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Krystal Hauserman: I am thrilled the WFTA awarded me its top honor in the category of food travel blogging

LOS ANGELES, 2017-Apr-10 — /EPR TRAVEL NEWS/ — Taste of Adventure’s Krystal Hauserman has been named Best Food Travel Blogger by the World Food Travel Association (WFTA) as part of its 2017 FoodTrekking Awards for excellence in food and beverage tourism.

“Writing high-quality stories with thoughtful insider tips that help travelers access the heart and soul of a place by making meaningful connections with the local people is my passion, and food and wine is a great catalyst for making those connections. I am thrilled the WFTA awarded me its top honor in the category of food travel blogging for my content on Taste of Adventure!” said Krystal Hauserman, Founder and Director of Content for Taste of Adventure.

Rather than another “Top 10” or “Best Restaurants” list, the FoodTrekking Awards are unique in that they fill a void of recognition of excellence in experience in multiple categories within the food and beverage tourism industry. Food and beverage is the fastest-growing sector of travel, itself one of the world’s largest and most economically significant industries.

The multi-national judging panel included seven experts in culinary tourism.

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A Sweet Spin on Moonshine for Bloomery Distillery

Charles Town, West Virgina, July 03, 2015 — /EPR TRAVEL NEWS/ — FlipKey.com, the vacation rental company of leading travel site TripAdvisor has published its list of the 50 most loved and most talked about food and drink tours in almost every state across the U.S. And in West Virginia, the winner is Bloomery Plantation Distillery.

Capitalizing on the craving for locally sustainable craft distilleries and the nostalgia for moonshine, Bloomery’s SweetShine line of naturally flavored liqueurs are handcrafted from farm-fresh roots, fruits, and nuts.

The freshness of the line’s ingredients cannot be questioned, with all agricultural ingredients grown at the distillery’s own farm, local neighboring farms or other small American farms.

To date, more than 60,000 premium drink devotees have toured the distillery to savor an artisanal cocktail – whether it’s the ‘moonshine milkshake’ innovatively called Cremma Lemma or the chilled Chocolate Raspberry (a shot in hot coffee is bound to change one’s morning routine). With more than twenty-one international awards and too many cocktail enthusiast praises to count, the company is doing its part to take the restaurant, bar and hospitality industries to tasty new levels.

The entire process of creating the SweetShine line is handcrafted – from the hand-zesting of every lemon to the hand-chopping of the ginger to the hand-making of syrups to the actual handwriting that goes on every bottle of every label. Company founder Linda Losey claims with pride, “Consumers like a little bit of the unusual and appreciate our whimsical approach, but quality and taste are paramount – this is why we grow our own Italian lemons and Hawaiian ginger as well as our own black walnuts, pumpkins, and raspberries. Losey goes on to say, “Our fans trust our brand…and are comfortable and confident that when they grab a bottle of SweetShine, they can add it to any of their current cocktails and they’ll create a fresher, higher quality, premium cocktail that was a breeze to make.”

Bloomery SweetShine is currently distributed to retailers, bars and restaurants in 42 states and is on the fast track to further expand distribution.

About Bloomery SweetShine
Since opening as a mini-distillery in the agri-tourism industry in September of 2011, Bloomery Plantation Distillery has been capitalizing on the craving for locally sustainable craft distilleries, the nostalgia for the prohibition-era and the explosion of fruit flavored liqueurs through its hand-crafted, award-winning SweetShine line. With a sweet spin on moonshine, the company makes moonshine drinkable through its award-winning liqueurs that are hand-crafted from farm-fresh fruits, roots and nuts. To date, more than 60,000 premium drink devotees have visited the distillery to enjoy a SweetShine artisanal cocktail of their own amid affable company.

The distillery boasts a wildly unique, imaginative and fiercely dedicated staff led by company founder, Linda Losey. For staffers, SweetShine represents far more than just a product line but rather is regarded as a foundational philosophy—an adventurous and even risk-taking way of doing things…a spirited and amusing outlook on life. This viewpoint guides everything the company creates, and Bloomery’s passionate one-of-a-kind team attracts customers from around the world who believe in, connect with and trust the SweetShine brand.

The distillery, located two miles east of Charles Town, West Virginia, is situated on a 12-acre parcel of land where they grow farm-fresh ingredients used in the elixirs, including ginger, raspberries and lemons, among others. Putting their unique spin on the process of making moonshine, Bloomery’s all natural SweetShine is crafted using time-honored recipes with 190 proof ‘shine, pure cane sugar and garden-grown ingredients. The entire process is hand-crafted—from the hand-zesting of every lemon, to the hand-chopping of the ginger, to the hand picking of raspberries, to the hand-making of its syrups, to the handwriting that goes on every bottle of every label. Each batch is individually proofed; the finished liqueurs range from 40° to 70°. Truly handcrafted. And it shows. Just a touch of SweetShine quickly creates a classic cocktail with a twist—goodbye to boring unadventurous drinking! Bloomery SweetShine is currently distributed to retailers, bars and restaurants in 42 states, and continues to expand distribution nationally.

