National Rosé Day w/ the Sugarfina Rosé All Day Gummy Collection

National Rosé Day w/ the Sugarfina Rosé All Day Gummy Collection

When you win Cosmopolitan’s Wine Award for Best Rosé Candy, you immediately become an expert in all things Rosé candy-related. So naturally, we look to luxury candy makers, Sugarfina to help us celebrate National Rosé Day on June 13th. Lord knows we could personally use sweet treats to take our minds off the daily assaults of our civil rights. And boy they Sugarfina did not disappoint! You are going to swoon over the Sugarfina Rosé All Day Gummy Collection. This beautiful candy bento box is exactly what you need to get you through the rest of the quarantine. But believe it or not, there’s more. To celebrate National Rosé Day, Sugarfina is partnering with Bodvar RoséMINNIDIP, and Native to host an Instagram giveaway that will slay this summer!

National Rosé Day w/ the Sugarfina Rosé All Day Gummy Collection

Sugarfina has several delicious options to help you celebrate all things rosé wine. Join us in drooling over these sweet rosé candy treats:

Rosé All Day Bears – Infused with real rosé wine, these gummy bears from Sugarfina are a delightfully rosy treat.
But First, Rosé Roses – With an infusion of Rosé wine from Provence in every bite, our newest rosette-shaped gummies are the perfect treat for any Rosé lover.
Sparkling Rosé Bears – Get sparkling with these grown-up gummy bears infused with rosé wine and dusted in tart sugar crystals.
Rosé Fruttini – Juicy, tiny fruit gems infused with real Rosé wine from Provence and rolled in extra-fine sugar crystals, plus these are vegan!
Rosé Bears Pink Chocolate Bar – Sugarfina sourced the finest white chocolate from Paris and topped it with Rosé Bears, our signature gummy bear infused with rosé wine from Provence. Because when it comes to rosé, too much is never enough!

National Rosé Day w/ the Sugarfina Rosé All Day Gummy CollectionRose gummies

The Sugarfina Rosé All Day gummies are available in a 3-Piece Candy Bento Box ($28.00) and 2-Piece Candy Bento Box ($20.00). You can stop and taste the rosé in every delicious bite. Our 2-Piece Rosé All Day Candy Bento Box features the But First, Rosé Roses and Rosé All Day Bears; while the 3-Piece Rosé All Day Candy Bento Box comes with the But First, Rosé Roses, Rosé All Day Bears, and Sparkling Rosé Bears (rosé bears dusted in tart sugar crystals). Either box you choose, you’ll be joyfully saying National Rosé Day.

Versatile Pantry Staples From Mighty Sesame Co. and Wissotzky Tea

Versatile Pantry Staples From Mighty Sesame Co. and Wissotzky Tea

If you’re experiencing what we have been during this stay-at-home order, then you’re looking for groceries and pantry staples that multitask. With many basics still sold out or unavailable, it’s time to look to foods that are versatile. While this can’t be done with fresh fruits and vegetables, you can with pantry staples. Thankfully, Wissotzky Tea and Mighty Sesame Co. have come to the rescue. The shelf-stable products from these two brands will add variety and versatility to your meals and snacks.

Versatile Pantry Staples From Mighty Sesame Co. and Wissotzky Tea

Our go-to for stressful times have always been tea, so of course, we were excited about the Wissotzky Tea offerings. Whether you’re reading a book or catching up on your shows, nothing relaxes you like a delicious cuppa; plus tea is full of antioxidants. You may not know, but Tahini is teeming with great health benefits. It is full of healthy fats, is anti-inflammatory, protects over and kidney functions, has antibacterial properties, and like tea, is rich in antioxidants.

Wissotzky Tea (Nana Mint, $3.99; Chai $4.99)

Versatile Pantry Staples From Mighty Sesame Co. and Wissotzky Tea

Wissotzky Tea Company has dozens of varieties of teas to satisfy any mood on every occasion. Its Artisan Spiced Tea collection artfully pairs hand-selected premium black tea leaves with market spices, herbs, and other natural ingredients. Enjoy their Salted Caramel Chai, Ginger, and Turmeric, Spiced Nana Mint, Pumpkin Spiced Chai, or any of Wissotzky’s premium teas and infusions – hot or iced. With these pantry staples, you can indulge in a trip around the world without leaving your home.

