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Fashion Ware & Kapi Awards Event at The Venetian Ballroom – Las Vegas, 2013

The fourth annual KAPi Kids at Play Awards honor the best of the best in children’s technology. This year’s winners have been selected and awards will be handed out on January 10th at 7 p.m. PT in the Venetian Ballroom.
This year’s KAPi Award winners were selected from a pool of 712 apps, video games, toys and other commercial digital products designed for children, as well as individuals who have make their mark in the world of children’s tech.

Among the winners are breakthrough technologies that include a portal of power that allows toy giants to jump into a popular kids video game, technology that turns your TV two-way so kids can interact with their favorite Sesame Street characters, snap-together circuits for budding engineers and an at-home 3D printer, as well as the man credited for starting the “maker movement”.

“Getting the most respected thought leaders in kids’ media to agree is no easy task, but this year it’s clear to see that we’ve identified 10 winning technologies and technologists that have kid’s best interest at heart,” said Robin Raskin, founder of Living in Digital Times.

“We always learn so much from the KAPi juror discussion,” said Warren Buckleitner, editor of Children’s Technology Review. “Each category had many possible winners; at the end of the day we had to choose just one that raised the bar over last year.”

The 2013 KAPi Award Winners are:

1. Best Younger Children’s App: LetterSchool by Boreaal Publishers
2. Best Older Children’s App: IMAG-N-O-TRON by Moonbot Studios
3. Best Tech Leveraged Toy: Skylanders Giants by Activision
4. Best Video Game Software: Kinect Sesame Street TV by Microsoft Studios
5. Best Hardware or Peripheral: Kindle Fire HD with Kindle FreeTime Unlimited by Amazon
6. Best Technology Toy: littleBits by littleBits Electronics
7. Best Educational Technology: BrainPOP GameUp by BrainPOP LLC.
8. Innovation: The Cube by 3D Systems, Inc.
9. Pioneer: Dale Dougherty, Co-Creator, Maker Faire; Publisher, MAKE Magazine
10. Pioneering Team: Toca Boca

Lettuce 101: Vegetables in Dole Salad Luncheon Presentation – 2011

Here are a few facts about salad – from the Dole Salad 101 Guide Book.

Dole presented us with 28 different salad veggies. From ones I have heard of – like iceberg, romaine – to new varieties like Tango and Mizuna. Then each one of us tasted these varieties back to back with no added salad dressings – raw and in their pure taste profile state. So much fun! It was amazing to be reminded of the different tastes and texture of different salad varieties. Here are a few of my favorite varieties we tasted – and some nutrition facts:

Butter lettuce – excellent source of vitamins A and K – and folate. Small round heads of lettuce. Soft and succulent with “buttery” textured leaves.

Green and Red Cabbage – dense, waxy heads – crunchy texture. The red cabbage has twice the vitamin C as green cabbage! Both red and green cabbage are good sources of glucosinolates that help promote heart health.

Escarole – a member of the endive/chicory family. It has broad, crispy, slightly curved pale green leaves. Escarole is high in folate. I love the mild, bitter, complex flavor of raw escarole – but you can also add it to cooked dishes like soups.

Frisee – ah yes, the “frizzy” looking lettuce. Although it used to be thought of as a purely ‘accent’ ingredient to salads – a new trend is to use frisee as the main ingredient. Crunchy and zesty – frisee will add some zing to your salad. It is packed with nutrients. Folic acid, vitamins A, C and K and manganese. It has approx. 1/3 the RDA of both vitamins A and C per serving!

Iceberg Lettuce – crunchy and crisp – this lettuce is not a “powerhouse” of nutrients – but is a good source of vitamin K.

Radicchio – those purple round heads of biter-tasting leaves are rich in phosphorus, calcium and vitamins B and C. Add some complexity to your salad by tossing in some radicchio.

Romaine – one of my classic faves. The latest trend is to grill your romaine then chop it up into a salad. So good! Romaine is rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, sodium, beta-carotene and vitamins A, B and C.

Snow Peas – I always forget that snow peas are delicious eaten raw! And they are a great source of vitamin C and iron.

Arugula – possibly the most “trendy” lettuce variety is spicy arugula. It is also called “Roquette” to some. It has a peppery mustard flavor and its nutty flavor matures into a slight bitterness as the leaves mature. Arugula contains glucosinolates which are believed to have a possible protective role against certain types of cancers.

Tango – a baby tender leaf lettuce with ruffled edges. Adds a soft texture to salad mixes. You will probably find this in a spring mix variety.

Mache – I adore mache, also called Lamb Lettuce. Sweet, buttery, nutty and tender – you’ll swoon over this gently leaf. Mache is rich in B vitamins and vitamin C.

Mizuna – what a fun name, right? Mizuna is a mustard green with small feathered leaves. It has a slightly peppery, mild mustard flavor. Excellent source of vitamins A and C.

Spinach – we all love these tender sweet and salty leaves of spinach. Spinach is indeed a nutrient powerhouse: rich in vitamins A, C B6, folate, iron, calcium and magnesium.

2. McDonalds First Taste Event 2011 – With Chicken McNuggets, Asian Salad, Premium Chicken Sandwiches & Fruit Mango Pineapple Smoothie.

