Tourneau Sparkles This Holiday Season With The Addition Of Forevermark Diamond Jewelry At Select Stores And Online

Tourneau, the nation’s leading luxury watch retailer for over a century, announced that its flagship New York TimeMachine location and www.Tourneau.com will be the first to carry a premier selection of diamond jewelry from Forevermark, with plans to expand to other locations in the future, beginning with Copley Place in Boston, slated for early 2016. This partnership will offer Tourneau customers additional product and gifting options, while providing Forevermark diamonds at the coveted Madison Avenue location, synonymous with luxury.

Tourneau, the largest luxury watch retailer in the United States, is celebrating its 115th Anniversary. Renowned for its unparalleled customer service and extensive selection of new and Certified Pre-Owned watches, Tourneau offers more than 8,000 unique styles from over 100 world-famous brands, including Rolex, Patek Philippe, Cartier, Breitling, Vacheron Constantin, Jaeger-LeCoultre, IWC, Panerai, TAG Heuer, and Longines. In addition to expert service and repairs facilities, Tourneau also purchases and trades timepieces online and in stores nationwide.

Tourneau’s 115 years of service coupled with Forevermark’s rich heritage as part of The De Beers Group of Companies make this a perfect partnership,” says Ira Melnitsky, CEO of Tourneau. “We are excited to be able to add Forevermark diamonds to our world-class portfolio of luxury timepieces, further enhancing our customer experience just in time for the holiday season.”

Forevermark at Tourneau (PRNewsFoto/Tourneau)

Forevermark at Tourneau (PRNewsFoto/Tourneau)

The Forevermark Collection at Tourneau will include a selection of earrings, rings, pendants, and bracelets, as well as statement and red carpet pieces from the Forevermark Classics, fashion, high-end jewelry and bridal collections. Ranging from the classic solitaire ring to the two and three-stone ring, solitaire necklace and line bracelet, each unique piece will feature Forevermark diamonds set in platinum, 18K yellow or white gold. Each Forevermark diamond is beautiful, rare and responsibly sourced. Less than one percent of the world’s diamonds are worthy of the Forevermark inscription. At 1/5000 the width of a human hair, each inscription is invisible to the human eye, and only discernible with a Forevermark viewer.

Forevermark is the diamond brand from The De Beers Group of Companies and benefits from over 125 years of diamond expertise. Forevermark diamonds are carefully selected and come from sources committed to high standards; they are beautifully crafted by a select group of diamantaires and exclusively available from select authorized Forevermark Jewelers. Every Forevermark diamond undergoes a journey of rigorous selection. Less than one percent of the world’s diamonds are worthy of the Forevermark inscription. The unique inscription is an assurance that every Forevermark diamond meets the exceptional standards of beauty and rarity, and is responsibly sourced.

Forevermark is thrilled to be the first diamond brand offered in Tourneau’s iconic TimeMachine location on Madison Avenue,” says Charles Stanley, President of Forevermark, US. “This exciting partnership builds upon both of our strengths. Tourneau’s long established reputation for selling the finest luxury watches and servicing clients’ individual needs combined with Forevermark’s diamond expertise will provide customers with the reassurance that they are purchasing the highest quality diamonds, which they can feel proud to own and wear forever.

To shop the extensive selection of Forevermark diamond jewelry as well as Tourneau’s inventory of new and Certified Pre-Owned timepieces or find a local Tourneau store, visit www.tourneau.com.

Woodford Reserve® Releases 2015 Holiday Bottle, Kentucky Artist’s Painting Featured On 2015 Holiday Bottle

Woodford Reserve celebrates the holiday season with the release of its 2015 holiday bottle. The Limited Edition Woodford Reserve Holiday Bottle features the artwork from Louisville artist Thomas William Foerster. The one liter-size bottle will be available in select U.S. markets on shelves in December. Suggested retail price is $43.99.

Foerster’s image on the bottle features a snow scene in the middle of winter at the Woodford Reserve Distillery in Versailles, Kentucky. The impressionistic image features nine bourbon barrels resting on the barrel run in front of the distillery. Covered in a small amount of snow, the barrels are making their way to the warehouse where the bourbon will mature for several years. In the background, the sun is setting in hues of golden orange.

Woodford Reserve celebrates the holiday season with the release of its 2015 holiday bottle.  The limited edition Woodford Reserve holiday bottle features the artwork from Louisville, Kentucky, artist Thomas William Foerster. (PRNewsFoto/Woodford Reserve)

Woodford Reserve celebrates the holiday season with the release of its 2015 holiday bottle. The limited edition Woodford Reserve holiday bottle features the artwork from Louisville, Kentucky, artist Thomas William Foerster. (PRNewsFoto/Woodford Reserve)

Woodford Reserve is thrilled to collaborate with such a talented and experienced artist to showcase this beautiful scene from our distillery,” said Jason Kempf, Woodford Reserve brand director. “His skillset for realistic landscape painting combined with his passion for impressionism makes his artwork picture perfect for the bottle.”