Learn more about the brand and its admirable approach online at www.BloomerySweetshine.com

Contact-Details: Merilee Kern
Ascendant Group Branding
merileekern@ascendantgroupbranding.com
858-577-0206

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Lua Hadar with Twist Swings it in French at Society Cabaret Bastille Party

San Francisco, CA, July 03, 2015 — /EPR NETWORK/ — To celebrate French Independence Day, Lua Hadar with Twist returns for an encore performance of their popular French Music Hall show, “C’est Magnifique!” This Bastille-Day-with-a-Twist features Lua on French and English vocals, Music Director Jason Martineau on piano, Dan Feiszli on bass, Kelly Park on drums, and special guest Dave Sturdevant on guitar and harmonica. Saturday, July 11 at 8pm (seating from 7pm) at Society Cabaret at the Hotel Rex Union Square, 562 Sutter Street, San Francisco. Tickets start at $25 (NO FEES) at Ticketmaster or societycabaret.com Or call 415-857-1896. Full bar, great food. More info at www.luahadar.com.

The show presents a variety of songs from the popular traditions of Paris, including those of American songwriter Cole Porter; hence the title “C’est Magnifique!” a song from Cole Porter’s 1953 musical, Can-Can.

Dave Sturdevant’s harmonica brings a Toots Thielemans-style to the show, in addition to the gypsy sound of his swinging guitar.

French songs by Charles Trenet, Maxime LeForestier, Edith Piaf and Serge Gainsbourg round out the set list, and as ever, Lua’s fun and quirky stories provide her personalized bridge to the songs, whether you speak French or not.

Hadar is no stranger to France or French music, having just returned from teaching a master class in France on American Jazz Standards.

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[TICKETS: http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/229943/1911076?Brand=societycab]

ABOUT TWIST:
Since its inception in 2007, Hadar’s cosmopolitan jazz ensemble TWIST has developed a multi-lingual world jazz fusion that twists the styles of international standards and brings new material into the jazz idiom.

Lua has charmed audiences from New York’s Iridium Jazz Club to Bangkok’s Thailand Cultural Center to the Swan Bar in Paris, where, on a return engagement, she previewed “C’est Magnifique!” to an enthusiastic full house before bringing it to San Francisco’s Society Cabaret for its first run in November 2013. The show was reprised last year and became a Society Cabaret tradition, presented each time with a different featured instrumentalist.

Hadar has released three CDs with Music Director Jason Martineau and Twist. The most recent, “Like A Bridge,” was recorded in 2012 as the centerpiece of her Bridges Project. The “Like A Bridge” DVD was nominated for an Independent Music Award and was released at Yoshi’s Jazz Club in Oakland in September of 2013 after its premiere at San Francisco’s Historic Balboa Theater.

“…such a lovely variety of songs from cabaret traditions of Paris (and beyond), that we might as well have been in a brick-walled basement room in the Quartier Latin.” – Talkin’ Broadway

“First call band of international talent and an innate gift of swing.” – Critical Jazz

For more information on Lua Hadar with Twist, see luahadar.com, iTunes, youtube, facebook, twitter and most major music sites.

ABOUT THE HOTEL REX AND SOCIETY CABARET:
The Hotel Rex is San Francisco’s answer to New York’s legendary Algonquin Hotel, located at 562 Sutter Street between Powell and Mason. Surrounded by 1920’s and 30’s style artwork and glamour, guests can linger in the Library Bar for cocktails and conversation. A menu of American classics with a European influence is available in the cabaret room as small plates or dinner. Society Cabaret patrons are immersed in an ambiance of arts and culture, in a true cabaret setting. Society Cabaret has received acclaim from the San Francisco Mayor’s Office and has expanded this year with venues in San Diego and San José. (http://societycabaret.com)

Contact-Details: Lua Hadar

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LondonTown.com offer five pairs of tickets to Taste of London

Win tickets and sample food from 40 of London’s hottest restaurants

LONDON, June 04, 2015 — /EPR TRAVEL NEWS/ — LondonTown has teamed up with top food festival, Taste of London, to offer five lucky winners a pair of tickets to the al fresco gastronomic showcase at Regent’s Park, and for those who want to stay in the city overnight there are many London hotels, from five star to affordable but trendy hotels, to choose from.

Always a foodie highlight of the summer, Taste of London offers a tantalising selection of world-class chefs and 40 of London’s hottest restaurants all gathered together in one place at London’s Regent’s Park from 17th – 21st June 2015.

New London restaurants taking part in the 2015 festival include contemporary Chinese restaurant Chai Wu, South East London’s latest haunt Artusi, Jose Pizarro’s authentic Spanish Pizarro, The Clove Club which serves cutting edge cuisine in Shoreditch Town Hall, The Palomar with its modern fare from Jerusalem and contemporary Japanese cooking from Aqua Kyoto.

