Eat. Drink. End Hunger: Food, Fun and Charity Returns to NYC This Fall

Tickets On Sale Monday, June 26th For Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival Presented By Coca-Cola 10th Anniversary

The Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by Coca-Cola (NYCWFF) returns for its 10th anniversary October 12 – 15, 2017. The Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by Coca-Cola is hosted by and benefits Food Bank For New York City and No Kid Hungry, with 100% of the Festival’s net proceeds helping fight hunger. Including returning fan-favorites and an array of new soirées, more than 70 events will take place at locations across New York. To date, NYCWFF has raised more than $10 million to support the fight to end hunger.

We are excited to celebrate 10 years of NYCWFF this Fall with the unveiling of several new events to complement everyone’s returning favorites,” noted Festival founder and director Lee Brian Schrager, who also serves as senior vice president of communications and corporate social responsibility for Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. “NYCWFF is committed to its mission to EAT. DRINK. END HUNGER. with the support of the some of the world’s most renowned chefs, winemakers, spirits producers, culinary personalities, industry professionals, and partners.”

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100% of the net proceeds from the Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival benefit the hunger-relief organizations No Kid Hungry(R) and Food Bank For New York City.(PRNewsFoto/Food Network New York City Wine)

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits is the exclusive provider of wine and spirits at the Festival. (In September 2016, BizBash named the Festival the #3 Food & Restaurant Industry Event in the United States for the fourth year in a row.)

Food Bank For New York City has been the city’s major hunger-relief organization working to end hunger throughout the five boroughs for more than 30 years. Nearly one in five New Yorkers relies on Food Bank for food and other resources. Food Bank takes a strategic, multifaceted approach that provides meals and builds capacity in the neediest communities while raising awareness and engagement among all New Yorkers. Through its network of more than 1,000 charities and schools citywide, Food Bank provides food for approximately 62.5 million free meals per year for New Yorkers in need. Food Bank For New York City’s income support services, including food stamps (also known as SNAP) and free tax assistance for the working poor, put more than $150 million each year into the pockets of New Yorkers, helping them to afford food and achieve greater dignity and independence. Food Bank’s nutrition education programs and services empower more than 50,000 children, teens and adults to sustain a healthy diet and active lifestyle on a low budget. Working toward long-term solutions to food poverty, Food Bank develops policy and conducts research to inform community and government efforts.

Between NYCWFF and its sister Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF®), which takes place each February in Miami, Florida, more than $36 million has been raised to benefit the respective charities for each Festival. Beyond the funds raised, both Festivals draw attention to the vibrant dining culture in their respective cities, provide economic stimulus in their communities, and serve as an invaluable platform to drive awareness, engaging and inspiring people to get involved in philanthropic activities.

The Festival’s 10th anniversary includes a noticeable increase of family-friendly offerings. The following events are compelling for fans of all ages:

  • Culinary Demonstrations Only at the Grand Tasting presented by ShopRite featuring Samsung® Culinary Demonstrations presented by Mastercard® on Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15
  • Italian Harvest Party sponsored by Barilla hosted by Giada De Laurentiis
  • Family Ice Cream Fun-dae hosted by Mario Batali and Ayesha Curry
  • Coca-Cola Backyard BBQ hosted by Andrew Zimmern and Pat LaFrieda

An array of new events has been introduced, including completely refreshed experiences at the Festival’s iconic Pier 92 rooftop. Kicking off the weekend on Thursday, October 12, the popular Brooklyn market Smorgasburg will travel over the bridge for the first time to celebrate their simultaneous 10th anniversary with NYCWFF. This expansive tasting, presented by Thrillist hosted by the Cast of Chopped, will feature bites curated by the team at Smorgasburg and plenty of carefully crafted libations. The revamped signature party continues on Saturday, October 14 with Rooftop Iron Chef Showdown: Battle Autumn Bounty hosted by Alton Brown, where Kitchen Stadium will be brought to life overlooking the Hudson River in celebration of the Iron Chef franchise and more than 30 chefs will compete for multiple cash prizes.