Having spend the majority of his professional life in advertising, copywriting and producing, Louisville native, Thomas Foerster consistently demonstrated strong visualization skills during his career in advertising. The self-taught artist has been painting for nearly twenty-five years, working in oil, he concentrates primary on landscapes and cityscapes in a realistic style with a hint of impressionism. When painting, he aims to capture a realistic scene but still demonstrate vibrant brushwork and confident color choices.

Tucked in the heart of thoroughbred country in Versailles, Kentucky, lives the historic Woodford Reserve Distillery, the birthplace of Woodford Reserve. A National Historic Landmark, the Woodford Reserve Distillery represents craftsmanship with a balance of historic heritage and modern practices. Woodford Reserve is a product of the Brown-Forman Corporation, a premier producer and marketer of fine quality beverage alcohol brands including Jack Daniel’s, Southern Comfort, Finlandia, Korbel, Tequila Herradura, Sonoma-Cutrer, Chambord, and Tuaca. To learn more about Woodford Reserve, visit us www.woodfordreserve.com or check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/woodfordreserve.

Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 45.2% Alc. by Vol., The Woodford Reserve Distillery, Versailles, KY ©2015.

Specialty Food Foundation Funds 23 Anti-Hunger Programs, Efforts Focus on Innovative Solutions

The Specialty Food Foundation has awarded grants to 23 organizations working to break the cycle of hunger across the U.S. In all, the Foundation is granting $400,000 to 23 innovative organizations in 14 states.

This is the second round of grants made by the Foundation, which was established in 2014 by the orgaqnization. The initial grants, made last year, totaled $250,000 and were awarded to 14 recipients.

Specialty Food Foundation logo (PRNewsFoto/Specialty Food Association)

Specialty Food Foundation logo (PRNewsFoto/Specialty Food Association)

The Specialty Food Foundation works to reduce hunger and increase food recovery efforts through grant making, education and industry events and is an outgrowth of the social entrepreneurship and extensive efforts in the areas of anti-hunger put forth by many members of the Specialty Food Association. The Specialty Food Association is a thriving community of food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs. Established in 1952 in New York, the not-for-profit trade association provides its 3,000 members in the U.S. and abroad the tools, knowledge and connections to champion and nurture their companies in an always-evolving marketplace. The Association owns and produces the Winter and Summer Fancy Food Shows, and presents the sofi(TM) Awards honoring excellence in specialty food.

Five of this year’s recipients are receiving grants for the second time to continue their work. Among the new recipients are America’s Grow-a-Row, which grows and gleans fresh produce to donate to “food deserts” in New Jersey, and Food Recovery Network, which through 160 chapters unites students on college campuses to recover surplus food and donate it to hunger-fighting non-profits.

The 2015 grant recipients are below. More information is at www.specialtyfoodfoundation.org.

18 Reasons, San Francisco, Calif.

America’s Grow-a-Row, Inc., Pittstown, N.J.

AmpleHarvest.org, Newfoundland, N.J.

Ceres Community Project, Sebastopol, Calif. (also 2014 recipient)

DC Central Kitchen, Washington, D.C.

ExtraFood.org, San Rafael, Calif.

Farmer Foodshare, Chapel Hill, N.C. (also 2014 recipient)

FISH Food Banks of Pierce County, Tacoma, Wash.

FOOD for Lane County, Eugene, Ore.

Food Forward, North Hollywood, Calif. (also 2014 recipient)

Food Gatherers, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Food Recovery Network, College Park, Md.

Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, Norfolk, Va.

(also 2014 recipient)

Food Shift, Oakland, Calif. (also 2014 recipient)

Hidden Harvest, Coachella, Calif.

Homeless Garden Project, Santa Cruz, Calif.

Lawrence County Social Services, Inc., New Castle, Pa.

New York Common Pantry, New York, N.Y.

Second Harvest Food Bank, New Orleans, La.

Share the Harvest Foundation, Danbury, Texas

Southeast Missouri Food Bank, Sikeston, Mo.

Urban Gleaners, Portland, Ore.

Working Landscapes, Warrenton, N.C. Continue reading

AARP Unveils the 2016 Top 7 Travel Trends for Baby Boomers

99% of Boomers are planning to travel, many are less concerned about cost, but free Wi-Fi will be popular

As 2015 starts to wind down, Americans are already starting to make travel plans for 2016. But what are Americans–particularly Baby Boomers–looking for in their 2016 vacations?

A new survey released today from AARP Travel (http://travel.aarp.org), a valuable resource for America’s 76 million Baby Boomers who spend over $120 billion annually in leisure travel, provides some great insight into how Americans want to get away in 2016, from desired destinations to lodging options to favorite trip planning tools.

The vast majority of Baby Boomers are planning to drive, fly or set sail on leisure trips in 2016, with an average of 4 or 5 trips already in the works,” said Stephanie Miles, VP, Products & Platforms, AARP. “Boomers make up a large segment of the traveling public, and so it’s particularly important for the travel industry to be aware of what Boomers are looking for in their vacations going into 2016. This new survey finds that their travel desires often differ greatly from younger travelers.”

