Restaurants

Canadian Club(R) Whisky Scores With a New Branded Bar at the Joe Louis Arena, Home of the Detroit Red Wings

SOURCE: Canadian Club Hockey Legend and Special Guest Chris Chelios Attended Celebratory Event, Followed by a Whisky Tutorial With “Godfather of Whisky” Dan Tullio and CC Brand Ambassador Tish Harcus DEERFIELD, IL–(Marketwire – December 13, 2010) – Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc. [Fortune Brands, Inc. ( NYSE : FO )], a global leader in premium spirits, and Canadian Club® Canadian Whisky (CC™), one of the world’s leading Canadian whiskies, and the Detroit Red Wings® hockey team unveiled a new, branded bar, the CC Olympia Club, at the Joe Louis Arena, home of the Red Wings

HotelsCombined.com Names the Top 10 Honeymoon Destinations

SOURCE: HotelsCombined.com WILMINGTON, DE–(Marketwire – December 13, 2010) – A honeymoon is the perfect time for a holiday of a lifetime! It’s a time of celebration, a time to say yes to those optional extras, to indulge in luxury and most importantly — a time away from family, budgets, dress fittings and the whirlwind of your wedding day.

IHOP Serves the Troops With First Restaurants on Military Bases

SOURCE: IHOP Norfolk and San Diego Navy Bases Now Open, Part of IHOP’s Expansion of Non-Traditional Locations GLENDALE, CA–(Marketwire – December 13, 2010) – IHOP, one of America’s favorite restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner, is opening IHOP Express restaurants on military bases. Today, an IHOP Express restaurant opens at the Naval Base San Diego, the largest Naval base on the West Coast. This follows the successful November opening of an IHOP Express restaurant at the Naval Station Norfolk, occupying the largest U.S. Naval station.  “One of IHOP’s core strategies is to make IHOP more accessible to our guests,” said Jean Birch, IHOP President. “Military bases operate as cities with large populations of both military personnel and civilians, and until these openings, IHOP was not available to the enlisted or civilian personnel. These military base openings are clearly aligned with our expansion strategy.” The decision to expand through non-traditional locations such as military bases and college campuses is part of a larger strategy to make IHOP available to guests that are not currently patronizing IHOP or are visiting infrequently. Along with non-traditional locations, to further this strategy, the company has strategically embarked on a licensing program that allows select business partners to use the IHOP name in key product categories.

Texas-Sized Escapes Are Waiting at the San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk Hotel

SOURCE: Marriott Escape to San Antonio for as Little as $169 per Night With New River Walk Hotel Packages! SAN ANTONIO, TX–(Marketwire – December 10, 2010) – From the ever-popular River Walk to the renowned Alamo and Mission Trail, San Antonio is the perfect mix of history and tourism for thousands of visitors each year. Sports, dining, entertainment, and shopping provide non-stop enjoyment for fun-seeking visitors from every walk of life. A popular choice among luxury hotels in San Antonio , the San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk is proud to announce two exquisite San Antonio hotel packages to cater to those looking for anything from dining at delicious Mexican restaurants or golfing to taking in a spa day together

Orlando International Airport Hotel’s Meetings Promotion and Value Dates Make Event Planning a Dream

SOURCE: Marriott Exceptional Service and Lakeside Accommodations Combine for Success ORLANDO, FL–(Marketwire – December 10, 2010) – Just minutes from the airport, and a cut above the typical Orlando International Airport hotels , the Orlando Airport Marriott has designed promotions aimed at helping businesses be the best they can be when it comes to planning successful meetings and conferences.  “Meetings Matter” at the Marriott and with 29,700 square feet of newly renovated meeting space in Orlando , the Marriott is offering special discounts and rewards for qualifying events. By taking advantage of special value dates, businesses that book by March 30, 2011 for a meeting that convenes by September 10, 2011 will receive their choice of three complimentary discounts, rewards or amenities. Choices include Triple Marriott Rewards Points up to 50,000 upon contract signing, complimentary welcome reception including wine/beer and hors d’oeuvres, 25% off banquet menu pricing or special customized menus by the Executive Chef, 50% off buffet breakfast in the hotel’s LUXE restaurant for each attendee, complimentary coffee/tea with all breaks, complimentary outdoor (poolside or lakeside) movie or sports telecast, complimentary VIP Passenger transfer from MCO for planners and VIPs, complimentary airport shuttle for all attendees from MCO, complimentary business center services, complimentary wireless Internet access in the hotel lobby and bar or free self parking

Enjoy a New Experience Inside and Out at The San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter Hotel

SOURCE: Marriott Newly Renovated Hotel Rooms, Suites, and Hallways Give Your Stay Near The San Antonio River Walk a Modern Flavor SAN ANTONIO, TX–(Marketwire – December 10, 2010) – From adventure seekers and history buffs to sightseers and vacationers, beautiful, rustic San Antonio attracts every kind of visitor. The city offers something for everyone, from the legendary Alamo and Mission Trail to the popular River Walk, renowned SeaWorld, or a venue for one of the city’s many conventions

The Ultimate Foodie Fantasy: New Chef Shuttle Big Island Experience From Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

SOURCE: Marriott 2011 Behind-the-Scenes Package Begins at $289 per Room Night WAIKOLOA, HI–(Marketwire – December 10, 2010) – Hop aboard the new “Chef Shuttle” at Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa (waikoloamarriott.com) with its new Chef Shuttle Package where guests of the oceanfront resort will experience a truly Big Island foodie weekend. Escorted by the resort’s Sous Chef and local boy Jayson Kanekoa, guests will be taken to the local farmers market in Waimea on the first Saturday of the month.

Discover the Taste of Romance With Kauai Marriott Resort’s Intimate Oceanview Dinners

SOURCE: Marriott LIHUE, KAUAI, HAWAII–(Marketwire – December 10, 2010) – Couples looking to discover a truly romantic paradise need to look no further than Kauai Marriott Resort on Kalapaki Beach. Situated on a beautiful oceanfront location on the enchanting Garden Island, the tropical Kauai golf resort is the ideal Hawaiian retreat for lovers. And as a special touch, couples can savor the moment with Kauai Marriott Resort’s secluded Poolside Gazebo and Seaside Cabana dinners.  Planning for the romantic evening starts with a choice of oceanview venues — an exclusive seaside cabana nestled on the white sands of Kalapaki Beach or a private gazebo overlooking an impressive swimming pool and Kalapaki Bay.

Special Savings for Seniors and AAA Members at Marriott at Research Triangle Park

SOURCE: Marriott Durham, NC, Hotel’s Membership Deals Help Guests to Stay — and Save! RALEIGH, NC–(Marketwire – December 10, 2010) – The world-renowned Research Triangle in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina is known for its tech, and its status as one of the fastest-growing areas in the country — but it still makes a perfect southern getaway for thousands of visitors each year. And whether arriving by plane, train, or automobile, the Marriott at Research Triangle Park has great savings and deals that trump most hotels in Durham, NC .  Through September 1, 2011, the Marriott at Research Triangle Park is proud to offer guests the AAA Stay for Breakfast, Raleigh Durham, North Carolina package. With it, AAA members save 10 percent off Stay for Breakfast rates on weekend stays, starting as low as $99 per room, per night*.

Gingerbread Magic & Christmas Wishes at The Grand Hotel in Pt. Clear

SOURCE: Marriott POINT CLEAR, AL–(Marketwire – December 10, 2010) – The Grand’s culinary magicians have once again created the 700-pound gingerbread masterpiece that perfectly resembles the Grand Hotel property. Guests spending time on the Gulf Coast for the holidays can learn the art of gingerbread at the Grand’s Culinary Academy “How to Make a Gingerbread House” workshop. The magic continues at The Grand with Santa visiting to gather Christmas wishes and to spend breakfast with all those making the nice list this year.  When: The gingerbread replica is on display throughout December and Santa will be visiting Dec. 4, 11 and 18; Breakfast served from 6:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

SkyCity Marriott Becomes First Hotel in Hong Kong to Receive Halal Food Certification

SOURCE: Marriott HONG KONG–(Marketwire – December 10, 2010) – Finding the right place to eat has always been one of the major challenges for Islamic travelers. Although Hong Kong is a culturally diversified community, the number of Halal certified restaurants and dining places are still very limited, with majority of them located in Wanchai, Central and Tsimshatsui area. Seeing the huge business potential, SkyCity Marriott, a standout among Hong Kong Airport hotels , has taken the lead and become the first hotel to have successfully obtained the certification.

East Coast Diversified Corporation Launches Solar Powered LogiBoxx GPS Devices

SOURCE: EarthSearch Communications International, Inc. (East Coast Diversified Corp.) Solar Powered LogiBoxx GPS Device Makes Good, Environmental Business Decision and Provides More Reliable Tracking of Assets and Cargo ATLANTA, GA–(Marketwire – December 9, 2010) – East Coast Diversified Corporation’s ( OTCBB : ECDC ) RFID and GPS operation, EarthSearch Communications International, Inc., (“EarthSearch”), announced today that it has launched its Solar Powered LogiBoxx GPS Devices. The solar powered LogiBoxx will contribute to the current global interest in environmentally friendly products by reducing reliance on vehicle battery as power source for the LogiBoxx device. Solar powered LogiBoxx will be an effective solution for monitoring and tracking trailers and containers that are moved across the globe or on land by independently owned trucks

Start Spreading the News: IHOP Expanding in Manhattan, Queens, Connecticut and New Jersey

SOURCE: IHOP Leader in Family Dining Signs Franchisee Agreement for IHOP Restaurants in New York Metropolitan Area, Including Times Square Flagship GLENDALE, CA–(Marketwire – December 9, 2010) – IHOP, one of America’s favorite restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner, today announced that it has entered into a multi-store development agreement with Trihop, LLC to franchise and build new IHOP restaurants including a flagship location in Times Square. The initial development agreement calls for 24 new IHOP restaurants with an option to expand after that obligation is met. All the restaurants will be within the New York metropolitan area, including Manhattan and Queens; Fairfield, Connecticut; and the New Jersey counties of Bergen, Essex, Morris and Union.  “The New York metropolitan area presents a great expansion opportunity for IHOP and Trihop is our ideal partner given their recognized real estate expertise in that area,” said Jean Birch, IHOP President. “Trihop’s management team will leverage their experience beyond real estate, including their familiarity with franchises, as a multi-operator with Roy Roger’s.” “Times Square is missing that something special IHOP will bring,” said Ben Ashkenazy of Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp. and managing member of Trihop. “And why stop at Times Square — we’re going to expand IHOP throughout the New York metropolitan area.” The opening of traditional IHOPs, such as those to be opened by Trihop, is one of the key tactics in fulfilling IHOP’s ongoing strategy to expand the brand’s accessibility to new and current guests. IHOP opened their milestone 1,500 th restaurant in November 2010, in Washington, D.C

Tree Lighting and Concert at Third Street Promenade in Downtown Santa Monica

SOURCE: Bayside District Corporation Community Gathered for Downtown Santa Monica’s Annual Winterlit Celebration and Free Tree Lighting Concert Featuring Tyler Hilton, Jared Lee and Jessarae SANTA MONICA, CA–(Marketwire – December 8, 2010) – Downtown Santa Monica was transformed on Sunday, December 5 th and Monday, December 6 th into a holiday winter wonderland as the community celebrated its annual tree lighting ceremony and enjoyed a free concert featuring performances by Tyler Hilton, Jared Lee, and Jessarae, as well as a day filled with other activities. This year’s tree lighting celebration paid tribute to the arts and focused on a fun-filled day dedicated to the local community, and families from around the Los Angeles area showed up to celebrate the season.

Gator Bowl Brings Wolverines and Bulldogs to Amelia Island

SOURCE: Amelia Island CVB AMELIA ISLAND, FL–(Marketwire – December 8, 2010) – On New Year’s Day, college football fans will pack the Everbank Field to watch the Wolverines of University of Michigan and Bulldogs of Mississippi State University compete in the 66th Gator Bowl . Located 45 minutes from the stadium, Florida’s Amelia Island is executing a game plan of its own to attract some of the visiting fans for the exciting football weekend. Many of the island’s resorts, hotels and inns are offering discounted specials and packages for the Gator Bowl. The following Amelia Island accommodations are offering deals for Gator Bowl: Amelia Hotel at the Beach   During the Gator Bowl, the property is offering special rates starting at $129 per night on standard rooms.  (877) 263-5428, www.ameliahotel.com Addison on Amelia The Addison on Amelia is offering its popular “Winter Escape – Free Night” special during Gator Bowl. Guests staying three nights or more can enjoy one of the nights for free.  (800) 943-1604, www.addisononamelia.com Amelia Oceanfront Bed & Breakfast During Gator Bowl weekend, the inn is offering rooms at only $169 per night, and guests booking two nights will receive a third night free.  (904) 430-0026, www.ameliaoceanfrontbb.com ERA Fernandina Beach   Realty ERA Fernandina Beach Realty is offering rentals at select oceanfront condos at a 20 percent discount during the Gator Bowl.  (800) 741-4011, www.amelia-era.com Hoyt House Guests can stay and play for three nights and only pay for two and a half nights.

Prodigy Network Announces New Real Estate Development in Bogota, Colombia

SOURCE: Prodigy Network Investment Opportunities in Hotel, Commercial and Residential Project in Latin American NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwire – December 8, 2010) – Rodrigo Nino, Founder and President of Prodigy Network , announces the exclusive agreement for the sales and marketing of BD Bacata in Bogota, arguably the most important real estate project in Colombian history. The mixed-use development, situated in the heart of downtown Bogota, is a symbol of the flourishing Colombian economy. Scheduled for completion in 2013, the $180 million USD project will provide residential units, offices, a hotel comprised of 364 hotel rooms, convention facilities for 1,500, and a shopping mall with 30 retail spaces all supported by 1000 parking units within the structure. As part of Bogota’s progressive urban renewal program, this ambitious project is set within an area that includes the financial and business districts of the city and the highly trafficked historic tourist center. In addition, it is located within close proximity to many government buildings and several universities. “We are excited to have such a prestigious project in Bogota, and as a native of Colombia, I am highly optimistic about the future of the country. We have sold nearly every residential unit, and are now focused on selling fiduciary rights for the hotel, and shopping center,” says Nino.  Venerando Lamelas, President of BD Promotors, a Barcelona based company, is the visionary developer behind BD Bacata. “The future is bright for Colombia; we have the opportunity to participate in creating a modern downtown in Bogota, as part of an overall urban renewal and rehabilitation strategy,” says Lamelas. “This revitalization transforms the face of the destination and alters how others view Bogota, marking a new era of development overall in the country.” Colombia is counted among the freshly dubbed CIVETS group of countries ( Colombia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Egypt, Turkey and South Africa ) that are expected to excel in the next decade, rivaling the BRIC countries’ (Brazil, Russia, India and China) development during the past 10 years. Inflation has been on the decline steadily since 1990, when it was at 32.4% and has now dropped to 2% in 2009. Foreign direct investments were $2.1 billion USD in 2002 and increased to $7.2 billion USD in 2009. The country has increased the number of tourists from 660,000 to 1.7 million in 2009. It is projected that by 2010, Colombia would have received 2.8 million tourists. All of these factors make Colombia and BD Bacata an attractive real estate investment

GeoQpons Gives Shoppers the Benefit of Geo-Location on Holiday Shopping and Savings

SOURCE: GeoQpons Hyper-Local Mobile Coupon Shopping Tool Available on Apple iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry Phones; Savings Available From More Than 230 Brands — in More Than 65,000 Locations SAN RAFAEL, CA–(Marketwire – December 8, 2010) – Harried holiday shoppers looking to save money should look no further than their mobile phone. GeoQpons is arming shoppers with a money-saving coupon application that empowers consumers to save significant dollars at their favorite local and national retailers. With market-leading location-based technology, the GeoQpons application accesses the consumer’s current location to find offers from local retailers, restaurants, and service providers.

Hardee’s and Tar Heels Celebrate Basketball Season by Extending ‘Tar Heel Tender Tuesdays’

SOURCE: Hardee’s CHAPEL HILL, NC–(Marketwire – December 8, 2010) – Straight from its success with University of North Carolina Tar Heel football, Hardee’s ® across North Carolina are continuing the ‘Tar Heel Tender Tuesdays’ for Carolina basketball fans with an even better deal. Starting immediately, Hardee’s will celebrate Tar Heels basketball each Tuesday for the remainder of the 2010-11 regular basketball season with its 3-piece, Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders™ combo at a significantly reduced price of $3.99. Customers will be able to take advantage of this special Chicken Tenders combo pricing on Tuesdays at all 230 Hardee’s locations across North Carolina, regardless of whether the Tar Heels win or lose

Jingle Del, Jingle Del: Everyone Gets a Present With Del Taco Gift Cards

SOURCE: Del Taco LAKE FOREST, CA–(Marketwire – December 7, 2010) – Gift cards are great holiday presents and this year Del Taco is offering new designs and free food and merchandise for gift card buyers. This season, Del Taco’s gift cards are available in three different bold designs and values from $5, to $100. Free food offers start with a $10 purchase in store and a $15 purchase online. In-store gift card buyers receive two free regular tacos with a $10 gift card, two free chicken soft tacos with a $15 gift card and one free menu item with a $20 gift card.

Dunkin’ Donuts Announces 36 New Restaurants in Central and Southern Milwaukee

SOURCE: Dunkin’ Donuts Six Existing Northeast Franchisees Create Milwaukee Coffee Brewing Company CANTON, MA–(Marketwire – December 7, 2010) – Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s favorite every day, all-day stop for coffee and baked goods, announced today the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with the Milwaukee Brewing Company for 36 new restaurants in Central and Southern Milwaukee. Consisting of six existing Northeast Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees, the partners of Milwaukee Coffee Brewing Company operate over 370 Dunkin’ Donut restaurants in metro and upstate New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut.  Dunkin’ Donuts’ development throughout Milwaukee is part of a steady and strategic growth plan being implemented by Dunkin’ Donuts, which includes expanding in existing markets while entering new cities across the country to help drive the leading coffee and bakery chain’s growth.

Destination Cellars Names 2010 Winery Partners of the Year

SOURCE: Destination Cellars Alex Gambal, Fantesca Estate & Winery, Arista Winery Awarded; Exclusive Resorts Recognized in New Alliance Partner of the Year Category DULLES, VA–(Marketwire – December 7, 2010) – Destination Cellars, the first and only luxury  destination wine club , today announced the recipients of its annual Winery Partners of the Year award and its new Alliance Partner of the Year award. “We wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for our great winery partners, our amazing alliance partners and our incredible clients,” said David Keuhner, founder and CEO, Destination Cellars. “Over the last three and half years, we’ve truly established some wonderful friendships and we’ve created some incredible memories.

UFood Expands Social Media Efforts, Explores Development in Military Channels

SOURCE: UFood Restaurant Group Company Retains The Castle Group to Increase Online Marketing Efforts and Develop Potential Military Relationships for Expansion BOSTON, MA–(Marketwire – December 7, 2010) – UFood Restaurant Group, Inc. ( OTCBB : UFFC ) announced today that it is expanding its social media efforts and online presence to better engage with UFood Grill consumers and shareholders through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social media applications. Additionally, the Company will pursue opportunities for expansion on military bases and to the military community

Scrumptious Seasonal Events at Hotel Near Hershey Park

SOURCE: Marriott Christmas Events Designed to Create Sweet and Magical Holiday Traditions HARRISBURG, PA–(Marketwire – December 3, 2010) –  There’s no sweeter place to experience the magic of the holidays than in Hershey, PA. “Christmas in Chocolate Town” is just one of the attractions that make Christmas in Hershey a unique opportunity to create seriously relaxing holiday traditions with friends and family. Hotels near Hershey Park, PA offer sweet deals and comfortable accommodations so travelers can create a festive experience all their own with the many holiday-themed attractions, kids’ activities, shopping and culinary events throughout the city.

Romance Heats Up at Tempe Airport Hotel

SOURCE: Marriott Arizona Sunshine Shines on Romantic Resort Getaways TEMPE, AZ–(Marketwire – December 3, 2010) – The Arizona sun is heating up some fun for romance that is perfect for a weeklong honeymoon retreat or special weekend getaway.

Anaheim Marriott Offers One Million Reasons to Book Today

SOURCE: Marriott Earn Up to One Million Marriott Rewards Points With a Group Booking at Anaheim Hotel Across the Street From the Anaheim Convention Center ANAHEIM, CA–(Marketwire – December 3, 2010) – Whether you’re in Anaheim for thrills, chills, fun in the sun, or sand and surf, no hotel puts you at the center of the action like the Anaheim Marriott.

Guests at ELP Airport Hotel Are Invited to Enjoy Symphonic Tunes This Holiday

SOURCE: Marriott Exceptional Service Adds to Relaxing Symphony of Events EL PASO, TX–(Marketwire – December 3, 2010) – A symphony of special events is planned in El Paso perfect for designing a weekend adventure and capturing the true holiday spirit. Comfortable and convenient accommodations at the Courtyard hotel near El Paso airport , make it easy for guests to participate in and enjoy exciting events planned by the El Paso Symphony including a holiday homes tour in one of the area’s finest historical districts. Texas travelers will lavish in this East Side El Paso hotel’s fine southern hospitality and can easily join locals for an incredible tour, “A Symphony of Christmas Homes” which features eight historical Rim Road homes, all elegantly adorned for the holiday season.

