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La Gaia x Repsol Sun Award

La Gaia, the flagship restaurant located in the Ibiza Gran Hotel, receives its second Sol Repsol thanks to its Mediterranean Kaiseki gastronomic proposal.

La Gaia, the iconic restaurant at Ibiza Gran Hotel, wins its second Repsol Sun. With this award, the Spanish Repsol Guide recognizes the excellence of the gastronomic proposal and experience offered by the chef Óscar Molina and his team. La Gaia aims at taking its culinary offer a step further through its gastronomic concept: Mediterranean Kaiseki. An enveloping ceremony for the five senses with Japanese and Mediterranean influences. While finding the perfect balance between haute cuisine and artistic expression, Óscar Molina shows his most personal side through elaborations that tell stories and express his life experiences.

There is a new gastronomic landmark to celebrate in Balearic Islands as of 2020. La Gaia, the flagship restaurant of Ibiza Gran Hotel, just won its second Repsol Sun, the award that the Spanish Repsol Guide gives away every year to the best restaurants and chefs in order to reward the excellence of a culinary proposal and service. Thus, the restaurant becomes the only one to obtain the second distinction within the islands in this edition.

Within a magnificent location in the island and led by the chef Óscar Molina, La Gaia is the unique fusion cuisine restaurant that has conquered the most demanding palates in Ibiza. Since its opening, his essence and philosophy have always been present within the project and culinary proposal. A new gastronomic concept that has never stopped evolving due to Oscar’s self-demand and curiosity for trying new techniques, flavours and textures while surprising. Thus, in order to keep looking for the excellence and sophistication and after winning its first Repsol Sun in 2017, La Gaia presented its new gastronomic concept in 2019 under Mediterranean Kaiseki.

With this proposal, which will be the main pillar of the gastronomic experience at La Gaia in 2020, Molina and his team turn every dinner into an authentic enveloping ceremony where every detail, color, texture and flavour are balance in every dish to express and show the intensity of the flavours at its finest. In the same way and being completely aware of the rich environment that surrounds the island, Balearic Islands and the Mediterranean sea are very present in every creation through the techniques, ingredients and flavours.

Through a dynamic menu that evolves and changes throughout the season, Mediterranean Kaiseki is also the most personal culinary proposal of the chef Óscar Molina, who uses every plate as a canvas to capture his experiences, memories, emotions and reivindicaciones.

“Obtaining the second Repsol Sun is not only a huge pride and joy but also an incredible energy and enthusiasm boost for the whole team. Starting off the season with this recognition makes us commencing with more hope and goodwill if possible. We can’t wait to open La Gaia doors again this year to keep exceeding our expectations and giving away special moments for our dinners. We want to move them through an excellent gastronomic experience with a very personal and careful treatment that makes them feel like at home” states the chef Óscar Molina.

About La Gaia:
La Gaia is the gastronomic flagship restaurant of Ibiza Gran Hotel. Managed by the chef Óscar Molina and inspired by the Japanese Kaiseki tradition that reflects the perfect combination between haute cusine and artistic expression around the Mediterranean universe, La Gaia has designed a culinary proposal capable of transporting the most exquisite palates into other gastronomic worlds. The result is a whole menu with a strong personality and creative winks that come from the very latest gastronomic trends.

LA GAIA
Address: Passeig Joan Carles I, 17, 07800 Ibiza
Opening times: Monday to Sunday from 20:00 to 1:00
Average price: 80 – 100€/pp
Tasting menu: 80€/pp
Reservations: +34 971 806 806

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S. Pellegrino x Young Chef 2020 Jurors

S.Pellegrino Announces Jurors for the Global Final of Their Young Chef 2020 Competition

S.Pellegrino has announced the seven jurors who will be judging the Grand Finale of their Young Chef 2020 competition, taking place in Milan on 8-9 May 2020.

A constantly engaged talent platform that nurtures the future of gastronomy, S.Pellegrino Young Chef saw 134 young chefs all over the globe taking part in live cook-offs in front of international jury panels from the participating countries of twelve different regions. The twelve finalists will cook in front of the Seven Sages, an esteemed jury panel made up of seven giants of global gastronomy who, believing that the culture and ethics behind a plate will make the difference for a chef in the future, will judge their dishes to find the final winner.

The ‘Seven Sages’ are:

Mauro Colagreco, the Italian-Argentine chef who has been declared No 1 at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards 2019 with his three-Michelin star restaurant Mirazur in Menton, France. He works to provide maximum quality through using local ingredients, stating; “As chefs, we are obliged to focalize on the sustainability and the future of our planet.”

Andreas Caminada a Swiss chef and entrepreneur who holds three Michelin stars at his restaurant Schloss Schauenstein. His philosophy is to stay true to his roots, only using seasonal ingredients from surrounding castle grounds or hand-picked local producers. He received the World’s 50 Best Sustainable Restaurant Award for his environmental and social approach at Schloss Schauenstein in 2019.

Clare Smyth, the first female British chef to hold and retain three Michelin stars, named the World’s Best Female Chef 2018 by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. The ingredients she uses for her British cuisine are selected after a long research among local farmers and independent artisanals and have a strong ethic and sustainable aspect.

Pim Techamuanvivit, is the executive chef of Nahm in Bangkok (one Michelin star since 2017), and the chef/owner Kin Khao (one Michelin star since 2015) and the recently-opened Nari in San Francisco. Committed to sustainability and food waste prevention, she supports the future of Thai food by working closely with local artisan producers, fishermen and farmers to source impeccable ingredients for her kitchens.

