Home for The Holidays: EQ3 Introduces The Holiday 2016 Collection

Perfect Your Holiday Party With Dramatic Black Marble, Festive Metallic And More

Black marble, hand-hammered accents, and metallic serveware make up EQ3‘s Holiday 2016 collection ( ranging in price from $4.99 – $129.99), launching in-stores and online early this month. The line-up of festive homewares features essentials for holiday entertaining, and works beautifully for gift-giving with pieces under $50.


Perfect for any holiday dinner party is the Coast Cheeseboard from the Coast Collection. The board’s smooth marble surface keeps hard and soft cheeses cool.


Perfect for any holiday dinner party is the Coast Cheeseboard from the Coast Collection. The board’s smooth marble surface keeps hard and soft cheeses cool.

EQ3 was founded in 2001 with a simple mission: to make modern furniture accessible. Over the past 15 years, EQ3 has built a business doing just that. The company offers custom upholstery, made-to-order in Canada, and furniture and home accessories that help turn where you live into a home.


EQ3 offers custom upholstery, made-to-order in Canada, and furniture and home accessories that help turn where you live into a home.

EQ3 expands its popular Coast Collection to include a second matte black marble finish. Perfect for any holiday dinner party is the Coast Cheeseboard. The board’s smooth marble surface keeps hard and soft cheeses cool. The Coast Bowl in black marble makes a striking addition to any tabletop. Use it to display seasonally fresh mandarins and pears. The Coast Coasters (see below) in black marble will add polish to your next cocktail party. At only $19.99 for four, they make a great stocking-stuffer or gift. Continue reading

KitchenAid Launches Magnetic Drive Blender And New Business Unit

In a move that could prove transformative for the fast-growing premium blender category, KitchenAid has introduced a first-of-its-kind Magnetic Drive Blender for home use (at the 2015 International Home and Housewares Show (in Chicago, Ill.) and launched a newly formed global business unit that will focus entirely on blenders. The new KitchenAid Magnetic Drive Blender, dubbed Torrent(TM), uses an interlocking magnetic drive system, instead of a traditional coupler mechanism, to power its blades and safely secure its jar.

The new blender uses magnets to secure the pitcher to the motorized base and drive the blades, resulting in an easy front-load, slide-in design. Helpful pre-programmed, hands-free settings for juices, soups and sauces, milkshakes, and icy drinks and smoothies take the guesswork out of blending and remove the need to constantly monitor the blender. Features also include variable speed controls and a pulse setting for added flexibility in a range of blending tasks.

A thoughtfully located ingredient feed on the top of the blender allows for the addition of ingredients at any point during the blending process, while an intuitive Intelli-Speed® Control system automatically optimizes blade speed to efficiently complete blending tasks like crushing ice or pureeing vegetables.

The KitchenAid Magnetic Drive Torrent(TM) blender features a powerful 1.8HP motor capable of tackling homemade nut butters and icy drinks. It also incorporates the brand’s exclusive Diamond Blending System with patented stainless steel blades and a diamond-shaped pitcher that creates a powerful vortex for thorough and efficient blending. All high performance KitchenAid blenders, including Torrent(TM), will be assembled at the brand’s Greenville, Ohio manufacturing plant, which is expanding to accommodate growth in the brand’s global 2015_show_logo_dates_HiRessmall appliance business.

We wanted to launch the new business unit with a product that had never before been available for consumer use,” says Kay Oswald, global business unit director for KitchenAid Blenders. “Thoughtful marketing partnerships coupled with a blender offering unprecedented performance will ensure that KitchenAid becomes a leader in the premium blender category.”

The blender is not only powerful but also exceptionally easy to use compared to traditional models,” said Beth Robinson, senior manager of brand experience for KitchenAid. “The ability to add ingredients, select a program button and walk away make this product an incredible game-changer for the home blending experience. With its sleek design and wide array of blending tasks, the Torrent(TM) blender was designed to be a versatile statement piece for the kitchen counter


The KitchenAid Magnetic Drive Torrent(TM) Blender will be available this April in Candy Apple Red, Frosted Pearl, Onyx Black and Sugar Pearl Silver at a suggested retail price of $599.99.

The 2015 Architectural Digest Home Design Show Expands to Two Locations; Delivers New Programming, Special Events, and Installations

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The Architectural Digest Home Design Show, the premier U.S. luxury design fair, is set to run from March 19–22, 2015, at New York City’s Piers 92 & 94, 55th Street and Twelfth Avenue. The show is produced by Merchandise Mart Properties Inc. (MMPI), a division of Vornado, in partnership with Architectural Digest and co-sponsored by The New York Times.

Panoramic View at the 2014 Architectural Digest Home Design Show

Panoramic View at the 2014 Architectural Digest Home Design Show


The show explores the world of design through inspiring installations, high-caliber programming, exciting special events, and more, (featuring more than 400 premium brands and covers a range of categories including: furniture, accessories, art, kitchen and bath products, flooring, rugs, carpets, electronics, ceramics, stone + tile, wall covering, lighting, outdoor products, building products and more). The show, open to both the design trade and consumers, has expanded this year, taking over adjacent spaces Pier 92 and Pier 94, together with DIFFA’s (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) showstopping DINING BY DESIGN. Popular areas such as Furniture & Furnishings, MADE, the SHOPS, and reFRESH will each feature a notably larger roster of new talent in addition to returning exhibitors like Scavolini, Ligne Roset + LV Wood, Orley Shabahang, PELLE, Asher Israelow, and Calico Wallpaper.

