Just In Time For Mother’s Day, New Pairings And Floral Stripe Cake Give Moms New Ways To Celebrate

Baskin-Robbins Raises a Glass to Summer with its First-Ever Wine and Ice Cream Pairings

Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, is introducing its first-ever wine and ice cream pairings to give moms nationwide a fun way to celebrate Mother’s Day with two of their favorite things – wine and ice cream. Guests can pick-up Baskin-Robbins ice cream in-store to enjoy at home with these pairings as a cool way to kick off the summer season.

In collaboration with Rosenthal – The Malibu Estate Wines, members of the Baskin-Robbins Culinary Team created unique wine and ice cream pairings featuring popular types of wine with delicious Baskin-Robbins ice cream flavors, including seasonal favorites for summer.

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Each ice cream flavor featured in the wine and ice cream pairings can also be enjoyed as the featured flavor in Baskin-Robbins’ new Floral Stripe Cake, which was designed specifically for Mother’s Day this year. Featuring stripes of different shades of pink or orange and an elegant rosette design, the Floral Stripe Cake is available in a 6″ round, 9″ round and Mini Tiered Cake option. The Floral Stripe Cake is available for pre-order both in-store and online at www.baskinrobbins.com/onlineordering. Continue reading

FOOD & WINE Magazine Announces Its 2018 Restaurants Of The Year List

America’s 10 Most Exciting Openings Selected by FOOD & WINE Editors in Fourth Annual List

FOOD & WINE announces that Lasa in Los Angeles, Grand Café in Minneapolis, and Superior Motors in Braddock, Pennsylvania are among the 10 new restaurants across the country named to the fourth annual FOOD & WINE Restaurants of the Year list. Restaurants of the Year are FOOD & WINE‘s definitive list of the 10 most exciting new places to eat in America now. This year’s winners not only create something delicious but also transcend the dinner plate and reflect the communities of which they are a part.

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FOOD & WINE Magazine’s May 2018 Cover Announcing the 2018 Restaurants Of The Year Awards

FOOD & WINE Restaurants of the Year 2018:

  • Maydan, Washington D.C. – Chef Gerald Addison, Co-Chef Chris Morgan and Restaurateur Rose Previte
  • Better Luck Tomorrow, Houston TX – Chef Justin Yu and Proprietor Bobby Heugel
  • Fairfax, NYC – Restaurateur Gabriel Stulman and Chef Jack Harris
  • Reem’s, Oakland CA – Proprietor Reem Assil
  • Superior Motors, Braddock PA – Chef Kevin Sousa and General Manager Chris Clark
  • Grand Café, Minneapolis, Minnesota – Chef Jamie Malone
  • Voyager, Ferndale, Michigan – Chef Jennifer Jackson, Co-Chef Justin Tootla and Restaurateur Eli Boyer
  • JuneBaby, Seattle, Washington – Chef Edouardo Jordan
  • Lasa, Los Angeles, California – Chef Chad Valencia and General Manager Chase Valencia
  • Kemuri Tatsu-ya, Austin TX – Chef Tatsu Aikawa and Co-Chef Takuya Matsumoto

FOOD & WINE Editor in Chief Hunter Lewis said: “Restaurant editor Jordana Rothman traveled 37,000 miles over six months to research and deliver FOOD & WINE’s 2018 Restaurants of the Year. The winners offered more than unforgettable food. They are the first places we seek out when we step off the plane, and they showcase the important role that restaurants play in their communities. From the end of a cobblestone alley in Washington, D.C. to the first restaurant in decades to open in Braddock, Pa., we applaud how they are pioneering a new emerging culture of more community-minded restaurants.

The complete Restaurants of the Year 2018 report, with insights on why all 10 restaurants made the list, is featured now at www.foodandwine.com/restaurants-of-the-year and will also be in the May issue of FOOD & WINE, on newsstands April 13. All of the restaurants opened within the past 14 months.

