally, a new OpenTable Restaurant OPEN 2016 contest launches in tandem with the guide to foster entrepreneurship in the restaurant industry.
OpenTable partnered with Alison Arth, founder of hospitality consulting firm Salt & Roe with 16 restaurant openings under her belt, to create the essential guide of DO's and DON'T's for prospective restaurant owners to navigate through unchartered waters and prepare for the unexpected. The guide is ripe with cautionary tales and "if I only knew" anecdotes from Michelin-starred restaurateurs, including the restaurant groups of Daniel Boulud and Danny Meyer, and James Beard-nominated chefs Gavin Kaysen and Aaron London.
"After doing some digging, we noticed that soon-to-be restaurateurs didn't have a widely available or digestible guide to reference on their journey, especially one with true expert advice from been there, done that entrepreneurs," said Olivia Terenzio, Editor of the guide and Content Marketing Manager at OpenTable.
OpenTable introduced the guide to minimize the risk factor associated with opening a restaurant. "There are so many talented, passionate chefs and operators who find themselves unprepared to start their own business. I realized we can fill this space by tapping into our unrivaled network of restaurant partners to create a business how-to that provides people who love food and hospitality with crucial insight and savvy tips to get their businesses off the ground," added Terenzio.
Highlights from "How to Open a Restaurant" are being chronicled on OpenTable's blog Open For Business, which helps aspiring and current restaurateurs succeed with fresh ideas, best practices, tips and resources.
A selection of insights from the guide include:
The Restaurant OPEN 2016 contest offers restaurant industry professionals the chance to get their concept off the ground by winning the "Ultimate Restaurant Starter Kit." Restaurant professionals nationwide may participate in the contest by downloading the e-book and submitting their idea(s) via an online entry form for a chance to be selected as a finalist. Submissions will be accepted starting on February 24, 2016, and the deadline to enter is April 1, 2016. OpenTable will select three finalists based on the entries received by the deadline. The finalists will then launch a Kickstarter Project to raise funding for their restaurant concept, and the Project which raises the most funds shall win the "Ultimate Restaurant Starter Kit." The Kit is valued at close to $40,000 on top of any Kickstarter funding raised, which has a goal of $35,000. To learn more about the contest rules and details, go here.
Highlights of the "Ultimate Restaurant Starter Kit" includeii:
Hopeful restaurateurs, and even those looking to grow their businesses, can learn more and receive straightforward tips from some of the industry's most esteemed entrepreneurs by downloading the entire guide for free here and discover further restaurant industry insights and perspective on Open For Business.
NAPA, Calif., Jan. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Delicato Family Vineyards announces the launch of Z. Alexander Brown – a new portfolio of wines from Napa Valley winemaker John Killebrew and GRAMMY-award winning musician Zac Brown. Highlighting the quality of California's North Coast with a Cabernet Sauvignon and Proprietary Red Blend, Z. Alexander Brown wines unveil a robust style reflective of the land and the unlimited potential that can result from a pair of artists with a passion for bringing food, people and a sense of place together through creativity.
"After ten minutes with Zac, I knew that we were meant to work together," said John Killebrew, Z. Alexander Brown Winemaker. "From his southern-inspired restaurants to his unique farm to table, Eat & Greet dining experience on wheels, Zac's creative sensibility and "homegrown" perspective personally resonated with my approach to making wine. The North Coast, known for its diverse array of premium vineyards and their ability to develop rich, flavorful fruit, provided the perfect canvas for crafting two high-powered, palate-provoking wines aligned with our stylistic goals."
"Wine has always fascinated me because of its inherent connection to the land and the artistry necessary to craft a distinct and memorable experience," said Zac Brown, Proprietor, Z. Alexander Brown. "As a long-time wine enthusiast, the opportunity to partner with an expert like John has been a rewarding team effort, and I am excited to unveil the first of many vintages to come."
The contemporary package features the word Uncaged, accompanied by an owl taking flight, which captures the spirit of Z. Alexander Brown wines – intense, full-bodied expressions of the land from which they are from. Carrying meaning on many levels, Uncaged is the guiding maxim for Zac and John's approach to crafting Z. Alexander Brown wines, as well as the title of one of Zac Brown Band's multi-platinum albums.
The inaugural vintages of Z. Alexander Brown Cabernet Sauvignon and Proprietary Red Blend are now available for national distribution with a suggested retail price of $19.99. To purchase Z. Alexander Brown wines online, visit www.zalexanderbrown.com. To join the Z. Alexander Brown social community, visit Facebook and follow @zalexanderbrown on Instagram and Twitter.
