US Foods launches its Fall Scoop™ 2017 product lineup themed, “Make It Yours”

New Product Line Features 26 Products and Online Staffing Solution

ROSEMONT, Ill., 2017-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — US Foods (NYSE: USFD) is pleased to announce the launch of its Fall Scoop™ 2017 (Fall Scoop) product lineup themed, “Make It Yours.” The lineup features 26 products, six of which were developed in collaboration with award-winning chef, author and independent restaurateur, Chef Marcus Samuelsson. As operators strive to design the ideal menu and run an efficient kitchen and streamlined business, Fall Scoop helps provide the inspiration they need. The issue includes on-trend products inspired by Chef Samuelsson’s distinct global flavors, versatile items that maximize ingredients and help cut food costs and prepared foods that save chefs time in the kitchen.

“One of the most essential ingredients to succeeding in the restaurant industry is finding the perfect balance of products that not only inspire menus but offer easy alternatives, time savings and profit drivers,” said Stacie Sopinka, vice president of product development and innovation, US Foods. “For Fall Scoop, we partnered with Marcus to create a line that gives operators the inspiration they need to empower their success.”

Inspiration From a Culinary Genius

US Foods partnered with Chef Samuelsson to inspire the next wave of global cuisine. Together, US Foods and Chef Samuelsson developed six products that showcase Chef Samuelsson’s culinary expertise and highlight his re-imagined American soul food concept. The products, which are inspired by Chef Samuelsson’s Ethiopian and Swedish heritage and his roots in Harlem, New York, include:

  • Patuxent Farms® Uptown Par-Fried Chicken Thigh – inspired by Chef Samuelsson’s famous Yard Bird Chicken from Red Rooster Harlem, this dish is a cross between Grandma’s fried chicken and world cuisine. This product includes the crunch of traditional southern breading, along with buttermilk, coconut milk and a touch of Berbere seasoning cooked to perfection.
  • Molly’s Kitchen® Spicy Battered Cauliflower with Aleppo Pepper – easily deep-fried or baked in less than five minutes, Spicy Battered Cauliflower with Aleppo Pepper serves up a tender cauliflower floret in crispy batter, seasoned with a gentle, well-balanced Middle Eastern spice.
  • Monarch® Addis Style Spice Blend – inspired by the traditional Ethiopian Berbere spice blends, this version factors in cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and chile de árbol. This item can be used as a rub for meats, poultry and fish, and as a seasoning for stews, soups, grains and vegetables.
  • Chef’s Line® Cornbread Muffin – by adding big-city spice to down-home soul food, this collaboration has livened up traditional corn muffins with the warm red and gently sweet spice of Aleppo pepper. This product can be served as a sweet side dish or main plate breakfast item.
  • Harbor Banks® Smoked Norwegian Salmon – a staple in Sweden where Chef Samuelsson grew up, this Norwegian salmon is cold-smoked for 24 hours using Beechwood at a critical point in the process, which contributes to higher quality and sensory attributes.
  • Harbor Banks® Smoked Norwegian Trout – sometimes known as Norwegian Atlantic steelhead trout, this delicious dish has a rich red color and firm texture.

Versatile and Cost-Conscious

Sixty three percent of restaurant operators are concerned with managing food costs1, and 38 percent believe maximizing ingredients is one of the top ways to keep these costs low2. Fall Scoop features a variety of products that give operators the versatility they need for a wide range of dishes. Highlighted products include:

  • Patuxent Farms® Pepper Bacon Sausage – a smoky, peppery pork sausage that can be sliced and served or crumbled into a variety of different dishes.
  • Harbor Banks® Cape Shark Tenders – a first-to-market foodservice product, these Marine Stewardship Council™ (MSC)-Certified Cape Shark Tenders provide a distinctive white fish menu option that can be used as center-of-the-plate, taco topping or appetizer.
  • Chef’s Line® Pumpkin Spice Latte Ice Cream – a traditionally creamy ice cream featuring a classic autumnal flavor – real pumpkin. It goes perfectly with the season’s pumpkin craze and in a sundae, shake or affogato.

Tasteful Time Savers

Fall Scoop also offers products that provide invaluable back-of-house shortcuts that keep time and effort in the kitchen low. Product highlights include:

  • Cross Valley Farms® Veggie Crunch Salad Kit – an ultra-convenient mixture of texture, color and crunch, this gorgeous salad makes for the perfect side dish or main course. You simply open, toss and serve.
  • Glenview Farms® Premium Cage Free Pasteurized Liquid Whole Eggs – these cage free liquid eggs are from humanely raised hens and are perfect for essential egg dishes any time of the day. They are made without artificial colors, flavors and preservatives and come ready-to-use.
  • Patuxent Farms® All Natural* Chicken Breast Slices – versatile and pre-cut, this product can be used in multiple dishes to provide a flavorful meat addition to any menu offering.
  • Devonshire® Premium Belgian Waffle – baked in Belgium and true to the country’s original style, this premium waffle can used for breakfast or dessert topped with ice cream or fruit or as a handheld, on-the-go-item.

Must-Have Online Staffing Solution

In addition to these new products, Fall Scoop also features Homebase, a leading online labor management tool that enables paperless scheduling, time tracking, text and email messaging and reporting. Managing schedules and communicating with team members is now fast, efficient and cost-effective. Learn more about US Foods Online staffing solutions at usfvalueaddedservices.com/homebase.

For more on the full Fall Scoop lineup, visit usfoods.com/food/scoop and join the conversation on social media with #USFScoop. You can also like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and watch our chefs in action on YouTube.

About US Foods

US Foods is one of America’s great food companies and a leading foodservice distributor, partnering with approximately 250,000 restaurants and foodservice operators to help their businesses succeed. With nearly 25,000 employees and more than 60 locations, US Foods provides its customers with a broad and innovative food offering and a comprehensive suite of e-commerce, technology and business solutions. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill. and generates approximately $23 billion in annual revenue. Visit usfoods.com to learn more.

About Marcus Samuelsson

Chef Marcus Samuelsson is an award-winning chef and owner of Red Rooster Harlem, Streetbird Rotisserie and Red Rooster Shoreditch in London. The youngest person to receive a three-star review from The New York Times, Samuelsson has won multiple James Beard Foundation Awards including Best Chef: New York City. Samuelsson has appeared on “Top Chef Masters” and “Chopped All-Stars” and is the author of best-selling memoir “Yes, Chef” and multiple cook books, including “Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook At Home.” A committed philanthropist, Samuelsson co-produces Harlem EatUp!, a food and culture festival that launched in 2015, and is also the co-chair of the board of directors for Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP). Follow him on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter at @marcuscooks.

1 Pulse, 2017

2 Pulse, 2016

*Minimally processed, no artificial ingredients.

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US Foods Scholars: New program that awards financial support and professional development opportunities to students Pursuing Careers in the Culinary Arts

US Foods Scholars: New program that awards financial support and professional development opportunities to students Pursuing Careers in the Culinary Arts

 

US Foods Scholars to Award Scholarships and Professional Development Opportunities to Students Pursuing Careers in the Culinary Arts

ROSEMONT, Ill., 2017-Aug-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — US Foods (NYSE: USFD) is pleased to announce the creation of US Foods Scholars, a program that awards financial support and professional development opportunities to students who plan to pursue an education in the culinary arts and enter the restaurant industry.

Launching in Chicago, the company will partner with the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) to identify participating high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding potential and achievement in the culinary arts and need additional resources to take the next step of their culinary journey. The program aims to inspire students to reach their full potential and contribute a meaningful solution to the talent shortage facing the restaurant industry.

“As the restaurant industry continues to surge with a forecast of 1.7 million new restaurant positions by 2025, there is an overwhelming need for skilled applicants1,” said Debra Ceffalio, senior director of corporate communications, US Foods. “US Foods Scholars is a way we can help the industry tackle a major challenge, and support our communities in a meaningful way, beginning right here in Chicago.”

“We are thrilled to have the support of US Foods. The US Foods Scholars program will have a lasting impact on these students who might not otherwise have the means and opportunity to pursue a career in the culinary arts,” said Karen Brosius, president of C-CAP. “As one of the country’s largest foodservice companies, US Foods will also be able to provide unique and valuable training opportunities for our students.”

About Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP)

Led by chef, author, and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson as board co-chair, Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) is a national non-profit that educates and guides underserved high school students toward a bright future. Through its holistic approach to culinary training and career exploration, C-CAP prepares students for the workplace through chef mentoring, field trips, job shadows, work experience and job skills, and college and career advising. As part of this well-rounded support, C-CAP also provides hundreds of high school graduates with scholarships to afford further training. C-CAP’s work impacts over 17,000 students each year and has awarded over $53 million in scholarships since its inception in 1990. Countless C-CAP alumni work throughout the country and are guiding the future leaders of the culinary and hospitality industry. Visit ccapinc.org to learn more.

About US Foods

US Foods is one of America’s great food companies and a leading foodservice distributor, partnering with approximately 250,000 restaurants and foodservice operators to help their businesses succeed. With nearly 25,000 employees and more than 60 locations, US Foods provides its customers with a broad and innovative food offering and a comprehensive suite of e-commerce, technology and business solutions. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill. and generates approximately $23 billion in annual revenue. Visit usfoods.com to learn more.

1 Bureau of Labor Statistics

Contact:
Sara Matheu
847-720-2392
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Macy’s celebrates Black History Month with special in-store events

Macy’s hosts BJ The Chicago Kid, Jay Ellis, Marcus Samuelsson, Crissle West and more at eight stores nationwide

NEW YORK, 2017-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — This February, Macy’s celebrates Black History Month by welcoming a host of stars from a variety of fields including fine art, music, literature, the culinary arts, and spoken word. Black culture has electrified the pulse of American life for generations, from music and fashion to film, television and activism. It has created a wave of change that has helped propel the country to new heights. This year, our celebrity guests will share how creative self-expression and a strong connection to their heritage have shaped their careers. As part of Macy’s Black History Month celebrations, Grammy-nominated artist BJ The Chicago Kid, “Insecure” actor Jay Ellis, award-winning Macy’s Culinary Council Chef Marcus Samuelsson, and “The Read” podcast host Crissle West will join other emerging stars in conversations focused on the influence and impact of black culture on all facets of American life.

“Macy’s is once again thrilled to celebrate the contributions African Americans have made to our nation with special events in our stores. Macy’s values the diversity of all of its customers and inclusion and respect are at the heart of our core values. We are happy to join with our associates and customers nationwide in honoring the legacy of African American achievement during Black History Month and beyond,” said Kristyn Doar-Page, Macy’s vice president of Diversity & Inclusion Strategies.

In New York City and Washington, D.C., writer and pop culture commentator Crissle West will moderate thought-provoking conversations with local artists. In Philadelphia and Atlanta, Chef Marcus Samuelsson will share stories from his new book, “The Red Rooster Cookbook: The Story of Food and Hustle in Harlem!” In Chicago, BJ The Chicago Kid and Jay Ellis will participate in an engaging panel discussion and talk with the audience.

Rapper, spoken-word poet, actor and activist Saul Williams serves as the national ambassador for Macy’s Black History Month Celebration. Exclusive video performances and interviews from Williams, hailed as the “poet laureate of hip-hop” by “CNN,” will be featured at www.macys.com/celebrate.

“I am very glad Macy’s is furthering the discourse around artistic self-expression in black culture. As a performer who uses words to bring attention to social justice causes, I feel it is paramount to stimulate engagement and awareness through our words and our art,” said Williams.

BJ The Chicago Kid is an R&B recording artist who recently delivered a soulful rendition of the national anthem preceding President Obama’s farewell address. His debut album, “In My Mind,” has been nominated for three 2017 Grammy Awards. He recently released a mixtape, “The Lost Files: Cuffing Season” and a new video for his homage to Marvin Gaye, “Uncle Marvin.”

Jay Ellis is a talented actor best known for his roles on HBO’s “Insecure” and BET’s “The Game.” His other credits include guest-starring roles on “Hart of Dixie,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “NCIS,” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”

“I am grateful to be among those Macy’s has selected to discuss the powerful impact artistic black voices are having on today’s American culture,” said Jay Ellis. “There couldn’t be a better time to come together to talk about the strides we have made and the road ahead.”

Marcus Samuelsson is the acclaimed chef behind Red Rooster Harlem, Ginny’s Supper Club, and Streetbird Rotisserie. He is a committed philanthropist and the youngest person to ever receive a three-star review from “The New York Times.” Samuelsson has won multiple James Beard Foundation Awards, including Best Chef: New York City, and was tasked with planning and executing the Obama Administration’s first State dinner. Samuelsson was also crowned champion of television shows “Top Chef Masters” and “Chopped All Stars,” and served as a mentor on ABC’s “The Taste”. In October of 2016, he released his newest book, “The Red Rooster Cookbook: The Story of Food and Hustle in Harlem!”

“I am thrilled to be celebrating Black History Month with Macy’s,” said Marcus Samuelsson. “I look forward to paying homage to black culture’s impact on the culinary arts and sharing some of my favorite bites and stories with guests in Philadelphia and Atlanta.”

Crissle West is a writer and the female co-host of the hit comedy podcast, “The Read,” a weekly show covering the latest in entertainment news. Crissle’s written work has been published in “ESSENCE” magazine and she has appeared on panels covering race, gender, and sexuality.

“I am really looking forward to engaging with young people and sharing stories of how black culture has influenced my personal and professional journey,” Crissle said.

At each of the Black History Month events, Macy’s customers will have an opportunity to meet and greet with event talent. For additional information on Macy’s Black History Month festivities, please visit macys.com/celebrate.

Macy’s Black History Month events will be held at the following stores:

Macy’s Herald Square (New York City) – Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m.
Macy’s City Center (Philadelphia) – Thursday, Feb. 9 at 5:30 p.m.
Macy’s State Street (Chicago) – Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 5:30 p.m.
Macy’s Baldwin Hills (Los Angeles) – Thursday, Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m.
Macy’s Lenox Square (Atlanta) – Thursday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m.
Macy’s Lenox Square (Atlanta) – Friday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m.
Macy’s Aventura (Aventura, FL) – Saturday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m.
Macy’s Union Square (San Francisco) – Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m.
Macy’s Metro Center (Washington, D.C.) – Thursday, Feb. 23 at 5:30 p.m.

About Macy’s

Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M), delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 670 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at macys.com. Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy’s offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events as Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy’s flagship stores — including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, and Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plaza in southern California — are known internationally and are leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers and employees, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $69 million each year to help make a difference in the lives of our customers.

For Macy’s media materials, including images and contacts, please visit our online pressroom at macys.com/pressroom.

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eBay for Charity will auction off one-of-a kind “Wine and Dine” experiences

Chefs Richard Blais and Marcus Samuelsson to auction culinary experiences; ONEHOPE and Michael Franti’s “Do It For The Love” Foundation to auction exclusive VIP BottleRock Napa Valley experiences. 100% of the proceeds will go to charity.

San Jose, California, 2016-May-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Last week, eBay introduced eBay Wine, an online destination that allows wine-enthusiasts and experts to browse collectible, rare and everyday wines. In celebration of the launch, eBay for Charity – one of the largest platforms that helps millions of eBay users support the causes they care about – will be auctioning off one-of-a kind “Wine and Dine” experiences.

The “Wine & Dine” auctions run from 4 p.m. PDT on Monday, May 2 and close at 4 p.m. PDT on Monday, May 9. To bid, visit www.ebay.com/dine.

Celebrated culinary talent Richard Blais will be auctioning off a private dinner at his acclaimed San Diego restaurant, Juniper & Ivy and Marcus Samuelsson, on behalf of the Harlem EatUp! Festival, will offer interactive food and wine experiences in Harlem. Additionally, BottleRock Napa Valley – the famed three-day music, food, wine and brew festival – has teamed up with “Do It For The Love” foundation and ONEHOPE to auction off a variety of VIP festival packages.

“With last week’s announcement of eBay’s new wine destination, we’re excited to continue the celebration with these one-of-a-kind eBay for Charity auctions,” said Alyssa Steele, DMM of Home and Garden at eBay. “Through these auctions, we’re hoping to not only raise awareness for each of the benefitting charities; but also, enable our community to easily connect to the causes they care about and have the ability to bid on unique ‘Wine & Dine’ experiences.”

Auctions include:

  • Chef and Culinary Personality Richard Blais’ Culinary Experiences, benefitting Save the Children. The first auction is a private dinner for eight at Blais’ Juniper & Ivy, meet-and-greet with Blais and autographed cookbook. The second auction is a two hour intimate master class with Blais at Juniper & Ivy for eight guests.

