GODIVA Opens New Boutique At Macy’s Herald Square

Belgium Chocolate Brand Launches The Ultimate Chocolate Destination In New York’s Largest Department Store

GODIVA Chocolatier is partnering with New York’s most iconic department store, Macy’s, to open their newest boutique just in time for the holiday season. The recently opened destination boasts a new design concept that encourages an exciting and shareable chocolate journey.

Belgium Chocolate brand launches the ultimate chocolate destination in New York's largest department store (PRNewsFoto/GODIVA Chocolatier)

Belgium Chocolate brand launches the ultimate chocolate destination in New York’s largest department store (PRNewsFoto/GODIVA Chocolatier)

With a Belgian heritage dating back to 1926, GODIVA Chocolatier is the global leader in premium chocolate. Inspired by the values of Lady Godiva – her passion, generosity, and pioneering spirit — GODIVA‘s legendary name has become a universal symbol of luxury, quality and the most delicious chocolate.

Rendering of new GODIVA boutique at Macy's Herald Square (PRNewsFoto/GODIVA Chocolatier)

Rendering of new GODIVA boutique at Macy’s Herald Square (PRNewsFoto/GODIVA Chocolatier)

Located on the 6th Floor of Macy’s Herald Square, the state-of-the-art shop features exquisite displays including the largest chocolate case in North America where shoppers can create their own bespoke assortment of chocolates. Guests will notice the brand’s signature gold celebrated throughout the store, down to the custom-made fixtures. This is the first North American location that features a large communal table, complimented by café seating, to create a social opportunity to enjoy GODIVA with friends.

Rendering of new GODIVA boutique at Macy's Herald Square (PRNewsFoto/GODIVA Chocolatier)

Rendering of new GODIVA boutique at Macy’s Herald Square (PRNewsFoto/GODIVA Chocolatier)

It has been a truly special partnership with the Macy’s team,” said Linda Lombardi, global head of store design for GODIVA. “This is our largest footprint within a department store in the United States, and we’re so excited to bring the ultimate chocolate experience that GODIVA is known for to Herald Square.”

Chocolate enthusiasts can taste GODIVA‘s entire product offering including soft serve, freshly-dipped strawberries, as well as seasonal specialties perfect for the giving season. Additional items include an expansive presentation of GODIVA’s iconic gift boxes fitting for anyone on a holiday gifting list.

We are so pleased to continue our partnership with GODIVA and offer the ultimate chocolate experience to shoppers visiting our New York City flagship,” said Patti Lee, District Vice President, General Manager for Macy’s Herald Square. “The new shop offers a brand new design and a wide assortment of decadent desserts that we are thrilled to introduce to our customers just in time for the holiday season.

In honor of the brand new boutique, GODIVA will host a festive event on Sunday, November 8th from 2pm-5pm EST where the first 250 guests will receive complimentary chocolate dipped strawberries. Executive Chef Chocolatier Thierry Muret will create a one-of-a-kind chocolate showpiece while guests shop for the holiday season.

Follow @GODIVA on the brand’s social media channels as they embark on their #morethanjustchocolate journey.

The company has a presence in more than 80 countries with over 500 boutiques, in addition to a presence in Global Travel Retail, department and specialty stores, and online and offers a range of chocolate creations and is dedicated to innovation and excellence in the Belgian tradition. From its famous truffles and shell-molded chocolate pieces to its European-style biscuits, individually wrapped chocolates, gourmet coffees, hot cocoa and other indulgences, GODIVA is committed to bringing the ultimate chocolate experience to the world.

AID FOR AIDS to Present Awards at “My Hero Gala” on November 4th

AID FOR AIDS, the international non-profit organization committed to empowering communities at risk of HIV and other vulnerable situations, has announced the honorees for this year’s annual “My Hero Gala.” Iconic scientist Dr. Anthony Fauci will receive the My Hero Award for decades of substantial contributions to HIV/AIDS research and other immunodeficiencies, both as a scientist and as the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Television star and activist Daniel (Danny) Pintauro will be presented the Courage Award by his “who’s the Boss” co-star Tony Danza for his efforts to reduce stigma and discrimination. The “MY HERO Gala” will be held November 4th at the new Cipriani on Broadway in downtown New York City.AID FOR AIDS

Additionally, the organization has announced that ABC national news special correspondent Gio Benitez will be the emcee for the evening, and Latin pop star Guto Bittencourt will perform, debuting the song “Rolling” from his upcoming album. 100% of the royalties from his new single will be donated to AID FOR AIDS international (AFA).

