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JOSE ANDRES × AMEX ICON AWARD 2019

JOSE ANDRES WINS AMERICAN EXPRESS ICON AWARD 2019 AS PART OF THE WORLD’S 50 BEST RESTAURANTS PROGRAM

US-based Spanish chef and humanitarian José Andrés has been awarded the American Express Icon Award 2019. This prestigious honor is part of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and celebrates an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the restaurant industry worthy of international recognition and who has used the platform that his profile as a chef provides to raise awareness and drive change.

Chef Andrés will officially receive his award at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 ceremony, heldat Sands Theatre within the iconic Marina Bay Sands in Singapore on the evening of Tuesday 25th June. The award reflects his overall career as a pioneering chef and restaurateur as well as his more recent humanitarian work, both of which have brought him to the status of a global culinary icon.

“José Andrés is more than just a superb chef and restaurateur,” says William Drew, Director of Content for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. “Not only has he brought fantastic, authentic, forward-thinking Spanish food to the US, but through his World Central Kitchen project he has helped feed millions of people denied access to nutritious food as a result of natural disasters. Chef Andrés embodies a character that has used his talent in the kitchen and subsequent position of power and access for a wider good, which makes him the perfect winner of the first global American Express Icon Award.”

Jose Andrés says: “I’m very humbled to receive this award, to make sure that I will give voice tothose who are voiceless. I will try to make sure that we bring hope, one plate of food at a time.”

Born in Asturias, northern Spain, Chef Andrés is the man credited with bringing both authentic tapas and innovative contemporary Spanish cuisine to the US. After spending two years with Ferran Adrià at legendary modernist restaurant El Bulli, in 1991 he packed his bags for the States with just $50 in his pocket.

Today, his ThinkFoodGroup includes more than 30 restaurants, including the two Michelin-starred minibar by José Andrés in Washington, DC, which serves some of the most avant-garde cuisine in the world. His array of restaurants ranges from experimental tasting-menu-only counter dining experiences to authentic regional cuisines and fast-casual concepts, which are focused on impeccably sourced ingredients served simply, often in a small-plate or tapas style.

“We are thrilled to recognize the incredible culinary and humanitarian work of our American ExpressGlobal Dining Collection partner and overall visionary, José Andrés, with the American Express IconAward,” said Chris Cracchiolo, Senior Vice President, Global Loyalty and Benefits, American Express.“Chef Andrés truly embodies what this award stands for, as his work both in the kitchen and outsidehave shown the power and impact that food can have in bringing individuals and communities together and helping them thrive and grow together.”

Twice awarded Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influencial People in the World, Andrés’ humanitarian workhas received widespread recognition. In 2016 he was awarded a National Humanities Medal at the White House by President Obama, and in 2018 he was named Humanitarian of the Year by the James Beard Foundation for the role of his non-profit organization, World Central Kitchen, in providing nearly 4 million meals to the people of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. His book recounting his experience in Puerto Rico, We Fed An Island, is a New York Times bestseller.

He has recently broadened his restaurant reach with a new location of Jaleo, his first restaurant, at Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, as well as the 35,000-square foot MercadoLittle Spain in New York’s Hudson Yards development, which combines a variety of Spanishrestaurants, bars and food and retail kiosks under one roof. Described as “a veritable love letter to Spain”, the project, inspired by the mercados central to social life in Spain, was developed withcreative collaboration from brothers Ferran and Albert Adrià, with whom he worked at El Bulli at the start of his career.

La Cosecha Latin market

La Cosecha , EDENS’ upcoming contemporary Latin market in the Union Market District, is thrilled to welcome three more culinary partners ahead of its grand opening this fall.

