2020 GOOD FOOD AWARDS ENTRY PERIOD NOW OPEN Accepting entries July 8-31, including new Grains category

July 8 marks the launch of a coast-to-coast call for entries of beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, cider, coffee, confections, elixirs, honey, fish, oils, pantry, pickles, preserves, snacks, spirits and (new this year) grains. The Good Food Awards celebrates the kind of food we all want to eat: tasty, authentic and responsibly produced. As the only national initiative to recognize food crafters who excel in both taste and sustainability, we anticipate over 2,000 entries from all fifty states.

Over 250 food crafters, grocers, chefs, journalists and pioneers of the food movement will serve on this year’s judging panel. In past years, judges have included Alice Waters, Michael Pollan, Ruth Reichl, Michael Bauer, Nell Newman, Liz Prueitt, Christine Muhlke and Paul Bertolli, among other food movement pioneers.

To enter, food crafters fill out a short online form at goodfoodfdn.org/awards by July 31, followed by sending samples for a blind tasting in September. A $78 per entry processing fee covers sorting, transport and storage (waived for the first entry submitted by new and renewing Good Food Guild members). Find more information on the most frequently asked questions at: goodfoodfdn.org/awards/faq.

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New York World Wine & Spirits Competition Now Accepting 2019 Entries

Judging to take place August 21-22, 2019

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Entries are now officially open for the 9th annual New York World Wine & Spirits Competition (NYWSC), taking place on August 21 and 22. This marks the second year with full ownership by The Tasting Alliance, parent company of the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC), San Francisco International Wine Competition (SFIWC), and Singapore World Spirits Competition (SWSC).

Entrants can enter their products online or download entry materials from the Competition’s website at www.nywscomp.com. The deadline to submit is July 26th.

Led by James Beard Award-winner and Executive Director Anthony Dias Blue, the esteemed panel of judges, predominantly from the New York area—including Kara Newman (Spirits Editor for Wine Enthusiast), Gary Gruver (Global Operations Beverage Manager at Marriott International) and Aimée Lasseigne New (Wine Buyer at Bottlerocket Wine & Spirits)— will blind taste through hundreds of wines and spirits over the course of two days.

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Casting Call: Restaurant Impossible

World-renowned chef Robert Irvine of Restaurant: Impossible wants to help struggling restaurants get back on their feet.

We are currently searching nationwide for restaurants for the next season of the show. If your staff, décor or menu are ready for a much-needed makeover, we want to talk to you! You could have Robert Irvine and his top-notch team of designers aim to transform your restaurant into a smashing success.

If you think your restaurant is a good fit for the show, please apply today at…


Be sure to check out our casting flyer below for more information!

We look forward to reviewing your application.

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Sonoma County Wine Industry Leaders Collaborate to Launch Innovative Student Program for Future Wine Industry Employees

Originally published on WineIndustryNetwork.com

The Family Coppola, including Francis Ford Coppola Winery and Virginia Dare Winery, join together with Sonoma County Vintners and Santa Rosa Junior College to offer a new entry-level, practical training course for students who wish to enter the Sonoma County wine industry this harvest season. The three-day experiential program includes combined classroom and practical learning to provide a unique wine industry introduction.

“It’s important we work together as a community to create innovative ideas that encourage more interest in careers in the wine industry,” says Corey Beck, The Family Coppola CEO and Winemaking Chief. “This innovative program is a win-win for students and for wineries. Students go beyond the classroom for a behind-the-scenes look into an operating winery and the chance to build relationships with its experts who are actively recruiting for current or future positions.”

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Costco’s Beverage Alcohol Sales Top $4 Billion

Originally published on ShankenNewsDaily.com

With more than $4 billion in beverage alcohol sales last fiscal year, Costco has seen steady annual growth in wine, spirits, and beer, even from a huge base. New stores and new beverage alcohol departments have been added nationally and internationally on a yearly basis. Few retailers can match what Costco is doing, in both sales and scope.

In the U.S., Costco has licenses to sell beer in 458 stores and can sell wine in 448 stores. In addition, 317 stores are licensed to sell spirits. Overseas, the company has an additional 162 licenses for wine and beer retail and 141 licenses for spirits.

Beverage alcohol sales at Costco were $4.4 billion last fiscal year, marking a 6% increase over the year prior. The company is one of the largest wine retailers in the world, with winemaking up roughly half of its total beverage sales—more than $2 billion last fiscal year. Spirits and beer split the remaining half relatively equally.

“We’re committed to the beverage alcohol category,” says Annette Alvarez-Peters, assistant vice president and general merchandise manager for beverage alcohol at Costco. “We show substantial increases and comps year over year. We’re disciplined in our approach to the business. We have new warehouses opening and, as laws have changed, we’ve been able to add beverage alcohol licenses to some existing warehouses.”

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James Beard Foundation Names 20 Fellows for 2019 Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Program

~ The future of food is female at annual five-day program empowering women in the culinary world

The James Beard Foundation today announced the 20 fellows participating in the 2019 Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (WEL) program, taking place October 27 to November 1 at Costanoa Lodge in Pescadero, CA. Now in its third year, the WEL program is part of the Foundation’s broader Women’s Leadership Programs, with founding support from Audi, and aims to support woman-identifying food industry entrepreneurs, restaurant owners, and chefs in order to grow their careers and scale their businesses.

“This year’s WEL fellows represent the rich diversity of our industry and are an inspiring group of future leaders,” said Clare Reichenbach, CEO of the James Beard Foundation. “These women are ready to scale their businesses and expand their impact in their communities and beyond. We’re excited to be providing them with the toolkit, resources, and network to help them deliver their vision and ambition for growth.” Continue reading

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E. & J. Gallo Winery Unveils “Women Behind the Wine” Empowerment Campaign

— Scholarship and Awareness Program Supports Advancement of Women in the Wine Industry —

E. & J. Gallo Winery, through its Wine Dialogues platform, launched the Women Behind the Wine initiative to support professional development of women in the food and beverage business. This multi-faceted campaign focuses on the advancement and achievements of women in the industry.

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Marketing. “Our field is complex, challenging, and most importantly, growing. Women Behind the Wine empowers women with meaningful educational experiences and champions a more innovative and inclusive category.”

Women Behind the Wine (#womenbehindthewine) will:

  • Advance Education through $100,000 in Scholarships – From candidates aspiring to be a Master Sommelier to college students studying enology, a $100,000 grant to Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation (www.womenofthevine.com) will provide women in the food, wine, spirits, viticulture and hospitality industry the ability to pursue their education ambitions.

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Women of the Vine & Spirits Launches New Benefits to Create Pathways for Supplier Diversity and Market Share for Women-Owned Businesses

– Women of the Vine & Spirits, the world’s leading organization dedicated to empowering and advancing women in the alcohol beverage industry, announced today the launch of new Corporate Membership benefits that support women-owned businesses and supplier diversity programs.

Women of the Vine & Spirits is committed to raising awareness for why, where and how to buy women-owned products and services to further women’s economic growth and gender equality on a global scale. The Certified Women-Owned Logo and Database is a game-changer for buyers, wholesalers, and consumers to easily identify certified women-owned brands in the alcohol beverage industry.

In the U.S., 71 percent of wine retail purchases are currently made by women. A study conducted by Walmart, America’s largest retailer, found that 90 percent of female customers in the U.S. would go out of their way to purchase products from women. A recent study by Wine Intelligence and Women of the Vine & Spirits showed that women are more likely to purchase wines made by female winemakers when this fact is consciously pointed out to them in an explicit way.

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