Global Grub® and Sur La Table Team Up to Bring Sushi-Making Night to Homes Nationwide

Let the good times roll with the help of Global Grub and the ultimate cooking store Sur La TableGlobal Grub’s DIY Sushi Rolls Kit, a featured display this past holiday season at Sur La Table’s 100+ stores as well as in the December catalog and online at www.surlatable.com/product/PRO-1392711/Global+Grub+Sushi+Kit includes sushi rice, rice vinegar, nori, sesame seeds, wasabi powder and Little SoyaTM soy sauce along with a bamboo rolling mat and easy-to-follow instructions to make eight homemade sushi rolls/48 pieces (kit retails for $22 each). The kit will also make its debut a the 2014 Winter Fancy Food Show, January 19-21, 2014 in San Francisco.

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Additional Global Grub DIY Cooking Kits includes non-perishable ingredients that are pre-measured to make award-winning Jerk Chicken*, Tagine, Tamales and recently launched Tikka Masala. Home cooks simply pick up a few fresh/basic items from their local grocer, allowing people to eat global while still buying local.

Global Grub is ecstatic to partner with a company that’s equally passionate about cooking,” noted Carley Sheehy, Chief Global Grubber. “Sur La Table also happens to be one of my favorite stores! I know fellow Sur La Table shoppers will enjoy our Sushi Kit as a new fun way to cook together or as a unique experiential gift.”

Global Grub was founded in 2012 by Sheehy, an avid traveler and gourmand who wanted to duplicate the exotic flavors she experienced from around the world here at home. After going on ingredient scavenger hunts and stocking her cupboards with items that often went to waste, she was determined to find a way to make it easier for people to cook their way around the world in a stress-free way. With their kits, food enthusiasts can embark on international cooking adventures, great for date nights, dinner parties, family fun and gifts.

Food is not only Global Grub’s passion; it is a fundamental need that is not being met, so helping the fight against hunger has always been an integral part of Global Grub’s operation. For every kit sold, Global Grub donates a meal to someone in need through the Alameda County Community Food Bank, because they were startled by their neighbors’ needs, and impressed with the food bank’s immense impact.

*Proud 2013 sofiTM Best of Specialty Food Silver Award Winner for the Jamaican Jerk with Coconut Rice and Beans Kit.

Terrapin Ridge Farms Debuts Tasty New Products at 2014 Winter Fancy Food Show

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New Vinaigrette Dressings, Roasted Pineapple Habanero Sauce To Hit Shelves

Terrapin Ridge Farms plans to livens up the specialty food market with a delicious introduction of four new products that will debut at the Specialty Food Association‘s Winter Fancy Food Show to be held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California from January 19-21 at Booth 1757.

Terrapin Ridge Farms has experienced wild retail success with the launch of their Roasted Pineapple Habanero Dip last TerrapinRidgelogosummer and have turned this spicy and sweet hit into a 14.5 oz. sauce (MSRP $8) perfect for pouring or glazing. The Roasted Pineapple Habanero Sauce is all natural and gluten free.

In the land of salad dressings, not all on the market are created equal. Terrapin Ridge Farms’ has a cult following for many of their products and the newest vinaigrettes in their line-up are no exception. The Toasted Sesame & Ginger Vinaigrette (MSRP $7) combines spicy and fragrant ginger with the nutty toasted flavor of sesame seeds and sweet pineapple and is perfect for chicken or fish marinades or to top an Asian noodle salad. The Garlic & Herb Vinaigrette (MSRP $7) is a bold combination of fresh garlic and herbs and makes steak and blue cheese salad sing. The Dijon Mustard Vinaigrette (MSRP $7) offers the vibrant flavor of Dijon mustard and is fabulous drizzled over asparagus or as a dip for chicken satay or chicken fingers. Each of these vinaigrettes is all natural, vegan and gluten free.

We are excited to introduce a line of dressings that are vegan, fat free, oil free, gluten free and sweetened with agave and frankly, they taste great! They are perfect for people on a plant based diet and who want to stay away from processed foods,” said Terrapin Ridge Farms CEO Mary O’Donnell.

 

The Gracious Gourmet’s New Smoky Collection adds Three Spreads to its Award-winning Condiment Collection

The Gracious Gourmet‘s Smoky Collection delights the palate with three new spreads: Smoky Ginger Peach, Smoky Pepper Pineapple and Smoky Sherry Onion. Each product is enhanced with the smoky flavor one would get from wood grilling the fruits or vegetables. And, each is perfect for a multitude of uses in both sweet and savory dishes. The Gracious Gourmet’s aim is quite simple: every meal can be a special occasion. The new additions will make their debut at the 2014 Winter Fancy Food Show, January 19-21 in San Francisco.

The Gracious Gourmet’s condiment collection and–and will– enliven any occasion by providing timesaving additions that can be used for cheese plates, roasted meats, salad dressings, recipe enhancers and more. Each recipe minimizes the use of sugar, salt and oil to deliver all-natural products, many of which are naturally gluten free and vegan. The three new products are no exception:

Smoky Ginger Peach Spread: Juicy peaches are cooked with fragrant exotic cardamom, cinnamon and white pepper and accented with a delicate smoky flavor to accompany practically anything from the grill, cheeses, ice cream and more.
Smoky Pepper Pineapple Spread: The flavor of sweet ripe pineapple is accentuated with the pungency of bay leaves and black pepper. Its subtle smoky accent is perfect for poultry, ribs, cheeses, ice cream and so much more.
Smoky Sherry Onion Spread: Sweet yellow onions cooked to a marmalade consistency with a background smoky flavor and notes of sherry wine make this the ideal condiment to pair with almost anything from a juicy steak to grilled vegetables to cheese.
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Each of the new products is available in an 8-oz. glass jar featuring vintage-inspired botanical labels that fit with the product line’s classic yet contemporary feel. Each jar looks good enough to give as a gift or serve alone on the table with crackers. Suggested uses are also listed.

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Based in Bridgewater, Connecticut, Nancy Wekselbaum founded The Gracious Gourmet in late 2006 using her personal recipes crafted from a love of exceptional food and inspired by many personal and professional travels around the globe. The growing line of specialty food products can transform ordinary dishes into exceptional ones without any fuss. The quality of The Gracious Gourmet’s products is second to none, and their uses are nearly unlimited. Winner of the NASFT sofi Gold Award for Outstanding Condiment for Spiced Sour Cherry Spread and a 2009 sofi Silver Finalist for Outstanding New Product for Dilled Carrot Tomato Tapenade, the line also has proudly won awards each year since 2007 by the Connecticut Specialty Food Association.

Ricky Martin Rocked the Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort Hosts Ricky Martin, Live In Concert

Palace Resorts (www.palaceresorts.com) hosted the celebration of the year with international superstar entertainer, Ricky Martin. The Grammy Award winning singer rocked the stage at an exclusive sold out concert at Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort on Saturday, December 28, 2013.

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With seven oceanfront resorts overlooking the sparkling turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, Palace Resorts sets the highest standards for five-star all-inclusive vacations in Cancun, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres and Riviera Maya, Mexico. Offering luxurious and spacious accommodations accentuated by signature in-room whirlpool tubs, nightly entertainment, the Caribbean’s most extravagant spas and premier Jack Nicklaus signature golf courses, Palace Resorts offers a truly exceptional experience for travelers. The unparalleled level of service and comfort found at each property makes Palace Resorts a leading provider of world-class resort vacations.

The Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort continues to elevate the all-inclusive concept and offer guests an unforgettable vacation experience by combining world-class hospitality and top-rated live entertainment with exceptional amenities and attractions. Located on Cancun’s tranquil south shore and nestled between 123 acres of tropical foliage and secluded white sand beach, Moon Palace Golf Spa & Resort offers guests more than 2,400 ocean and garden view accommodations or golf villa suites. Multiple pools are complemented by two children’s pools, one Golf Club pool and four swim-up bars. Additional on-site adventures range from a water sports marina for sporting activities to a world-class spa, and fully equipped fitness center.

