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The EWBC Digital Wine Communications Conference raises a glass to Turkish wines in Izmir

EWBC Digital Wine Communications Conference

To pay homage to its wine roots and long history of viniculture, Wines of Turkey is hosting the EWBC Digital Wine Communications Conference in the port city old Izmir from Nov. 9 to 11.

The three-day EWBC Digital Wine Communications Conference includes guest speakers, workshops, seminars, tastings, and discussions about wine technology, plus pre- and post-conference tours of many of Turkey’s wine destinations along the Mediterranean and Aegean coasts, Cappadocia, and the Marmara region. During the trips, participants can meet the wine producers and sample local vintages and cuisines.

Some 25 wineries will showcase Turkey’s regional wines at conference events like the Grand Terroir Experience, where wines from throughout the eastern Mediterranean region will be featured.

Lauren Mack is the Travel Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @lmack.

Welcome Conference to Hit Chicago for First Time This Fall

The event will take place at the Steppenwolf Theatre on September 23.

The Welcome Conference, a lively day-long forum on issues affecting the hospitality industry, is branching out of New York for the first time ever. This fall, there will be a Welcome Conference in Chicago, held on September 23 at the Steppenwolf Theatre. Since its founding in 2014 by hosts Will Guidara and Anthony Rudolf (who are now joined by Brian Canlis), the Welcome Conference brings together the most influential leaders in food and beverage, as well as experts from other fields, for an engaging day of talks and panels on the subject of hospitality. The general theme of the Chicago conference will be hospitality, as it was for the first year of the conference in New York.

The decision to transport the conference to Chicago wasn&apost an easy one. "We pour so much time, effort, and emotion into the conference each year – it’s one of the highlights of our careers – and because of that it’s always been hard to think about expanding it beyond the single event day in New York City," said Rudolf in an email. "Nearly every year we talk with our team about what else we might do, where else we could take it, but we return back to the same idea of focusing on where we are because it takes so much to make it what it has become."

Guidara says that they were approached by Kevin Boehm and Donnie Madia, both past speakers, after the 2018 conference in New York, about bringing the conference to Chicago "and creating a smaller, regional version of it."

"At first, honestly, we were worried about the idea," Guidara said. "Not because of their ability to make it special, but because the idea of expansion had always given us pause. Having friends like them come to us asking to bring it to their city meant a lot. And their hands, two people who get what the conference is all about, in a city with such a remarkable history of hospitality, we realized how exciting this truly could be."

Speakers for the upcoming conference will be announced in the coming months.

𠇍onnie and I have attended the Welcome Conference since its beginning," said Kevin Boehm, co-founder of Boka Restaurant Group. "Every year, we both would leave the conference incredibly inspired by the theme, talks and the entire hospitality community. At the same time, we always felt that Chicago could benefit to have a similar experience in closer proximity, which is why we initially approached Brian, Will, and Anthony to bring the Welcome Conference to our hometown."

How to Host a Virtual Wine Tasting Event

Did you know that our Wine Guides offer an ultra simple way to host a Traveling Vineyard wine party from home? It’s true! Our virtual wine tasting events are fun, engaging, and hassle-free. Plus, you get to connect safely with friends and family in one wine-derful online space—no travel required. So, how do virtual wine tastings work? Let’s pop the cork on how to host a virtual wine tasting.

Connect with a Wine Guide

Reach out to your favorite Wine Guide and let them know you want to Host a virtual wine tasting. If you haven’t yet met your local Wine Guide (a.k.a. your new best friend), tap here to connect and book. Your Wine Guide will walk you through all the steps and options for your event. Remember, we are licensed to market wine in *39 states!

My Wine Guide talked with me about hosting an online event. I thought why not? No need to clean my house or prepare food. Well, it was a success and I love, love my host perks (20% off bottles and a few free bottles). [She] was amazing advertising my event to my friends. Win-win for everyone! Love Traveling Vineyard!


Choose Your Virtual Tasting Style

You can choose to Host your party as a weeklong Facebook event, where your Wine Guide will keep your friends and family laughing and learning new things about wine all week. Your Wine Guide will also give you personalized advice based on wines you typically buy, and help you find your Traveling Vineyard match! Our wine lovers enjoy this format because it’s a refreshing change from your everyday social media experience—it’s engaging, fun, and you will learn a lot of things you did not know about wine!

Ever thought about becoming a Virtual Wine Guide and earning supplemental income from home? All you need is a passion for wine and Wi-Fi. Tap to learn more.