Enrico Bartolini is currently the most starred Italian chef. In 2019 his restaurant, Enrico Bartolini – Mudec, received three Michelin stars, marking the return of a three-stars restaurant in Milan, after more than 25 years. His philosophy is to be contemporary classic, blending tradition with innovation and endless experimentation, to create new flavours that are packed with memories.

Manoella Buffara, a Brazilian chef who studied in Italy. Her restaurant Manu was named ‘One to Watch’ by Latin America’s 50 Best in 2018, and to promote sustainability she created a model in which the protection of nature is the task of everyone, using urban gardens to bring communities together by sharing crops.

Gavin Kaysen, owner of the Spoon and Stable Restaurant in Minneapolis, is a gifted U.S. chef and a visionary entrepreneur. Believing that mentorship is still very relevant in the gastronomy profession, Kaysen is strongly committed in helping the next generation of young culinarians refine their skills in the kitchen. He is one of the founding mentors of the nonprofit Ment’or BKB Foundation (formerly Bocuse d’Or USA Foundation) and he took part in the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 event, mentoring the winning candidate for USA team.

The jurors will be judging the finalists based on three key attributes – technical skills, creativity and personal belief – as well as the candidates’ potential to create positive change in society through food. The chef who displays these attributes most successfully will be crowned S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2020.

This year’s culinary journey will also host a one-day Forum curated by Fine Dining Lovers – the online leading voice in gastronomy by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna for worldwide food enthusiasts – that will be dedicated to human and food sustainability in Gastronomy. Young and top chefs will take turns on stage to share their view and experience about kitchen culture and sustainable practices: to name one for all, the world-renowned chef Massimo Bottura will run a special lecture.

FineDiningLovers will share insights on S. Pellegrino Young Chef 2020: follow the story on www.finedininglovers.com and @finedininglovers socials.

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Taste of the NFL

Super Bowl LIV Kicks Off!
The Nation’s Top Chefs and NFL Players Gather in South Florida for
Taste of the NFL’s Party with a Purpose®
 
Super Bowl LIV has finally arrived in South Florida and San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs are gearing up for the big game. The iconic Party with a Purpose® by Taste of the NFL traditionally takes place on the eve of the Super Bowl and for its 29th year it will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at The Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida.
 
The Taste of the NFL’s annual star-studded strolling wine and food event brings together exceptional cuisine, over 40 prominent chefs from around the country, NFL players, coaches, legends, celebrities, and more, all to support the fight against hunger. The nationwide fundraising campaign’s net proceeds directly support food banks nationwide. The event will feature a chef from each NFL city serving their signature dish alongside a current or alumni NFL player.
 
This year Chef Parke Ulrich from Waterbar in San Francisco, California and former 49ers linebacker and NFL 2000 Hall of Fame star Dave Wilcox are teamed up to represent the San Francisco 49ers. Together the duo will be serving up Dungeness Crab Fried Rice with uni mayo and bacon.

Representing the Kansas City Chiefs is Chef Michael Smith of Michael Smith Restaurant in Kansas City and former Kansas City Chief Eddie Kennison. Chef Smith is the city’s first James Beard Award-winning chef and will be serving Moroccan Lamb Harira & Cous Cous.

The team of national guest hosts for 2020 includes the legendary Coach Don Shula serving as the National Honorary Chair; Chef Andrew Zimmern – National Culinary Host; Chef Adam Richman – Florida Culinary Host; and Ben Leber as the National Player Host.
 
Local Miami Dolphin alumni and chefs who are absolute must-see’s at the event are former Dolphins linebacker John Offerdahl and James Beard Award winning Chef Allen Susser, who will be representing the Miami Dolphins; Chef Demetrio Zavala from Shula’s Restaurant Group and former Dolphins safety Dick Anderson are representing Shula’s American Steakhouse and the Dolphins’ Perfect Season; last season’s host committee chef representative Executive Chef Paula DaSilva from The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale and Burlock Coast; 2019 Grid Iron Grill Off Battle winner Chef Brad Phillips from Even Keel Fish & Oyster and this year’s Kick Hunger Challenge winner Chef Jorge Gutierrez from Lona on Fort Lauderdale Beach.
 
In addition, The Diplomat Restaurant Group (DRG) has joined the team with its collection of notable chefs and will host a pop-up tailgate party at this year’s Party with a Purpose® – Michael Schulson/Taek Lee (Monkitail); Daniel Siegelman (Point Royal/Counter Point); and Rashaad Abdool (Diplomat Prime). Photo ops, lite bites, the DRG Kick Hunger Signature Cocktail, Apple Cider Mule, and desserts will be offered as a “Taste of The Diplomat” VIP welcome reception experience.
 
For a full event menu please visit https://www.tasteofthenfl.com/event-menu.
 
The roster of celebrity guests at this year’s After Party will be one of the hottest in TNFL’s 29-year history. Leading the entertainers is Derrick Wright – a top musical director and drummer in the entertainment industry who has worked with some of the world’s most notable singer/songwriters such as Janet Jackson, Adele, Alicia Keys, Toni Braxton, and Marc Anthony, among others. Joining Wright is a group of the best, most in-demand recording and touring musicians and vocalists in the biz including: Amanda Brown; Ali Caldwell; Cheryl Pepsii Riley; Guy Lockard; Al “Boogie” Carty; Miles Robertson; Ricardo Ramos; and Peter Wise. To make it extra sweet, Celebrity Chef and Cake Boss Buddy Valastro’s team will be offering an array of desserts to wrap up the evening.
 