Mighty Sesame Co.

Versatile Pantry Staples From Mighty Sesame Co. and Wissotzky Tea

The Mighty Sesame Tahini creamy spread is a game-changer for sandwiches, marinades, dips, baked goods, desserts, salads, and even cocktails. It’s great to use in soups or drizzled over meat and fish. Grab the 10.9 oz. bottle for 5.99.

The creamy Tahini spread isn’t the only must-try from Mighty Sesame. For those with a sweet tooth, the yummy TahiniBars are a great snack option. With three varieties of all-natural tahini bars, Pistachio, Cocoa Nibs, and Vanilla, you get a delicious snack that’s only 100 calories per bar. Like their squeezable cousins, these addictive grab-and-go treats are premium-quality snacks that are good for you. They are gluten- and dairy-free, vegan, kosher, halal, non-GMO, 100% guilt-free, and delicious. Grab your favorite flavor(s) for $3.99 per box of 6 individually wrapped 0.63 oz. bars.

The Mighty Sesame products and Wissotzky teas are distributed by Kayco, the leading Kosher food distributor in America. You may be familiar with other kosher brands they distribute, including Kedem and Manischewitz. Now that you’re familiar with these great pantry staples, how can they rev up your meals?

Hälsa Oatmilk Yogurt Love Song Contest

Hälsa Oatmilk Yogurt Launches Song Contest to Inspire and Spread Love

If there ever was a time to be inspired, this is it. As we spend more time at home with family, it can be tough to keep occupied throughout the day.  As a result, boredom, while we’re all staying at home, has led to some very interesting and creative results. So companies are thinking of new ways to keep the creativity going. Hälsa Oatmilk Yogurt, the maker of the first and only 100% clean oatmilk yogurt, wants to inspire families and help spread some love with the launch of the Hälsa Summer 2020 Love Song Contest.

Hälsa Oatmilk Yogurt Love Song Contest

Hälsa wants to know, what does love mean to you? Your response may win you lots of money; something we can all benefit from as most are unemployed and many are still waiting on unemployment checks. In an effort to bring us closer together as a family, Hälsa Oatmilk Yogurt is asking all households to share what love means to them through an original song contest for a chance to win up to $3,000!

“For us at Hälsa, love means making 100% clean and plant-based food – food that can truly nourish your body,” said Helena Lumme, Hälsa President and Co-founder. “Love is something we need now, more than ever. As we continue to offer consumers our nutritious, organic oatmilk yogurts nationwide, we’re excited to deepen our mission through our song challenge to spread love—for each other, for our bodies and for our planet.”

Hälsa Oatmilk Yogurt

The first-place winner will be awarded a grand prize of $3,000; the second place will receive $1,000; the third-place winner will receive $500. Ten honorable mentions will each win a Hälsa Love T-Shirt. To Enter the contest, write an original love song, and post it on YouTube or Vimeo before May 31st! Hälsa will judge on the basis of originality, creativity, and how well the song conveys Hälsa’s message of love (it being the most important ingredient).

For more entry details, visit www.halsafoods.com/halsa-love-song-contest. We wish you all lots of luck and may the best love song win.

Veestro 100% Plant-Based Foods

Veestro 100% Plant-Based Foods: Meals Delivered Right to Your Door

You may have seen the numerous memes about the elevated amount of cooking we’ve had to do. In other words, we’re a bit over having to cook. If you also add in empty grocery shelves, increased prices on staples and scarce food deliveries, lunch and dinner options are dwindling. We’ve personally seen meat and chicken prices increase, which mostly leaves everyone with plant-based foods; but fresh produce is still hard to come by, which leaves you with limited options. Slowly but surely, we are being pushed into a plant-based diet but what can you when produce is limited? The answer, Veestro 100% plant-based foods.