Other newly-introduced events for the Festival’s 10th anniversary include:

  • Femme Fatale with Speed Rack hosted by Anne Burrell
  • Pie vs. Cake hosted by Duff Goldman
  • Late Night Adventures in Dean & DeLuca hosted by Hannah Bronfman
  • Israeli Brunch hosted by Michael Solomonov
  • Late Night Sandwich Eggs-travaganza hosted by Eggslut
  • Lucky Rice hosted by BD Wong
  • Chinese Tuxedo Brunch
  • Dale Talde Brunch with Eggslut
  • Eastbound and Down hosted by Josh Capon
  • Rooftop Rosé at The Top of The Standard hosted by Katie Lee and Elvis Duran
  • And more!

Once again, returning fan-favorite events like the Bank of America Dinner Series presented by The Wall Street Journal, Blue Moon Burger Bash presented by Pat LaFrieda Meats hosted by Rachael Ray, Pigs and Pints presented by InsideHook hosted by Robert Irvine, Mastercard® Exclusive events like Greenmarket Brunch presented by Lifeway Kefir hosted by Geoffrey Zakarian and Variety presents Broadway Tastes hosted by Kristin Chenoweth, and much more will tantalize fans.

Mastercard cardholders will continue to enjoy the exclusive Mastercard pre-sale through Sunday, June 25. Ticket sales open to the general public online at nycwff.org starting at midnight on Monday, June 26. Tickets for NYCWFF’s 10th anniversary go on sale Monday, June 26, 2017, online at nycwff.org or by calling (800) 764-8773.

More information on the Festival can be found at www.nycwff.org. To learn more about how you can help, please visit www.foodbanknyc.org.

Make Every Meal Count This September: Dine Out For No Kid Hungry

Choose From Nearly 15,000 Restaurants Helping To End Childhood Hunger In America

When We All Work Together, We Can Make Sure Kids Get The Healthy Food They Need.

No Kid Hungry Is A Campaign Of National Anti-Hunger Organization Share Our Strength.

No child should go hungry in America, but 1 in 5 kids will face hunger this year. Using proven, practical solutions, No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger today by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget.

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No Kid Hungry, Share Our Strength Logo. (PRNewsFoto/Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign)

This September, people can make every meal count for kids simply by dining out. Nearly 15,000 restaurants across the country are offering customers major deals in exchange for simple donations to No Kid Hungry.

With thousands of eating options on the menu–from family diners and fast food empires, to fine dining and neighborhood joints–there’s a meal to match all tastes and budgets. And for every $1 donated, No Kid Hungry can feed a child 10 meals through on-the-ground programs and partnerships that connect kids with healthy food where they live, learn and play.no-kid-hungry

Dine Out for No Kid Hungry is the largest restaurant-led initiative to help end childhood hunger in America. Since its launch in 2008, restaurants have raised $37 million in support of No Kid Hungry to help ensure every kid gets a healthy meal, every day. It is nationally sponsored by Founding Partner National Restaurant Association, as well as ARYZTA (La Brea Bakery & Otis Spunkmeyer), Citi, Ecolab, OpenTable, and Smithfield.

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National Restaurant Association Logo. (PRNewsFoto/National Restaurant Association)

If there’s one thing chefs understand, it’s connecting people with food,” says Andrew Zimmern, creator and host of the Bizarre Foods franchise on Travel Channel and chef ambassador for the Dine Out for No Kid Hungry initiative. “More importantly to me, as a father, I understand very well that hungry kids can’t learn, and kids who can’t learn can’t reach their best and brightest potential. I won’t stand by and see kids fall short on their futures when there is a solution at hand.”

The fundraising effort comes at a particularly important time for kids struggling with hunger: BACK TO SCHOOL. As children begin the 2016 school year, far too many are opening their textbooks on an empty stomach; only about half of kids who qualify for a free school lunch are also receiving breakfast–a critical meal for academic success. Research shows that when kids eat breakfast at school, attendance rates improve an average of 1.5 days more per school year, math test scores rise by 17.5 percent and kids are 20 percent more likely to graduate.

No Kid Hungry is working with a growing number of leaders in school districts, cities and states across the country to make breakfast part of the regular school day, which leads to increased participation, so all kids start their school day ready to learn.

