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Castroville Celebrates the 60th Annual Artichoke Food & Wine Festival in June 2019 with Food, Live Music, Kids Zone, Chef Demos, and Beer, Wine and Spirits

In 1959, the Central Coast community gathered to celebrate the harvest of the iconic vegetable and the region that became known as the “Artichoke Center of the World.”

Castroville, CA, April 05 , 2019 — In 1959, the Central Coast community gathered to celebrate the harvest of the iconic vegetable and the region that became known as the “Artichoke Center of the World.”

In June of this year, festivalgoers will gather again, this time to celebrate the 60th anniversary of what is now known as the Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival, set for June 1-2, 2019, at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center in Monterey.

The festival not only celebrates the artichoke with dozens of delicious artichoke dishes, a beer, wine and spirits garden, chef demos, live entertainment, a kids zone, field tours and more, but has also became a primary source of funding for local non-profit groups that depend upon a successful event for their viability.

Open and free to all for both days of the Festival, Wild Science! by Imagination Gallery is hands-on fun with captivating STEM/STEAM displays and activities, for kids 1-101. Kids can take an excursion into the wild and amazing world of science through a plethora of interactive, fun, and visually captivating displays and activities. Families, adults, and children can experience the mysterious and entertaining aspects of science and technology in a fun and casual environment, through puzzles, hands-on displays, maker activities, and cool experiential demonstrations.

The Festival also has a full schedule of fantastic entertainment in two separate venues, the Main Stage and Family Stage. Enjoy live music and performances for the whole family on the Family Stage. Listen to some of your favorite local bands and hot tribute bands on the Main Stage, along with a scholarship presentation, Marilyn Monroe lookalike contest, artichoke-eating contest and artichoke canasta (harvesting) contest.

Bands performing on the Main Stage include the Chicano All Stars, Raise Your Glass tribute to Pink, Woodstock tribute to Jimi Hendrix, Maroon Vibes tribute to Maroon 5, and Purple Fox and the Heebie Jeebies. Entertainment is presented by KDON 102.5-FM.

Chicano All Stars

The Chicano All Stars Band is an extremely talented, dynamic and energetic all pro-musician band that plays Latin Rock, Rhythm & Blues, Old School and danceable Reggae. Lead vocalist Sam Martinez and lead guitarist and vocalist John Mallare, along with the polished horn section, create a sound that has made it one of the top Latin Rock bands in the area.T his dance band’s music appeals to a wide variety of audiences and will keep everyone dancing ‘til the music stops.

Raise Your Glass

Raise Your Glass (RYG) is quickly establishing itself as THE definitive Pink tribute show in the U.S. Based out of Los Angeles, CA, RYG has developed a growing fan base that includes a cross diversity of Pink aficionados as well as those who are captured by the group’s high-energy performances and quickly become Pink fans. Because of the multi-generational appeal and pop inclusiveness that defines Pink’s music, RYG brings a “Perfect Storm” trifecta to any event producer, high-end booking agent or corporate talent agency.


Sometimes a stroll down Hollywood Boulevard is a step back in time. To 1969, to be exact. It’s that way when Anthony Aquarius plugs in his battery-powered amplifiers, straps his electric guitar on upside down and belts out “Hey Joe” to startled passersby. Aquarius sounds like Jimi Hendrix. He looks like him too — right down to the lanky gait, bushy hair and flamboyantly colored clothes.

Maroon Vibes

Hailing as Northern California’s Premier Maroon 5 Tribute Band, Maroon Vibes, will grace the ears of Artichoke Festival attendees. Playing a variety of Maroon 5 hits including “This Love”, “She Will Be Loved”, and “Moves Like Jagger”, Maroon Vibes will have you dancing and singing along for their entire set.

Purple Fox and Heebie Jeebies

Purple Fox and the Heebie Jeebies is a Fun, Funky, upbeat Reggae, Rockin’ and Rollin’ Band based in Silicon Valley. Their sophomore album “The Something of Love”, won the Tillywig and the NAPPA Award for 2018, and is currently up for the Grammy nomination for the Best Children’s Album. A celebration of kindness and sharing,the songs bring kids and grownups together, an uplifting, meaningful, dynamic album for an instant Perfect Day. Upbeat Reggae tunes with catchy melodies, nostalgic horns, funky bass and sweet guitar solos.