Further new London restaurants partaking in Taste of London are Peruvian hotspot LIMA Floral, Anna Hansen’s newest venture, Modern Pantry mark II, and Marcus Wareing’s Tredwell’s.

Returning again are Taste of London favourites The House of Ho, L’Anima, Club Gascon, Spice Market, Ember Yard, Duck & Waffle, SushiSamba and Roka.

Top chefs Marcus Wareing, La Gavroche’s superstar sous chef Monica Galetti and the man responsible for revolutionising the way we eat Indian food, Atul Kochhar, are all appearing at Taste of London in 2015. Added to the mix are Mexican street food chef and entrepreneur Thomasina Miers, and Michelin starred Portuguese chef Nuno Mendes, head chef at celebrity favourite Chiltern Firehouse.

To enter the LondonTown Taste of London competition, go to LondonTown, answer the simple question and email your answer before 12noon on Monday 8th June 2015. The website also has a large number of London hotels to suit all budgets is given as well as information on restaurants, attractions and all the current London events.

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LondonTown.com: Get Seasonal Foodie Inspiration At Taste of London Winter

LONDON, December 08, 2014 — /EPR TRAVEL NEWS/ — After a successful winter festival last year Taste of London Winter (previously known as Taste of Christmas) returns to East London’s Tobacco Dock to temp visitors with more gastronomic treats for the festive season.

The Victorian architecture of Tobacco Dock provides an atmospheric backdrop for an exciting variety of seasonal foodie attractions courtesy of some of London’s finest restaurants. For adventurous foodies Taste of London Winter is the perfect mind and palate expanding introduction to the festive season.

Taste of London Winter may focus on festive foodie delights but promises to go far beyond the usual seasonal offerings with a gastronomic line-up that really reflects the vibrancy and diversity of London’s dining scene.

With a multitude of stalls, tastings and demonstrations and some of the country’s leading chef’s – including Mark Hix, Raymond Blanc, Nuno Mendes, executive chef at Chiltern Firehouse, Michel Roux Jr, Neil Rankin, and Jason Atherton – Taste of Winter London promises to inspire and excite the capital’s foodies in the lead up to Christmas.

Tickets are between £19 and £23.50 for adults and £10 for children and can be purchased from the official site. More details are available at LondonTown.com where you’ll find up-to-the-minute information on London restaurants and foodie events.

LondonTown.com is also home to some of the internet’s best London hotel deals including reduced rates on a selection of conveniently located east London hotels, perfect for visitors to Taste of London Winter. 21% discounts are currently available when you book rooms at the Holiday Inn London Commercial Road through LondonTown.com – meaning prices now start at just £59 – while the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel is offering rooms from £89 courtesy of a 23% discount.

 

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London’s favourite Peruvian LIMA set to open second restaurant

One of the most exciting new London restaurants opening this summer is undoubtedly LIMA Floral. It’s older sister – simply called LIMA – first opened its doors back in August 2012, going on to become the first Peruvian restaurant in Europe to win a Michelin star.

The coveted star wasn’t the only accolade awarded to LIMA’s founder Virgilio Martinez in 2013. His flagship establishment Central Restaurante – located in the Peruvian capital from which the LIMA project takes its name – was featured in last year’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

So Martinez and his partners Gabriel and Jose Luis Gonzalez, we can safely say, have form when it comes to pleasing international diners, and their brace of London restaurants have taken their place among the city’s finest venues.

For the uninitiated, Peruvian cuisine is an exciting mix of Amazonian fish dishes, scallops and chia ceviche, served with exotic native vegetables and grains like kohlrabi and quinoa. LIMA Floral is complemented by a basement ‘piqueos bar’ which, according to Martinez, is “essentially a bar serving tapas dishes…”

The small plates available in the piqueo bar include grouper with rocoto tiger’s milk ceviche and tuna and seared aubergine tiradito. These delicacies are offset by an extravagant, extensive cocktail menu which features variations on the classic Peruvian beverage Pisco Sour.

Both restaurant and piqueo bar are designed by B3, whose other London restaurants projects include Gymkhana and Bubbledogs. Their vision is an international take on Peruvian styles, all large arched windows and cosy dens, the perfect setting for a long, lazy dinner.

LIMA Floral is located on the corner of Garrick Street and Floral Street, set in a historic former monastery (which was most recently home to The Forge restaurant). Both the piqeuos bar and the main restaurant open on July 20. Find out more at LondonTown.com, where you can keep track of all the latest restaurant openings and book online.

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London’s First Creole Bar & Kitchen Opens in Camden

Our capital is renowned for its eclectic international food scene, and London restaurants don’t come any more international than Bayou, a Creole bar and kitchen set to open in Camden on July 10.