This is ‘family style’ dining at its best,” said Billy Shore, founder and CEO of Share Our Strength, the national nonprofit behind No Kid Hungry. “When people dine out at partnering restaurants during September, they are sharing their table with the 16 million children who can’t count on their next meal.

To find participating restaurants by zip code or state, visit NoKidHungry.org. Get social about your dine out experience by following @NoKidHungry on Facebook and Twitter, and share your story of how you made every meal count with #nokidhungry.

Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival Announces 2016 Line-Up

The ninth annual Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival (NYCWFF) returns October 13 – 16, 2016. With more than 90 events taking place around the city, NYCWFF brings its signature mix of lifestyle experiences back to help Eat. Drink. End Hunger. To date, the Festival has raised more than $9.5 million to help in the fight to end hunger with No Kid Hungry® and Food Bank For New York City.

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100% of the net proceeds from the Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival benefit the hunger-relief organizations No Kid Hungry(R) and Food Bank For New York City.(PRNewsFoto/Food Network New York City Wine)

We’re pleased to unveil the Festival’s 2016 event line-up,” said Festival founder and director Lee Brian Schrager, who also serves as vice president of corporate communications and national events for Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc.This year’s program is one of our most diverse yet, featuring new themes and flavors, plus returning fan-favorite events and an all-star roster of talent.

The Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival is hosted by and benefits No Kid Hungry® and Food Bank For New York City, with 100% of the Festival’s net proceeds helping fight hunger. Southern Wine & Spirits of New York is the exclusive provider of wine and spirits at the Festival. (More information on the Festival can be found at www.nycwff.org.)

Between NYCWFF and its sister South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF®), which takes place each February, more than $32 million has been raised to benefit the respective charities for each Festival. Beyond the funds raised, both Festivals draw attention to the vibrant dining culture in their respective cities, provide economic stimulus in their communities, and serve as an invaluable platform to drive awareness and engage and inspire people to get involved in philanthropic activities.

NYCWFF will have an expanded presence in Brooklyn this year, with signature event Chicken Coupe hosted by Whoopi Goldberg & Andrew Carmellini moving to the neighborhood and new events like Best of Brooklyn presented by MUNCHIES hosted by Action Bronson and Wingin’ It also making their debut there.

The popular tasting events synonymous with NYCWFF will continue on Pier 92 with Giada De Laurentiis’ Italian Feast on Thursday, October 13, and the Blue Moon Burger Bash presented by Pat LaFrieda Meats hosted by Rachael Ray on Friday, October 14.

The iconic rooftop gets a makeover on Saturday, October 15, bringing the excitement of Food Network’s hit primetime series to life with a new evening tasting event, Rooftop Chopped, featuring more than 30 of New York City’s top chefs. Everyone’s favorite Chopped cast members – including Ted Allen, Scott Conant, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy, Marcus Samuelsson, and Geoffrey Zakarian are confirmed and will select a judges’ choice winner, PLUS attendees will also get the chance to cast their vote for the best bite of the evening.

As NYCWFF continues to evolve and engage passionate followers of food culture, this year holds new opportunities for fans of all ages to see their beloved chefs and culinary personalities live at the Festival. For the first time, the Festival’s signature Grand Tasting presented by Shoprite, taking place on Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16 at Pier 94, will offer a special ticket option – the Samsung® Culinary Demonstrations Only Pass presented by MasterCard® – granting access to the fan-favorite culinary demonstration stages for gourmands of all ages to see their favorite Food Network and Cooking Channel stars. The Festival’s other family-friendly event is Coca-Cola’s Backyard BBQ hosted by Bobby Flay & Michael Symon presented by Thrillist, taking place on Sunday, October 16 at Pier 92. Continue reading

2015 Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival Presented By Food & Wine Raises More Than $1 Million To Help End Hunger

The 8th Annual Festival Attracted 55,000 Attendees

The eighth annual Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE (NYCWFF) which took place October 15 – 18, raised more than $1 million for the hunger relief organizations Food Bank For New York City and No Kid Hungry®, bringing the total to more than $9.5 million since the Festival’s inception.