Ben & Jerry’s Annual Free Cone Day Celebration Is Back

Spoons at the ready, Free Cone Day is back! On April 10th, Ben & Jerry’s 40th Free Cone Day arrives and as always, YOU are invited to celebrate.

Imagine waking up to a day of endless ice cream … plus unlimited chunks and swirls. It must be Free Cone Day 2018. Free scoops of Ben & Jerry’s euphoric ice cream, packed with chunks and swirls, will be offered at Scoop Shops around the country.

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Ben and Jerrys Cherry Garcia: Ben & Jerry’s annual Free Cone Day is April 10, 2018.

Ice cream lovers will be able to choose a longtime favorite like Cookie Dough or dig their spoons into something completely new. Your appetite is the only limit to the number of times you can get back in line. Dreamy right?

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Cup or cone, It’s your choice on Free Cone Day, April 10.

Okay, so this celebration is hardly a surprise … the company’s first Free Cone Day was way back in 1979. Back then, it was highly unusual for a company to share, rather than sell, its product, but Ben and Jerry wanted to thank their dedicated, ice cream loving community for helping them get through their first year. These days Ben & Jerry’s hands out more than one million free scoops of ice cream across the world each April.

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Ben and Jerrys Over The Counter: Choose your favorite flavor or try something completely new. It’s your choice on Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day, April 10, 2018

We believe in having fun, and in thanking our fans with free ice cream as each year goes by,” said Ben & Jerry’s CEO Jostein Solheim. “To us, it’s a chance to have a bit of a party, to build connections with our fans, and show them how much we appreciate them!

To be part of the euphoria and to find a participating Scoop Shop in your area, visit www.BenJerry.com.

Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018 List Announced in Macao

The 2018 list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, was announced at an awards ceremony at Wynn Palace, Macau. Now in its sixth year, the 2018 edition includes eight new entries.50BestASIA_2015_logo

The list is created from the votes of the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, an influential group of over 300 leaders in the restaurant industry across Asia. For the 2018 edition, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants is once again working with professional services consultancy Deloitte as its official independent adjudication partner. To see more details on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants voting process, visit http://www.theworlds50best.com/asia/en/our-manifesto.html

Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list is published by William Reed Business Media, which also publishes The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, launched in 2002, and Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants, launched in September 2013. William Reed Business Media is entirely responsible for the organization of the awards, the voting system, and the list.

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The winning chefs and restaurateurs celebrate at sixth annual Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, at Wynn Palace, Macau.

Gaggan in Bangkok claims the No.1 spot for a fourth year, retaining the dual titles of The Best Restaurant in Asia, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, and The Best Restaurant in Thailand.

The 2018 edition of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list includes Bangkok newcomer Paste (No.31), headed by Bongkoch ‘Bee’ Satongun, who is also named elit® Vodka Asia’s Best Female Chef 2018.

Japan

Den (No.2) earns the title of The Best Restaurant in Japan while La Cime in Osaka debuts at No.17, earning the Highest New Entry Award, sponsored by Aspire Lifestyles. Acclaimed Japanese chef Yoshihiro Narisawa is this year’s recipient of the peer-voted Chefs’ Choice Award, sponsored by Estrella Damm.

L’Effervescence (No.20) in Tokyo won the inaugural Sustainable Restaurant Award in Asia, presented to the restaurant with the highest environmental rating, as determined by audit partner the Sustainable Restaurant Association.

Singapore

Singapore claims seven entries on the 2018 list with Odette (No.5) named The Best Restaurant in Singapore. Continue reading

The 2018 James Beard Foundation Award Finalists is Announced

The James Beard Foundation has announced the finalists for its annual chef, restaurant, and media awards. Here is the full list. Winners will be announced at the annual gala on May 7 in Chicago.

