Dining Out For Life Returns to Chicago on Thursday, April 26

Dining Out For Life Returns to Chicago on Thursday, April 26

More than 55 Top Chicagoland Restaurants Unite for One Day to Help Raise Vital Funds for Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN) in Chicago

CHICAGO, IL (March 29, 2018) – After a three-year absence, Dining Out For Life (DOFL) returns to Chicago on Thursday, April 26. Founded in 1991, the annual, international event raises vital funds for HIV/AIDS service organizations. Participating restaurants donate a percentage of their daily sales to DOFL and diners contribute simply by enjoying their meal with the organization’s partners. All proceeds from this year’s Chicago event will benefit Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN) in Chicago to continue to provide FREE services to the local community.

This year’s event features more than 55 Chicagoland restaurants, such as Appellation Wine Bar & Restaurant, Heaven on Seven, Honey Butter Fried Chicken, Peninsula’s Hotel The Lobby, Purple Pig, The Dearborn and Urban Belly – which represent most of the city’s diverse neighborhoods, from the Magnificent Mile to Evanston and Albany Park.

For a full list of participating restaurants, please visit:


Six-year DOFL national spokesperson, the host of Chopped on The Food Network and former Chicago resident, Ted Allen says, “For me, it’s a great privilege to give my time alongside people who work full-time in this field. Dining Out For Life gets more guests into local restaurants and all of the local money stays local. It enriches the culinary community and feeds people.”

“Chicago’s restaurants are in large part the cornerstone of our community—going above and beyond in giving back to their local neighborhoods each and every day,” observed Derrek Hull, a member of the Planning Committee for Dining Out For Life and the Trotter Project Executive Director and Co-Founder. “Similarly, TPAN works tirelessly to positively impact Chicago’s HIV/AIDS community and those vulnerable to infection.”

Chicago’s 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunny states, “In the early days of the AIDS epidemic, restaurants were especially hard hit with the stigma of having a positive chef, server or even busser. Dining Out For Life was not only a way to raise money but took a bold step to reduce the stigma that surrounded HIV/AIDS at the time.”

About Dining Out For Life:

Dining Out For Life is a fundraising venture for outstanding HIV/AIDS service organizations and programs throughout the United States and Canada. Since 1991, Dining Out For Life has been produced by local HIV/AIDS service organizations, ensuring that funds raised local stay local. Last year, 3,057 venues throughout the country raised more than $4.2 million with Dining Out For Life for HIV/AIDS services in their communities.

About TPAN:

Founded in 1987, TPAN provides free services, including education, emotional and crisis support, and referrals, to those living with or vulnerable to HIV, hepatitis C, and related health conditions. TPAN is known for its outreach and close connection to Chicago’s LGBTQ communities. The agency hosts the annual Ride for AIDS Chicago and the international social media anti-stigma campaign, A Day with HIV, which showcases the abilities of those living with HIV/AIDS.

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Kona Deep Signs Distribution Partnerships with Big Geyser & Haralambos

Kona Deep Signs Distribution Partnerships with Big Geyser & Haralambos

Deep Ocean Water leader Kona Deep will significantly expand distribution points in New York and Southern California

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (March 13, 2018)Kona Deep Corporation, the Hawaii-based bottled water company, today announced that it has signed long-term strategic distribution agreements with Big Geyser and Haralambos Beverage Company in order to fuel its rapid expansion.

Both partnerships were signed in late December. In New York, the Big Geyser partnership will cover the five boroughs of NYC, Westchester, Putnam, Nassau and Suffolk counties.  In Southern California, the Haralambos partnership will cover distribution throughout Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside, Kern, Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo Counties.

Patrick Turpin, Chief Executive Officer of Kona Deep and also the former Co-Founder & President of popchips, commented, “Big Geyser and Haralambos are by far the strongest distributors in their respective markets, both with a track record of exceptional execution with many iconic brands. These two partnerships enable us to bring this new category of deep ocean water to the New York and Southern California markets in a significant way.”

About Kona Deep

Kona Deep represents a completely new category of water:  deep ocean water replete with a unique blend of naturally occurring deep ocean electrolytes.  Kona Deep is sourced from the deep ocean waters of Hawaii, 3000 feet beneath the ocean surface, where cold, pressure and natural minerals combine to create an exceptionally high-quality water.  Once brought to the surface, the water is desalinated and bottled at the source with absolutely nothing added.

After launching in Hawaii in late 2015, Kona Deep has recently expanded onto the U.S. mainland where the demand for premium waters and performance waters is growing rapidly. Hawaiian deep ocean water offers consumers both the purity of a trusted natural source and the performance benefits of naturally occurring deep ocean electrolytes.  Kona Deep is sold primarily in leading grocery and natural food stores.

About Big Geyser Beverage Company

Big Geyser has been building brands in New York since 1986 and has a distribution footprint of over 25,000 doors, serving accounts in all channels of trade throughout the boroughs of NYC, Westchester, Putnam, Nassau, and Suffolk counties.  Founded by Irving Hershkowitz, a legend in the New York beverage world, Big Geyser started as a small operation and has transformed into one of the largest distributors of premium non-alcoholic beverages and snacks in the country.

About Haralambos Beverage Company

Haralambos Beverage Company services Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside, Kern, Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo Counties.  HBC has been a family owned and operated business since 1933.  Striving to provide its customers with the best in products and customer service, HBC has a reputation of introducing countless groundbreaking brands to the marketplace.  HBC prides itself on its ability to seek out innovative brands that can leverage its talents to build them into household names. HBC continues to operate as one of the most innovative and successful family owned and operated businesses on the West Coast.

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The Bardstown Bourbon Company Announces Castle Brands’ Participation in its Collaborative Distilling Program

The Bardstown Bourbon Company Announces Castle Brands’ Participation in its Collaborative Distilling Program

Bardstown, KY (January 16, 2018) – The Bardstown Bourbon Company (BBCo) announced today that Castle Brands Inc. (NYSE American: ROX), the maker of Jefferson’s Bourbon, has joined BBCo’s Collaborative Distilling Program. Castle Brands will work together with BBCo to produce custom bourbon and whiskey for the Jefferson’s Bourbon portfolio. BBCo and Jefferson’s will begin their first distillation this year.

Through BBCo’s distilling program, Castle Brands will work with Bourbon Hall of Fame Master Distiller Steve Nally and BBCo’s first-class distilling team, led by Executive Director of Distilling Operations, John Hargrove, to produce its high-quality, small-batch bourbons and whiskeys for many years to come.

“We know that Bardstown’s experienced distilling team will provide the continuity needed to produce the consistent taste profile that our discerning Jefferson’s consumers have come to expect,” said John Glover, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Castle Brands.

“We are so proud to work with the Jefferson’s Bourbon team and help them create some of the finest products in the world,” said David Mandell, CEO of Bardstown Bourbon Company. “Jefferson’s bourbons and whiskeys are not only exceptional, but they are also innovative and extremely creative, which makes them a perfect fit for our Collaborative Distilling Program.”

Due to the success of its sold out Collaborative Distilling Program, BBCo recently broke ground on a distillery expansion project. The distillery’s current 3 million proof gallon capacity will be expanded to 6 million proof gallons by June 2018.


Castle Brands is a developer and international marketer of premium and super-premium brands including: Jefferson’s®, Jefferson’s Presidential Select™, Jefferson’s Reserve®, Jefferson’s Ocean Aged at Sea Bourbon, Jefferson’s Wine Finish Collection and Jefferson’s Wood Experiments, Goslings® Rums, Goslings® Stormy Ginger Beer, Knappogue Castle Whiskey®, Clontarf® Irish Whiskey, Pallini® Limoncello, Boru® Vodka, Brady’s® Irish Cream, The Arran Malt® Single Malt Scotch Whisky, The Robert Burns Scotch Whisky and Machrie Moor Scotch Whisky.

Additional information concerning the Company is available on the Company’s website, www.castlebrandsinc.com.

To learn more about the Jefferson’s line of spirits, please visit www.jeffersonsbourbon.com, or follow the brand on Instagram (@jeffsbourbon), Facebook (Jefferson’s Bourbon) and Twitter (@JeffsBourbon).


Set on 100 acres of active farmland in the “Bourbon Capital of the World,” the Bardstown Bourbon Company is a celebration of the art of making whiskey. No secrets, mythical stories, or fabricated legends, the Bardstown Bourbon Company celebrates the craft of making great whiskey and the Bardstown community that brings bourbon to the world.

BBCo plans to open its visitors and events center to the public in the Spring of 2018. The center will contain a full-scale restaurant, bar, a transparent educational experience and high-end tours and tastings, and one of the largest collections of whiskey in the state of Kentucky. The state-of-the-art whiskey distillery will also include event space, and eventually, a restaurant and boutique hotel.

The company was founded in 2014 by Peter Loftin, David Mandell, Daniel Linde, and Garnett Black.

To learn more about The Bardstown Bourbon Company visit:






The Movember Foundation Asks You To Imagine A ‘Life Without The Men You Love’

The Movember Foundation Asks You To Imagine A ‘Life Without The Men You Love’

Research sparks important conversation at the start of this year’s Movember campaign about the state of men’s health and the need to stop men from dying too young

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Sometimes we don’t miss what we have until it’s gone. In a heart-warming moment redefining modern masculinity, ‘true love’, ‘personal relationships’ and the ‘little things’ prevailed when men across United States, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom were asked ‘what they would miss most’ if they were no longer around, according to research* released by the Movember Foundation. After friends and family (84%), a third (33%) of men surveyed confirmed they don’t want to miss out on true love – even more so than becoming a millionaire (24%) or visiting the Seven Wonders of the World (24%).

Additionally, the survey confirms that men would also really miss the ‘little things’ in life – and interestingly, that’s what 75% of their loved ones would miss most about them if they were gone tomorrow.

These findings mark the launch of ‘Movember’, the month formerly known as November. On Wednesday, November 1, 2017, the Movember Foundation is driving home the scale of the global men’s health crisis by asking everyone to take a moment to consider what life would be like if they woke up today without the men that they love. What key moments would these men miss? Who would they leave behind? For the men themselves, what would they miss the most?

Other important results include:

a) When communicating with men in a digital age, texting isn’t enough. Across markets, two in five people surveyed (43%) say ‘in person’ communication means the most, followed by a third (34%) who say a ‘phone call’ is the most meaningful.

b) When it comes to keeping tabs on the wellbeing of the men in their life, women check in the most – within the past week, almost three quarters (72%) of women surveyed across markets have asked a man in their life how they are doing and over two thirds (68%) have given him a hug.

c) While men are very aware of their own mortality when it comes to facts and figures – with almost three in five men (58%) believing the statement that men die on average six years earlier than women – over one fourth (27%) of women take a more proactive role in managing the health of the men they care about (e.g. asking if they had a check-up lately (18%) or schedule a doctor or dentist appointment for them (17%).

Globally, today Mo Bros and Mo Sistas will see “Life Without the Men We Love” come to life in various marketing activations. Movember, a Hockey Fights Cancer non-profit partner, will reserve seats at the Anaheim Ducks x Toronto Maple Leafs game at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA for the United States activation. The seats will initially be empty with powerful creative, then filled with men who have been affected by the Foundation’s key causes, driving home the key moments we want all men to experience, and the Movember Foundation’s goal of helping men live happier, healthier, longer lives.


Across the world, men die an average six years younger than women, and for reasons that are largely preventable. The stats are startling:

  • 1 in 7 men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer.
  • Testicular cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men ages 15-29.
  • 3 out of 4 suicides are men.
  • More than 500,000 men take their own life every year. That’s one every minute.

“When we look at these stats, it becomes so clear that there is a men’s health crisis,” says Owen Sharp, CEO, Movember Foundation. “There is a lot that needs to be done, but by talking about it, by encouraging our friends to take action for their health and supporting them, we can help keep the men we love around to live happier, healthier, longer lives. They don’t have to miss out on those key moments that matter most.”


To kick off the campaign this Movember 1st, not only are we asking everyone to think about what their life would be like without the men they love, we are asking them be the difference and take action to support the health of their loved ones, and themselves. Here’s how you can help:

Grow a Mo, save a Bro
Sign up to grow your moustache for 30 days. Want to take your Mo to the next level? Sacrifice your beard, auction off your face to the highest donor, or dye your Mo a different colour every day. Get creative to attract attention and raise funds.

Move – get active for men’s health
Raise funds for men’s health while you do something good for your own health. Join the Move challenge and make a commitment to be more physically active for the month. Get friends and family to donate to your efforts, and become healthier in the process.

Show the Mo Bros and Mo Sistas in your life that you support their Movember challenge by donating to their Mo Space. You can check in on their progress to see how their Mo is growing, or see how far along they are in their Move goal. Every little bit counts to help stop men dying too young.

Be the difference. Join the fight at Movember.com and donate or sign-up to help stop men dying too young.

About the Movember Foundation
The Movember Foundation is the only global charity focused solely on men’s health, funding over 1,200 innovative projects across 21 countries. The Foundation raises funds and awareness for men’s health programs supporting these critical areas: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. But our work is not done. Be the difference and go to Movember.com to donate or participate. Together we can stop men dying too young.

*Consumer data was collected via an online survey administered to a nationally representative sample of 18+ adults in 4 markets (Australia, Canada, UK and USA). In total, c.4,000 people (1,000 per market) were sampled. The survey was commissioned by the Movember Foundation and conducted by Research Now in October 2017.