In addition to the funds raised this year, NYCWFF provides an invaluable way to drive awareness, engage with, and inspire people to participate in philanthropic activities,” noted Festival Founder and Director Lee Brian Schrager, who also serves as the Vice President of Corporate Communications & National Events for Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. “We are fortunate to give more than just money to our beneficiaries, but also a platform that enables them to reach a large and passionate audience.”

Between NYCWFF and its sister event South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE (SOBEWFF®), more than $30 million has been raised to benefit the respective charities for each Festival. Beyond the funds raised, both Festivals draw attention to the vibrant dining culture in their respective cities, provide economic stimulus in their communities, and serve as an invaluable platform to drive awareness and engage and inspire people to get involved in philanthropic activities.

The Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE takes place October 15 - 18, 2015. (PRNewsFoto/Food Network & Cooking Channel..)

The Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE takes place October 15 – 18, 2015. (PRNewsFoto/Food Network & Cooking Channel..)

The charities are not the only ones who came out of the weekend as winners, with a number of participants taking home top honors for their offerings. Beginning on Thursday, October 15, Carolyn Bane of Pies ‘n Thighs in Brooklyn, NY and Matt Fein of Federal Donuts in Philadelphia, Pa. tied up judge Whoopi Goldberg‘s taste buds when she recognized their creations as her favorite dishes at her annual Chicken Coupe event.

Friday, October 16 saw winners across several events.

Henry Tibensky earned a trip to the 2016 Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE (SOBEWFF® set for February 24-28, 2016, when Martha Stewart (Martha Stewart Living), Tyler Florence (Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race), Matt Higgins (Co-Founder & CEO RSE Ventures), and Charlie Walk (Executive Vice President at Republic Records) selected his restaurant concept, Hank’s Juicy Beef, as the winner of the Festival’s first FOODi Challenge.

Celebrity chef Robert Irvine, New York Jets Nick Mangold, Ralph Perrazzo of BBD's Beers Burgers Desserts as Pat LaFrieda's 2015 NYCWFF Burger Bash(R) Champion, Blue Moon People's Choice Award winner Chef Joe Isidori of Black Tap, musician Coolio, Rachael Ray, and NYCWFF Founder & Director Lee Brian Schrager celebrate onstage at the Blue Moon Burger Bash presented by Pat LaFrieda Meats hosted by Rachael Ray - Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE at Pier 92 on October 16, 2015. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NYCWFF) (PRNewsFoto/NYCWFF)

Celebrity chef Robert Irvine, New York Jets Nick Mangold, Ralph Perrazzo of BBD’s Beers Burgers Desserts as Pat LaFrieda’s 2015 NYCWFF Burger Bash(R) Champion, Blue Moon People’s Choice Award winner Chef Joe Isidori of Black Tap, musician Coolio, Rachael Ray, and NYCWFF Founder & Director Lee Brian Schrager celebrate onstage at the Blue Moon Burger Bash presented by Pat LaFrieda Meats hosted by Rachael Ray – Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE at Pier 92 on October 16, 2015. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NYCWFF) (PRNewsFoto/NYCWFF)

Guests at Thrillist‘s Barbecue & The Blues hosted by Adam Richman voted Shane McBride of Pig Beach in Brooklyn, NY The Pitmaster – Best in BBQ 2015 for his mini BBQ baked potatoes with pulled pork, Benton’s bacon mac and cheese sauce and scallions.

The Festival’s signature Blue Moon Burger Bash presented by Pat LaFrieda Meats hosted by Rachael Ray welcomed new faces to its historic league of winners, now including:

Joe Isidori of Black Tap | Craft Burgers & Beer, who was crowned this year’s Blue Moon People’s Choice Award-winner for his Black Tap Kobe beef Burger with Wagyu beef, house buttermilk-dill, blue cheese and arugula.

— GRAMMY Award-winning artist Coolio, Food Network host and cookbook author Robert Irvine, reigning champion Josh Capon, and the New York Jets’ Nick Mangold chose Ralph Perrazzo of BBD’s Beers Burgers Desserts as Pat LaFrieda’s 2015 NYCWFF Burger Bash® Champion for the BBD’s “Steamed Double” with diced onions and pickles.