Local culinary star and entrepreneur Daniella Senior , known for her uber-popular Colada Shop , and her partner, renowned mixologist Juan Coronado, are among the second wave of partners being revealed as new additions to the La Cosecha landscape. The highly anticipated Latin market will soft open this summer at 1270 4 th Street NE, followed by a grand opening this fall featuring over a dozen businesses housed within more than 20,000 square feet of culinary, retail, entertainment and community space. The newly announced partners set to join the roster at the market are:

Serenata + Zumo: Colada Shop visionary Daniella Senior brings a dynamic dual concept to La Cosecha in the form of Serenata and Zumo, designed to highlight the rich flavors of Latin America. By day, Zumo will serve the freshest juices and delicious, picture-perfect toasts. When evening falls, Serenata’s selection of exquisite, elevated cocktails and snacks will come via a full-service Latino culinary experience featuring preeminent drinks sourced and inspired by the many countries that make up the fabric of the rich Latin American heritage.

La Casita: Chef Iris Veronica Jimenez and her family have been local mainstays for more than 30 years, starting out in 1984 with a market in Adams Morgan and building up to their present collection of beloved Salvadoran restaurants scattered throughout the D.C. metro area. Their upcoming La Casita outpost at La Cosecha will be a fast casual take on the traditional pupuseria, featuring elevated street food reminiscent of the fare available at a traditional large open market. The new La Casita’s cuisine is full of flavor, using the fresh, simple ingredients found at those same markets: corn, beans, rice, cheese and peppers. Café Unido: With eight cafes scattered throughout Panama, Café Unido brings its ethos of responsible sourcing and focus on both community and environment to D.C., launching its first stateside coffee shop at La Cosecha. Founders Benito Bermudez and Mario Castrellon, along with their experienced team of baristas and roasters, use beans from the best farms in Panama, including Panama Geisha – the highest priced coffee variety in the world – and other specialty Panamanian beans. Corporate responsibility is in the DNA of Café Unido and as such, they dedicate a percentage of sales to social and environmental projects in coffee-growing areas of Panama in an effort to create shared value between customers and local suppliers. This quartet of exciting new culinary experiences joins half a dozen existing partners, which were announced earlier this spring:

El Cielo: Internationally renowned chef Juan Manuel Barrientos will bring the second U.S. outpost of his luxury restaurants to D.C., following the first in Miami, and offering his innovative take on cuisine from his native Colombia.

Ali Pacha: Bolivia native Chef Sebastian Quiroga is behind the plant-based fine dining experience at Ali Pacha (meaning ‘the plant universe’ in the Aymara language), which was named one of the five most exciting Latin American restaurants to watch in 2019.

Amparo: Mexico-born, longtime D.C. local Christian Irabién – who discovered his love of fine dining while cooking with Chef José Andrés and Chef Cathal Armstrong – brings a modern-day take on Mexican cuisine alongside a mezcal-heavy beverage program to the market.

Grand Cata: Owners and co-founders, Puerto Rico-born Pedro J. Rodriguez and Chile native Julio Robledo, bring their new grocery-wine bar concept to La Cosecha featuring a curated selection of classic and sustainable natural wines from Latin America as well as artisanal gastronomic products from the region.

NOVA BOSSA: Brazil native Carolina Furukrona’s luxury lifestyle destination promotes artisanal, largely female-run brands from the Latin world across art and home décor, b ain couture , fashion accessories, handbags, jewelry and ready-to-wear.

Peruvian Brothers: Sibling duo Giuseppe and Mario Lanzone will open their first brick-and-mortar location, bringing their locally beloved Peruvian-style sandwiches, empanadas, desserts and hot sauces to the market. Meaning “the harvest” in Spanish, La Cosecha is an elevated, high-design market that will serve as a gathering spot for celebrating contemporary expressions of Latin culture through food, art, music, fashion, film, sport, travel and dance. The La Cosecha community will be comprised of artisans, businesses and entrepreneurs delivering authentic foods, flavors and craftsmanship to the nation’s capital. For more information, visit www.lacosechadc.com and follow @lacosechadc on Instagram and Twitter .