You can also opt for a guided virtual tasting via your chosen web conference tool, like Zoom. Your Wine Guide will meet you and your friends at a schedule time and talk wine for as long as you like. They will walk you through the steps of tasting wine and then give you some detailed information on our wines. After just one of our events, you will feel better equipped to make great wine choices from both our selections—and anywhere you go to wine!

My online event went way better than I would have expected! My Wine Guide did a great job engaging us every day with descriptions of the wines and fun recipes. I can’t wait for my wine to arrive! My friends and I are planning a Zoom uncorking gathering when everyone has their new treats.


What About Sampling Wine?

Our in-home tastings are designed for wine sampling, but we do offer the option to purchase a Sip Kit for your home tasting or work directly with your Wine Guide to select a suggested pre-order wine to explore and enjoy virtually. We love making your event personal to you and your friends, so start the conversation and about what’s possible for your tasting. The great news? Our Hosts and Guests who have experience virtual tastings without wine, have been extremely pleased with what they learned about our wines, and enjoyed their choices when they arrived to their doorstep!

My Wine Guide’s descriptions of the wine, the recipes, pairing ideas, the photos and people’s comments about the wine made you believe you were tasting it. I’m glad I could help my friends and benefit from the host rewards as well!


Shop Award-Winning Wines Online and Get Rewarded

Place orders for your favorite wines with your Wine Guide, remember six bottles ship free! You can even sign up for our REWINED wine subscription, and start getting curated reds, reds and whites, or sweet wines shipped to you every other month. When you shop during your tasting event, you will enjoy special Host and Guest rewards, too, like discounted wine, half-price accessories, and more.

Are you ready to book an event? Reach out to your Wine Guide or connect with us. It’s that simple. And, when you’re ready to do it all in person, we have you covered. Your Wine Guide loves interacting with you in person and sharing five free bottles of wine with up to 18 guests in your home. Cheers to adventures in wine, online or in-home.

*Enjoy shopping and Hosting with Traveling Vineyard in 39 states, excluding Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Rhode Island, Utah, and Vermont. Live in one of those states? Contact your state legislators to let them know you want a change.


Ready. Set. Grow. Managing Out of the Pandemic Pothole

MBEIC Virtual Industry Day is free to attend for MBEs but you must register. You can register for as many Break-out Sessions as you like. All MBEIC Industry Group Break-Out Sessions are on ZOOM.

The Pandemic has disrupted the entire landscape impacting MBEs differently. RSG to walk through each section and offer counsel, advice, listening ear, and business continuity services via consultants.

  • Sylvester Hester, MBEIC Chairman and Automotive & Manufacturing Industry Leader
  • Charles Moore, President C. L. Moore & Associates, MBEIC Professional Services/Insurance Services/Staffing Industry Leader

Discussion Speakers:

Real World Engagement Consultants

  • T. Renee Smith, CEO of iSuccess Consulting, Inc.
  • Michael Sheppard, CFP IronwoodDrive Financial Group, LLC (IFG)

Real World Engagement Participants

  • Vickie Lewis, President, VMX International, LLC
  • Mariayah Saifuddin, President, Innovative Solution Partners, Inc.
  • John Thompson, President, Diversity Engineering Services, Inc.

Encouragement Speaker:

Ready. Set. Grow. Managing Out of the Pandemic Pothole

MBEIC Virtual Industry Day is free to attend for MBEs but you must register. You can register for as many Break-out Sessions as you like. All MBEIC Industry Group Break-Out Sessions are on ZOOM.

The Pandemic has disrupted the entire landscape impacting MBEs differently. RSG to walk through each section and offer counsel, advice, listening ear, and business continuity services via consultants.

Automotive & Manufacturing and Transportation/Warehousing, Petrochemical and Energy/Utilities Industry Groups

  • Sylvester Hester, MBEIC Chair – Industry Leader Automotive & Manufacturing and
  • Anthony Heath – Industry Leader, Transportation/Warehousing, Petrochemical and Energy/Utilities

Leveraging Relationships for Maximum Business Growth

Every successful business understands the power of relationships in building and growing their business. Join this discussion to learn how to maximize your relationships for maximum business growth.

