Gourmet Foods: Victoria Fine Foods Launches Four New On-Trend Sauces This Fall

Victoria Fine Foods (VFF), the #1 slow kettle-cooked premium pasta sauce manufacturer in the U.S., demonstrates their commitment to innovation and dedication to their Read Your Label campaign with the launch of four new on-trend, clean label sauces this fall.

Victoria Fine Foods Four New Sauces

Victoria Fine Foods Launches Four New On-Trend Sauces This Fall (PRNewsFoto/Victoria Fine Foods)

Brooklyn-based Victoria Fine Foods, founded in 1929, is committed to using only the finest ingredients and the most authentic slow kettle-cooking process for a true homemade taste. In keeping with the brand’s philosophy of Ingredients Come First(TM), they were the first major pasta sauce company to put their ingredients on the front of their premium sauce label.

Victoria’s newest sauces include:

Chef CollectionGourmet Pasta Meals – Introducing Victoria’s restaurant-quality, delicious, healthy, cooked pasta in premium sauce. Made with clean label ingredients, you can simplify your life without compromising quality. These heat and serve meal solutions deliver all the taste you expect from Victoria, without the time. Available in two delectable varieties: Penne Marinara & Penne Alla Vodka. Sold in 24 oz Jars.

Marinara made with Avocado Oil – Victoria is launching a new premium marinara sauce with the same great taste as the original, but made with antioxidant and omega rich avocado oil. Avocado Oil provides essential fatty acids and unsaturated and Omega 6 fats. Sold in 24 oz Jars.

Pizza Sauce – Victoria is launching a new sauce made exclusively for pizza! This premium sauce features a clean label and is slow kettle-cooked with fresh, high-quality ingredients you can trust. Made without tomato paste or added sugar, it has an authentic, homemade flavor and is perfect for making pizza at home! Sold in 14 oz Jars.

Victoria is inspired by the energy and authenticity of our hometown of Brooklyn and continues to strive to stay ahead of the latest culinary trends. What makes us different is our combination of genuine and ambitious – Italy Born. Brooklyn Raised (TM),” says Tim Shanley, CEO, Victoria Fine Foods. “These four new delicious sauces continue the Victoria tradition of using only the best, high-quality ingredients and feature the authentic homemade flavor that sets us apart. We know our consumers are looking for clean, on- trend ingredients and these sauces fit that criteria.” Continue reading

Explore Santa Barbara County on a California Wines Road Trip

Wine Institute Series Offers Tips on How to Sip, Stay and Play in Wine Country

California’s beautiful wine regions offer a wide variety of wines and experiences to enjoy and are a key reason that many travelers choose the Golden State as a vacation destination. To help visitors learn more, The Wine Institute’s California Wines Road Trip series highlights different regions. This month, consider taking a trip to Santa Barbara County, a region with a 200-plus year history that was put in the spotlight by the indie hit film, Sideways, and travel magazines worldwide. Santa Barbara’s “mountains meet the sea” picture-postcard geography produces diverse micro-climates, making it possible for winegrowers to grow dozens of winegrape varieties – especially Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Wine Institute Santa Barbara Wine Region Infographic

California’s Santa Barbara County wine region, put in the spotlight by the movie, “Sideways,” is home to nearly 200 wineries. (PRNewsFoto/Wine Institute)

Santa Barbara County contains six American Viticultural Areas (AVA) and is part of the larger Central Coast AVA. Located about 90 miles north of Los Angeles, this wine region hugs the Pacific coastline and visitors can enjoy sun, scenery, excellent restaurants, boutique shops, art galleries and outdoor activities as they explore the region’s wineries.

SIP: Nearly 200 wineries call Santa Barbara County home. Browse this list of Santa Barbara County wineries or use the discovercaliforniawines.com interactive map to search wineries by amenities such as tours, gardens, picnic areas, food for purchase, concerts, art and more. The Santa Barbara County Vintners Association also features an in-depth wine country touring guide and two-for-one tasting passes for purchase online, as well as free tasting route maps to nine wine trails. These include downtown Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone urban wine trail, a dining, nightlife and arts scene where entertainment in the waterfront district is within walking distance of more than two dozen tasting rooms. Movie buffs can follow in Miles’ and Jack’s footsteps along the Sideways Wine Trail. Other wonderful wine routes include the Santa Ynez Wine Trail and Foxen Canyon Wine Trail —with beautiful estate wineries—and the town of Los Olivos, boasting 20-plus tasting rooms as well as charming shops and artisanal eats.