A complete schedule of entertainment events can be found at: https://artichokefestival.org/entertainment-events/

For many years, the Artichoke Festival has been dedicated to informing and exciting festival attendees about the unique qualities of artichokes, including farming, harvest, and preparation to demonstrate how the artichoke industry has influenced the history of Monterey County. Now as a 501c3 organization, the purpose remains the same, with an emphasis on giving back to the local community.

Proceeds from the festival are used to support 501c3 community organizations and activities that align with the festivals mission.

Proceeds from the festival are used to support 501c3 community organizations and activities that align with the festivals mission. The following are the 2019 Artichoke Food & Wine Festival Donation Recipient Organizations:

Ag Against Hunger

Sun Street Center

North County Baseball

North County High School Golf

North Salinas Athletic Booster Club

Hope Horses & Kids

Marina Lions

Bikers for Bikes

Ashleigh Nicole Swain Memorial Scholarship

Ag History Project

Ord Terrace Elementary School

North County Wrestling Team

Monterey County Middle School

Golden State Elite

North County Recreation & Park

North County Bulldogs Cheer

North County Bulldogs

Monterey county Girls Basketball

Members of the current board of directors are:

Glenn Alameda

Stefani Cortopassi

David Delfino

Lynn Clark

Alex Gracia

Lionel Handel

Wes McClellan

Angie Micheli

Kathy Parish

Terry Bei Rohrs

Linda Scherer

Debbie Stadig

Kevin Tottino

California’s artichoke history began in 1922 when the first artichoke shoots were planted in Castroville. Today, more than nine decades later, nearly 100 percent of America’s fresh artichoke supply is grown in California and nearly two-thirds is grown in the small town of Castroville.

The first Artichoke Festival was held in 1959 under the sponsorship of the Marinovich Marching Units, with the assistance of the Castroville Rod and Gun Club. In 1961 it was a joint venture of the Marinovich Marching Units and the Castroville Chamber of Commerce to produce a larger festival, and Sally DeSante was chosen as the first Artichoke Queen. In 1963 , 1964, and 1965 it was solely sponsored by the Castroville Chamber of Commerce under the direction of the Artichoke Festival Board with Bill Price, one of the originators of the festival idea.

Advance tickets and discounted ticket packages are available online for the 60th annual festival at artichokefestival.org.

General admission is $15 for those 13 and older; seniors 62 and older and military personnel with ID are $10; children ages 6-12 are $5; general admission for one adult, with wine tasting pass, is $40 (must be 21 years or older); wine tasting alone is $30; and field tours are $10 (daily tour schedules to be announced at the Festival), good for adult or child 5-12. Online purchases are available through 9 a.m. June 2, 2019. No refunds.

Two discounted packages are also available, the Arti-Family Pack and the It’s A Date package. The former is $30, a $10 saving over the regular price. It includes two adult tickets and two children’s tickets, good for Saturday or Sunday. This early bird discount ends May 18, 2019, at 12 a.m. No refunds.

The It’s A Date package for 21 and older only, is $60, a savings of $20, includes two adult tickets and two wine and beer tasting tickets, good for Saturday or Sunday. This early bird discount also ends May 18, 2019, at 12 a.m. No refunds.

The Wine & Beer Garden is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Must be 21 to enter.

In addition to live entertainment, there will also be live chef demonstrations. All chef demos will be held on the Chef Demo Stage at the festival and are free with admission to the festival.

About the Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival

The Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival began in 1959 and has since developed to become a harvest festival to celebrate the iconic artichoke and region known as the “Artichoke Center of the World.” The festival features family-fun events for all ages and has been a primary source of funding for local non-profit groups for many years. For more information, visit http://artichokefestival.org/.





Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455


Future Electronics and President Robert Miller Announce Annual Spirit of the Holidays Campaign

Pointe Claire, Quebec (realtimepressrelease) December 19, 2016 – Future Electronics, a global leading distributor of electronic components, has announced a series of events as part of the company’s annual Spirit of the Holidays campaign at its corporate headquarters in Montreal, to raise money benefitting the local community this holiday season.

The campaign includes a company Bake Sale, whereby employees contribute homemade baked goods. There is also a Book Fair and a Food, Toy & Clothing Collection drive. Employees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items, new or gently used toys and clothing.

Company President Robert Miller places a high priority on helping to make the world a better place, and urges employees to do the same. All proceeds from the Bake Sale, Book Fair, and Food, Toy & Clothing Drive will be donated to various local charities, including the Montreal Children’s Hospital, the West Island Women’s Shelter, Dans la Rue, and Welcome Hall Mission.