Tickets for the not-to-be-missed fundraiser, Party with a Purpose® on Saturday, February 1, 2020 can be purchased at tasteofthenfl.com/tickets. Tickets include food, beverage, auction access, merchandise opportunities for autographs and photos, and access to the After Party with live celebrity entertainment. 100% of the net proceeds will benefit food banks in each NFL city, including Feeding South Florida locally. The Diplomat Beach Resort is located at 3555 South Ocean Drive in Hollywood, Florida. Sponsorship opportunities are still available including a special top-tier level, Hunger Heroes Partners. This limited designation features an elevated experience with exclusive perks including early admittance to the event, complimentary parking, table seating in the VIP section, tickets to the invitation-only Friday Night Huddle event (a thank you party for chefs, players and sponsors) and more. For more ticket and sponsor information, please visit: http://tasteofthenfl.com.

About Taste of The NFL

Since 1992, Taste of the NFL (a 501c3 organization) has rallied the country’s top chefs and the NFL’s greatest players to raise money in support of food banks throughout the United States. To-date, Taste of the NFL’s programs and events have raised and donated in excess of $26 million to food banks and nonprofit organizations in the 32 NFL cities, resulting in more than 220 million meals for Americans in need (many of them children and seniors), who have turned to their local food banks for assistance. The season-long efforts culminate each year with the Taste of the NFL’s Party with a Purpose®. Held on the eve of the Super Bowl. The star-studded fundraising event brings together exceptional cuisine, prominent chefs from around the country, NFL players, coaches, legends and more, all to support the fight against hunger. Learn more about Taste of the NFL at www.TasteoftheNFL.com.

About Kick Hunger Challenge

The Kick Hunger Challenge is an online-only fundraising campaign spearheaded by Taste of the NFL. This friendly “competition” pits fans from all 32 NFL teams against each other to raise money for food banks in NFL communities nationwide. Throughout the official NFL football season, and through Super Bowl Weekend, fans have the opportunity to support one of the 32 NFL teams and directly impact the donation of thousands of meals to food banks in their team’s community. Learn more about the Kick Hunger Challenge at www.kickhungerchallenge.com.

About The Diplomat Beach Resort

As ‘The Centerpiece of South Florida,’ The Diplomat Beach Resort, Hollywood, Florida’s most iconic property, boasts 1,000 guestrooms and suites, 8 different culinary destinations, two sun-drenched pools, 26 poolside cabanas – including four designed by the iconic fashion brand, Trina Turk, a deluxe spa and fitness center, and 209,000 square feet of meetings and event space. Additionally, The Diplomat is the largest in hotel convention space in South Florida with the most expansive ballroom south of Orlando. Each dining destination is rooted in strong culinary sensibilities and exudes brand individuality, creating distinct spaces and experiences, from famed Restaurateur and Chef Michael Schulson’s award-winning Monkitail, to Celebrity Chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s Point Royal. Located at 3555 South Ocean Drive in Hollywood, Florida, the resort is spread across the Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean, and within a 10-minute drive from the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport. For reservations please call 1-954-602-6000 or visit www.diplomatresort.com

About Curio Collection by Hilton

Curio Collection by Hilton is an upper-upscale, global portfolio of nearly 80 one-of-a-kind hotels and resorts. Curio Collection properties provide travelers authentic, curated experiences through distinctly local offerings and unexpected amenities, while providing the benefits of Hilton and its award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors. Read the latest brand and hotel stories at newsroom.hilton.com/curio, and connect with Curio Collection on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

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OCASO UNDERGROUND MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES NEW FOOD × ART EXPERIENCES AS PART OF DAILY ACTIVITIES

International Chefs and Artists to Showcase Their Talents Every Night at La Senda Resort

The Ocaso Underground Music Festival (www.OcasoFestival.com), is returning to Costa Rica for the fourth year in a row and announced today all new food and art experiences for ticket holders to enjoy every night January 9th – the 13th at the La Senda Retreat (www.LaSendaCostaRica.com), in Tamarindo, CR.  

Healthy food and lifestyles have always been pillars of the Ocaso Festival mantra, and as such a very special nightly international food experience has been added to the festivities.  Under the direction of Costa Rican Chef Pablo Bonilla – of Sikwa and Francisca and recently written about in Forbes and National Geographic, will be leading a team of chefs from Chile, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Guatemala, El Salvador and the US. Each day, one international chef will be teamed up with some of Costa Rica’s best local chefs to provide a unique culinary experience each day of the festival.  A rundown of the chefs is as follows:

Guest chefs 

Ariel Millaman (Chile) 

Cesar Zapata (Colombia/USA)

Gabriela Guaimare (Venezuela/Spain)

Mauricio Barbón (El Salvador/Peru) 

Néstor Sical (Guatemala) 

Pablo Díaz (Guatemala) 

Stephanie Bonnin (Colombia/USA)

Local Chefs

Andres Sandoval (El Gallo Rojo, CR) 

Diego Hernández (Sikwa/Francisca, CR) 

Gilberto Briceño (Las Catalinas, CR) 

Hugo Gutiérrez (Cala Luna/La Senda, Mexico/CR)

María Elena Espinosa (Guaitil, CR)

In addition to the dishes of our visiting chefs, Bonilla will also be teaming up with Maikol Acuña, executive chef of Alma de Amón in San Jose, to provide a solid menu of regional street food that festival-goers can sample each day of Ocaso. 

“In keeping with the culture and mission of Ocaso, we want all of our food to be locally sourced, organic, and purchased from sustainable farms,” stated Bonilla. “Our amazing international chefs will be displaying ancestral techniques in the preparation of their dishes. In striving to show respect for their local cuisine, it is important for us to provide them with the best products available – and to us that means organic and sustainable.”