Discussion Speakers

  • Kelvin Squires, Chief Executive Officer, Center Line Electric, Inc.
  • Jacque Mullins, National Sales Director, ACE Petroleum, Inc.
  • Lena Williams, Deputy Chief Procurement Officer by the Emergency Manager, City of Detroit

Construction Industry Group

  • Roderick Rickman, Chairman, Rickman Enterprise Group LLC – MBEIC Co-Industry Leader
  • Stephanie Burnley, Co-CEO, Devon Group – MBEIC Co-Industry Leader

Construction. Connections. Contracts.

The program provides opportunity for MBEs to connect with corporate members as well as to learn about contracting opportunities with Wayne County Airport Authority.

Discussion Speakers

  • Bryant Holt, Senior Vice President & Chief Development Officer, Wayne County Airport Authority, Detroit
  • Matt Stone, Vice President/Manager of Business Development, Commercial Contracting Corporation

Consumer Products / Commercial / Retail / Hospitality Food & Beverage Industry Group

Brand Savvy: Penetrating the Big Box Retailers—The Untold Story

Many MBEs dream about having their products on the shelves of retail big leagues, such as Walmart, Target, Meijer, and others. Many are clueless about what it takes to not only get there, but stary there. If this is your goal, you want to attend this session where our speakers will share what it takes to penetrate and stay with retail big leagues.

Discussion Speakers

  • Haith Johnson, Le `Host, LLC, President
  • Tiffany Cartwright, Owner, Amarra Products, G.L.A.M.

Healthcare Industry Group

  • Ime Ekpenyong, Ph.D, Chief Executive Officer, ScriptGuideRX (SGRX) – MBEIC Industry Leader, Healthcare

A Future of Brilliance for Diverse Suppliers in Healthcare

It has been said that difficult times bring great opportunity for business. COVID-19 brought many lessons of resilience for diverse suppliers as we saw the landscape change in the healthcare industry. New doors open through innovation and pivoting to support the needs faced by hospital systems across the nation. This session will feature a minority business that made the shift and found success along with legends in healthcare supplier diversity that will highlight how to keep the doors open.

Discussion Speakers

  • Deborah Williams MSM, Sr. Director, Program Management, Supplier Diversity & Sustainability (EPP) Premier GPO
  • Beverly Jennings, Founder and CEO, See Company, Inc.

Professional Services / Insurance Services / Staffing / Education and Government Entities Industry Group

  • Charles Moore, President C. L. Moore & Associates – Industry Leader, Professional Services/Insurance Services/Staffing

Innovative Positioning for Your Business – Due to the effects of COVID-19

Covid-19 has forced many businesses into a new normal. Compelling many of us to reposition and become more innovative with our products and services. What worked Pre – COVID may no longer be affective, so an adjustment to our Marketing, Branding, Advertising, and Business Plan is necessary to survive.

Discussion Speakers:

Telecommunication and Technology Industry Group

  • Eric Hardy, CEO W3R Consulting – MBEIC Industry Leader Telecommunications and Technology

Supplier Diversity Partnership—Microsoft for MBEs

In summer 2020, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced Microsoft would double the number of Black- and African American-owned approved suppliers over the next three years and spend an incremental $500M with those existing and new suppliers. Also announced were additional investments into the Microsoft partner community. What opportunity does this create for your business? Come and find out.

Discussion Speaker:

Covid 19 has brought upon many challenges for businesses and employers. While working from home may be the new normal, there may be unintended consequences from this shift in doing business. This session focuses on employee mental health and wellbeing related to working from home. Dr. Michael Kobernick and Cindy Bjorkquist, mental health and wellbeing experts from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, will be on for a live session to discuss strategies businesses should focus on to improve their employee’s mental health and wellbeing during this pandemic.

A Vineyard Home for Enjoying Wine and Friendship

STEPHANIE BROWNE and her friends have a passion for public service, and a passion for wine. Sometimes they need a place to unwind and, as it were, to uncork. That’s where Ms. Browne’s weekend home comes in.

What better place to plot to change the world than in a cozy house on Martha’s Vineyard?

In 1999, Ms. Browne founded an organization she called Divas Uncorked, and the original mission of the 10 Boston-area professional women who make up the group was to goad vintners and sommeliers into paying more attention to women and African-Americans in their marketing of wine. That goal has led to a Web site (, a conference that attracts women from across the country, and their very own wine, Divas Uncorked chardonnay.

A highlight for the women are their monthly dinners, which spotlight a specific wine region. The women take turns as hosts, and Ms. Browne’s house on the Vineyard, that Massachusetts beacon of island exclusivity off Cape Cod, is often the site of those dinners, which revolve around a theme.

When the group met at Ms. Browne’s Vineyard house in September, for example, she featured Caribbean cuisine, which she paired with Connecticut wines like Haight Vineyard’s chardonnay and merlot.

For Ms. Browne, who is the director of operations for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts, and for her “sisters who sip,” as they refer to themselves, the home is an oasis. The house, snug and cedar-shingled, is in the venerable African-American enclave of Oak Bluffs. It is the perfect setting for their dinners.

Sitting in a grove of hardwoods, the house is entered from a patio, through sliding-glass doors and into the dining room. A white French country table and six matching chairs fill the small space, which is open to the kitchen to the right and the living room straight ahead.

Because a large part of the Vineyard experience is socializing with friends and family, Ms. Browne says, she and her husband, Basil, a high school English teacher in Brockton, Mass., wanted a house with an open-space plan that was “well lit and quiet.”

Among the divas who curl up at Ms. Browne’s place are Carole Alkins, a marketing executive with the Boston Red Sox Callie Crossly, a television journalist and producer Katherine Kennedy, whose coverage of Boston’s busing crisis for The Boston Globe helped the newspaper win a Pulitzer Prize in 1975 and Carolyn Golden Hebsgaard, the executive director of the Boston Lawyers Group.

Besides regularly dining together, the divas are hosts of a handful of public events each year, including the Wine, Women and . Conference in Boston that draws about 200 women to learn about wine. Divas Dine is a series of small educational events held nationwide to educate women about food and wine pairings.

The group is committed to keeping Divas Uncorked small and private, though its Web site encourages other women to create wine clubs and have a how-to guide on their Web site.

But Ms. Browne, who has an easy smile and a calm demeanor, has broader passions than wine and food. Over the years, she has helped organize food and toy drives for charitable organizations in Boston, Dress for Success programs that provide women with professional attire for job interviews, and seminars on financial matters.

“My volunteer work has defined me as a person,” she said. “My confidence to lead, my ability to influence. Everything has come out of my volunteer work.”

Which brings us back to Ms. Browne’s house in Oak Bluffs and those Divas Uncorked dinners. Wine and food pairings are set up in four stations, giving the women the chance to sample food and wine together, rather than just “sloshing down wine,” as Ms. Browne put it.

“It’s like a book club," she added, “but we talk about wine, not books.”

Ms. Browne and her husband bought the three-bedroom house in Oak Bluffs in 2002 after looking for property in the $300,000 to $500,000 range. The couple, who live in Milton, Mass., full time, found the property through a buyer’s broker, and bought it in the “high $300,000 range,” she said.

“We didn’t want to spend a lot to fix up a property in order to move in,” Ms. Browne said as she sipped coffee in the living room recently, her vintage bowling shoes tossed on the floor. “All I had to do was decorate it. I got to piece the whole thing together.”

IT started with a pair of armchairs upholstered in a blue-and-cream sailboat print she found at a consignment shop in Hanover, Mass.

“They were the first two things I bought,” she said. “I liked the nautical theme, and the colors were perfect.”

So she decorated the room around the chairs. A set of moss-green metal stacking chairs sits between them. On the other side of the coffee table is a stone-colored cushy sofa. Wide pine floors and exposed beams throughout the downstairs lend the place warmth.

The house sits on a corner lot in a leafy neighborhood in Oak Bluffs, a town on the Vineyard that has long attracted African-American professionals, whose lives there were chronicled in Dorothy West’s best-selling novel, “The Wedding” (1995).

People of African descent first came to the island in the 17th century as slaves for the early settlers. After slavery was abolished, freed African-Americans gravitated to Oak Bluffs, and in the 1930s, local black landowners built businesses and houses in the town, which was the only one on the island that welcomed blacks.

Ms. Browne first visited Martha’s Vineyard in 1984 an aunt from New York had rented a house the week before Labor Day, when many African-Americans were on the island. “It was like a homecoming gathering,” she said, “seeing people from across the country that you hadn’t seen in awhile.”

Staying connected with people matters to Ms. Browne, who was born in Monterey, Calif., but grew up in Columbus, Ohio, where her mother, Margaret Lotharp, encouraged her and her younger brother to volunteer with the local Y.M.C.A. “My mother always felt it was important to work in the community,” she said.