I attended a McDonald’s First Taste Event at one of their New York City locations. At this event, I had the opportunity to learn more about their “Made Just for You” platform and taste McDonald’s newest menu items, including their Premium Chicken Sandwiches, the Mango Pineapple Real Fruit Smoothie, and the return of the Asian salad. Also in attendance was McDonald’s Executive Chef and Senior Director of Culinary Innovation, Chef Dan Coudreaut, McDonald’s Nutrition Manager, Julia Braun, MPH, RD and Founder and Principle for Hispanic Food Communications, Sylvia Melendez-Klinger, MS, RD, LDN.

There’s also the Mango Pineapple Real Fruit Smoothie which features a combination of sweet mangos and citrusy pineapples blended with low-fat yogurt, ice and a little bit of fruit juice concentrate. A small 12 oz serving contains about half a cup of fruit. The Mango Pineapple Real Fruit Smoothie will be available at McDonald’s this July.

New York Vegetarian Foods – 2011

The first annual NYC Vegetarian Food Festival in the Altman Building in Chelsea. It was a combination trade show, restaurant showcase, and educational experience.
The festival is the brainchild of Sarah Gross (founder of Rescue Chocolate) and Nira Paliwoda who created the event to raise awareness of vegetarian and vegan options, and to prove how exciting the flavors can be.
There were cooking demos, diet and nutrition presentations, and dance performances.

International Food and Restaurant Show of New York – 2012

The International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York – also known as the NY Restaurant Show – is the only event in New York exclusively serving the restaurant and foodservice industry. This was a must-attend event for anyone involved in the restaurant, foodservice or hospitality industry.

Most had the chance to network with Independent Restaurant Owners, QSR, and Quick Serve Establishment Operators, Caterers, Bakers, Chefs, and other from across all segments and concepts, plus bars, nightclubs, hospitals, hotels and commercial foodservice operations.

The top exhibitors – like Ace Endico, Digital Menu Box, True World Foods, Baldor and Sam Tell & Sons – were there showing their latest and most innovative products and solutions.

Fancy Food and Restaurant Show, Food Vendors, and Exhibitors – 2012

Since 1955, the Fancy Food Shows have been North America’s largest specialty food and beverage marketplace. Between the Winter Show in San Francisco and the Summer Show in New York City, the Specialty Food Association events bring in more than 40,000 attendees from more than 80 countries and regions to see 260,000 innovative specialty food products, such as confections, cheese, coffee, snacks, spices, ethnic, natural, organic and more.

Goya Food Products Showcase (2012)

Goya was started in a small storefront in Lower Manhattan, New York, catering to local Hispanic families by distributing Spanish foods such as olives, olive oil and sardines. Driven by the belief that there was a growing consumer market for high-quality, fresh-tasting, Latino foods, the Unanues infused their personal philosophy throughout the company.

This commitment to excellence is the cornerstone of Goya’s popular credo, “If it’s Goya, it has to be good”. The result of this simple, yet deeply resonant pledge is the evolution of Goya Foods into a leader in the Latin American food industry, with operations spanning the globe.

Throughout its history, all of Goya Foods 3,000 dedicated employees have helped build the company’s solid reputation as the leading authority on Hispanic food.

Whether presenting consumers with the finest products from the Caribbean, Mexico, Spain, Central and South America, the Goya brand has insured quality for multiple generations of satisfied consumers.

Goya Foods remains firm in its commitment to being the brand of choice for authentic Latino cuisine while retaining its family-oriented approach to its consumers, all of whom comprise La Gran Familia Goya.

15th Annual Chocolate Show in New York – 2012

New York City is about to get a bit sweeter this week with the opening of the world famous New York Chocolate Show celebrating its 15th Anniversary from Friday, November 9 through Sunday, November 11.

Presented by Event International, the New York Chocolate Show is the largest show completely dedicated to chocolate in all its forms in the United States.

On 4,000 sq. of exhibition, this event hosts more than 15,000 visitors, journalists, and professionals with some 150 participants.

The best chocolatiers and pastry chefs from America and abroad gather together to present their savoir-faire and talent to the public.

Every year, the Chocolate Show is also dotted with special events, celebrations, and performances.

15th Annual Chocolate Show 2012 Vendor Interviews

World Liberty TV had the pleasure of interviewing the following companies at the Chocolate show 2012: ECLAT Chocolate, Oliver Kita Chocolates, Karina Amaluisa, Trade Commissioner of Ecuador in New York, The Five Almonds, Aigner Chocolates, The Grenada Chocolate Company, Magnolia’s Fudge & Gift Shoppe, OverSeas Food Trading LTD, John & Kira’s, Roni-Sue’s Chocolates, and Mariebelle New York.

Toy Show at New York Javits Center – New York, 2011

The 110th American International Toy Fair to New York City. One of the largest shows among its industry, Toy Fair showcases exhibits from over 1,000 manufacturers, distributors, importers and sales agents and features more than 150,000 innovative playthings. The show will host more than 31,000 professionals from nearly 100 countries, including 23 of the Top 25 Toy Sellers in the U.S. Toy Fair is expected to generate 17,000 hotel room-nights and $29.2 million in economic impact for the City.

Disney’s Pixar Cars 2 Preview and Cars Showcase Presentation – 2011

Cars 2 is a 2011 American computer-animated action comedy spy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The film is the sequel to the 2006 film Cars. In the film, race car Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) and tow truck Mater (voiced by Larry the Cable Guy) head to Japan and Europe to compete in the World Grand Prix, but Mater becomes sidetracked with international espionage. The film is directed by John Lasseter, co-directed by Brad Lewis, written by Ben Queen, and produced by Denise Ream.

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