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SEEDs of Change Coming for Miami Beach Wine & Food Festival Seekers The 2nd Annual SEED Food & Wine Festival Returns to South Beach – Eat. Drink. Enjoy. Consciously.

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The culinary tides are changing for foodies and oenophiles up and down the hot, sexy shores of Miami Beach this November. The 2nd Annual SEED Food & Wine Festival will be ushering in a new era of conscious culinary innovation, by serving up sustainability one conscious bite at a time, to South Beach festival fans this Fall. This unique culinary event is perched upon the apex of a new foodie era, offering up the only plant based food and wine festival in the United States. Event Co-Founders Alison Burgos and Michelle Gaber, are pleased to announce the return of the Festival.

“We are excited to be bringing the Seed Food and Wine festival back to Miami for its second year, and look forward to showcasing to the world the powerful conscious community that is alive and thriving in South Florida,” says Alison Burgos, SEED’s Co-Founder and Director.

In its inaugural year, SEED impressed festival goers with a literal green bounty of tasty tidbits accompanied by a plethora of high profile celebrities and healthy living icons. Last year’s festival was attended by food lovers of all kinds; from omnivores to vegans to Paleo eaters—SEED welcomes everyone who enjoys amazing food and exciting culinary events. This year’s Festival will continue to ride on the wave of food based conversations that are a trending topic within the culinary community.

“We are grateful that Seed has had the opportunity to elevate the conversation about our health, our planet and the welfare of animals. This year we have even more events designed to celebrate conscious plant based living from dinners to fitness to film to art,” says Michelle Gaber, SEED’s Co-Founder and Director.

SEED Festival guests can be sure to expect a selection of experiences to satisfy any tasty craving or vino fixation. The Festival weekend kicks-off on Wednesday night with a compelling Film Screening. Thursday night will premiere the 1st annual Burger Battle; complete with ‘green carpet’ this is a throw down not to miss. The return of the Farm to Table Dinner will grace Friday’s Eve, hosted by five celebrity chefs and local farmers that have planted specifically for this culinary veg-out event. A 5k SEED Run kicks off Saturday morning, which is followed by the Outdoor Yoga Experience in the afternoon. The flag ship Festival Day and Grande Tasting starts Saturday afternoon and will showcase an unparalleled display of food, wines and spirits, served with a side of celebrity at the culinary demo’s stage. Artfully closing Saturday night is a Modern Dinner Experience. Sunday morning begins with a new Mantra Yoga Brunch presented by Mantra Yoga & Healthy Magazine. Concluding the Festival is a celebration for the wee consumer at Sprouts Kids Day.

“Plant based living and veganism is a hot topic today and SEED is just the place to experience that conversation in a fun and sexy atmosphere. Having the opportunity to bring a conversation about conscious living to our community has been a transformative experience,” adds Alison Burgos.

National travelers are invited to stay at the official festival host hotel, The Thompson – Miami Beach. All attendees are invited to continue their conscious excursions at the Thompson Hotel with a luxury spa treatment, partake in a yoga class, walk on the white sandy Miami beaches or stop by the SEED Welcome Desk to pick up tickets and get tips on fun outings and sustainable, plant friendly options.

Tickets for the 2015 SEED Food & Wine Festival go on-sale on August 1st, 2015. Visit for tickets and more information.

About the SEED Food & Wine Festival

Seed Food & Wine, is the first plant-based food and wine festival in the country. SFWF celebrates delicious plant-based foods, fine wines, craft beers, spirits, and lifestyle products and companies, while raising health awareness. Events include upscale dinners, film screening, garden parties, and a Southern brunch, all leading up to a large-scale outdoor festival and grand tasting featuring food, wine, juices, music, gifts, organic body care, clothing, yoga, and everything that celebrates conscious plant-based living. The Festival will gather some of the most talented speakers, chefs, celebrities, athletes and authors for a fun, educational, sexy, hip – and most of all – delicious week of food, cocktails, film, parties, and events.More information on the Festival can be found at


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Hyatt House Pleasant Hill Announces Its Napa Valley Wine Package – Wine Lovers Feel at Home in Napa Valley

Pleasant Hill, CA (PRWEB) April 09, 2015

For travelers looking for a Napa Valley Wine Country escape, the newly-renovated Hyatt House Pleasant Hill is a contemporary styled hotel with all the comforts of home and affordable specials. Located in the San Francisco North Bay area, less than 40 minutes from Napa Valley, Hyatt House Pleasant Hill is an intimate and comfortable retreat for travelers on their way to experience California’s breathtaking wine country.