Future Electronics was founded by Robert Miller in 1968, and has 169 offices in 44 countries around the world. For more about Future Electronics, visit: www. Future Electronics.com.

About Future Electronics

Future Electronics is a global leader in electronics distribution, ranking 3rd in component sales worldwide, with an impressive reputation for developing efficient, comprehensive global supply chain solutions. Founded in 1968 by Robert Miller, President, Future Electronics has established itself as one of the most innovative organizations in the industry today, with 5,000 employees in 169 offices in 44 countries around the world. Future Electronics is globally integrated, with one worldwide IT infrastructure providing real-time inventory availability and access, while enabling full integration of its operations, sales and marketing worldwide. Offering the highest level of service, the most advanced engineering capabilities and technical solutions through all stages of the design-production cycle, and the largest available-to-sell inventory in the world, Future’s mission is always to Delight the Customer®. For more information, visit www.FutureElectronics.com.

Media Contact

Martin H. Gordon
Director, Corporate Communications
514-694-7710 (ext. 2236)
Fax: 514-630-2671


Hello Mumbai Tours & Travel Launches Exotic Goa Tour for 3N / 4D Package

Mumbai based ‘Hello Mumbai Tours & Travels’ have designed an exotic tour package for 3 Nights / 4 Days to Goa costing only Rs. 7,000/- per person ex Mumbai.

Mumbai, India, April 04th, 2015 — Mumbai based ‘Hello Mumbai Tours & Travels’ have designed an exotic tour package for 3 Nights / 4 Days to Goa costing only Rs. 7,000/- per person ex Mumbai. The package, which includes stay at a 3 star Resort in South Goa, offers great privilege to the person in exploring Goa – the best way without bearing any trouble. With a view to reducing stress and to avoid the pressure of planning for one or for entire family, Hello Mumbai has made it possible for every person to explore, enjoy and make a memorable trip to GOA this summer. Top 10 reasons to visit Goa are… Beaches, Sun, Abundant breathtaking views, Massage, Architecture & Culture, Water Sports, Food, Goa trance, Liberal, Economical etc.

For people who find difficult to spare time to plan and go for a trip with family or friends, Hello Mumbai Goa package is a nice choice to opt for. Keeping in mind the importance of proper planning – an essential factor to make a trip successful – Hello Mumbai Tours have created a package which gives the visitor an opportunity to explore North Goa (by AC Bus) and South Goa (by Boat Cruise).

Package Includes: Pickup & Drop facility from airport, Panjim, Mapusa SIC (seat-in-coach) basis. After pick up you get transferred to a 3 star resort which is well equipped with AC rooms, swimming pool, Wi-Fi (in public areas). There is complimentary Tea and Coffee maker in the room which can help you prepare these hot beverages at your ease and choice. You are welcomed with a special welcome drink on arrival and complimentary breakfast and dinner are a part of this exciting package. North Goa sightseeing is done by Ac coach on SIC (seat-in-coach) basis and South Goa sightseeing is followed by boat cruise on river Mandovi.

One of the reason for any trip being successful is proper planning – people generally miss proper planning – due to lack of knowledge and time which is required for preparing it. But now, here is the chance to skip all the worries, Hello Mumbai Tours will help you to make your Trip to Goa successful and memorable and enjoyable in an exotic way with your family and friends. For more information, please contact: +91 84220 55768 / +91 98196 46319

Press & Media Contact:
Dhiraj Sneh
Hello Mumbai Tours & Travels
B-104, Pali Hill Market Road, 30th Road
Opp. Pubjab Sweets, Bandra-West
Mumbai – 400050, India
+91 84220 55768 / 98196 46319

Austin Healthy Living and Good Eating Expo Sets Speakers Schedule and Adds Sponsors and Vendors

Healthy Living and Good Eating Expo on May 4, 2013 Adds Speakers, Sponsors and Vendors.

Austin, TX (USA), April 29, 2013 — The Healthy Living and Good Eating Expo announced today a full day of credentialed speakers, seven sponsors and more than 60 vendors for their Saturday May 4, 2013 event which will be held at 7601 Burnet Rd. from 10am – 8pm.

The Austin Healthy Living and Good Eating Expo will feature Healthy and Natural Products, Services, Food, Snacks, and Activities. The Expo offer an educational and speaker series on numerous topics including; Diabetes, Healthy Living, exercise, the effect of sleep on health and other sessions from accredited speakers (see the seminar list here: http://mycityshows.com/cities-shows ). The event is sponsored by Austin’s’ Incubation Station which will be bringing its top portfolio companies, and other Austin area organizations and companies including; the Round Rock Express, Natural Grocers, The Living Clay Company, Capital Kitchens, Happy Hemp and Food Matters.