Recognized as Cancun’s premiere entertainment resort destination, Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort has hosted world-renowned artists such as Shakira, Enrique Iglesias, Usher and Air Supply among others, in addition to spectacular shows such as Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy, Cirque Dreams Rocks and most recently, Cirque Dreams Holidaze. Kicking off 2014, Moon Palace will host performances by the legendary band Chicago, February 14 – 15, 2014, and Grammy-Award winning artist, Michael Bolton, March 29-30, 2014. From January 20 to April 30, 2014, Moon Palace will host mentalist Ryan Oakes, a professional sleight-of-hand artist, magician and mentalist, one of the most sought-after entertainers in the industry. Continue reading

Mediterranean Snacks® Launches New Mini Meal Line at Winter Fancy Food Show

Mediterranean Snacks®, manufacturer of nutritious legume-based snacks like Baked Lentil Chips®, Lentil Crackers, and HummuZ crackers™, will be launching a convenient new Gluten-Free certified, mini meal product line, tapaz2go™, combining their protein-rich Lentil Crackers with shelf stable hummus, at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, California, January 19-21 at booth number 434.

The new innovative tapaz2go captures ‘healthy convenience’, and will expand the brand further into gluten-free nutritious snacking. It is comprised of a single serve pouch of their successful Mediterranean Snacks Lentil Crackers along with a container of wholesome hummus in one on-the-go, portable package. As consumers increasingly believe that eating smaller meals more frequently is healthier , an option like tapaz2go, with 7 grams of protein and 250 calories or less, will be an ideal choice for consumers looking for nutritious, calorically smart options when desiring a substantial on-the-go snack.

We are very excited about our tapaz2go innovation,” said Vincent P. James, founder and CEO of The Mediterranean Snack Food Company. “There is significant research showing that protein in snacking is becoming more desirable, and tapaz2go provides a snack alternative that satisfies both the appetite and the demand for a nutritious, protein-rich mini meal. We are confident this line, which leverages culinary trends of legumes, tapas and hummus, will be very well-received by a wide range of consumers.”

Mediterranean Snacks tapaz2go will each include Lentil Crackers Sea Salt combined with one variety of hummus – Classic, Roasted Garlic or Red Pepper. The individual package size is 3.6oz at a suggested retail price of $2.99, with shelf life of 300 days. These new packages also provide an innovative solution for retailers that have difficulty managing perishable items, as they can be stored chilled or shelf stable at room temperature. Mediterranean Snacks tapaz2go are an ideal option for grocery and convenience stores, or delis as a grab and go choice – the no mess, no fuss built-in serving tray makes this perfect for active consumers as between meal snacking.

Stream TV to Present Consumer-Ready 4KTVs with Glasses-Free 3D at CES 2014

Stream TV Networks will be showcasing its consumer-ready 4KTVs featuring breakthrough Ultra-D™ glasses-free adjustable 3D technology during CES 2014. Of the various sizes to be brought to market by the company’s brand partners in 2014, the 50″ and 55″ models will be on display.

Ultra-D displays have real-time conversion technology that converts 2D or 3D source content into 4K glasses-free 3D.  (PRNewsFoto/Stream TV Networks, Inc.)

Ultra-D displays have real-time conversion technology that converts 2D or 3D source content into 4K glasses-free 3D. (PRNewsFoto/Stream TV Networks, Inc.)

Some of the TVs will be accompanied by the seeCube-4K™, an external device that converts a wide range of content – 2D or 3D stereoscopic sources – to 2160p glasses-free 3D in real time. Stream TV has successfully ported its realtime conversion technology to the new Qualcomm 8074 processor, and a second version of the TV will carry the conversion technology built into a chip, significantly reducing costs. Using complex algorithms, the Ultra-D technology converts 1080p/2 million pixel content into a 4K/8 million pixel viewing experience. Users can connect their satellite or cable service, VOD, Blu-ray player, Xbox or PlayStation, as well as watch Internet content from Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Baidu TV, PPStv, iQYi tv, Totou TV and other video sites with ease.