ABOUT LA COSECHA

La Cosecha is a contemporary marketplace celebrating centuries of Latin American heritage. As a culinary embassy, La Cosecha is designed for community and conversation with a philanthropic mission to foster business education throughout Latin America. Seasonal experiences are curated in partnership with Latin American embassies, eclectic tastemakers and artistic contributors. The harvest, la cosecha, is the natural time of joyfully reaping what has been cultivated by a dynamic community. ¡Celebremos!

ABOUT EDENS

EDENS is a retail real estate owner, operator and developer of a nationally-leading portfolio of 125+ retail places. Our purpose is to enrich community through human engagement. EDENS has 250 employees across offices in key markets including Washington, D.C., Boston, Dallas, Columbia, Atlanta, Miami, Charlotte, Houston and Denver. For additional information about the company and its retail real estate portfolio, visit www.edens.com .

The Taste Returns

Los Angeles Times’ annual celebration of the Southern California culinary scene returns with events in L.A. and Costa Mesa. The pop-up block parties will take place at the Paramount Pictures Studios backlot over Labor Day weekend (Friday, Aug. 30 through Sunday, Sept. 1) and The MET over two days in October (Friday, Oct. 18 and Saturday, Oct. 19).

Hosted by The Times’ Food staff, each edition of The Taste will include three individual events. Unlimited tastings from the region’s best restaurants, a variety of wine, beer and seasonal cocktails, plus access to cooking demonstrations and talks by renowned chefs are included with admission. Tickets, ranging from $80 to $115, are on sale now at latimes.com/TheTaste. Early birds can take advantage of $20 off the ticket price with offer code SAVE20.

Photo credit: Courtesy of LA Times The Taste

Eat Drink Vegan announces Culinary Stage

We’ve announced our Culinary Stage and it is, arguably, one of Eat Drink Vegan’s biggest milestones to date. Roy Choi, Mary Sue Milliken, Shirley Chung, Bruce Kalman and Marcel Vigneron will be cooking and demonstrating their creations live for our 10th anniversary event this June 22nd.

MORE ON THE CHEFS: 

  • Roy Choi: creator of Kogi taco truck; Tastemade TV and KCET’s ‘Broken Bread’; Netflix’s ‘The Chef Show’; Social: @chefroychoi. He will be serving Tofu Tacos and burritos on-site as well as demo-ing them at the Culinary Stage 
  • Mary Sue Milliken: co-owner of Border Grill; featured on Top Chef Season Three & KCRW’s Good Food; opening a new restaurant in Santa Monica called Socalo; Social: @marysuemilliken
  • Shirley Chung: owner of Ms Chi, Top Chef season 11, worked and opened restaurants for Thomas Keller, Guy Savoy; formerly Executive Chef Position at China Poblano, by Jose Andres; Social: @chfshirleychung
  • Bruce Kalman: Executive Chef at Union in Pasadena, James Beard nomination for “Rising Star Chef”, formerly cooking in Chicago (Okno, Green Dolphin Street and Coco Pazzo), Santa Fe, NM (Il Piatto) and Phoenix, AZ (Chelsea’s Kitchen); Social: @chefbkalman, @unionpasadena.
  • Marcel Vigneron: owner and chaf at WOLF; Syfy Network’s Marcel’s Quantum Kitchen; Bravo’s Top Chef and Top Chef All-Stars; Social: @marcelvigneron

The demos are scheduled from 1pm to 5pm throughout the EDV evening. Exact schedule to come in the next week. Hosted by USA Men’s Volleyball athlete Dustin Watten:  Sponsored by Purple Carrot, Mountain Valley Water & Toyota.

 

EDV INFO:

What: Eat Drink Vegan – 10th year

Where: Rose Bowl, Pasadena

When: Saturday, June 22nd, 2pm for GA

Website: https://www.eatdrinkvegan.com/

ABOUT EDV:

EDV started with humble beginnings: originally called the Vegan Beer and Food Festival, it was a small gathering in The Roxy Theatre parking lot on the Sunset Strip back in 2009. Nic Adler, vegan and owner of The Roxy, had a vision for a vegan beer festival where plant-based beer drinkers could enjoy a day of celebration that was worry-free of animal product. The festival features highly curated restaurants & food vendors, 250+ beverages, and a plant-based marketplace that showcases everything from clothing & candles to packaged foods & skin care. And since 2015, EDV has expanded to include some additional events across the Los Angeles area, like LA’s Best Vegan Tacos, & the Vegan Grilled Cheese Block Party.

BEYOND YOUR BUCKET LIST × SOUTH AFRICA

Go Beyond Your Bucket List in South Africa

With United Airlines’ new direct flight launching from Newark to Cape Town this December, South Africa is becoming more accessible than ever before. As an increasing number of travelers move beyond typical bucket list trips and seek out meaningful, unique experiences, they will find South Africa has everything they’re looking for. The South African Tourism Board has launched the #MeetSouthAfricaMondays campaign to introduce travelers to some of the country’s lesser-known but most compelling experiences, curated by long-term citizens and lovers of South Africa.

• Accessible Art in Woodstock

• Rediscover Durban

• Johannesburg’s Revitalized Art Scene

• Marine Life of the South African Coast

• Adventures in Drakensburg

• Panoramic Views on the Panorama Route

• World-Class Winelands

• Tastes of a Township: 4Roomed eKasi Culture

The Urban: Arts and Culture Redefined

Accessible Art in Woodstock
All across Woodstock, a suburb of Cape Town, buildings are covered in colorful art, painted by local and international artists. “The movement was founded by a longstanding group of artists that were painting in Woodstock but who wanted to take their art from the studios into the streets,” says Juma Mkwela, a tour guide who leads visitors on street art walking tours of the area. “We wanted to inspire, we wanted to educate, and we wanted to tell stories that hadn’t been told. Today, we have more than 100 pieces here by local and international artists.” High-end restaurants like The Test Kitchen and bustling, artsy watering holes like Casa Woodstock Bar populate the neighborhood, creating a vibrancy to match that of Woodstock’s colorful painted buildings. 

Rediscover Durban

Undergoing its second wave of urban revitalisation, Durban has elements that appeal to every kind of tourist — everything from beautiful beaches and perfect weather to high-caliber musicians, fusion food, and world-class distilleries can be found along the city’s streets. According to Jonas Barausse, urban storyteller and Durban local, “Durban really appeals to someone who wants to discover, who wants to peel back the layers of a city. Entrepreneurs are doing some really amazing stuff.” Florida Road, one of Durban’s main strips, is full of life, energy, and color, embodying the city’s spirit. The road is lined with local coffee places and Durban dining staples for travelers who love the bustling atmosphere of city life. Durban’s proximity to coastline, mountains, and some of the world’s best game parks and wildlife make it a perfect stop on a South African vacation.

Johannesburg’s Revitalized Art Scene

One of South Africa’s more well-visited areas, Jo’burg is known for its social life, spirit, and history. Maboneng is the modern center of the art scene in Johannesburg, populated by galleries, boutiques, bars, and restaurants. For a lesser known side of Jo’burg, Charles Nbube suggests visiting his home township of Soweto. “Despite past struggles, it’s a very progressive township, full of historical sights and activities and reignited life,” Charles says. “There’s bungee jumping and quad biking at the Soweto Towers; cycling and tuk tuk tours from Leto’s Backpackers. And there’s Hector Pieterson Memorial, where you can learn about the 1976 Soweto Uprising. The wounds are the scars of the past are still open in this township, but nobody’s crying here.”

The Wild Side: Pursuing Natural Splendors Beyond the Safari

Marine Life of the South African Coast

Take a safari path less traveled by hopping on a boat. Voyage around the Dyer Island system in Gansbaai to spot the Marine Big Five: the great white shark, African penguin, southern right whale, cape fur seal and dolphins. “I challenge anyone to find another place on Earth that can offer such diversity so close to shore,” says Alison Towner, marine expert and guide with Marine Dynamics. For the ultimate shark cage diving experience, try to visit from May to September when they’re in the highest density. Also according to Alison, “peak season for southern right whale watching is October and November.”

