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Chef Judson Todd Allen to make appearance at the
15th annual Portland Jerk Festival
Held in the birthplace of jerk cuisine, The Portland Jerk Festival is the Caribbean’s largest food celebration.
Chicago native, International Celebrity Chef, Judson Todd Allen, headlines the festival, where he will fuse his trademark bold flavors with traditional authentic Jerk. This will be Judson’s second visit to the island as part of The Melting Pot Movement* ™. Following the festival, the Food Network Alum is excited to share his new jerk inspired healthy recipes with his clients including executives from NBC and corporations including Walgreens and the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), as well as moguls in entertainment such as
national radio and TV talk show host Steve Harvey, along with Emmy® Award winning Casting Director Robi Reed of Black Entertainment Television (BET) and the Reed For Hope Foundation (RFHF). Known as the ‘Architect of Flavor®’, Chef Judson’s mission is to design powerhouse flavors that change the way people think and feel about healthier foods. Learn more at www.JudsonToddAllen.com
*The Melting Pot Movement is a platform through which Kyu Melange (Q-Mey-Longe) executes is social mission. Kyu Melange is a luxury fashion and lifestyle company based in New York. Learn more at www.KyuMelange
‘Next Food Network Star’ Finalist Inspires to Live Healthy
He’s been in the company of celebrity chefs like Alton Brown, Guy Fieri and Giada De Laurentiis. And now chef Judson Todd Allen, a former finalist on the “The Next Food Network Star,” will grace Naperville Public Library with his wide smiles, delicious eats and healthy tips.
Recognized as the bow tie-wearing, stylish chef who shed more than 100 pounds by cooking healthy, Allen will be the special guest speaker during the library’s Healthy, Wealthy & Wise celebration from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. Along with offering food samples of his salsa, Allen also will share his personal journey of losing weight.
The Chicago native founded Healthy Infused Cuisine, a Chicago-based company that provides healthy, gourmet cuisine through meal delivery, personal chef services and catering. Along with the Food Network, Allen has appeared on the “Steve Harvey Show” and a variety of local news programs.
“At my highest weight, I was 350 pounds,” Allen said during his appearance on the “Steve Harvey Show.” “It got so bad that my mother had to put a lock on the refrigerator to keep me from opening it. I was addicted.”
Chef Judson Allen Shares His Love For Juicy, Tender Pork
DES MOINES, Iowa, Jan. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — During February’s American Heart Month, we’re reminded of how important it is to take care of our hearts. This is especially important for African Americans, who are at highest risk of high blood pressure – which increases risk for heart disease. Together with Chef Judson Allen – a “Food Network Star” finalist – the National Pork Board is encouraging Americans to try lean, heart-healthy pork cuts in modernized family recipes that taste great.
“When I made the decision to incorporate more healthy foods into my diet, I wanted to be able to keep the soulful aromas and flavors from the dishes that I grew up eating,” said Chef Allen, who lost 150-plus pounds while still enjoying his favorite foods. “That’s why many of my new recipes include pork tenderloin – you can still get that delicious flavor you love and feel good about your choice because it’s as lean as skinless chicken breast.”
Love at First Bite
For Chef Allen, Sunday night dinners together with family were always a memorable time growing up – the one night when the women stepped out of the kitchen so the men of his family could prepare savory fried pork and collard greens. To recreate the same flavors he remembers enjoying, he now makes pork tenderloin stuffed with greens and caramelized onions, brushed with a sweet and spicy apple-infused BBQ sauce and roasted to perfection.
To try Chef Allen’s BBQ Roasted Pork Tenderloin Stuffed with Collard Greens and Caramelized Onions (link to recipe) and other heart-healthy, delicious options, visit www.porkbeinspired.com.
2014 Sunshine Beyond Summer Press Release
LOS ANGELES (September 9, 2014) – Emmy® Award-winning casting director and talent executive Robi Reed and The Reed For Hope Foundation (RFHF) have announced plans for the 12th annual end-of-summer event, “Sunshine Beyond Summer” (SBS) Celebration – The Day Party With A Purpose, scheduled for Saturday, September 13, 2014 at a private estate in Beverly Hills, California. As one of the most highly-coveted invites in the entertainment industry, Reed brings together a select, diverse group of industry tastemakers, ranging from Hollywood’s ‘It List’ to close friends, colleagues and associates, for a fundraiser unlike any other.