And the great news is that Hyatt House Pleasant Hill has just announced its new Napa Valley Wine Package, which includes:    

Bottle of Napa Valley wine
Welcome Bag filled with 2 for 1 tasting coupons, Napa Valley information and maps
Complimentary hot breakfast buffet
Complimentary Wi-Fi and parking

Hyatt House Pleasant Hill offers residential-style studios and suites with modern décor, wood floors, work space, complimentary Wi-Fi, fully equipped kitchens and grocery shopping service so you can maintain your lifestyle while embarking on California adventure. This innovative Bay Area hotel features an outdoor pool and spa, fitness center, a guest market, and a complimentary hot breakfast omelet station. Guests can swing by the H Bar for small plates, appetizers, cocktails, beer and wine in the free-flowing lobby.

While it’s easy to stay and relax at the Hyatt House, guests can easily explore the beautiful Napa Valley Wine Country, a short drive across the Bay. About 40 minutes away, travelers discover a breathtaking landscape of rolling hills, more than 200 beautiful wineries and vineyards, charming tasting rooms, and endless outdoor activities. Foodies will find culinary heaven at wonderful restaurants, like the French Laundry and Napa Valley Bistro, the genesis of the farm-to table dining culture on the California coast.

Hyatt House is an easy drive to many exciting Napa Valley attractions, including the Napa Valley Wine Train, a 3-hour food and wine adventure in vintage rail cars through the magnificent vine-dotted countryside. Experience a hot air balloon ride over the enchanting valley, indulge in unforgettable wine tasting tours, bike along the Napa Valley Wine Trail, and enjoy concerts at the Napa Valley Performing Arts in Yountville – all a scenic drive from the hotel.

At Hyatt House Pleasant Hill, guests experience the Napa Valley Wine Country with ease, and can retreat to the hotel to unwind, check email and enjoy a bottle of wine in the contemporary comforts of a home-style suite. A House Host will provide a wine opener or anything else guests need to kick back and toast to the California adventure. At Hyatt House, travel is as easy as the laid-back California lifestyle.

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Located off I-680 in the Bay Area, Hyatt House Pleasant Hill is a contemporary lifestyle hotel where business and vacation travelers can relax, work, meet, dine and enjoy the freedom to live well on the road. Hyatt House Pleasant Hill features modern studios and suites with full kitchens, meeting space, a business center, and H Bar, serving light fare, cocktails, wine and beer. Guests wake up to the hearty complimentary breakfast, enjoy a swim in the heated outdoor pool, grab food to go from the guest market and keep up workout rituals in the fitness center. Whether visiting for a wine country getaway or a business event, Hyatt House Pleasant Hill is the place to be you while exploring Northern California.

November 2014 Savannah Food and Wine Festival

Savannah, Georgia (PRWEB) November 28, 2014

Foodies and oenophiles – pack your bags and hop a train to Georgia! It’s time for an entire week of fabulous wining and dining at the Savannah Food & Wine Festival. From November 10 through 16, enjoy wine dinners, tastings, classes, exhibits, art, authors, and a whole lot of Southern hospitality throughout unique and charming seaside city of Savannah. Festivities culminate in the main event on Saturday – A Taste of Savannah.

This year’s Taste stretches from Ellis Square to Johnson Square and features food from some of best Savannah restaurants, hundreds of spirits and wines, a Belgian beer garden, cooking demonstrations, art, a Celebrity Author’s Tent, Bartender’s Challenge, Waiter’s Race, activities for kids, and more. Many of the individual events are located close to downtown Savannah Georgia hotels, so make a reservation and check out some of these Festival highlights:

Monday, November 10 – Bethesda Farm to Table Dinner at Bethesda Academy, featuring Georgia Grown products and local chefs. Reception at 5:00 PM, dinner at 6:00 PM.

Tuesday, November 11 – Master Class Series begins at the 700 Kitchen Cooking School, Mansion on Forsyth Park. Join three top chefs and a Master Sommelier in this series of four interactive and highly enjoyable food and wine classes, presented from Tuesday through Thursday.

Wednesday, November 12 – Celebrity Chef Tour at The Manson on Forsyth Park. Reception at 6:00 PM, dinner at 7:00 PM.

Thursday, November 13 –

Grand Reserve Tasting at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, 5:30 to 7:30 PM.

