Col’Cacchio continues to evolve and share its passionately-made food in new and exciting ways. The popular Italian-inspired franchise has added a fun and engaging element to their dining experience that captures the brand’s original quirky spirit and identity. Restaurants nationwide are now sporting funky, interactive “Instagram Placemats” with guidelines on how to take the perfect shot to share with your friends on social media – no filter required. Aiming to stay ahead of the times and following the massive surge and continued growth in popularity of Instagram, the brand wanted to create an element in their dining experience that would engage with their customers in-store and through their social media platforms. Recent research indicated that 18-35 year olds who actively use social media spend five whole days a year browsing food images on Instagram, and that 30 percent would avoid a restaurant if their Instagram presence was lacking. In fact, it’s now normal to sit down in a restaurant having already decided what you’re going to order because you’ve spent time stalking the menu on Instagram in advance. The Instagram Placemats were introduced in honour of Col’Cacchio’s 25th birthday, as a way of taking the brand back to its younger, quirky days. The nature of pizza eating goes hand-in-hand with conversation, stories and memories. Sharing stories and eating pizza is what life is all about. The new placemat provides easy-to-follow guidelines of how to position your meal for a shot that is Instagram-ready"! With Col’Cacchio’s picture-perfect food and the suggested hashtags provided on the placemats, this refreshing update is a winning combination for the perfect Instagram shot. “Being an organisation that has always evolved with the times, our new corporate identity reflects not only our growth and position as an inclusive brand, but our innovative spirit,” says CEO Michael Terespolsky. This is the group’s fourth full re-branding exercise since it . . .
New vintage showcases elegance of Constantia Glen flagship red Savour the elegance, restraint and intricate complexity of the much anticipated 2013 vintage of the Constantia Glen FIVE, newly released by the picturesque boutique wine estate, Constantia Glen. Grown on the upper reaches of the Constantiaberg, this graceful expression of the five classic Bordeaux varieties was shaped by the unique location of the vineyards just below Constantia Nek. The exceptionally cool, yet dry, conditions allowed for the slow accumulation of sugars, ensuring optimal ripeness and grapes bursting with concentrated flavour. The 2013 vintage, with its core of dense dark fruit flavours, is a meticulous blend of 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, 16% Petit Verdot and 6% Malbec, matured for 19 months in 80% new and 20% second-fill French oak barrels. “Credited to the cool 2013 vintage and thorough attention paid to all the winemaking practices, this wine really shows the elegance we strive to achieve in our Constantia Glen FIVE. This blend is led with equal parts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc which offers great backbone and structure. The wine’s vibrant concentration of complex flavours will continue to develop during bottle ageing under the correct cellaring conditions for another 5 to 10 years,” says Winemaker Justin van Wyk. Expect to be enticed by complex layers of ripe, dark fruit aromas of plum, blackcurrant and seductive cherries. These are highlighted by warm notes of cedarwood and graphite, before a well-rounded, textural finish clears the palate in preparation for the next sip. “This is a focussed and elegant blend with fine, silky tannins that impart a fresh minerality to the wine, creating an outstanding mouthfeel,” adds Van Wyk, who recommends the Constantia Glen FIVE 2013 with creamy mushroom risotto with black pepper and sage, or Moroccan lamb tagine with grilled aubergine and fresh coriander. Breaking the venerable 90 . . .
The popular artisanal SPAR Valley Market is undergoing exciting developments and will now pop up at different local venues around Port Elizabeth. Nelson Mandela Bay charity Love Story, who act as the organisers, have received numerous invitations from various other events. "They want us to set up our market in partnership with their events," said Elaine Watson, founder of the organisation. "We also found that the public were asking for an outdoor venue, especially for the summer weekends; somewhere where there is space for kids to run around and be outdoors." The first pop-up market took place at the second edition of the popular Valley Concert at Hopewell Conservation Estate in March. Visitors enjoyed the delicious variety of food and drinks stalls as well as the kids' fun village with jumping castles, which set the tone for a perfect day out with the family. The event enjoyed its first outdoor summer venue at the chic, newly refurbished Donkin Village at the end of January and proved a huge success. "We have a few other tentative locations planned but watch this space for the exciting developments," said Watson, who added that the market would probably take place every quarter. "New additions will be dependent on the event we partner with, but it's the spirit of the Valley Market to keep reinventing and bringing fresh new ideas to each one." The benefits of this new pop-up format for the market include the ability to diversify products as well as target markets. "By moving from one place to the next we are able to draw our usual target market but also draw from new demographics," said Watson. "With more space we are able to have more as well as new exhibitors on board." All proceeds from ticket sales will continue to go to the charity organisation to enable them to meet the community's needs through feeding schemes. Keep an eye on The Valley Market - Port Elizabeth Facebook page to find out when the next pop-up event will . . .