AARP national logo. (PRNewsFoto/AARP)

AARP national logo. (PRNewsFoto/AARP)

Here are seven highlights from the new survey:

2016 WILL BRING A TRAVEL BOOM FOR BOOMERS. A whopping 99 percent of Baby Boomers are planning to travel next year, and more than three-quarters of them have already chosen their destination(s); 11 percent who are planning to take a domestic trip had booked their travel by September 2015.

BOOMERS MAY BE DEAL SEEKERS, BUT COST IS NOT A DEAL BREAKER FOR THEIR TRAVEL PLANS. Getting a great deal may make a trip even better, but for many Boomers, it won’t make or break their travel plans. More than half of Millennials and Gen Xers say that cost is a barrier to leisure travel, but only 45 percent of Boomers agree. Additionally, more than 6 in 10 Boomers say that higher airfares have had no impact on their personal travel plans.

INTERNATIONAL “BUCKET LIST” TRIPS WILL BE ESPECIALLY HOT IN 2016. It will be a year of once-in-a-lifetime trips for many Boomers: 32 percent will be embarking on an international bucket list trip. International trips will be especially popular in the spring, with 29 percent traveling to other countries then.

SUMMER AND WEEKENDS WILL SIZZLE WITH DOMESTIC TRAVEL. Nearly a third of Boomers will take advantage of hot summer weather to make domestic trips. Quick weekend getaways will be popular, with 23 percent of Boomers saying they will choose a weekend for domestic travel. Twenty-six percent of Boomers say they will take domestic multi-generational trips (with three or more generations traveling together) in 2016, but that’s down from 32 percent in 2015.

THERE WILL BE A LOT OF TRAVEL TO HOTSPOTS–LITERALLY. Many Boomers will be packing their shorts and flip-flops in 2016, heading off to warm and wonderful destinations. Florida (19%) and Las Vegas (9%) will be the most popular domestic destinations for Boomers in 2016. Internationally, the Caribbean and Mexico (each 19%) will see the most Boomer travel.

FREE WI-FI, PLEASE! When it comes to lodging amenities, free Wi-Fi is king. Forty-three percent of Boomers say that when choosing a hotel, free Wi-Fi is a must-have, as do 86 percent of Boomers seeking rental homes. While roughly 4 in 10 Boomers stay at hotels or motels when they travel, Airbnb and VRBO are growing in popularity: 1 in 10 Boomers are planning to use those services to rent a private residence instead of using a hotel on a 2016 trip.

2016 TRAVEL IS ALL ABOUT F-U-N. Most Boomers spend their vacations surrounded by family–and with a smile on their face. Boomers say that when they’re on vacation, they do more smiling and laughing (68%) and that they spend more time with family (61%).

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The online survey was conducted September 17-28, 2015 among males and females 18 and older who had taken at least one trip 50 miles or more away from home, with a two-night stay, in the past two years.

The survey can be found at www.aarp.org/2016TravelTrends. The online survey was conducted September 17-28, 2015 among males and females 18 and older who had taken at least one trip 50 miles or more away from home, with a two-night stay, in the past two years.

15 Documentary Features Advance In 2015 Oscar® Race

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 88th Academy Awards®. One hundred twenty-four films were originally submitted in the category.what_happened_miss_simone

The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:winter_on_fire_xlg

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Amy,” On the Corner Films and Universal Music, http://www.amy-movie.com/

Best of Enemies,” Sandbar

Cartel Land,” Our Time Projects and The Documentary Group, www.cartellandmovie.com/ available on iTunes

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” Jigsaw Productions, http://www.hbo.com/documentaries/going-clear

He Named Me Malala,” Parkes-MacDonald and Little Room, http://www.henamedmemalalamovie.com/

Heart of a Dog,” Canal Street Communications, www.heartofadogfilm.com/

The Hunting Ground,” Chain Camera Pictures, http://www.thehuntinggroundfilm.com/

Listen to Me Marlon,” Passion Pictures, http://www.listentomemarlon.com/

The Look of Silence,” Final Cut for Real, http://thelookofsilence.com/, available on digital platforms December 1st

Meru,” Little Monster Films, http://www.musicboxfilms.com/meru-movies-123.php

3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets,” The Filmmaker Fund, Motto Pictures, Lakehouse Films, Actual

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We Come as Friends,” Adelante Films, http://www.wecomeasfriends.com/us/

What Happened, Miss Simone?,” RadicalMedia and Moxie Firecracker

Where to Invade Next,” Dog Eat Dog Productions, http://www.wheretoinvadenext.com/

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The Academy’s Documentary Branch determined the shortlist in a preliminary round of voting. Documentary Branch members will now select the five nominees from among the 15 titles. The 88th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 14, 2016, at 5:30 a.m. PT at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The 88th Oscars® will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7 pm. ET/4 pm. PT. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.