STAY: Those looking to stay in the Santa Barbara County wine region can choose from charming inns in the historic Danish town of Solvang or upscale boutique hotels in downtown Santa Barbara to luxurious beach resorts. Notable wine-centric hotels include Bacara Resort and Spa, The Landsby and Santa Ynez Valley Marriott.

PLAY: One “must see” is Old Mission Santa Barbara, a picturesque mission where wine was originally made by Franciscan monks two centuries ago. The site, considered one of California’s grandest missions, is the 10th of 21 built along the state’s “mission trail” and features a museum, docent-led tours and 12 acres of gardens. Stearns Wharf offers seaside restaurants, a fishing shop, old-fashioned candy store, wine tasting and shops, close to the beach where visitors can surf, play volleyball, rent bicycles, paddleboard and more. Or you can visit the historic Danish village of Solvang, known for its authentic architecture and bakeries, the latter of which you can explore on the Sweet Treats Trail. Sip and stroll along the Solvang Wine Walk to get a full taste of the town.

MAKE: A fun experience is Santa Barbara’s Market Forays, where every Saturday attendees shop for seasonal local ingredients with a chef and learn how to use them to easily create delicious meals paired with local wines. Creative wine consumers can sip and paint at The Painted Cabernet, an urban studio on State Street where an artist gives one-on-one instruction while guests enjoy local wines. Learn to make great food and wine photos while consuming the subject matter with the Eat This, Shoot That! Tour.

GROW: Santa Barbara County’s geography and climate is unique because of its transverse mountain range that runs east to west rather than north to south. Many of the vineyards sit open-mouthed to the Pacific Ocean. This maritime climate sweeps into the western part of the county with a daily influx of fog and cold ocean wind, while inland brings more sun and warmer temperatures. These diverse micro-climates produce more than 50 winegrape varieties, from Riesling, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the west to Bordeaux and Rhone grapes in the warmer east.

EAT:  Santa Barbara serves up a good portion of farmer’s markets, celebrity chef restaurants, and wine and food events. In October, visitors can partake in the Celebration of Harvest, where nearly 150 wineries pour at the Santa Inés Mission and food purveyors and winemaker dinners abound. See the best throughout October in local cuisine, libations and culture. Other standouts include the Santa Barbara Vintners Spring Weekend in April and the California Lemon Festival in September

Visit discovercaliforniawines.com for information on wine regions, wines and wineries throughout the Golden State and for planning your trip to California wine country.  California is the number one U.S. state for wine and food tourism with dozens of distinct wine regions, 138 American Viticultural Areas and 4,600 wineries that produce 85 percent of U.S. wine. Established in 1934, The Wine Institute is the public policy association of nearly 1,000 California wineries. wineinstitute.org.

Loretta Lynn’s New Holiday Album, White Christmas Blue, Coming Friday, October 7 on Legacy Recordings

Newly-Written Title Track, “White Christmas Blue” Opens Queen of Country Music’s First Yuletide Collection in 50 Years

Album Features 12 New Studio Performances including Traditional Carols & Seasonal Pop Standards

Loretta Lynn invites you to celebrate the 2016 yuletide season with the release of her new album. White Christmas Blue, on Friday, October 7.

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Cover Art (PRNewsFoto/Legacy Recordings)

The album debuts “White Christmas Blue,” a future yuletide classic newly penned by Lynn and Grammy Award winner Shawn Camp (who’s written #1 country hits for Garth Brooks, Josh Turner and Brooks & Dunn, collaborated with the legendary singer since 2007, and provides acoustic guitar and backing vocals on White Christmas Blue).

Lynn’‘s first collection of seasonal songs since 1966 (and her second release this year for Legacy), White Christmas Blue premieres 12 studio performances including new versions of two original compositions (“Country Christmas” and “To Heck with Ole Santa Claus“) which first appeared on her first Christmas album, Country Christmas; soulful interpretations of traditional carols (“Away in a Manger,” “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Silent Night“); in-the-moment contemporary takes on seasonal pop standards (“Winter Wonderland,” “Frosty the Snowman,” “Jingle Bells,” “White Christmas”) and the title track. The album concludes with Loretta’s heartfelt recitation of the beloved seasonal story “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

White Christmas Blue is the celebratory successor to Loretta’s first Legacy release, Full Circle (her 40th Top 10 country album and her highest-charting album ever on the Billboard 200). At the time of Full Circle‘s release, in March 2016, it had been more than a decade since Lynn had recorded or released any new studio music. An emotional and personal journey through Christmases past, present and future, White Christmas Blue is an essential addition to any Loretta Lynn library or holiday album collection.