Ocaso will also be taking over the kitchen at the Best Western Vista Villas where a daily menu of healthy breakfast, lunch and smoothies will be available. 

Furthering the vision of a holistic festival will be a group of international artists from the US and Costa Rica who will share their art during live painting exhibitions at the festival grounds from 11pm-2am every night.  Featured, internationally acclaimed Artists will include Brendan Cooney, Dan Buell, Diego Fournier, Hector Gordillo, Joseph Navarro, Marjorie Meplón, Sam Flores and Telopa Treloky.

Ocaso has quickly grown into a cornerstone in the world of underground electronic music festivals and this year will present major performers including 2019 DJ Award Winner for Melodic House and Techno Maceo Plex, 2019 DJ Award Breakthrough Artist winner Artbat,  Äme, Doc Martin, Justin Martin, Magdalena, and Shiba San.  Hosted on the iconic La Senda retreat grounds, festival goers will be treated to a mystical journey through Costa Rican beaches and jungles, all while experiencing an unforgettable week of transcendent music where DJ’s and fans from around the world can meld together to partake in the incredible energies of the land.

Shuttle service to La Senda will be provided from the official host hotel of the festival, Best Western Tamarindo each day starting at 5pm and will return trips will be available until 30 minutes after each night ends.  Shuttles cost one token each way. Tokens for shuttles, concessions and more can be purchased at will-call which will be located poolside at Best Western every day from 11am – 2am, as well as on-site at La Senda. With intermittent wifi at La Senda, festival runners strongly recommend purchasing tokens at the Best Western before traveling to the main event venue.  

For more information, DJ line-ups, tickets, and more visit www.OcasoFestival.com, and follow them on Instagram @OcasoFestival and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ocasofestival/. Tickets may be purchased at https://www.tixr.com/groups/ocaso/events/ocaso-underground-music-festival-16719

About Ocaso Underground Music Festival (www.OcasoFestival.com

Ocaso Festival is an underground electronic music festival in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. A destination festival, Ocaso is one of the most unique festivals in the world.  With musical areas located poolside, on the beach, and deep in the jungle, the festival promotes a single-stage experience, having only one performance at a time. Set in Tamarindo, Ocaso’s home base is a surfing paradise, known for good vibes and a bourgeoning electronic music scene.

101 Best Restaurants

On Monday, Dec. 9, the Los Angeles Times will publish its annual list of 101 Best Restaurants, premiering on latimes.com that evening and in a premium print edition to be delivered to Times Sunday subscribers on Dec. 15.

This year, for the seventh edition of the list originated by the late great Jonathan Gold, Times restaurant critics Bill Addison and Patricia Escárcega have chosen the restaurants and written all of the reviews. (See their essay on this year’s list here.) And in honor of the restaurants that have earned coveted spots on the list, The Times Food staff will host a launch party on Dec. 9, with 30 celebrated chefs serving-up small plates.

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Lithuanian Fine Dining

Trend of Going Back to the Roots Praised by Michelin-Starred Chefs

Michelin-starred chefs from Italy were impressed by fine dining and food traditions they have discovered in Vilnius – the capital of Lithuania. The chefs pointed out reliance on roots and authenticity as the main strength of Lithuanian cuisine. They saw this as a trend that other countries are likely to follow.

The restaurants, food markets and delicacy shops of Vilnius attracted considerable attention of Michelin-starred chefs Andrea Aprea and Anthony Genovese, who visited the Lithuanian capital to attend the Lithuanian Gastronomy Forum. Both chefs agreed that a combination of authentic elements with modern cuisine sets Vilnius food tradition as an example to follow.

“Authenticity is important for the new generation of chefs we see coming at the moment. It is quite easy to get caught up in what the rest of the world is doing without figuring out who exactly you are as a chef and learning about your own heritage. Once you have this base understanding of yourself and your roots, your food will continue to evolve and thrive,” said Chef Genovese from the restaurant Il Pagliaccio, **Michelin Guide 2019.

According to Chef Aprea, when people make their traditional dishes they save and share memories of authentic food. People then learn from each other by making or tasting food of other cultures.

“I don’t have any memory of Lithuanian food, I don‘t know what is authentic Lithuanian cuisine, but the food itself and chefs who made it were telling stories. They combine the contemporary approach towards food with local traditional food elements. I think that coming back to the roots, saving and sharing memory is the way everybody should and will follow,” explained Chef Aprea from the restaurant VUN, ** Michelin Guide 2019.

During his food exploration trip, Chef Aprea was introduced to food served in Lithuania during the Middle Ages. He tried traditional cottage cheese, smoked pork fat, kvass and spit cake.

“I’d definitely recommend Vilnius as a gastro tourism place. It’s interesting to discover both the modern cuisine with traditional elements and an authentic food experience tasting the food that Lithuanians served on the table in the Middle Ages. Not only I’d recommend Vilnius to my friends or other chefs but I also plan coming back here again myself,” reflected Chef Aprea.

Vilnius’ restaurants focus on seasonal cuisine, improvisation, and unique culinary experiences. And though they differ in flavours, concepts and traditions, they’re all contributing to the city’s budding food scene, which takes guests on delicious flavour filled adventures.

Most of the top-grade restaurants in Vilnius have some traditional Lithuanian elements in their menus. For example, restaurants Nineteen 18 and Sweet Root both base their cuisine specifically on a modern interpretation of Lithuanian culinary tradition. These restaurants were  listed second and third, respectively, on the 2019 Top 30 Baltic restaurants list and given the Global Master Level by the White Guide Nordic. The best Lithuanian restaurant (according to a local ratingDžiaugsmas also serves creative reinterpretation of local food.

The menu of such restaurants features original interpretations of such Lithuanian everyday dishes as carp, schnitzel, beetroots and potatoes. Mushrooms – the must-have of the ordinary Lithuanian kitchen get into unexpected combinations as in dried boletus ice cream with hazelnut biscuit and fourteen months oak-aged apple vinegar served in Džiaugsmas. The fine-dining restaurants use local supplies of Lithuanian farmers or even develop their own farms.

Chef Aprea thinks that the popularity of local produce and food markets also adds to the high quality of food in Vilnius restaurants.

“When I visit foreign countries I first try to find out where people from that country are buying food. It helps me in understanding their approach towards food. It‘s important because food is our gasoline. Finding a nice and lively food market in a city or country is an important sign for me,” he said.

The trends and lessons of contemporary Lithuanian cuisine were further discussed at the second Lithuanian Gastronomy Forum which this year focused on multiculturalism as the foundation of the new Lithuanian gastronomy. Throughout the history Lithuanian cuisine was influenced by French, Italian and German gastronomic traditions as well as Jewish, tartar and other oriental cultures that reached Lithuania through its ethnic minorities. This mix of cultures and the cuisine that grew out of it were the main topics of all presentations and discussions at the forum.

ABOUT GO VILNIUS

Go Vilnius is the official tourism and business development agency of the City of Vilnius. The agency provides visitors, investors, relocating talent, entrepreneurs and businesses with all the essential information they need to know about the Lithuanian capital. Go Vilnius offers information on everything from real estate to leisure activities in Vilnius, simplifying the process of travelling, relocating to, or investing in Vilnius.

*Photo Credit: Irmantas Gelūnas

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Shaquille O’Neal Launches “In the Kitchen with Shaq” on ShopHQ®

The Hall of Famer and ShopHQ® Forge Partnership for Kitchen and Grill Products

iMedia Brands (NASDAQ: IMBI) today announced a partnership with Authentic Brands Group (ABG) for Shaquille O’Neal and ShopHQ®, its flagship nationally distributed television retailing network. The agreement includes a nationally televised live program, “In the Kitchen with Shaq” as well as a product partnership for an innovative collection of kitchenware, cookware, and grill products.

“In the Kitchen with Shaq” is set to broadcast live, weekly one-hour program per year hosted by the legendary basketball Hall of Famer and will feature Shaq-approved kitchen, and cookware essentials. “In the Kitchen with Shaq” films in Atlanta, GA and is confirmed for thirty live broadcasts.

“I’m so excited to partner with ShopHQ® on ‘In the Kitchen with Shaq’,” said O’Neal. “Nothing brings people together like food and my new collection features top-of-the-line kitchen necessities that anyone can use to prep, cook and serve their favorite recipes. I can’t wait to unveil it on ShopHQ®.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Shaquille on the exciting launch of ‘In the Kitchen with Shaq’,” said Tim Peterman, CEO of iMedia Brands. “Shaquille’s business acumen has no bounds, and we know that his fanbase will be excited not only to see Shaq on their television screens but also in their kitchens.”

“In the Kitchen with Shaq” is slated to launch on ShopHQ® in 2020.

About iMedia Brands, Inc.
iMedia Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ: IMBI) is a global interactive media company that manages a growing portfolio of niche, lifestyle television networks and web service businesses, primarily in North America, for both English speaking and, soon, Spanish speaking audiences and customers. Its brand portfolio spans multiple business models and product categories and includes ShopHQ, iMedia Web Services and soon-to-be-launched Bulldog Shopping Network and LaVenta Shopping Network. Please visit www.imediabrands.com for more investor information.

About Shaquille O’Neal
Shaquille O’Neal is one of the world’s most successful athletes-turned-businessmen, whose accomplishments both on and off the court have translated into a highly sought-after consumer brand. As a business mogul, sports analyst, DJ, restauranteur, and brand ambassador, O’Neal’s unique “Business of Fun” mantra resonates throughout each of his countless endeavors.

The 15-time NBA All-Star’s unprecedented athletic career spanned nearly two decades and earned him countless awards and honors, including NBA Most Valuable Player, NBA Rookie of the Year, four NBA Championships and a First Ballot NBA Hall of Famer. Currently, O’Neal is an analyst on TNT’s Emmy Award-winning Inside the NBA, and will be premiering his life chronicling reality series, Shaq Life, in 2020.

O’Neal, who has a PhD in Leadership and Education, gives back through a number of annual philanthropic programs including Shaq to SchoolShaqsgiving, and Shaq a Claus.

The debut of his Los Angeles restaurant, Shaquille’s, along with his Las Vegas eatery, Big Chicken, has further elevated Shaquille’s tycoon status he has positioned him as a successful restaurateur. A second Big Chicken location is slated to open in Glendale, CA and will debut at sea on Carnival Cruise Lines Radiance and Mardi Gras.

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About Authentic Brands Group
Authentic Brands Group (ABG) is a brand development, marketing and entertainment company, which owns a portfolio of global media, entertainment and lifestyle brands. Headquartered in New York City, ABG elevates and builds the long-term value of more than 50 consumer brands and properties by partnering with best-in-class manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers. Its brands have a global retail footprint in more than 100,000 points of sale across the luxury, specialty, department store, mid-tier, mass and e-commerce channels and more than 5,000 freestanding stores and shop-in-shops around the world.

