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‘Pizza VS Pandemic’ Helps Feed Care Workers And Supports Small Businesses

A new initiative named Pizza vs. Pandemic: Feed Care workers, support small biz has been created by the voltron partnership of Slice, Slice Out Hunger and Pizza to Polls. By combining Slice’s ordering platform with Slice Out Hunger and Pizza to Polls’ non-profit approach, they’ve managed to raise over 18k since launching on March 21st. As the world comes to a standstill, the spirit of humanly support lives through initiatives like this.

Globally, people are scrambling to adjust to a potential quarantined life of unemployment. But, while time does its slow reveal, Pizza vs. Pandemic will be on the front line helping to support “those working around the clock by arranging for hundreds of pizzas from independent pizzerias to be sent to workers at care centers, hospitals, clinics, shelters, etc. across the nation.” Below are additional details:

  • Donations can be made via Slice Out Hunger at sliceouthunger.org. Donations of any size are welcome and appreciated.
    • The Slice team will coordinate deliveries between local pizzerias and care centers in the greatest areas of need.
    • Additionally, those who know of groups of workers who need help can tweet @SliceOutHunger. to let them know. The recipients will be confirmed and then pizza ordered and sent via Slice.
    • All participating pizzerias are vetted and selected to follow the most recent best practices for food handling and delivery.
    • Slice will also work with both the care center and pizzeria to determine the safest means of delivery, including curb-side drop-off.
  • These pizza orders will provide much needed revenue to the small business restaurants serving food to communities nationwide.
  • This program will continue for as long as it takes to support these tireless workers.

Anyone can donate to the Pizza vs. Pandemic initiative with every dollar going to support the workers putting their lives on the line to help those in need during these uncertain times.

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News What's New

Rouxbe Is Offering Free Online Culinary Classes


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The world is undergoing a slight upheaval at the moment. There’s a pesky bug on the loose that’s caused governments worldwide to quarantine their cities. This sounds like something right out of a summer blockbuster, yet unfortunately, it’s real life. As we collectively come to terms with this slower, socially-distanced, more OCD experience, we’re inevitably faced with figuring out how to occupy our time indoors. 

Rouxbe, the leading online culinary school, has responded to social distancing by offering 30 free days of membership. With this membership, you have access to 13 full culinary courses and 75 lessons, traditional and next-gen culinary foundations and techniques, as well as live events with chef instructors and culinary experts covering a wide range of topics. Ken Rubin, Chief Culinary Officer at Rouxbe, shares their mission:

“With so many of us practicing social distancing — either by choice or mandate —  it is inevitable that we will be eating at home. There is no reason we should settle for mediocre food or processed foods, when it’s possible to learn basic techniques that make cooking with pantry staples not only more enjoyable but also efficient and healthy.  By providing this free trial, we hope home cooks will take an opportunity to learn this important skill while taking care of themselves and their family at the same time.” 

Rubin touches on something very poignant — the idea of making the most out of your time. With all the troubling news and uncertainty, it’s easy to stress out and feel anxiety. Being stuck indoors gives us the opportunity to work on projects, binge watch shows or learn new skills.

Rouxbe’s free 30-day membership is timely and perfectly suited to anyone who enjoys spicing up their household’s meals. You can sign up for your free trial here

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Brand Products What's New

KIND Promotes Gender Equality for International Women’s Day

Photo provided by Bridgit Kasperski for Kind Healthy Snacks

KIND, known for their healthy snack bars, has announced a new initiative named KIND EQUALITY. The initiative was created to support the passing of The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which guarantees equal rights for all American citizens regardless of gender.

Originally proposed by National Women’s Party founder Alice Paul in 1923, near ratification of ERA was subsequently stopped cold 50 years later, ironically enough, by a woman named Phyllis Schlafly, leader of the Stop-ERA Campaign. That basically means it took 50 years for women to almost convince state legislatures to pass the bill before a woman-led campaign successfully prevented it. This excerpt from USHistory.org details some of the absurd arguments used to shepherd state legislatures away:

“Protective laws like sexual assault and alimony would be swept away. The tendency for the mother to receive child custody in a divorce case would be eliminated. The all-male military draft would become immediately unconstitutional. Those opposed to the ERA even suggested that single-sex restrooms would be banished by future courts.”

Another surprising tidbit is that America is one of the only modern countries that doesn’t constitutionally guarantee equal gender rights. Public polls report a staggering 80% of Americans falsely believing otherwise. Fortunately, an opportunity to successfully pass ERA has presented itself in the form of Virginia’s recent decision to become the 38th state to ratify the amendment. Originally stopped at 35, the past few years have shown a tide change. It takes 38 states for amendment ratification, after which it must traverse the hurdles of Congress and the Republican-controlled Senate. 

To raise awareness for the passing of ERA, KIND has announced the EQUALITY Bot, a quick and easy service for supporters to text elected state officials. A simple text of “Pass the ERA” to 50409 will automatically sign KIND’s petition, which will be sent directly to your state officials. If you’re then so kind as to share proof of signing to Twitter and tag @kindsnacks during March, KIND will donate $1 to the Alice Paul Institute.