KZN’s most-loved décor event, the ECR House & Garden Show, is embracing a fresh perspective with the 2018 theme “Home is Where the Heart is” which runs from 29 June to 8 July at the Durban Exhibition Centre. Home is Where the Heart is focused on redefining the concept of a home by showcasing timeless trends, functionality, with convenient comfort aimed at styling a distinctive space best suited to its unique inhabitants – the family. Families, couples, housemates, and singletons can look forward to inspiring trends from well-known brands, new features for the whole family, and exciting pop-up exhibitions. This year’s ECR House & Garden Show will include: • The latest trends in gardening products plants and accessories at Green Fingers • Parents have peace of mind leaving their children in the Melissa & Doug Play Space while they explore the show • Genevieve Motley, from popular kids’ décor brand Olly Polly, along with other local suppliers, will be curating a beautiful interior space for children blending comfort, style and practicality • Local talent will be brought to the forefront in the much-loved Home Grown Design Fair showcasing the latest products by crafters and local design studios. Popping up from 29 June – 1 July • Discover Durban Design brings together a collection of the best in local product furniture and fashion design. Curated by a local stylist Discover Durban Design is a celebration of the ever-growing creative community. • Back by popular demand is the Travel and Adventure Show; highlighting the sights, attractions and delights of KZN and surrounds from 5 – 8 July • The popular Foodie Fair has doubled in size to take you on a mouth-watering adventure with the finest local cuisine, flavours, foodie products and wine tasting • Those hankering for a tipple with a twist, can look forward to discovering great new flavours at the Garden Gin Bar and a selection of Craft Beer stations • Gaming fans and cosplayers can look . . .
Management during the first week for a chick (be it a border, broiler or layer) is critical as it has a lasting influence on health and performance for the remainder of the birds life. The main objective during this period is to achieve the best start possible for every chick. Excessive stress and challenges during the first seven days of life will increase susceptibility to disease, increased mortality, decreased growth, poor flock performance, all this leading to losses. The chick is dependent on the grower/ farmer to ensure its environment is well managed. If this is done and management conditions adequately meet the requirement of the chicks, feeding and drinking behavior will develop well, initial development will be optimized and subsequent bird health, welfare, uniformity, productivity and profits/ returns will be high. Key success factors to a successful first week of life are: • Adequate preparations before chick arrival • The expected delivery time and number of chicks should be determined well in advance to ensure the appropriate brooding space and equipment is planned for and the chicks can be quickly placed in the house following arrival • Temperature should be monitored to give a chick vent temperature between 39.4 °C and 40.5°C (103 to 105 °F) during delivery • As far as possible, relative humidity should be controlled to between 50 and 65% throughout the journey • Biosecurity is an important consideration before chicks are delivered to the farm. Individual sites should hold birds of the same age • All ‘all in, all out’ principle allows easier and more effective vaccination, cleaning and sanitation, supporting the future health and performance of the flock. • House preparation of the brooding area must ensure correct air and floor temperatures are achieved and tested before chick arrival. • Pre-heating the house before placement is essential. Temperature (air and floor) and relative humidity should be stabilized 24 hours prior to chick . . .
ARE YOU UP FOR THE CHALLENGE? Here is your chance to be creative and have your vision come to life, by competing in this exciting Geberit Bathroom Design Challenge where you stand a chance to win a trip overseas. Do you work in the Design Industry or are you a Design Student? Are you looking for a creative outlet to express your talent? Then enter the Geberit Bathroom Design Challenge and you could be one of three finalists who get to experience having your entry being built and on display at Design Joburg featuring Rooms on View, engage with the industry and potential clients during the exhibition, with the ultimate winner of this challenge, winning an all-expenses paid trip to Europe. The Geberit Bathroom Design Challenge, in collaboration with Design Joburg featuring Rooms on View, is a partnership where you are given the platform to combine YOUR talent with the Geberit Bathroom Collection and design the perfect bathroom in a compact 12m² space. The competition will be judged by a panel of renowned industry experts with global knowledge and experience. The top 3 finalists selected will be catapulted into real life where their designs and creative vision will be brought to life at the upcoming Design Joburg featuring Rooms on View exhibition 25- 27 May 2018, plus you will each win exciting prizes from Geberit and Hansgrohe. Being part of the Geberit Bathroom Design Challenge is simple – get to know the products and submit 3D drawings and sketches of a bathroom suited for a mixed-use development consisting of modern living hotel and apartments, within an upmarket urban suburb. Combine your vision and skill to create a bathroom solution in the 12m² space. You have complete creative license to bring together your vision, by partnering with Geberit and Hansgrohe. Aim for the stars as this is an amazing creative opportunity where your talent will be seen, where you get to engage with both consumer and trade visitors during the exhibition - an opportunity . . .