ABG is committed to transforming brands by delivering compelling product, content, business and immersive experiences. It creates and activates original marketing strategies to drive the success of its brands across all consumer touchpoints, platforms and emerging media. ABG’s portfolio of iconic and world-renowned brands generates more than $10 billion in annual retail sales and includes Marilyn Monroe®, Mini Marilyn®, Elvis Presley®, Muhammad Ali®, Shaquille O’Neal®, Sports Illustrated®, Dr. J®, Greg Norman®, Neil Lane®, Thalia®, Michael Jackson® (managed brand), Nautica®, Aéropostale®, Juicy Couture®, Vince Camuto®, Herve Leger®, Judith Leiber®, Barneys New York®, Frederick’s of Hollywood®, Nine West®, Frye®, Jones New York®, Louise et Cie®, Sole Society®, Enzo Angiolini®, CC Corso Como®, Hickey Freeman®, Hart Schaffner Marx®, Adrienne Vittadini®, Taryn Rose®, Bandolino®, Misook®, 1.STATE®, CeCe®, Chaus®, Spyder®, Tretorn®, Tapout®, Prince®, Volcom®, Airwalk®, Vision Street Wear®, Above The Rim®, Hind®, Thomasville®, Drexel® and Henredon®.

For more information, visit authenticbrandsgroup.com.
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DIN TAI FUNG 

The soup dumplings once described by the late Pulitzer Prize winner Jonathan Gold as “small miracles” will find a new home as Din Tai Fung announces its first Las Vegas location, joining the stellar culinary line-up at ARIA Resort & Casino in 2020.

The esteemed Taiwanese dumpling and noodle house, with more than 170 restaurants in 13 countries, will debut in the former ARIA Café space mid-to-late next year.

ARIA President & COO Steve Zanella said, “We are thrilled to welcome Din Tai Fung to ARIA as they work alongside our talented restaurant employees to deliver a new culinary experience to our resort.  Both teams are known for their world-class service standards and we know the synergy will be impeccable when the restaurant opens next year.”

“Din Tai Fung consistently provides superior food and service, positioning the venue as one of the most sought-after brands in the world,” said MGM Resorts International Chief Hospitality Officer Ari Kastrati. “We welcome their team to our culinary portfolio as they provide ARIA’s guests with a renowned menu full of exciting offerings.”

Din Tai Fung is celebrated from Taipei to Los Angeles for meticulously handcrafted dumplings and noodles served in an approachable setting. Renowned for its Xiao Long Bao, Din Tai Fung’s Shanghai-style soup dumplings are filled with the highest quality Kurobuta pork and broth that bursts upon the first bite, fragranced with aromas of fresh ginger and green onion.

Din Tai Fung CEO Frank Yang said, “We are excited to bring Din Tai Fung to Las Vegas’ international clientele. We will be leveraging our 20 years of experience perfecting our operations in other markets to provide an authentic yet modern Taiwanese dining experience. Our attention to detail and commitment to the highest standard in both service and food quality is, no doubt, a perfect match for ARIA.”

Additional details on Din Tai Fung will be made available in the coming months.

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ARIA Resort & Casino

ARIA Resort & Casino is a stunning AAA Five Diamond resort on The Strip featuring an unprecedented combination of striking architecture, sustainable design, spectacular amenities, high-end service and premium meeting and convention space. Combined with its unparalleled amenities including luxurious shopping at Crystals and the first-of-its-kind public Fine Art Collection, ARIA introduces a new generation of resort experiences, unlike anything Las Vegas has ever seen.  ARIA and its neighboring properties are a joint venture between MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) and Infinity World Development Corp, a subsidiary of Dubai World. For more information and reservations, visit ARIA.com or call toll free at (866) 359-7757; also find ARIA on Facebook and Twitter.

Din Tai Fung

Din Tai Fung is a Taiwanese restaurant specializing in Xiao Long Bao. Originally founded as a cooking oil retail business in 1958, Din Tai Fung was reborn as a steamed dumpling and noodle restaurant in 1972. Since its founding, Din Tai Fung has focused on achieving steady improvement in quality, standardization, and service. In 1996, the first international location opened in Tokyo, and the first location in North America opened in Arcadia, California in 2000. In 2009, the Hong Kong branch was awarded one Michelin star. Din Tai Fung now has 8 locations in California, 5 locations in the Pacific Northwest and more than 170 restaurants in 13 countries worldwide.

For more information please visit https://dintaifungusa.com/; also find Din Tai Fung USA on Facebook and Instagram (@dintaifungusa).

Hannah Hart, edible history, buzzfeed, 360 magazine

Edible History f/ Hannah Hart

Internet superstar Hannah Hart is back for Season 2 of her hit series Edible History, the fan-favorite cooking show from BuzzFeed’s Tasty where she learns the origin story behind her favorite foods and recreates ancient recipes. In the season 2 premiere, Hannah discovers the surprisingly controversial history of the french fry (where is it really from?), and then makes a 250 year-old recipe to create a truly authentic, old school french fry.

You might know entertainer and food enthusiast Hannah Hart from her New York Times best-selling books, Food Network show, films, podcasts, LGBTQ advocacy, or her wildly popular YouTube series “My Drunk Kitchen.” With Edible History, she’s back in the Tasty kitchen to combine her love of food and her love of history, and fans are ecstatic – the season 2 premiere already has nearly a million views.

New episodes of Edible History launch every Saturday at 8 AM PST on Tasty’s Facebook page, the world’s largest social food network. Tune in weekly to catch Hannah take us back in time and serve up a unique mixture of history, education, and entertainment.