Now in its 19th year of its international life-saving work providing 1st world medicines to developing, world populations, founder and Executive Director Jesus Aguais said, “Now in its 19th year, AFA celebrates being recognized internationally as a successful model of empowerment.  As we close in on our 20th anniversary our ambitious goal is to continue reducing stigma and discrimination associated with HIV, as well as to expand our high social impact programs that enable the development of leadership, adopting prevention and comprehensive health as a lifestyle for a better quality of life.

In addition to those named above, supporters expected at the gala include: Kelly Rutherford; Nicole Miller; Miss Universe Paulina Vega; Tony Danza, Danny Pintauro, Madeline Brewer from Orange is the New Black, Clay Aiken, designer Angel Sanchez; Board member- scientist Dr. Bill Haseltine (known for his groundbreaking work on HIV/AIDS meds and the human genome); Venezuelan humanitarian and President of Aid for AIDS, Maria Eugenia Maury; Founder and Executive Director, Jesus Aguais; David Roth; Donald Dye; and Laura Pilson among others.

Holiday Gift Guide: Dancing Deer Baking Company Helps Make Holiday Shopping Easy With Gourmet Food Gifts

‘Tis The Season Of Giving And Dancing Deer Has The Perfect Holiday And Christmas Gifts For All Your Gift Giving Needs With A Wide Assortment Of Festive Holiday And Christmas Gift Baskets And Gift Towers Great For Corporate Holiday Gifts, Secret Santa Gifts, Or A Sweet Surprise For Your Family And Friends.

Handmade Gift Boxes with Scratch-Baked Desserts Bring a Personal Touch to Holiday Gift Giving and Entertaining

Dancing Deer Baking Company, a leading national provider of gourmet food gifts and baked goods for consumers and businesses, celebrates the start of the gift-giving season with its new line of Gourmet Holiday Gifts. Packed with award-winning, scratch-baked treats, Dancing Deer gifts deliver the sentiment of a homemade present in a variety of elegant baskets, boxes and towers. From special gifts for family and friends, corporate gifts, hostess gifts, cookie swaps or gifts that give back- Dancing Deer can solve the most challenging shopping and entertaining dilemmas.

Dancing Deer Baking Co. (PRNewsFoto/Dancing Deer Baking Company)

Dancing Deer Baking Co. (PRNewsFoto/Dancing Deer Baking Company)

All Dancing Deer treats are baked from scratch, certified kosher, and made in small batches with the finest and cleanest ingredients available. Corporate gifts are customizable with finishing touches such as custom-printed ribbons, branded hang tags and branded marketing materials, in addition to customized logo cookies and festive tins. (For custom corporate inquiries, please contact corporders@dancingdeer.com.)

Dancing Deer Christmas Gourmet Bakery Tower (PRNewsFoto/Dancing Deer Baking Company)

Dancing Deer Christmas Gourmet Bakery Tower (PRNewsFoto/Dancing Deer Baking Company)

Here are some of Dancing Deer’s best sellers and top recommendations for 2015:

Holiday Gifts Under $50

Gingerbread Lovers Gift Filled with warm and comforting holiday spices; the new Gingerbread Lovers Gift comes with Dancing Deer’s Molasses Clove Cookies, Gingerbread Reindeer Noses and New Gingerbread Dessert Bites. $34.99

Classic Two-Tier Holiday Cookie Tower (large)

Classic Two-Tier Holiday Cookie Tower (large)

Classic Three-Tier Holiday Cookie Tower

Classic Three-Tier Holiday Cookie Tower

Classic Two-Tier Holiday Cookie TowerUpgrade your cookie swap with the gourmet selection of Espresso Chip Shortbread, Chocolate Sea Salt, Apple Pie Rounds, Peppermint and Gingerbread cookies found in the Classic Two-Tier Holiday Cookie Tower. $44.99

Large Variety Cookie Sampler

Large Variety Cookie Sampler

Large Variety Cookie Sampler (49.99) – Cookies abound in this variety box of 32 soft and chewy Dancing Deer cookies. A festive presentation and a welcome gift—especially if it is heading to an office or a dorm. These cookies are scratch baked and artfully packaged in a large gift box. Each gift box contains: 8 Chocolate Chip Cookies, 8 Molasses Clove Cookies, 8 Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies, 8 Cranberry Orange Cookies Gift, 1 6 oz. bag Pure Vanilla BeanShortbread Cookies and 1 6 oz. bag Espresso Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

The Love of Chocolate Gift Tower

The Love of Chocolate Gift Tower

The Love of Chocolate Gift Tower (39.99) – For the person who loves chocolate, this tower of 2 keepsake wooden shaker-style gift boxes tied with a green ribbon comes packed with chocolatey goodness and makes a fantastic gift. Enjoy 4 “America’s best” Chocolate Chunk brownies, 4 luscious Caramel Pecan brownies, 8 decadent Triple Chocolate Chip cookies and a bag (12) crisp and buttery Espresso Chocolate Chip cookies. Nothing Says Love Like Chocolate!

Gifts that Give Back

Dancing Deer’s Sweet Home Cookies can be added to one of four gifts for a delicious addition and the opportunity to help a family in need. For every Sweet Home purchase made, Dancing Deer donates 35% to One Family Inc. One Family is dedicated to helping end family homelessness through education and career development. Sweet Home gift prices range from $28.99 to $109.99.

NEW! Sweet Home Classic Holiday Brownie  Cookie Gift

NEW! Sweet Home Classic Holiday Brownie Cookie Gift

NEW! Sweet Home Classic Holiday Brownie & Cookie Gift ($47.99) – Send a gift that gives back by sending their Sweet Home Classic Holiday Brownie & Cookie Gift. Surprise your friends, family, coworkers, employees or clients with a wonderful selection of Dancing Deer’s very best cookies and brownies. Includes 4 Chocolate Chunk Brownies, 4 Caramel Sea Salt Squares, 8 award-winning Molasses Clove Cookies, 8 rich Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies and 1 Sweet Home Cookie.

Delivered straight to your recipient’s door in an environmentally friendly wooden gift box and red ribbon. Dancing Deer donates 35% of the retail price of Sweet Home products, year-round, directly to One Family Inc. (Due to the donation, no additional discounts may be taken for this item. Offer codes will not apply to this or any other Sweet Home gift.)

Deluxe Gifts

Crowd Pleaser Gift Baskets Designed for sharing among groups, the Crowd Pleaser Gift Baskets offer a great holiday entertaining time-saver and are certain to delight any hostess. Packed with a wide selection of Dancing Deer’s most popular desserts—including Chocolate Chunk Brownies, Cranberry Orange Cookies and a Chocolate Espresso Cake– the gift retails for $99.99.

Premium Holiday Crowd Pleaser Gift Baskets

Premium Holiday Crowd Pleaser Gift Baskets

Premium Holiday Crowd Pleaser Gift Baskets ($99.99) – When you have to thank a lot of people, nothing but the Crowd Pleaser will do. Please the whole crowd with this abundant collection of gourmet baked goods. This HUGE gift includes: 8 Molasses Clove Cookies, 8 Triple Chocolate Chip cookies, 8 Cranberry Orange Cookies, 8 Snickerdoodle Cookies, 1 Chocolate Espresso Cake (serves 6-8), 4 Chocolate Chunk Brownies, 4 Caramel Pecan Brownies, 4 new Cappuccino Brownies, 4 Peanut Butter Brownies, 20 Gingerbread Folk and 1 Bag of Chocolate Sea Salt Stars.

Premium Baker's Best Holiday Gift Tower

Premium Baker’s Best Holiday Gift Tower

Premium Baker’s Best Holiday Gift Tower ($71.99) – Send a mountain of cookies and brownies. This premium gourmet gift basket contains so many tasty treats that we need to stuff everything into a second basket. 2 rich-burgundy seagrass baskets arrive filled 32 cookies and 16 brownies in the following flavors: 8 Cranberry Orange Cookies, 8 Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies, 8 Sugar Cane Lime Cookies, 8 Molasses Clove Cookies, 4 Chocolate Chunk Brownies, 4 Caramel Pecan Brownies, 4 Peanut Butter Brownies and 4 Cappuccino Brownies. Continue reading

Mark Bittman Joins Purple Carrot As Chief Innovation Officer

Mark Bittman, author of How to Cook Everything, beloved New York Times columnist, and a leading advocate for part-time vegan eating, has taught millions of Americans how to cook. He’s now bringing his best, most flavorful and most satisfying meals to members of The Purple Carrot.

Purple Carrot, the first whole food, plant-based meal kit delivery service, today announces Mark Bittman has joined the company full-time as partner and Chief Innovation Officer. Bittman, in addition to being a former New York Times op-ed columnist and best-selling author, is best known for reframing the national conversation about food and his lifelong crusade to change the way Americans eat.hero-1-text-339d776feee7b3d184ef20679712b4b8

Founded in 2014, Purple Carrot is the first plant-based meal kit delivery service on a mission to establish the New American Diet – one that is honest, healthy and humane. The company makes it easy to create healthy, delicious plant-based meals at home each week, shipping all of the pre-measured ingredients with easy-to-follow instructions, with recipes developed and tested by a world-class team of chefs. The company’s goal is to help customers understand more than ever how food, health and our environment are so closely connected. (Learn more at www.thepurplecarrot.com.)

Mark Bittman

Mark Bittman

It’s time to put words into action,” says Bittman. “I’ve been writing about the benefits of part-time veganism for years, and my work at Purple Carrot will help more and more people see and participate in the benefits of this way of eating. Really, it’s the New American Diet. Short of my going into someone’s home each night myself to help them make dinner, this is about as direct a way as I can imagine to help them answer the question; ‘What are we going to eat tonight?’ Purple Carrot takes the guesswork out of eating well.” (Read Mark’s essay below to find out why the joined The Purple Carrot.)hero-4-3bb54eb2c358acb772c2f6b716ec3c80

Bittman will be responsible for creating the company’s recipes each week, providing thought leadership around the value of plant-based eating, and working with the meal kit industry at large to make packaging and sourcing more sustainable. This role will take advantage of his extensive knowledge of the food industry and global network of revered chefs, restaurateurs, farmers and innovative thinkers.

I’ve been a fan of Mark’s for years, admiring how he has been teaching millions of people how to cook better. Over the past couple of years, I’ve been really drawn to his focus on plant-based eating, and it aligns so perfectly with what we are doing“, said Andy Levitt, CEO of Purple Carrot. “Our goal is not just to be a provider of plant-based meal kits; our intention is to be a leading voice supporting a food movement that helps drive meaningful and lasting change. We want people to understand now more than ever just how closely the food we eat, our health and our environment are connected, and are in many ways interdependent. And Mark is in the perfect position to help us do just that. Continue reading

Experience the Unexpected in the Middle of Shanghai With the Ritz Kids Night Safari

It is always good to treat yourself and your little ones to a truly unforgettable Ritz-Carlton vacation in the heart of Shanghai. The upgraded “Ritz Kids” program at The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong offers a series of entertainments to enhance your child’s experience at the luxury hotel, from the check-in counter and room facilities, to a kids menu and an evening of adventure for your little one(s).

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The upgraded ‘Ritz Kids’ program at The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong offers a series of entertainments to enhance your child’s experience, from the check-in counter and room facilities, to a kids menu and an evening of adventure for your little one(s).

The all-new Ritz Kids Night Safari taps into the child’s inquisitiveness, creative spirit, and thirst for new adventures, making for an unforgettable holiday experience and brings the great outdoors inside by allowing the kids to set up camp in their luxury guest room. The special amenities will liven up the night for the little ones, while parents get their much needed rest.

Upon arrival at the Reception Lobby at Level 52, an exclusive Kids Check-in Counter with a plethora of lion toys is set up to give the junior guests a warm welcome. Every kid will receive a colorful “Ritz Kids” check-in folder, in which they will find a special check-in form to complete. After completing the form, each kid will receive a gift as a reward.

Expecting the needs and wishes of the junior guests, theRitz Kids Night Safariwill let them embark on an evening of adventure from the comfort of their Shanghai hotel room. An extraordinary in-room camping experience awaits them as part of the Ritz Kids program. The journey starts from the arrival at the room. The junior guest will find a specially prepared full set of washing supplies, which include: bathrobe, slippers, and toothbrush with toothpaste. A tent with The Ritz Carlton linens will be carefully placed for the little guests as well. Furthermore, the special guest will receive an adventure coloring book with a stamp card, in addition to a flashlight, compass and camping bottle as we introduce the tent and explain how to acquire stamps. The backpack will hold all the extra camping snacks and goodies for the journey, and the LED lantern will be turned on and hung in the tent during the turndown service at 6 p.m. At checkout, an explorer certificate and small gift will be awarded to the kid.

“Ritz Kids Night Safari” additional in-room amenities include:

  • Bathrobe
  • Slippers
  • Toothbrush with toothpaste
  • Tent with mattress and lining
  • LED Lantern
  • Camping Snacks
  • Water Bottle
  • Compass
  • Lion Toy
  • Ritz Kids Activity Pack
  • Ritz Kids’ Handbag

Children under 4 amenities include:

  • Slippers
  • Bathrobe
  • Toothbrush with toothpaste
  • Nappies
  • Duck
  • Johnson & Johnson Bath Amenities with Travel Bag
  • Lion Toy
  • Baby crib and baby bath available upon request

Reserve early to enjoy our privileges.