Photo provided by Bridgit Kasperski for Kind Healthy Snacks

Additionally, the brand has created a limited-edition caramel almond & sea salt snack called KIND® EQUALITY bar that supports and promotes gender equality. With a minimum donation of $10,000, 100% of the proceeds will go to the Alice Paul Institute (API), a non-profit whose mission is to advance gender equality. The proceeds will assist with educating the public about ERA as well as leadership development for teen girls. Elle Lanning, Chief of Staff at KIND, offers further insight into the new initiative’s purpose:

“KIND has always used our voice to elevate kindness and empathy. In this case, our team, which is comprised mostly of women, is proud to support the ratification of the ERA. Through this program, our hope is to help solidify gender equality as a basic human right in this country, once and for all.”

KIND EQUALITY is part of KIND Snack & Give Back Project, a multi-year program to inspire kindness and empathy. The program features special edition bars, each created to support communities that “haven’t received their fair share of kindness.

If you’re looking to join the push towards making gender equality a constitutional right, you can purchase the KIND® EQUALITY bar exclusively on www.kindsnacks.com during the month of March.

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News Plant-Based Theme Parks

Disney Partners With Impossible Foods for Plant-Based Expansion

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Disneyland Resorts and Parks, as well as Florida-based big brother The Walt Disney World Resort, are known to offer an experience that keeps your inner child alive and kicking. Everything from immersive theme rides to life-sized Disney characters spread over 30,000 acres, it’s hard not to enjoy, if not a tad overly stimulating. Ever-watchful of ways to expand upon the entertainment incentive, Disney has now joined the Impossible Foods movement in a newly inked partnership. 

Impossible Foods is now the official plant-based “burger vendor” for both Disney resorts including Disney Cruise Line ships. The partnership comes following their September 2019 announcement to introduce meatless items to all Disney resorts.

To sweeten the deal even further, we’re also rewarded with three new menu items: the Impossible Cheeseburger macaroni and cheese, Petite Impossible Burger with guacamole and cheddar jack cheese, and an Impossible Meatball sub sandwich.

With the demand for meat alternatives growing globally each year, this is a natural move for the Happiest Place on Earth. The new Impossible menu items are now available at all Disney resorts.

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Food Trends Restaurants Technology

Could This Japanese Robot Cafe Be The Future of Restaurants?

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Pop culture has always envisioned what our future may look like. Sometimes we’re wowed by concepts like instant microwavable meals. Other times, scary possibilities are delivered with a comedic tinge, like soda replacing water. Mostly, entertainment touts the inevitable demise of human civilization at the hands of our superior robotic counterparts. There always seems to be something irreconcilable about the nature of humankind that robots or A.I., find too flawed to compute. While many futurist theories have remained theories due to lack of capable technology, recent years have seen the gap between entertainment and real life begin to close.

No country is ahead of the futurist curve more than Japan. From building real life mechs to heated toilet seats, Japan always has its finger on the pulse of possibilities. One Japanese company, OryLab Inc., has a more optimistic approach to robotic application.

One of their experiments involved an interactive pop-up shop named Robot Cafe Dawn Version Beta 2.0. Guests were invited to a cafe which featured a remotely-operated robotic waitstaff. The experience offered a peek into the potential future where robotics and smart technology intersect, introducing new possibilities for people with disabilities. Basically, OryLab Inc. took the Avatar concept and brought it to life, albeit in a much simpler, less colorful way. 

Robot Cafe Dawn Version Beta 2.0’s robotic waitstaff were piloted by ALS and SMA patients who are unable to leave their bed. ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) is a disease that causes the death of neurons controlling voluntary muscles and SMA (superior mesenteric artery syndrome) is a rare digestive system disorder. Creator Kentaro “Ory” Yoshifuji envisioned a future where bedridden patients, typically unable to participate in normal societal activities or occupations, could put their skills to use. 

Within the cafe, guests can order from small OriHime robots placed on each table, each remotely operated by patients known as pilots. Beverages are then ushered to the table by larger robots equipped with arms known as OriHime D. These are also remotely piloted and guests can converse with the pilot by talking to the robot. The pop-up was a test to learn what shortcomings the technology currently has. 

With all the talk of robots replacing us, this application of robotic technology has the potential to benefit many people facing physical disabilities that have long been unable to contribute their skills to society. OryLab Inc. CEO Kentaro Yoshifuji’s mission is to “let anyone, even a person with a disability, go anywhere in the world,” and was inspired by the CEO’s desire to help a personal friend with ALS. Their aim is to launch a permanent Avatar cafe later this year.

Who knows if this will catch on within the restaurant world? Either way, it does point to a more promising future where humans and robots can collaborate to improve lives.

