It's a delicious week in the news with national lasagna day in the forecast and new floral tasting drinks hitting hte shelves. But we all know dessert is the best part of any meal. This week we discover a few chocolate recipes from our friends out west.
In honor of National Lasagna Day on July 29, Carrabba's Italian Grill is bringing back "Carrabba's Today, Carrabba's Tomorrow" by offering free lasagne – and not just for a single day, but six days. FromTuesday, July 25 through Sunday, July 30, guests who order the restaurant's signature lasagne entrée when they dine in will get a second, free lasagne to take home.
LasagneCarrabba's takes lasagne seriously, using a secret, homemade family recipe passed down from generation to generation. Always made from scratch, Carrabba's lasagne features layers upon layers of fresh pasta, each generously topped with housemade pomodoro sauce, meat sauce, ricotta, Romano and mozzarella cheeses.
"Our classic, made from scratch lasagne is one of the most popular dishes at Carrabba's year-round. So, instead of celebrating National Lasagna Day for only 24 hours, we wanted to extend the celebration and share the lasagne love for six days," said Tanisha Chea, Chief Marketing Officer for Carrabba's.
To help pump-up pasta lovers about National Lasagna Day, Carrabba's has enlisted famed boxing announcer, Michael Buffer, to spread the word with radio spots and digital content. Known for his distinct voice and pioneering announcing style of extended syllables and rolled letters, Buffer will deliver his iconic catchphrase with an aptly Italian tweak. Buffer's "Let's Get Ready to LAAAAAAAASAGNE" radio spots will debut Tuesday, July 25. Behind-the-scenes digital content featuring Buffer will also be available on Carrabba's Facebook page and at Carrabbas.com/Lasagne.
"We wanted to find a voice to match our iconic lasagne recipe and Michael Buffer was the clear choice. We hope that lasagne lovers will join the celebration by using our Snapchat filter, engaging with us in social and enjoying our light-hearted radio spots," said Chea.
Delicious Chocolate Recipes
Santa Barbara Chocolate is a beloved California supplier of organic chocolate. The company continues California's long history of supplying chocolate across the country. The state was the first to manufacture and sell chocolate in the United States, and Santa Barbara Chocolate has not only continued that tradition but has improved the quality of chocolate over the years. Since its inception, Santa Barbara Chocolate has been a trusted source for the chocolate lover, chef, and baker.
Santa Barbara Chocolate"Our chocolate is something that just isn't replicated," saysJason Vishnefske, co-founder and master chocolatier of Santa Barbara Chocolate Company. "Most people realize it the moment they have their first taste. Nothing compares to what we make. It ignites your senses and exceeds your expectations."
Each season, Santa Barbara Chocolate releases a range of recipes that are nutritious, delicious and a big hit with everyone who tries them. Their new summer chocolate recipes include a Chocolate Energy Smoothie, Milk Chocolate Raspberry Ganache, Tea Time Truffle, and more. These fun, delectable treats are perfect for summer. They are also healthier than some other chocolate recipes. For instance, the Chocolate Energy Smoothie provides a delicious boost of energy without the sugar crash, which often happens with the heavy, fake ingredients that are normally used in regular chocolate smoothies or frappes.
"My goal has always been to make recipes that are super easy but also healthy," says Vishnefske. "I hear often that it's hard to make recipes without the usual artificial ingredients. Well, with my chocolate and recipes, I offer a smoothie recipe that's dairy-free, no added sugar, and nutritious without losing the taste and flavor."
Santa Barbara Chocolate's bulk organic dark chocolate is 70 percent cacao without soy lecithin. It is a real taste of South American cacao and offers the subtle floral nuances of raw cacao grown in the Amazon's headlands. The company's organic dark chocolate is USDA certified, ethical trade, and Kosher Pareve.
Customers buying from Santa Barbara Chocolate include chocolatiers, ice cream shops and bakers looking for organic chocolate that doesn't cost more to buy than typical chocolate. Their organic chocolate with California style allows their specialty food customers the winning edge in crafting their gourmet and memorable desserts and pastries.
For more information, visit SantaBarbaraChocolate.com.
Blossom Water Hits Stores
Blossom Water LLC, beverage maker of floral-enhanced essence water, is pleased to announce authorization to sell its line of all-natural flavored waters in 750+ new stores this summer. These are part of three supermarket chains, operating under seven banners in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Pacific Northwest regions of the United States, as well as one convenience store chain operating throughout Ontario, Canada.
Blossom Water FlavorsMoreover, with same store unit sales up 55% year-over-year at Kroger, Blossom Water hopes to be in a few hundred more of their stores by year-end. Altogether, when combined with expansion elsewhere in its authorization base, the company is on track to add 1,500 doors to its retail footprint this year.
"Our retail partners tell us they want Blossom Water on their shelves because customers are increasingly looking for great tasting drinks that are also healthful, in lieu of higher sugar and often less natural sodas or juices," said Steve Rovner, Blossom Water's Chief Customer Officer. "And our brand's signature distinction – the perfect marriage of fruit and flower essence – offers an authentically unique alternative in this marketplace crowded with me-too beverages."
This summer's new authorizations are:
Each is tailored to its local community."We greatly value the opportunity to join up with each of these retailers," summarized Steve Fortuna, Blossom Water'sPresident and Cofounder. "When added to strong and growing ties with Kroger and others, we easily should meet our 2017 stretch goal of 1,500 new doors, positioning us for accelerated growth in 2018."
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