The annual harvest of one of the nation's favorite fish is here, providing an abundance of domestic, sustainable, wild-caught Alaskan salmon to seafood lovers, home cooks and chefs nationwide
JUNEAU, Ala., May 16, 2019 /HalcyonTV/ -- This year's summer Alaska salmon harvest officially begins today, May 16th, bringing first of the season Alaska salmon from sea to table. Alaska king salmon is harvested in limited quantities throughout the year, and the summer season opening brings more king and sockeye salmon to grocery stores and restaurant menus nationwide, to be followed by pink, keta, then coho salmon throughout summer.
Rich in nutrients and flavor, Alaska salmon marries unparalleled taste with a wide range of health benefits as a heart-friendly protein offering essential vitamins, minerals and omega-3s (DHA and EPA). Glacial waters give Alaska salmon the pure, rich flavor and exceptional quality that make it one of America's most iconic fish. From cioppino to poke, and simple plank grilled Alaska salmon with sweet potatoes, wild-caught salmon from Alaska is a quintessential ingredient for late-spring and summer dishes.
"As the quality and source of ingredients become increasingly top-of-mind priorities for consumers, the state of Alaska is honored to remain a trusted symbol of superior, sustainably-harvested seafood," said Jeremy Woodrow, communications director, Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI). "When consumers see 'Alaska' on the menu or packaging, they can trust their salmon is wild, sustainable and of exceptional quality."
Alaska's salmon stocks account for nearly 95 percent of the wild salmon harvested in the U.S., which can be enjoyed fresh through October, as well as fresh-frozen, smoked and canned year-round, offering a variety of options for every taste, budget and culinary application.
Alaska's constitution mandates sustainability with science-based fishery management practices widely regarded as a model for the world. This year's Alaska salmon harvest is forecasted by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game at over 213 million salmon. With ample availability nation-wide, the five species of Alaska salmon can be enjoyed in a variety of ways:
In addition to Alaska salmon, a wide variety of other Alaska seafood species including Alaska halibut, sablefish, sole, rockfish, pollock, scallops, and crab will also be available nation-wide throughout the summer. For the latest updates and more culinary inspiration, follow Alaska Seafood on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
TAMPA, Fla., May 16, 2019 /HalcyonTV/ -- Just in time to celebrate National Mimosa Day today, Metro Diner, known for its craveable comfort food, announces that $2.99 Mimosas and Bloody Marys will be a permanent fixture on its beverage menu at participating locations nationwide. Mimosa flavors include traditional, pineapple, grapefruit, cranberry and sunrise, a delicious mix of orange juice and grenadine.
"What better way to 'toast' to our guests than by offering $2.99 Mimosas and Bloody Marys as refreshingly delicious accompaniments to our menu of comfort food favorites," said Crafton Bryant, Director of Marketing for Metro Diner. "We are always looking to make every experience at Metro Diner a celebration that is special and affordable."
Metro Diner frequently celebrates national food holidays such as National Mimosa Day. In fact, last year the restaurant created its own annual holiday: National Fried Chicken & Waffle Day. Celebrated on August 8, the occasion celebrates one of the diners most popular offerings.
Guests can pair Mimosas and Bloody Marys with Metro Diner favorites like Fried Chicken & Waffle, San Francisco Benedict, Cinnamon Roll Pancake, Charleston Shrimp & Grits, the Holy Davoli Burger, and Chicken Pot Pie, a dish featured on the Cooking Channel's Cheap Eats. Large portion sizes enable guests to enjoy a delicious meal at a great value, with most dishes priced under $15.
Metro Diner's adult beverage menu is offered at most diners during breakfast, lunch and dinner to guests over 21 years of age, with I.D. Diners are open daily. For more information, please visit www.metrodiner.com
SONOMA, Calif., May 15, 2019 /HalcyonTV/ -- SMASHMALLOW®, the makers of premium snackable marshmallows and crispy rice treats, is set to hit the road again this summer with their cross-country "S'more Better" Tour starting today, May 15. The SMASHMALLOW truck will be touring select events, retailers, and neighborhoods sharing favorite s'more smash-ups and creations in partnership with Chocolove chocolate through Labor day weekend.
With s'mores being the #1 usage occasion for marshmallows, and summertime campfires being the place most people envision enjoying them, SMASHMALLOW is inspiring fans of the sweet treat with the delicious possibilities, showcasing their natural and organic mallows in fun and creative ways. The tour will feature four signature flavors from the brand: cinnamon churro, strawberries & cream, mint chocolate chip, and cookie dough, served with an elevated twist using premium chocolate in ways that can be made any time of year - no campfire required.
"Last year, we didn't really know what to expect or how the tour was going to be received. However, it was clear very early on that people were embracing our fun, creative take on the nostalgic s'more and we loved hearing and seeing the feedback on social media and from consumers at the stores and events we visited," says SMASHMALLOW VP of marketing Stephanie McGregor. "People love our fun flavors and better-for-you attributes, and we believe that those qualities are truly what takes a traditional s'more from great to absolutely magical. As we continue to share our story and encourage consumers to rethink this nostalgic treat, we are happy to be able to bring this experience directly to the fans who have contributed to our success."
The S'more better tour will be hitting up major markets across the US this summer including new additions this year Chicago, Austin and Denver. The entire tour schedule is available at tour.smashmallow.com. SMASHMALLOW snackable marshmallows are available in 7 everyday flavors, are made with natural, non GMO and organic ingredients and are a gluten-free sweet tooth satisfying snack. Available nationwide at Target, Whole Foods, Amazon and your favorite local retailer.
SMASHMALLOW premium 'snackable' marshmallows offer a blast of wow, a sprinkling of fun and a carnival of yum in every 20-calorie whipped-to-perfection pouf. SMASHMALLOW is made with organic cane sugar and simple ingredients that deliver a clean-label indulgence perfect for satisfying any sweet tooth and are the perfect guilt-free, every-day, any time of day treat for your taste buds. The latest innovation in the SMASHMALLOW product portfolio includes SMASHCRISPY, an elevated take on traditional crispy rice treats with better-for-you ingredients and are available in three signature flavors including Cinnamon Churro, Mint Chocolate Chip and Strawberries & Cream. For more information about SMASHMALLOW and SMASHCRISPY, please visit www.smashmallow.com.
Comedians from Upright Citizens Brigade Help Local Youth to Harness the Power of Laughter
HACKETTSTOWN, N.J., May 13, 2019 /HalcyonTV/ -- For the fifth year in a row, M&M'S is partnering with Red Nose Day to help America come together to raise money for children in need. In support of the campaign, this year the brand is working with Covenant House Newark, a beneficiary of Red Nose Day, to encourage local young people to find their own comedic voice.
Building on last year's successful program in Chicago, M&M'S is enlisting coaches from popular improv comedy troupe, Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City, to help teach local young people served by Covenant House New Jersey in Newark how to use laughter as a tool to share their stories. The trainings will culminate with a final performance in front of an audience of media, influencers, family, friends and the local community at The Prudential Center on Monday, May 13, in an event titled, "Step Up to the Mic: An Evening of Comedy with M&M'S In Support of Red Nose Day." Newark-based comedian, Justin Williams, will serve as the emcee and performers from Upright Citizens Brigade will be on hand to add even more fun to the evening.
"M&M'S were first manufactured in Newark and the city is extremely special to us as we prepare to come home with Mars Wrigley Confectionery's U.S. headquarters opening here next year," said Allison Miazga-Bedrick, Brand Director, M&M'S. "The M&M'S characters have been making people laugh for years and, like Red Nose Day, we know the power and importance of laughter, so together we're excited to bring that to Newark this year."
M&M'S will be donating over $1 million to the Red Nose Day Fund this year, resulting in more than $8 million dollars since the beginning of the partnership to support programs that ensure children in need are safe, healthy and educated, both in the U.S. and around the world. One of the nonprofit organizations that benefits from Red Nose Day funds is Covenant House, which provides a safe place and support for homeless youth and teens.
To support Red Nose Day pick up one of the five new Red Noses at your local Walgreens and post a photo wearing it to your social channels using #NosesOn, donate or make an even bigger impact by starting your own fundraiser. You can also purchase select M&M'S products at Walgreens that support the cause.
Red Nose Day's Night of Special Programming on NBC
Red Nose Day is Thursday, May 23. The annual fundraising campaign will culminate in a night of primetime programming on NBC at 8/7c, including a special Red Nose Day edition of "Hollywood Game Night" hosted by Jane Lynch, in partnership with M&M'S, and the fifth annual "Red Nose Day Special," featuring great comedy, music and compelling films shedding light on children in need.
All for a Good Cause
Red Nose Day came to the United States in 2015, bringing Americans together to have fun, raise money and help change the lives of children in need. Through the generosity of millions of supporters, Red Nose Day has raised nearly $150 million over its first four years, benefitting over 16 million children and young people in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and some of the most underserved communities in Latin America, Africa and Asia.
To learn more about M&M'S Red Nose Day efforts, follow M&M'S social channels, Twitter @mmschocolate, Facebook www.facebook.com/mms and Instagram at www.instagram.com/mmschocolate. And check out hashtags #NosesOn and #RedNoseDay across social channels for more information.
About Mars, Incorporated
Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With more than $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the world's best-loved brands: M&M's®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, DOVE®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES®, UNCLE BEN'S®, and COCOAVIA®. Mars Associates proudly take care of half of the world's pets through our nutrition, health and services businesses such as Banfield Pet Hospitals™, BluePearl®, Linnaeus, AniCura, VCA™ and Pet Partners™. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – inspire our more than 115,000 Associates to take action every day to help create a world tomorrow in which the planet, its people and pets can thrive.
For more information about Mars, please visit www.mars.com. Join us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.
About Red Nose Day
Red Nose Day is a fundraising campaign run in the United States by Comic Relief USA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Red Nose Day started in the U.K., built on the foundation that the power of entertainment can drive positive change, and has raised over $1 billion globally since the campaign's founding in 1988. Red Nose Day launched in the U.S. in 2015 with a mission to end child poverty, and has raised nearly $150 million to date. Money raised supports programs that ensure children in need are safe, healthy and educated, both in America and around the world. Since launching in the U.S., Red Nose Day has received generous support from millions of Americans, hundreds of celebrities and many outstanding partners, including Walgreens, NBC, Mars Wrigley Confectionery, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Red Nose Day returns for its fifth year on Thursday, May 23, 2019. For more information about Red Nose Day USA and its impact, visit www.rednoseday.org. Follow @RedNoseDayUSA on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Celebrating explosive global growth in its hometown Nine thousand Little Caesars franchisees, employees, suppliers from around the world gather at Little Caesars Arena to celebrate major milestone. Three-day conference included tours of resurgent City of Detroit and business events at Cobo Convention Center, Fox Theatre, and Little Caesars Arena.
DETROIT, May 8, 2019 /HalcyonTV/ -- Little Caesars is celebrating its 60th anniversary today by welcoming thousands of franchisees, suppliers and employees to the company's hometown for its annual Global Business Conference. The first Little Caesars location opened in the Detroit suburb of Garden City, Michigan on May 8, 1959 – sixty years ago today. Little Caesars is the third largest company in the $145 billion worldwide pizza industry.
Founded by Mike and Marian Ilitch as a single pizza shop in Garden City, Michigan, Little Caesars has grown into a globally-recognized brand headquartered in Detroit with locations in all 50 U.S. states and 24 countries around the world. Today, Little Caesars employs more than 200,000 people throughout its corporate offices, its franchise and corporate stores, and its distribution networks worldwide.
"True to the American entrepreneurial spirit, our founders invested their life savings in their dream. Through hard work and a focus on offering customers a great value, they found success," said Dave Scrivano, President and CEO of Little Caesars. "Sixty years later, we are celebrating that success by welcoming franchisees from around the world to our hometown as we work together to build our future."
Thousands of people have been able to follow their dreams, too, by owning and operating their own Little Caesars franchise businesses. As one of the country's most successful franchises, Little Caesars has provided the independence of entrepreneurship and the stability of a proven business model to thousands of franchisees.