Bayou is the brainchild of restaurateur Chris Singham – proprietor of another Camden hit dining venue, Simply Fish – and the menu promises a selection of dishes from the Deep South, and in particular the wetlands around the Gulf Coast from which it takes its name.

That means Cajun and Creole items like crayfish, jambalaya, smoked chicken wings and gumbo, as well as soul food like po’ boy sandwiches, ribs, grits and fried chicken. The drinks menu features American lagers and specialty cocktails, including a ‘Proud Mary’, a Mezcal/tomato juice/cucumber/dill concoction that takes its name from the John Fogerty song (and nods knowingly at Fogerty’s claims of being ‘born on the bayou’ despite hailing from distinctly un-swamplike Northern California).

The Bayou country that runs along the south coast of the United States from Louisiana to Florida has long been a melting pot of cultures, and the cuisine draws on the region’s French, Spanish, Italian and African heritage. Bayou is set to bring those flavours to the London restaurants scene, with a side order of live traditional jazz thrown in to the mix.

But Bayou is just one of many new London restaurants to open this summer. There’s Scarpetta and Caterina55, both Italian restaurants located in the City. The Wellcome Kitchen just opened next to its namesake collection of medical artefacts on Euston Road; it’s run by Benungo, and promises a constantly-changing menu of rustic dished – just think about going there before the museum if you don’t want to spoil your appetite. There’s Barrefina, Covent Garden’s newest tapas joint. A cache of internationally-flavoured London restaurants are opening throughout the summer, with Peruvian, Mexican and Cuban food being dished up in new venues. You can keep abreast of all the latest and greatest dining hot spots at LondonTown.com.

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LondonTown.com: Dram & Smoke serve Scottish treats this summer

Running from 23rd May to 6th July 2014, London’s newest pop up restaurant Dram & Smoke will be serving traditional Scottish dishes every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in south London.

There are plenty of pop up London restaurants to choose from but Dram & Smoke is a bit different, combining “hijinks, tomfoolery, hullaballoo, capering, antics, buffoonery and skylarking” with quintessential Scottish dishes to bring a taste of Scotland to Vauxhall. Located in a “rough n’ ready” steelyard, Dram and Smoke serves haggis bonbons, potted smoked mackerel with oatcakes, Cullen skink and venison haunch – all served from a custom whiskey barrel smoker. And for dessert? Deep fried Mars Bar of course! Served with shortbread, ice cream and IRN BRU, you won’t find a more traditional Scottish sweet dish. The venue also operates a cash bar with gin cocktails, single malts and a great choice of beers on offer.

Things kick things off from 7.30pm every Friday & Saturday and 2pm for the Sunday session. Tickets costs £40 and include a welcome cocktail, 6 course tasting menu and an Innis and Gunn beer. For more information on the location and other London Restaurantsvisit LondonTown.com.

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LondonTown.com: London awaits Barnyard binge as Dabbous readies second restaurant

Ollie Dabbous and Oskar Kinberg were responsible for Dabbous, a restaurant which generated such hype that for some time it was virtually impossible to book a table there, so their next venture was always likely to attract plenty of attention. Two years after that restaurant opened to widespread critical acclaim Dabbous and Kinberg are set to open Barnyard, just around the corner on Charlotte Street.

The restaurant is set to open in March and anyone familiar with the seemingly impossible task of securing a table at Dabbous might be interested to learn that Barnyard will be walk-ins only. Check LondonTown.com for more details of the opening as well as updates and booking information for all the latest London restaurants.

The new venture will be run by general manager Charlie Bolton, a veteran of Dabbous and ex-manager of the similarly popular Burger and Lobster in Mayfair and Head Chef Joseph Woodland, formerly of Kensington institution Launceton Place.

True to its name, Barnyard promises a rustic theme that will be evident in both the design – reclaimed timber and tin will feature heavily in the interior and diners can expect their meal to be accompanied by a soundtrack that will take in country, blues and folk – and most importantly the food.

The menu will feature simple but carefully prepared dishes like homemade sausage rolls with piccalilli, roast beef on toast with warm horseradish buttermilk, and sweets such as apple and cloudberry crumble with clotted cream, and bananas and custard. In other words straightforward but delicious comfort food executed with the sort of innovative flair that has so far characterised Dabbous’ young career.

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LondonTown.com: ‘Pleased to meet Q’ says Camden as London’s latest BBQ joint fires up grills

Set to open in late February, Q Grill is the latest example of London’s love affair with all things grilled, smoked and American. The craze for down-home barbecue style cuisine seems set to continue into 2014 and Q Grill looks like a very good reason not to put down the BBQ sauce just yet.

Q Grill arrives in Camden (Chalk Farm Road to be precise) courtesy of esteemed restaurateur Des McDonald (formerly of Caprice Holdings), hot on the heels of his successful Fish and Chips venture in Islington last year. He describes his foray into the well-populated BBQ dining scene as coupling the ‘sweet tasting BBQ flavours of a traditional Memphis smokehouse with our own unique approach’.

