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It’s Mardi Gras: Celebrate Creole & Cajun, and Know the Difference

New Orleans, a tapestry of history, spirituality,  tradition, culinary arts, culture, soul, architecture, music and art all in one; and a perfect place to take a trip if you want a bit of everything. At the time of my visit in late December, Mardi Gras was still about 6 weeks away but the city was already […]

Dietary Guidelines Part 2: Food and Beverage Industries that are Celebrating

While The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans continue to gain traction in the media and blogosphere, it is pretty obvious that the egg and meat industry are pleased with the outcome of the final guidelines, while the produce folks continue to be in a great position when it comes to health. However, a few other industries are […]

Will Burger King’s Black-Bun #HalloweenWhopper Be a Bonanza or Bust?

The “Burger Wars” continue. Starting today, McDonald’s is offering all-day breakfast in a move to boost stagnant sales. Not to be outdone, Burger King began offering a new Halloween Whopper on September 28 with a black bun infused with A1 steak sauce. It’s the boldest move from Burger King since it stunned rival McDonald’s with […]

What I Learned at the 2015 Aspen Food & Wine Classic

To put it in perspective, when the inaugural F&W Classic in Aspen kicked off (before Food & Wine was even the head sponsor), I was three years old, Ronald Reagan gave his first address to the UN General Assembly and Drew Barrymore was a child star in the newly released “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.” Fast forward […]

Hard Cider in Hudson Valley – An Empire State of Mind

I don’t know about other New Yorkers City dwellers but I often like to escape this urban jungle. An easy escape is New York’s Hudson Valley, where I was lucky enough to be raised for the better part of my childhood. Fact: Hudson Valley is actually the oldest wine producing region in the United States, […]

How to Avoid a Photoshoot #fail

Last week was the type of week that I stepped back in awe of my job. For eight hours, I worked with creative geniuses to visually showcase my client’s yummy, luscious, delectable product – Prosciutto di Parma. I didn’t even get to eat it, but I still walked away with a smile on my face, […]

From Your Cup to the Global Stage: 5 Reasons Why Coffee’s Future is Brighter than Ever

This month, I attended the most buzz-worthy conference of the year. No, it wasn’t SXSW (although the crowd in attendance was probably equally stimulated) – it was the National Coffee Association’s Annual Convention. And, yes, it was just as delicious as it sounds. Between sipping samples from vendors around the globe, I absorbed a lot […]

Trends You Need to Know From the Winter Fancy Food Show

The specialty food industry is more robust and innovative than ever before. It is a great time to be in the gourmet foods business, and there is no better place to see the latest and greatest than the Fancy Food Show. Walking the floor with a keen eye, you will uncover the hottest categories, boldest […]

Break out of your comfort zone: Tips for writing outside the lines

Photo credit: Wikipedia, Antonio Litterio I guess I’ve always been a writer. For some reason, the process of translating the thoughts in my head into words on a page is one I’ve found I must go through in order to make sense of the world. So, one of the things I love most about my […]

How To Make a Long-term (Brand) Relationship Last: Advice From a Former Starbucks Employee

By Emily Lacy (@emstheticket) Despite what the movies might feed you (hello, childhood full of Disney!), if you’ve been part of a romantic duo that lasted beyond the initial hormonal flash in the pan, you know the truth about long-term, serious relationships: they take work. The beginning of every new relationship is exciting, filled with […]