The Speakers and Session Topics will include:
Kim Wandle, Investor Education Coordinator, Texas State Securities Board. Kim has been employed at the Texas State Securities Board (TSSB) for over 28 years. “Avoiding Investment Fraud”

Beth Boebel, faculty member at the Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts “Cooking, Spices and Disease Prevention”

Jennifer Mejias, B.S. Nutritional Science and Dietetics, American Diabetes Association Speakers Bureau of Central Texas “Food Is Not the Enemy: Foods to Keep You on Track with Diabetes without restricting your diet.”

“Dr. Mara Karpel, Licensed clinical psychologist and radio show host (Sunday at 7pm CT in Austin on 96.3FM & 1370AM and on the web – on live-stream & podcast: TalkRadio1370am.com.) ” Dr. Mara Karpel, will discuss her mind-body approach to avoiding burnout and improving caregiver wellness.”

Pam Grove, MS, RD, LD, Natural Grocers “Natural Foods for Optimal Health”

Bruce Wayne Meleski, Ph.D., published educator and owner of Intellibed Austin
”Sleep: The Third Leg of Wellness” and” Vibration Rhythms for Life”

Maryum Mitchell, M.Ed. and BS, Associate Manager, Administration, American Diabetes Association “Resources Available from the American Diabetes Association for Diabetics and Pre-Diabetics”

Julie Hutchison, Owner & Creator of Chocolate Shaman “Could Chocolate Actually be good for me?”

Janet Freedman, RN, Diabetes Education Program ”Intro to Diabetes”

Dr. Marlene Merritt, LAc, DOM (NM), CAN “Avocado And Avocadon’t: Clearing Up What’s Wrong With Current Food Recommendations”

Austin Atkins, RRT, CRT, AFAA Certified Personal Trainer. B.S. in Respiratory Care “How to motivate oneself in order to achieve a better, healthier life via fitness and health”

Sonja Das, The Bra Lady “Bad bra’s can be more than a pain in the neck.”

Vendors for the May 4 event include: The American Diabetes Association, AOMA /graduate School of Integrative Medicine, Arbonne International Representatives, Atlas Holistic Wellness Center, Austin Gourmet Imports, Avery Ranch Chiropractic, Bath Planet by Paradise, Bolo Patisserie, Bunkerskin Medical Aesthetics, CapTel Captioned Telephones Representatives, Chick – Fil – A Austin, doTERRA Representatives, Dr. Mara Karpel, Drink Daily Greens Representatives, Essential Bodywear, LLC, The Georgetown Pecan Company, GoDance, Golden Waters of Tea, Good Pop, Greenling, Happy Hemp, Intellibed Austin, It Works! Global Representatives, Juice Plus Representatives, Laurence Egle CFP, Life Span Global Representatives, Lifestyle Transformation Fitness, The Living Clay Company, medifastcenters.com, Merritt Wellness Center, Nana Moo, Natural Grocers &Vitamin Cottage Austin Representatives, Novo Corp. Representatives, NYR Organics Representatives, o Baby! Originals, O3 Skincare Representatives, OLD FACTORY SOAP COMPANY, Powers Family Wellness, Rita’s Water Ice Representatives, The Round Rock Express, Sue Castle Bio-Mat representative, The Chocolate Shaman, The Hearty Vegan, The Jelly Queens, Thrive Life Representatives, Treasured Earth Foods, United Healthcare Community Plan of Texas Representatives, Wondercide/Holmes Integrated Pest Management and Yoga Yoga & Natural Epicurean. Incubation Station Portfolio Companies represented will include: Austin EastCiders , World Peas, GoodSeed Burgers, Primizie Snacks, Thunderbird Energetica, Sanderson Foods, Dude Products, Raven + Lilly, Criquet and Verb.

Portions of the gate receipts, and food and monetary donations will be accepted benefiting Mobile Loaves and Fishes and the Food Pantry which provides meals to home-bound and underprivileged families and individuals throughout the Austin. For a limited time, discount admission vouchers will be available on the http://www.MyCityShows.com web site. Senior citizens, above the age of 65, will be admitted free. Admission is $3 per person and $5 per family. Discounted admission is available with Food Donation.

The Expo will be hosted off of Burnet Road, at the Wozniak Community Center, the Gymnasium and on the grounds of the campus of the St. Louis School (Across from the Northcross Mall at 7601 Burnett Road, Austin, TX 78757) on May 4, 2013 from 10:00AM to 8:00PM.

Health information and educational sessions will be offered from 10am – 5pm with speakers including educators from the American Diabetes Associations, Registered Nurse Educators, and a biometrics expert.

Senior citizens, above the age of 65, will be admitted free. Admission is $3 per person and $5 per family or appropriate food donation to the Food Pantry and Mobile Loaves and Fishes.

About My City Shows:
My City Shows is an Austin, TX based Event Management Company focused on bringing unique personal contact events to communities which benefit local vendors and charitable causes.
Through our community friendly events, local vendors of products and services can have the opportunity to meet with new prospective customers and consumer have access to local suppliers of goods and services in a convenient venue from which they can sample and buy from local vendors while also assisting local non-profits.

About Incubation Station:
Incubation Station is an accelerator for market-validated CPG (consumer product goods) companies. We give entrepreneurs access to vital resources needed to succeed, including dedicated mentorship from industry experts and entrepreneurs, as well as the education, connections and growth funding required for companies to achieve optimal success through rapid and sustainable growth.

Incubation Station Portfolio companies participate in an intensive, 12-14 week mentoring program designed to maximize commercialization and success. Our goal is to make Austin “the place for consumer product companies” by educating and connecting entrepreneurs who want to effectively start-up and compete in this market. Select portfolio companies profiles follow.

About Happy Hemp:
Happy Hemp is an Austin, TX based company spreading the gift of good health in the form of raw and toasted hemp seeds. Happy Hemp seeds are one of the most nutritious and delicious foods on earth. Just a sprinkle of Happy Hemp elevates any meal to super-food status by adding nutty goodness and a healthy dose of protein, fiber, and essential amino and heart healthy fatty acids to any meal. Happy Hemp is more than just a seed, it is a way of life. Life is short– live happy! http://www.happy-hemp.com

Press & Media Contact:
Michael Romanies
FUEL Marketing and Sales
P.O. Box 201269
Austin, TX 78720 – USA
(512) 832-9995

Under ground dining on steroids…. The parties you’ve all been waiting for!

Many Utahan’s have been looking for opportunities like this for quite some time. The opportunity has come and you’re invited to come and be part of the party! Different entertainment, locations, food, and themes each time: you’ll never be bored with Now or Never Parties. Sometimes it will be more formal dining, other times a more casual experience. Regardless of the party, it will be a night to remember and take advantage of.

In Provo UT. at 6 p.m. on the 13th of April 2012 our readers of our magazine, our fans, and our ticket holders are invited to a one of a kind of exclusive invitation only party. Our Now or Never party. There will be lots of Food, Fun, Gifts, Entertainment and more. Seats are very limited.

The public is invited – Non readers of the magazine, new fans, and current non ticket holders can go to our “Now and Never Party” page below to try to obtain tickets on a first come first serve basis. Tickets are $50.00 plus fees. Good for (2) guests per ticket. Each guest receives a gift bag of up to a $40.00 value.

About the Now or Never Parties

It’s easy for so many of us talk about “One day, I will do….” or “Someday I’m going to….”. We believe in living and enjoying life and in doing it NOW. Chances are, if we don’t take advantage and do what our “Someday” items are NOW, they will NEVER come around. What are your “Somedays?” How bad do you really want to do them? Come party with us and we’ll help you define, realize,enjoy life, and for a lucky few guests, get some of those “Somedays” done. Our parties are hosted by Connect & Eatz Magazine! Go check it out on Facebook!

We give you intimate entertainment in smaller groups at your favorite local restaurants and venues. From music, to featured artists, and sometimes even comedy: we bring you the party you’ve been waiting for! A food enthusiast dream: a night to expand your palate and help shape the restaurant menu. Our guests have the opportunity to try new items and decide which ones your local restaurants should feature.

Keep a look-out on our wall and event page to see when the next parties are coming up and sign up here on our FB page, https://www.facebook.com/NowRNeverParty or on our website. http://www.connectandeatzfb.com

To learn even more about the various parties, sponsor and the magazine itself feel free to visit our new larger site opening this week, and our facebook page at the links below.

http://connectandeatzmag.com Our new up and coming magazine/sponsor web site. Also visit our Magazine Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/connectandeatzmag We are very passionate about living life as you will be able to see.