Adventures in Drakensberg

South African topography is much more than its famed safari plains. The mountains and valleys of the Drakensberg contain the largest concentration of hiking trails in South Africa, as well as around 300 species of plants that aren’t found anywhere else in the world. Beyond hiking, the mountains are the perfect host for adventure activities such as rock climbing, ziplining, horseback riding, paragliding, whitewater rafting, hot air ballooning, and abseiling. According to James Seymour, a South African mountaineering guide, the mountains’ most “unmissable” activity is a helicopter trip over the Drakensberg. Unique flora and fauna, dense population of antelopes, and ancient rock art hidden in stunning vistas make the Drakensberg one of only 20 places in the world that have been recognized twice by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.

Panoramic Views on the Panorama Route

The most scenic and diverse geographical features of South Africa can be found along the Panorama Route, an aptly named 1,242 miles of road in the often-overlooked province of Mpumalanga. The road passes around the Blyde River Canyon, the third largest canyon in the world and provides access to unique geographical features such as Lisbon Falls, Graskop Gorge, and Bourke’s Luck Potholes. From God’s Window, a viewpoint 2,297 feet above the lush forest below, it is said that on a clear day you can see to the ocean in Mozambique. Beyond natural marvels, the Panorama Route allows a glimpse of local culture outside of urban centers. “Support the local community by buying their arts and crafts that they sell at sights along The Panorama Route,” suggests David Quihampton, who has been a Mpumalanga tour guide for fifteen years.

The Gourmet: Wine and Food

World-Class Winelands

Less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town, South Africa’s Cape Winelands are “the best wine destination in the world,” according to Andre Morgenthal, who has worked in the wine industry for nearly thirty years. Within a three-hour radius visitors can easily see ten different wine regions, from Constantia to Stellenbosch, each with their own specialty varietals. Like other wine power-houses of the world, the Winelands have a long history of excellence. In recent decades, however, the Winelands have redefined themselves, bringing together European influence with their own country’s flair. “Pinotage is our national grape,” says Andre, claiming the grape as the region’s flag bearer for red wine. “It’s producing beautiful, world-acclaimed wines.”

Tastes of a Township

For authentic South African cuisine, visit the Cape Town restaurant 4Roomed eKasi Culture. The restaurant’s founder, Abigail Mbalo, a contestant on Master Chef South Africa, named her restaurant in  honor of the standard four-roomed homes found in townships across the country. “With our cuisine, we want to tell stories about growing up in a township. We want to evoke nostalgia and pride,” Abigail says. Her restaurant revamps traditional recipes with fresh ideas and fresh ingredients from the backyard garden. Guests enjoy offerings such as a pumpkin and pap dish called umqa, to which Abigail adds butternut, nutmeg, and truffle oil, or the dessert, amkhekhe, based on a popular scone and made modern with citrus, chocolate, and a yuzu syrup. Surrounded by fast food and frantic lifestyles, the restaurant allows guests to slow down and get a delicious taste of South Africa’s history and culture.   

EAT (RED) SAVE LIVES

There is something everyone can do to support the fight to end AIDS this June, simply by taking part in EAT (RED) SAVE LIVES.

Companies and culinary collaborators including Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza, Dana’s Bakery, Alessi, Amazon, PopSockets, and AirAsia, as well as (RED)’s chef ambassadors are coming together to help raise money and awareness for the fight, because AIDS is still a crisis and a preventable, treatable disease that killed more than 1 million people last year. Doubling impact, every dollar raised during June will be matched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, up to $150,000.

Throughout the month of June and in the lead-up to the Global Fund’s Sixth Replenishment in October, food fans can get involved the following ways:

Blaze fires-up the fight!

Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza will offer its’ signature Red Vine pizza as the ‘(RED) Vine’ in each of the company’s 330 restaurants throughout North America, donating $1 each time a guest enjoys a signature (RED) Vine pizza and a cold drink, contributing up to $50,000 to (RED)’s fight against AIDS. In addition to generating funds for (RED), guests will earn double flames on each order of a (RED) Vine and drink when they scan their Blaze Pizza app.

Crafted with dough made from scratch in-restaurant daily, Blaze Pizza’s (RED) Vine features fresh ovalini mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, Parmesan, basil, red sauce and is topped with an olive oil drizzle. Blaze offers a selection of cold drinks, such as its signature Blood Orange Lemonade, seasonal aguas frescas, and a variety of fountain drinks.

EAT (RED) SAVE LIVES takes to the skies

AirAsia has partnered with (RED) Chef Ambassador, Hong Thaimee, to bring a brand new delicious (RED) Burger to the Santan inflight menu this summer. With a sauce and patty inspired by Hong’s Chiang Mai roots served on a fluffy, beetroot bun, a portion of each burger sold will go towards the Global Fund.

(RED) chef ambassador, Hong Thaimee, said; “I recently traveled with (RED) to see Global Fund programs at work in Zambia – and the impact is really remarkable. When you meet mothers, whose children have been born HIV-free thanks to the life-saving pills funded by (RED), the importance of supporting this fight becomes clearer than ever. So, I’m really excited to be teaming up with (RED) and their partner, AirAsia, with my very special burger that will raise money to help save more lives.”

What is black and white and (RED) all over?                                                           

For the second year, Dana’s Bakery is turning (RED) to support the fight to end AIDS. Turning their delicious black and white cookies ‘(RED)’ for the month of June, for every box of six black and white cookies purchased, Dana’s Bakery will donate $2 to the Global Fund, and $5 for every box of 12. Available now online at https://www.danasbakery.com/

Tasty T-shirts that help save lives

A new range of food-inspired (RED) t-shirts are available exclusively at Amazon.com/RED. Featuring motifs including ‘Lettuce beet this’, the t-shirts cost $30 and generate enough to provide 36 days of life-saving  HIV medication.

PopSockets

Foodies can now purchase colorful, bold (EGG)RED, (AVOCADO)RED and (DONUT)RED grips from PopSockets, priced at $15, with 50% of the sale price being donated to fight AIDS. Available online at https://www.popsockets.com/these PopGrips are perfect for helping capture all those Instagram-friendly culinary moments.

Alessi 
For those looking to spruce their kitchen style and accessories this summer, fans of Alessi’s stylish culinary products can support the fight by shopping the (ALESSI)RED collection on Amazon.com/RED and Alessi.com. Their collection includes special editions of two of the most popular icons, the Anna G. and Alessandro M. corkscrews, as well as a special edition of their Mediterraneo fruit basket, Diabolix bottle opener, and more!

ROBERTO WIRTH × HOTEL DE LA VILLE

ROBERTO WIRTH, OWNER AND GM OF THE HOTEL HASSLER ROMA, SALUTES THE REBIRTH OF THE HOTEL DE LA VILLE

“The reopening of the Hotel De La Ville is a testament to the fact that the summit of the Spanish Steps is the location of choice for luxury travelers to Rome,” says Roberto Wirth, whose family has owned and run the neighboring Hotel Hassler Roma for 90 years.

Once the headquarters of General Eisenhower’s administration at the end of World War II, the Hotel Hassler Roma has long been the Roman address of choice for royalty and celebrities. “Over the decades, we have succeeded in maintaining a level of excellence, discretion, innovation, elegance, superior service and Michelin-star cuisine. Some of the most famous people on earth stay with us – and we ensure that neither the public nor the press ever know they’re here.”