“I’m honored to be able to participate in eBay for Charity’s Wine & Dine campaign to help raise money for Save the Children,” said Chef Richard Blais, “an organization that I will also be running the 2016 NYC Marathon with. I look forward to meeting the winning bidders so I can thank them personally for helping such a wonderful organization and maybe convince them to go on a run with me?”

  • Chef Marcus Samuelsson Culinary Experiences, benefitting Citymeals on Wheels. The first auction package will be a private dinner at Samuelsson’s Red Rooster Harlem, a meet-and-greet with the chef, wine and scotch tasting, autographed cookbooks, as well as four tickets to the Taste at The Stroll, the grand tasting event at the Harlem EatUp! Festival. The second auction includes a celebration for 16 guests which includes a walking tour of Samuelsson’s favorite VIP spots in Harlem, private gospel performance, dinner at the chef’s table at Samuelsson’s Red Rooster Harlem, wine pairing, autographed cookbooks and as well as four tickets to the Taste at The Stroll, the grand tasting event at the Harlem EatUp! Festival.

“Harlem is our home, and as such we celebrate this community and all of its treasures every day not only through our businesses but also the Harlem EatUp! Festival. I am happy to partner with eBay for Charity and offer my favorite Wine & Dine experiences,” says Chef Marcus Samuelsson. “To be able to spotlight Harlem and the Harlem EatUp! Festival which shines a light on the sights and tastes of Harlem. Please join me in Harlem with a private dinner at Red Rooster. The best part is all proceeds benefit Citymeals on Wheels, a charity beneficiary of the Harlem EatUp! Festival.”

  • Michael Franti’s “Do It For The Love” Foundation and VIP BottleRock Napa Valley Experience for Two, benefitting Do It For The Love Foundation. Winning bidder will receive two tickets to the foundation’s Benefit Dinner and Concert in Napa, California on May 26, meet-and-greet with Michael Franti, two three-day VIP tickets to the sold-out 2016 BottleRock Napa Valley music, food, wine and brew festival, May 27 – 29, backstage passes to watch Michael Franti’s performance at BottleRock on May 27 and a case of “Do It For The Love” wine produced by Ca’Momi.
  • ONEHOPE Wine Package plus Two 3-day VIP tickets to BottleRock Napa Valley Package, benefitting Why Hunger. Winning bidder will receive two three-day VIP tickets to the sold-out 2016 BottleRock Napa Valley music, food, wine and brew festival, May 27 – 29, in historic downtown Napa, California and a mixed case of ONEHOPE’S stunning, limited edition Glitter series including Gold Glitter Edition Brut Sparkling Wine, Pink Glitter Edition California Chardonnay, Silver Edition Brut Sparkling Wine and Edna Valley Pinot Noir Red Glitter Bottle.

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    eBay for Charity will auction off one-of-a kind “Wine and Dine” experiences

    eBay for Charity will auction off one-of-a kind “Wine and Dine” experiences

    Meijer LPGA Classic: Carla Hall, Dean Fearing and Marcus Samuelsson to host Celebrity Chef Nights

    Carla Hall, Dean Fearing and Marcus Samuelsson to host Celebrity Chef Nights

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2016-Apr-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give continues to enhance its inaugural Grand Taste at the Meijer LPGA Classic event with the addition of three celebrity chef experiences. Celebrity Chefs Dean Fearing, Carla Hall and Marcus Samuelsson will host individual culinary experiences June 17-19 at Blythefield Country Club.

    “One of the best things about this event is that it’s not just a golf event – there is literally something for everyone,” Meijer Co-Chairman Doug Meijer said. “We are thrilled to bring three culinary experts to the table and combine some of West Michigan’s finest cuisine with an unforgettable experience for our guests.”

    Each iconic chef will host their own exclusive experience that will include live cooking demonstrations, food tastings and local restaurant partners.

    A Night with Dean Fearing

    Friday, June 17 – Blythefield Country Club

    6:30-9:30 p.m.