Philadelphia Boutique Hotel Presents Romance at the Renaissance

SOURCE: Marriott Sweethearts Create Special Weekend Fun ‘With Love’ Package PHILADELPHIA, PA–(Marketwire – December 3, 2010) – Create an occasion of fun and romance in historical Philadelphia with a weekend getaway filled with luxurious comforts and carefree days. Package deals at PHL Airport hotels , such as “With Love — Romance at the Renaissance Philadelphia” make spending time with your special sweetheart fun and relaxing while surrounded by gracious hotel amenities and fabulous city sights.

Tampa Convention Center Hotel Works With Customers to Make ‘Meetings That Inspire’

SOURCE: Marriott Soar Business With Exceptional Conferencing Opportunities TAMPA, FL–(Marketwire – December 3, 2010) – Take business to a new level with inspiring meetings that push associates to the next step in productivity with the all new “Meetings That Inspire Offer” at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina. The finest among Tampa Convention Center hotels , the Tampa Marriott is teaming up with businesses to help them create memorable meetings that are sure to inspire excellence

MEM Airport Hotels Prepare for the Liberty Bowl High School All-Stars

SOURCE: Marriott Athletes Converge on Memphis for Impressive Celebration of High School Football MEMPHIS, TN–(Marketwire – December 3, 2010) – High school football excitement will find its way to Memphis as high school football players and their fans converge on the city for the 9 th Annual Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game on Saturday, Dec. 11

Christmas in Williamsburg Is Pure Magic With Historic Williamsburg Hotels

SOURCE: Marriott Celebrate True Holiday Traditions With Host of Unique Festivities WILLIAMSBURG, VA–(Marketwire – December 3, 2010) – Cobblestone streets, colonial homes, live carolers, hot cider, jingle bells, horse-drawn carriages and garlands filled with shining apples, magnolia leaves and pine are just a few of the many sights and sounds that make Christmas in Williamsburg an occasion true traditions are made of. Elegant hotels in Colonial Williamsburg welcome holiday travelers to visit America’s Historic Triangle during the holidays for a Christmas experience that is sure to create memories to last a lifetime. Colonial Williamsburg celebrates the holidays with more than 300 programs and events planned between Thanksgiving and the first weekend in January bringing to life the holiday traditions of Christmas past.

Take a Deep Sea Dive With Hotels in Downtown Atlanta

SOURCE: Marriott Georgia Aquarium Hotel Package Perfect for Exciting Underwater Escape ATLANTA, GA–(Marketwire – December 3, 2010) – Take a break from the ordinary with a wintertime deep sea dive into the wonderful galleries and exhibits at the Georgia Aquarium. Fabulous downtown Atlanta hotel deals that include tickets to the world’s largest aquarium make it easy to escape into an underwater world that includes more than 60 exhibits designed to inspire, entertain and educate. The Georgia Aquarium utilizes over eight million gallons of water to create a natural habitat for thousands of the most amazing and unique animals on the planet.

Hackensack Hotel Getaways Geared Toward Kids

SOURCE: Marriott Nickelodeon Friends Keep Kids Entertained for Family Travel SADDLE BROOK, NJ–(Marketwire – December 3, 2010) – Traveling with the kids can be fun and entertaining for everyone with unique hotel packages designed to provide an out-of-this-world family stay with Nickelodeon friends. The Saddle Brook Marriott Hackensack hotel’s “Nickelodeon Your Stay” package allows kids to spend some time with familiar friends while traveling with their family.  Children will stay entertained with a variety of amenities provided in the “Nickelodeon Your Stay” package including a free Nickelodeon activity book, silicone bracelet with access to a secret game website, a Nickelodeon activity bag with sunglasses, a ‘Build Your Own SpongeBob’ and a splash ball

Andy Warhol Brings Art Excitement to ANC Hotels

SOURCE: Marriott Museum Exhibit Features Work From the Father of Pop Art ANCHORAGE, AK–(Marketwire – December 3, 2010) – Experience an influential piece in the puzzle of America’s Pop Art history and discover the common thread that links soup cans, Elvis and Jacqueline Kennedy to one of the most influential and iconic artists of the 20 th century by visiting a unique exhibit now on display at the Anchorage Museum.

Introducing the 49-Cent Value Bean & Cheese Burrito From Del Taco

SOURCE: Del Taco Still More Food for the Money as Del Taco Bolsters Menu With New Value Burrito LAKE FOREST, CA–(Marketwire – December 2, 2010) – Fans of Del Taco’s famously slow-cooked beans will love the new value-priced, 49¢ Value Bean and Cheese Burrito, which is available for a limited time only beginning this week. “When it comes to Mexican fast food, we are proud to once again offer our customers unbeatable value,” said John Cappasola, Vice President of Marketing at Del Taco.

Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center Accepting Bookings for 2011

SOURCE: Fairplex POMONA, CA–(Marketwire – December 2, 2010) – Offering an exciting new meeting and special event venue for businesses and organizations, the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel & Conference Center is now booking for fall 2011. With a planned September opening, the state-of-the-art conference center is the perfect location for small and large trade shows, corporate, regional and association meetings and functions. The high-tech, 85,000-square-foot Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center offers functional, multi-use facility space for 100 to 10,000 guests. Features include large seminar rooms with additional break-out rooms, both with the latest in versatility and flexibility; interactive teleconferencing; state-of-the-art facilities and contemporary surroundings featuring multiple seating areas for impromptu gatherings; and a ballroom with dining capabilities for 1,000 guests

Today’s Breakfast Trends Take the Beloved Meal to New Places

SOURCE: Packaged Facts NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwire – November 30, 2010) – The secret to successful breakfast innovation is tapping into breakfast’s beloved qualities and making them more accessible and appealing to contemporary consumers, according to the Breakfast Trends: Culinary Trend Mapping Report from the Center for Culinary Development (CCD) and leading market research publisher Packaged Facts. This means offering savvy and demanding consumers creative breakfast foods in more dayparts, in portable forms and sizes, with better-for-you recipes, and with new flavors and higher quality ingredients.

SousVide Supreme Wins Coveted Popular Science Innovation Award

SOURCE: SousVide Supreme Breakthrough SousVide Supreme Praised as One of 100 Technologies Shaping the Future SEATTLE, WA–(Marketwire – November 30, 2010) – Eades Appliance Technology (EAT) today announced its SousVide Supreme™ water oven was selected to be honored in Popular Science’s annual “Best of What’s New” December issue. The prestigious award celebrates leaders in technology, and is given to 100 of the most revolutionary products available on the market. Of the 11 products honored in the “home tech” category, the SousVide Supreme is the only food-related product selected to receive the Innovation Award.

CEO of Smoky Market Foods, Inc. to Hold Live Interview

SOURCE: Smoky Market Foods, Inc. WEBSTER CITY, IA–(Marketwire – November 30, 2010) –  Smoky Market Foods, Inc. ( OTCBB : SMKY ) announced today that CEO Eddie Feintech will be the featured guest interview on StockGoodies.com Radio. The interview will be held on Wednesday, December 1 at 8:00 p.m.

Rudy’s "Country Store" and Bar-B-Q(R) to Donate a Dollar for Every Pound of Meat Sold From November 30th Through December 2nd to Local…

SOURCE: Rudy’s ‘Country Store’ and Bar-B-Q The Real Texas Bar-B-Q Chain Will Also Donate an Additional 50 Cents for Every New “Like” on Facebook and Twitter Follower to Its Food Bank Partners LAKEWAY, TX–(Marketwire – November 29, 2010) – Rudy’s “Country Store” and Bar-B-Q is fighting hunger in its local communities this holiday season by donating a dollar for every pound of meat sold from November 30 th through December 2 nd to local Feeding America food banks. Proceeds from the promotion will be distributed to the food banks that serve the community where there is a participating Rudy’s Bar-B-Q location. In addition, Rudy’s Bar-B-Q will donate 50 cents for every verifiable new “Like” on Facebook ( http://facebook.com/rudysbbq ) and Twitter follower ( http://twitter.com/rudysbbq ) during the same period as part of its Follow2Support program ( http://rudys.com/follow2support ), a cause-related social media initiative that benefits charities.  “The problem of hunger is not only in poverty-stricken countries, but also in our own backyard,” said Pete Bassett, VP of Operations at Rudy’s Bar-B-Q

Lobster Salad: an Elegant Holiday Dinner for Two

SOURCE: William Hill Estate Winery Napa Valley Chardonnay an Ideal Match for an Intimate Winter Celebration NAPA, CA–(Marketwire – November 23, 2010) – Traditionally speaking, the holidays are a time for family and bountiful feasts. However, family dynamics have changed during the past several years and many holiday festivities have become more intimate celebrations.

Wellcap Partners Seeking Sale of O’Charley’s Inc. Real Estate to Enhance Shareholder Value

SOURCE: Wellcap Partners LOS ANGELES, CA–(Marketwire – November 23, 2010) –  Wellcap Partners LP, a value investment firm based in Los Angeles, today sent a letter to the Board of Directors of O’Charley’s Inc., urging the Board to accept an offer made last week by a third party to buy O’Charley’s real estate holdings.  Wellcap has become aware of the details of this offer and believes it will significantly enhance shareholder value, as the real estate would be sold for a sum far exceeding O’Charley’s current market cap. As shareholder of O’Charley’s, Wellcap has protested the Board’s practice of ignoring strategic options available to it, and urges the conclusion of the proposed transaction as soon as possible. Consequently, Wellcap sent a letter to the Board, and felt it was important to communicate it to all shareholders.

VitaminSpice and Nationally Recognized Chef Daniel Young to Increase Nutritional Benefits for Families in Denver for Thanksgiving

SOURCE: VitaminSpice WAYNE, PA–(Marketwire – November 23, 2010) – VitaminSpice ( OTCBB : VTMS ) (German WKN: A0YE4L) ( www.vitaminspice.net ) is pleased to announce that it is teaming up with nationally recognized Chef Daniel Young to provide meals enhanced with VitaminSpice Products for a Thanksgiving Holiday Dinner for families in the Denver Area. “VitaminSpice is once again excited to work with Chef Daniel Young

Applebee’s(R) Announces FREE $10 Bonus Gift Card With Purchase of Every $50 in Applebee’s Gift Cards

SOURCE: Applebee’s Seventy-Eight Percent of Adults Say They Like to Receive Restaurant Gift Cards for Special Occasions; Applebee’s Gift Cards Offer Value, Convenience, Choice AND a Holiday Bonus LENEXA, KS–(Marketwire – November 23, 2010) – Giving and receiving in the neighborhood just got better this holiday season as Applebee’s announces the return of a FREE $10 Bonus Gift Card with the purchase of every $50 in Applebee’s Gift Cards. Applebee’s Bonus Gift Cards are available only at participating Applebee’s restaurants for a limited time.

IHOP Gives Back This Holiday Season, Offering a Coupon With Each $25 Gift Card Purchase

SOURCE: IHOP With IHOP’s Promotion, Those That Give Also Receive GLENDALE, CA–(Marketwire – November 23, 2010) – IHOP, one of America’s favorite restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner, is giving thanks for its guests by offering a $5 coupon for a future visit with any purchase of a $25 gift card in-restaurant.* All $25 gift cards purchased in-restaurant through January 2 nd will receive the $5 coupon, valid at participating locations. “In this challenging economy, gift cards are appreciated more than ever by recipients,” said Carolyn O’Keefe, IHOP’s senior vice president, marketing. “They can choose their favorite meal, and with our $5 bounce back coupon, the guest who purchases the card gets something in return, too.” Nationwide, IHOP restaurants will be open Thanksgiving. For guests looking for lighter fare to balance out their holiday festivities, IHOP’s new menu features more than 30 SIMPLE & FIT under 600 calorie selections, as well as a number of tips on how to enjoy lower calorie versions of IHOP classics.  The $5 coupons are accepted at participating restaurants and must be redeemed by January 31, 2011.

Panera Bread Foundation Opens Second Panera Cares(TM) Community Cafe

SOURCE: Panera Bread Foundation Non-Profit Cafe Opens in Dearborn, MI, Plans Announced for Third Location in Portland, OR DEARBORN, MI–(Marketwire – November 22, 2010) – The Panera Bread Foundation opened its second non-profit community cafe — called Panera Cares — today in Dearborn, MI, and shared plans to open a third in Portland, OR, in early 2011. This expansion is the result of the concept’s success in Clayton, MO, where the first non-profit community cafe — called Saint Louis Bread Co.

Young & Rubicam New York Named AOR for Butterball

SOURCE: Young & Rubicam NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwire – November 22, 2010) – Jane Barratt, President of Young & Rubicam New York, announced today its partnership with Butterball, LLC as Agency of Record (AOR) for Butterball’s branded line of products. The win followed a competitive review with Young & Rubicam and two other agencies. As AOR, the scope of work will consist of strategy, creative, digital and retail initiatives. Butterball is the largest vertically integrated turkey producer in the United States and accounts for 20 percent of total turkey production in this country

IHOP Opens Milestone 1,500th Restaurant

SOURCE: IHOP Opening Contributes to Revitalization of an Underserved Washington, D.C. Community and Demonstrates IHOP’s Commitment to Continued Growth GLENDALE, CA–(Marketwire – November 22, 2010) –    IHOP, one of America’s favorite restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner, will celebrate the opening of its 1,500 th restaurant tomorrow, November 23, at the new DC USA shopping complex in the Columbia Heights community of Washington, D.C. The opening furthers IHOP’s strategy of maximizing franchise development and making IHOP more accessible to guests. IHOP is the sales leader in the family dining category and continues to outpace its competition in the development and opening of new restaurants nationwide

Franklin Foods Awarded Business of the Year for 2010

SOURCE: Franklin Foods Innovative Vermont Dairy Manufacturer Acknowledged for Job Creation and Capital Investment in Largest Dairy County in New England ENOSBURG FALLS, VT–(Marketwire – November 19, 2010) – Franklin Foods , a leading manufacturer and marketer of cream cheese and cream cheese based products announces it has received Vermont’s “Franklin County Business of the Year” for 2010. This award is given by the Franklin County Industrial Development Corporation. John Ovitt, general manager of Franklin Foods, accepted the award.

Malabari Food Festival 2010

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Nov. 19, 2010) – Malabar  is a magical place of waving palms, pristine beaches and stunning backwaters located on the south-western coast of India. It is also home to some of the finest food to be had in the country.

Tyler Florence Joins House Beautiful With New Monthly Column

SOURCE: House Beautiful “Tyler’s Kitchen” to Offer Original Recipes and Entertaining Advice Beginning in February 2011 Issue NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwire – November 19, 2010) – Tyler Florence, the renowned chef, star of food-entertainment television, best-selling author, innovative restaurateur, and retailer, is adding another ingredient to his list of accomplishments: Contributing Editor to House Beautiful magazine, effective with the February 2011 issue, with a new monthly column, “Tyler’s Kitchen.” With Florence leading the magazine’s food and entertaining content, “Tyler’s Kitchen” will take up the culinary mantle carried so admirably by Ina Garten’s “Ask the Barefoot Contessa” for the past five years.  In announcing this newest member of the House Beautiful team, Editor-in-Chief Newell Turner explained, “Tyler is a perfect fit for our audience. Of course we’ll devour the vibrant new recipes he’ll be creating, but equally important is the personal style that infuses all his undertakings: robust and warm with a family focus. His sensibility is about more than just what’s in the pot or on the plate — it’s the kitchen itself, the home built around it and the central role sharing good food plays in everyone’s lives today.” Turner continued: “I’d like to personally thank Ina for her boundless dedication and enthusiasm — from her terrific recipes to her creation of our Kitchen of the Year in Rockefeller Center last year. While our relationship is coming to a close after more than 60 memorable meals, I know that our readers share Tyler’s love for good food and will appreciate a new gourmet voice in the kitchen.” Speaking from his home base in Mill Valley, CA, Florence said, ” House Beautiful is really America’s authority on living a fantastic life. My monthly column is going to be about everything you’re looking for — cooking with the calendar, cooking with the seasons. Every month we’ll have fantastic recipes using ingredients easily found at the farmers’ market and the supermarket. We’ll be cooking with new ideas and inspirations to put dinner on the table at a very high level.” House Beautiful ‘s final “Ask the Barefoot Contessa” column appears in the December/January issue and recipes will continue to live online at www.housebeautiful.com , allowing fans to return to the myriad meals Ina Garten has created for the magazine. “It’s been so wonderful working with House Beautiful all these years and answering readers’ questions,” said Garten. “The highlight for me was seeing my kitchen recreated in the middle of Rockefeller Center — WOW! I am so glad to leave you in the hands of Tyler Florence. He’s an extraordinary chef and cookbook writer. You’ll love him!” For the past 15 years, Florence has delighted the masses by sharing the sights, sounds and flavors of his unique culinary vision with fans around the world. After graduating from the prestigious culinary program at Johnson & Wales University, Florence tackled the Big Apple where he helmed multiple acclaimed restaurants and established himself as one of New York City’s finest young stars. Now based in the San Francisco area, his current projects include the wildly successful Wayfare Tavern in San Francisco, two Tyler Florence kitchen ware and gourmet food stores (San Francisco Airport and Mill Valley, CA, in the former home of the original Banana Republic store). Florence will be opening new restaurants and retail outlets in the coming year in Napa Valley, Mill Valley, and other yet-to-be announced cities. As one of the original Food Network stars, Florence has shattered ratings records with such series as Tyler’s Ultimate, Food 911, and How to Boil Water. Equally successful have been his specials Planet Food, All American Festivals and My Country, My Kitchen

HotelsCombined.com Names the Top 10 Destination Wedding Locations

SOURCE: HotelsCombined.com WILMINGTON, DE–(Marketwire – November 18, 2010) – Destination weddings are becoming more and more popular every year with couples preferring more private and intimate gatherings in exotic locations, over large scale traditional weddings. To help couples find their perfect wedding destination, HotelsCombined.com names the Top 10 destination wedding properties that provide fully inclusive wedding packages and on-site wedding planners to do all the hard work for you. Whether seeking a relaxed beach setting to get married barefoot in the sand like Daydream Island, Playa del Carmen and Oahu, or wanting to be surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of Tuscany and Santorini, or looking for extravagance and fun in Las Vegas, couples and their guests can rest assured they’ve found the best hotel deals at www.HotelsCombined.com

Galveston’s Del Papa Distributing Honored by TABC

SOURCE: Del Papa Distributing Company AUSTIN, TX–(Marketwire – November 18, 2010) –  Del Papa Distributing Company was honored by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) as one of the agency’s oldest licensed beer distributors at a ceremony in Austin, TX on November 18, 2010.

Save Some Clams and Celebrate the Holiday Season With Ivar’s

SOURCE: Ivar’s Featuring Clam Lights, Ivar’s Santa Clam, Holiday Sparkler Event, Gift Card Bonus and More SEATTLE, WA–(Marketwire – November 18, 2010) – This December, Ivar’s — Puget Sound’s award-winning seafood restaurant chain — will be kicking off the holidays with glitz and glamour at the 2 nd Annual Holiday Sparkler event at Ivar’s Salmon House on December 1. That’s just the first of many celebrations spanning the entire month. Starting December 3, families can enjoy the Ivar’s Clam Lights nightly in Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park in Renton, and even snap a photo with Ivar’s Santa Clam at Ivar’s Acres of Clams restaurant on Sundays through December 19

Pizza Patron to Expand Into San Diego Market

SOURCE: Pizza Patron Restaurant Industry Veterans to Open 11 Area Locations SAN DIEGO, CA–(Marketwire – November 18, 2010) – Pizza De la Comunidad, LLC has signed a development agreement with Pizza Patrón, the premier Latin pizza brand, to enter the San Diego market with 11 locations over the next three years. Restaurant industry veteran Pete Tucker formed Pizza De la Comunidad, LLC with an investment group of local San Diego business professionals including Robert Rubio, of the Rubio family, founders of Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill

CookTek, a Leading Induction Cooktops Manufacturer, Wins 2010 FSE&S Best in Class Operators Award

SOURCE: CookTek Top Innovator in Induction Cooking Technology CookTek Wins FSE&S Best in Class Operators Award for Its Light Induction Cooktop Equipment CHICAGO, IL–(Marketwire – November 18, 2010) – CookTek, an industry leader in induction cooking equipment and food delivery systems, is proud to announce the company has won the 2010 Foodservice Equipment and Supplies (FSE&S) magazine’s Best in Class Award in the Operators category for light equipment. The results were based on the 2010 Best in Class study, through which foodservice professionals rated factories on various product and service attributes.