Hemingway Rum Company Releases New Special-Edition Papa’s Pilar® Sherry Finish

Hemingway Rum Company Releases New Special-Edition Papa’s Pilar® Sherry Finish

Further Aged in Spanish Oloroso Sherry Casks, 1,400 Cases of Premium Rum Now Available in Select U.S. Markets

Key West, Florida (November 1, 2017) – Hemingway Rum Company, the makers of Papa’s Pilar® Dark and Blonde rums, is proud to introduce a limited-release of 1,400 6-pk cases of a special-edition Sherry Finish in select U.S. markets. The award-winning, premium sipping rums, which are inspired by Ernest “Papa” Hemingway’s spirit of adventure, are hand-selected from ports-of-call in the Caribbean, Central America and Florida for their age, character and maturity.

The team of Master Blenders created this special edition expression of custom barreled Papa’s Pilar Dark, with seven different hand-selected rums up to 25 years old, which are both pot and column distilled. After solera aging in Bourbon barrels, Port Wine casks, and Spanish Sherry casks, the bold and complex rum was further aged in Spanish Oloroso Sherry casks for approximately 30 days, creating a unique flavor profile.

In a quest to get rum back to its roots, the Papa’s Pilar Production team chose to embrace a similar methodology used in Scotch Whiskey, with the goal to allow the rum blend to continue to meld together, while also interacting with the Sherry and French Oak. It’s also a method used by Cuban rum makers in their best rums, as they cannot easily source used American Bourbon barrels. The team chose to use French Limousin Oak Sherry casks from Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, and only for a short period of time, because the grain structure of French Limousin Oak is wider and more open than American Oak Bourbon barrels (300L vs 200L).

“By building off the strong base flavors found in our dark rum and allowing additional time for the blended rums to meld together, this special release has developed a slight sweetness combined with a uniquely spicy finish, resulting in a smoothness and complexity second to none,” said Ron Call, Head of Rum Production. “The ‘magic’ happens in aging – not between the rum and the fresh oak, but between the rum and the broken-down oak from a process that takes many years to develop.”


  • Strong base of flavors, such as vanilla, cinnamon, maple, coffee and almond, with hints of Port and Sherry
  • New layer of slight sweetness, followed by a unique spicy finish, imparted by the French Oak
  • Very complex rum with a great mouth-feel

Papa’s Pilar is meant to rekindle a sense of adventure in us all. “Papa” lived an epic life full of perpetual motion, and Papa’s Pilar was crafted to accompany rum enthusiasts as they sink their teeth into life. Named for his muse and one true constant, Pilar is the vessel that allowed America’s literary giant to reach beyond the shoreline, feast on life and remind us to never be a spectator.

Every aspect of Papa’s Pilar is thoughtful and purposeful. The distinct bottle evokes Papa’s exploits through a form factor reminiscent of an iconic WWII canteen. The special-edition expression will hit shelves in the Papa’s Pilar signature bottle, featuring a red closure to distinguish the Sherry-finished rum from it Dark and Blonde counterparts.

Papa’s Pilar recently opened a new distillery and experience center in Key West, Florida, further honoring Hemingway’s contribution to the classic spirit of the city in which he once lived. The over 8,000+ sq. ft. facility supports Papa’s Pilar rum production and features an Experience Center, Tasting Room, Trading Post, and eventually, a rentable event center. Visitors can view a 350-gallon Hamilton Pot Still, with a custom-made reflux column, that can produce up to 80 gallons of rum per day.

Papa’s Pilar was developed in conjunction with Ernest Hemingway’s estate. The Hemingway family donates 100 percent of their royalty profits to organizations that embody the likes of adventure, literacy, and conservation.

The suggested retail price of the Sherry Finish is $44.99 – $46.99, which will vary by market. The special-edition expression is available in 750ml bottles in both on- and off-premise establishments in: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee and Texas.

For more information, please visit www.papaspilar.com “like” us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/PapasPilarRumand follow us on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/papaspilar/ and Twitter https://twitter.com/papaspilar#PapaWouldBeProud, #NeverASpectator, #PilarPreserves #PapasKeyWest

About Hemingway Rum Company, LLC

Hemingway Rum Company, LLC is a distilled spirits company based in Florida that’s dedicated to producing super-premium multi-sourced solera blended artisanal rums. The Company’s inaugural offerings are Papa’s Pilar® Dark and Blonde rums, incepted and crafted by a seasoned team of best-in-class partners. The Company encourages consumers of legal drinking age to Live Courageously and Drink Responsibly and proudly supports local organizations that serve Ernest Hemingway’s adventurous, literary and conservational legacy.