Ms. Browne moved to Boston from Southern California in the early 1980s. She worked full time in customer service for MCI while taking a full course load at Cambridge College, earning both undergraduate and graduate degrees in education in 1988. In Boston, she gravitated toward the local chapter of the Coalition of 100 Black Women, a national mentoring organization of women of color with a strong focus on community service.

Her career has included positions in telecommunications, beginning with a job as an information technology consultant with ITT in Arizona in the mid-1980s. In addition to her job at Blue Cross and Blue Shield, she is the chairwoman of the foundation board of the Whittier Street Health Center in Roxbury.

She and her husband have an 18-year-old daughter, Desiree, who attends Columbia University.

Ms. Browne’s volunteer work was, she says, a “wonderful way to meet other African-American people” from all over the Boston region. A core group of these women stayed friends for a decade, and that led to Divas Uncorked.

Ms. Browne credits her mother’s bridge club as the inspiration for the wine club.

“Getting ready for bridge club was an all-day affair,” she said. “When the ladies were coming, you had to have the right silverware, the right linens. The special china we didn’t even know existed came out. I remember hearing the laughter downstairs.”

What started as a social and education group has evolved into a business. Earlier this year, the group began selling Divas Uncorked chardonnay, which is produced and distributed by the Mendocino Wine Company of Ukiah, Calif.

Divas Uncorked hopes to start selling a red next year and is thinking about what other branded products it might develop.

While Ms. Browne makes it clear that Divas Uncorked is now a business, giving back to the community is part of the group’s mission. In addition to their individual charitable causes, the women of Divas Uncorked collectively support the Anthony Spinazzola Foundation, which helps young people learn about the culinary arts.

“We’re change agents,” Ms. Browne said. “Most of us grew up during the 1950s and 1960s, when a lot of change was taking place for African-Americans. We’re always trying to make things better.”

September 2016: Paris on the Plains Cocktail Festival (Kansas City)

The Paris on the Plains Cocktail Festival (Aug. 26–29) is an annual celebration of a few things Kansas City loves most: barbecue, music and cocktails. The heart of the festival is the Paris on the Plains Bartending Competition, a once regional cocktail competition that has since become national. During the four-day festival, visitors can attend seminars given by some of the industry’s best luminaries, including Steve Olson, Matt Seiter and festival founders Brandon Cummins, Doug Frost and Ryan Maybee, and hit events such as the Kansas City Showcase, a charity evening that highlights local bartenders and chefs. Make sure to stop by the old Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange for a taste of Rieger’s Kansas City whiskey, a blend of corn, malt and straight rye whiskey and just a touch of oloroso sherry—a revival of a historical style of whiskey made in the City of Fountains.

Here's How to Have Your Own Virtual Dinner Party During Coronavirus Quarantine

Just because we can&rsquot go out doesn&rsquot mean we need to feel isolated.

States and cities around the country have begun shutting down bars, restaurants (for all but takeout and delivery), and most other places where people like to meet up and socialize. This new state of affairs certainly isn’t a welcome change, at least judging by the frustrating number of people who packed into bars on the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day.

But just because we’re social distancing doesn’t mean we need to cut ourselves off from friends and loved ones. That’s where the concept of the video conference dinner party comes in, the best way to go out while staying in. Here are some tips for how to go about it.

Obviously, the first and most important thing is a way to pick a group of people and connect them. If you have an existing group thread with your friends or family, that’s a great way to pick the invite list. Hopefully scheduling shouldn’t be too much of an issue since we all should pretty much be stuck inside. If they aren’t, try to gently but firmly encourage them to stay in for the good of their community if they’re at all able to, and use this as a way to remind them that they don’t have to become a total hermit.

Next, figure out how to get everyone on the same screen. The first time I tried this out, we used Zoom, which you might be familiar with through work video conferences. It worked well for getting a large group on screen together, especially once you toggle gallery mode and can see everyone at once. It’s free to sign up and host a meeting, but video conferences of three or more are limited to 40 minutes unless you upgrade your membership. If you know someone who gets access to Zoom through work, put them in charge of setting everything up and hopefully you can bypass that restriction. If that doesn’t work, Skype lets you put together video calls of up to 50 people at once. If everyone’s in the Apple ecosystem, Facetime can handle up to 32 people at a time.

Now, the fun part: eating together. If your family/friends know their way around a kitchen and have the ability to stock up on ingredients, pick a recipe (maybe a family favorite) and try to make it together, possibly incorporating cook time into the chat to help out anyone who needs tips. Ideally, opt for something simple𠅋oth in terms of culinary skill and required ingredients—to make it easier for everyone to participate.