First Boutique Hotel Facing Rockefeller Center Opens Offering Introductory Rates

SOURCE: The Jewel Hotel The ‘Glistening’ Jewel Hotel Debuts in New York City’s Top Location NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwire – November 18, 2010) – The Jewel Hotel , a new hotel for business and leisure travelers , has opened its doors just in time for the holiday season. The Jewel is a stone’s throw from some of New York’s most desirable locations, including Fifth Avenue, the Ice Rink and Promenade at Rockefeller Center (locale of the famous Christmas tree), the Top of the Rock, Times Square/Theatre District, Radio City Music Hall, St

HuHot Collects Over 35,000 Pounds of Food for Local Food Banks

SOURCE: HuHot Mongolian Grills, LLC MISSOULA, MT–(Marketwire – November 17, 2010) – HuHot Mongolian Grills, LLC kicked off the holiday giving season by hosting a food drive at 20 of their locations during the month of October. Customers were encouraged to bring in their non-perishable food items for donation and in return received 50% off of their HuHot grill meal as a token of gratitude

Rewards on SCVNGR Spread Holiday Cheer to Businesses

SOURCE: SCVNGR CAMBRIDGE, MA–(Marketwire – November 17, 2010) – Hey businesses big and small, the holiday season is fast upon us — which means it’s time for expensive promotions and coupon campaigns to drum up interest from your customers, right? Boo, bah humbug! Instead, what if you could drive traffic, strengthen your customer engagement and in the end, measurably increase sales? Say happy holidays to rewards on SCVNGR ! SCVNGR is a location-based game that more than half a million users are already playing wherever they go

Enjoy Black Friday Savings, Without the Crowds, at Renowned Santa Fe Hotel

SOURCE: Eldorado Hotel & Spa Eldorado Hotel & Spa, Santa Fe’s Premier Luxury Hotel, Offers Unbeatable Black Friday Rates With a 24-Hour Sale Promising Savings of up to 35% and Rates as Low as $97 SANTA FE, NM–(Marketwire – November 17, 2010) – Eldorado Hotel & Spa rings in the holiday season this year with one of its biggest travel sales yet. Honoring every shopper’s favorite holiday, the Black Friday Sale will offer unheard-of prices at the luxurious Santa Fe hotel. With more reasons than ever before to visit the renowned destination, including holiday special treatments at on-site Nidah Spa and the recent renovation of the four-diamond Old House restaurant, the 24-hour sale will offer nightly rates as low as $97 , a 35% discount

Panera Bread(R) Introduces MyPanera(TM) Loyalty Program

SOURCE: Panera Bread “Surprise & Delight” Concept Rewards, Deepens Relationship With Customers ST. LOUIS, MO–(Marketwire – November 17, 2010) – Panera Bread Company ( NASDAQ : PNRA ) today completed the nationwide rollout of its new customer loyalty program, named MyPanera. The program has been in development and test for 18 months and has been extremely well received to date.  Designed to be closely aligned with Panera’s core values and mission of delivering a unique experience to its guests, the intent of the ‘Surprise and Delight’ loyalty program is to connect more deeply with Panera’s customers by delivering unexpected and highly-relevant rewards for dining at Panera Bread bakery-cafes.  MyPanera will offer loyalty program members exclusive invitations, experiential opportunities like baking with Panera bakers, preview tastings of new menu items, as well as recipes, cooking tips and surprises such as a free bakery-cafe menu item. The program becomes increasingly personalized as a member frequents Panera and spends more time in the program.

JiWire Reveals Location Trends in Latest Mobile Audience Insights Report

SOURCE: JiWire Almost 90 Percent Likely to Use Location-Based Apps for Holiday Shopping Season SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwire – November 17, 2010) – JiWire, the leading location-based mobile media company reaching the On-The-Go Audience, today announced its latest Mobile Audience Insights Report, revealing that the mobile audience will be increasingly seeking location media this holiday season. The report, which examines Wi-Fi trends, mobile device usage and adoption, in location media and mobile apps, found that nearly 90 percent of people are likely to use location-based services in the next several weeks for holiday planning and activities. Finding a Store Location is Most Valuable, Especially During Holidays When searching for local content, 61 percent say that finding store locations is the most valuable feature of location-based media.

Del Taco Opens Today in Denton

SOURCE: Del Taco Del Taco, Nation’s No. 2 Mexican Quick Serve Chain, Begins Dallas/Ft. Worth-Area Expansion LAKE FOREST, CA–(Marketwire – November 17, 2010) – It’s official: The Dallas/Ft.

Dean DeAngelo Elected New President of Monmouth County, New Jersey BNI Shore Money Chapter

SOURCE: Shore Money, BNI Bad Economies Can Be Good for Building Business Relationships BELMAR, NJ–(Marketwire – November 17, 2010) –  Dean DeAngelo, Territory Manager for Heartland Payment Systems ® , was elected president of New Jersey BNI ® Shore Money Chapter. DeAngelo has been an active member of one of New Jersey’s most productive BNI chapters since 2008, when he left Coca-Cola Enterprises after sixteen years to join Heartland Payment Systems ® specializing in cost-effective payroll or credit card payment systems

Weekly Travel Deals on VEGAS.com and Mexico.com: Week of November 16, 2010

SOURCE: VEGAS.com; Mexico.com LAS VEGAS, NV–(Marketwire – November 16, 2010) – The travel experts at VEGAS.com, the world’s number one city travel website, and Mexico.com, the full-service site that helps Mexico-bound travelers with booking vacations have outlined some of this week’s exclusive and limited-time only travel deals. VEGAS.com LOVE Cirque du Soleil: Dinner + Ticket Special For a limited time only, guests can get dinner and a ticket to see LOVE Cirque du Soleil (Category 2 Seating), plus a three-course dinner at Kokomo’s inside at The Mirage.  Mandalay Bay: $100 Food and Beverage Credit Guests can receive $100 food and beverage credit when booking specially designated rooms at Mandalay Bay between now and Dec.

Irving, Texas Hotel Warming Up for 2010 World Series Excitement

SOURCE: Marriott Courtyard Joins Fans in Celebrating Baseball History IRVING, TX–(Marketwire – October 29, 2010) –  World Series fans will score a big home run with the newly renovated accommodations near Dallas Fort Worth International Airport where the excitement of the 2010 series is heating up. It’s an unusual match-up and a first in franchise history for the Texas Rangers as they begin the series of a lifetime Wednesday in San Francisco. But when Saturday rolls around, Ranger fans will show their colors and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport hotels are stepping up to the plate to celebrate the occasion. Game Three between the Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants is set to begin at 6:57 p.m., Saturday, Oct

Obesitysolvers.com Supports Toy Ban Opposition by Former San Francisco Supervisor

SOURCE: Creative Consumer Concepts SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwire – October 29, 2010) –  Bob Cutler, CEO of Creative Consumer Concepts (C3) and sponsor of obesitysolvers.com, is praising the views of Michael Yaki , a San Francisco attorney and former member of the city’s Board of Supervisors. “If this man was still in office,” Cutler said, “perhaps the city would be more aggressively solving its real problems, and not letting this nonsense about eliminating toys in kids’ meals drag on and on.”  In action October 19, the Board of Supervisors delayed until November 2 a vote on an ordinance that would limit toys or incentives to kids’ meals that meet calorie, fruit and vegetable specifications.

East Meets West at the New Renaissance Shanghai Putuo Hotel

SOURCE: Marriott The New Marriott International Property Welcomes Influx of World Expo Visitors to Shanghai WASHINGTON, DC–(Marketwire – October 29, 2010) –  Discover something wonderfully new at the Renaissance Shanghai Putuo Hotel, now open and welcoming World Expo visitors from around the world.

Wine Lovers Delight in Fresno Area Hotel’s New Offerings

SOURCE: Marriott Central Valley Grapes Pour Exciting Tastes Into Weekend Hotel Packages MADERA, CA–(Marketwire – October 29, 2010) –  Wine tasting at its finest! That’s the opportunity offered by special weekend hotel packages at SpringHill Suites Madera where guests can enjoy meticulous accommodations and fabulous wine tasting at the popular Appellation: California! Wine Tasting and Visitors Center.

REMINDER: Media Alert: Free Scary Face Pancakes for Kids October 29 at IHOP

SOURCE: IHOP No Tricks – Just Treats as Kids 12 and Under Celebrate Halloween a Little Early GLENDALE, CA–(Marketwire – October 29, 2010) – WHAT: IHOP restaurants nationwide will celebrate Halloween a little early this year, offering kids 12 and under a free Scary Face Pancake as part of its No Tricks – Just Treats program designed to provide kids with a safe and fun Halloween event. The “design-your-own” Scary Face Pancake includes an oversized signature buttermilk pancake with a whipped topping mouth and strawberry nose, served with two mini OREO® cookies and candy corn on the side to allow kids to create their own Halloween hotcake.

Pizza Patron Thinks Inside the Box for New Promotion Test

SOURCE: Pizza Patron Nation’s #1 Latin Pizza Brand Gives Unprecedented Value With $10 PAQUETAZO TM DALLAS, TX–(Marketwire – October 28, 2010) –  Pizza Patrón, the nation’s number one Latin pizza brand, is thinking inside, outside and all around the box for a new way to steal market share. Currently, they are testing a $10 PAQUETAZO™ promotion in three markets that offers unprecedented value and is packaged in their new, portable ‘walking ad’ box that’s unlike any other

Georgian Terrace Hotel Partners With The Nutcracker to Create Lasting Holiday Memories

SOURCE: The Georgian Terrace Hotel Midtown’s Historic Gem Creates Winter Wonderland for Guests ATLANTA, GA–(Marketwire – October 27, 2010) –  Atlanta’s Modern Classic, The Georgian Terrace Hotel , will host a season to remember with the Atlanta Ballet’s holiday extravaganza, The Nutcracker at the Fabulous Fox Theatre, just across the street. This year, The Georgian Terrace will offer a pre-performance Atlanta Ballet Nutcracker luncheon before the matinee on December 11, complete with Nutcracker performers and casual modeling by Belk Inc. See  The Nutcracker Ballet  for details.

The Spa at Fearrington Opens Its Doors

SOURCE: Fearrington Village This North Carolina Destination, a Member of Relais & Chateaux and One of America’s Top Small Hotels, Now Offers “The Complete Retreat Experience” PITTSBORO, NC–(Marketwire – October 26, 2010) –  After years of planning, months of construction and staff training, and weeks of being quietly open to fine tune operations, The Spa at Fearrington is now officially open. The Spa at Fearrington enhances the range of amenities offered by Fearrington Village, the destination retreat anchored by the highly acclaimed Fearrington House Country Inn and Restaurant.  Says proprietor R.B. Fitch: “About 10 years ago, we started thinking about opening a spa at Fearrington but the timing and the location never seemed to work out.

Destin, Florida Hotel Salutes Service Award Recipient

SOURCE: Marriott Courtyard Employee Honored for Service ‘Above and Beyond’ DESTIN, FL–(Marketwire – October 26, 2010) – Exemplary service in surpassing the expectations of discerning Florida travelers has earned a longtime employee of the Courtyard Sandestin at Grand Boulevard Hotel honors as an ‘Above and Beyond’ Service Award recipient.

Let the Wine and Creativity Flow at Classes Offered Near Destin, Florida Hotels

SOURCE: Marriott Adventure Past the Usual to Learn Wine Tasting and Art Techniques DESTIN, FL–(Marketwire – October 26, 2010) – Adventure past the usual and engage in exciting learning opportunities with wine and art classes conveniently offered near popular Destin, Florida beach hotels for an added twist to Florida fun. Two of Grand Boulevard’s finest establishments are offering classes that are sure to intrigue the senses of anyone interested in learning more about wine tasting, the techniques of watercolor or the adventures of acrylic. Snowbirds, locals and vacationing guests of Destin, Florida hotels are all welcome to take part in any of the classes which will provide a great opportunity for enticing the senses and expanding artistic understanding and abilities

New Sydney Hotel Deals Offer Families Efficient Reasons to Stay and Play

SOURCE: Marriott Plan the Perfect Family Escape With New Packages at the Sydney Marriott Hotel SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA–(Marketwire – October 26, 2010) – Creating an exciting family vacation escape is easy with special Sydney hotel deals that are family-friendly and affordable. The Sydney Marriott Hotel is announcing two new packages to encourage families to “Stay and Play” and “Stay Efficient” in Sydney

Experience ‘An American Christmas’ With Westlake Village Hotels and The Reagan Library

SOURCE: Marriott Unique Holiday Exhibit Commemorates America’s History AGOURA HILLS, CA–(Marketwire – October 26, 2010) – American history is captured through unique holiday displays at The Ronald Reagan Library and guests of Westlake Village hotels are invited to add this exceptional display to their vacation itinerary and experience the defining moments of American history as they are expressed in “An American Christmas.” Over three centuries of history come to life through a winter wonderland of 24 holiday trees commemorating the evolution of America’s culture and society at The Regan Library’s holiday tribute.

Country Club Plaza Kansas City Restaurant’s Menu Includes Local Produce

SOURCE: Marriott New Winter Offering Debuts With Modern Midwestern Favorites KANSAS CITY, MO–(Marketwire – October 26, 2010) – It’s called the Main Street Grill, but its menu items are much more than one might expect! Located in the posh Country Club Plaza Marriott, the Main Street Grill offers modern interpretations of traditional Midwestern favorites and serves them in contemporary style. Now, in celebration of cooler temperatures, the grill has announced its new winter menu which features fresh ingredients from local and regional producers and invites Kansas City visitors and local patrons to indulge in the fresh flavors of the bountiful Midwest as part of their weekend getaways to Kansas City .

Find Perfection With Denver Cherry Creek Event Planning

SOURCE: Marriott Exceptional Incentives Offered for Denver Social, Business Events DENVER, CO–(Marketwire – October 26, 2010) – Event planners looking for perfect attention to detail can reward themselves with savings and additional reward points when booking an event at a Denver business hotel that boasts meticulous accommodations; professional and friendly service and panoramic views of the Denver skyline and the majestic Rocky Mountains. In addition to stylish accommodations, booking incentives enable social and business planners to schedule a corporate conference or plan an elegant Denver Cherry Creek wedding reception at the Courtyard Denver Cherry Creek Hotel. Those who book a 2011 wedding by January 31 st will receive $1,000 off room rental. For meetings and other events booked by January 31 st , the Courtyard will reward the booking party with quadruple Marriott Rewards Points! Providing an exceptional event venue, the hotel’s Skyline Ballroom offers 3,500 square feet of versatile event space and is perfect for corporate training, team building or holiday events and ideal for weddings and social gatherings

Dallas Las Colinas Hotels Puts Holiday Travel Within Reach

SOURCE: Marriott Bring ‘Home’ the Holidays With Discounted Extended Stay Hotel Rates IRVING, TX–(Marketwire – October 26, 2010) – Home is the key to great holiday traditions and the welcoming, home-like atmosphere of one of the most accommodating extended stay hotels in Irving, TX is aimed at creating a warm and relaxing holiday experience. And now, with special holiday discounted rates of up to 50%, travel can be worry free and affordable.

Raffles Paris – Le Royal Monceau Celebrates Opening in the ‘City of Light’

SOURCE: Raffles Hotels & Resorts Dramatic Transformation for Raffles Paris Creates a New Artistic Destination for Global Travellers SINGAPORE–(Marketwire – October 26, 2010) –  Raffles Paris – Le Royal Monceau ( www.raffles.com/paris ) has opened its doors following a two year transformation by renowned French designer Philippe Starck.  Located in close proximity to the couture boutiques and luxury specialty stores of Champs Elysees and the iconic Arc de Triomphe, the hotel welcomed historic luminaries such as Walt Disney, Coco Chanel and Ernest Hemingway. With luxurious new interiors, an artistic and exuberant mood, Raffles Paris is set to once again be the favoured meeting point for artists, intellectuals and a new generation of travellers.  Art takes centrestage at Raffles Paris – Le Royal Monceau and guests can look forward to exhibitions, a contemporary bookstore with television screens beaming live feeds from auctions and an Art Concierge, a first among hotels in Paris.  Throughout the hotel, original works of art specially commissioned for Raffles Paris – Le Royal Monceau are displayed to enrich the ambience. The ceiling of contemporary French restaurant La Cuisine features an evocation of a Parisian garden “Jardin de Paris” by French artist Stephané Calais, while an oversized sculpture of a teapot by Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos holds court in the garden.

Inventory Control for Food Service and Storeroom Management Simplified With Enhanced BirchStreet Application

SOURCE: BirchStreet Inventory Control First Application in e-Procurement Platform to Offer New Fast Implementation Tools NEWPORT BEACH, CA–(Marketwire – October 26, 2010) –   BirchStreet Systems, Inc ., a leading provider of e-Procurement and automation solutions to the hospitality industry, today announced the latest edition of its Inventory Control application . Designed specifically to address the needs of both food service and storeroom management, the newly enhanced software incorporates a wide range of user friendly features to assist users in leveraging this powerful application quickly without the overhead of complex procedures. “Over the years we have found that usability is an important factor in the overall customer experience and satisfaction,” said Doug Sanborn , president of BirchStreet Systems

Media Alert: Free Scary Face Pancakes for Kids October 29 at IHOP

SOURCE: IHOP No Tricks – Just Treats as Kids 12 and Under Celebrate Halloween a Little Early GLENDALE, CA–(Marketwire – October 25, 2010) – WHAT: IHOP restaurants nationwide will celebrate Halloween a little early this year, offering kids 12 and under a free Scary Face Pancake as part of its No Tricks – Just Treats program designed to provide kids with a safe and fun Halloween event. The “design-your-own” Scary Face Pancake includes an oversized signature buttermilk pancake with a whipped topping mouth and strawberry nose, served with two mini OREO® cookies and candy corn on the side to allow kids to create their own Halloween hotcake.  WHY: IHOP wants to provide trick or treaters with a safe and fun Halloween celebration that they can enjoy with friends and family. WHEN: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2010, 7 a.m. – 10 p.m

JW Marriott Hotel — First Hotel in Hong Kong to Open Public TelePresence Studio

SOURCE: Marriott Virtual Meetings by Marriott With AT&T and Cisco TelePresence Solution Service Is Expanding to Business Centres Worldwide HONG KONG–(Marketwire – October 22, 2010) –  The JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong celebrated the opening of its  Virtual Meetings by Marriott studio with a four-city TelePresence event today along with AT&T and Cisco. The public TelePresence facility at the JW Marriott is the first to open at a hotel in Hong Kong and enables people to hold small, virtual meetings with customers and colleagues around the world. The JW Marriott San Francisco, that installed a studio earlier this year, connected live to the event together with Cisco Shanghai and AT&T Malaysia to congratulate the first Marriott Hotel in Asia to the network. Virtual Meetings by Marriott is part of a roll-out of AT&T TelePresence Solution(SM) — using Cisco TelePresence™ studios enabled by the AT&T network and the AT&T Business Exchange(SM) — at Marriott Hotels & Resorts, JW Marriott Hotels and Renaissance Hotels around the world. The Hong Kong luxury hotel is the sixth TelePresence studio to open in a Marriott branded hotel

Festive Season Offers Included in Brisbane Holiday Packages at Brisbane Marriott Hotel

SOURCE: Marriott Award Winning Hotel Provides Menu of Holiday Event Packages BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA–(Marketwire – October 22, 2010) –  Celebrate the holidays with exquisite seasonal parties and gatherings that sparkle with five-star style at the elegant Brisbane Marriott Hotel where award-winning service and stylish accommodations shine in the heart of the city. Whether planning an executive holiday retreat or an elaborate social gala, planners can easily create a Christmas to remember with Brisbane holiday packages that include captivating skyline and river views while treating guests with tantalising menus and lavish amenities.

5 Star Hotel in Central Sydney Rejuvenates Tantalizing Restaurant Menus

SOURCE: Marriott Windows Restaurant Offers Scenic Views, International Flavors SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA–(Marketwire – October 22, 2010) –  Tantalizing new entrées with a range of exquisite international flavors add excitement to the dining experience at one of the most sophisticated restaurants in Darlinghurst, where travelers staying at the Marriott’s luxury hotel in Central Sydney can enjoy what locals have declared a dining favorite.  The Windows Restaurant and Bar 36, both located inside the Sydney Marriott Hotel, have introduced exciting new menus with a diverse offering that is sure to stimulate even the most critical taste buds. Fresh and carefully selected ingredients are used to captivate the appetite and nourish the senses at the fashionable Sydney Marriott where gracious style and a relaxing atmosphere overflow into the heart of these hotel restaurants. For starters, guests will find this unique Darlinghurst restaurant’s menu to include appetizers such as Spiced Prawns and Ocean Trout, followed by a choice of entrées ranging from hand shelled Alaskan King Crab and Slow Braised Pork Belly to Crispy Baby Squid and Carpaccio of Kobe Beef

Calgary Marriott Offering Low Rates for Holiday Travel

SOURCE: Marriott CALGARY, AB–(Marketwire – October 22, 2010) –  Gearing up for the busy holiday season ahead, the Calgary Marriott is offering low rates starting from only $99 CAD for holiday travel. Whether traveling with the family or hosting a get-together in Calgary, these special low rates are available from November 19 to December 30, 2010. Guests love the Calgary hotel ‘s luxurious guestrooms with floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing unobstructed views of the city and Rocky Mountains in the distance. All guestrooms feature plush bedding with high-quality linens and fresh duvets, 37″ LCD televisions, and spa-inspired bathrooms with granite vanities. To book this special holiday rate, visit: www.calgarymarriott.com and enter promotional code HOL or call the hotel directly at: 1-800-896-6878. Travelers also love the Calgary luxury hotel’s world-class amenities. The Calgary Marriott offers a heated indoor swimming pool and whirlpool, state-of-the-art fitness centre, an award-winning restaurant, Traders Grill, and Starbucks Café. Traders Grill will offer a holiday lunch buffet on Friday, December 10 th and Monday, December 13 th through Thursday, December 16 th . The buffet lunch will feature a chilled buffet offering a variety of salads and cold items, a carvery with slow-roasted beef and roasted tom turkey, a hot buffet and holiday sweets. The delectable lunch buffet costs $28.95 for adults and $14.50 for children and seating is available from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. For reservations, call Traders Grill at: (403) 231-4503

Franchising Opportunities for US Hispanics at BuscaTuFranquicia.com

SOURCE: BuscaTuFranquicia.com BuscaTuFranquicia.com Is The Only Bilingual Marketplace for Aspiring and Existing Hispanic Entrepreneurs MIAMI, FL–(Marketwire – October 22, 2010) – BuscaTuFranquicia.com has announced that thousands of US Hispanics have registered to receive information from at least one franchise opportunity listed on their Web portal, which is the only bilingual marketplace for aspiring and existing Hispanic entrepreneurs to find their right franchises. BuscaTuFranquicia.com allows Hispanic entrepreneurs to connect directly with franchise companies that are interested in recruiting Hispanic franchisees. Although registrations have come from 47 of the 50 states, the majority of them are originating in Top Hispanic Metropolitan areas, such as those in Florida, Texas, California, New York, Georgia, New Jersey, Illinois and Virginia

Franquicias y Oportunidades de Negocios para Hispanos en Estados Unidos en BuscaTuFranquicia.com

SOURCE: BuscaTuFranquicia.com BuscaTuFranquicia.com es el único Mercado bilingüe para hispanos que son empresarios o quieren ser empresarios MIAMI, FL–(Marketwire – October 22, 2010) – BuscaTuFranquicia.com ha anunciado que miles de hispanos en Estados Unidos se han registrado para recibir información de al menos una oportunidad de franquicia de las que tienen publicadas en su portal en Internet, el cual es el único mercado bilingüe para hispanos que son empresarios o aspiran a ser empresarios, portal en el que pueden encontrar las franquicias más adecuadas. BuscaTuFranquicia.com les permite a los emprendedores hispanos el conectarse directamente con compañías de franquicias que están interesadas en reclutar a concesionarios hispanos. Aunque los registros vienen de 47 de los 50 estados, la mayoría de ellos se originaron de las principales áreas metropolitanas hispanas, tales como las de la Florida, Texas, California, New York, Georgia, New Jersey, Illinois y Virginia.

amNewYork & Brandsway Creative Welcome New York Knick and Five Time NBA All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire to New York City

SOURCE: Brandsway Creative NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwire – October 21, 2010) –  On Saturday, October 23rd, Manhattan’s largest circulated daily newspaper amNewYork and branding, marketing and public relations group Brandsway Creative come together with the rest of New York City to officially welcome 5 Time NBA All-Star and New York Knick, Amar’e Stoudemire.