Saturday, October 17 was also bestowed top honors for several participants at various events that were part of the LOCAL presented by Delta Air Lines series:

Attendees at Stacked: Sandwiches & Sides hosted by Tiffani Thiessen chose Michael Ferraro‘s Short Rib Dip of braised short ribs, whipped potatoes, wilted kale, and cheddar from Delicatessen in New York, NY as winner of The “Sammy” Award, and

Andy Kitko of STK Restaurants‘ sweet corn pudding as winner of The “Sammy’s Sidekick” Award.

Top Dog: A NY Hot Dog Competition hosted by Andrew Zimmern featured a special celebration in honor of the 200th episode of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern on Travel Channel, which aired on Tuesday, October 20. Attendees voted the Cheddar Bratwurst, a pork bratwurst filled with pockets of cheddar, sauerkraut and grilled onions on a French roll, from Chase Hartwig at Rosamunde Sausage Grill in Brooklyn, NY as the winner of The Delta Local Series People’s Choice Award.

Craft libations also took center stage as Festival winners. At The Art of Tiki: A Cocktail Showdown presented by Cocktail Kingdom hosted by Emeril Lagasse, Three Dots and a Dash from Chicago, Ill. was chosen as Cocktail Kingdom’s People’s Choice Award winner for their Cabana Queen on Saturday, October 16. Additionally, the team at Fort Defiance in Brooklyn, NY received the Cocktail Kingdom’s Judge’s Choice Award for their Frozen White Zombie, as decided by Emeril Lagasse; Jeff Berry, Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29; Greg Boehm, Cocktail Kingdom; and Brian Miller, Monday’s with Miller.

The cast of the Food Network prime time series Chopped came out on Sunday, October 18 for the Best Bloody Mary Brunch presented by Velocity to decide who will take top honors for their creations in three categories:

Death’s Door Spirits claimed two categories – best overall for their Intensely Bloody Mary and most creative for their Eason’s Nawlins-Style Bloody Mary.

Best dressed honors went to ABSOLUT Vodka‘s Hello Sunshine Bloody Mary.

NYCWFF came to an end on Sunday, October 18 at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) with the first New York City screening of the movie Burnt, followed by a panel discussion with members of the cast and director John Wells moderated by New York Times op-ed columnist Frank Bruni. Cast members Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Daniel Brühl, and Sam Keeley joined Wells in giving a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie and anecdotes about their personal relationship with food to an audience filled with chefs, culinary personalities, media, and industry insiders.

Save the date for next year’s Festival, which takes place October 13 – 16, 2016. Keep in touch with NYCWFF by signing up for their Big Apple Juice e-newsletter at www.nycwff.org or following them on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @NYCWFF

American Girl Brings Girls And Their Families Together For A Holiday Season Filled With Kindness And Generosity

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American Girl logo (PRNewsFoto/American Girl)

American Girl, a premium brand for girls and subsidiary of Mattel, Inc., has a long-standing commitment to helping children and families in need. The company is proud to support a wide range of causes to alleviate issues affecting millions of individuals, and works with leading charitable organizations to help make the world a brighter place. In an effort to bring more joy and friendship to thousands of girls and their families in need this holiday season, American Girl is launching several new charitable programs as part of its “Together We Make the Holidays” giving campaign.

Kicking off the season is American Girl’s “Get a Friend. Give a Friend” Campaign. From now to 30, American Girl will match any 18-inch doll purchase made online, in-store, or via phone with a second doll donation (up to 1,000 dolls each day). Working with the Children’s Hospital Association, the doll donation–worth nearly $3 million–will help bring comfort and cheer to thousands of young girls receiving care in any of the Association’s 200 U.S. member hospitals in approximately 50 states.11254053_1003926249650535_15027524800155476_n

Additionally, with the help of generous, thoughtful girls across the country, American Girl is asking fans to continue to “bake a difference” through the company’s For Goodness, Bake! initiative in support of No Kid Hungry®, a campaign of national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength®. From November 1 – December 31, American Girl will match dollar for dollar (up to $50,000) girls’ holiday bake sale proceeds to No Kid Hungry. Originally launched on January 1 to celebrate the 2015 Girl of the Year Grace, For Goodness, Bake! has raised more than $450,000–the equivalent of 4.5 million meals for hungry kids!