Best New Restaurant
The Charter Oak, St. Helena, CA
Empellón Midtown, NYC
Felix Trattoria, Venice, CA
JuneBaby, Seattle
Kismet, Los Angeles

Outstanding Baker
Dianna Daoheung, Black Seed Bagels, NYC
Zachary Golper, Bien Cuit, Brooklyn, NY
Maura Kilpatrick, Sofra Bakery and Café, Cambridge, MA
Belinda Leong and Michel Suas, B. Patisserie, San Francisco
Alison Pray, Standard Baking Co., Portland, ME
Greg Wade, Publican Quality Bread, Chicago

Outstanding Bar Program
Anvil Bar & Refuge, Houston
Bar Agricole, San Francisco
Clyde Common, Portland, OR
Cure, New Orleans
Kimball House, Decatur, GA
Trick Dog, San Francisco

Outstanding Chef
Ashley Christensen, Poole’s Diner, Raleigh, NC
Gabrielle Hamilton, Prune, NYC
David Kinch, Manresa, Los Gatos, CA
Christopher Kostow, The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena, CA
Donald Link, Herbsaint, New OrleansJBF_LOGO_PMS_SILVER

Outstanding Pastry Chef
Kelly Fields, Willa Jean, New Orleans
Meg Galus, Boka, Chicago
Margarita Manzke, République, Los Angeles
Dolester Miles, Highlands Bar & Grill, Birmingham, AL
Diane Yang, Spoon and Stable, Minneapolis

Outstanding Restaurant
Balthazar, NYC
Canlis, Seattle
Frasca Food and Wine, Boulder, CO
Highlands Bar & Grill, Birmingham, AL
Quince, San Francisco

Outstanding Restaurateur
Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz, Boka Restaurant Group, Chicago (BokaGT Fish & OysterGirl & the Goat, and others)
JoAnn Clevenger, Upperline, New Orleans
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Acclaimed Cultural Festival ‘Taste of Iceland’ Returns to Boston March 8-11

Bostonians Can Immerse Themselves In Icelandic Culture During This Four-Day Festival Of Icelandic Food, Cocktails, Music, Film And Art.

Acclaimed Cultural Festival 'Taste of Iceland' Returns to Boston March 8-11

Acclaimed Cultural Festival ‘Taste of Iceland’ Returns to Boston March 8-11

Taste of Iceland, an annual festival that celebrates Iceland’s vibrant culture, returns to Boston with a series of events March 8-11, 2018. Over the past nine years, Taste of Iceland in Boston has featured some of the best names in Icelandic food, music, art and more. The four-day festival, presented by Iceland Naturally, gives Bostonians the chance to experience the country’s pure culture through a variety of (mostly free!) events.

Schedule of Events

March 8 -11: Icelandic Menu at Townsman

March 8 – 11: Icelandic Cocktail Menu at Beat Brasserie

March 9: Reykjavik Calling Concert at Paradise Rock Club (FREE)

March 10: Discussion of Iceland’s Thriving Design and Architectural Scene at BSA Space (FREE)

March 11: Icelandic Short Film Festival at The Brattle Theatre (FREE)

Event Details

Icelandic Menu at Townsman
March 8-11 | 5:30PM – Close | Townsman | 120 Kingston St., Boston, MA 02111
Icelanders are among the world’s healthiest, happiest and longest-living people – and many believe their pure, natural diet is the reason for this. From March 8-11, experience delicious Icelandic cuisine for yourself with a special Icelandic menu at Townsman. Icelandic chef
Georg Arnar Halldórsson will fly to Boston to collaborate with American chef Matt Jennings to create a prix fixe Icelandic dinner menu. Pair your meal with delicious Reyka Vodka and Brennivin cocktails crafted by Icelandic mixologist Teitur Ridderman Schiöth and Townsman’s Jon Ross. Reserve your seat for this unique dining experience on OpenTable. Click here to view the Facebook event.

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Chef Halldórsson has won multiple culinary awards, including two silver medals and a bronze medal at the 2016 Culinary Olympics. Chef Jennings was named one of the 40 Under 40 Big Thinkers in the food industry by Food & Wine and was a finalist for James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef Northeast award numerous times.