Rainwater Grill Named a Finalist for the 2010 CLASSY Awards

SOURCE: Rainwater Grill Hastings’s Favorite Restaurant & Lounge Recognized for Hosting Very Successful Fundraising Event NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwire – October 20, 2010) –  Rainwater Grill, a world class dining and entertainment spot located in the heart of Hastings, NY, has been named a finalist for Philanthropic Small Business of the Year by the CLASSY awards, an annual award show for Philanthropic businesses as well as businesses that run events which support and help these businesses raise funds for charitable causes. Rainwater Grill was nominated for hosting a very successful fundraising event earlier this year for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. “We’re extremely happy to be nominated as a finalist for this award,” commented Tony Fortunate, Co-Owner/Managing Partner of Rainwater Grill.

Pizza Patron Launches Frozen Pizza Line

SOURCE: Pizza Patron Nation’s #1 Latin Pizza Brand Enters Consumer Packaged Goods Category DALLAS, TX–(Marketwire – October 20, 2010) –  Pizza Patrón, the nation’s number one Latin pizza brand, announced today that it is launching a new line of frozen pizzas as part of its multichannel growth strategy that now includes brand extensions through consumer packaged goods channels. This marks the first time in the company’s history that Pizza Patrón products will be available outside Pizza Patrón retail locations. Pizza Patrón frozen pizzas come in six popular varieties — Pepperoni, Cheese, Meat Trío, Mexicana, Patrona and Hawaiana — and will be in grocers’ frozen cases as early as October. Pizza Patrón frozen pizzas will be available in various grocery and convenience stores in Texas with plans to expand into other U.S. markets in 2011

‘Latin Fire’ Ignites the American Airlines Center … Literally!

SOURCE: PIRA PIRA TM Plans Grand Opening for Oct. 27 DALLAS, TX–(Marketwire – October 20, 2010) – PIRA is a Spanish word that translates to mean ‘intense heat’ or ‘combustible material’, a fitting identity for Dallas’ new Latin-themed restaurant/ultra-lounge. The 3300 square-foot club is located in American Airlines Center.

IHOP Franchisees and Vendors Celebrate Success and Set New Goals at Annual Franchise Conference

SOURCE: IHOP IHOP Recognizes Top Franchisees, Team Members, and Vendor Partners GLENDALE, CA–(Marketwire – October 20, 2010) –  IHOP, one of America’s favorite restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner, celebrated the company’s success and honored franchisees, vendors and team members at its annual Franchise Conference in Las Vegas. The theme for the conference, led by IHOP President Jean Birch, was Growing Together. IHOP management reviewed the progress made in establishing IHOP as the sales leader in family dining, and shared strategic plans for 2011 and beyond. Throughout the conference, franchisees and vendors participated in sessions on food and beverage innovation, operations, marketing, and they shared best demonstrated practices.

Outlet Shoppers Celebrate for Special New Braunfels Hotel Deals

SOURCE: Marriott Gift Card and Coupons Add to Shopping Excitement NEW BRAUNFELS, TX–(Marketwire – October 19, 2010) –  Shopping is always in style and with great packages at hotels in New Braunfels, TX near the Schlitterbahn Waterpark and its year-round Christmas Shoppe as well as two popular outlet mall complexes, shoppers can create delightful excursions that are fun and relaxing.  Hotel deals in New Braunfels like the Outlet Shopping Package at Courtyard New Braunfels River Village, provide shoppers with gift cards, coupons and great hotel accommodations for the perfect shopping getaway. Gift cards and coupons perfect for browsing and buying at Prime Outlets and Tanger Outlet Stores offer guests their choice of shopping adventures in addition to fabulous Comal River lodging at the New Braunfels Courtyard so at day’s end they can relax and compare their purchases in the comfort of a premier New Braunfels hotel

Vacation Packages in Georgia That Are Sure to Give You the Spooks

SOURCE: Marriott ‘Ghosts and Gravestones’ Deal Perfect in ‘America’s Most Haunted City’ SAVANNAH, GA–(Marketwire – October 19, 2010) –  Experience a journey to the abyss with exciting Savannah, GA vacation packages that explore the mystery of many popular historical sites and events in and around one of Georgia’s most fascinating travel destinations.

1500 Degrees at Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach: Heating Up South Florida’s Dining Scene

SOURCE: Marriott MIAMI BEACH, FL–(Marketwire – October 19, 2010) –  Since opening its doors in 1956, the historic Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach luxury hotel on Collins Avenue has remained a grand dame of classic Miami Beach style and elegance. Designed by visionary Morris Lapidus — who helped define modern style on Miami Beach — the Eden Roc has been a home away from home for Hollywood royalty, politicos and dignitaries. Now, after a $220 million renovation, the property is set to unveil its newest innovation — 1500° . Open to the public on Friday, October 15, 2010 , this farm-to-table restaurant, with a heavy steakhouse sensibility, will feature creative, vibrant and seasonal cuisine, relying heavily on local resources, all under the auspices of executive chef Paula DaSilva . Formerly of Fort Lauderdale’s acclaimed 3030 Ocean and a finalist on Fox TV’s wildly-popular Hell’s Kitchen , DaSilva (31) brings to 1500° more than a decade’s worth of experience in the restaurant and hotel industry, excelling at rustic cookery as well as haute cuisine. To ensure DaSilva brings the heat, the Eden Roc — a standout among beachfront hotels in Miami Beach — tapped hospitality impresario Seth Greenberg , developer of the Ames Hotel and its restaurant, the Woodward, to oversee 1500°. “I’m incredibly honored to be collaborating on this concept with Paula,” says Greenberg, a seasoned restaurateur.

Best of the South Names Hotel Near Brentwood, TN as Top Meeting Venue

SOURCE: Marriott Exceptional Service, Accommodations Bring Business to Cool Springs Hotel FRANKLIN, TN–(Marketwire – October 19, 2010) –  Tennessee travelers have spoken and the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs hotel is not only one of the best hotels near Nashville ; but has been chosen as one of the Best of the South 2010 winners by meeting planners alike. The selection is made among hotels in 14 southern states from Texas to Virginia and includes properties in the Caribbean and Cancun

Rudy’s "Country Store" and Bar-B-Q Begins Shipping Its Famous Oak-Smoked Bar-B-Q Meats in Time for the Holidays

SOURCE: Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q LAKEWAY, TX–(Marketwire – October 19, 2010) – Rudy’s “Country Store” and Bar-B-Q today announced that it has begun shipping some of its famous smoked meats within the United States just in time for this year’s holiday shopping season. The smoked meats currently available for shipping are the turkey breast, the St. Louis ribs, and the popular Rudy’s Texas Brisket.

Y Bar 7 Year Anniversary, 7 Deadly Sins Party

SOURCE: Y Bar 7 Years 7 Deadly Sins, Cirque De Y, Fetish, Halloween 2010 CHICAGO, IL–(Marketwire – October 18, 2010) –  As most Industry people know, the popularity and lifespan of a nightclub now a days is short lived with the influx of venues opening in the generally small geographic area of downtown Chicago, IL. Due to this fact, the Y Bar family is extremely excited and proud to celebrate its seven year anniversary party late October 2010.

Eversave’s Local Deals Rapidly Expand Across the U.S. With New Launches in Indianapolis, Orlando, Washington, D.C., Providence and San Antonio

SOURCE: Prospectiv Consumers Earn $5 Reward Towards Their 1st Purchase When They Sign Up for Eversave’s Daily Deals From Local Restaurants, Spas, Sporting Events, Outdoor Activities and More WAKEFIELD, MA–(Marketwire – October 18, 2010) –  Prospectiv, owner of the second-biggest couponing website in America, Eversave.com , today announced the expansion of its online daily deal offerings to five new markets across the U.S. By the end of October, Eversave will offer local daily deals called “Saves” to residents in Indianapolis, IN; Orlando, FL; Washington, D.C.; Providence, RI; and San Antonio, TX.

Lancement de la programmation 2010 du Wapikoni mobile

MONTREAL, QUEBEC–(Marketwire – 18 oct. 2010) – Aujourd’hui, les jeunes cinéastes autochtones du Wapikoni mobile vous invitent à un voyage cinématographique, où chaque court-métrage percutant constitue une escale dans leur vie, leur culture et leur imaginaire.  Fiers de leurs dernières créations, c’est dans le cadre du Festival du Nouveau cinéma (FNC) que ces jeunes réalisateurs et réalisatrices des Premières Nations lanceront la programmation 2010 du Wapikoni mobile et présenteront sur la scène montréalaise leurs plus récents films qui poursuivront par la suite leur périple vers de nouveaux auditoires à travers le monde

Free Wi-Fi Hotspots Influence Venue Choice for 95% of Users, Says In-Stat

SOURCE: In-Stat No Free Wi-Fi Hotspot? Find Me Another Place SCOTTSDALE, AZ–(Marketwire – October 18, 2010) –  Availability of free Wi-Fi does influence venue choice. According to In-Stat’s ( www.in-stat.com ) new Wi-Fi Hotspot research, nearly two-thirds of respondents indicated that free Wi-Fi influences their choice of venue. An additional 31% indicated that free access may influence their choice, and just 5% said that it would have no influence over venue choice.  CLICK HERE FOR RELATED GRAPHIC “Our research shows that while revenue may not always be directly gleaned from the hotspot offering, free Wi-Fi has a significant value in bringing customers to a venue,” says Amy Cravens, Market Analyst. “It’s no wonder then that over 150 thousand café/retail venues have now deployed Wi-Fi hotspots, although not all of these are free. That’s in addition to the tens of thousands of travel-related installations (hotels, airports, in-flight) worldwide.”  Some of the research findings include: Worldwide annual hotspot connects, or sessions, will reach over 2 billion by the end of 2010 with annual hotspot connects anticipated to grow to over 11 billion by 2014.

Grab a Friend or Loved One for a Spa Getaway in Boulder

SOURCE: Marriott Boulder Spa Package Is Full of Relaxing Treats for Travelers BROOMFIELD, CO–(Marketwire – October 15, 2010) –  Many people dream of taking a spa getaway, but they aren’t able to because they just don’t have enough money. For a limited time, the Residence Inn Boulder Flatiron Hotel is offering an affordable spa getaway in Boulder . People can book the Relax, Refresh and Revive for Two package and get everything they need for a relaxing spa vacation, without emptying their bank accounts.  The Relax, Refresh and Revive for Two package is ideal for the busy couple that can’t afford to take a weeklong vacation. Whether its work or family obligations, this Broomfield, CO hotel has the answer!  The package includes two 45-minute massages from the Spa at Lakeshore Athletic Club, where spa guests are greeted with soothing music and a comforting waterfall. The full service spa has a variety of beauty and relaxation treatments, so those who want to have a complete day at the spa will not have any trouble finding additional treatments to enjoy. The spa treatments are not the only perk included in the package. Travelers will receive breakfast in bed for two, courtesy of Flatz Grille and Lounge, which is the hotel’s own Broomfield, Colorado restaurant . This four star restaurant serves regional food with a seafood emphasis, and is one of the most popular restaurants in Broomfield

Hotels in Broomfield, CO Offer the Ideal Family Getaway

SOURCE: Marriott Special Deal Makes Traveling More Affordable and Fun BROOMFIELD, CO–(Marketwire – October 15, 2010) – The Renaissance Boulder Flatiron Hotel, a Broomfield, CO hotel , is featuring a package that includes all sorts of extras that will guarantee a successful family getaway. Not only will you receive special amenities to make for an enjoyable room experience, but also tickets for local attractions, so you can have a blast exploring the city.  The Escape! Family Package includes a suite at the Renaissance Boulder Flatiron Hotel, which is one of the premier luxury hotels near Boulder . Hotel suites feature a living/sitting area, cable TV, premium movie channels, and pay per view movies. The indoor swimming pool and whirlpool are sure to catch your child’s eyes!  You won’t need room service on the first night of their stay, though, because the package also comes with milk and cookies at turndown on the night of arrival. This treat is sure to satisfy your whole family’s sweet tooth! The milk and cookies are delivered right to the guestroom, so you can get into your pajamas and wait for the treats to arrive. The package also features four passes to Lakeshore’s Aquatic Island. Your entire family can go out and explore the aquatic island without spending any of your hard-earned cash. You don’t have to cut into your travel budget in order to spend quality time with your children! There are also incentives for families to stay inside of the hotel with free meals for kids at the Flatz Grille and Lounge. The four-star restaurant in Broomfield, CO serves regional food with a seafood emphasis and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant also has an extensive wine list, so you can unwind with a glass of wine while the kids enjoy their free meals

Turlock Hotel Ramps Up for Holiday Charity Programs

SOURCE: Marriott Free Two-Night Stay and Guest Discounts Offered as Part of Collection Process TURLOCK, CA–(Marketwire – October 15, 2010) – Sharing the joy of the holiday season is the goal of the staff and management of the Fairfield Inn & Suites Hotel in Turlock, CA as they announce two projects for the upcoming holiday season and ask hotel guests and area residents to help them in meeting the needs of those less fortunate. For help in meeting its holiday goals, this distinctive hotel near Yosemite Park, CA will be giving away a complimentary two-night stay in one of its spacious hotel suites and a 15% discount on a one-night hotel visit

The Lodge at Sonoma Luxury Hotel Highlights Sonoma Valley’s Bounty With Seasonal Resort-Wide Offerings

SOURCE: Marriott Sonoma Resort’s Ingredient-Driven Programs and Promotions Highlight Grapes, Olives, and More SONOMA, CA–(Marketwire – October 15, 2010) –  The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa is launching a new sustainable program whereby resort guests have a chance to experience the Sonoma Valley’s regional bounty throughout their stay. Known as one of the premier food and wine country destinations in the United States, Sonoma is also home to a multitude of farms that produces unique ingredients such as olive, lavender and lemon verbena. As part of the Sonoma resort’s resort-wide program, Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar, the on-property restaurant featuring Chef Janine Falvo’s seasonal menu, and Raindance Spa, the award-winning Napa spa resort with its lush outdoor spa garden, will be promoting seasonal ingredient-driven promotions and specials.

TownePlace Suites by Marriott at Baltimore’s BWI Airport Named First LEED Gold Existing Hotel in Maryland and First in Marriott Portfolio

SOURCE: Marriott Green Hotel in Baltimore Asks General Public to Follow Its LEED by Making Environment Friendly Changes at Home LINTHICUM, MD–(Marketwire – October 15, 2010) – Baltimore’s TownePlace Suites by Marriott Hotel at BWI Airport is the first LEED for Existing Buildings Gold certified green hotel in the state of Maryland. Significantly, it is also the first existing hotel in Marriott’s 3,400-hotel portfolio worldwide to be so recognized. To celebrate this milestone, the BWI extended-stay hotel put on the green with a showcase designed to help the public understand how easy it is to be green in their own homes.  On Thursday, September 30, TownePlace Suites eco friendly hotel in Baltimore offered an exclusive preview of its innovative environmental practices. From green cleaning in guest rooms to composting all of its waste to low-flow plumbing devices to its use of low mercury and compact fluorescent lighting, the hotel’s comprehensive environmental and energy efficiency program was on display.  TownePlace Suites at BWI offers a free, waste-neutral breakfast that includes compostable serve-ware, bulk items and local, sustainable products whenever possible. A thorough and simple recycling program is carried throughout the entire property — from guestrooms to public spaces. The business hotel uses gauges to sense rainfall so landscaping is watered only when necessary. Front desk customer service agents wear uniforms made from recycled plastic, two-liter bottles. Throughout the green hotel, educational information and kiosks encourage guests to take part in the hotel’s efforts to protect and preserve natural resources. “We’re thrilled to be named the first LEED Gold certified existing hotel in the state of Maryland,” said Michelle Emley, General Manager of the BWI airport suite hotel . “The vast majority of our nation’s housing stock is older or historic. We know that most homeowners are not in the position to design and build a new green home, but they can incorporate simple, sustainable practices in their existing homes.” “A central belief of green building is that our economic, environmental and personal health is dramatically impacted by the places where we live, work, learn, shop, eat and play,” said Chris Smith, Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Green Building Council. “The owners of the TownePlace Suites by Marriott Hotel at BWI Airport recognized this early on, and their foresight has resulted in Maryland’s first existing hotel to be certified LEED Gold.” Arne Sorenson, president and Chief Operating Officer of Marriott International, noted that the building is not only the first LEED EB hotel in Maryland but the first LEED EB hotel in the Marriott portfolio of 3,400 hotels worldwide and the first LEED hotel at BWI Airport.  LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized green building certification system administered by the U.S

Anaheim Hotel Near Disneyland Hosts Halloween Breakfast Costume Bash

SOURCE: Marriott Spooks Beware as ‘Mysteries of the Maingate’ Emerge in Force ANAHEIM, CA–(Marketwire – October 15, 2010) – Ghosts and goblins beware, “Mysteries of the Maingate” will emerge in the flesh as Halloween holiday weekend festivities begin with a costume breakfast bash at the Residence Inn Maingate Anaheim hotel near Disneyland where guests are encouraged to don their spookiest costumes and enjoy a full complimen”scary” breakfast! The hotel’s Gatehouse will come alive with characters of all kinds as the hotel welcomes guests to be creative and “dress up” for the Friday, Oct. 29 morning breakfast event

New Braunfels Hotel Director of Sales Selected to ‘Leadership New Braunfels’

SOURCE: Marriott Courtyard Hotel Takes Serious Approach to Community Leadership NEW BRAUNFELS, TX–(Marketwire – October 15, 2010) – Stepping up as an influential leader in the New Braunfels business community, Irma Adams, Director of Sales at the Courtyard New Braunfels River Village has been selected to “Leadership New Braunfels” making the commitment to enhance her knowledge and involvement in New Braunfels and the surrounding community. “Leadership New Braunfels” selects members based on their enthusiasm and dedication within their chosen careers and/or community organizations who are willing to enhance their knowledge and understanding of leadership positions within the community through networking and participation in a wide range of civic and community affairs. The program is produced by The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Inc.

Stay Springtime Fabulous at the Brisbane Marriott Hotel

SOURCE: Marriott Luxury Hotel in Brisbane CBD Announces New Holiday Packages BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA–(Marketwire – October 15, 2010) – This October and November, the Brisbane Marriott Hotel is celebrating Spring Carnival and all the excitement and glamour the racing season brings. To mark the season, the luxury hotel in Brisbane CBD has created the Stay Springtime Fabulous package, a range of spring inspired experiences for guests to enjoy

Books-A-Million to Distribute Local Indie Novel: The Coffee Shop Chronicles of New Orleans

SOURCE: River House Publishing NEW ORLEANS, LA–(Marketwire – October 14, 2010) – River House Publishing, New Orleans, LA, today announced that Books-A-Million has chosen THE COFFEE SHOP CHRONICLES OF NEW ORLEANS — PART 1 for distribution in all of its Louisiana stores. This selection follows a month-long vetting process by Books-A-Million’s distribution subsidiary, American Wholesale Book Company. “We consider it a great honor to be selected by Books-A-Million, one of the nation’s largest booksellers,” commented River House publisher Csaba Lukacs. “The book has become something of a phenomenon in New Orleans, and with the addition of Books-A-Million as a vendor it is now available statewide in Louisiana, with the possibility of broader distribution through Books-A-Million’s enormous network of 229 stores in 23 states and the District of Columbia.” The new Louisiana locations are: Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Bossier City, Covington, Hammond, Houma, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, and Slidell. Shortly after its publication in June, THE COFFEE SHOP CHRONICLES OF NEW ORLEANS was chosen by The Times-Picayune as a “Hot Read” of the summer. Now approaching the 1,000 copies sales milestone, it is stocked by over two dozen shops in New Orleans, including independent bookstores, coffeehouses, gift shops, college stores (Tulane and Loyola), Hudson Booksellers, Borders, and Barnes & Noble. The first installment in a three-part serial novel written and printed in New Orleans, the novel blends satire, mystery, fact, and fiction while exploring such weighty themes as the “sacrament” of coffee drinking, living sober, and the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow in America.