Show highlights include:

• Exhibitions by a diverse range of 400+ brands in the luxury home market— from Fortune 500 companies to artisanal studios.

• More than a dozen new complimentary panels and talks by leading talents in 21st-century design, including a keynote presentation by Architectural Digest Editor in Chief Margaret Russell and the celebrated New York Times Design Series.

• New international exhibitors from the Netherlands, Turkey, Italy, and France.

DIFFA's DINING BY DESIGN table viewing at Pier 92 at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show 2014: Ralph Lauren

DIFFA’s DINING BY DESIGN table viewing at Pier 92 at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show 2014: Ralph Lauren


MADE—a juried show-within-a-show featuring artists and designers with limited-edition, custom, and one-of-a-kind objects and furnishings— welcomes 69 new exhibitors. It will be a showcase of talent from around the country (Austin, Brooklyn, Detroit, Nashville, Providence, Seattle, and more) and around the world. An expanded Los Angeles contingent at MADE will include Eric Trine, Parachute Home, Wolfum, 100xbtr, Brendan Ravenhill, Ria Leigh, Elyse Graham, BROOK&LYN, Mimi Jung, and Lewis Mauk. Additionally, more than 30 businesses exhibiting are women-owned or -run. Continue reading

NESCAFE® Dolce Gusto® Partners with Fiorucci on New Single-Serve Machine

NESCAFE® Dolce Gusto®, known for its design-conscious line of at-home coffee machines, is giving new meaning to the fashion phrase “Fall Collection” with the September introduction of its first couture Dolce Gusto Genio machine, designed by iconic Italian label Fiorucci. The avant-garde collaboration between the two distinctive brands was a match made in heaven, pairing the unconventional brainchild from global coffee leader Nestle® NESCAFE with the outgoing and original design house known for its artistic flair and fun with fashion. The stylish single-serve gadget ushers in a new trend in kitchen appliances, saying goodbye to the boring black boxes featured on so many countertops across the country. Even if you don’t have a lot of counter space, you can enjoy a gourmet-style coffee made to order with our technologically advanced Genio®.

Fiorucci Dolce Gusto® Genio machine

Fiorucci Dolce Gusto® Genio machine

Fiorucci Dolce Gusto® Genio machine 4

Fiorucci Dolce Gusto® Genio machine 4

Fiorucci (www.fiorucci.it) is an Italian brand with an outgoing and unmistakable style that has left its mark in the history of Italian fashion and the world over the last forty five years. For over four decades Fiorucci has been setting trends with provocative and colorful designs, infused with a young and unconventional style. In 1967 Fiorucci opened its first shop in Milan and then others followed in London, Paris, New York and Los Angeles. In the 1990s, Fiorucci was acquired by the Japanese Edwin Company Ltd., a leader in jeans made in Japan, beginning a diversification strategy of the brand through numerous licenses in Italy and in the world. Their unique perspective on the art of fashion is now expressed through the bold new NESCAFE Dolce Gusto Genio machine, adding a dose of color and creativity to kitchens nationwide. Continue reading


The 4TH ANNUAL TASTE AWARDS is pleased to announce this year’s award winners. Award Winners were announced via livestream, and will receive their awards at the TASTE AWARDS RED CARPET GALA AND RECEPTION in Los Angeles on JANUARY 17TH, which will be filmed for later broadcast.

The TASTE AWARDS Medallion. (PRNewsFoto/TasteTV)

The TASTE AWARDS Medallion. (PRNewsFoto/TasteTV)

The ANNUAL TASTE AWARDS (also known as the TASTY AWARDS) in Hollywood celebrate the year’s best in Food, Fashion, and Lifestyle programs on Television, in Film, Online, and on Radio. In honor of their achievements, SCHILTZ FOODS ROAST GOOSE is providing complimentary holiday goose to winners of the Best Food Program: Television, Best Food Travel Series: Television, Best Food Travel Series: Web, Best Green or Organic Program, Best New Series, Best Food Program: Web, Best Film or Documentary, and Best Comedy categories. This gourmet roast goose will also be served at the January 17th Hollywood awards event. Additional award winner partner perks will be announced shortly.