Cooktorial, a recipes application, available for iPhone and iPod Touch

Jun 08 2011 /RTPR/ – Athens, Greece – WEBST Consulting S.A., a mobile application developer, proudly announces the launch of its new project, «Cooktorial», available for iPhone and iPod Touch. Cooktorial is a recipes application, mainly addressed to the novice cook, although it can be of value to the more skilled cook as well, given that its main idea is to suggest what can be cooked based solely on the ingredients already available at home.

In fact, the main attribute setting Cooktorial apart from the rest of the cooking applications available on App Store is that, using Cooktorial, one can browse recipes which can be cooked using ingredients they already have, instead of finding a recipe which will, almost certainly, require a visit to the super-market. Cooktorial implements an easy-to-use interface, a database of over 1.000 recipes, images and thorough description of each recipe, as well as providing the user with the option of filtering the results by preparation time, cuisine type and difficulty level.

Furthermore, with a single tap the user can generate a list with the most commonly found ingredients, which can be easily edited and will be automatically stored for future use.

Last but not least, using Cooktorial does not require an internet connection, allowing thus the user to browse recipes without the use of a 3G or a Wi-Fi network. Cooktorial is a Free application available on Apple’s App Store. Users may enhance it by purchasing any of the two available In Apps, allowing them to perform unlimited number of searches within the app and to remove the Ads.

iTunes link on the App: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cooktorial/id438634449?mt=8
Cooktorial’s Website: http://www.cooktorial.net
Twitter Profile: @Cooktorial
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/cooktorial

About the developer:
Founded in Athens – Greece, WEBST Consulting S.A. is a company involved into Mobile applications development, Website development, Digitization and premium Digital Consulting Services. Committed to the development of applications of the highest caliber, WEBST’s mobile division is constantly striving towards the creation of applications that will make people’s everyday life easier, pleasant and entertaining.


Contact Details: 157 Michalakopoulou Str.
115 27
+30 210 74 85 715

Steve Taylor From TravelFoodandDrink.com Goes on His Own Culinary Tour Across Europe

Brno, Czech Republic, February 23rd 2011 — Less than a day after attending the first European Culinary Tourism Conference in Vienna, Austria Steve Taylor the C.E.O. (Chief Eating Officer) of Boston based TravelFoodandDrink.com will be going on his own culinary tour. His focus will be on eating a national dish, or local specialty in each of the six countries he travels through on the train, all within a time frame of less than 24 hours.

This may not be so easy considering he has less than an hour in most of the countries where the train stops. Plus, the temperatures will be near freezing, there will be a language barrier, and he will be carrying his luggage at all times. His culinary tour will start in the pre-dawn hours in the darkness surrounding the train station in Brno, Czech Republic and end around midnight in Ljubljana, Slovenia where the most popular item on the menu at that time of night is a horseburger. Other stops include Bratislava, Slovakia; Vienna, Austria; Szombothely, Hungary; and Zagreb, Croatia.

Steve doesn’t recommend rushing through countries while on a culinary tour, and all of the countries he is visiting are worth spending time in, and discovering their regional foods and the people that produce them. He could have just stayed on the train and not even breathed the air in some of the countries, but decided instead to “taste” every country that he travels through. He also wants to create more of an awareness for an emerging trend in travel called culinary tourism. His website promotes culinary tourism, and encourages those who travel to seek out local specialties, and eat the national dish of the countries they visit. As Steve says “It’s a great way to preserve their heritage and learn more about the people and their traditions, plus you get to eat some great food with an amazing history”. Learn more about the national dishes and local specialties that Steve ate during his culinary tour once his tour is finished on March 5th.

Contact Details: TravelFoodandDrink.com
38 Dustin Street
Boston, Massachusetts

Twelftree Wins New Admirers with Monday Master Class

Michael Twelftree owner of the Two Hands winery, Barossa Valley, South Australia converted a new legion of followers with his Master Class at the Lanesborough Hotel, London on Monday 7th September.

Richmond, UK, December 21, 2010 — Michael Twelftree owner of the Two Hands winery, Barossa Valley, South Australia converted a new legion of followers with his Master Class at the Lanesborough Hotel, London on Monday 7th September. Wine lovers who may have formerly been loyal to French 1st growths experienced a new source of palate satisfying liquidity with an evening dedicated to the Two Hands winery’s best produce. The evening along with Michael Twelftree’s involvement had been arranged by Cult and Boutique Wines of Richmond upon Thames who have worked very closely with the Two Hands winery since its inception in 1999.

