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Stefan Matz Named Best Chef in Ireland

Ashford Castle's executive chef Stefan Matz has been named 'Best Chef' in Ireland in the 2010 Ireland Good Eating Guide; it was announced recently at an awards banquet held at Dublin's Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud. The event, hosted by Tourism Minister Mary Hanafin, was attended by the "who's who" of Ireland's restaurant and hospitality scenes and showcased the best and up-and-coming taste makers in a country.

 

The George V Room boasts unparalleled elegance with nine Waterford chandeliers and sweeping river views, offering breakfast and a full dinner menu. Cullen's at the Cottage welcomes guests to a more informal menu with seasonal al fresco dining and views of Lough Corrib. The Connaught Room is considered one of the finest rooms at Ashford Castle, with delicate hand-carved wood décor providing an elegant backdrop for intimate events.

 

A native German, Stefan Matz has worked in several of the world's most prestigious kitchens and has received over 20 awards and accolades, including a star rating in the Michelin Guide to Great Britain and Ireland.

Chef Matz was appointed executive chef for Ashford Castle in 2003 and oversees the property's celebrated George V Room, Cullen's at the Cottage and the Connaught Room, which is available for private functions. It is at these spaces that he has created a following of food adventurers who are lured by his creations and ingenuity with local ingredients.


                         A Taste of Colorado
Friday, September 3 – Monday, September 6
The free, four-day “A Taste of Colorado” attracts more than 500,000 foodies to Civic Center Park to enjoy the offerings of more than 50 area restaurants, in addition to 250 marketplace artisans, vendors, and educational programs promoting the diverse cultural and western heritage of the region.  The festival also features seven stages of live music, with big name national acts planned for 2010.
  • New this year: Adventure Base, an interactive exhibit celebrating the Boy Scouts of America’s 100th anniversary; KidzStage and KidZone featuring play equipment and hands-on craft activities; the Festival of Mountain and Plain area, where families can learn about the state’s pioneer past, nature, and the environment


10 Best Restaurant Cities (According to Food & Wine)

Which is the most exciting restaurant city in the world right now? Hint: It’s not Paris, and it’s not New York.... It’s Tokyo, hands-down, thanks to the city’s ultra-diverse, thrillingly dynamic food scene.

1. Tokyo, 2. Paris, 3. New York City, 4. London, 5. Barcelona, 6. Sydney, 7. Madrid, 8. Chicago, 9. Stockholm, 10. Vancouver, Canada.


Seaside S’mores Weekend Event & Cook-Off
at The Shores Resort & Spa
Special Celebration for National S’mores Day Benefits Girl Scouts

                                

Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010 is National S’mores Day, and The Shores Resort & Spa – with its signature oceanside fire pits – is celebrating with the first-ever S’mores Weekend & Cook-Off event, Aug. 6-10, 2010.  Credited as the originators of this favorite campfire treat, Girl Scouts and their families and friends can enjoy a weekend of fun activities, culminating with a s’mores cook-off contest for the most creative and tastiest s’more.  A portion of the proceeds from the weekend will benefit the Girl Scouts of Citrus Council, which serves six Central Florida counties and more than 16,000 girls. 

“Of the numerous guest amenities, nothing illustrates the resort’s playful nature more than the sweet, simple pleasure of our seaside S’Mores,” stated The Shores Resort & Spa General Manager David Rijos.  “Inviting Girl Scouts and other guests to gather around our oceanside fire pits to enjoy an irresistible combination of salty sea breezes, crunchy graham crackers, toasty marshmallows, and warm, gooey chocolate is the perfect recipe for a great weekend.”

The weekend will kick off with a SWAP Party on Friday, Aug. 6 from 5 to 7:30 p.m., during which Girl Scouts from all over the state can make new friends as they share their pin collections with each other. On Saturday, Aug. 7, there will be a Campfire Sing-along from 8 to 9 p.m., with songs straight from the Girl Scout songbooks.  The highlight of the weekend is the S’mores Cook-Off on Sunday, Aug. 8 from 3 to 5 p.m., where Girl Scouts, area residents and resort guests will form teams of four to compete for a panel of local celebrity judges.  There is a $10 entry fee per team, and each team must provide the ingredients for their s’mores.  The fire pits will be lit and ready for action at the resort.  

In addition to the schedule of activities, the resort is offering a special rate starting at $99 per night for Girl Scouts, their families and friends.  In addition, guests who stay three nights, will receive the fourth night FREE.  Guests who don’t want to participate in the actual Sunday afternoon cook-off can still enjoy the tasty treat.  S’mores Kits are available for just $10.

Ideally located on a quiet stretch of world famous Florida shoreline, The Shores Resort & Spa gracefully blends luxury, comfort, service and style into an extraordinary beachfront retreat.  From private balconies or terraces, the resort’s 212 guestrooms and suites offer captivating views of the blue-green Atlantic or Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway.  The Shores offers a long list of luxurious guest services and amenities, including private poolside cabanas, oceanside fire pits, exceptional dining, and an intimate spa.  Both pet-friendly and eco-friendly, The Shores Resort & Spa is a certified Florida Green Lodging resort.

For complete details of the S’mores Weekend & Cook-Off Event, and to register for the competition, visit www.shoresresort.com/smores.php.

For more information or to make
reservations, call (866) 934-Shores or visit www.ShoresResort.com and mention promotion code: SMORSH.


GOOD EARTH® EXPANDS BEYOND BEVERAGES, LICENSES GOOD EARTH NAME TO GENERAL MILLS SHELF-STABLE MEALS

Line of four Good Earth Restaurant Favorites® Dinner Kits Launched June 2010

 Good Earth, a Tata Global Beverages brand best known for its premium, all-natural teas, is expanding into the food category with a line of shelf-stable meals inspired by the Good Earth Restaurants via a licensing agreement with General Mills. General Mills’ popular Restaurant Favorites brand is adding Good Earth to its roster of great-tasting, high-quality dry dinner kits, which includes licenses with Wanchai Ferry and Romano’s Macaroni Grill.

In keeping with the reputation of their licensed namesake, the Good Earth Restaurant Favorites meals will feature 100% whole grain pastas and rices, no artificial preservatives, no artificial flavors and zero grams trans fats. Four meal varieties – Spicy Citrus Glazed Shrimp, Herb Crusted Chicken, Mediterranean Chicken, and Tuscan Chicken – began hitting shelves in June.

“These easy-to-make, alternative dinner kits are a natural fit for Good Earth,” said Deborah Glasser, Marketing Director at Tata Global Beverages. “Our consumers want nutritious options with delicious taste, and they get that with Good Earth teas. Now they can get that with Good Earth dinner kits as well.”

“The new Restaurant Favorites Good Earth dinner kits allow home cooks to prepare a wholesome, customizable entree with premium ingredients and restaurant quality taste,” says Ari Zainuddin, marketing manager, Restaurant Favorites Good Earth.

Restaurant Favorites Good Earth meals will be available in the dry dinner aisle for a suggested retail price of $4.79. For more information about Good Earth, visit www.GoodEarth.com; for more about Restaurant Favorites, visit www.RestaurantFavorites.com.


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