Del Taco Adds Two New Restaurants in Las Vegas

SOURCE: Del Taco LAKE FOREST, CA–(Marketwire – October 14, 2010) – The odds of finding a great taco or burrito in Las Vegas are getting better! Today, Del Taco announced the opening of two new restaurants: 7757 N. El Capitan Way, Las Vegas, which opened Oct. 11, and the second one located at 7165 S

Cities Heart SCVNGR

SOURCE: SCVNGR SCVNGR Launches Official Cities Program, Rolls Out Big in Chi-Town For The Win CHICAGO, IL–(Marketwire – October 13, 2010) –  Okie doke. Say you’re a city (“I’m a city”) and you want to take all of the AMAZING STUFF your city offers — all of those historical tours, festivals, conventions, restaurant weeks, parades, heritage celebrations, commemorative days, hometown pride memorials, shopping districts, hot spots and themes — and put it up on the location-based social graph so people can use their little mobile devices to engage, play and unlock rewards in a 21 st Century way.

A Dozen Luxury Apartment Communities in Atlanta Make the Prestigious 2010 Luxe List

SOURCE: Luxe List Home Changing Attitudes Toward Home Ownership Have Created “Renters-by-Choice” Seeking Apartments With High-End Amenities LOS ANGELES, CA–(Marketwire – October 12, 2010) –  Luxe List Home is pleased to announce that 12 luxury apartment communities in Atlanta have been selected for inclusion in the prestigious 2010 Luxe List , the premier online residential resource dedicated to connecting luxury rental customers with the finest apartments in America’s best cities. The communities now featured on www.luxelisthome.com include The GoodWynn at Town, Gables Midtown, 05 Buckhead, Westchester at Peachtree Valley, Gables Sheridan, The Residences at Vinings Mountain, Gables Century Center, Gables 820 West, Tremont, Berkeley Heights, The Manor at Buckhead and Pencil Factory Flats & Shops.

Looking for a Healthy Relationship With Food? Come and Meet Your New Best Friend

SOURCE: Fit Food Cafe and Catering Company Fit Food; a New, One of a Kind Restaurant Fusion Serving Creative Healthy Cuisine to Open in the Heart of West Hollywood WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA–(Marketwire – October 12, 2010) –  Health and fitness gurus Richard Idgar and Bernardo Coppola have opened their first store front, appropriately titled Fit Food, in the heart of West Hollywood. Originally a catering company, Fit Food has become known on the set of American Idol and Glee as being one of the perks of being a celebrity. Glee’s queen of mean Jane Lynch told People Magazine about her favorite aspect of being on set: “We had this wonderful thing called Fit Food.

IHOP Makes Lower Calorie Dining Choices Simple With New Menu Items and Tips

SOURCE: IHOP New Menu Includes SIMPLE & FIT Items Under 600 Calories — Including All Kids Items — and Provides Tips to Meet Nutrition Needs GLENDALE, CA–(Marketwire – October 11, 2010) –  IHOP, one of America’s favorite restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner, today announced the launch of its new SIMPLE & FIT menu items under 600 calories as part of its new menu rollout. Integrated throughout the menu, the new SIMPLE & FIT items make it easier for guests to choose lower-calorie options that taste great and meet their cravings. In addition to delicious menu choices, the new menu includes SIMPLE & FIT tips to adjust favorite IHOP meals to guests’ nutrition needs. With an increase in focus on nutritional data throughout the restaurant industry, IHOP provides resources in a simple format designed to provide guests with easy tips to make dining choices that meet their needs. All SIMPLE & FIT items are noted with a green icon, and tips and information are displayed in a green box throughout the menu. Detailed nutritional data on each IHOP menu item is also now available online at www.IHOP.com

Roark Capital Portfolio Company FOCUS Brands(R) to Acquire Auntie Anne’s(R)

SOURCE: FOCUS Brands World’s Largest Hand-Rolled Soft Pretzel Concept to Join FOCUS Brands’ Sister Companies Carvel ® Ice Cream, Cinnabon ® , Schlotzsky’s ® and Moe’s Southwest Grill ® ; Auntie Anne’s Is Roark’s 19th Franchise Investment and 8th in the Restaurant Industry ATLANTA, GA–(Marketwire – October 8, 2010) – Roark Capital, an Atlanta-based private equity firm, announced today that one of its portfolio companies, FOCUS Brands, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Auntie Anne’s, the franchisor of the world’s largest hand-rolled soft pretzel chain. Headquartered in Lancaster, Pa., Auntie Anne’s has nearly 1,100 stores in 44 states and 21 countries. The transaction is expected to close later this fall

SCVNGR Partners With VinTank to Bring Location-Based Services to Wine Industry

SOURCE: SCVNGR Leading Wine Industry Think Tank First Partnership of Many in New Market Entrance NAPA, CA–(Marketwire – October 6, 2010) –   SCVNGR , the location-based game and game platform and VinTank , the wine industry’s leading digital think tank, today announced a partnership to bring the power of location-based social gaming to the wine industry. SCVNGR’s game layer will infuse game dynamics into the wine industry to create meaningful interaction and engagement for wine lovers across the globe

The Culinary Studio: Metro Detroit’s First Shared-Use Kitchen to Open in Southfield

SOURCE: The Culinary Studio Local Entrepreneurs Reach Out to Other Small Business Owners With State-of-the-Art Kitchen Facility SOUTHFIELD, MI–(Marketwire – October 5, 2010) –  Calling all bakers, caterers, personal chefs and aspiring food entrepreneurs — The Culinary Studio will help local food-oriented businesses launch and grow without the burden of start-up costs. Fully equipped kitchens will be available at The Culinary Studio for hourly rental to food entrepreneurs and for special cooking events. Located in the Applegate Shopping Center on Northwestern Highway in Southfield, Michigan, The Culinary Studio will have two state-of-the-art commercial kitchens, with areas for preparing, packaging, catering and baking along with cooking classes. A partnership between two culinary entrepreneurs, Cassandra Morrison and Jo Coleman, The Culinary Studio will not only serve as the home base for their businesses but will also be available to assist others who have similar commercial kitchen needs

One in Four(1) Game Pieces Wins With 2010 MONOPOLY(R) Game at McDonald’s(R)

SOURCE: McDonald’s Largest MONOPOLY Game at McDonald’s Prize Pool Yet Back on Classic Menu Items OAK BROOK, IL–(Marketwire – October 5, 2010) –  The MONOPOLY® Game at McDonald’s® is back in nearly 14,000 U.S. restaurants today, bringing the thrill of the game to customers with one in four odds 1 to win great food and prizes every day. New this year, customers can find MONOPOLY Game Pieces on their favorite classic menu items including the Big Mac ® , French Fries, Filet-O-Fish ® , McNuggets ® , McGriddles ® , Hash Browns, McCafé ® beverages and fountain drinks

eegee’s Supports Susan G. Komen For the Cure With Drink Pink Campaign

SOURCE: eegee’s TUCSON, AZ–(Marketwire – October 5, 2010) –  Tucson-based restaurant chain eegee’s is proud to be partnering with Susan G. Komen For the Cure, Southern Arizona to promote breast cancer awareness month, by coloring their signature lemon flavored iced fruit drink the color pink, and donating a portion of the profits from each sale

IHOP Invites Pancake Lovers to Name Its New Scary Face Pancake

SOURCE: IHOP Online Contest Provides Opportunity to Win a Year’s Worth of IHOP Pancakes GLENDALE, CA–(Marketwire – October 4, 2010) –  For decades, IHOP, one of America’s favorite restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner, has been offering a side of giggles with its Funny Face Pancakes. In the fun and frightful spirit that October brings, IHOP is introducing a Halloween version of the Funny Face Pancake and launching an online contest today that invites pancake lovers nationwide to name the newest addition to the company’s plentiful pancake portfolio. The Scary Face Pancake is available this October for kids 12 and under and includes an oversized signature buttermilk pancake with a whipped topping mouth and strawberry nose, served with two mini OREO® cookies and candy corn on the side so kids can create their own Halloween hotcake. The Scary Face Pancake, like all IHOP Kids menu items, is under 600 calories.  The “Name IHOP’s Scary Face Pancake” online contest invites pancake lovers nationwide to submit an entry of up to 100 words that includes a suggested name and why they chose the name for the festive new pancake. Entries will be judged based on entertainment value, originality and emotional impact and the winner will receive a year’s supply of IHOP’s famous buttermilk pancakes (defined as gift cards in the value of one short stack per day for 365 days) or a total of $1,460 in IHOP gift cards.

No Tricks — Just Treats at IHOP This October

SOURCE: IHOP Month-Long Festivities Include Trick or Treat All-You-Can-Eat Buttermilk Pancakes and Scary Face Pancakes Which Will Be Offered for Free to Kids 12 and Under on October 29 GLENDALE, CA–(Marketwire – October 4, 2010) – IHOP, one of America’s favorite restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner, today announced plans for a month-long celebration this October to welcome fall and observe Halloween in a fun, frightful and flavorful way. Throughout the month, participating IHOP restaurants nationwide will offer Trick or Treat All-You-Can-Eat-Buttermilk Pancakes and “design-your-own” Scary Face Pancakes. On Friday, October 29, Scary Face Pancakes will be offered free of charge for children 12 and under (one per child).  “There are no tricks, just treats and a lot of flavorful fun at IHOP this October,” said Carolyn O’Keefe, IHOP’s senior vice president, marketing. “Our guests have come to expect great food, a good value and specials that offer a little something extra, and in October, we have something to satisfy every taste, appetite and budget.” Available from October 4 through October 31 at participating locations, IHOP’s Trick or Treat All-You-Can-Eat Buttermilk Pancakes are available a la carte or as part of a combo, which starts at $4.99 and begins with two, fluffy buttermilk pancakes, eggs any style, and golden hash browns. For a little bit more, guests can also add pork sausage links, crisp bacon or ham. Pancakes are then served three at a time until the guest is satisfied. In observance of Halloween this year, IHOP’s famous Funny Face Pancakes are turning Scary as IHOP introduces “design-your-own” Scary Face Pancakes for kids 12 and under. The Scary Face Pancake includes an oversized signature buttermilk pancake with a whipped topping mouth and strawberry nose, served with two mini OREO® cookies and candy corn on the side to allow kids to create their own Halloween hotcake. The Scary Face Pancake will be offered throughout October and, like all IHOP Kids menu items, is under 600 calories. Throughout IHOP’s new menu, items under 600 calories are designated with a SIMPLE & FIT icon.

FreeToChooseOurMeals.com Responds to San Francisco Board of Supervisors Land Use and Economic Development Committee Hearing to Ban Happy Meal Toys

SOURCE: FreeToChooseOurMeals.com SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwire – October 1, 2010) –  San Francisco Land Use and Economic Development Committee members Sophie Maxwell, Eric Mar and David Chiu debated the issue of banning Happy Meal toys in kids’ meals this week. According to a recent San Francisco Chronicle article ( http://articles.sfgate.com/2010-09-25/news/24096930_1_happy-meals-toys-proposal ), Mayor Gavin Newsom opposes the legislation, and 78 percent of voters polled by Tulchin Research revealed that they trusted parents more than elected officials to decide what is best to feed their children.

Foodbuzz Wins 2010 OMMA Award for Work With Newman’s Own

SOURCE: Foodbuzz Recognized for Online Advertising Creativity in Sponsorship Category SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwire – September 29, 2010) – Top online food property Foodbuzz has won the 2010 OMMA Award for “Online Advertising Creativity” in the Sponsorship category in recognition of its ” Family Bites ” campaign for Newman’s Own. The awards, part of the OMMA Global conference, which coincides with New York’s Advertising Week, honored the best in online media, marketing and advertising.

Rewards Network(SM) Announces Completion of 5,000,000 Diner Feedback Surveys

SOURCE: Rewards Network Surveys Offer Invaluable Feedback to Restaurateurs, Recommendations for Diners, and Consumer Dining Trends to the Restaurant Industry CHICAGO, IL–(Marketwire – September 29, 2010) – Rewards Network Inc. ( NASDAQ : DINE ), a leading provider of marketing services and dining rewards programs to the restaurant industry, proudly announced today its members have completed over five million dining surveys detailing their experiences at program restaurants. This milestone underscores Rewards Network’s continuing ability to identify and track consumer dining trends, supply restaurateurs with crucial diner feedback and business analytics and offer helpful reviews and tips to diners deciding where to dine out

Drivers Avoid Expensive Motorway Services

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM–(Marketwire – Sept. 29, 2010) – Motorists have condemned Motorway services for being too expensive. Millions are now driving past motorway services unless they need to use the toilet facilities because they feel they are being ripped off by sky high prices and poor service

IHOP Serves Up New Menu Full of Innovative Choices to Satisfy Any Craving

SOURCE: IHOP New Menu Includes Delicious Lineup of Bacon ‘N Beef TM Burgers, Lower Calorie Options and Return of CINN-A-STACK TM Pancakes Along With New Design and Layout GLENDALE, CA–(Marketwire – September 27, 2010) – Pancakes are not the only thing being “flipped” at IHOP this fall. IHOP, one of America’s favorite restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner, today announced the roll out of its redesigned menu featuring more delicious choices and an easier-to-read layout. From an all new burger line to combo options and lower-calorie tips and dishes, the menu is designed to guide guests to find choices that satisfy all their cravings.  Expanded variety is available at the turn of every page, ranging from the introduction of CINN-A-STACK™ pancakes as an everyday menu item to delicious new Bacon ‘N Beef Burgers. The new menu offers a revamped, easier-to-read layout, complete with icons to denote new SIMPLE & FIT under 600 calorie options, and bold, vibrant photography. As always, all of IHOP’s menu items are available any time of day. “We know our guests love IHOP for their favorite dishes, but they also expect innovative new dishes that are uniquely IHOP,” said Carolyn O’Keefe, IHOP’s senior vice president, marketing. “IHOP’s Food and Beverage Innovation team is driven by consumer research to ensure we provide our guests with a great dining experience, and our new menu not only provides delicious new choices, but an easier layout designed to allow guests the freedom to make dining choices that meet their needs.” With more than 20 new items to choose from, a taste of the new menu items include: Bacon ‘N Beef Burgers: An innovative new line up of burgers with hickory-smoked bacon blended right into the beef. The unique technique of blending the bacon with the beef makes IHOP’s burgers juicy and delicious with bacon flavor in every bite. Served with seasoned fries, onion rings, fresh fruit, soup or salad, and a dill pickle spear, guests can choose from five delicious flavors: Bacon ‘N Beef Cheeseburger Bacon ‘N Beef Bacon & Egg Cheeseburger Bacon ‘N Beef Bacon Cheeseburger Bacon ‘N Beef Mega Mushroom Burger Monster Bacon ‘N Beef Cheeseburger CINN-A-STACK™ Pancakes or French Toast: One of IHOP’s most popular limited time offers, CINN-A-STACK™ pancakes and French toast now makes its home on the menu. Enjoy a stack of IHOP’s famous buttermilk pancakes or thick-cut French toast layered with a luscious cinnamon roll filling, drizzled with rich cream cheese icing and topped with whipped topping

Eco-story LED Lights Installed in 827 Chili’s Corporate Restaurants; Largest U.S. Roll-Out of LED Lamp Technology to Date

SOURCE: Eco-story The Lighting Change Is Anticipated to Save Chili’s $3.7 Million per Year PORTLAND, ME and DENVER, CO–(Marketwire – September 23, 2010) – Brinker International, parent company of Chili’s Restaurants and Maggiano’s Restaurants, has recently installed Eco-story LED lighting ( www.eco-story.com ) as part of a re-lamp project in all of its corporate restaurants. The project, which involves installing 125,000 LED lamps in the interior and exterior of all 827 corporate restaurants, will be the largest U.S. roll-out of LED lamp technology to date.

Have a Spooktacular Halloween at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina

SOURCE: Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina All Treats for Families With Great Getaway Rates and Festive Activities SAN DIEGO, CA–(Marketwire – September 22, 2010) – This Halloween, treat your family to a spooktacular getaway without scary prices at San Diego’s Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina (Hyatt Regency Mission Bay). Over Halloween weekend, Oct. 29-31, the hotel is offering a special rate to trick-or-treaters of $149 (plus tax) Friday and Saturday nights and 50 percent off Sunday night ($74.50).

DealPop Expands Social Buying Website to San Francisco Peninsula

SOURCE: DealPop Site Offers Up to 70 Percent off on the Best Places to Eat, Shop and Have Fun SEATTLE, WA–(Marketwire – September 22, 2010) –  WhitePages ( www.whitepages.com ), the largest and most trusted online directory, today announced the San Francisco Peninsula launch of its social buying service DealPop ( www.dealpop.com ). DealPop SF Peninsula will feature deals that offer fantastic savings of up to 70 percent off of the best places to eat, drink and have fun on the Peninsula. The SF Peninsula site kicks off with deals from Prolific Oven ($5 for $10 worth of food and drink), Yoga Source ($18 for $36 worth of classes) and Gelato Classico ($1 for $5 worth of Gelato) in Palo Alto, Menlo Park Academy of Dance ($15 for $30 worth of dance classes) and Classic Touch Salon in San Mateo ($40 for $80 worth of products and services).

Zagat Los Angeles Restaurant Survey: Meal Costs Decline for First Time in Los Angeles

The results of Zagat Survey’s 2011 Los Angeles/ So. California Restaurant Survey were released these days, available in bookstores, on ZAGAT.com and via ZAGAT TO GO for iPhone, iPad and Android. The survey covers 2,016 restaurants within the greater Los Angeles California area as well as Orange County, Palm Springs and Santa Barbara. More than …

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JiWire and Jeep(R) Brand Partner to Deliver Exclusive In-App Advertising

SOURCE: JiWire Jeep Brand is First Advertiser to Provide Exclusive Sponsorship of Top Location-Based iTunes App SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwire – September 22, 2010) –  JiWire, the leading location-based mobile media company reaching the on-the-go audience, and the Jeep® Brand launched a unique in-app advertising campaign through JiWire’s Wi-Fi Finder as part of its Jeep Grand Cherokee national mobile campaign. The Wi-Fi Finder enables mobile users to find local hotspots through JiWire’s directory of more than 315,000 locations, offering a geo-targeted platform for advertisers. This will be the first exclusive brand sponsor of the Wi-Fi Finder app, a top 100 app and top 10 travel app in the iTunes store, which has already been downloaded more than 8.5 million times by the mobile audience.

Raffles Dubai Goes Pink in Support of Breast Cancer

SOURCE: Raffles Hotel DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES–(Marketwire – September 22, 2010) – In support of October Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Raffles Amrita Spa at Raffles Dubai will be hosting a “Pink Day” on Friday, 22 nd October. 100% of the proceeds from all manicures and pedicures, Trendz Ladies & Gents Salon offerings, and luxurious spa treatments will be donated to the Safe and Sound Breast Cancer Awareness Programme. In support of this initiative, all colleagues will be donating their pay that day to ensure that 100% of the proceeds go directly to the charity. Pink cupcakes, mocktails, t-shirts, hats and breast cancer informational brochures will be given to everyone supporting “Pink Day”. In addition, Raffles Dubai will be giving away a luxurious “Raffles Goes Pink” package to a breast cancer survivor nominated by a friend or family member. The exquisite package includes one night in a majestic 150 sqm Diplomatic Suite complete with 24 hour butler service, choice of two 60 minute spa treatments and Raffles Roast Friday brunch for two.