The Hotel De La Ville, which abuts the Hotel Hassler Roma, was acquired some years ago by Britain’s Sir Rocco Forte and reopened on May 23. “The rebirth of the Hotel De La Ville makes a triumvirate of luxury hotels atop the Spanish Steps and near the Borghese Gardens, for it was two years ago, that a reborn Eden Hotel (once owned by my family, and where I was born!) was also unveiled after its acquisition by the Sultan of Brunei’s Dorchester Collection.”

Asked whether he saw the rebirth of the Hotel De La Ville as competition for the Hotel Hassler Roma, Wirth responded, “there are thousands of visitors every year to Rome in search of the finest accommodations, and while we are competitors, we are also friends – and there is more than enough business in the Eternal City for all of us.”

Wirth stressed that while there are many neighborhoods of Rome in which travelers seek to stay, “our location atop the Spanish Steps, convenient to the Rome’s best shopping and most significant sites, yet somewhat removed from the bustle of the Piazza di Spagna, is absolutely ideal for travelers to the capital.”

For more information about Hotel Hassler Roma, visit: www.hotelhasslerroma.com.

ABOUT HOTEL HASSLER ROMA:

Set atop the Spanish Steps and featuring a panoramic view of the entire city, Hotel Hassler Roma is owned by President and General Manager Roberto E. Wirth, fifth generation of a famous Swiss hotelier dynasty. For more than a century, Hotel Hassler Roma has continued its legacy as Rome’s five-star lodging of choice for the world’s elite and discerning travelers. Each of the 87 rooms, 21 of which are suites, is individually designed with an elegant combination of classic and contemporary touches. Highlights include the Michelin-starred panoramic restaurant, Imàgo, the Salone Eva and Palm Court restaurant and the Hassler Bar, as well as the neighboring, Hassler-owned II Palazzetto, a hotel, wine bar and special event space.

Hannah Hart Stars in Edible History

Hi! Ever wondered about the origin story behind your favorite foods?

In Tasty’s new series, Edible History, internet superstar Hannah Hart is learning about and recreating the historic recipes of her favorite foods… with one catch: she has to use as many tools and techniques from that time period as possible.

Since premiering yesterday, the first episode of Edible History already has more than 2.5 million views and the response has been overwhelmingly enthusiastic – fans are loving the fun mix of entertainment and education.

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” – now she’s entering the Tasty kitchen to combine her love of food and her love of history.

In the first episode of Edible History, Hannah makes a 700 year-old lasagna recipe (spoiler alert: it doesn’t look like the modern-day lasagna you know and love). And the results are… well, maybe the dish doesn’t come out perfect, but the journey is definitely entertaining.

New episodes of Edible History launch every Sunday at 8AM 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 whip up the old school version of your favorite foods.

Tuscan Women Cook

A Culinary Immersion Vacation Experience

Have you ever wanted to learn to cook in Italy, to participate in Tuscan cooking classes? And return home with recipes handed down over generations and collected by us since 2000? Each spring and fall, Coleen Kirnan and Rhonda Vilardo welcome guests from around the world to live, breath and cook as Italians do. Taking advantage of their years of business experience and knowledge, as master event planners, they create an insider’s Tuscan itinerary filled friendly, knowledgeable tour guides, translators, drivers and private cooking classes that only a local resident could access.

Indulge yourself in the Tuscan lifestyle and discover the region’s passion for food and wine in a small group of 18 people or less. The best cooks in all of Tuscany, the local women, or “nonnas,” teach their classes. They’ll share regional techniques, ingredients, and family recipes that have been passed down over the centuries. Put on your apron, gather around the old farmhouse table, get wrist-deep in pasta dough and learn Tuscan cooking from the source. You’ll learn first-hand how to make gnocchi, tagliatelli, and pici— thick strings of handmade eggless pasta made originally in Montefollonico.

Your week with Tuscan Women Cook includes six night’s accommodation at Agriturismo Belagaggio, a restored farmhouse in Montefollonico, breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day, cooking classes, daily sightseeing, visits to local artisans, cheese and wine tastings. Full day sight- seeing in Siena with a private guide who has a doctorate in Sienese history. Full translation is provided at all classes. Transportation to all activities is in a Mercedes minibus with private driver.