  • Overnight accommodation
  • From now to October 31, enjoy up to 20% value on best available rate
  • Enjoy special The Ritz-Carlton shopping privileges at Shanghai ifc mall
  • Complimentary access to the 24-hour fitness studio and indoor swimming pool
  • Complimentary Internet access

The Ritz-Kids program was designed and launched by The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., world renowned oceanographer Jean-Michel Cousteau and Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society in 2013. It is an organization dedicated to highlighting the importance of ocean life, a sense of adventure, environmental responsibility, and culture. The refined luxury experience for young guests aged four to 12 provides a differentiated program that encourages children to explore the world around them.

Hard Cider Gets its Own Glass: Angry Orchard Introduces the Orchard Glass

Glassware Designed To Enhance The Cider-Drinking Experience

For years, craft brewers have been adopting specific glassware for their beer to be served because they care about what they’re brewing and know the drinking experience doesn’t end once a beer leaves a brewery. The same holds true for cider, and the cider makers were passionate that cider deserved the same care and attention.

Angry Orchard has announced a brand new glass designed just for hard cider: the Orchard Glass. Cider is a unique beverage that walks a line somewhere between wine and beer. And while there are many glasses out there, developed to enhance the flavor of wine or craft beer, the cider makers couldn’t find a glass they felt did the same for craft cider. With cider having a renaissance here in the US, the cider makers wanted to give those discovering the drink the best cider drinking experience possible.

The Angry Orchard Cider Company‘s cider makers have been experimenting with apple varieties and unique flavors to develop hard cider recipes for 20 years. The cider makers have travelled the world to find the best apples for cider making and chose specific varieties, like French bittersweet apples from Normandy and culinary apples from Italy and the United States, based on each cider’s flavor profile.12113394_1008131352573789_3864137844850016040_o

The cider making team decided to enlist the help of several cider and sensory experts to create a new glass from scratch, specifically designed for the unique, fresh apple flavor profile of Angry Orchard’s (and America’si) most popular cider, Crisp Apple, made with culinary apples from Italy and traditional bittersweet cider apples from France. The end result of the project, the Orchard Glass, named for the cider maker’s new innovation orchard and cidery opening in the Hudson Valley of New York State later this year, enhances the cider’s crisp, fruit forward, fresh apple taste and aroma.

We travel the world looking for the best apples for cider making, exploring different ingredients and cider making techniques, all to enhance the cider experience,” said Ryan Burk, Angry Orchard Head Cider Maker. “To me, craft cider is all about apple expression and this glass really delivers an improved apple intensity, flavor and aroma, which is so important to most hard ciders but especially our Angry Orchard Crisp Apple.

To kick off the project, the cider makers drew initial sketches, tested more than 50 glass options with a vast variety of shapes and openings, and then had hand-blown samples made to test their ideas. A number of world-renowned sensory and cider experts dove into the process with Angry Orchard, including one of the world’s best cider makers and educators, Peter Mitchell of the Cider & Perry Academy in the UK; a leading sensory expert with more than 30 years of experience working with the global brewing industry, Roy Desrochers of Tufts University Sensory and Science Center; and Boston University Adjunct Professor Sandy Block, Master of Wine and Vice President of Beverage at Legal Sea Foods. The panel participated in tastings to evaluate the functional design features needed to best showcase the key flavor and aroma characteristics of the cider.

The Orchard Glass has significant drinker benefits,” said Desrochers. “Our team of trained and certified descriptive sensory panelists evaluated the glass and determined the Orchard Glass improves the cider drinking experience from a flavor, aroma and ergonomic perspective when compared to a traditional pint glass or a bottle.”image001-2

The Orchard Glass incorporates four key features to enhance the cider drinking experience from a flavor perspective:

Nucleation Seed – Small etching at the bottom of the glass to slightly enhance carbonation to improve flavor and aroma intensity without depleting the carbonation too quickly.

Rounded Bowl – This design feature helps collect and concentrate the cider aromas: bright, fresh apple.

Chimney – The glass narrows from a wide bowl to a more concentrated opening for more intense aromas; cider aromas are subtle so it’s important for the glass to go straight up rather than tapering out to dilute the aromas.

Straight Lip/Beading – The straight lip places cider at the right spot on the palate, at the front/middle of the tongue, showcasing the balance between sweet and dry while the beading at the top of the glass releases a bit more carbonation to enhance the flavor as the cider hits. Continue reading