    Creator of Fearing’s Restaurant and author of “The Texas Food Bible,” Chef Dean Fearing is renowned for the “Elevated American Cuisine – Bold Flavors, No Borders” of his award-winning Fearing’s Restaurant in Dallas. Long known as the “Father of Southwestern Cuisine,” Fearing spent his life cooking for people who love good food.

    An Evening with Carla Hall

    Saturday, June 18 – Blythefield Country Club

    6:30-9:30 p.m.

    Carla Hall is a co-host of ABC’s popular lifestyle series “The Chew;” although she is best known as a competitor onBravo’sTop Chef,” where she won over audiences with her fun catch phrase, “Hootie Hoo,” and her philosophy to always cook with love. Hall’s Southern Kitchen — the chef’s first restaurant — open in NYC in late 2015. A fast-casual love letter to Nashville, the restaurant features iconic Nashville Hot Chicken and southern sides, anchored by Hall’s family recipes and perfected with her personal touches.

    Father’s Day Brunch with Marcus Samuelsson

    Sunday, June 19 – Blythefield Country Club

    10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    Marcus Samuelsson is the acclaimed chef behind Red Rooster Harlem, Ginny’s Supper Club, and Streetbird Rotisserie. A committed philanthropist, and the youngest person to ever receive a three-star review from The New York Times, Samuelsson has won multiple James Beard Foundation Awards, including Best Chef: New York City, and was tasked with planning and executing the Obama Administration’s first State dinner. Samuelsson was also crowned champion of television shows “Top Chef Masters” and “Chopped All Stars,” and served as a mentor on ABC’sThe Taste.”

    Tickets to each event cost $50 per person, and are available to purchase online at meijerLPGAclassic.com. Tickets are limited.

    The 2016 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give will host a full field of 144 players, playing 72 holes of stroke play over four days of competition. The driving mission of the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give is to focus on feeding the hungry, and improving the quality of life within the region. The tournament coincides with the retailer’s Simply Giveprogram, which has generated more than $21 million since 2008 for food pantries in the communities it serves.

    Similar to last year, proceeds from the tournament – and each of the week’s festivities – will benefit the Meijer Simply Give program that restocks the shelves of food pantries throughout the Midwest. The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give has raised more than $1.3 million for the Simply Give program.

    About Meijer Simply Give:
    Meijer is a family-owned retailer based in Grand Rapids, Mich. with a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves. Meijer operates 223 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin, and proudly donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charities throughout the Midwest. With hunger as a corporate philanthropic focus, Meijer partners with hundreds of food banks and pantries through its Simply Give and food rescue programs. Meijer also supports education, disaster relief, and health and wellness initiatives. For additional information on Meijer philanthropy, please visit www.meijercommunity.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

    About Blythefield Country Club:
    Located just north of Grand Rapids, Blythefield has been providing families the best golf and social experience in West Michigan since 1928. With the Rogue River flowing through, Blythefield boasts one of the most beautiful championship layouts in Michigan. Previously, Blythefield has hosted the 1953 Western Amateur, the 1961 Western Open, won by Arnold Palmer, and the 2005 Western Junior won by Rickie Fowler. Beginning in 2014 Blythefield is honored to host the Meijer LPGA Classic. Learn more about Blythefield Country Club at www.blythefieldcc.org.

    About the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association):
    The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950, the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing more than 30 different countries. With a Vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The Symetra Tour consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via: www.LPGA.comwww.facebook.com/LPGAwww.twitter.com/lpga, and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo.

    About Octagon Global Events:
    Octagon Global Events is a division of Octagon, the world’s largest sports and entertainment representation and marketing agency. Octagon Global Events focuses on premium event/property management, providing strategic corporate solutions. The division currently manages two Champions Tour events, two LPGA Tour events and the Toyota Texas Bass Classic. For more information, visit http://www.octagonglobalevents.com.

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    Contact: Lesley Baker, Tournament Director, Octagon, Lesley.Baker@octagon.com, 616-426-6225 or Christina Fecher, Public Relations Manager, Meijer, Christina.Fecher@meijer.com, 616-735-7968

     

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    Meijer LPGA Classic: Carla Hall, Dean Fearing and Marcus Samuelsson to host Celebrity Chef Nights

    Meijer LPGA Classic: Carla Hall, Dean Fearing and Marcus Samuelsson to host Celebrity Chef Nights