Vencasa is the proud sole distributor of Tempur in South Africa and are proud to announce their new Tempur mattresses are in-store, nationwide. We all know that sleep affects our mental and physical health and the quality of our waking life. Fall short and it can take a serious toll on your daytime energy, productivity, emotional balance, and even your weight. Your mattress plays a vital role in getting a good night’s sleep. Guidelines for choosing the right mattress for you; • Make comfort your goal. Purchasing a mattress is all about finding the best one for you. Some people like a firm mattress; some like a soft one; others, like Goldilocks, prefer somewhere in between. It all comes down to personal preference. If you're comfortable, you have a better chance of sleeping well. • Try before you buy – lay on the mattress for at least 20 minutes in a normal sleep position before making your decision. • Look for a mattress that fits your body. Chiropractors advocate finding a mattress that’s designed to conform to the spine’s natural curve and distribute pressure evenly across the body. • Beware of allergens. Look for a hypoallergenic mattress. • Do not disturb… your partner. If you share a bed, look for a mattress that allows two people to adjust the firmness on their respective sides. That way, neither one of you will have to sacrifice comfort or spine alignment. • Remember, it takes time to get used to a new mattress. To experience a scientific approach to sleep, try Vencasa’s TEMPUR line which offers solutions for various preferences, because everyone’s definition of comfort is a little different, TEMPUR have three mattress collections to choose from, each with a distinct feel. With TEMPUR, you are getting products developed at the absolute cutting-edge of contemporary sleep technology. The material that TEMPUR products are made from is a unique refinement of the original memory foam developed by NASA in the 1960s, to support and evenly . . .
Did you know that Handles Inc have the cutest knobs that are ideal for children's rooms - for cupboard doors, drawers and cabinets? They will definitely brighten up the room - prices range from R30. Handles Inc specialise in cabinet and door handles, locks, hinges and bathroom accessories featuring exclusive global brands with on-trend styles suited for every décor theme. Their stores are renowned for being eye-candy for architects, interior designers and decorators, as they know that the smallest detail will complete the look – whether it is a corporate office, modular home or rambling mansion. Handles Inc boasts a collection of over 9000 items to inspire you. Excellence is in the attention to detail, and choosing the perfect cupboard and door handles for your home or office will be the final touch that brings your space together. Let your living reflect your purpose, your style, your essence. Visit a Handles Inc store, where their seasoned team will help you choose the items that best suit your needs. Watch how the smallest change can create the greatest transformation. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
March, 2018 – Crocs, Inc. (NASDAQ: CROX), a global leader in casual footwear for women, men and children, today announced the worldwide debut of LiteRide™, its most innovative comfort technology to-date. Created from “equal parts science and magic,” LiteRide, a revolutionary closed-cell material, reinforces Crocs’ dedication to comfort, delivering consumers a delightful mix of support and sink-in softness. LiteRide™ foam, the key ingredient in a collection of the same name, comes to life by merging sporty, on-trend styles and silhouettes with the legendary Crocs comfort that consumers expect. In fact, LiteRide™ foam is 40 percent softer and 25 percent lighter than Classic Croslite™ foam, the original Crocs comfort material that consumers already know and love. “We’re witnessing a shift from comfort being a ‘nice-to-have’ to a consumer ‘must-have,’ and we think LiteRide answers that call,” said Michelle Poole, Crocs Sr. Vice President of Global Product and Marketing. “In fact, our LiteRide comfort technology is a perfect fit for consumers who want to feel comfortable all day every day or who simply want a stylish complement to their athleisure wear.” For SS18, the LiteRide™ Collection offers a variety of product choices designed for women and men that align with the increasing popularity of the athleisure categories. The LiteRide™ collection includes the following styles: the Clog, the Slide, the Sandal, the Flip, the Slip-On, the Lace, the Pacer and the Mule. LiteRide™ is available now on crocs.co.za and at select stores nationwide from March 2018. “LiteRide is lighter, softer and more flexible than anything we’ve created before. While Croslite remains at the heart of our comfort story and our classic footwear, we continue to up the ante by delivering innovative comfort to our consumers,” Poole continued. “Not only does the LiteRide technology offer an elevated level of comfort, but the new streamlined designs deliver modern Crocs styling at its best. . . .
New Fitch & Leedes Craft Cola sets the stage for premium spirits Fitch & Leedes, the bespoke range of authentic mixers, is taking the enjoyment of cola to another level with the launch of their new Craft Cola. Made in small batches using quadruple filtered water for purity and the finest ingredients available, new Fitch & Leedes Craft Cola takes a bow as the perfect accompaniment to premium spirits. Fitch & Leedes mixers pride themselves as the understudy to greatness, accentuating the flavour profiles and subtle notes of fine handcrafted spirits. Understanding the time and effort put into perfecting premium spirits, new Fitch & Leedes Craft Cola is finely balanced to ensure the best taste representation of what was intended by the master distiller. “Our Craft Cola has been developed to accompany premium spirits, adding a new dimension to fine rum and well-aged brandy. It has a beautiful round mouthfeel and is slightly less carbonated which allows the character of premium spirits to shine through,” explains James Shaw, Fitch & Leedes Brand Manager. Let the new Fitch & Leedes Craft Cola take you back to an era when things were still made with the utmost care and craftsmanship. Inspired by the intrepid gentlemen merchantmen of London, Ralph Fitch and William Leedes, who set sail on De Tyger in 1583 in search of new, exotic tastes in India and the East, Fitch & Leedes speaks of the romance and integrity of a bygone age. Fitch & Leedes can be found at leading purveyors of fine beverages, boutique wine shops, selected deli’s, fine dining establishments and cocktail bars at around R40 for a 6-pack of 200ml cans or R36 per 4-pack of 200ml glass bottles. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .