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FSR to Present at Renowned SXSW Conference

Food News Media, publisher of QSR and FSR magazines, is excited to announce that it will be presenting at the world-renowned SXSW Conference hosted in Austin, Texas, in March.Food News Media editorial director Sam Oches will moderate a SXSW panel entitled “Solving the Food Desert Dilemma,” which will address how food entrepreneurs can work to provide low-income neighborhoods with more wholesome, nutritious, affordable foods.

Hard Rock International Hosting Battle of the Bands Competition

Hard Rock International will support aspiring musicians with its Battle of the Bands competition, a global search for top aspiring bands, solo artists, musicians, DJ’s and MC’s worldwide. The competition will give local artists a chance for glory as finalists will receive an all-expenses paid trip to New York City to perform at Hard Rock Cafe New York, $15,000 cash and performance time in front of top music industry executives.

Main Event Celebrates 20th Birthday with Gifts and Giveaways

Main Event Entertainment is saying thank you to its loyal guests by giving away the most epic gifts from the place that has given you the most fun under one roof for 20 years.The epic gifts include:$20 in free arcade playA chance to win a full-size PAC-MAC arcade gameA free Big Fun Super Sundae when you book a birthday party by November 21Unwrap the free arcade play just by signing up online at mainevent.

The Sicilian Butcher Sets Guinness World Record for Largest Negroni Cocktail

It’s official, The Sicilian Butcher is home to the title for GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS Largest Negroni cocktail. Sheldon Wiley, director of beverage for The Maggiore Group, made the classic cocktail inside a 500 liter oak barrel using equal parts of three premium Italian spirit brands: Carpano Antica Formula, Malfy Gin Originale and Campari.

DC Cocktail Week Announces Lineup

Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington announced the return of DC Cocktail Week, a showcase of the incredible mixologists in the metropolitan Washington region, from Monday, November 12, to Sunday, November 18, 2018.

Everything You Need to Know for Taste of Atlanta

Taste of Atlanta, the city’s much anticipated food and drink festival showcasing the local restaurant scene, is taking place this weekend on October 19, 20 and 21. Held at Historic Fourth Ward Park, the 17th annual festival will feature more than 90 of Atlanta’s favorite restaurants, offering their most craveable dishes alongside live on-stage cooking demos, hands-on group classes from top chefs, a beer garden and more.

James Beard Foundation Now Accepting Entries for 2019 Awards

The James Beard Foundation announced Monday that the call for entries for the 2019 Awards is officially open. Deadlines for submissions are as follows:Leadership Awards: December 1, 2018Book Awards: December 7, 2018Restaurant and Chef Awards: December 31, 2018Journalism and Broadcast Media Awards: January 2, 2019Restaurant Design Awards: January 25, 2019Several notable changes have been made in both the Media and Restaurant and Chef Award categories, including:Book Awards: As the publishing industry’s output of food books continues to flourish, the book committee has put in place a two-tiered judging system to handle the large volume of entries.

Alpana Singh returns to WTTW’s CHECK, PLEASE!

WTTW’s Emmy-winning local restaurant review series CHECK, PLEASE! premieres its 18th season with a familiar face in the hosting chair! Alpana Singh, noted local restaurateur and master sommelier, joins the table on Friday, October 26 at 8 pm on WTTW11 and wttw.

James Beard Foundation Announces 10 Recipients of National Scholars Program

The James Beard Foundation announced the recipients of its 2018 National Scholars Program. Established in 2016, the National Scholars Program provides scholarships of $20,000 each to ten food-focused individuals who plan to pursue an education in the culinary arts, food studies, agriculture, hospitality management, and related fields.