Like Full Circle, White Christmas Blue pays homage to Lynn‘s deepest musical roots and influences and was recorded at the Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee, produced by Patsy Lynn Russell and John Carter Cash.

White Christmas Blue is the second volume of the Cash Cabin Recordings and part of a planned multi-album deal with Legacy Recordings (a division of Sony Music Entertainment).

Loretta Lynn: White Christmas Blue Track Listing: White Christmas Blue, Country Christmas, Winter Wonderland, Away in a Manger, Blue Christmas, To Heck with Ole Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman, Oh Come, All Ye Faithful, Jingle Bells, White Christmas, Silent Night, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

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45,000 Regis Corp. Stylists Get Ready to Clip for the Cure on October 15, 2016

Company Donates $800,000 to Leading Research Centers

Regis Corporation, a leader in beauty salons and cosmetology education with brands including Supercuts, SmartStyle, MasterCuts, Regis Salons, Sassoon Salon, Cost Cutters and First Choice Haircutters, is pleased to announce its annual Clip for the Cure event will take place on Saturday, October 15, 2016. The day-long haircutting event raises funds for breast cancer research.


Regis Corporation’s Clip for the Cure. (PRNewsFoto/Evans Larson Communications) (PRNewsFoto/EVANS LARSON COMMUNICATIONS)

Guests who visit participating Regis Corp. salons in the U.S. and Canada for a haircut can be part of the effort. Each year more than 200,000 guests and 45,000 Regis Corp. stylists participate, and Regis Corp. donates 10% of proceeds from each haircut to the Regis Foundation for Breast Cancer Research.

The Regis Foundation for Breast Cancer Research funds groundbreaking research at nationally recognized centers. The focus of this research is on prevention, early diagnosis, treatment and finding a cure. In addition, the Foundation supports institutions that assist and treat patients with breast cancer. Since it was founded in 1994, the Foundation has raised more than $11 million. The donations fund ongoing research efforts to support the fight against breast cancer. In August 2016, the Foundation donated $400,000 to the Mayo Clinic and $400,000 to the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota.

For more than 20 years, Regis has been dedicated to funding groundbreaking research that fights breast cancer, and we are pleased to support the excellent programs at Mayo Clinic and the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota,” said Dan Hanrahan, CEO and president of Regis Corporation.

The Foundation also supports regional and national organizations that focus on early diagnosis, prevention, treatment and finding a cure for breast cancer. For more information on Clip for the Cure, participating salons and the Regis Foundation for Breast Cancer Research, visit ClipForTheCure.org.

Geffen/UMe To Reissue Weezer’s First Six Albums On Vinyl


Few bands emerged as fully formed as Weezer, the Southern California band that would quickly shake the world with its re-imagined vision of rock ‘n’ roll. With 17 million albums sold worldwide, and two LPs on Rolling Stone‘s list of most influential ever made, the L.A. quartet helmed by singer-guitarist Rivers Cuomo proved to be as popular as they are pioneering. Weezer‘s music continues to shape the sound of rock to this day, well after the release of its first album, the triple-platinum Weezer (The Blue Album), one of rock’s most auspicious debuts.

Geffen UMe Weezer Vinyl Reissues

Geffen/UMe is reissuing Weezer’s first six albums on standard 140-gram vinyl on October 28. The quartet’s incredible run of Geffen Records releases – 1994’s ‘Weezer’ (The Blue Album), 1996’s ‘Pinkerton,’ 2001’s ‘Weezer’ (The Green Album), 2002’s ‘Maladroit,’ 2005’s ‘Make Believe’ and 2008’s ‘Weezer’ (The Red Album) – helped redefine the genre, mixing guitar hooks with a sense of geek-smart humor that radiated into the band’s popular live act and multitude of cutting-edge videos and visuals. (PRNewsFoto/Geffen/UMe)

Geffen/UMe is reissuing Weezer‘s first six albums on standard 140-gram vinyl on October 28. The quartet’s incredible run of Geffen Records releases – 1994’s Weezer (The Blue Album), 1996’s Pinkerton, 2001’s Weezer (The Green Album), 2002’s Maladroit, 2005’s Make Believe and 2008’s Weezer (The Red Album) – helped redefine the genre, mixing guitar hooks with a sense of geek-smart humor that radiated into the band’s popular live act and multitude of cutting-edge videos and visuals.

