Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Foodies' Can Celebrate Cuisine at Key West's Master Chefs Classic

KEY WEST, Florida Keys -- Top local chefs are to vie for culinary honors while food lovers savor their edible entries at Key West's 22nd annual Master Chefs Classic. The culinary competition is scheduled 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, overlooking Key West Harbor at the Westin Key West Resort and Marina Pier, 245 Front St.

Chefs from leading Florida Keys restaurants are to compete for first-, second- and third-place honors awarded by judges in the appetizer, entree and dessert categories. Attendees at the waterfront event can enjoy tapas-sized offerings in all three categories and vote for their people's choice favorites.

The celebration of cuisine raises funds for the Monroe Association for ReMARCable Citizens, also called MARC, a nonprofit agency that provides life services for developmentally and intellectually disabled adults in the Florida Keys.

Only 450 tickets are available for the culinary tasting and competition. Ticket prices begin at $75 per person, and groups of attendees can reserve tables with unlimited premium wine and a wine server for the table. Tickets can be purchased at www.keystix.com.

Healthier Checkout Lanes Coming to Aldi Supermarkets

Statement of CSPI Senior Nutrition Policy Counsel Jessica Almy
The last thing harried consumers need after making a series of shopping decisions is to be confronted with a wall of candy and soda at checkout.  Giving customers choices they can feel good about supports their health and frees parents up to say “yes” to their kids.  We commend Aldi on the commitment it announced today to introduce healthier checkout lanes into its nearly 1,500 stores by the end of 2016.
Putting products at checkout can prompt purchases—and putting foods at kids’ eye level can induce requests for those products and family conflict.  By offering dried fruits, nuts, and other healthier products in its healthier checkout lanes, Aldi will make it easier for shoppers using those checkouts to make choices that are in line with their long-term goals for themselves and their families.
Aldi is the first U.S. supermarket chain to make a commitment in so many stores.  Offering a healthier checkout aisle in each store is a terrific step.  But in the UK, all checkout aisles in each Aldi store are candy-free.