Veestro 100% Plant-Based Foods

With all the grocery stores running out of food, why not order some pre-cooked meals straight to your doorstep? And what better time than the celebration of Earth Month to highlight delicious, organic, healthy, sustainable food, made from plants. With the Veestro meal delivery service, there is no chopping, no cooking, and no cleanup required. Simply heat up your Veestro plant-based meal in the oven or microwave. For those who still enjoy the act of cooking, some of the meals can be heated on the stovetop. The 100% plant-based foods are made with fresh ingredients and no preservatives. We had the pleasure of trying out a few of the meals: Red Curry with Tofu, Country Fried Chick’n, Enchilada Casserole, and Soba Noodles in Peanut Sauce. As life-long carnivores, we can attest to how delicious they are.

Veestro 100% Plant-Based Foods Red Curry

We began our plant-based adventure with the Red Curry with Tofu; this mouth-watering and hearty meal is a delicious mix of broccoli, carrots, tofu, coconut curry sauce, and brown rice. The savory and sweet sauce gives this hearty meal a bold flavor that you, vegan, vegetarian, or carnivore, will absolutely enjoy.

You can choose from different flexible meal plans and dietary preferences that Veestro has, including gluten-free, low-calorie, nut-free, kosher, soy-free, and high protein. The meals are prepared fresh and shipped frozen, which allows you to eat them within 8-10 weeks. We highly recommend you at this stay-at-home savior to your list, especially as grocery shelves continue to be sparse and just as a break from the task of cooking.

Business.org $100 gift card giveaway

Business.org Support Local Restaurants With Gift Card Giveaways

We always champion supporting small businesses; Small Business Saturday is a favorite of ours, but during this uncertain time, supporting them is needed more than ever. Of course, due to unemployment, our budgets are not what they were, so Business.org is stepping in to help. Business.org wants to help out local restaurants by purchasing $5,000 worth of gift cards and gifting them to you to support your favorite restaurants.

Business.org $100 gift card giveaway

To give small businesses a quick cash infusion during the Covid-19 shutdown (and help us put food on our table), Business.org is offering a total of $5,000 toward local cuisine. How does it work? They have purchased 50 gift cards valued at $100 each and asking you to submit the name of your favorite restaurants; from the entries, they will randomly select the winners and send them a $100 gift card for the restaurant they nominated. We have selected our favorite from our neighborhood and pray to god we are selected. Who will you be nominating as your favorite?

We love this idea as it is a fantastic way to help out local businesses; this small boost will help them, and of course, you (who doesn’t need the extra grocery budget). There are rules for entering of course. Anyone 18 years or older, located in any of the 50 states, can submit a local restaurant for nomination. Only one restaurant or small business can be nominated, so be sure to select your top favorite. Submitting your name enters you into the drawing for a $100 gift card that Business.org will purchase from the local restaurant of your choice.

You must hurry though as the nominations are only open until April 30th at 5 pm MST; that’s 7 pm EST to you fellow East coasters. Click on THIS NOMINATION FORM to fill out your favorite small business. All winners will be contacted via email on May 4th, 2020.

The Great American Takeout: How You Can Help Restaurants During COVID-19

#TheGreatAmericanTakeout: How You Can Help Restaurants During COVID-19

Practically every industry across the globe is feeling the effects of the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak. From entertainment to retail, this pandemic is causing businesses to shut down their operations for the foreseeable future. One industry, in particular, is likely to feel the effects of this global crisis for months — if not years — to come: the restaurant industry.

States and cities across the United States have mandated that restaurants must close their dining rooms in order to stem the spread of the dangerous coronavirus. Restaurants can offer takeout and delivery, but the regular revenue from these services certainly don’t equal what can be made with a fully-open establishment.

#TheGreatAmericanTakeout: How You Can Help Restaurants During COVID-19

That’s why a coalition of restaurants in the U.S. is asking consumers to participate in “The Great American Takeout” on Tuesday, March 24. This grassroots effort, led by the hashtag #TheGreatAmericanTakeout on social media, encourages consumers to order at least one pick-up or delivery meal on Tuesday. With many Americans practicing social distancing and making all of their own meals over the past couple of weeks, the push to order out is likely a welcome one. And with delivery options available, the effort is still accessible to the 10% of the world’s population who live with a disability and may not be able to go to a restaurant to pick up their food.