Like all Weezer albums – including their critically-acclaimed newest, Weezer (The White Album), released this spring – the songs on these vinyl reissues truly speak for themselves; chances are, you already know quite a lot of them, from Maladroit‘s “Keep Fishin’” (whose video epically featured the band in an episode of The Muppet Show) to Weezer (The Red Album)‘s “Pork and Beans” to Make Believe‘s Aughts-defining anthem “Beverly Hills,” and more. These vinyl reissues serve as a brilliant refresher course for the story of band who are still making an indelible mark on music today.

The news came two days before Weezer‘s dark, conflicted sophomore album, Pinkerton, celebrates its 20th anniversary on Saturday, September 24. Almost exactly 20 years later, the record has just been certified platinum in the US for sales of 1 million records.

WEEZER (The Blue Album) (1994)

SIDE A: My Name Is Jonas, No One Else, The World Has Turned And Left Me Here, Buddy Holly, Undone – The Sweater Song, Surf Wax America

SIDE B: Say It Ain’t So, In The Garage, Holiday, Only In Dreams


SIDE A: Tired of Sex, Getchoo, No Other One, Why Bother?, Across The Sea

SIDE B: The Good Life, El Scorcho, Pink Triangle, Butterfly

WEEZER (The Green Album) (2001)

SIDE A: Don’t Let Go, Photograph, Hash Pipe, Island In The Sun, Crab

SIDE B: Knock-Down Drag-Out, Smile, Simple Pages, Glorious Day, O Girlfriend


SIDE A: American Gigolo, Dope Nose, Keep Fishin’, Take Control, Death And Destruction, Slob

SIDE B: Burndt Jamb, Space Rock, Slave, Fall Together, Possibilities, Love Explosion, December


SIDE A: Beverly Hills, Perfect Situation, This Is Such A Pity, Hold Me, Peace, We Are All On Drugs

SIDE B: The Damage In Your Heart, Pardon Me, My Best Friend, The Other Way, Freak Me Out, Haunt You Every Day

WEEZER (The Red Album) (2008)

SIDE A: Troublemaker, The Greatest Man That Ever Lived, Pork And Beans, Heart Songs, Everybody Get Dangerous

SIDE B: Dreamin’, Thought I Knew, Cold Dark World, Automatic, The Angel And The One

All albums are available for pre-order now.

Pre-order via Amazon: https://UMe.lnk.to/WeezerLPs

Pre-order via UDiscover: http://us.udiscovermusic.com/collections/weezer

The American Heart Association Launches +color to Help Transform the American Diet

SUBWAY® Restaurants Joins the American Heart Association to Encourage All Americans To Add One More Cup of Color

In a landmark nationwide effort, the American Heart Association (AHA) has announced a new initiative called +color, focusing on the positive health impact of fruits and vegetables. The health impact of +color may be simple yet significant: It is estimated that if Americans ate the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables every day, approximately 39,900 deaths would be prevented from cardiovascular diseases, stroke and diabetes and $7.6 billion in medical costs could be saved annually.[1],[2]

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American Heart Association Launches +color to Help Transform the American Diet (PRNewsFoto/American Heart Association)

The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association are devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. The organizations team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. (The American Stroke Association is a division of the American Heart Association.) 

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American Heart Association (PRNewsFoto/American Heart Association)

On Friday, Sept. 23, the AHA and SUBWAY® restaurants, with support from Hass Avocado Board (HAB), launched +color in New York City. This on-going initiative is designed to encourage Americans to add more fruits and vegetables to their diet and better understand the critical health benefits this change can mean.

+color is also critical to helping the AHA achieve its 2020 health impact goal of improving the health of all Americans by 20 percent by 2020. According to a 2015 study in Circulation, young adults who eat more than five daily servings of fruits and vegetables may have less atherosclerosis than those who do not. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020, the average intake of fruits and vegetables for adults under 50 years of age is about half of the recommended intake ranges. Adding one more cup of fruits or vegetables per day closes the gap by approximately 50 percent.

The centerpiece of +color is an extensive series of entertaining videos, social media events and digital interactive information that make it easy to adopt these healthy changes. This can be accomplished by watching and sharing +color content, and adding more fruits or vegetables each day. As a national supporter of +color, HAB’s Fresh Avocados – Love One Today® will be a part of the launch as the official “recipe host.” HAB will help expand the initiative’s reach with avocado heart-check certified recipes and tips about the nutrition benefits of avocados.