Check out the season 2 premier HERE

USA TODAY, WINE AND FOOD EXPERIENCE, 360 MAGAZINE

USA TODAY WINE & FOOD EXPERIENCE

PRESENTED BY DESERT FORD DEALERS ANNOUNCES EVENT SCHEDULE

Featuring The Bella Twins – Brie & Nikki Bella & their Belle Radici wines,

SommSelect Global Wine Hunters & Master Sommeliers Ian Cauble and Chris Miller

and more than 30 Las Vegas Chefs & Restaurateurs

Tickets at https://wineandfood.usatoday.com/tickets/las-vegas/

WHAT

2019 USA TODAY Wine & Food Experience Las Vegas presented by Desert Ford Dealers

WHEN

Saturday,Oct. 26, 2019

§  12pm: VIP Grand Tasting ticketholder entry

§  1 p.m.: Grand Tasting ticketholder entry

§  4pm: Event concludes

WHERE     

Las Vegas Festival Grounds, 311 W. Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101

WHY

Delivering the quintessential grand tasting to explore and sample Las Vegas’ fine food, wine, beer & spirits from local and national chefs and gourmet authorities. #LVWFE, #WFE, Facebook & Instagram @usatodaywinefood; Twitter @usawfe

Colorful Scenes of #WFE Tour:  https://tinyurl.com/y58kvhbl 

SCHEDULE
*Schedule subject to change

2 p.m.              VIP Grand Tasting ticketholder entry

12:15 p.m.       Bella Twins Meet & Greet

1 p.m.              Grand Tasting ticketholder entry

1:15 p.m.         The City National Bank Cellar: Rums of Puerto Rico

1:15 p.m.         The Thermador Culinary Stage: Chef Joe Johnson of Yardbird at The Venetian Resort

2 p.m.              The Thermador Culinary Stage: Chef Vic Casanova of Ambra Italian Kitchen + Bar at MGM Grand

2 p.m.              VIP Lounge: “Ask the SOMM” with SommSelect’s David Lynch & Master Sommelier Chris Miller [VIP ticketholders only]

2:15 p.m.         The City National Bank Cellar: “Partners in Wine” Belle Radici wine seminar with Brie & Nikki Bella

2:45 p.m.         The Thermador Culinary Stage: Chef Brian Howard of Sparrow + Wolf

3:15 p.m.         The City National Bank Cellar: SommSelect’s David Lynch & Master Sommelier Chris Miller “Drink like a SOMM” wine seminar

3:30 p.m.         The Thermador Culinary Stage: Chef Marc Marrone of Graffiti Boa

PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS & CHEFS

§  Ambra Italian Kitchen + Bar at MGM Grand, Chef Vic Casanova

§  Bajamar Seafood & Tacos, Chef George Ramirez

§  Border Grill at Mandalay Bay, Chef Susan Feniger & Chef Mike Minor

§  Cadillac Mexican Kitchen, Chef Eliab Valencia

§  CHICA, Chef Arron Cappello

§  Diablo’s Cantina at Luxor, Chef Saul Ortiz-Cruz

§  EDO Gastro Tapas & Wine, Chef Oscar Amador

§  Ethel M Chocolates, Senior R & D Scientist Mark Mackey

§  Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar, Chef Francesco Di Caudo

§  Flights Restaurant, Chef Alex Hult

§  Graffiti Bao, Chef Marc Marrone [VIP Lounge only]

§  Greene St Kitchen, Chef Joe Zanelli

§  Grimaldi’s

§  Harvest by Roy Ellamar at Bellagio, Chef Roy Ellamar

§  Holsteins Shakes and Buns, Chef Hugo Capistran

§  LAMAII, Chef Bank Atcharawan

§  La Monjá Cantina, Chef DJ Noel Flores

§  Le Cirque at Bellagio,  Chef Chris Heisinger

§  Libertine Social at Mandalay Bay, Chef Jamaal Taherzadeh

§  MICHAEL MINA Bellagio, Chef Nick Dugan

§  Once Nikkei, Chef Losa Yi

§  Oscar’s Steakhouse, Chef Ryan Rowland

§  Osteria Costa at The Mirage, Chef Creon Mallett

§  Ragin’ Cajun Cookin’ Services, Chef Will Staten

§  Sambalatte, Luiz Oliveira

§  Sekushi, Chef Eric Ou

§  SERVED restaurant, Matthew Meyer

§  Shiraz Restaurant & Bar, Chef Jainine Jaffer

§  Sparrow + Wolf, Chef Brian Howard

§  The Crack Shack at Park MGM, Chef Khine Moore

§  The Steak House at Circus Circus, Chef Bob O’Brien

§  Vagabond at Excalibur, Chef Michael Hadley

§  Valencian Gold, Chefs Paras Shah and Jeffrey Weiss

§  Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, Chef Joe Johnson

§  Vetri Cucina, Chef Paul Wensel

FEATURING

MGM Resorts International Celebrity Chefs

§  Susan Feniger (Border Grill and BBQ Mexicana at Mandalay Bay)

§  Roy Ellamar (Harvest by Roy Ellamar at Bellagio)

SPECIAL GUESTS

SommSelect Master Sommelier Ian Cauble & Master Sommelier Chris Miller

§  Cauble is among 274 master sommeliers in the world. Featured player in Netflix cult classic “SOMM.” Renowned global hunter of exceptional wines.

§  Miller is among 274 master sommeliers in the world; named “Best Young Sommelier in the World” (at International Chaîne des Rotisseurs Competition); winemaker, Seabold Cellars, Monterey County, Calif.