The Great American Takeout: How You Can Help Restaurants During COVID-19

photo courtesy of @edisonclarabarton

Some of the brands in the coalition promoting The Great American Takeout include California Pizza Kitchen, Panera Bread, El Torito, and The Habit Restaurants Inc. Many other restaurants, varying in size from large chains to local businesses, are joining in the effort as well.

“This is no longer about the survival of individual restaurants. It’s about the future of our industry. And time has run out. Together, we must act to support each other and our communities in unprecedented ways,” said Russ Bendel, CEO of Habit Restaurants, in a statement.

In addition to the obvious challenge of only being able to offer takeout and delivery, this campaign hopes to raise awareness of the other obstacles restaurants face in the time of coronavirus. Without the revenues that dining-in provides, many restaurants have been unable to keep their employees on the payroll. Tax season will also bring challenges to the restaurant industry. Corporate income taxes comprise about 11% of the taxes collected by the federal government, but this number might look very different when the government collects for 2020, as many restaurants will have been fully closed for a good portion of the year. Efforts like #TheGreatAmericanTakeout campaign hope to offset this future burden by generating revenue and awareness now.

photo courtesy of @falasophy

Participating in The Great American Takeout is easy, as well as tasty. To spread awareness of the campaign, the coalition is asking consumers to post on social media in advance of the event and encourage their followers and friends to take part in the campaign’s hashtag. The coalition is also asking consumers to engage their friends, family, and coworkers in the effort by directly asking them to order takeout meals from local restaurants.

The final part of participating in this delectable event is to order takeout or delivery for at least one meal on March 24. This means you could order your favorite coffee made from specialty beans, which account for just 3% of global coffee production, with a bacon, egg, and cheese for breakfast or get that curry you’ve been craving from your favorite Thai restaurant for dinner. Or do both! No matter what you order, the coalition wants participants to share the photos of the meal on social media and tag them with #TheGreatAmericanTakeout.

Of course, ordering takeout and delivery for just one day isn’t going to solve the restaurant industry’s problem. It’s still uncertain how long the COVID-19 pandemic will keep cities and states in lockdowns. To continually support restaurants during these troubled times, the coalition is also urging consumers to keep ordering takeout regularly in the weeks and months ahead. Community-based efforts like this just might be the key to keeping everyone healthy, fed, and funded for as long as the pandemic continues.

Will you help support the restaurant industry but participating in #TheGreatAmericanTakeout?

D’Artagnan Celebrates 35 Years In The Midst Of NYC’s War On Foie Gras

D’Artagnan Celebrates 35 Years In The Midst Of NYC’s War On Foie Gras

On February 22, the farm-to-fork movement pioneer D’Artagnan celebrated 35 years in the sustainable food industry. For over three decades, D’Artagnan has delivered high-quality artisanal meat products while using free-range, natural production and sustainable, humane farming practices. Founder Ariane Daguin has been leading her company through these initiatives since its founding in 1985.

D’Artagnan Celebrates 35 Years In The Midst Of NYC’s War On Foie Gras

Ariane Daguin, Tom Colicchio attend D’Artagnan’s 35th Anniversary (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/PMC)

D’Artagnan Celebrates 35 Years In The Midst Of NYC’s War On Foie Gras

Bryan Hunt and Tom Colicchio attend D’Artagnan’s 35th Anniversary (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/PMC)

D’Artagnan started its celebrations with a night of decadent food in New York City. Some of the world’s most renowned chefs prepared these meals, including Jacques Torres, Tom Colicchio, Pierre Landet, Justin Bogle, and Michelle Palazzo. At this event, the purpose was to honor D’Artagnan’s vision, Daugin’s Gascony heritage, and the brand’s place amongst the culinary elite as well as consumers who are searching for superior products.

