Brewers Association Launches New Diversity and Inclusion Event Grants Program


The Brewers Association—the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers—today launched a new grant program to fund local and regional events that intentionally promote and foster a more diverse and inclusive craft beer community.

Funding priorities include events that increase access and awareness of craft beer to new demographics while cultivating an inclusive environment. These include: beer festivals; beer and food pairing events; agricultural fairs and celebrations; ethnic and cultural heritage festivals; neighborhood and community celebrations; entrepreneurship and innovation festivals; film festivals and more.

“The Brewers Association continues to take proactive steps to advance our members and the brewing community’s path of diversity and inclusivity,” said Julia Herz, craft beer program director, Brewers Association. “By helping to support these varied types of events, we can foster growth and spur a cultural shift when it comes to the beverage of beer. We look forward to reviewing the proposals and awarding the inaugural class of grant recipients.”

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Bob Evans Farms Annual “Heroes to CEOs” Contest for Veterans

Accepting applications February 18 through March 20, three veteran entrepreneurs to be awarded mentoring session with Daymond John, one grand prize winner to receive $30,000 grant

Bob Evans Farms, Inc. announced today that the third annual Our Farm Salutes grant-giving program, “Heroes to CEOs,” will open for applications on February 18, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. EST and will remain open through March 20, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

In partnership with Bunker Labs, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to helping new Veteran entrepreneurs start their own business, Bob Evans Farms will select three Veteran-owned businesses to attend a pitching event on April 25, 2019. Each finalist will receive an all-expense paid trip to New York City and a personalized 45-minute prep session with world-renowned businessman and investor Daymond John to refine their pitch in an effort to win a $30,000 business grant.

Each finalist will pitch their business to a panel of judges – which will include Bob Evans Farms representatives and past Heroes to CEOs grant winners – and one winner will be selected. The grand prize winner will receive an additional one-hour one-on-one session with John and a business grant of $30,000.

“This is the third time I’ve had the pleasure of working with Bob Evans Farms to celebrate Veteran entrepreneurs,” Daymond John, the People’s Shark, said. “Each year, it reminds me of my passion and commitment to help aspiring entrepreneurs by sharing my experience.”

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S.Pellegrino Launches the 4th Edition of S.Pellegrino Young Chef

S.Pellegrino announces the latest edition of its international culinary competition with this year’s theme of finding the next generation of young chefs who pioneer the use of gastronomy as a device for social change

The impact of gastronomy is now being felt beyond the kitchen – recognizing this,S.Pellegrino announces the return of S.Pellegrino Young Chef, a global culinary competition that facilitates access to the gastronomy community, enabling young talents to demonstrate their personal beliefs.

Applications for the first stage of the competition are now open; each of the 12 regions will search for the top 10 to 15 young chefs. The 10 successful applicants from North America will be announced on June 7, 2019 and compete in New York City in late 2019 at the North American Regional Semi-Finals. The North American winners will go on to compete against the winners from the other 11 regions at the Grand Finale in Milan, Italy in 2020.

The winners of S.Pellegrino Young Chef’s awards are provided the extraordinary opportunity to gain global visibility and a significant professional prestige. The winners are also invited to take part in several of the S.Pellegrino’s high profile annual events around the world, including events related to future Young Chef competitions.

As a long term partner of the greatest minds in culinary excellence, S.Pellegrino truly believes in the transformative power of gastronomy. For the first time, there will be three awards in addition to the title of “S.Pellegrino Young Chef.” These awards will give a voice and platform to young chefs where they can each voice their varied beliefs and approaches to the way gastronomy plays a deep role in transforming society.

The four awards are as follows:

Fine Dining Lovers Food for Thoughts Award: Voted for by the online Fine Dining Lovers community – awarded to the young chef who best represents his/her personal belief within his/her dish.

S.Pellegrino Award for Social Responsibility: Voted for by an internationally recognized voice on sustainability in food – this dish will represent the principle that food is best when it’s the result of social responsible practises.

Acqua Panna Award for Connection in Gastronomy: Voted for by mentors who represent 50 countries around the world – the winning dish will be the one that reflects a connection between different cultures on one plate, celebrating a global approach to gastronomy.

And finally, the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Award: Voted by the esteemed panel of Seven Sages – this winning chef must demonstrate unrivalled technical skills as well as genuine creativity. He/she displays a strong personal belief about gastronomy that will convince the Jury about his/her ability to become a catalyst for positive change.