Heading up the kitchen will be Phil Eagle, a fellow alumnus of Le Caprice whose CV also boasts a spell as Head Chef at Hix. He will oversee a menu that won’t be short of finger lickin’ meaty offerings like Josper grilled steaks and burgers, pecan roasted chicken, kielbas a hot dogs and pulled pork sandwiches. This carnival for carnivores will be offset by ‘raw bar’ classics like scallop ceviche and citrus sea bass. Expect the drinks list to continue the down-home southern stylings with a wide selection of American bourbons and whiskeys.

Q Grill heads an exciting list of London restaurant openings over the next couple months as the capital’s dining scene kicks off 2014 in fine style. Keep abreast of all the latest foodie must visits at LondonTown.com where you’ll find comprehensive listings covering all the latest London restaurants, book tables and find nearby attractions.

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Impress This Thanksgiving With Hyatt Regency Cambridge’s Pilgrim’s Feast To Go

This Thanksgiving forgo the complicated recipes, the forever frozen turkey and major holiday headaches with Zephyr on the Charles at Hyatt Regency Cambridge Pilgrim’s Feast to Go. For only $169 plus tax, the traditional Thanksgiving meal will feed 8-10 people and is perfect for students far from home or for those just looking to simplify the overwhelming holiday dinner.

Delight in a three-course, family style Thanksgiving dinner, complete with a whole roasted turkey, whipped potatoes, pan roasted gravy and maple glazed yams, as well as roasted turnips, beets and carrots, cranberry relish and one dozen corn muffins. Don’t forget to leave room for dessert as Executive Chef Robert Daugherty of Zephyr on the Charles at Hyatt Regency Cambridge has included two whole pies, apple and pumpkin, a favorite ending to a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

Pilgrim’s Feast to Go will not only impress your guests but will provide easy prep and clean up. Each Thanksgiving meal comes with complete heating instructions and only takes two hours from oven to table. Feast to Go is available for pick up on Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 and Thursday, November 28th, 2013 before 10:00AM. To order Thanksgiving dinner, please call 617 441 6510. Pilgrim’s Feast to Go is nut free. Please be sure to advise of any allergies when placing your order.

For more information about Hyatt Regency Boston or Zephyr on the Charles visit regencyboston.hyatt.com or call 617 912 1234.

MENU:
Pilgrim’s Feast to Go
Serves 8-10 people
Whole Roasted Turkey (14 lbs. avg.)
2 qtrs. Whipped Potatoes
2 qtrs. Apple Sage Stuffing
1 qt. Maple Glazed Yams
2 qts. Roasted Turnips, Beets & Carrots
2 qts. Pan Turkey Gravy
1 qt. Cranberry Relish
12 Corn Muffins
1 Apple Pie
1 Pumpkin Pie

Menu is nut free
Please allow two hours for heating; instructions will be provided

WHERE: Zephyr on the Charles at Hyatt Regency Cambridge, 575 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02139

WHEN: To place an order please call 617 441 6510 before November 26th, 2013.

All orders are 100% pre-paid and available for pick up on Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 and Thursday, November 28th, 2013 before 10:00AM.

COST: $169.00 plus tax

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The Pizza Pilgrims announce the opening date of their first permanent residency

Pizza Pilgrims James and Thom Elliot have made a name for themselves for serving excellent Napoli-style pizzas from the back of a Piaggio van. Now, the pizza loving boys open their first proper restaurant. Opening on 1 st August 2013, the London restaurant will be located on Dean Street in Soho, just around the corner from Berwick Street Market where you can often find them and their van.

The pilgrimage began when the brothers travelled to Italy, joined up with a TV crew, bought a van and toured the country with the aim of discovering the art of pizza making. Returning to the UK, they refused to part with their beloved van and instead converted it into a portable pizza oven. Now, they provide tantalising Napoli inspired street food at London’s Berwick Street Market and popular food festivals. The varying simple menu consists of only two or three pizzas, with the classic margarita always available and further toppingsranging fromnduja sausage, Portobello mushroom and truffle oil.

The London restaurant will follow the same premise as the market stall, with a simple pizza-focussed menu but will also welcome an Italian drinks list. Initially the restaurant will be open Monday to Saturday, 12pm-11pm and closed on Sundays.

 

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Fresh 1800 Restaurant & Bar at the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, Chicago offers live music every Wednesday night

Fresh 1800 Restaurant & Bar at the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, Chicago announces the introduction of live music every Wednesday night by the Chicago-based vocal duo Frank & Dave. For the first time, guests can listen to live music as they sip their drinks in the bar area of Fresh 1800. This free music event is ongoing and takes place every Wednesday from 6pm to 9pm.

