Philadelphia Outlaws Cashless Restaurants

Most stores in the city will be required to accept cash starting this July

Philadelphia just became the first large city in the nation to ban cashless businesses in the city, in part to protect people like Dwight Tindal, a construction worker who doesn’t have a bank or credit card.

Philadelphia became the first U.S. city to ban cashless stores. The Wall Street Journal reports that as of this July, most retail stores in the city will be required to accept cash — restaurants included.

The debate around cashless businesses, those that require payment by credit or debit card, has reached a fever pitch. Last fall, a New York City Council Member introduced similar legislation, while in February, New Jersey passed a bill banning cashless stores. (New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy will need to sign the law for the ban to go into effect.) Since the late 1970s, the state of Massachusetts has had a law requiring stores to accept cash, but this is the first time a city has successfully enacted a ban on cash-free establishments in response to the growing number of cashless businesses. Continue reading

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Press Registration Now Open For Nutrition 2019

Experience the American Society for Nutrition’s premier scientific annual meeting in Baltimore or register for virtual newsroom access.

Reporters and bloggers are invited to attend Nutrition 2019, the flagship meeting of the American Society for Nutrition. The meeting will be held June 8-11, 2019 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

#Nutrition2019 is your source for high-quality nutrition research and news. Register for a complimentary press pass or follow along virtually to get the latest scientific findings and explore their implications for practice, policy and industry.

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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 Sanpellegrino.com.
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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: http://bit.ly/LegacyApplication2019

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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