The TASTE AWARDS RED CARPET GALA AND RECEPTION will feature a star-studded lineup of food and fashion TV celebrities, and has—in the past—included appearances by stars, celebrities, producers and executives from networks and other media platforms such as the FOOD NETWORK, THE STYLE NETWORK, BRAVO, THE COOKING CHANNEL, TLC, DISCOVERY, LIFETIME, E! ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION, PBS, NBC, ABC, THE CW, HGTV, THE TRAVEL CHANNEL, HD NET, HULU, YOUTUBE, SONY PICTURES, and more. Continue reading




B&O PLAY‘s premium speaker solution, BEOPLAY A9, has received the highest accolade as the International CES BEST OF INNOVATIONS 2013 DESIGN AND ENGINEERING AWARD in the HIGH PERFORMANCE HOME AUDIO category. The BEST OF INNOVATIONS DESIGNATION is awarded to products with the highest judges’ scores. Criteria is based on overall engineering qualities related to technical specifications and materials, aesthetics and design qualities, the product’s intended use and function, unique features and how the design and innovation of the product compares to others in the marketplace.

BANG & OLUFSEN/B&O PLAY BEOPLAY A9: B&O PLAY’s all new BeoPlay A9 wireless speaker system. (PRNewsFoto/Bang & Olufsen/B&O PLAY)

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Though it’s tempting to include every indulgent dish on holiday tables, the most successful menus are a balance of both healthful and decadent favorites.

Finding the right combination of delicious and healthy recipes doesn’t require an endless search for exotic ingredients — they’re already on your store shelf. CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRIES can add an unexpected boost to a holiday fruit salad, platter or creative cocktail.


Pleasing to every palate, fresh California strawberries are always available, even in the holiday season. Staggered planting throughout the state’s 12-month growing cycle keeps fresh-picked, ripe California strawberries in the produce aisle all year long.

Blended with cucumber, a dash of hot sauce and the surprise of a tomato, fresh strawberries accent this SPICY & SWEET CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY TONIC for a great pre-dinner cocktail, or without the vodka, a healthy smoothie.

Desserts look more festive and fresh with the addition of strawberries, either as a garnish or a cake filling. Cooked to a consistency of jam and folded into a mixture of cream cheese and butter, fresh strawberries are a delicate counterpoint to these MINI CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY AND CHOCOLATE PARTY CAKES.


Just in time for the holidays, the CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY COMMISSION is encouraging fans to find their culinary inspiration with a $250-prize Pin-2-Win Contest! Click here for details.

Makes four 10-ounce servings

1 medium cucumber, peeled and coarsely chopped
2 medium tomatoes, quartered
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice
4-6 drops red pepper sauce, more or less to taste
1 tablespoon honey
Dash of salt
4 lime slices for garnish
4 cups ice
4 ounces of vodka, optional


  1. Place strawberries, cucumber, tomatoes, lime juice, red pepper sauce, honey and salt in a blender. Blend until very smooth.
  2. Fill glasses with ice. Pour mixture over ice and garnish with a lime and a strawberry.
  3. Serve immediately.

Per Serving: 137 calories; 0.6 g fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 304 mg sodium; 17 g carbohydrate; 4 g fiber; 2 g protein

Makes 12 single-serving cakes

Butter, for greasing pans
1 (15.25 ounce) STRAWBERRY CAKE MIX, prepared to package directions
1 (15.25 ounce) CHOCOLATE CAKE MIX, prepared to package directions
1 (8 ounce) package CREAM CHEESE
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1½ cups powdered sugar, more or less as necessary
½ teaspoon strawberry extract
2 (12 ounce) packages semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
12 medium CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRIES, sliced, for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Grease two large-sized muffin pans with butter and set aside.
  2. Place diced strawberries in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until berries start to bubble, about 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until very thick, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool completely.
  3. Prepare strawberry cake according to package directions. Pour batter into one of the muffin pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
  4. Prepare chocolate cake according to package directions. Pour batter into the remaining muffin pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
  5. Meanwhile, place thickened strawberries in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Add cream cheese and butter, mixing until smooth and creamy. Add powdered sugar ½ cup at a time, beating between additions until all sugar has been added and mixture is thick and smooth. Cover and refrigerate for at least 40 minutes.
  6. While cakes are still in the muffin tins, slice off the domed tops. Remove cakes from muffin tins and slice each cake into two layers.
  7. Place the slightly larger layers (these will be the cake bottoms) on a sheet of wax paper.
  8. Spread strawberry mixture thickly over the bottoms. Cover with remaining layers of cake. Each cake will have both a chocolate and a strawberry layer.
  9. Place 1/3 cup of the chocolate chips in a small bowl and set aside for garnishing.
  10. Place remaining chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and heat on high at 30 second intervals, stirring between each interval, until chocolate has melted and is very smooth. Pour over tops of cakes, letting drip down the sides. Let set for 20 minutes at cool room temperature, if serving right away. Or, refrigerate until ready to serve. Cakes can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours.
  11. Garnish tops of cakes with slices of strawberries and reserved chocolate chips before serving.

Per Serving: 655 calories; 37 g fat; 79 mg cholesterol; 332 mg sodium; 85 g carbohydrate; 5 g fiber; 7 g protein

THE CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY COMMISSION is a state government agency that represents 600 growers, shippers and processors of California strawberries. With a focus on food safety education, the Commission strategies also include production and nutrition research, trade relations, public policy and marketing communications. For more information, go to CaliforniaStrawberries.com,  Facebook.com/CAStrawberries, or Twitter.com/CAStrawberries.