Know Brainer Wins People’s Choice Best of Show Award

screen-shot-2016-10-16-at-4-18-37-pmJust over a month after their first sale, Know Brainer the thinker’s creamer, won the People’s Choice Award for Best of Show at Coffee Fest, the country’s largest coffee trade show. Know Brainer (knowbrainer.com), dubbed “the thinker’s creamer,” is a portion-controlled creamer made primarily of organic grass-fed clarified butter and non-GMO MCT oil, a medium chain triglycerides oil boasting health benefits that include improved cognitive function and weight management.

“I created this ketogenic creamer in order to incorporate essential fats into my diet,” said Know Brainer founder and LDEI CO Dame Shari Leidich. “The creamer provides sustained energy for the mind and body and supports ketosis, an essential metabolic process often lacking in our daily regimen.”

screen-shot-2016-10-16-at-4-18-22-pmShari, who 15 years ago was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, started the company Two Moms in the Raw to help her and others wrestling with health challenges use food to heal. She launched Know Brainer for the same reason. “Food is my medicine,” she said. “ Every bite counts, even creamer in our morning coffee (in my case, morning tea). I have a long history in innovation, research and development, and now am on a mission to make ‘butter coffee’ easily accessible for people seeking a fuel-driven ketogenic creamer.”

Coffee Fest (coffeefest.com) in Anaheim, California is the largest trade show for the industry with more than 3,600 attendees and 250 booths. Thousands of products compete for People’s Choice awards, with the Best of Show award representing the highest honor. “Attendees come to Coffee Fest to determine what is new and exciting and will improve their specialty coffee business in the upcoming months, and the new and unique product Know Brainer stood out and grabbed the attention of the masses,” said Erika Lowery, Vice President of Americas’ Coffee & Tea Tradeshows. “Know Brainer, the thinker’s creamer, a first time exhibitor, introduced a new healthy alternative to
power your mind while adding healthy deliciousness to any cup of morning coffee.”

The creamers come in four flavors: French Vanilla, Hazelnut, Mocha and Original, with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $1.99 per unit. The creamer does not contain any sugar or artificial flavors. Three of the flavors are also available as lactose and casein free. All products are gluten-free, non-GMO and Kosher. For more information, visit www.myknowbrainer.com; Get in touch by telephone, 303-475-0456; or email, sales@myknowbrainer.com. Follow Know Brainer, the thinker’s creamer, on Facebook, on Instagram, and Twitter.


Dame Holly Arnold Kinney Named Outstanding Business Woman of the Year by the Denver Business Journal

holly-arnold-kinney-dbjCongratulations to Holly Arnold Kinney, who won the Outstanding Business Woman of the Year award in the category of Mile High Leaders! The Denver Business Journal recognized Denver’s most influential women in business for 2016 in 13 categories: architecture, engineering and construction; banking, finance and accounting; communications, media and public relations; education, government and nonprofits; energy; health care; large business owners (more than 20 employees); law; lifetime achievement; Mile High Leaders; real estate; small business owner (20 or less employees); and technology and telecommunication. Nominations were taken online at the DBJ website for several months. More than 240 nominations were received for 190 individuals.

holly-kinney-acceptance-of-dbj-award-2016Newly appointed Colorado Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne was the keynote speaker, Belen de Leon of 9 News was the emcee and Lifetime Achievement Winner, Yana Vishnitsky of Jewish Family Services gave a powerful and touching acceptance speech upon receiving her award. Holly accepted the award at the ceremony at the Marriott City Center in downtown Denver. Holly graciously thanked her late Aunt Mary for her influence and guidance in her life, inspiring Holly by her strength and leadership. Holly also thanked her husband Jeremy for insisting she buy The Fort from her father (Sam Arnold), and for being her partner and rock. Holly also thanked Tesoro board members in attendance, Max Bryant and Lorenzo Trujillo, Fort Staff (Chris Seres & Victoria Lathrop) and Tesoro Staff, and Chelsea O’Neill of B Public Relations, all of whose support has been a significant part of her success.