Frank & Dave have been performing their vocally driven, harmony rich music around the Chicago area since 2002. The duo performs a mix of their own guitar powered songs with classic rock favorites and current pop hits. Since forming over a decade ago, Frank & Dave have released three albums: Two for the Show (2002), One for the Money (2006), and their latest release of all original songs, Different Roads. Over the years, Frank & Dave have gained a faithful fan base, gigging as openers for bands such as the Australian rock band, Little River Band, and performing their well-crafted songs and covers at intimate clubs and venues across Chicago.

The Fresh casual lounge offers burgers and beer for guests to watch the latest game and small plates for those craving a late evening snack to pair with their cocktail. Fresh Bar’s live music sessions with Frank & Dave make Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, Chicago a destination every Wednesday night.

Fresh 1800 Restaurant & Bar creates French-inspired, seasonal cuisine using the freshest ingredients available in the Chicago area. The hotel’s signature restaurant offers a gourmet menu that includes seasonally inspired, hand crafted dishes that are enhanced by fresh herbs and vegetables from the property’s backyard garden. Guests can also visit Fresh Bar, a casual lounge located adjacent to the restaurant and relax with a signature cocktail or choose a bottle from the extensive wine list. Fresh Bar offers burgers, small plates, a selection of beers and large flat screen Tvs ideal for viewing sporting and major television events.

For more information about Fresh 1800 Restaurant & Bar and live music performances, call 847.517.6930 or visit http://schaumburg.hyatt.com/en/hotel/dining/Fresh1800.html.

 

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New Openings in London in May 2013

The Great Northern Hotel, the most high profile new opening in London in May 2013, officially opens on Thursday 9th May 2013 following a £40 million refurbishment but for a sneak preview, the glamorous GNH Bar within it, occupying almost the entire ground floor, opens a week earlier. Later in the month, Plum + Spilt Milk the hotel’s first floor 90-cover restaurant, adds to the many excellent London restaurants in the Kings Cross area to choose from with its emphasis on seasonal British ingredients sourced, where possible, from small independent suppliers on the Great Northern line.

For dining with a view it will be hard to beat the three new restaurants within Renzo Piano’s Shard which are due to open in May. Oblix, the New York-style grill from celebrated chef restaurateur duo Rainer Becker and Arjun Waney, opens on the 32nd floor between Aqua at the Shard on the 31st floor and Hutong on the 33rd floor, both run by the Aqua Restaurant Group founded by David Yeo. London’s Hutong, the first restaurant for the brand outside China, will follow the same winning formula as the well-known restaurant of the same name in Hong Kong, serving the cuisine of Northern China against a spectacular backdrop of far reaching city views.

On a smaller scale but with a talented team behind it, The Five Fields, a small Chelsea restaurant with room for only 40 diners, opens on Tuesday 14th May 2013. Young chef patron Taylor Bonnyman comes from the two Michelin-starred Corton in Tribeca , New York , head chef Marguerite Keogh, was formerly at Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley, and pastry chef Chris Underwood is ex Tom Aikens.

May brings the opening of two new theatres in London with the £2.2 million Park Theatre in Finsbury Park opening on Wednesday 8th May 2013 with These Shining Lives, a play which tells the story of the women who worked at Radium Dial during the 1930s, and the relocation of the Southwark Playhouse which opens at its new home in a huge warehouse on Newington Causeway in the heart of Southwark, SE1, on Wednesday 15th May 2013.

The purpose built Park Theatre, two minutes’ walk from Finsbury Park tube station, will be a state of the art theatre with two performance spaces – a two-tier 200 seat and a smaller 90 seat theatre – an education floor and a cafe and bar with a late license. Set up by husband and wife team Jez and Melli Bond with support from high profile actors including Ian McKellen and Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch, the theatre is unique in this part of London .

For visitors arriving in London to be among the first to experience the latest openings in London there are many useful resources available on LondonTown.com including a wide choice of London hotels to suit all budgets, information on restaurants, bars and cafes as well as all the major attractions that London is famous for.

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Ex-Noma chef opens first permanent restaurant in London

The restaurant industry shows little signs of diminishing its ferocious appetite despite the recession biting hard into the food budgets of your average Briton. For those who can wine and dine, there are plenty of ever-more inventive and extravagant dining options in the capital of the UK.

The health of London restaurants seems to be largely withstanding the economic grilling that most of the nation’s businesses have been given by the recession. Gourmet trends for locally-sourced, simple foods and home-style meals with tradition and sustainability are becoming more and more fashionable.

The success of British chefs like Tom Aikens and Jason Atherton, whose Michelin-starred Pollen Street Social has continued to feed the suited and booted of London’s exclusive dining scene since its opening in 2011, is not a one-off.

The capital seems to be extremely welcoming to haute cuisine chefs who have trained extensively elsewhere but are all returning to open new ventures in the city.

And the case is no different for Tom Sellers, a 25 year old chef with experience beyond his tender years – he’s worked for aforementioned Aikens, as well as under René Redzepi at Noma, formerly the best restaurant in the world. The promotion of locally-sourced, foraged food and simple flavours from Redzepi has clearly influenced Sellers’ style.