Applications for S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2019/20 run until April 30, 2019 on
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SHE WEEK Las Vegas

SHE Beverage Company’s First Annual Women’s Convention

SHE Beverage Company, Inc., the female owned and operated craft beer brewery and beverage company brings us SHE WEEK; their first ever annual women’s convention and seminar featuring world renowned author and speaker Lucinda Bassett, and the ever-talented singer, CeCe Peniston with an opening by NiNi AliGwyn DeVoe, known for her participation and event promoting of New You Full Figure Fashion Week, will showcase the work of celebrity designers including CeCe Peniston’s very own newly launched spring and summer collections of bathing suits and lounge wear designed to flatter the curvaceous woman.

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The 19th Annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition Now Open for Entries

The 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) has just announced its call for entries for this year’s competition in March. Over the past 19 years, The SFWSC has established itself as the spirits industry’s most influential competition, with an international reputation for integrity and impartiality.

“19 years ago, we recognized that the fast-growing spirits category needed a reliable, impartial and authoritative competition to sort out the best products available,” says founder and executive director Anthony Dias BlueJames Beard award-winning radio host and Editor-in-Chief of The Tasting PanelThe SOMM Journal, and The Clever Rootmagazines. He also presides over the San Francisco International Wine Competition and New York World Wine & Spirits Competition.

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Les Dames d’Escoffier International Partners with the Julia Child Foundation To Offer Seven Unique Culinary Mentorship Experiences

Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) and the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and Culinary Arts have partnered to offer the prestigious Legacy Awards, curated culinary experiences designed specifically to enhance the careers of women in food, beverage and hospitality. Women with a minimum of four years culinary industry experience are eligible to apply by March 1, 2019.

For application:

This year, LDEI members and chapters are offering seven Legacy Awards, in four categories, contributing workplace experiences in the US, Canada, and England, including:

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Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment Team Up with Girl Scouts of the USA to Inspire and Foster the Next Generation of Female Entrepreneurs

Through the Cookie Pro™ contest, the top Girl Scout cookie entrepreneurs in the country will win a once-in-a-lifetime Cookie Entrepreneur Experience, featuring incredible behind-the-scenes access to all things DC Super Hero Girls™ at Warner Bros. Studios

In just a few months, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) will team up with the DC Super Hero Girls to inspire more girls to participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program®, the largest girl-led entrepreneurship program in the world. The program gives girls real-world experiences managing money, setting goals, meeting deadlines, learning the basics of marketing to customers, and having fun as they learn and earn. This year, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment will collaborate with GSUSA to foster the female leaders of tomorrow through the 2019 Cookie Pro contest. Using the power of the DC Super Hero Girls, the contest will inspire Girl Scouts to be smart and courageous as everyday Super Heroes. It will also highlight and reward exceptional cookie bosses who take the lead, set high goals for themselves, bring positive change to their communities, and learn valuable entrepreneurial skills.

To enter, Girl Scouts must use a GSUSA-provided template to create their own mini graphic novel that illustrates a true story about their cookie-selling experience. Girls are also required to answer a set of questions to showcase how they used the skills they learned through Girl Scouts to manage their cookie sale. In 2018, close to 25,000 Girl Scouts in all grade levels and from all backgrounds participated in the Cookie Pro contest, and in 2019, that number is expected to double.

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T-Mobile Hosts Trailblazing Entrepreneurs in its Signature Series

The mobile provider’s in-store events feature a variety of diverse trailblazers re-defining success in a modern digital world.

Photo: T-Mobile Signature Store Series in San Francisco in September. | Photo credit: T-Mobile

The T-Mobile store located at Stockton and Ellis in San Francisco is set to end its “Signature Series” on a musical note as it hosts producer, songwriter and author Jermaine Dupri at its Signature Store on Wednesday, December 5 from 6 – 8 p.m

Free to attend and expected to be a full house, the event is the finale for 2018 after a series of events aimed at hosting live interviews with emerging music talent and trailblazing entrepreneurs who are owning the modern digital world by making it their own.

Previous events have featured innovators in gaming and esports industry as well as tastemakers and influencers in food and beverage.  This past September, the store hosted Oakland’s very own chef Tanya Holland (Brown Sugar Kitchen) along with bartender Diane Mina (wife of famed chef and restauranteur Michael Mina) who runs Diana’s Bloody Mary Bar daily at Mina’s Test Kitchen and John Truchard, co-founder of JaM Cellars (makers of the award-winning BUTTER chardonnay).  The panel was hosted by the Foodie Chap himself, Liam Mayclem, who brought to light the struggles experienced by all three successful entrepreneurs as they build their empires and legacies; many that the majority of people never see behind the scenes.

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