"We wanted to be successful and build a future for our family," said Leo Gonzales, franchisee from Chula Vista, California. "This company gave us that opportunity, and it is a great company to work for."
As part of the three-day franchisee Global Business Conference, attendees are experiencing many of Detroit's sights and sounds while attending dozens of meetings and events focused on Little Caesars and its rapidly growing business. Conference activities are being held at Cobo Convention Center, Comerica Park, the award-winning Little Caesars Arena, and the historic Fox Theatre. Participants are enjoying an immersive experience across the City of Detroit, including tours of Detroit's resurgent downtown, the Fox Theatre, Little Caesars Arena and enjoyed a Detroit Tigers game at Comerica Park. Thousands of attendees are staying at area hotels, enjoying the city's dynamic and growing restaurant and retail scene located throughout downtown Detroit.
Continued growth and success driven by six decades of relentless innovation
Little Caesars has a long-history of driving innovation that has revolutionized the industry time and time again. Little Caesars invented Crazy Bread, one of the most beloved foods in the world. The company invented and pioneered the conveyor pizza oven, which dramatically increased productivity and became the global standard for baking pizzas. The company introduced the world to Pizza!Pizza! – delivering incredible value to millions of families for decades with the legendary and highly popular buy-one, get-one-free offer. Little Caesars' 2004 launch of the $5 HOT-N-READY pizza changed the industry landscape once again by delivering incredible value and convenience to busy families. And most recently, Little Caesars launched the revolutionary Pizza Portal, which has been recognized with prestigious awards for innovation from QSR Magazine, Nation's Restaurant News, and the International Franchise Association. The Pizza Portal is the industry's first heated, self-service mobile order pickup station, and allows customers to conveniently place their orders online or via the Little Caesars mobile app, arrive at the store, and pick up their pizza in seconds.
Hometown success story contributes to Detroit's resurgence
Little Caesars, and its sister companies, employ roughly 8,000 people in the City of Detroit, where the company has been headquartered since 1989. In that year, founder Mike and Marian Ilitch moved the company's headquarters to downtown Detroit when they purchased the Fox Theatre and restored it to its former glory while renovating the adjoining offices. Little Caesars' move downtown, at a time when many other companies were leaving the city, was the beginning of a decades-long resurgence that has once again made downtown Detroit a magnet for living, working, dining, and entertainment.
Little Caesars has continued its long-standing commitment to its hometown through the construction of its new world headquarters facility in downtown Detroit. The $150 million, 9-story, 235,000-square-foot building located at the corner of Woodward Avenue and Columbia Street is the first newly constructed major company headquarters building in the City of Detroit in more than a decade.
Living up to company's most important values: serving others and giving back
Little Caesars is dedicated to giving back. Founded in 1985, the Little Caesars Love Kitchen, a mobile pizza kitchen housed in a semi-trailer that travels all over the contiguous United States and Canada, has provided free, hot pizza to more than 3.4 million people, including the homeless, the military, and disaster survivors and rescue workers. Each year, in February, it visits Little Caesars hometown of Detroit to serve those in need. Additionally, more than 50 honorably discharged U.S. veterans have taken part in the company's life-changing opportunity to start their own Little Caesars franchises through the Little Caesars Veterans Program. In 1967, the company also created and annually sponsors the Little Caesars Amateur Hockey League, one of the country's largest and most respected youth hockey programs with over 10,000 athletes. Hundreds of Little Caesars Amateur youth hockey players have earned NCAA collegiate hockey scholarships and more than 100 have gone on to play in the National Hockey League. Little Caesars franchisees also support countless charities, schools, religious organizations, and sports teams in their communities throughout the world.
"Since the opening of our first store in 1959, more than two million people have been a part of our extended Little Caesars family, owning and operating franchises, working in our stores, working in our corporate office, or working throughout our distribution networks around the world," said Christopher Ilitch, President and CEO, Ilitch Holdings, Inc. "We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has helped to build this iconic and beloved brand and allowed us to return that generosity to the thousands of communities in the 25 countries where we do business, including right here in our hometown of Detroit."
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