Qualcomm’s latest 8074 processor features the new Krait 400 CPU in quad configuration, with speeds of up to 2.3 GHz per core for best-in-class performance per watt, so processor performance can hold up to the more demanding processing. The new Adreno 330 GPU delivers more than 2x performance for compute applications over the current Adreno 320 GPU, capturing playback and display in 2160p video.

Ultra-D presents a never-before-seen glasses-free 3D viewing experience,” said Mathu Rajan, CEO of Stream TV Networks. “There’s a lack of 4K content out there, but by generating millions of new pixels with depth information, we truly take advantage of what a 4K screen can offer.”

Ultra-D will be on display at CES 2014 from January 7-10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Central Hall Booth 14032, and during a press conference on January 8, 2PM at the Venetian Hotel, Marcello Ballroom 4503.

Experience the future of 3D today, not years from now. To schedule an Ultra-D demo, contact press@ultra-d.com. Additional information, supporting images and interviews with CEO Mathu Rajan and other Stream TV executives are available by request.

Equinox Unveils 2014 Ad Campaign, “Equinox Made Me Do It”

Equinox, the leaders in fitness and lifestyle, unveiled today its 2014 ad campaign: Equinox Made Me Do It. The campaign, created by Wieden+Kennedy New York, highlights the results of living a more provoked life. The ads connect the cause and effect of an Equinox workout, asserting that a good workout can be a bad influence.

Equinox operates 64 upscale, full-service clubs in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco,Miami, Boston, Dallas and Washington, DC, as well as new international locations in London and Toronto.  Providing a holistic approach to fitness, the company offers an integrated selection of Equinox-branded programs, services and products, including strength and cardio training, group fitness classes, personal training, spa services and products, apparel and food/juice bars. Since its inception in 1991, Equinox has developed a lifestyle brand that represents service, value, quality, expertise, innovation, attention to detail, market leadership and results.

We looked to our members as the core inspiration for this campaign,” said Carlos Becil, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Equinox. “Grounded in the idea of high performance living, we aim to provide our members with a holistic approach to health, and push them to seek higher goals, disrupt preconceived notions and break boundaries. This campaign embodies that disruptive spirit and speaks to our core audience.”

To illustrate the idea that Equinox gives its members the confidence to stray outside of their comfort zone, Equinox pushed creative boundaries with the campaign. Photographed by Robert Wyatt, the imagery is bold and provocative. One shot features a close-up of a young man with a black eye. Another image captures a nearly naked couple running away in the night. The moments captured exude a sense of rebellion. Lowered inhibitions and playful naughtiness are the side effects of living a more provoked life.

Beginning on January 1, Equinox will promote the campaign across digital, social, print and out-of-home. Using the hashtag #equinoxmademedoit across social media, the ads will also be displayed in Equinox locations throughout New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Miami, Boston, Dallas,Washington, DC, London and Toronto.

For this campaign we wanted a photographic approach that had a strong sense of narrative and realism,” said Stuart Jennings, Creative Director, Wieden+Kennedy New York. “We chose Robert Wyatt as the photographer because he’s a storyteller who injects a fashion sensibility into all his work. His ability to capture real, candid moments rather than overly posed situations made him a perfect fit for this campaign.”

Equinox has implemented an aggressive expansion strategy, both domestically and globally, to grow its family of brands around the world. With more than 60 clubs across the U.S. and recently opened international locations in London and Toronto, Equinox plans to expand its footprint into new cities in the U.S. and abroad.

In addition to the Equinox clubs, the company introduced in 2008 the first American outpost of Pure Yoga,Asia’s premiere yoga studio and in 2011 Blink Fitness, a new brand of innovative, value oriented gyms. In May of that same year, Equinox acquired SoulCycle, the country’s leading boutique cycling operator.

For more information, visit www.equinox.com.