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Design Sustainability Technology

A Campfire Meal Is Possible On This Zero-Emissions Motorbike

CAKE, a Swedish based manufacturer of electric off-road motorbikes, has revealed their latest zero emissions creation, ÖSA. It’s dubbed, “the first clean and efficient commuter vessel with an integrated power station and off-road capabilities.”

It comes equipped with a battery strong enough to serve any remote desires one could have, multiple outlets, a cutting board grade workbench, attachments for pots or pans, and front-wheel basket space for additional supplies. This makes it perfect for catering, road trip pit-stops, picnics or outings with friends & family.  

Over the past few years the transportation industry has begun shifting more towards electric power as combustion vehicles are fast-becoming antiquated. Mobile pollution reportedly contributes 20% to global carbon monoxide emissions and many major cities are considering banning cars within the city center. Furthermore, train systems are expanding and scooters are scooting. Aware of those facts, CAKE’s motorbikes are keenly designed with a focus on environmental responsibility. Their mission statement further elaborates:

CAKE’s mission is to inspire towards a zero-emission society, combining excitement with responsibility. All components are made from scratch to optimize the riding performance in this new category. Every little detail is elaborated for perfection, while considering the perspectives of sustainability. It’s all about the outdoors. Explore with respect.”

Aside from catering, the ÖSA motorbike is expansively dynamic and can be used for any type of off-grid work like carpentry, gardening, postal services, and even DJ’s can take it for a spin. The modular design allows you to customize your purchase to suit your needs.   

If you wanna join the ride towards a zero-emissions future, the ÖSA is now available for order through CAKE’s website.

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Food Trends Humor Products Sweets

Meet Japan’s Mayonnaise-Flavored Ice Cream Bar

Photo provided by Moringa Milk Supply

From candied squid to tomato chocolates, Japan is known for their unconventional flavor concoctions. Continuing that tradition, Moringa Milk Industry is here to twist your taste expectations yet again with a mayonnaise-flavored ice cream bar. It goes by the equally outrageous name The Calorie Monster Cherio Creamy Mayonnaise Flavor, is 307 calories and coated in white chocolate and cookie crumbs. Sure to fulfill even the sweetest of tooths, it surpasses the average calorie count in Japanese milk teas which come in around 278. 

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A taste review reveals that a bite into this milky beast has an initial crispy texture of white chocolate and cookie crumbs before giving way to the sour creaminess of mayonnaise flavor within. The mayo aftertaste is unmistakable, though doesn’t overwhelm the white chocolate sweetness. This takes Japan’s love for mayonnaise to a whole new level.

The Calorie Monster Cherio Creamy Mayonnaise Flavor ice cream bar is now available until March 2020 at convenience stores and supermarkets all around Japan and can be found online here.

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Health News Plant-Based Restaurants

Truth & Tonic Is First Plant-Based Cafe On Las Vegas Strip

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Las Vegas is notorious for many things. Aside from over indulgent gambling, city lights and raucous behavior, one cannot overlook the buffets. Vegas is buffet heaven. Add to that an innumerable amount of restaurants that satisfy any flavor preference, it’s pretty close to a foodie’s dreamland. That’s, erm, if the city ever slept. From cheap eats to fine dining casino treats, the place that seems to offer it all has surprisingly enough added something plant-based to their array of options.

Enter Canyon Ranch, an award winning leader in health and luxury spa getaways. Starting in 1979, Canyon Ranch has since expanded their integrative professional approach to wellness throughout the U.S. Their first Las Vegas location opened in 1999 at The Venetian® Resort. Since its launch, they’ve opened several culinary concepts within the city that further promote their 360° health based ethos. 

On January 17th, Canyon Ranch opened their latest brainchild, and first fully plant-based cafe on the Las Vegas Strip, Truth & Tonic. Noticing the uptick in veganism, one that’s reportedly grown 600% in the past three years, Truth & Tonic falls perfectly in line with Canyon Ranch’s wellness gospel. The cafe is headed by Executive Chef Pete Ghione and joins fellow Canyon Ranch restaurants CR CREAT and the aptly named Canyon Ranch Grill.

In hopes of “breaking down the barriers that typically divide vegan and non-vegan,” Chef Ghoine has curated a menu suited for anyone who enjoys tasty yet healthy eats. He shares the Truth & Tonic mission here: 

“By incorporating plant-based ingredients that are equally unexpected and satisfying to our menu, Truth & Tonic makes the overall journey to wellness a more desirable and enjoyable experience,” he says. “Our diet is an integral piece to one’s well-being and as the first fully vegan restaurant on The Strip, we are excited to bring this health-conscious option to our guests.”

With an all-day menu that ranges from roasted cauliflower dressed in house made caesar to a caramelized curry cauliflower, spinach, and toasted pine nuts frittatas made with “Just Egg,” Truth & Tonic is sure to be palate pleasing. Your next Vegas visit doesn’t have to end with a hangover. Before the drive of shame back, detox your night of sin with a stop by Truth & Tonic.

Photo Provided by Canyon Ranch