Plantation Hotel Package Offers Affordable Parking Option to Ft. Lauderdale Travelers

SOURCE: Marriott Travelers Can Enjoy Extra Rest, Comforts While Saving on Airport Parking PLANTATION, FL–(Marketwire – September 21, 2010) –  Hassle-free and easy airport travel out of Fort Lauderdale is a snap with a Ft. Lauderdale vacation package that allows guests to “Park Here, Fly There.” Business and leisure travelers alike will enjoy taking advantage of this affordable package that allows them to save on airport parking, while delighting in exceptional pre-flight accommodations and worry-free arrival at the airport

Grupo Vidanta’s Executive Corporate Chef Alexis Bostelmann Teams up With Mexican Restaurant Association (MERA) for Its 2nd Annual Convention

SOURCE: Grupo Vidanta MERA Invites Chef Bostelmann, of Award-Winning Resort Developer Grupo Vidanta, to Headline This Year’s Convention Titled !Viva Mexico! in Little Rock, Arkansas HOUSTON, TX–(Marketwire – September 21, 2010) – Alexis Bostelmann, Executive Corporate Chef for Grupo Vidanta, will lend his expertise to !Viva Mexico!, the upcoming second annual convention for the Mexican Restaurant Association (MERA). Bostelmann brings his own personal brand to this year’s convention with the exposition of two themes and dishes: “The Hybrid Creations of Mexico,” Mestizo cuisine and “The Revolutionary Forces,” which is the cuisine of Emiliano Zapata, enforcing the famous quote “Better to die standing than to live kneeling.”  The year of 2010 also commemorates an extraordinary milestone in history, marking 200 years of Mexico’s independence from Spain and 100 years since the Mexican revolution

Dining and Dreaming With a Marriott Deal in Melbourne

SOURCE: Marriott Enjoy Gourmet Indulgence With Two Courses and Luxurious Accommodations MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA–(Marketwire – September 21, 2010) –  Melbourne’s Central Business District (CBD) is more than the heart of the city’s commercial interests — the modern skyline of the financial district contrasts with well-preserved Victorian architecture, and the alley ways and arcades that snake through the city give it charm and character. It’s also home to many Melbourne five-star hotels and some of the city’s finest restaurants, including Essence at the Melbourne Marriott, specialising in local seasonal produce featuring contemporary Australian cuisine. And now, the Melbourne Marriott Hotel and Essence are proud to offer guests an exciting way to get a taste of the city — and local cuisine — with the Gourmet Indulgence Dining Package

Romantic and Relaxing Getaways Await in Beautiful Brisbane

SOURCE: Marriott Stay in Pampered Style With Affordable Spa Packages at the luxury Brisbane Marriott Hotel BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA–(Marketwire – September 21, 2010) –  Beautiful Brisbane captures the imagination and senses with spectacular sights, its subtropical climate, and an unmatched combination of fine dining, world-class shopping and wonderful relaxation. As a popular getaway destination, choosing from the 5-star hotels in Brisbane can be a challenge. However, with such a selection of luxury hotels, Brisbane offers a luxurious, romantic backdrop for a weekend getaway. The Marriott Brisbane Hotel is proud to offer guests two exceptionally relaxing Brisbane holiday packages for both pampering and revival

Discounts Aplenty as Coupon Album’s New Website Goes Live

SOURCE: Coupon Album SILICON VALLEY, CA–(Marketwire – September 21, 2010) –  This month Coupon Album, a trusted source of online coupons and discount offers, unveiled its recently redesigned website. One new feature of the enhanced website includes a more user-friendly layout. This will allow loyal users and new guests alike to access the 30,000 plus coupons, ranging from home industry giants like Home Depot coupons to higher end retail department stores like Nordstrom.

Expert Lighting Installs Largest Chandelier in Armstrong Auditorium

SOURCE: Expert Lighting Inc. Newly Constructed $20 Million Armstrong Auditorium Taps Nadav Paskal and Team to Install 2.2-Ton Chandelier VALLEY STREAM, NY–(Marketwire – September 21, 2010) – Expert Lighting Inc. of Valley Stream, NY took on the colossal task of installing three of the nation’s largest and heaviest chandeliers on a 50ft ceiling, in the newly constructed $20 Million Armstrong Auditorium located in Edmond, Oklahoma. The main chandelier of 21,000 Swarovski Crystals weighs over 4500 lbs (2.2 tons), is 12 feet in diameter, 12 feet tall and dominates the room. The crystals made specifically for this chandelier were machine cut and polished to give it a higher index of reflection.

2nd Annual Arizona Halloween Music Festival Benefiting Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA

SOURCE: Phoenix VIP Events, LLC Saturday, October 30th Versus Sports Grill Scottsdale SCOTTSDALE, AZ–(Marketwire – September 20, 2010) – Phoenix VIP Events announces the 2 nd Annual Arizona Halloween Music Festival benefiting the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA with an adoption day, sponsorship and foster care drive and raffle. This free family-friendly (yes, that includes Fido) event will be held Saturday, October 30 th from 10am-4pm at Versus Sports Grill at the corner of 90 th Street and Via Linda in Scottsdale. The festivities will continue with happy hour specials from 4-8pm and an animal-themed costume ball from 8pm-1am. The mission of the non-profit Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA is to end the unnecessary euthanasia of dogs and cats in our community

Foodbuzz Announces Partnership With Buick

SOURCE: Foodbuzz Buick LaCrosse Signs On as Presenting Sponsor for “Project Food Blog,” a First-of-Its-Kind Interactive Culinary Competition; More Than 2,000 Bloggers Kick Off Contest for Chance to Win $10,000 SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwire – September 20, 2010) –   Foodbuzz , the number one online food property and largest online food community, is calling on more than 2,000 bloggers around the world to put their skills to the test in hopes of becoming the hottest new food blogger. Sponsored by Buick LaCrosse , “Project Food Blog,” which kicks off the first round of voting today, is a first-of-its-kind interactive culinary competition to discover new food blog talent.  “We are thrilled to partner with Buick LaCrosse on this unique competition, which is designed to highlight the incredible talent of our thousands of food blog partners,” said Ben Dehan, CEO of Foodbuzz. “Foodbuzz Featured Publishers are engaged and passionate consumers and this partnership demonstrates that our community is as attractive to lifestyle brands as it is to brands in the food and consumer packaged goods space.”  “Buick has a lot to offer to people who are interested in food and the culinary lifestyle,” said Janet Keller, Buick’s digital and social media manager. “This is a great way for us to connect the Buick LaCrosse to an important group of new consumers.” The Buick LaCrosse program represents one of the most highly integrated and unique marketing packages produced by Foodbuzz to date. For example, Foodbuzz created a number of ways for Buick LaCrosse to have a presence during this promotion: a branded Project Food Blog environment on Foodbuzz.com pre-roll and brand integration in original web content about the contest social media support via Twitter and Facebook an offline sponsorship presence at the Second Annual Foodbuzz Blogger Festival (#fbzfest) in San Francisco, November 5-7, 2010  “A Buick partnership with ‘Project Food Blog’ is another example of a brand seeking lifestyle opportunities in the food category,” said Natalie Jones, Vice President of Sales for Foodbuzz. “Foodbuzz delivers rich display and social engagement programs while also being uniquely positioned to deliver and report the strong ROI benefits of such a program.”  Over the next 12 weeks, Project Food Blog Contestants will compete in a series of challenges highlighting various culinary and blogging skills such as writing, cooking and food photography for the chance to advance and a shot at the ultimate prize: $10,000 and a feature on Foodbuzz.com for one year.

Foodbuzz Announces Partnership With Buick

SOURCE: Foodbuzz Buick LaCrosse Signs On as Presenting Sponsor for “Project Food Blog,” a First-of-Its-Kind Interactive Culinary Competition; More Than 2,000 Bloggers Kick Off Contest for Chance to Win $10,000 SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwire – September 20, 2010) –   Foodbuzz , the number one online food property and largest online food community, is calling on more than 2,000 bloggers around the world to put their skills to the test in hopes of becoming the hottest new food blogger. Sponsored by Buick LaCrosse , “Project Food Blog,” which kicks off the first round of voting today, is a first-of-its-kind interactive culinary competition to discover new food blog talent.  “We are thrilled to partner with Buick LaCrosse on this unique competition, which is designed to highlight the incredible talent of our thousands of food blog partners,” said Ben Dehan, CEO of Foodbuzz. “Foodbuzz Featured Publishers are engaged and passionate consumers and this partnership demonstrates that our community is as attractive to lifestyle brands as it is to brands in the food and consumer packaged goods space.”  “Buick has a lot to offer to people who are interested in food and the culinary lifestyle,” said Janet Keller, Buick’s digital and social media manager. “This is a great way for us to connect the Buick LaCrosse to an important group of new consumers.” The Buick LaCrosse program represents one of the most highly integrated and unique marketing packages produced by Foodbuzz to date.

DealPop Launches Social Cause Deals to Help Non-Profits Generate Both Awareness and Funds

SOURCE: WhitePages DealPop to Sponsor at Least One Charitable Deal per Month to Help Non-Profits Benefit From the Daily Deal Phenomenon With 100 Percent of Proceeds Going to the Charity SEATTLE, WA–(Marketwire – September 20, 2010) – In today’s tough economic environment , many charities have suffered significantly so DealPop ( http://www.dealpop.com ) announced today that it will sponsor at least one charitable cause per month as a featured daily deal. DealPop, a subsidiary of WhitePages ( http://www.whitepages.com ), currently features deals that offer fantastic savings of up to 70 percent off at the best places to eat, drink, and have fun in Seattle and Los Angeles.

ObesitySolvers.com Supports First Lady Michelle Obama’s Request to Restaurants to Offer Kids’ Meal Options

SOURCE: ObesitySolvers SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwire – September 17, 2010) –  ObesitySolvers.com supports first lady Michelle Obama’s request to restaurants to provide kids’ meal options. According to an article from http://washingtonscene.thehill.com/ , first lady Michelle Obama urged restaurant owners to re-think their menus in a speech to the National Restaurant Association in Washington D.C. Sept.

Use ‘Last Chance’ Savings for Successful Events, Business Meetings in Charlotte

SOURCE: Marriott Charlotte Convention Center Hotels Offer Opportunities for Year-End Events CHARLOTTE, NC–(Marketwire – September 17, 2010) – One of the premier Charlotte Convention Center hotels is offering a perfect location for successful business or social events and with ‘Last Chance Meeting’ offers at the Charlotte Marriott City Center. Savvy business professionals and event planners can take advantage of year-end savings by booking and hosting an event now through Dec.

Panda Express Sweet, Smoky, Spicy Kobari(TM) Beef Packs Bold Asian Flavors

SOURCE: Panda Express Celebrate Free Kobari TM Beef Day on September 29 ROSEMEAD, CA–(Marketwire – September 16, 2010) – Panda Express is proud to announce that its newest culinary creation, Kobari™ Beef, will hit stores nationwide on September 22. Kobari™ Beef begins with slices of tender marinated beef tossed with wok-seared mushrooms, freshly cut leeks, crunchy onions, and crispy red bell peppers. The finishing touch is Panda’s new secret Kobari™ sauce. Guests seeking a culinary adventure will be delighted by Kobari™ Beef’s Bold Asian Flavors

Former Raving Brands Executive and Six Senses Hospitality Management Group Bring New Concepts to GA

SOURCE: Six Senses Hospitality Management Group ATLANTA, GA–(Marketwire – September 16, 2010) –   Six Senses Hospitality Management Group, LLC (6SHMG ), an Atlanta based foodservice consulting and development company, is bringing Gandolfo’s New York Delicatessen and Petro’s Chili & Chips to Metro-Atlanta.  6SHMG partners, Michael Gainsley, Seth Salzman and Ron Wolf announced the development deal with Gandolfo’s and Petro’s CEO, Dan Pool. Gandolfo’s offers a classic deli style menu with items ranging from the freshest sandwiches to soups, salads and desserts.

Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Fire Away Marina del Rey!

SOURCE: Marina del Rey Convention and Visitors Bureau Marina del Rey Convention and Visitors Bureau Launches Its First-Ever Digital Photo Hunt, ‘Hit Me With Your Best Shot’ for Families, Foodies and Couples to Discover Marina del Rey and Win Big In the Seaside City MARINA DEL REY, CA–(Marketwire – September 15, 2010) –  An elevator that takes captive its passengers and transports them back in time; a gazebo that has held leading roles in A-list movies; and, a tavern with 1,200 beer pulls tacked to the ceiling — these and more hidden treasures of Marina del Rey await an adventurer willing to travel to the ends of the Marina to photograph its rare findings. Today, the Marina del Rey Convention & Visitors Bureau announces the launch of Hit Me With Your Best Shot , its first digital photo hunt. The Visitors Bureau’s digital photo hunt will ask locals and visitors to take the best “shot” of themselves in front of or next to iconic, unique and quirky items in the popular seaport community

Snack Foods Strengthen Restaurant Spending

SOURCE: Packaged Facts NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwire – September 14, 2010) –  Snack foods are becoming an integral part of strategies to strengthen consumer spending at restaurants, which increasingly rely on snacks to entice customers to purchase additional foods and beverages, according to Snack and Dessert Trends in the U.S. Foodservice Market by research publisher Packaged Facts

SCVNGR Launches Rewards in Philadelphia

SOURCE: SCVNGR Mobile Application Helps Local Businesses Drive Traffic, Activate Buzz, Increase Sales CAMBRIDGE, MA–(Marketwire – September 14, 2010) –  Philadelphia, the city that loves you back, just so happens to be a city we have a major crush on. So starting today, we’re making Philly the second city to roll out rewards to local businesses.

Applebee’s(R) Launches Digital Gift Cards in the Virtual Neighborhood

SOURCE: Applebee’s Give Instantly, Get Instantly, Anytime With Applebee’s New Digital Gift Cards, Now Available on Applebees.com and Applebee’s Facebook Fan Page LENEXA, KS–(Marketwire – September 14, 2010) –  The virtual neighborhood just got bigger, as Applebee’s launches Digital Gift Cards, allowing people to buy and send electronic gift cards online via Applebees.com and Applebee’s Facebook Fan Page . Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, the world’s largest casual dining restaurant chain, is the first in its industry to make digital gift cards available on Facebook as well as its own Web site

The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas Launch New Social Rewards Program

SOURCE: The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas Loyal Social Media Users Turn Tweets Into Rewards LAS VEGAS, NV–(Marketwire – September 13, 2010) –   The Venetian ® Resort-Hotel-Casino and The Palazzo ® Las Vegas Resort have launched The Venetian | The Palazzo Social Rewards, a social media loyalty program that awards followers of The Venetian and The Palazzo for engaging in social media activity on Twitter. “Social media has evolved into one of the strongest forms of online advertising as well as one of the most important ways The Venetian and The Palazzo connect with their guests,” said Lori Kobashigawa, director of Internet marketing for Las Vegas Sands Corp. “It was only a matter of time before someone developed a way to say ‘thank you’ to those social media users who are dedicated to our brand

ObesitySolvers.com Responds to Federal Trade Commission’s 48 Subpoenas Issued to Companies Marketing Food to Children & Adolescents

SOURCE: ObesitySolvers KANSAS CITY, MO–(Marketwire – September 10, 2010) –  ObesitySolvers.com responded to the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) 48 subpoenas issued to companies marketing food to children and adolescents. Read More: http://obesitysolvers.com/ Bob Cutler, CEO of Creative Consumer Concepts (C3), said that the federal government should not be able to limit the rights of advertisers, consumers or anyone who wants to choose what they want to eat. “The U.S. government is marching again to restrict our rights. These subpoenas are a sure way for the government to restrict advertisers. The result of this effort will undoubtedly be government intervention and potential regulation,” he said.  Cutler added that Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) tried to introduce legislation this year to limit tax deductions for companies marketing to children. “Now, the U.S

Turks and Caicos Annual Conch Festival to Be Held November 26-28, 2010

SOURCE: Turks and Caicos Reservations PROVIDENCIALES, TURKS and CAICOS ISLANDS–(Marketwire – September 9, 2010) – The Eighth Annual Turks & Caicos Conch Festival will be held from November 26-28, 2010, on the tropical island of Providenciales, Turks and Caicos — home to the ” World’s Best Beach .” This year, the culturally-rich festivities extend throughout the weekend with a pre-party on Friday evening, the Conch Festival on Saturday afternoon and a 5/10K road race on Sunday morning. “We’re excited about how popular the Conch Festival has become with both residents and visitors. The event showcases our great chefs and celebrates the unique aspects of the Turks and Caicos. It’s an ideal way for both residents and visitors to get a sense of our history, culture and diverse tourism offering,” said Dick Bain, President of the Blue Hills Conch Festival Association. The highlight of the Conch Festival is a ‘conch-etition’ which pits the island’s best restaurants and chefs against each other in a tasting competition judged by a panel local and celebrity chefs. An added twist this year is that a member of the public will also serve as a judge, through a contest hosted by Turks and Caicos Reservations — a centralized Turks and Caicos tourism service ( see related news release ).  Kicking off the Conch Festival weekend will be a night of music, wine and conch-themed culinary creations on Friday at the luxurious beachfront Somerset Resort on Grace Bay. The evening will feature local jazz musicians and a gourmet dinner presented by Lauren Callighen of The Somerset’s O’Soleil restaurant.  On Saturday, November 27, the family-friendly Conch Festival will start at noon in Blue Hills. An entry fee of $25 enables a sampling of all the dishes and a vote for Best in Show . Along with conch tasting there will be a host of conch-related and kids activities, a Mojito-making contest, local entertainment and the annual Pot of Gold drawing where The Rotary Club of Providenciales gives away $10,000 to one lucky raffle ticket purchaser. A cameo appearance by Santa Claus is also highly likely

Del Taco Enhances American Breakfast Menu With Three New Delicious Biscuit Sandwiches, Starting at 99 Cents

SOURCE: Del Taco Free Biscuit Sandwich Coupon on Facebook LAKE FOREST, CA–(Marketwire – September 9, 2010) –  Del Taco fans have long appreciated having a choice between the Mexican- and American-style favorites available on its menu, and now there are more American-style choices on the breakfast menu with three new Biscuit Breakfast Sandwiches. “Our latest breakfast offering rounds out the hamburgers, fries and shakes and brings an American flavor to our morning options with premium taste at a great price,” said John Cappasola, Vice President of Marketing at Del Taco. “These Biscuit Sandwiches join an already popular menu of Mexican-style favorites, including our wide selection of breakfast burritos, tacos and quesadillas.” At 99 cents, the Sausage Biscuit Sandwich features savory sausage in a buttermilk biscuit

Cono Italiano’s Pizza Cone Craze Hits Monmouth University

SOURCE: Cono Italiano, Inc. RED BANK, NJ–(Marketwire – September 7, 2010) –  Cono Italiano, Inc. ( OTCBB : CNOZ ), the exclusive license holder for the North American Distribution and Manufacturing rights of “pizza cono,” a one-of-a-kind, cone shaped pizza made of proprietary dough, recently introduced the pizza cone craze to the students at Monmouth University.

FreeToChooseOurMeals.com Mails San Francisco Restaurants Promotional Table Tents to Stop the Happy Meal Toy Ban

SOURCE: Free To Choose Our Meals SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwire – September 2, 2010) –  FreeToChooseOurMeals.com, funded by Bob Cutler, CEO of Creative Consumer Concepts (C3), recently mailed more than one-hundred table tents to San Francisco restaurants to stop the Happy Meal Toy Ban. The proposed bill is sponsored by Eric Mar and David Campos, members of the Board of Supervisors for the City and County of San Francisco, and David Chiu, president of the Board of Supervisors for the City and County of San Francisco.

North Carolina Hardee’s and Tar Heels Celebrate Football Wins on ‘Tar Heel Tender Tuesdays’

SOURCE: Hardee’s CHAPEL HILL, NC–(Marketwire – September 2, 2010) –  North Carolina Hardee’s ® restaurants want to celebrate every victory with University of North Carolina Tar Heels’ fans during the 2010 football season by offering something special on Tuesdays. Every Tuesday this season following a Tar Heel football win, Hardee’s restaurants across North Carolina will offer a 3-piece Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders™ combo meal for a significantly reduced price of $3.99.

Eating Out Increases the Risk of Stomach Illness — New Daily Detox Remedy May Lower Risk

SOURCE: Zion Health Zion Health (www.zionhealth.net) Has Announced Today the Release of a Revolutionary Daily Detox Tablet Called Kanwa Minerals That Helps Neutralize Contaminants From Unhealthy Foods; Kanwa, Commonly Sold in Powder Form, Is Now Available in Tablets for More Convenient and Speedy Use for People on the Go SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwire – September 1, 2010) –  Zion Health has released a revolutionary detox tablet that can be consumed daily to neutralize contaminants from unhealthy foods. Stomach illnesses caused by food are on the rise in the United States, in part because Americans like to eat at restaurants.

National Food Safety Education Month Kicks Off With Training Tools and Posters

SOURCE: National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Free Food Safety Training Tools for Restaurants and Foodservice Operators CHICAGO, IL–(Marketwire – September 1, 2010) –  The National Restaurant Association encourages restaurant and foodservice operators to celebrate its 16th annual National Food Safety Education Month. This month-long campaign is held every September and focuses on the importance of food safety education for the restaurant and foodservice industry, while raising awareness of the industry’s commitment to food safety. The theme of this year’s National Food Safety Education Month is “High-Risk Customers: Serve Your Fare with Extra Care.” The program offers five weeks of free training materials, available for download at http://www.servsafe.com/nfsem . The weekly training activities and posters can be used to supplement existing in-unit food safety training. All materials reinforce the theme, “High-Risk Customers: Serve Your Fare with Extra Care,” and focus on the special needs of children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with weak immune systems. The curriculum for National Food Safety Education Month is broken down into five weekly themes, with each theme stressing a different aspect of food safety and high-risk customers. These themes cover topics such as recognizing high-risk customers, children and food safety risk, foods to avoid, minimum internal cooking temperatures, and food safety risk factors. All NFSEM materials are based on the National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe food safety training and certification program. The materials communicate food safety concepts efficiently and all the activities can be completed in less than 10 minutes.