Following the success of his Foreword pop-up, which took place as part of the Rebel Dining Society’s November series in both 2011 and 2013, chef Tom Sellers is now set to open his first restaurant on Bermondsey’sTooley Street on April 16th.

Aptly named ‘Story’ – the choice of ‘Foreword’ as the moniker for his pop-up was a deliberatelittle appetizer – it looks set to continue his reputation for crafting robust, yet delicate, meals from unusually earthy, local flavours.

Foreword offered dishes like bread and dripping for starters, beef cheek, pumpkin seed, brown butter and sorrel for main and charred pear, parsnip and buttermilk for dessert. And this is a style we can expect to see more fully realized in the permanent restaurant venture.

Story will offer a six-course (£45) or ten-course (£65) menu of dishes like scallops with cucumber and dill ash or beef cheek with stout and cauliflower yeast.

Located on SE1’s Tooley Street, between the busy City hangouts of London Bridge and Tower Bridge, it is sure to be heavily booked far in advance.

Story will open its doors on 16th April, but with only 42 covers, you’ll want to get on the booking line – which opened on March 9th – as soon as possible.

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Monocle magazine set to open Marylebone café

Fans of smart design and fancy conversation with a little spare time and disposable income in Marylebone will no doubt be delighted to stumble upon the latest venture from the Monocle team.

Those who love books and trendy Scandinavian shoes are sure to beenamoured. The Monocle café is that rare thing, a hotly anticipated new addition to the London restaurant scene which is not centred around a big-name chef, but rather part of an all-round experience.

Monacle magazine is “a publication which covers everything from current affairs to culture in an intelligent way”, as well as a website that has a host of articles and features on cutting-edge design, products, current affairs and slick happenings across the globe.

The Monocle Café is just a brief stroll fromMidori House, home of Monocle magazine. Located on Chiltern Street cafe, also a short hop away from the Monocle shop on George Street, just off W1’s exclusive Marylebone High Street, the café opens this month and will no doubt extend the magazine’s atmosphere of elegant consumerism.

It will offer ‘simple dishes and hearty drinks’ and creamy roll cakes produced by a team of Japanese pastry chefs. You can also stay in touch with the magazine and its coverage of news and current affairs, as Monocle 24 will be broadcast live from the café.

And for those uninitiated in the Monocle way of life, there is ample opportunity to familiarise yourself with the brand in the new Chiltern Street space, where visitors will have access to a comprehensive collection of Monocle back issues.

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Top chef Jason Atherton puts ‘social’ eating on London’s menu

The chef and proprietor behind one of the capital’s most prosperous new restaurants of the last three years is set to build on his success with an exciting new business in the heart of Soho.

Jason Atherton, the mind behind Pollen Street Social, one of Mayfair’s best-loved (and best-attended) new kids on the block, will be opening a new venture in spring 2013.

Continuing his theme of promoting high-quality, deftly-cooked British and European bistro fare with an emphasis on reinstating the restaurant as a place for sharing, eating and meeting, anticipation is high.

With the portentous moniker The Social Eating House, Atherton’s latest step in encouraging great conversation over startling food is one of the year’s most anticipated new restaurants in London.

There might be a thousand and one spots to eat in Soho, but this Poland Street locale is already putting itself on the map, thanks to Atherton’s sterling reputation, and his faith in his excellent team.

For new beginnings in his Sohoeaterie, Atherton is working with old friends. For The Social Eating House he goes into partnership with his long standing head chef Paul Hood who he has worked with for over six years.

And, in keeping with its name, the building will be home to several different dining and socialising options. The 58-59 Poland Street complex comprises of a ground-floor restaurant offering mid-priced bistro fare, a basement area with a chef’s table and a 15-seat bar, and a top-floor cocktail bar.

The cocktail bar is headed by another friendly face from the Pollen Street Social team: executive barman Gareth Evans, who has been managing the bar at Pollen Street Social since May 2011, takes the helm here in Soho in 2013.

Bookings are already being taken for the establishment, and with a move from luxury Mayfair into more accessible Soho, expect it to be filled to the rafters for the first six months – get in there while you can, and most definitely try for a cocktail.

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Get your own, Homeslice

Those looking to while away a few hours in central London will have a new place to accidentally stumble upon in the warren of Neal’s Yard and its surrounding environs: Homeslice, former pop-up and brainchild of Kiwi chef Ry Jessup, is now building a permanent home for itself.

The restaurant, a simple pizza joint, will open this month at 13 Neal’s Yard, the smart little triangle accessed behind Neal Street and just off Seven Dials in buzzy Covent Garden, central London. It looks set to join the ever-expanding list of restaurants in London doing ‘posh’ dirty food with fresh, well-sourced ingredients.