The special event will be hosted by actress/model Eva Marcille (“America’s Next Top Model”), with music spun by DJ Tendaji Lathan, special musical performances by singer/songwriter Goapele, jazz instrumentals of hip-hop hits by the Hidden Beach Experience featuring Unwrapped, and a surprise musical guest. Guests will also enjoy a healthy food menu prepared by celebrity chef Judson Todd Allen.
National Restaurant Association & McCormick For
Chefs Announce Winners of Inaugural Kids Recipe Challenge
(Washington, D.C.) The National Restaurant Association announced the winners of the Kids Recipe Challenge, a new initiative showcasing restaurants’ culinary ingenuity for creating healthful menu options for children. Created with founding partner McCormick For Chefs®, the Food Away From Home business of McCormick & Company, the contest recognizes delicious and nutritious recipes from children’s menus at restaurants and foodservice establishments nationwide.
The Kids Recipe Challenge involved an “industry tested, kid approved” approach, with a panel of industry professionals selecting finalists and approximately 30 children choosing the winners at an event at the McCormick World of Flavors store in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor Saturday.
Chicago Chefs and Local Food Lovers Unite for the Right to Food
Grab your fork and get ready for a fantastic food experience that will make your stomach happy while helping others. On Thursday, October 9, fifteen of Chicago’s most talented chefs will offer sweet and savory tastes while supporting efforts to end food insecurity for the nearly 50 million people in America who lack reliable access to sufficient, affordable, and nutritious food; 16 million of those are children. A Taste for Change: The Right to Food supports the Shriver Center’s work to reduce hunger by improving access to SNAP benefits (formerly food stamps) and other nutrition programs relied on by millions of families and children in Illinois and across the U.S.
DJ Megan Taylor will turn out sweet sounds while guests sip beer, wine and cocktails and mingle over delectable dishes such as Acanto’s Amberjack aigre-dolce with crisp panelle, guanciale, and huckleberry; EL Ideas’ signature French fries and frosty; and Bittersweet’s Passion fruit meringues, vanilla sour cream cheesecake squares, and chocolate peanut butter torte. The benefit will feature remarks by Chef Judson Todd Allen of Healthy Infused Cuisine, a passionate advocate for ending childhood obesity and changing the way people think and feel about healthier foods. A raffle will offer guests the chance to win luxurious dining, spa services, and other prizes.
Chef Blend Weekend with Celebrity Chef Judson Todd Allen, by Gina Bee
This weekend, you will want to join Chef Judson Todd Allen, the “Architect of Flavor,” for his first annual Chef Blend event! It is definitely the place you wantto be. Judson Todd Allen, celebrity chef and former “Next Food Network Star” contestant, is a Chicago native and entrepreneur whose mission is to eradicate childhood obesity at the community level. How wonderful is that? He has partnered with the University of Chicago charter schools in an effort to work with children who live in underprivileged areas and food deserts to teach them to source fresh, healthy food and in turn educate their families about nutritious and flavorful food. By orchestrating this weekend of events, Judson hopes to reinforce his platform that healthy and flavorful food is within reach for everyone.
The activities kick off on the evening of Thursday, January 15th at 6:00pm at the Chopping Block in the Merchandise Mart Plaza with a chef competition, where teams of gourmands compete in a challenge using a basket of mystery ingredients!
American Celebrity Chef treats special needs children
While embarking on a culinary tour of Jamaica, American celebrity chef Judson Todd Allen shared his healthy creations with the children of the Early Stimulation Plus Childhood Development Centre during a lunch time treat on Monday, September 22, 2014.
Held at the centre’s East Kingston base, the chef treated over 100 Special Needs students to vegetarian wraps. Chef Judson is CEO and Executive Chef of Healthy Infused Cuisine, a premium cuisine company that provides customized personal and event services for clients who desire healthier food choices. The chef is a former season eight finalist of popular American reality show ‘Food Network Star’ and has catered for the likes of TV host Steve Harvey and broadcast network NBC.
Chef Judson emphasizes philanthropy in his work and contributes his time and resources to organizations such as Reed For Hope and the Jamie Foxx Foundation. He is currently in the island as part of the launch of The Melting Pot Movement introduced by Jamaican Kesi Gibson. The movement, which is based in New York, is a social impact initiative of Gibson’s fashion house Kyu Melange.