Dunkin’ Donuts Announces Ten New Restaurants in South Florida

SOURCE: Dunkin’ Donuts Existing Franchisee David McNulty to Open Three Restaurants in 2011 and Remainder by 2014 CANTON, MA–(Marketwire – September 1, 2010) –  Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s favorite every day, all-day stop for coffee and baked goods, announced today the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with existing franchisee, David McNulty, for ten new restaurants in Monroe and Miami-Dade Counties. Three restaurants will open in 2011 and the remainder by 2014. Dunkin’ Donuts’ development throughout South Florida is part of a steady and strategic growth strategy, which includes expanding in existing markets while entering new cities across the country to help drive the leading coffee and bakery chain’s growth. McNulty has been a Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee since 1998 and has built a successful network of 18 restaurants in Fort Myers, FL. He will oversee the construction and development process of these new units in South Florida.  “I am excited to expand Dunkin’ Donuts’ presence throughout South Florida and play an important role in the daily lives of people who live, work and visit here,” said McNulty. “I have a strong passion and loyalty for the brand and look forward to the opening of my additional restaurants in the years to come.” In addition to the development agreement mentioned above, Dunkin’ Donuts is seeking new and existing franchisees to develop restaurants in Milwaukee, Charlotte, Atlanta, Tampa, Washington, DC, and Detroit.

Find Impressive Deals for the Whole Family at Hotels Near Philadelphia Airport

SOURCE: Marriott Make a Big “Splash” With the Entire Family for Weekend Philadelphia Fun PHILADELPHIA, PA–(Marketwire – August 31, 2010) –  It’s easy and affordable to plan a family weekend getaway that will make a big “splash” with the entire family with a Philadelphia Airport hotel deal that includes tickets to Adventure Aquarium and/or Ride the Ducks Land/Water Tour. Philadelphia Airport hotel packages like the “Family Fun with Fish and Ducks in Philadelphia Package” offered by the Renaissance Philadelphia Airport Hotel make travel planning for a great family adventure quick and easy. Travelers utilizing this weekend vacation package at one of the premier luxury hotels in Philadelphia can pick and choose between the Adventure Aquarium and Ride the Ducks or combine them for extended fun now through Sept.

Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort Extends Summer With Savings Over 70%

SOURCE: Marriott Endless Summer Package Features UNLIMITED Recreation Including Golf, Tennis, Sailing; Daily Breakfast; Tiki Tribe for Kids & Spa Access for Adults; $199/Night MARCO ISLAND, FL–(Marketwire – August 31, 2010) – Traditionally, Labor Day marks the end of summer but not at Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort. The premier south Florida golf resort is extending the season and offering travelers over 70% savings with the Endless Summer package. Those who weren’t able to visit the southwest property for some fun in the sun have the opportunity to take advantage of the beautiful weather and stay within their budget. Now through October 2, rates start as low as $199 per room, per night and package components include: * Deluxe accommodations in tropical-view guestroom Daily breakfast for two in Tropiks restaurant UNLIMITED recreation including golf (two players daily), tennis, non-motorized water sports (kayaks, sailboats, paddle boats, water hammocks based on availability) ($250 value) One beach umbrella with beach chairs daily Daily admission to the Tiki Tribe for two children ($140 value) Access to Spa at Marco Island facilities for two adults (fitness studio, exercise classes, steam rooms, sauna and indoor plunge pools) ($60 value) With Gulf water temperature averaging 86 degrees in August and September, travelers can keep their summer dreams alive on Marco Island’s white sand beaches. After a day of fun in the sun, guests can unwind at Quinn’s on the Beach with breathtaking beach views and spectacular sunsets. Those looking for fine dining will enjoy the acclaimed pan-Asian seafood restaurant Kurrents or casual sushi and cocktails at the Korals lounge, part of a recent $2.5 million renovation that provides perfect views to watch the signature Marco Island sunsets. For current photos and videos of the Marco Island beaches, please visit the resort on Facebook or check the beach updates page on the resort website

Oklahomans Near and Far Book Oklahoma City Hotels for Their Trip to the State Fair

SOURCE: Marriott State Fair Creates Opportunity for Family Vacation Fun OKLAHOMA CITY, OK–(Marketwire – August 31, 2010) –  It’s a “Great State of a Fair” that is drawing people from all over the Midwest for a fun-filled 10 days of Oklahoma State Fair excitement and hotels in Oklahoma City are rolling out the red carpet for fairgoers as they plan their trips to Oklahoma City’s State Fair Park where the entertainment is unending. The Oklahoma State Fair is a great reason to create a family vacation event with plenty of fair fun and additional attractions in Oklahoma City to satisfy everyone in the family.

JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa Offers a Scenic Wedding Experience Executed With Classic Hospitality

SOURCE: Marriott Luxury Resort in Palm Springs Offers State-of-the-Art Wedding Venues; Expert Wedding Planners; Creative Menu Packages; and Above All, the Best in Service PALM DESERT, CA–(Marketwire – August 31, 2010) –  JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa delights in creating spectacular, romantic weddings where every detail is handled with care. The resort’s Palm Desert wedding venues , experienced culinary team, award-winning spa, and personalized attention make planning the big day a breeze. Situated on 450 acres of lushly landscaped grounds and lagoons, Desert Springs resort is a sprawling oasis offering a remarkable contrast to the stark beauty of the desert

Orlando World Center Marriott Resort & Convention Center Offers Planners a Break

SOURCE: Marriott Quick Booking Offers Savings for Events Through 2013 ORLANDO, FL–(Marketwire – August 31, 2010) –  Orlando is a hot spot for travel and with hot value packed Value Date Rates, the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort & Convention Center is truly a “hot” spot for smart executives seeking a world-class location for business or social events. With special group booking rates for events booked on Value Dates through 2013, savvy event planners who book upcoming events by Dec. 30, 2010 will receive hot savings and cool rewards.

"HELL’S KITCHEN" Season Eight Winner to Receive a Head Chef Position at Downtown LA Restaurant LA Market

SOURCE: Marriott Contestants on New Season of FOX’s Culinary Competition Series Vie to Lead JW Marriott Restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles LOS ANGELES, CA–(Marketwire – August 31, 2010) –  The energy and excitement of downtown Los Angeles at the JW Marriott Hotel Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE set the stage for the eighth installment of HELL’S KITCHEN, offering a head chef position at the hotel’s signature restaurant, LA Market, as the grand prize for this season’s winner. With its modern yet familiar concept, LA Market by Chef Kerry Simon features a sampling of the inspired global cuisine that sets the downtown LA restaurant apart as a culinary destination.  Sixteen culinary contenders will brave the heat and the sharp tongue of superstar chef Gordon Ramsay as they compete to win this life-changing prize. The new aspiring restaurateurs step up to the plate on the season premiere of HELL’S KITCHEN airing Wednesday, Sept. 22 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Restaurants and Vail Luxury Hotels Participate in Tantalizing Event

SOURCE: Marriott Vail Restaurant Month Offers Exciting Line-Up of Fun Activities VAIL, CO–(Marketwire – August 31, 2010) – Connoisseurs of food, refreshment and fun will find tantalizing tastes and experiences during Vail Restaurant Month, where star chefs, wine and beer tastings, food demonstrations, fashion shows, receptions, outdoor adventures and family fun come together this fall in Vail, CO. Fine restaurants and luxury hotels in Vail will be among the many sponsors and locations for special events held Sept.

Relax With Indulgent Scottsdale Resort Packages at Award Winning Spa Facility

SOURCE: Marriott Resort Spa Packages Offer Opportunity for Stress-Relief, Relaxation SCOTTSDALE, AZ–(Marketwire – August 31, 2010) –  Enjoy the best of Arizona’s desert southwest with Scottsdale resort packages that include exquisite accommodations and indulging spa packages for a vacation or weekend getaway that is truly rejuvenating. At the Camelback Inn Scottsdale Resort & Spa, guests are invited to take advantage of fabulous spa packages that include therapies inspired by the techniques and nature-based ingredients of indigenous Native American cultures. As guests at this remarkable resort and spa, Scottsdale travelers can indulge their senses with panoramic views of the crimson-hued Camelback and Mummy Mountains against the dancing sands of the Sonoran Desert while relaxing to any one of the many services or therapies offered at the finest of full-service destination spa resorts in Scottsdale

Detroit Conference Hotel in Auburn Hills Receives Spotlight for Event Satisfaction

SOURCE: Marriott Marriott Ranks Among Top Five for Auburn Hills Event Planning PONTIAC, MI–(Marketwire – August 31, 2010) –  First-class events come naturally to the staff of the Auburn Hills Marriott Pontiac at Centerpoint Hotel where customer satisfaction reigns and attention to detail is a priority. Recognized as one of the top five Marriott hotels, based on Global Event Satisfaction Surveys as of July 15, 2010, this Detroit conference hotel in Auburn Hills sets the standard for hosting successful business and social events. With first-class accommodations and dedicated service offered by the Marriott and its staff, Auburn Hills event planning is easy and effective whether planning an extensive business conference, corporate meeting or elegant social affair

Chicago Selected to Host 2011 McDonald’s All American(R) High School Basketball Games

SOURCE: McDonald’s Mcdonald’s ® Brings Annual Ronald McDonald House Charities ® Fundraiser Back to Windy City for First Time Since 1982 OAK BROOK, IL–(Marketwire – August 31, 2010) – McDonald’s® announced today that Chicago will play host to the 2011 McDonald’s All American High School Basketball Games, tipping off March 30, 2011 at the famed United Center. The Girls Game will broadcast live on ESPNU and the Boys Game will broadcast live on ESPN

After 25 Years, Famous IHOP Dish Still Embarrassing to Say, but More Delicious to Eat

SOURCE: IHOP IHOP Celebrates 25 “Rooty” Years With Its “Super” Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘N Fruity ® Promotion GLENDALE, CA–(Marketwire – August 30, 2010) –  Twenty-five years ago, IHOP’s Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘N Fruity debuted in a star-studded premiere, complete with Groucho Marx-style funny glasses. Along with other unforgettable pop culture classics from the year — such as Back to the Future, Golden Girls, Sesame Street’s  Elmo and the hit song We Are the World — this child of the ’80s has only improved with age. Since it first arrived on IHOP menus, the iconic breakfast item has been center plate for millions of memorable occasions and life’s everyday victories. In celebration of Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘N Fruity’s 25 th anniversary, IHOP introduces the “Super” Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘N Fruity limited time offer. Available now through October 3 at participating locations, guests can enjoy two of IHOP’s fluffy, world-famous Buttermilk pancakes topped with their choice of cool strawberry, warm blueberry or cinnamon-apple compote and creamy whipped topping. Served with a “super” combo of golden hash browns and eggs, the promotion starts at $4.99; for just a little more add crisp bacon, pork sausage links or hearty ham. “Twenty-five years ago, the Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘N Fruity appeared with an unforgettable television advertisement featuring guests wearing disguises as they ordered the funny-named dish,” said Carolyn O’Keefe, IHOP’s senior vice president, marketing. “Now a part of the American Lexicon, the Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘N Fruity continues to twist and tempt the tongues of guests, old and young alike, who crave a taste of fun that is uniquely IHOP.” The “Super” Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘N Fruity fun continues online where guests can visit www.ihop.com to “Mask Your Mug” by digitally placing a pair of the memorable funny nose and glasses on any existing photo and upload to their Facebook profile. To add to the fun, users can create their very own “Rooty Tooty Alias” and receive a Rooty-inspired nickname to share with their friends.  For more information or to find an IHOP restaurant near you, please visit www.ihop.com . Follow IHOP on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ihop

Courtyard Hotel in Stockton, CA Teams Up With Nickelodeon for Summer Fun

SOURCE: Marriott Kids Spend Time With Nickelodeon Friends With Special Package Deal STOCKTON, CA–(Marketwire – August 27, 2010) –  Kids will feel right at home when they find familiar friends at the Courtyard Stockton where a special Nickelodeon package provides kids with fun things to do while staying at this exceptional hotel near Lodi, California . Keeping the kids occupied and happy will mean more quality time for family fun while experiencing the beautiful San Joaquin Valley. Savvy parents who take advantage of the “Nickelodeon Your Stay”* hotel package at the Courtyard will not only enjoy comfortable accommodations and amenities, but will provide their kids with fun activities with familiar cartoon friends.

Edmonton Marriott at River Cree Resort Takes Environment to Heart With Green Initiatives

SOURCE: Marriott EDMONTON, CANADA–(Marketwire – August 27, 2010) –  The Edmonton Marriott at River Cree Resort has taken a number of important measures to reduce the resort’s environmental impact. This West Edmonton hotel has environmental awareness programs and committees in place that involve management, employees, guests and the public. The hotel has received a 3 Green Key rating through the Hotel Association of Canada’s (HAC) Green Key Eco-Rating Program.

Revive Your Relationship With a Romantic Getaway to a Cielo Vista Hotel

SOURCE: Marriott Celebrate Each Other With a Relaxing Weekend Package EL PASO, TX–(Marketwire – August 27, 2010) –  Couples are invited to spend some quality time and reconnect with each other with a special hotel package designed to create the perfect honeymoon or romantic getaway. Whether celebrating as newlyweds, commemorating an anniversary or special occasion or just escaping a hectic lifestyle, the El Paso Marriott offers the finest of accommodations and special amenities for a perfect romantic weekend

Kids Cheer as Nickelodeon Comes to Residence Inn Stockton

SOURCE: Marriott Family-Friendly Package Offers Added Fun for Traveling Families STOCKTON, CA–(Marketwire – August 27, 2010) –  Family travel can be a welcome experience for everyone when Stockton, CA hotels offer family-friendly packages like the “Nickelodeon Your Stay” at the Residence Inn where all-suite accommodations and family oriented amenities make family travel fun and affordable. Kids staying at the Residence Inn Stockton will feel right at home when they encounter some of their favorite cartoon characters during a weekend stay at these spacious Stockton hotel suites .

San Antonio Alamodome Hotel Revs Up for the Annual Texas Football Classic

SOURCE: Marriott Travelers Are Expected to Converge on San Antonio to See the Best High School Football Teams Compete SAN ANTONIO, TX–(Marketwire – August 27, 2010) –  Every year, sports fans flock to San Antonio to watch the Texas Football Classic. Hotel rooms are in high demand during this time, so they can be difficult to find. The Residence Inn San Antonio Downtown Market Square has announced it still has rooms available. The staff of this hotel in downtown San Antonio near the Alamo encourages people to make their reservations quickly, as space is filling up

Hotel in Auburn Hills Prepares for Raleigh Michigan Film Studio Construction

SOURCE: Marriott Centerpoint Business Campus Hotel Recommended by Studios PONTIAC, MI–(Marketwire – August 27, 2010) –  While one of Pontiac’s largest manufacturing facilities is undergoing a transformation into an extensive film and teaching studio complex, the Auburn Hills Marriott is working diligently to stay abreast of the area’s lodging and event needs by providing first-class hotel accommodations. Located within the Centerpoint Business Campus, the Marriott hotel in Auburn Hills, MI joins in the excitement this transformation brings to Pontiac and is prepared to meet the needs of those working to bring the Raleigh Michigan Studios to life and will continue to be a strong supporter of this new and exciting venture as it steps forward to make a major economic impact for this area

Irving Texas Hotels Prepare for Super Bowl Destination Dallas

SOURCE: Marriott Luxury Super Bowl Accommodations Available for Savvy Football Fans IRVING, TX–(Marketwire – August 27, 2010) –  Destination: Dallas. Event: Super Bowl XLV. Football fans are scrambling to be part of the exciting Super Bowl XLV scheduled for Feb. 6, 2011 in Cowboys Stadium at Arlington, TX and the Dallas Marriott Las Colinas is preparing for this huge 45 th season finale, welcoming football fans to secure their reservations for accommodations that will put them in the perfect position for a fun-filled football weekend.  A distinctive choice for lodging among Irving, TX hotels near DFW , the Dallas Marriott Las Colinas welcomes enthusiastic football fans who are gearing up for this exciting event to make reservations early and then enjoy the football season knowing everything is in order when Super Bowl time arrives.

Chicago Hotel Near the Field Museum Wants to Treat You to Free Valet Parking

SOURCE: Marriott Limited Time Package Helps Vacationers Save Money CHICAGO, IL–(Marketwire – August 27, 2010) –  When people travel to Chicago, they want to have some extra money to spend on the city’s attractions. Travelers can now have their wish come true when they take advantage of a deal at one of the Chicago hotels near downtown .  For a limited time, the Courtyard Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile is offering free valet parking for guests that book a special package. Guests can book this hotel package by the Chicago Magnificent Mile until September 30, 2010. Rates are from $149-$319. Those who book the deal online must make sure promotional code TRS appears in the Corporate/Promotional Code box.

Orlando Marriott Gives Travelers Easy Access to SeaWorld

SOURCE: Marriott Popular Park Packages Offer Affordable Family Vacation Fun ORLANDO, FL–(Marketwire – August 27, 2010) –  There’s still plenty of time to create an extraordinary family vacation at the Orlando Marriott World Center that will intrigue the senses with fabulous and affordable resort packages in Orlando . Whether dining with Shamu or taking an adventurous deep dive with the sharks, Orlando vacation packages that include SeaWorld™ and Aquatica™ “Length of Stay” park tickets for up to 14 consecutive days are a great way to spend some quality family time.  SeaWorld Orlando Kids Play & Stay Free Package At the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort & Convention Center, the amazing SeaWorld Orlando Kids Play & Stay Free Package offers guests deluxe accommodations at one of the finest luxury resorts Orlando has to offer, along with tickets to SeaWorld, a SeaWorld Welcome gift and a SeaWorld Guest Value Card with special park offers including a free upgrade to preferred parking, 50% off child’s dinner at Dine with Shamu, $10 off Sharks Deep Dive ® and $10 off Makahiki Luau ® . Aquatica & SeaWorld Package With the Orlando Marriott resort’s Aquatica & SeaWorld Package guests will receive “Length of Stay” tickets to both Aquatica and SeaWorld, a free plush toy for each child and a SeaWorld Guest Value Card in addition to deluxe accommodations

Albany Airport Hotel Welcomes Saratoga Race Track Guests

SOURCE: Marriott Summer Racing Fun a Great Choice for a Fun Albany Getaway ALBANY, NY–(Marketwire – August 27, 2010) –  Whether traveling to New York to celebrate the great “Mid-Summer Derby” at Saratoga Race Track or a fun-filled Labor Day at the track, horse race enthusiasts will find welcoming accommodations at many fine Albany International Airport hotels , and easy access to Saratoga Springs and other New York attractions.

Hotels Near Hershey Park Offer ‘Sweet’ Family Fun This Fall

SOURCE: Marriott Theme Park Package Adds Up to Affordable Vacation Excitement HARRISBURG, PA–(Marketwire – August 27, 2010) –  There’s still plenty of opportunity for “sweet” family fun in Hershey, PA, where Hershey Park area hotels offer special discounts that make family vacations fun and affordable. Families seeking a getaway for fun and adventure will find it at the popular Hershey Park where the rides range from “mild to wild” and the park’s Boardwalk, located inside the park, offers cool relaxation with fantastic water rides and activities

FreeToChooseOurMeals.com Reviews San Francisco’s Unpopular Happy Meal Toy Ban Legislation to Be Heard by the City Operations & Neighborhood…

SOURCE: Free To Choose Our Meals SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwire – August 26, 2010) –  According to the California Restaurant Association Office, San Francisco’s Happy Meal Toy Ban was assigned to the City Operations and Neighborhood Services Committee, chaired by Supervisor Carmen Chu. The legislation has not been scheduled yet for a vote, however, the earliest the bill can be heard in committee is September 13, 2010.

Multi-Location Venezia’s Pizzeria Names Zion & Zion as Social Media Agency

SOURCE: Zion & Zion Venezia’s Pizzeria Completes Evaluation Process; Selects Top-Five Ranked Zion & Zion as Social Media Agency TEMPE, AZ–(Marketwire – August 26, 2010) –  Since 1978, Venezia’s Pizzeria has operated multiple locations in both New Mexico and Arizona — now with a total of seven locations. Recognizing the high level of involvement that customers have with the Venezia’s brand, Domenick Montanile, owner of the four Arizona locations of Venezia’s decided to begin the selection process to hire a firm to develop social media around the Venezia’s brand. “The search ended after we concluded an evaluation period with Zion & Zion.

Applebee’s(R) New Stuffed Pasta Items Are Stuffed With Flavor — and Value

SOURCE: DineEquity, Inc. New Florentine Ravioli With Chicken and Provolone-Stuffed Meatballs With Fettuccini Added to Popular 2 for $20 Everyday Menu LENEXA, KS–(Marketwire – August 26, 2010) –  The best deal in the neighborhood keeps getting better as Applebee’s adds two new choices to its 2 for $20 menu. Applebee’s guests can now enjoy the rich flavors of Florentine Ravioli with Chicken and Provolone-Stuffed Meatballs with Fettuccini on its 2 for $20 every day value menu.  Before it was in vogue, Applebee’s 2 for $20 menu led the industry in giving guests a shared dining experience by offering a generously sized appetizer and two classic meals — all for only $20.