If cooking isn’t your thing, turn it into a de facto night out at a restaurant by ordering delivery from a local favorite that’ll definitely appreciate the business. If you live in the same neighborhood but social distancing is keeping you separated, you can even think about ordering from the same place so it’s really like you’re all sitting down at the same restaurant together.

From there, all you have to do is set up in an appropriate spot and enjoy some tech-assisted time together. If you’ve stocked up on booze, there’s no reason this video dinner party can’t transition into a regular party either. Thanks to screen/audio sharing (at least in Zoom), you can all put on the same playlist or movie and enjoy a night out from the comfort of your couch. If that doesn’t work, syncing a shared streaming playlist on your phones is super easy. From experience, I can attest that drinking with friends remotely is a lot more relaxed than a night out at a crowded bar— not to mention healthier for both your wallet and the general public at large.

We’re all going to give up on certain things we’re used to if we’re to pull through this together, but that doesn’t mean giving up on your social life. WIth the right technology, good food, and great company, we can all enjoy a little time together even in a moment like this.

Jennie-O Announces Celebrity Line-up for its 1-800-TURKEYS Hotline

Thanksgiving Day is less than ten days away and the makers of the iconic JENNIE-O ® turkey brand have enlisted the help of culinary experts to answer consumers&rsquo questions about preparing their holiday meals. Not only will chefs be on hand to take calls at 1-800-TURKEYS, this year&rsquos line-up of culinary all-stars includes popular TV cooking competition winners and producers, a chef who is Recent Deaf and bilingual, Spanish speaking chefs.

From Nov. 19-25, during normal business hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT, the following chefs and turkey aficionados will be working the 1-800-TURKEYS hotline:

  • Chef MacKenzie Smith @grilledcheesesocial &ndash Smith is a two-time Food Network champ, popular social media influencer, blogger and cookbook author. Among many accolades, Smith was named one of Refinery29&rsquos Top 10 New York City Food Instagrams to Follow as well as one of Thrillist&rsquos 24 New York City Instagrams You Need to Follow Right Now. She will be answering hotline calls on Nov. 19 and then again on Nov. 24. Smith is not only an expert on cheese, she also describes her food genre as &ldquocomfort food that feeds the soul.&rdquo
  • Bev Weidner @bevcooks &ndash Bev Weidner has been sharing &ldquosimple, fun and fresh&rdquo recipes, plus stories, music and advice on her blog BevCooks since 2010. Often seen on Food Network digital, with recipes published everywhere from BuzzFeed to Self to, Bev hosts an online community for people who believe that everything is better with creative comfort food, a good rosé and a good laugh. She will be taking calls on Nov. 20.
  • Chef Hadassah Patterson @hadassahpatterson &ndash She holds degrees in both Culinary and Hospitality Management and is fond of global cuisine. In other words, she cooks (and eats) from every culture possible. In addition, Patterson specializes in dedicated gluten-free cooking with an emphasis on remaking American and Southern classics to a standard that is delicious regardless of dietary need. Patterson is Recent Deaf and is fluent in American Sign Language. She will be taking calls on Nov. 20, by appointment. Callers can schedule a time to meet with Patterson by contacting a Jennie-O specialist through the online chat on the company&rsquos website, texting the word Turkey to 73876 or by calling 1-800-TURKEYS.
  • Chef Richard Ingraham @chefrli &ndash Ingraham is an L.A. based, private chef to Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade and cookbook author. His new cookbook Eating Well to Win, Inspired Living Through Inspired Cooking, showcases delicious, flavorful recipes that help Chef Richard&rsquos celebrity clientele of entertainers and top athletes in the NBA, MLB and NFL reach their peak performance. Ingraham&rsquos recipes are also inspired by his soul cooking background. He will be answering consumer questions at 1-800-TURKEYS on Nov. 20.
  • Chef and Sommelier Christina Machamer @chef.cmac &ndash Machamer earned the coveted champion title on FOX&rsquos Hell&rsquos Kitchen, served as executive sous chef under Chef Gordon Ramsay and worked with Chef Thomas Keller on the opening of Bouchon Bistro in Yountville, Calif. She specializes in wine country cuisine with French and Northern Italian influence, and will be taking calls on Nov. 20, Nov. 24 and Nov. 25.
  • Dan Phelps @learningtosmoke &ndash Phelps is a BBQ Smoke fan turned social media influencer, and he&rsquos on the journey to becoming a full-time pitmaster. Consumers can ask him for his expert advice about grilling and smoking a turkey on Nov. 23.
  • Chef Adrianne Calvo @chefadrianne &ndash Graduate of Johnson and Wales University, American chef and TV personality, cookbook author, worked with legendary Chefs Thomas Kellar and Cindy Pawlcyn, Miami&rsquos Best Chef 2018 by Miami New Times, Chef owner of three Miami restaurants Chef Adrianne&rsquos Vineyard and Bar, Redfish by Chef Adrianne and Cracked by Chef Adrianne signature Maximum Flavor culinary style.
  • Chef Grace Ramirez @chefgraceramirez &ndash Miami-born and Venezuela-raised, Ramirez has lived all over the world and built a career that is highly engaged in food-related philanthropic efforts with global organizations including World Central Kitchen. In 2018, she was the recipient of the Distinguished Latina Star Award by the Puerto Rican Bar Association and was featured in Cherrybombe&rsquos 100. A cookbook author and TV personality, Ramirez is the host of the hit series Destino con sabor and De chuparse los dedos, and a judge on the all-new original series Chef a domicilio. She is bilingual, Spanish speaking and will be answering questions on the hotline Nov. 25.
  • Chef Matt Abdoo @pigbeachnyc, @mattabdoo &ndash This classically trained chef turned restaurateur is owner of Pig Beach in N.Y. and Fla. Abdoo describes his culinary expertise as ranging from New York Times 4-star Italian cuisine to championship low-and-slow BBQ. His bona fides includes taking first place at the World Series of BBQ Competition in Memphis in May and Eater&rsquos Best Burger in New York City, N.Y. Abdoo is scheduled to take hotline calls on Nov. 25.