Argo Tea® Launches First-to-Market Line of  Cold Brew Single Estate Bottled Teas

Argo Tea® Launches First-to-Market Line of Cold Brew Single Estate Bottled Teas

Premium Tea Brand Releases New Line with Whole Foods Market®

Chicago, Ill. – (October 9, 2017) – Argo Tea®, the Chicago-based premium tea brand known for its all-natural tea-based signature drinks and loose-leaf teas, is partnering with Whole Foods Market to launch the world’s first line of ready-to-drink (RTD) cold brew single estate bottled teas into the retailer’s stores nationally. The release of the RTD line follows a successful test of the handcrafted single estate cold brew teas in the company’s Argo Tea cafés last year.

With the new Single Estate Cold Brew Tea line, Argo Tea is at the forefront of the emerging cold brew tea segment. By slowly cold-brewing the world’s premier single estate teas, the company is able to extract high concentrations of the right tea cells – flavonoids and antioxidants – giving the teas an exquisite, smooth flavor.

This month, Argo Tea will begin their rollout of the following new flavors at Whole Foods Market stores across the country:

  • First Flush Darjeeling: Organic and Biodynamic® Darjeeling black tea from the Ambootia Tea Garden in India
  • First Flush Gyokuro: Organic Gyokuro green tea from the Yamaguchi Tea Estate in Japan
  • Armenian Mint: Organic Peppermint tea harvested from Central Europe & the Mediterranean Basin

“We’re passionate about creating new ways for people to experience tea,” said Arsen Avakian, founder and CEO, Argo Tea. “With our new Cold Brew teas, we are bringing consumers unprecedented access to super premium teas from around the world. We are uniquely positioned to do this because of our long-term relationships with growers, giving us access to one-of-a-kind micro lots and ensuring the highest quality teas with low microbial levels.”

“There’s no other tea company in the world I’d rather have bring our First Flush Darjeeling to market in an RTD format,” said Sanjay Bansal, owner and chairman of Ambootia Tea Garden. “Arsen and I go back a long time. He is one of the most innovative minds in the beverage business today and I’m incredibly excited about the launch of the new Cold Brew line.”

Yoshiaki Tsutsumi of Yamaguchi Tea Estate concurred, “Argo Tea is truly at the forefront of beverage innovation.  Consumers are seeking out unique, authentic flavors and we are proud that our Gyokuro green tea will be a part of this special line of cold brew teas.

The unique and flavorful super-premium teas are USDA Organic certified, Non-GMO Project Verified, all-natural, gluten-free, vegan and kosher.  To enhance the natural character of each tea, Argo adds a hint (20 calories per 13.5oz bottle) of fair-trade pure cane sugar to each flavor. All three flavors are bottled in Argo Tea’s iconic glass bottle, preserving the delicate flavors of the teas. Each tea has a suggested retail price of $2.49-$2.69.

The First Flush Darjeeling flavor becomes the only Demeter-Certified Biodynamic ready-to-drink tea available across the U.S.  In order for a product to achieve Biodynamic status, the ingredients must come from farms that are Demeter-certified – where the farmers manage their farms like a living organism – and the production facilities must meet the Demeter processing standards to ensure an unbroken chain of accountability from farm to finished product. To learn more, visit http://www.demeter-usa.org/

Argo Tea will support the new product introduction with in-store sampling demonstrations, digital advertising, social media and email marketing.

The new line complements Argo’s existing premium RTD business.  The company sells six Signature RTDs, three Unsweetened RTDs and three Teappuccino RTDs nationwide in over 50,000 retail outlets and in all of the company’s 50 cafés.

For more information, please visit www.argotea.com and follow the brand on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/argotea as well as Twitter and Instagram @argotea

About Argo Tea

Since brewing its first cup of tea in 2003, Argo Tea has quickly become a household name and leading multi-channel, branded beverage company. Its ready-to-drink teas in Argo Tea’s iconic bottles are now available in over 50,000 outlets nationwide through partnerships with premier retailers that value its brand-defining commitment to quality, sustainability and healthy living. With nearly 50 Argo Tea cafés globally, it has established a brand building marketing platform that serves over 10 million cups of tea annually fueling its innovation. Argo Tea’s menu includes all natural-tea based signature drinks, over thirty varieties of loose-leaf teas, premium coffee, fresh-baked pastries, specialty foods, and a selection of tea ware and accessories. For more information, please visit www.argotea.com and follow the brand on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/argotea as well as Twitter and Instagram @argotea