To further spread the joy of the holidays to even more girls, American Girl is contributing to NBC’s TODAY Show‘s 22nd annual Holiday Toy Drive for the second consecutive year. On Monday, November 23, the brand will announce a donation of dolls and books worth half a million dollars to benefit thousands of young girls via the following TODAY show nonprofit partners: Boys and Girls Club of America, Kids in Distressed Situations, Kids in Need Foundation, and National Head Start Association.12234952_1005276056182221_5199771026656894404_n

Finally, to capture the magic and emotion of the season, fans are encouraged to share pictures and videos of their special American Girl holiday moments–from cute #usies (a counter trend to selfies) to photos of holiday fun–on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #Joy2EveryGirl.

To learn more about American Girl’s 2015 “Together We Make the Holidays” campaign, visit www.americangirl.com, Facebook (www.facebook.com/americangirl), Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/agofficial/), or Instagram (http://instagram.com/americangirlbrand).

BiVi Sicilian Vodka Sponsors 2015 Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival Presented By Food & Wine

Share an olive. Share the tradition. Drink BiVi.

BiVi Sicilian Vodka, a subsidiary of Iconic Brands, has announced its upcoming sponsorship of the 2015 Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE. The eighth annual event, which attracts food and beverage enthusiasts, industry professionals, and influencers, will be taking place in New York City from October 15-18.

Launched in the summer of 2015, BiVi Sicilian Vodka is produced in an “Old World” artisan distillery in Messina Sicily and is hand-crafted with Sicily’s local pristine waters and the finest semolina wheat. The stills are fired using the finest Sicilian fruitwoods from Blood Orange and Lemon trees. The brand, along with its celebrity spokesperson, legendary actor Chazz Palminteri, have joined forces to raise awareness for the product as it becomes available across the U.S.BIVI_Bifold-Wholesale-2

As part of its partner-level sponsorship at the event, BiVi Sicilian Vodka will have a prominent presence at Giada De Laurentiis’ Italian Feast presented by Ronzoni sponsored by the New York Post taking place at Pier 92 on Thursday, October 15. That evening, BiVi will offer attendees an option to taste one of two very special cocktails that will be crafted exclusively for the event: A Bronx CockTale, a recipe dedicated to the brand’s spokesperson, legendary actor and celebrity, Chazz Palminteri, and The BiVi “Share An Olive” Martini.

The Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE takes place October 15 - 18, 2015. (PRNewsFoto/Food Network & Cooking Channel..)

The Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE takes place October 15 – 18, 2015. (PRNewsFoto/Food Network & Cooking Channel..)

We are excited to be part of this year’s Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival,” shared Rich DeCicco, CEO of Iconic Brands. “It is an honor to be among such great company and our presence, in particular, at Giada De Laurentiis’ Italian Feast will serve as a great alignment for our brand, further emphasizing BiVi’s Italian roots, heritage, and tradition.”LOGO

Tickets to experience BiVi Sicilian Vodka at Giada De Laurentiis’ Italian Feast are available online at www.nycwff.org. All proceeds from the Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival benefit the hunger-relief organizations Food Bank For New York City and No Kid Hungry®. To learn more about BiVi Sicilian Vodka, please visit: www.bivivodka.com.

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt Partners With No Kid Hungry This September to Help End Childhood Hunger in America

Orange Leaf Aims to Provide One Million Meals to Hungry Kids During the Month of September and Beyond

September is National Hunger Awareness Month, and for the third consecutive year, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt is partnering with the national non-profit No Kid Hungry® to help raise awareness and money to end childhood hunger in America. From Sept. 21-27, Orange Leaf leadership and team members at its headquarters in Oklahoma City will also host the second annual Dine Out OKC event to encourage local restaurants to participate in raising awareness and funds for No Kid Hungry.