Somewhat bizarrely for a pacesetting member of the Australian fine wine community, Michael Twelftree hails from the construction industry but was invited along to a wine tasting by a friend and fell in love with the whole essence of wine instantly. His love affair with wine gained pace over the next few years along with his knowledge of the area and also his palate became fine tuned, he says, by drinking some vastly inferior wines.

Various people advised him that he should be working in the wine industry and he opened up a company exporting Australian fine wines to virtually anywhere in the world that wished to purchase them. Michael is your typical “hands-on” entrepreneur and would co-ordinate with merchants his products were popular with and organise wine tastings. During these tastings his range would be tried where its intricacies and subtleties would be explained to a more discerning palate.

Fine wine drinkers do tend to traverse the upper slopes of the financial range and his list of colleagues and contacts grew rapidly. More expensive tastes were met and catered for and his range of contacts and customers became more elite and more extensive. Accountant Richard Mintz was introduced to him and they became ever more embroiled in the idea of growing their own wines. Each borrowed $30,000 to crush fruit they had from land they had rented in the Barossa valley. The touch paper was well and truly lit and Two Hands winery started on their way.

The winery has grown organically through focusing on quality across its entire range, attention to detail and pricing points to suit its audience. The mission statement of Twelftree and Mintz was to produce top quality shiraz based wines from fruit sourced from the best shiraz producing regions of Australia. The aim is to make the highest quality products from each particular acreage and, more than anything, show Australian wines at their best whilst retaining an inherently Australian axis through taste and texture.

Twelftree’s Single Estate series consisting of Zippy’s Block, Barney’s Block, Coach House Block and his one-off Zippy’s Amarone was very warmly received by all with special mention to the last named. Each wine is defined by its terroir and this series holds the distinction of hailing from the Roenfeldtt Road region of the Barossa Valley which yields amazing wines year after year. The Amarone is a remarkable attempt to doff the Twelftree cap to the Italian varietal and he has produced a floral scented gem of a wine. The finish is sublime and seemed to last a good twenty to thirty seconds before leaving every attendee craving more. And they got it!

Michael then unveiled his Flagship wines with the Antares gaining universal praise before the Ares 2007 was followed by the 2008 for a “contrast and compare” exercise. The density of the 2007 was structured around a complex mellowness with a gorgeous finish which drifted around the mouth. The 2008 displayed all the same characteristics of its elder whilst having the obvious benefit of youth on its side and, like a teenager of above average intelligence, it strutted around in the knowledge that, given time, it’s superiority over it’s sibling will be proven in public.

The winemaker then followed his crowd pleasers with a rarely experienced opportunity to taste his 2009 barrel samplings, procured from source an hour before he left for Melbourne airport two days before. Although allowances obviously had to be made for youth the wines drank fantastically well and Michael was blatantly very proud of the Single Estate series 2009 samples which he deservedly believes to be his best vintage yet. There didn’t seem to be anyone in attendance who would have disagreed with him on that point and this array of produce from the Barossa’s most forward thinking and entrepreneurial winery owner proved to be a very fitting ending to the evening’s alcoholic offerings.

Paul Evans, Head of Communications at Cult and Boutique Wines, ( http://www.cultandboutique.com ) was clearly impressed by the reception given to his guest of honour and the reaction of the small, but select, gathering of clients in attendance. “Everyone has made their appreciation of the evening known and also, just what a high regard they have for Michael and his whole demeanor. For a man who has achieved so much at such a level in his chosen profession he is remarkably modest and humble, something that definitely cannot be said about his wines.”

The Lanesborough provided the perfect backdrop to wine of such quality, the star of the show meant the evening would have been wonderful even without the alcohol and the next visit to our shores by this man should not be missed if at all possible.

Press & Media Contact:
Paul Evans
Cult and Boutique Wines Ltd
Richmond, Surrey TW9 1HY UK
0208 948 9433

Cult & Boutique Wines Tailor to all Tastes

On the evening of Thursday 17th June an event took place at Maurice Sedwell Bespoke Tailors, 19 Saville Row which originally seemed no different to any other socially agreeable event.

Richmond, UK, December 14, 2010 — There are occasions when a perfect cohesion of two elements, or forces, seems to have been destined to come together. We have all witnessed these masterpieces of nature, technology, industry or architecture and hopefully appreciated the relationship that has existed between two normally individual components working perfectly together.

This writer sees the way Sydney opera house rises, seemingly from the ocean, at Bennelong Point as a beautiful blend of nature and the decidedly unnatural.