For wine lovers, Tuscan Women Cook is situated in the heart of Brunello de Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano country, and border on the Chianti wine region. This is the center of the new Italian wine renaissance and a dream locale for your next getaway with family and friends. Wine connoisseurs plan the ultimate Bucket List trip here to sample new wines and visit the spectacular vineyards. Tuscan Women Cook hosts will provide you with exclusive introductions to renowned Tuscan vintners and opportunities to purchase their award-winning wines for their personal cellars.

To learn more about Tuscan Women Cook and view beautiful photos and videos, visit www.TuscanWomenCook.com.

Tuscan women cook, 360 MAGAZINE, Italy, wine, Vaughn Lowery

Tuscan women cook, 360 MAGAZINE, Italy, wine, Vaughn Lowery

Tuscan women cook, 360 MAGAZINE, Italy, wine, Vaughn Lowery

Grand Dame Hotel Opening

WORLD’S MOST NORTHERLY “GRAND DAME”  HOTEL SET TO RELAUNCH APRIL 1

WEILL TO HANDLE PR FOR NORWAY’S BRITANNIA HOTEL TRONDHEIM

First opened in 1870 to welcome aristocratic Britons in search of the world’s best salmon fishing, Trondheim’s Britannia Hotel will reopen on April 1 after a multi-year $160 million renovation. The fjord city of Trondheim, located just 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle, is Norway’s third-largest city, home to 200,000.

Britannia Hotel is a striking domed white building that has been the world’s most northerly luxurious “palace” hotel for 150 years. It has welcomed distinguished guests from presidents to Nobel Prize winners, to Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, to Beyoncé and Jay-Z.

The rebirth of the Britannia is the brainchild of Norwegian financier, Odd Reitan, who was born in Trondheim in 1951 and who, at age 14, developed the dream of owning the hotel. He features prominently in the Forbes and Bloomberg lists of global billionaires.

“We are thrilled to have been asked to represent this extraordinary hotel,” says Geoffrey Weill, “adding it to our inventory of some of the world’s most spectacular privately owned ‘grand hotels.'”

A member of Leading Hotels of the World, the Britannia will offer 246 rooms and 11 suites, six restaurants and bars – including its original Palm Court, a spa, gym and indoor swimming pool. The hotel will offer guests the latest technology, sound-proofing, TV’s concealed within mirrors, as well as amenities and lighting that are easily understood and operated.

The Britannia will be a celebration of cutting-edge Norwegian and Scandinavian design and artworks. Beds are by the celebrated Swedish handmade bedmaker, Hästens. Bathrooms are a feast of Carrara marble.

At the heart of the Britannia will be the glass-domed Palm Court, first unveiled in 1918 and long Trondheim’s meeting place for socialites, artists, musicians and intellectuals. The reborn Palm Court will host breakfast, lunch, brunch, afternoon tea and dinner – offering creative Scandinavian fare.

The Britannia’s culinary arts are overseen by Christopher Davidsen, born in the Norwegian city of Stavanger in 1983 and Silver medal winner of the cherished Bocuse d’Or in 2017. Davidsen’s prime focus will be the elegant Speilsalen, his first signature restaurant. The Brasserie Britannia will be classic French, inspired by Paris and Lyon and by New York’s Balthazar. The Jonathan Grill is a casual restaurant specializing in Japanese, Korean and Norwegian specialties. The marble and crystal Britannia Bar is expected to become overnight Trondheim’s chicest cocktail bar and lounge.

The Vinbaren wine bar – with its 8,000-bottle cellar – will provide a lounge, tasting room and bar offering tapas, charcuterie and cheeses.

The Britannia Spa & Fitness features a large indoor pool, several saunas, five treatment rooms and personal trainers. The hotel will also offer state-of-the-art conference and ballroom facilities.

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