Purchase this collectible cup for $1 at any of Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt's more than 300 participating locations and proceeds will go to No Kid Hungry to help end childhood hunger in America. (PRNewsFoto/Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt)

Purchase this collectible cup for $1 at any of Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt’s more than 300 participating locations and proceeds will go to No Kid Hungry to help end childhood hunger in America. (PRNewsFoto/Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt)

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt is a self-serve, choose-your-own-toppings frozen dessert franchise founded in 2008 with more than 300 locations in the U.S. and Australia. The company offers a multitude of delicious traditional and original froyo flavors, including no-sugar-added, gluten-free, and dairy-free and vegan alternatives. Customized with a generous selection of do-it-yourself toppings, Orange Leaf provides a delicious indulgence, “self-served” in a visually stimulating atmosphere. Orange Leaf‘s pro-franchisee culture offers some of the lowest fees in the industry and encourages owners to become a vital part of their communities.

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt is a self-serve, choose-your-own-toppings frozen dessert franchise founded in 2008 with more than 300 locations in the U.S. and Australia.

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt is a self-serve, choose-your-own-toppings frozen dessert franchise founded in 2008 with more than 300 locations in the U.S. and Australia.

The company offers a multitude of delicious traditional and original froyo flavors, including no-sugar-added, gluten-free, and dairy-free and vegan alternatives.

The company offers a multitude of delicious traditional and original froyo flavors, including no-sugar-added, gluten-free, and dairy-free and vegan alternatives.

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Toppings Bar

Orange Leaf‘s goal is to provide one million meals to hungry kids in America during September, which is National Hunger Awareness Month. Every $1 donation equals 10 meals for a hungry child. Orange Leaf is asking its customers to join the fight to end childhood hunger by donating three different ways (see below) and getting something back in return at Orange Leaf‘s more than 300 locations across the U.S.
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With one in five children in America struggling with hunger, it is very important for us to give back to the communities we serve,” said Geoff Goodman, president of Orange Leaf. “We are focused on two things this September: to raise funds to provide one million meals to hungry children and to also raise awareness for this great cause during National Hunger Awareness Month. I am eager to see what we will achieve.

No child should go hungry in America, but 1 in 5 kids will face hunger this year. Using proven, practical solutions, No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger today by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. They do this by connecting kids to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals. This work is accomplished through the No Kid Hungry Network, made up of private citizens, government officials, business leaders, and others providing innovative hunger solutions in their communities. These partners work together, implementing solutions that break down the barriers that keep kids from healthy food.

Through its Cooking Matters program, the No Kid Hungry campaign educates and empowers low-income families to stretch their food budgets so their kids get healthy meals at home. Cooking Matters participants learn to shop strategically, use nutrition information to make healthier food choices, and cook delicious, affordable meals. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength.

Share Our Strength began in the basement of a row house on Capitol Hill in 1984, in response to the ‘84-‘85 famine in Ethiopia. Brother and sister Bill and Debbie Shore started the organization with the belief that everyone has a strength to share in the global fight against hunger and poverty, and that in these shared strengths lie sustainable solutions. Today the relief organization focus these strengths on making No Kid Hungry a reality in America.

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Customers can join the fight to end childhood hunger in the following ways:
Purchase a limited-edition collectible cup for $1 in Orange Leaf stores, with proceeds benefiting No Kid Hungry.
Purchase a pin-up for $3 at participating locations with a complimentary $1 off coupon to be used on the customer’s next visit.[1]
Purchase a limited edition t-shirt for $10 via www.booster.com/orangeleaf with proceeds benefiting No Kid Hungry and receive a Buy One Get One Free offer via email for their next visit to Orange Leaf.[2]
In 2014, Orange Leaf was recognized for its growth by top media and institutions including Entrepreneur (ranked Orange Leaf as one of the top three new franchises), Inc. (listed the company on its annual Inc. 5000 which ranks the nation’s fastest-growing private companies), Nation’s Restaurant News (ranked Orange Leaf 8th on its “Next 20” list of top 20 chains in America that are on the rise) and Technomic (ranked the company as one of the top five fastest-growing chains).

[1] Coupon valid Oct. 1-31, 2015

[2] BOGO valid Oct. 1-15, 2015