Friday, November 14 –

Learning Experiences at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center include six mouthwatering demonstrations of southern cooking, food and wine pairings, the art of bourbon, and grilling techniques.

Saturday, November 15 -

Taste of Savannah at Ellis Square from 1:00 to 5:00 PM (VIP Lounge ticketholders have early access at noon for tastings of select wines, craft cocktails and delicious treats, as well as meet-and-greet with celebrity winemakers, authors and chefs).

Sunday, November 16 -

Jazz & Bubbles Brunch at Aqua Star at the Westin Savannah from 12:30 to 3:30 PM. What a lovely way to say “Until next year, ya’ll.”


Savannah has any number of quality lodging choices, but here are three excellent downtown Savannah Georgia hotels to consider:

Andaz Savannah, 14 Barnard Street on Ellis Square – sleek, arty, urban, relaxed. This Historic District hotel is walking distance to cafés, top-rated restaurants, shopping, historic homes, Ghost Tours and the river front. Very southern yet very modern, guests love the hospitable service, welcome cocktail, complimentary in-room snacks, and inviting breakfast buffet. The hotel has a pool and workout room, so no need to forego your fitness routine for travel.

The Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront, 102 West Bay Street – vintage, warm, oak and brick, antiques. Wake up to a view of the Savannah River before a day of Broughton and River Street shopping, then enjoy cocktails, dinner, and sunset from the rooftop terrace. This eclectic boutique hotel offers top-notch service in a great location. Spotless guestrooms include all the modern conveniences, including complimentary Internet access.

Westin Savannah Harbor and Golf Resort on Hutchinson Island – golf, beaches, luxury, peaceful. This modern resort hotel in the heart of the historic Savannah River District has it all including a spa, a fitness center, and dock and marina services. A complimentary water ferry ride will take you to River Street where you’ll be within walking distance or a carriage ride away from popular Savannah attractions. Many 2014 Savannah Wine & Food Festival events – the Grand Reserve Tasting, Le Grande Cochon, Winemaker Cellar Dinner, and the Jazz & Bubbles Brunch – are hosted by the Westin Savannah Harbor. How convenient!


The “Hostess City of the South” is renowned for its historic past, its checkerboard of 22 park-like squares, and its unique culture – so vividly painted by John Berendt in his New York Times bestseller Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. In addition to an extremely healthy food and wine presence, modern day Savannah offers a lifestyle that is increasingly attractive to Boomers and retirees. Shopping, museums, the arts community, period architecture, educational and lifelong learning opportunities, and a long list of intriguing residents, past and present, are just some of the draws. Homes for sale in Savannah Georgia average in the $ 250K selling price range, making it an affordable choice, as well. In 2012, this coastal Georgia jewel was named one of the Best Cities to Retire In by Forbes magazine, and Money Magazine named Savannah one of the Top 100 Places to Retire. We can’t disagree!

Savannah, founded in 1733 and the oldest city in Georgia, is situated along the intracoastal waterways, 20 miles upriver from the Atlantic Ocean. Although buffered by barrier islands of the Georgia northern coastal region, an occasional hurricane can add some excitement. With a moderate to tropical climate, residents enjoy water and outdoor sports almost year around. Golf, fishing and boating are favorite pastimes. The beaches of Hilton Head Island and Tybee Island are short drives from downtown Savannah. Dozens of beautiful gated and master-planned communities in Savannah, represented by some of the best real estate agents in Savannah GA, take full advantage of Lowcountry waterways and tranquil landscapes.

Life in Savannah is punctuated by culture and the arts, offering such attractions as the incredible Telfair Museums, The Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah Dance Theatre, the Savannah Philharmonic, The Savannah Jazz Festival, the Savannah Theatre, and many other arts organizations. Over 200 festivals take place annually in and around Savannah celebrating the cuisine, culture and history of the area. Historic homes, cemeteries and forts offer tours. Local universities, such as Savannah State and Armstrong State, and satellite campuses such as Georgia Tech and Georgia Southern provide endless opportunities for academic experiences and lifelong learning.

Savannah’s neighborhoods are diverse, offering something for all tastes. In addition to the Savannah Historic District, there are four other historic districts in the greater Savannah area. More than 100 neighborhoods dot Downtown, Midtown, Southside, Eastside, Westside, and Southwest Savannah. There are approximately 2,000 homes for sale in Savannah, Georgia, at any given time – with a buyer’s market currently prevailing in many quarters. After a week of Savannah fun, food, hospitality and culture, folks just may decide Savannah is the place to spend the next phase of life.

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