§  Cauble & Miller are featured in The Cellar wine seminar (first-come, first-served only; no reserved seats).     

§  Cauble & Miller present a seminar entitled “Drink Like a Somm” in The Cellar; and Q&A “Ask the Somm” for VIP ticketholders in the VIP Lounge.

The Bella Twins, co-founders, Belle Radici Wines

§  The Bella Twins are featured in an exclusively ticketed experience “Wine Down with The Bellas” sampling their Belle Radici wines, a Q&A and autograph/photo session. ($180)

§  The Bella Twins also present a wine Seminar in The Cellar entitled “Partners in Wine.” This session is open to all guests, first come, first served, no reserved seating

§  Brie Bella & Nikki Bella, stars of Total Bellas on E!. Co-founders, Belle Radici Wines, Napa, CA. WWE champions and entrepreneurs.

TICKETS
Purchase tickets athttps://wineandfood.usatoday.com/tickets/las-vegas/. All guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend. Ticket options include:

§  Grand Tasting ($65 presale; $85 at the door):1 p.m. entry, unlimited samplings of chef creations from the best local restaurants, fine wines and craft beer tastings, access to chef demonstrations on The Culinary Stage, access to classes and seminars in The Cellar.

§  VIP Grand Tasting ($100): Early admission into the Festival Grounds at noon, access to a VIP lounge which includes tastings of premium wines and hors-d’oeuvres, VIP Restrooms and all benefits included in the Grand Tasting. (LIMITED AVAILABILITY)

§  Wine Down with The Bella Twins ($140 add-on): Requires Grand Tasting, VIP or Chef Session ticket

ELEMENTS

§  Grand Tasting.  More than 30 restaurants feature the culinary flavors of Las Vegas. The epic Las Vegas dining scene will be on full display as top chefs, restaurateurs and gourmet leaders greet guests and savor wine, craft beer, spirits and gourmet bites.

§  The Culinary Stage & The Cellar Schedules. The Grand Tasting includes a schedule of demonstrations on The Thermador Culinary Stage; and wine seminars in The City National Bank Cellar – open to all ticketholders on a first-come, first-served basis.

SPONSORS
USA TODAY Wine & Food Experience in Las Vegas is presented by Desert Ford Dealers.  Additional sponsors include City National Bank presenting The Cellar wine seminar series; Thermador presenting The Culinary Stage cooking demonstrations; Rums of Puerto Rico; Don Julio; Ketel One Botanical; 14 Hands; 19 Crimes; Coca-Cola; Barilla; Ferrari-Carano; Angry Orchard; Jack Daniels; Five Farms Irish Cream; Bently Heritage, White Claw; media partner Las Vegas Review Journal; with audio visual provided by QSC Systems.

§  For sponsorship opportunities, contact Todd Wienke twienke@usatoday.com or Mike O’Donnell, mikeod@r-entertainment.com. For restaurant participation, contact Lauren Wissmann lauren@r-entertainment.com.

PARKING
Parking is available at the Transportation Lot  (810 Circus Circus Drive) with rotating shuttle busses to drive guests to the entrance.

Uber or Lyft are recommended.

SOCIAL MEDIA

§  USA TODAY Wine & Food Experience: Facebook & Instagram @usatodaywinefood; Twitter @usatwfe

§  MGM Resorts:  Facebook @MGMResorts; Instagram & Twitter: @MGMResortsIntl

§  Hashtags: #LVWFE, #USATWFE

About USA TODAY NETWORK Wine & Food Experience.  USA TODAY NETWORK Wine & Food Experience presents rich and colorful moments for guests to taste, savor and explore the American culinary scene, from gastronomic trends to regional gourmet traditions.  Anchored by a grand tasting showcase of area restaurants, the event is a platform for local chefs, emerging talent, award winners and nationally renowned culinary leaders to mix with patrons in a highly branded convivial setting.  Lively cooking demonstrations; chef meet & greets; imaginative beverage and tasting opportunities deliver unforgettable gourmet experiences for fans, connoisseurs, partners, purveyors and industry personalities. Visit WineandFood.USAToday.com

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About MGM Resorts International. MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is an S&P 500® global entertainment company with national and international locations featuring best-in-class hotels and casinos, state-of-the-art meetings and conference spaces, incredible live and theatrical entertainment experiences, and an extensive array of restaurant, nightlife and retail offerings. MGM Resorts creates immersive, iconic experiences through its suite of Las Vegas-inspired brands. The MGM Resorts portfolio encompasses 30 unique hotel and destination gaming offerings including some of the most recognizable resort brands in the industry. Expanding throughout the U.S. and around the world, the company recently acquired the operations of Empire City Casino in New York and Hard Rock Rocksino in Ohio, which was rebranded as MGM Northfield Park. In 2018, MGM Resorts opened MGM Springfield in Massachusetts, MGM COTAI in Macau, and the first Bellagio-branded hotel in Shanghai. The 83,000 global employees of MGM Resorts are proud of their company for being recognized as one of FORTUNE® Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies®. For more information visit us at www.mgmresorts.com

About R Entertainment. R Entertainment is an experiential marketing, content and business development company, producing 200 dates a year, such as the USA TODAY NETWORK Wine & Food Experience, Kentucky Derby Fillies & Lilies Party, Final Four Sponsors Ball, National Taco Tour, Super Bowl events, PGA Waste Management Phoenix Open, Arizona Diamondbacks Evening on the Diamond, The Good Life Festivals by Shea Homes, among others. R Entertainment also books concert entertainment nationwide. Visit R-Entertainment.com