On the evening of Thursday 17th June an event took place at Maurice Sedwell Bespoke Tailors, 19 Saville Row which originally seemed no different to any other socially agreeable event. There would be introductions, interest, laughing, tutorials, food, wine and interaction. Some would be tentative of meeting new people in premises they hadn’t visited before whereas others would relish the very same situation. Some would hesitantly become comfortable on the edge of a group discussion whilst others would, no doubt, enjoy being the centre of attention but would the evening gel and be memorable for the right reasons?

Thirty eminent city lawyers, three of the best tailors the world has to offer, including Christopher Childs and Andrew Ramroop, and two representatives from one of the leading wine merchants in Europe, Paul Evans and Ben Austin from Cult and Boutique Wines. Who would have thought this eclectic combination of professionals could create such a warm, interesting and informative Thursday night?

Well, obviously lawyers Michael Webster, Nick Willetts and Andrew Ramroop, director of Maurice Sedwell, ( http://www.cultandboutique.com ) knew exactly what they were doing when they arranged the event. Many would believe that the addition of alcohol to any social gathering will bring a certain ambience to proceedings but the genius of adding a fine wine tasting should be duly noted and duplicated.

A “Wine and Wear” evening, just take a moment and consider the implications of both areas of commerce and the pure synergy created by allying one niche to the other.

Beautiful, classically crafted garments fit to adorn the frames of the most discerning members of society merged with wines whose makers exhibit the same burning passion for their produce and have spent just as many years of their lives learning and perfecting their skills. What more fitting, forgive the pun, marriage between two disparate fields could there possibly be? What other drink could better be served while the customer is wearing the finest apparel he could ever consider purchasing? Answer, there is nothing finer to enjoy than a wine the most revered wine critic that ever lived, Robert Parker junior, has graded to be at least 99 points out of 100.

There was more than a murmur of approval from all attendees when the Zippys Block 2005 vintage first passed their lips, as there should have been when you consider the 99 point grading Parker junior bestowed upon the wine. Considering Zippys Block starts out in life at a relatively inexpensive £40 per bottle it exudes class and affluence in abundance. The other attribute to mention when considering this particular wine is that its value can rise steeply in a relatively short space of time because of the miniscule quantities that are produced (500 cases for the 2005) and its absence from the market place within a very short period.

Wines mixed with tailoring throughout the evening to provide an excellent platform for both to be enjoyed by all in attendance. The experts on made to measure and bespoke tailoring gave their informed analysis educationally and pleasantly allowing Andrew Ramroop to fill any gaps and allow the audience a sliver of an insight into the mind and daily life of a man at the top of his profession.

All of this was interspersed with the tasting of wines so elegantly juxtaposed against the evening’s other topic of conversation it seemed only natural to sample Henschke’s Mount Edelstone after learning of the intricacies of bespoke suit manufacturing. The fluidity of the lines and stitching merging with the aroma and palate teasing density of the Eden Valley shiraz made for a perfect end to the nights activities. The participants left the premises slowly with the topics of conversation split equally between the wine and the wear.

The next similarly themed sojourn is already being eagerly awaited.

Press & Media Contact:
Paul Evans
Cult and Boutique Wines Ltd
Richmond, Surrey TW9 1HY UK
0208 948 9433

Fine Food Store launched corporate Xmas gifts Brochure

For the upcoming 2010 Christmas period the Finefoodstore.co.uk has produced an in-depth luxury corporate gift and hamper brochure, showing the plethora of luxury gifts and hampers perfect for the corporate and business market place.

Managing director of The Fine Food Store David Porter explains, “The New Christmas brochure shows a luxury selection of Christmas gifts and Xmas hampers, including large collection of vintage trunks and hat boxes filled with gourmet treats, all are perfect for the festive period. This brochure captures the essence of Xmas, with gourmet foods, fine wines and luxury champagnes being modern and trendy, the packaging is sleek, the tastes are amazing and the latest gifts will fit perfectly with the Christmas audiences that are looking for that something different and quirky.

By placing your orders early through the brochure or web shop http://www.finefoodstore.co.uk you can save as much as 25% off the current retail prices, with the discounts decreasing the closer to Christmas.

The Finefoodstore.co.uk web shop is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week, and telesales on 0208 1444495 are open 8am – 8pm every day. All luxury Christmas gifts and hampers are dispatch Monday to Friday via DHL our national courier service. Saturday delivery is also an option with a small surcharge. The in-depth website offers the highest in online security, with all online transactions being processed by sage pay (formally protex),” concludes David Porter.