About Delicato Family Vineyards
Delicato Family Vineyards is a pioneering family-owned California winery founded in 1924. Three generations of the Indelicato family have guided grapes from vineyard to bottle and into homes and dining establishments around the world. Delicato Family Vineyards produces and represents wines of the highest quality made in accordance with sustainable winegrowing practices. For more information, visit www.delicato.com.
Kara's Cupcakes, The San Francisco Sweet, Joins Savor California at the Fancy Food Show 2016 booth #604
The Bay Area's premier cupcake bakery is launching an artisan retail line at the 2016 Winter Fancy Food Show to showcase their new handcrafted treats.
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Kara's Cupcakes is excited to announce that Kara Haspel Lind, founder, president and executive pastry chef of Kara's Cupcakes, is in the kitchen again baking up something sweet and her latest creation is much bigger than a cupcake! To help create even more celebratory moments, Kara's Cupcakes is announcing the launch of its line of artisan treats to compliment its existing line of famous artisan cupcakes. Available nationwide, the treats include handcrafted marshmallows, decadent hot cocoa blend, housemade KaraMel corn, Karamel sauce, chocolate sauce, cookies, cakes and more! Kara's treats are currently sold in their nine bakeries, online and at San Francisco's airport Napa Farms Market. Seasonal treats are available throughout the year in flavors such as toasted coconut marshmallows for Spring. Now everyone can enjoy The San Francisco Sweet nationwide through online ordering, national distribution, wholesale ordering and at Kara's Cupcakes nine locations throughout the bay area.
"Our guests love the sweetness we bring to their family celebrations and artisan treats were the perfect next step for Kara's" said Haspel Lind. "This new line of treats is the perfect compliment to our baked goods. We know our guests in San Francisco and around the country are going to love them as well as new products we are baking up."
Kara's Cupcakes mission it to make the planet a little sweeter by creating celebratory moments with each sweet we serve! Since 2006, Kara's Cupcakes has continued its focus not only on its local and sustainable business and baking practices, but also ongoing philanthropy donating over $4.5 million to the community and local charities. Last year, the company gave away more than 350,000 cupcakes to feed the needy and over $35K to local charities for schools, non-profit organizations, etc. The company's sustainable focus and green practices led to its most recent award for "Beyond the Check - Community Partnership in Sustainability" by the San Francisco Business Times.
About Kara's Cupcakes: Kara's Cupcakes are made lovingly by hand each day, using the finest ingredients available in the Bay Area. The daughter of a dentist, executive chef Kara Haspel Lind's love for sweet treats was a rebellious passion that has since infused the senses of sweets lovers throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Kara is committed to creating the most delectable batch of sweets using sustainable ingredients sourced from local purveyors. This supports her vision of making the planet a little sweeter by creating celebratory moments with each sweet that is served. Kara's Cupcakes boasts nine locations around the Bay Area. Visit the award winning bakery locations in San Francisco; Town and Country Village in Palo Alto; Santana Row in San Jose; Oxbow Market in Napa; downtown Walnut Creek, downtown Burlingame; Del Monte Shopping Center in Monterey or at one of their mobile Cupcake Vans, wherever they happen to be. Visit www.karascupcakes.com or call 866-554-CAKE to place your order today!
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Jan. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Heineken® launched an integrated global marketing campaign "Moderate Drinkers Wanted," that champions responsible alcohol consumption.
Rooted in research that shows responsible drinking is becoming the preferred means of enjoyment for those 21+, Heineken® is using the campaign to encourage men to drink responsibly during their nights out by showcasing how potential partners may find those who practice responsible behavior more approachable. Click here to view the new Heineken® TV spot:https://youtu.be/5A4v3vyHWOU
Data for the campaign was collected by Canvas8, who polled 5,000 21-35 year-old premium beer drinkers in five countries1. The key findings revealed the following:
"A Moderation Movement"
The new campaign builds on Heineken®'s long-standing commitment to use its flagship brand to convey the "Enjoy Responsibly" message. "Moderate Drinkers Wanted" is the third chapter in Heineken®'s ongoing commitment to highlighting responsible consumption as the best way to make the most of your celebrations. The commitment kicked off in 2011 with the launch of 'Sunrise,' a campaign which brought to life the powerful idea that there are no limits when you know your limits. The second instalment launched in 2014, 'Dance More, Drink Slow,' was built around a pioneering partnership with world famous DJ, Armin Van Buuren.
In addition to investing 10% of its media spend in dedicated responsible consumption campaigns, the Brand delivers its responsibility message through its sponsorship platforms such as UEFA Champions League, Rugby World Cup and hundreds of music events around the world. The message was also featured on more than 8 billion bottles and cans in 2015.