Icelandic Cocktails at Beat Brasserie
March 8-11 | 4PM – 1AM | Beat Brasserie | 13 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA 02138
Experience traditional Icelandic cocktails with the Taste of Iceland cocktail menu at Beat Brasserie! Created and mixed by Brennivin cocktail champion Teitur Ridderman Schiöth and Beat Brasserie’s Doug Capozzoli, the unique cocktails feature famed Icelandic spirits Reyka Vodka and Brennivin. One of Iceland’s premier bartenders, Schiöth currently manages Pablo Discobar, a lively gathering place in Reykjavik. Capozzoli established himself as one of Boston’s best up and coming young bartenders while working in 5-star hotels before making the move to Beat Brasserie in 2015. Stop by Beat Brasserie March 8-11 to try these mouthwatering handcrafted cocktails! RSVP on Facebook.

Reykjavik Calling Concert at Paradise Rock Club
March 9 | Doors at 7PM, Show at 8PM | Paradise Rock Club | 967 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215
The free annual Reykjavik Calling concert, sponsored by
WERS, returns to Boston on Friday, March 9 – this time at Paradise Rock Club! One of Boston’s most anticipated international concerts of the year, 2018’s lineup features Icelandic artists JFDR, whose first, full-length album was co-produced by Laurie Anderson, Yoko Ono, and Tom Waits; and Sturla Atlas, one of Iceland’s most exciting new acts who will be playing his first U.S. show at Taste of Iceland in Boston. The Icelandic bands will be joined by Air Traffic Controller, a Boston-based indie pop band with an eclectic song catalog and category-defying organic/electronic sound. Admission is free and will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Must be 18+. RSVP on Facebook.

Iceland Design Center Presents: ‘Iceland’s Thriving Design and Architectural Scene’ at BSA Space
March 10 | BSA Spaces Pearl Street Room | 12-2PM | 290 Congress St., Suite 200, Boston, MA 02210
Discuss the current state of design in Iceland and learn more about the country’s premier design event,
DesignMarch, at this luncheon. Participants will hear from Halla Helgadóttir, award-winning designer and Managing Director of the Iceland Design Centre, and enjoy food, drinks, and networking. This free event will look at how the designer-driven community in Iceland has enabled Icelandic design and architecture to emerge on the international stage and solidify its place in the world. Design and art lovers alike should RSVP on Facebook for this event; admission is free and will be granted on a first-come, first served basis!

Shortfish: Iceland’s Premier Short Film Festival at the Brattle Theatre
March 11 | 1PM | The Brattle Theatre | 40 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA 02138
Enjoy an afternoon of Icelandic short films at The Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square. The screening will feature six short films from the 2017 Shortfish competition (the short film division of Iceland’s premier film festival, Stockfish). The program will run approximately 90 minutes. There are no age restrictions on these films, however, they are not recommended for children. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.; program starts at 1:00 p.m. Admission is free and will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVP on Facebook.

Taste of Iceland in Boston is presented by Iceland Naturally in cooperation with, Blue Lagoon, Brennivin, Iceland Airwaves, IcelandairIcelandic GlacialIcelandic Provisions Promote Iceland, Ölgerðin Egill Skallagrímsson, Reyka Vodka, Visit Reykjavik, Beat Brasserie, The Brattle Theatre, BSA Space, Paradise Rock Club, Stockfish Film Festival, Townsman, WBUR, and WERS.

If all this talk about Iceland has you wanting to make your own trip to the land of fire and ice, Icelandair offers more nonstop flights from North America than ever before, including daily flights out of Boston-Logan. The airline’s updated fleet features more legroom, in-flight entertainment, and gate-to-gate Wi-Fi. Visit Icelandair.com to book your flight today.