Additionally, Patterson, Calvo, Phelps and Ingraham will partner with Jennie-O to offer online cooking classes Nov. 21 via Zoom. Each is set to demonstrate a different technique for cooking a turkey. &ldquoWe know that the holidays are going to look different this year and we expect there to be a lot of first-time hosts making that Thanksgiving meal,&rdquo said Nicole Behne, vice president marketing at Jennie-O. &ldquoIt&rsquos more important now than ever to provide consumers with resources to keep the holidays stress-free and we&rsquore happy to help by providing access to experts like these that can help ensure this meal is a success.&rdquo

Aside from the 1-800-TURKEYS hotline, home cooks can also reach a Jennie-O consumer engagement specialist via live chat at the JENNIE-O ® brand website and, new this year, by texting the word Turkey to 73876 through November 29. From calculators that tell the host how much turkey to buy, to full menus for Thanksgiving dinner and inspiring suggestions for preparing tasty leftovers, Jennie-O offers easy solutions for any holiday meal. Consumers can even track their fresh or frozen JENNIE-O ® whole turkey back to its originating farm through the JENNIE-O ® Turkey Tracker.

Roast Turkey with Oranges, Bay Leaves, Red Onions, and Pan Gravy

Active time: 1 hr Start to finish: 4 hr

We think all turkeys are improved by brining (soaking in salted water), but it's a cumbersome process that few holiday schedules can accommodate. We found kosher turkeys, which are salted during the koshering process, to be just as flavorful and succulent as brined ones, without all the fuss. However, if you'd like to try brining, just stir together 8 quarts water with 2 cups kosher salt in a 5-gallon bucket lined with a large heavy-duty garbage bag, and soak turkey, covered and chilled, 10 hours. If you don't have room in your refrigerator, executive editor John Willoughby recommends brining in a large plastic cooler, using freezer packs to keep the water cool and replacing them as needed.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the main holidays in Turkey?

The following are the main festivals in Turkey:
1. New Year’s Day: 1 January
2. National Sovereignty & Children’s Day: 23 April
3. Labour Day: 1 May
4. Commemoration of Ataturk, Youth and Sports Day: 19 May
5. Victory Day: 30 August
6. Republic Day: 29 October

What do people celebrate in Turkey?

Friday is known as Sunday in Turkey as it is the traditional Islamic weekly holiday.

What is Turkey famous for?

Turkey is known for its significant geographical location.

Is Friday a public holiday in Turkey?

Yes, Friday is a public holiday in Turkey.

Does Turkey celebrate Easter?

Yes, Easter is celebrated in Turkey and for the best experience, one must visit any of the ancient church here.

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