Gibson is filming Chef Judson’s tour for a culinary documentary that will be submitted for consideration to a number of film festivals. Some of the documentary will also be used in the global documentary for The Melting Pot Movement with local contributions from Jay Will Films and photography by William Richards.
My Kingston – Chef Judson Todd Allen
“Architect of Flavour”, Executive Chef and CEO, Healthy Infused Cuisine, LLC
What were your first impressions of Kingston?
It was definitely a surprise for me because I expected these white sandy beaches and exotic fruit trees to greet me as I got off the plane; however, it felt more metro-like. My immediate feeling was that Kingston was going to offer a colourful experience that some of the more tourist locations could not deliver on. Oh yes, my stomach immediately began growling as all I could think about was stopping to grab some “street food” that smelled so good!!
What was the most memorable meal you enjoyed in Kingston?
The most memorable meal I had was my very first gastronomic experience on the island. Nestled in the chaotic maze of Hellshire Beach was Screechie’s, known for their Pumpkin Stew Fish, this creamy and hearty bowl of stew studded with just the right amount of spices gave me everything. But the ultimate foodgasmic experience came from the Fried Fish with Escoveitch and the Festival. It’s something about the vinegar and spicy Scotch bonnet escoveitch with the crispy yet succulent piece of fish that sent me into a sublime state!
UPTOWN Magazine To Host 1st Annual UPTOWN Uncorked Food & Wine Festival
Sponsored by Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines, Cuisine Noir and Aspire, more than 300 wine connoisseurs from across the country will take part in a uniquely curated‚ 5-star immersion into Napa Valley culture. The premier destination weekend will feature grand tastings from select wineries‚ private vineyard tours‚ golf tournament‚ yoga‚ live music, spas and comedy.
Event goers will enjoy culinary delights prepared by celebrity chefs, including Herb Wilson, Roblé Ali, Julius Russell, Michele Wilson and Judson Todd Allen throughout the weekend’s events, including catered lunches, nightly dinners and daily cooking demos. In addition, lead sommelier Andre Mack and winemakers The McBride sisters will lead wine tastings and classes. Confirmed celebrity guests include Cynthia Bailey, Peter Thomas, Nicole Ari Parker, Boris Kodjoe and Chris Spencer. Tours will also be taken to several private Diageo vineyards across the region, including Acacia, Sterling, Beaulieu and Provenance vineyards.
“We are excited to host our inaugural food and wine festival this summer as we explore Napa Valley ‘off the vine’,” said Leonard Burnett, Co-CEO and Chief Revenue Officer of Uptown. “We look forward to seeing everyone in Napa for an entertaining weekend filled with live musical performances, comedy shows, excellent food and wine and so much more.”
UPTOWN Uncorked Food & Wine Festival takes place July 30 – August 2 at the newly renovated Silverado Resort in Napa Valley, CA. Discounted early bird registration is now open through May 1, with packages starting at $599. After May 1, standard registration packages, if available, will increase to $750. Please note hotels and airfare are not included. Special hotel rates will be available to registered attendees.
MorningStar Farms® Gives Summer Dishes A New Twist;
Showcases Them At Festivals Via ‘Good Food For Good Times’ Mobile Tour
BATTLE CREEK, Mich., June 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — As summer festivals kick into gear, MorningStar Farms® is stopping at local celebrations across the country to show how easy it is to create flavorful meatless meal options perfect for any occasion. From San Francisco to New York City, the MorningStar Farms “Good Food for Good Times” tour will give festival goers a chance to taste the brand’s new offerings, including the Roasted Garlic and Quinoa Burger, as well as other favorites like the Spicy Black Bean Burger and Buffalo Chik Patties. Those who try these tasty samples will be surprised how simple it is to make good choices with more than 30 meatless food products and 600 recipes MorningStar Farms has to offer.
“Given the success of last year’s “Feel Good Grilling” tour, we aimed to expand this year’s summer tour by providing a more robust array of creative dishes people can prepare using MorningStar Farms food,” said Andrew Loucks, President of Kellogg Frozen Foods. “We’re traveling across America on the ‘Good Food for Good Times’ tour to show consumers how our tasty vegetarian cuisine is the perfect base to create any meal.”