Italian Pasta Class with Italian Tour Guide and Cooking Teacher, Dame Michele Morris

mam-lecce-cookingHave you always wanted to learn the secrets of pasta making from the Italians? Dame Michele Morris is a chef, cooking teacher, and award-winning cookbook author, but nothing brings her more joy than taking guests every year on a food and wine adventure to Italy. Michele’s ancestors came from Pascoso in northern Italy, and this year she will return to Rome and Puglia for her 8th organized trip. She and her guests will make handmade pasta every day for lunch and dinner, and when she returns, she will share what she has learned from her Italian colleagues and friends about making authentic Italian pasta dishes. Continue reading →


Food Photography Classes Offered by Root PR

root-pr-logoDame Kuvy Ax’s company, ROOT PR, has teamed up with The Daily Meal’s and Global Gumshoe’s Ron Stern to host two food and beverage photography workshops in Boulder this month. Photojournalist Ron Stern is an international food and travel photojournalist. His work has been featured in publications such as Shape Magazine, The Daily Meal, and The Chicago Tribune. He will teach attendees camera basics, lighting fundamentals, composition, subject matter, and styling in a fun and comfortable environment. The workshops are designed to teach photography essentials that will help attendees promote their business, increase social media followings, develop Pinterest pages, create marketing content or simply supplement their love of sharing food photos. Continue reading →


Dame Michele Morris’ Summer Series of Classes for Budding Chefs

chloe-332x500Each summer Dame Michele Morris teaches a wide range of cooking classes for kids’ in her teaching kitchen in her home. The classes for Budding Chefs cover Sushi, Pizza, Dessert, Italian, Mexican and Breakfast, and kids can sign up for just one, a few, or all of the classes.

Class size is kept small – 8-10 kids typically – and includes a full meal or take home desserts. Visit the Budding Chefs page on Michele’s website for complete information and to sign up.


Dame Carol Fenster Teaches Gluten-Free Baking At Bob’s Red Mill Cooking School

carol-fenster-bobs-red-millPeople on a gluten-free diet find it hard to navigate the menus at springtime celebrations (graduations, bridal showers, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, weddings) since these menus usually feature baked goods—which are forbidden if you can’t eat gluten.To help these people, Carol Fenster, author of Gluten-Free 101, demonstrated how to make gluten-free cakes, cookies, cream puffs, breads, and mini-pie crust tarts at the Bob’s Red Mill Cooking School in Portland, OR. Students sampled these treats while Carol offered tips and answered questions on making the more difficult gluten-free foods—such as rolling pie crust or handling yeast breads.
The clear hit of the class was Cream Puffs, which were filled with whipped topping or pudding for a dessert. Or, filled with egg salad or herbed cream cheese for sandwiches. One student said, “I’m going to serve these for Afternoon Tea.” Bob’s Red Mill is a worldwide leader in whole grains, as well as a leader in gluten-free products. Carol developed the initial gluten-free line of foods and has taught at the cooking school for over 12 years.


Dame Archibald’s NCG Health Solutions Receives Accreditation

Screen Shot 2016-04-25 at 3.31.25 PMAmanda Archibald’s new company, NCG Health Solutions, co-founded with Roberta Kline, MD and Joe Veltmann, PhD, has received approval from the University of Virginia School of Medicine for Continuing Medical Education Credits. The newly accredited course, Advanced Certification in Genomics teaches physicians, dietitians and healthcare providers how to use genomic information to improve the lives of Americans. Importantly, accreditation of this course by the University of Virginia represents an acknowledgement of the role of food in medicine. Amanda’s role in the course is Culinary Genomics, an emerging field in which culinary translation is applied to genomic information. This emerging field, pioneered by Archibald, enables patients to translate their personal genomic blueprint to the plate. Literally, matching foods containing targeted nutrients and phytonutrients to the unique needs of their DNA. For more information visit ncghealthsolutions.com.


Book Signing with Dame Lee Clayton Roper

Fresh-TastesPlease join Colorado Dame Lee Clayton Roper for a book signing of her most recent cookbook, Fresh Tastes, on Thursday, April 28th from 4pm to 6pm at The Stationery Company, 2818 East 6th Avenue in Denver. Lee will provide nibbles from her newest book, Fresh Tastes, along with wine.

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