Two Adoptions Away From Number 2010

SOURCE: Highland Village Pet Adoption Center Highland Village Adoption Center Helps Houston’s Homeless Pets Find Homes of Their Own HOUSTON, TX–(Marketwire – August 26, 2010) –  Highland Village Adoption Center (HVAC) is only two cats or dogs away from its 2,010 adoption. The organization is confident that on either Saturday, August 28 or Sunday, August 29, the magic number — 2010 — will be realized with the adoption of a homeless cat or dog by a qualified individual. The year’s success speaks volumes for the hard work of the organization

Eat It. Make It. Grow It. Oakland’s Eat Real Festival Unleashes Butchers, Pickle Makers and Butter Shakers

SOURCE: Eat Real Festival Three Non-Stop Days of Food Performances, Pickling and Butchery Contests, Hands-on Workshops, Music and Food Films OAKLAND, CA–(Marketwire – August 25, 2010) –  Oakland’s Eat Real Festival at Jack London Square is just two days away. Free to the public, this urban food extravaganza is unlike any other food festival in the world — bringing cutting edge food entertainment to a wide swath of the public on three stages for three straight days. From August 27 through 29, attendees will be treated to non-stop food skills and DIY demos , a “flying knives” butchery contest, beer making, an eclectic array of local musicians, an evening of short and delectable food films, in addition to a huge selection of delicious street eats from over 80 vendors — all priced at $5 or less.

Del Taco’s 39-Cent Taco — A Delicious Reminder of the Good Old Days

SOURCE: Del Taco LAKE FOREST, CA–(Marketwire – August 25, 2010) – Things cost a lot less right around the time the first Del Taco opened its doors in the early ’60s, and the chain’s promotional price of 39 cents for its popular regular taco — for a limited time — is a reminder of those good old days. “We know 39 cents is a tremendous value and has some of our fans wondering what year it is,” said John Cappasola, Vice President of Marketing at Del Taco. “Actually, based on the consumer price index, we’ve calculated that today’s price of 39 cents would be considerably less than the original 19-cent price of our tacos when Del Taco opened in 1964.” Here’s a look at how much other things cost in the good old days: a new house: $17,000; a new car, about $2,000 (and a gallon of gas about 31 cents); a dozen eggs: 57 cents; a gallon of milk: 49 cents; and a first-class stamp: 4 cents. “Today, you can’t even buy a postage stamp for the price of one of our regular tacos,” Cappasola said. “With a price this low, a family of four or a group of friends can enjoy lunch or dinner out at a reasonable price, just like the good old days.” For more than 40 years, Del Taco has been offering menu items that appeal to a broad range of tastes with a strong emphasis on quality and value

Scenic Elevators Re-Open at the Westin Peachtree Plaza

SOURCE: Westin Peachtree Plaza Renovation on Schedule, Atlantans Once Again Enjoy the Sun Dial Views ATLANTA, GA–(Marketwire – August 25, 2010) –   The Westin Peachtree Plaza marked the next milestone of the hotel’s window restoration on Wednesday, August 18, with the grand re-opening of the Scenic Elevators, which carry guests from the hotel’s fifth floor lobby to the city’s original tri-level entertainment complex: The Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar & View . The elevators provide an unrivaled perspective of the city on the 78-second ride from the lobby of the hotel to The Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar & View on the 72 nd floor. The event included an exhibition by Denise Jackson of Emerging Art Scene, and benefitted the Atlanta Food Bank

PRSA-San Francisco to Host "Second Thursdays" Networking Event in Oakland on September 16th

SOURCE: PRSA – SF Event Will Take Place at East Bay Hot Spot, Liege Spirits Lounge, and Admission Is Free SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwire – August 25, 2010) – The San Francisco Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA-SF) is pleased to announce the return of its popular “Second Thursdays” networking program on September 16, 2010 at Oakland’s Liege Spirits Lounge. This month’s event will actually be held on the third Thursday of the month

Sutra Rocks Labor Day 2010 With 5-Day Music Extravaganza in Orange County

SOURCE: Sutra Lounge DJ DC Attempts to Break Guinness World Book Record for Longest DJ Endurance Marathon; Triangle Square to Host Over 50 Performers NEWPORT BEACH, CA–(Marketwire – August 25, 2010) – Sutra of Orange County announces an incredible lineup of performers and entertainment that will rock the crowds anticipated at Sutra5, a five-day music extravaganza to be held at their Orange County location (1870 Harbor Boulevard, Costa Mesa, CA) from September 1 st – 5 th , 2010. Featuring a performance by DJ DC that is expected to break the Guinness World Book Record for The Longest Marathon by a Club DJ at over 121 hours of straight spinning, Sutra5 will transform Triangle Square into a chic mecca of food, luxury cabanas and outdoor performances during the day, with Sutra hosting unprecedented world-class talent at night within the club. The lineup for Sutra5: Sutra opens on Monday August 30 th at 11:59 pm, when DJ DC begins his quest

Raffles eröffnet 2011 ein neues Resort auf den Seychellen

SOURCE: Raffles Hotels and Resorts SINGAPUR–(Marketwire – August 25, 2010) – Mit der für das erste Quartal 2011 geplanten Eröffnung des luxuriösen Resorts Raffles Praslin auf den Seychellen nimmt Raffles Hotels & Resorts Kurs auf den Indischen Ozean. Das Raffles Praslin liegt auf der beschaulichen Insel Praslin, ca. 30 Minuten Fahrzeit durch die wunderschöne Insellandschaft vom Flughafen Praslin entfernt und ganz in der Nähe des Vallée de Mai gelegen, einem der Naturschätze der Seychellen und Weltnaturerbe der UNESCO.

2011 Opening for New Raffles Resort in the Seychelles

SOURCE: Raffles Hotels and Resorts SINGAPORE–(Marketwire – August 25, 2010) –   Raffles Hotels & Resorts sails into the Indian Ocean with its first ultra-luxury resort in the Seychelles, on course for an opening in the first quarter of 2011.  Situated on the tranquil Praslin Island, Raffles Praslin is a scenic 30-minute drive from Praslin Airport and is located close to one of Seychelles’ natural treasures and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vallée de Mai.  The resort features 86 villas with one- and two-villa suite options complemented with the signature round-the-clock Raffles Butler service. Each villa has a private plunge pool and an outdoor sheltered pavilion fully fitted with a resident bar, while the top villas feature an additional barbecue grill. Villas are built on gentle slopes, ensuring stunning views of lush greenery and the shimmering Indian Ocean from each villa. Residents can also look forward to a white sand beach, spanning 500 metres, overlooking Curieuse Island.

Ouverture en 2011 d’un nouveau Raffles Resort aux Seychelles

SOURCE: Raffles Hotels and Resorts SINGAPOUR–(Marketwire – August 25, 2010) – Raffles Hotels & Resorts traverse l’Océan indien pour installer son premier complexe hôtelier ultra luxueux aux Seychelles, dont l’ouverture est prévue au premier trimestre 2011. Après une pittoresque ballade en voiture d’une demi heure depuis l’aéroport, vous accéderez au Raffles Praslin situé sur lîle tranquille de Praslin, à proximité de la Vallée de Mai, l’un des trésors naturels des Seychelles et site classé au patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO. L’hôtel comprend 86 villas avec options pour une et deux suites, complétés des services emblématiques d’un majordome Raffles disponible 24 heures sur 24.

Raleigh Hotel Chef Bottles His Signature Rib Rub and Sauces for Diners to Bring Home the Flavors of Carolina BBQ

SOURCE: Marriott Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley Hotel Offers Three Signature BBQ Products RALEIGH, NC–(Marketwire – August 24, 2010) –  Barbeque can be a contentious topic, with fans devoted to their own regional style. But all the diners and clients who have tasted the BBQ dishes on Chef Salerno’s menu at The Crabtree Grill and at the special events he’s catered at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley hotel agree that his BBQ flavors were so great that he should bottle it! And that’s exactly what Chef Salerno and his culinary team did. The Raleigh hotel’s team created and produced three signature products: Crabtree’s Rib Rub BBQ Spice Blend, Crabtree’s Rib Rub Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce, and Crabtree’s Rib Rub Carolina BBQ Sauce , so diners and guests can now bring home the barbeque flavors they enjoyed so much at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley

Hotel Popular for Remarkable Tampa Wedding Sites Give Newlyweds Two Ways to Relax and Reinvigorate

SOURCE: Marriott Couples Find Quality Time With Special Escape Packages TAMPA, FL–(Marketwire – August 24, 2010) –  Romantic weekend escapes are fun, easy and designed to reinvigorate busy couples at one of the most exciting wedding venues that Tampa, FL has to offer. Special Tampa hotel deals at the Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina offer luxury accommodations and relaxing amenities to help couples celebrate each other while enjoying the romantic atmosphere of this distinctive hotel located along the Channelside Riverwalk and overlooking Tampa Bay.

Enjoy a Family Getaway Nickelodeon Style at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

SOURCE: Marriott PHOENIX, AZ–(Marketwire – August 24, 2010) – Celebrate the rest of summer and stay and play Nickelodeon style with a fun-filled Phoenix resort deals for the whole family at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. Kids and parents can play like Nickelodeon stars at Deer Valley’s only resort to offer the Nickelodeon experience with appearances by SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer providing the ultimate Nickelodeon entertainment.

Fairfield Inn Jacksonville Ramps Up for Jaguars Season Opener

SOURCE: Marriott Football Excitement Gaining Momentum for Upcoming Season JACKSONVILLE, FL–(Marketwire – August 24, 2010) –  The excitement of game day is fast approaching as the Jacksonville Jaguars are on the prowl and set to prove themselves in the season opener against the Denver Broncos set for Sept. 12 at Everbank Field. In much the same fashion, the Fairfield Inn & Suites is gearing up for the season opener offering guests spacious suites and home-like amenities perfect for a Jacksonville weekend getaway and football fun.

Summer in New York

SOURCE: Marriott Plan a Late-Summer Getaway at New York City Hotels Near the Season’s Top Events and Attractions NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwire – August 24, 2010) –  Whether you’re staying at a New York City hotel or are traveling briefly through the city, summer is a great time to get outside and try new things.

Run With Passion to Hotel Suites in Downtown San Antonio

SOURCE: Marriott Travelers Head to Hotel for Some Rock and Roll and Racing SAN ANTONIO, TX–(Marketwire – August 24, 2010) –  The Residence Inn San Antonio Downtown/Market Square is getting into the rock and roll spirit. This downtown San Antonio hotel plans to house many travelers during the Rock ‘n Roll San Antonio Marathon and Half Marathon, which will take place on November 14. Guests can make their reservations now and then make their plans to attend the marathon. Even though the Rock ‘n Roll Marathon is just heading into its third year, it has already made a splash. The marathon attracts runners and spectators from across the United States. Serious and casual runners alike converge on San Antonio to test their endurance on this exciting track. The race features live local bands on every mile of the course. The music turns the race into a party for the runners and the people who are cheering them on from the stands. In addition, this race is a Boston Marathon qualifier, so people can use it as a stepping-stone as they move up the marathon circuit.  The Residence Inn’s downtown hotel suites in San Antonio have been popular throughout the history of the race, as they provide participants with a location that is close to the event, as well as other features and amenities. The spacious suites give racers and spectators ample room to relax and unwind before and after the Rock ‘n Roll Marathon. Additionally, the hotel offers a free complimentary breakfast, so racers and fans can fuel up on the big day. Guests of the hotel can also take advantage of the onsite fitness center and swimming pool.  For more information about the Residence Inn San Antonio, visit http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/satri-residence-inn-san-antonio-downtown-market-square/ or call 1-210-231-6000

Dallas Hotel Invites Kids of All Ages to ‘Nick’ Their Stay

SOURCE: Marriott Nickelodeon Friends Offer Added Value at Extended Stay Hotel IRVING, TX–(Marketwire – August 24, 2010) –  Nickelodeon fun is just a hotel stay away for kids of all ages as the Fairfield Inn & Suites Dallas Las Colinas invites families to “Nick” their stay and create added hotel fun for the kids. Regardless of the reason for travel, kids will find added entertainment with this special package that connects them with their popular Nickelodeon friends

Enjoy a $50 Gift Card With the Chicago Magnificent Mile Hotel Package at Hotel Near Downtown Chicago

SOURCE: Marriott CHICAGO, IL–(Marketwire – August 24, 2010) –  The Courtyard Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile is making it more affordable for people to hit the stores on the Magnificent Mile. For a limited time, this Navy Pier Chicago hotel is offering a special package that includes a $50 gift card, along with other items. The $50 Green Gift Card for the Magnificent Mile Shopping Package includes: Breakfast for two guests daily at Viand Local calls Wired high speed internet Wireless internet $50 American Express Give Green gift card 10% off any in room massage or body treatment by Windy City Massage The $50 gift card can be used anywhere that accepts American Express. Many travelers are expected to use their gift cards at the different shops on the Magnificent Mile. Others, though, may choose to spend their gift card at some of attractions located near the hotel. For instance, a room at this hotel near Navy Pier in Chicago puts people in the perfect location to see the sights at the pier. Navy Pier features shopping, dining and entertainment, and is very popular with tourists

Hot Destinations Waiting to Be Explored

SOURCE: Marriott Make Hotel Reservations Around the World at Marriott.com BETHESDA, MD–(Marketwire – August 24, 2010) –  In January, the New York Times released its list of 31 places to go in 2010. On that list were Seoul, Copenhagen, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Costa Rica, Las Vegas, Istanbul, Shenzhen and 23 other one-of-a-kind locations in the United States and around the globe

Socializing and Shopping Through Brisbane, Made Easy With New Hotel Deals

SOURCE: Marriott Stay Social and Stylish With Exciting Weekend Getaways at the Brisbane Marriott BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA–(Marketwire – August 24, 2010) –  Cosmopolitan Brisbane excites the senses with breathtaking sights, subtropical temperatures and a unique mix of nightlife, dining, entertainment and more. And for those looking for accommodations that reflect the brilliance of this riverside gem, 5-star hotels in Brisbane are plentiful. With a wide array of luxury hotels, Brisbane offers a luxurious setting for a fun weekend escape of shopping and socializing

Summertime in Dallas

SOURCE: Marriott Marriott Offers Great Dallas Hotels and End-of-Summer Vacation Ideas the Whole Family Will Love DALLAS, TX–(Marketwire – August 24, 2010) –  The city of Dallas has a new slogan — “Live Large. Think Big.” It’s the attitude of a vital city, where all things are possible.

East Coast Diversified Corporation Announces Late Filing of Form 10-Q

SOURCE: EarthSearch Communications International, Inc. (East Coast Diversified Corp.) Acting on Advice of Auditors, ECDC Will Require Consolidated Financials and Comparisons Before Filing ATLANTA, GA–(Marketwire – August 23, 2010) –  East Coast Diversified Corporation (ECDC) ( OTCBB : ECDC ) announced today that its quarterly filing, dated June 30, will not be ready by deadline

Checkers Announces Five New Restaurants Planned for Fairfield County, Connecticut

SOURCE: Checkers First Restaurant Scheduled to Open in Spring 2011 TAMPA, FL–(Marketwire – August 23, 2010) –   Checkers® Drive-In Restaurants, the largest double drive-thru chain in the United States, announced today the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with Kerrim Jivani for five new restaurants in Fairfield County, Connecticut. The first restaurant is planned to open in the spring of 2011 in Milford, CT. Checkers’ development in South Fairfield County is part of a strategic growth strategy to expand the brand’s presence in existing markets, as well as in new regions across the country.

"Eversave Columbus" Launches Today, Offering Columbus-Area Residents Fantastic Deals From Local Merchants and Opportunities to Support Local…

SOURCE: Prospectiv Eversave Columbus Members Receive $5 Reward Towards Their 1st Purchase When They Sign Up for Eversave’s Daily Deals From Local Restaurants, Sporting Events, Outdoor Activities and More WAKEFIELD, MA–(Marketwire – August 23, 2010) –  Prospectiv, owner of the second-biggest couponing website in America, Eversave.com, today announced the launch of Eversave Columbus , a website offering local daily deals called “Saves” to residents in the Columbus, OH area and beyond. The Saves will feature exciting things to do in and around the city including concerts, restaurants, spas, entertainment and more.

FreeToChooseOurMeals.com Reviews Constituent Concerns With Mar, Campos & Chiu’s San Francisco Happy Meal Toy Ban

SOURCE: Free To Choose Our Meals SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwire – August 20, 2010) –  FreeToChooseOurMeals.com reviewed constituent concerns with the unpopular Happy Meal Toy Ban legislation proposed by chief author Eric Mar, member of the Board of Supervisors for the City and County of San Francisco. The legislation is also sponsored by David Campos, member of the Board of Supervisors for the City and County of San Francisco, and David Chiu, president of the Board of Supervisors for the City and County of San Francisco. The bill will be reviewed in committee in the near future. Currently, the Board of Supervisors is on recess

Sports Fans: Follow Your Favorite Teams With Downtown Boston Hotel Deals

SOURCE: Marriott Large HD Projection Screen, Great Food Combine for Sports Retreat in Boston BOSTON, MA–(Marketwire – August 20, 2010) –  Sports fans can catch the excitement of the big game while enjoying luxury hotel accommodations in Boston’s Back Bay district when they book their stay at the Boston Marriott Copley Place Hotel and take advantage of downtown Boston hotel deals for fun and affordable travel to “Beantown.” Fans will find exquisite hotel accommodations and the popular Champions Sports Bar at the Boston Marriott Copley Place, so whether planning a trip to the stadium or catching a favorite team on TV, sports enthusiasts can enjoy the best of both worlds at one of the most distinctive downtown Boston hotels with a deal designed with sports fans in mind. Guests who book their Boston stay with the “City of Champions Retreat” deal will, in addition to deluxe guest accommodations with one king or two double beds, receive a $50 dining credit in Champions, choice of a sports cap and t-shirt from the hotel gift shop declaring team favorites and complimentary valet parking.

Free Stir Fry Meal at HuHot Mongolian Grill on Dress Like Genghis Day!

SOURCE: HuHot Mongolian Grill Customers Who Dress Like Genghis Khan Will Eat Free for One Day Only MISSOULA, MT–(Marketwire – August 19, 2010) – HuHot Mongolian Grill , a leading create-your-own stir fry restaurant concept, will offer their grill meal for free to customers dress like Genghis on Friday, August 20. Wear three or more wardrobe items to mimic Genghis Khan and customers will be rewarded.  This is the inaugural year for Dress Like Genghis Day.

UPDATE: IHOP and Pepsi Make Cents for Children’s Miracle Network

SOURCE: IHOP GLENDALE, CA–(Marketwire – August 19, 2010) –  IHOP, one of America’s favorite restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner, has teamed up with Pepsi to give back to its communities as part of the Pepsi Refresh Project. Now through October 2 at participating IHOP Restaurants, purchase an ice-cold Pepsi beverage and Pepsi will make a donation (maximum $20,000 cumulative) to IHOP’s national charity partner Children’s Miracle Network.  “IHOP takes great pride in giving back to the communities that support our business year round,” said Carolyn O’Keefe, IHOP’s senior vice president, marketing. “We are proud to partner with the Pepsi Refresh Project to further support Children’s Miracle Network and the hundreds of children’s hospitals located within our communities.” IHOP supports Children’s Miracle Network each year with its National Pancake Day promotion, and over the last five years has raised more than $5.35 million for Children’s Miracle Network and other local charities. Children’s Miracle Network hospitals treat millions of children across the country each year, and donations to the organization are used to provide access to healthcare services, research and education.  For more information on the Pepsi Refresh Project, visit www.refresheverything.com . For more information or to find an IHOP restaurant near you, please visit www.ihop.com . Follow IHOP on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ihop .

Third Annual Orinda Restaurant Tour to Launch September 28th

SOURCE: Orinda Chamber of Commerce Attendees to Enjoy Culinary Delights While Benefiting Orinda’s Public Schools ORINDA, CA–(Marketwire – August 19, 2010) –  San Francisco’s East Bay area food lovers will again have the opportunity to join a fun, culinary tour to sample their way through Orinda restaurants on Tuesday, September 28th. The Orinda Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Educational Foundation of Orinda (EFO), a non-profit organization providing financial support for quality educational in Orinda’s public schools, today announced plans for the third annual ” O rinda Restaurant Tour .” Last year’s event was a sellout. The event will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Eat Well and Re-Energize at the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa

SOURCE: Marriott Queensland’s Gold Coast Resort Offers Sweet Escape! Packages SURFERS PARADISE, AUSTRALIA–(Marketwire – August 19, 2010) –  Queensland’s popular Gold Coast area has always impressed and delighted visitors, from Snappers Rock to the aptly-named Surfers Paradise. From dining and nightlife to watersports and family fun a dazzling array of beautiful  Gold Coast resort hotels are simply unmatched, and offer every variety of fun in the sun for a perfect getaway. To cater to a variety of getaway tastes, the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa is proud to offer its “Escape!” Surfers Paradise accommodation specials.

IHOP and Pepsi Make Cents for Children’s Miracle Network

SOURCE: IHOP GLENDALE, CA–(Marketwire – August 19, 2010) – IHOP, one of America’s favorite restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner, has teamed up with Pepsi to give back to its communities as part of the Pepsi Refresh Project. Now through October 2 at participating IHOP Restaurants, purchase an ice-cold Pepsi beverage and Pepsi will donate $20,000 to IHOP’s national charity partner Children’s Miracle Network.  “IHOP takes great pride in giving back to the communities that support our business year round,” said Carolyn O’Keefe, IHOP’s senior vice president, marketing. “We are proud to partner with the Pepsi Refresh Project to further support Children’s Miracle Network and the hundreds of children’s hospitals located within our communities.” IHOP supports Children’s Miracle Network each year with its National Pancake Day promotion, and over the last five years has raised more than $5.35 million for Children’s Miracle Network and other local charities. Children’s Miracle Network hospitals treat millions of children across the country each year, and donations to the organization are used to provide access to healthcare services, research and education.  For more information on the Pepsi Refresh Project, visit www.refresheverything.com