D’Artagnan Celebrates 35 Years In The Midst Of NYC’s War On Foie Gras

Patrick Nollinger attends D’Artagnan’s 35th Anniversary (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/PMC)

Foie Gras

D’Artagnan’s 35th Anniversary (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/PMC)

Foie Gras

D’Artagnan’s 35th Anniversary (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/PMC)

The next portion of the celebration was its sixth annual Cassoulet War on February 24. In this event, also based in New York City, 20 renowned chefs battled to cook the best cassoulet. A cassoulet is a rich, slow-cooked bean and meat casserole integral to French cuisine. It is a French tradition to have chefs and villagers compete in a showdown for the top cassoulet. D’Artagnan’s iteration involved chefs from across the United States, allowing them to put their own distinctive American stamp on the classic dish.

6th Annual Cassoulet War

Laetitia Rouabah, Andy Knudson, Dieter Samijn and Ariane Daguin attend D’Artagnan’s 6th Annual Cassoulet War (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/PMC)

6th Annual Cassoulet War

Erwan Caradec, Jacques Torres and Laurent Tourondel attend D’Artagnan’s 6th Annual Cassoulet War (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/PMC

This year, Laetitia Rouabah was named the People’s Choice Winner, Andy Knudson was the Reimagined Cassoulet Winner, and Dieter Samjin came out on top as the Grand Prize Winner. All proceeds from the evening benefitted Action Against Hunger, a global humanitarian organization that focuses on taking decisive action against the root causes and effects of hunger.

With values consistently leading the actions of D’Artagnan, it’s no surprise the company would choose such a worthy cause. D’Artagnan has been credited with leading the charge on sustainability within the meat and poultry industry. While many people may associate the word sustainability with industries such as the plumbing industry — which made over $107 billion in revenue in 2018 — because of their direct effect on the world’s natural resources, it has been a recent focus in D’Artagnan’s field. Modern consumers are no longer only concerned about what they eat, but where and how their food made it to their table.

D’Artagnan Celebrates 35 Years In The Midst Of NYC’s War On Foie Gras

D’Artagnan’s 35th Anniversary. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/PMC)

D’Artagnan Celebrates 35 Years In The Midst Of NYC’s War On Foie Gras

D’Artagnan’s 35th Anniversary. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/PMC)

This concern is evident in New York City’s recent push to ban foie gras, a dish that many people view as cruelly-made. On October 30, 2019, the City Council voted to ban the dish beginning in 2022, joining California, Australia, India, and many other places that prohibit the dish for animal rights reasons.

The ethical issue comes in with the production of foie gras, which requires force-feeding birds to enlarge their livers. The livers often become up to 10 times their normal size and the process often involves inserting a tube down a duck’s throat to force-feed them large amounts of grain, according to animal rights activities.

Foie gras farmers are challenging the ban. According to the Catskill Foie Gras Collective, which includes the producers of foie gras in NYC, the small tube used to feed the ducks does not cause discomfort. The collective also points to the fact that their ducks are cage-free and that they use a rubber tube rather than a traditional metal one to further ease the process.

In the midst of this battle is D’Artagnan. At the end of 2019, Daguin said her company would be amongst the others in the industry fighting the ban. As Daguin has always been a champion of sustainable meat and poultry practices, she feels certain that the process of fattening a duck’s liver is not cruel, when done in the correct way.

“The farms feed the animals like they would naturally feed themselves in the wild prior to migration to store calories up in their liver…the actual feeding process itself is not painful nor stressful to the animal. In fact, the worst thing for a meat purveyor to do is cause stress for animals, because it impacts the quality of the meat,” she said.

While the foie gras battle rages on, Daguin and the D’Artagnan team look towards the future. She estimates that the company will reach $250 million in sales within the next five years and expects to drive this growth through ongoing innovations. One such innovation is the Green Circle Chicken, which is a unique vegetable-fed bird that eats excess veggies that come from restaurant kitchens and markets. With progress like this, D’Artagnan is situated to continue making waves in the meat and poultry industry for decades to come.