Posts Tagged ‘Specialty Coffee and Wines’

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Wine just ruined my wardrobe!

March 27, 2010

Lots of wine related products out there. Some accentuate the wine-drinking experience. Some are mere decor to impress your friends and drinking buddies. On occasion you come across a simple idea the makes sense. It works when you need it, and becomes really obvious when you need it but don’t have it. Bringing back a few bottles from your trip to Napa? Heartbroken that some of those bottles didn’t make it back? Worse, you packed them along with your wife’s favorite outfits. The dog house for you, unless…

“The Wine Diaper,” it’s a biodegradable travel bag for wine lined with absorbent material. It helps protect your wine in travel, but if breakage does occur, the absorbent material will absorb up the entire contents of your bottle, keeping your clothing and valuables from being ruined. Compact, lightweight, inexpensive–and reusable, if no breakage occurs, the Wine Diaper is the perfect travel accessory for anyone traveling with wine or any liquid breakables.

The Wine Diaper retails for about $13.99 for 3 with wholesale pricing available for the retailers.

Take a look at this amusing promotional video on YouTube

Thanks Marco Cucco. Idea Mia, LLC

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NASFT Winter Fancy Food Show 2010

January 12, 2010

The 35th NASFT Winter Fancy Food Show at Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA, is this January 17-19, 2010. Produced by the NASFT since 1955, the Fancy Food Shows are North America’s largest specialty food and beverage marketplace.

  • 16,000 – 24,000 attendees
  • 250,000 products including confections, cheese, coffee, snacks, spices, ethnic, natural, organic and more
  • 1,300 – 2,500 exhibitors
  • 81 countries represented
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Italian Coffee Sale, Ten Days Left!

October 21, 2009

Only ten days remain on our biggest coffee sale of the year. The 25% off sale on all Rekico coffee and espresso products was already extended to the end of October and that’s coming quickly. Don’t miss this opportunity to save on our premium Italian coffee blends in whole bean, pods, and new capsules, prices will not be this low again this year.

rekico_decaf_12kilosDid you know you can get that great Rekico flavor in decaf? That’s right enjoy the rich taste of Rekico in decaffeinated espresso. Discover for yourself the espresso and coffees that have been a favorite in Europe and are now available here the U.S.

To save 25% just use the code “rekico1009” when checking out. Feel free to call or e-mail us if you have any questions about our coffee products.

Rekico Pausacaffe is Fair Trade Certified, guaranteeing consumers that strict economic, social and environmental criteria were met in the production and trade of all its fine coffee products.

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The Epitome of Foodie Magazines, Gourmet, to Close

October 6, 2009

The New York Times reports that Condé Nast announced it would shut down Gourmet and three other magazines: the parenting magazine Cookie and the wedding publications Elegant Bride and Modern Bride.

More casualties of the demise of print, but also as sign that the overt affluence of the lifestyle that Gourmet projected has fallen out of favor during these economic times. According to The Times, Gourmet was a money-loser and was outsold at the newsstands by Condé Nast‘s Bon Appétit magazine. With a history for keeping alive unprofitable products, this time it appears Condé Nast is not counting on a recovery for the ailing print industry.

We will miss the beautifully photographed food spreads, the exotic travel, and the “finer things” that gave Gourmet its style and character. So long Gourmet, you will be missed.

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Arizona Wine Growers Festival 2009

October 3, 2009

This is a first annual event, November 22, 2009

“Shake hands and drink the juice of Arizona’s own wine grape farmers and wine producers in the picturesque setting of Phoenix’s historic Farm at South Mountain this fall. For the first time, nearly all of the state’s top wine growers will gather to showcase their finest wines at an interactive event where guests will learn about Arizona wine production, walk through exhibits of the state’s wine growing regions, taste dozens of wines and ultimately vote for their favorite vino!”
The experience is set to include:
• Interactive, walk-though exhibits
• Live, educational seminars (wine tasting 101, food & wine pairing, etc)
• Wine tasting with dozens of Arizona wineries
• Participation in Arizona’s “People’s Choice Awards”
• Live music by local musicians
• Professional tasting award ceremony

Now doesn’t that sound like a ton of fun? Check out the Farm at South Mountain for more info on this event or all offerings at The Farm.

November 22, 2009
1:00pm – 5:00pm: General Admission Events
5:00pm – 9:00pm: Exclusive Awards Dinner
Located at The Farm at South Mountain

Tickets:
$65 – General Admission ($50 presale)
$125 – Awards Dinner (available soon)

The Farm at South Mountain is located just 8 minutes from downtown Phoenix at 6106 S. 32nd Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85042.

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Arizona Restaurant Week is here!

September 18, 2009

The second annual Arizona Restaurant Week kicks off a highly anticipated Arizona culinary event, a boon for local foodies or those lucky visitors in the valley during the week-long event. Partake in Arizona’s finest fare at a very special discount price. Each restaurant will offer a three-course dinner menu of signature dishes for $29 per person or $58 per couple, excluding beverages, tax and gratuity. Visit the Arizona Restaurant Week site for a list of participating restaurants in Phoenix. Or see a list of restaurants in the Tucson event. At this great price you best make reservations early!

There is a great list of restaurants with every part of the valley represented, in Scottsdale by the contemporary American coastal cuisine of  Avalon. Their main course menu choices will include Shrimp Corbonara, a Flat Iron Sterak Salad, Stuffed Free Range Chicken Breast, or a Crispy Pacific Northwest Salmon Fillet. Makes us hungry just to mention it. Fuego Bistro’s Latin Southwestern fusion represent Central Phoenix. Their selections; Southwestern Crabcake with mango habenero chutney, second  is Crispy coconut shrimp with a thai chile dipping sauce, third is House specialty empenadas with ground beef, cumin, garlic, and peppers. Fuego’s menu goes on with fun and spicy dishes, and the list of great restaurants participating is nearly endless.

Arizona Restaurant Week runs September 19th through the 26th, 2009.

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Annual Corks & Chords Event Kicks Off Fall Season

September 9, 2009

The annual Corks & Chords event is coming up next week here in the Valley and later this month in Tucson. September 12, 2009 the event takes place at the Mayo Clinic’s beautiful reception area among the scenic Scottsdale foothills. September 26, 2009 Corks & Cords is at the Arizona Historical Society’s Arizona History Museum in Tucson.

Live music will accompany chefs representing Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, Aiello’s East Coast Italian, Hurry 4 Curry, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, First Watch, Mayo Clinic, M Catering by Michael’s, Cake Café, and Arizona Cheesecake Company. Great wines are sure to be part of the festivities and the Silent Auction includes a wine dinner for four in Wright’s Wrigley Wine Cellar.

The evening features a chance of learning about the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Arizona Chapter, the progression of MS care and medications over 50 years of the Society’s great work.

Tickets are $75. The Mayo Clinic is located at 13400 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale 480-968-2488. the National Multiple Sclerosis Society site has more info.

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