Homeslice opens on March 25th and food trendy fans who snapped up some of its pizza at Kings Cross’ The Filling Station will no doubt have already got the date in their diaries.

The venture, a 50-seater restaurant sees Jessup blend his culinary skills with Mark Wogan’s business know-how to create a simple, 5-dish pizza menu with the emphasis on surprising flavours and simple booze.

A little pricey for pizza – though probably not so extravagant for Covent Garden, nor the trend-hungry foodies who seem to follow new fast food joints as they appear across town – it’s £4 a slice, or £20 a whole pizza.

Better news is that wine is on tap – well, more or less. Huge double magnum carafes of the house red and house white allow customers to measure how much they drink and pay later. A smart take on the honesty bar, for want of a better comparison!

A pint, a glass of wine and a slice all carry the same neat price: £4. As for the pizzas, it’s about 5 rotating flavours daily. Expect light, expert dough, kneaded on their special marble work surface and cooked in a wood-fired oven.

Flavour combinations comprise the sweet and simple – a classic Margherita, always on the menu – with the more extravagant or surprising: artichoke and courgette or bone marrow, fire roasted spring onion and watercress are the more unusual toppings on offer.

The Homeslice homepage (fun to say after one of those double magnums of house wine) looks pretty –though rather short on details and much activity as of now. Still, we have a feeling that after a few weeks up and running the online presence will be a busy as most popular pop-up outlets of recent years.

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Novikov’s Brompton Quarter Brasserie Set to Open

Following on from the success of his hugely successful self-titled Mayfair restaurant, ArkadyNovikov is set to open a new eaterie in neighbouring Kensington. The Brompton Quarter Brasserie has been given the Novikov treatment, and will be wowing Londoners and tourists from March.

Novikov, who also works as Putin’s personal caterer, will be expecting a jammed restaurant if the success of his first London venture is anything to go by. The chef will bring together the best Pan-Asian cuisine with European favourites, but rather than offering a direct fusion of flavours, he plans to offer the best of both worlds: European cuisine for breakfast, and Asian for lunch and dinner.

Set across two bustling floors, the sprawling Brompton Asian Brasserie promises to be one of the most ambitious London restaurants in the West End. On the ground floor is the main restaurant, with an open kitchen and private dining room. In the basement is a moodier, more relaxed cocktail bar, and next door is the deli, open from 7.30am to 11pm each day. Charcuterie, cheeses, sandwiches and meals from the kitchen are on offer, as well as a dim sum counter.

The restaurant is part of the same complex as the Egerton House Hotel London, which offers luxury accommodation, typically at West End prices. However, to mark the opening of Novikov’s new venture, the Egerton has teamed up with LondonTown.com to offer a 32% on double rooms. The reduction makes the cost of a night’s stay £260.

For diners planning to make a weekend of it, a quick browse on LondonTown.com shows a number of nearby hotels offering similar discounts. Among the highlight in terms of price and standard, the Rembrandt Hotel London in Thurloe place (around 2 minutes’ walk from the Brompton Asian Brasserie) is offering double rooms from £99 – 75% less than the standard nightly rate.

To view more London restaurants, hotels and events, visit LondonTown.com.

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Beagle Restaurant & Bar To Open in Spring

One of the most anticipated developments in East London’s buzzing foodie scene, the Beagle bar and restaurant have finally announced dates for their grand opening. The bar will open doors on Friday 29th March, before giving way to the restaurant on Monday April 8th.

The well-hyped London restaurant, which promises to help restore British food to the upper echelons of global cuisine, has been built into carefully renovated railway arches on Geffrye Street in Shoreditch. Set up by Clancy brothers Kieran and Danny (the latter of whom has been enjoying tremendous critical success with the Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack in Fitzrovia), the Beagle will specialise in seasonal, locally sourced British ingredients.

Head Chef James Ferguson, formerly of Margot Henderson’s Rochelle Canteen), plans to change the menu on a daily basis, and use a traditional wood grill for much of his cooking. The adjoining bar will serve the usual selection of cocktails along with British beer and wines by the carafe or bottle.

The jewel in the crown is the Beagle’s prime location, with a large south-facing outdoor seating area capable of hosting up to 60 people.

To coincide with the opening, website LondonTown.com has partnered with a number of hotels in the Shoreditch. They’ve offered discounted rates to anyone planning to visit the new London restaurant on opening weekend (the offers are only available via LondonTown.com, not when booking directly with the hotel).

The Holiday Inn Express London-City on Old Street is offering double and twin rooms from £87, which is a 62% discount on the standard rate. The hotel is less than ten minutes’ walk from the Beagle.

Just as close is the RE London Shoreditch Hotel. Situated on Hackney Road, they’ve announced a 47% discount on accessible double rooms for guests booking via LondonTown.com. The reduction brings the cost of a stay down to just £91 per night.

To view more London restaurants, hotels and events, visit LondonTown.com.

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