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Through +color, we’ll empower communities and consumers of all ages, especially millennials, to eat more fruit and vegetables. We want to push the perceived limits and perceptions around what people think is healthy to what is actually going to help them improve their diet. It’s about adding colorful, nutritious and vitamin-packed fruit and vegetables to meals instead of choosing unhealthier options,” stated Rachel Johnson, Ph.D., MPH, RD, Professor of Nutrition, The University of Vermont and Past Chair, American Heart Association Nutrition Committee. “It’s about showing America how easy it is to get more of these vital foods into their diet each day and how easy it is to share this information everywhere they go with everyone they know. This information has the power to help save lives. Continue reading

Behr Paint Introduces 2017 Color Currents, The New Standard in Annual Design Forecasting

Inspired by individuality and self-expression, this year’s collection of on-trend colors create a sense of Comfort, Composure and Confidence

Each year, the team of color experts at Behr immerse themselves in an extensive process to curate the latest hues by examining trends in art, product design, fashion and architecture. This forecast, paired with the modern ways in which people live, results in the development of the BEHR Color Currents, an all-new collection of on-trend paint colors. The 20 distinct hues of 2017 are available now at The Home Depot®, along with an exclusive in-store brochure that inspires consumers to incorporate the hues into both their indoor and outdoor living spaces.behr-logo

Paint is more than just a color; it is a method of communication. Color conveys emotion and allows people the freedom to express themselves and be who they really are,” said Erika Woelfel, Vice President of Color and Creative Services at Behr. “In today’s busy world, home is a safe haven, a retreat for living in the moment or


The 20 distinct hues of BEHR Color Currents 2017 are available now at The Home Depot®, along with an exclusive in-store brochure that inspires consumers to incorporate the hues into both their indoor and outdoor living spaces.

welcoming guests for a weekend visit. That’s why our 2017 colors are time-honored and heart-warming, just like any homecoming should be.

Behr takes a non-traditional approach to color forecasting. Instead of choosing just one dominant color of the year, its team of experts create a collection of hues that are curated into separate themes, empowering individuals to choose colors and color combinations that speak to their moods, emotions and personalities. For 2017, the colors center around three overarching lifestyle themes: Comfortable, Composed and Confident.

We’re constantly innovating from both a product and color standpoint to keep DIYers on the forefront of design,” said Woelfel. “The Color Currents are a collection of new colors that reflect the ways consumers are living, interacting and expressing themselves.”

At The Home Depot, consumers can learn more about the 20 new hues and get inspiration from the BEHR Color Currents 2017 brochure. This brochure features detailed décor themes, as well as design and decorating tips, to help consumers visualize spaces both inside and outside their home. Experienced, friendly associates will also be on hand to assist DIYers with color selection, samples and determining the best product for their unique project.

Behr Color Currents 2017: Palettes Designed to Elicit Comfort, Composure and Confidence


BEHR Color Currents 2017 – Living Room, Comfortable Palette

The Comfortable Palette features soft, tranquil and versatile colors. They work well for small spaces and help open up areas that do not get a lot of natural light. Recently, pastels have transformed from sweet to mineral matte shades. Light blue can effortlessly become the focal point when supported by neutral hues on the floor and furniture. These pale hues can be energized with bright accents of yellow, orange or bold green. Comfortable BEHR colors include


BEHR Color Currents 2017 – Foyer, Comfortable Palette

  • Close Knit T17-01
  • Gold Hearted T17-02
  • Peek-a-Blue T17-04
  • Sepia Filter T17-03
  • Life is a Peach T17-05
  • Everything’s Rosy T17-06
  • Balanced T17-07


    BEHR Color Currents 2017 – Bedroom, Composed Palette

The Composed palette consists of colors with depth and intensity. Its hues are for those who desire a stronger color experience. Deep, earth-inspired tones and rich jeweled shades provide an excellent background on which other colors can be layered. These robust shades are reminiscent of traditional grandeur, but offer a contemporary look when combined with gray, black and white. Charcoal gray proves it can happily dominate a space, creating a quiet and relaxing mood. Gray can also provide a modern effect when applied as one color to walls, trim and ceilings. Composed BEHR colors include:


BEHR Color Currents 2017 -Dining Room, Composed Palette

  • Polished Aqua T17-08
  • Laid Back Gray T17-09
  • Shades On T17-10
  • Silent Sands T17-11
  • Wanderlust T17-12
  • In the Woods T17-13
  • Artful Magenta T17-14


    BEHR Color Currents 2017 – Children’s Bedroom, Confident Palette

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