Iceland Naturally is a cooperative marketing organization that promotes the services, products, and culture of Iceland. Through events, promotions and online marketing initiatives, Iceland Naturally introduces Iceland’s creativity and natural wonders to North Americans. The group is comprised of Iceland’s top companies and organizations: Blue Lagoon, City of ReykjavikGovernment of Iceland, Icelandair, Icelandic Glacial Water, Icelandic Group, Icelandic Provisions, Keflavik International Airport, LandsvirkjunÖlgerðin Egill Skallagrímsson, Promote Iceland and Reyka Vodka.

Trisha Yearwood Launches Christmas In A Cup With Williams Sonoma

The Country Star, Culinary Host, and Lifestyle Expert Expands Food Collaboration with Williams Sonoma in Time for Holiday Season

Williams Sonoma, a member of the Williams-Sonoma, Inc. portfolio of brands announced the launch of Christmas in a Cup, the latest addition to the food collaboration between the company and Trisha Yearwood. The country star, television host, and three-time New York Times bestselling cookbook author took to her Facebook page to share today’s news (see video here). Yearwood, whose home and lifestyle empire continues to grow, has been collaborating with Williams Sonoma since April 2017 when an original assortment of five food products launched. (The Williams Sonoma and Trisha’s Kitchen collaboration is available at all Williams Sonoma retail locations and online at http://www.williams-sonoma.com/trisha.)WS_Logo_Black_CMYK_webready

Yearwood has developed a growing lifestyle empire in recent years. The Trisha Yearwood Home Collection encompasses three New York Times Bestselling cookbooks, cookware, furniture, home accessories, area rugs and the newly launched fragrance, Trisha Yearwood. Each Saturday morning, Yearwood’s Emmy-Award winning Trisha’s Southern Kitchen on the Food Network is kicked off by her Facebook Live “pre-show,” T’s Coffee Talk. Both programs have become a weekly hang with Trisha, her friends, and family in a relaxed environment with great food, conversation, and coffee.

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Trisha Yearwood Christmas in a Cup available at Williams Sonoma (Photo: Business Wire)

The collaboration between Williams Sonoma and Trisha’s Kitchen is focused on bringing Trisha’s cherished family recipes and entertaining style to life. Trisha’s signature cocktail mix, Summer in a Cup has become wildly popular amongst both Williams Sonoma customers and Yearwood fans. The Summer in a Cup cocktail mix re-creates a breezy drink invented by a dear friend of Trisha’s, on a hot summer day at her home in Oklahoma and the new Christmas in a Cup mix celebrates the flavors of the holidays for a refreshing beverage that’s destined to become a new holiday tradition.

A specialty cocktail is one of my favorite ways to share my holiday spirit. For a fun riff on my ‘Summer in a Cup’ cocktail, I’m starting a new tradition with a Christmas concoction that’s sure to make the season bright,” said Yearwood. “This merry mixer is great for parties because you can pair it with everyone’s favorite beverage —from vodka or sparkling wine to bubbly mineral water.”

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Trisha Yearwood Christmas in a Cup available at Williams Sonoma (Photo: Business Wire)

The Williams Sonoma and Trisha’s Kitchen collaboration now includes six exclusive food products:

Christmas In A Cup: A vibrant combination of ruby red pomegranate and cranberry juices blended with tangerine and lime. Simply add vodka or another favorite spirit, from gin or sparkling wine to bubbly water, for a refreshing winter cocktail. 25.4 oz. / $16.95

Summer In A Cup Tropical Cocktail Mix: A favorite summertime tradition offering a bright, sunny blend of tangerine, cherry and pineapple juices. 25.4 oz. / $16.95

Unfried Chicken Seasoning Kit: Bake up a healthier version of Southern fried chicken with this blend of whole-wheat panko, Parmesan, and spicy-sweet herbs. 6.6 oz. / $9.95

Biscuit Mix: Whip up a batch of flaky, irresistibly light buttermilk biscuits. Just add buttermilk, cut into rounds and bake. 14.8 oz. (makes 12 biscuits) / $9.95

Apple BBQ Sauce: Made with sweet apple puree, tangy cider vinegar, molasses, chilies, and spices. 19.5 oz. / $12.95 Continue reading