Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Fried Chicken Festival Attracts National Sponsors and New Experiences

Organizers Planning for More Than 100,000 Attendees at the Second Annual Fried Chicken Festival in September 2017
New Orleans - The second annual National Fried Chicken Festival (FCF) presented by Raising Cane's has attracted the attention of marquee brands such as AT&T, State Farm, Best Buy, Capital One Bank, Sucré and more, providing festival goers with new experiences.  FCF is set to take place on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, September 24, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., at Woldenberg Park, the site of Super Bowl Blvd, Lundi Gras, French Quarter Festival and other major events.  The inaugural free festival brought nearly 40,000 chicken lovers out to Lafayette Square in 2016 and organizers are planning for more than 100,000 festival goers over the two-day fall weekend in 2017.

"Our team has worked very hard over the last year to identify brands that we believe align with our festival and collaborated with them to create experiences that we are confident our guests will really enjoy," said Cleveland Spears, III, President and CEO of the Spears Group and FCF organizer.
The 2017 festival will feature 35 restaurant vendors from across the U.S., three stages (two music stages and a cooking demo stage), live entertainment, celebrity chefs, The American Federation for Children Kids' Coop, the AT&T and Best Buy Football Fan Zone, the Sucré Sweet Spot, the return of the Moet Chicken and Champagne VIP Lounge and more. Also, the Raising Cane's ONE LOVE wall will make a return for festival goers to share messages of love and encouragement as well as what they love about fried chicken.
Back for its second year, the Moet Chicken and Champagne Lounge provides guests with a  special VIP Experience. Located adjacent to the main stage with private viewing areas and onstage access, each $60 VIP day pass includes Moet champagne, one Belvedere vodka specialty cocktail, and one dish from the iconic Willie Mae's Restaurant for festival goers who want to upgrade their experience.

One of the festival's sweetest attractions includes the addition of the Sucré Sweet Spot. The New Orleans-based confectionary will set-up a pop-up store where guests can purchase a selection of desserts such as chocolate dipped macarons and other sweet treats prepared by chef Tariq Hanna.

Adding to the festival's list of new experiences, the cooking demo stage will be anchored by Celebrity Chef Jeff Henderson, an award-winning chef and bestselling author, most known for his Food Network TV show, Flip My Food. Henderson has served as Executive Chef at the renowned Café Bellagio and Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas and has become one of the most inspirational chefs in the country.  He has appeared on numerous TV and radio programs and print publications, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, The Montel Williams Show, CNBC, NPR's All Things Considered, People and USA Today.
To ensure guests do not have to choose between the festival and their favorite college or NFL games, festival attendees will have access to AT&T and Best Buy Football Fan Zone. The expansive space will provide patrons with the opportunity to view NCAA and NFL football taking place that weekend. Located next to the Sucre Sweet Shop, kids and families can also enjoy the American Federation for Children Kids' Coop which will include face painting, spacewalks, and karate demonstrations and much more.

The festival will also feature the GoNOLA Mist & Chill Lounge sponsored by the New Orleans Tourism and Marketing Corporation (NOTMC). The tented area will feature misters, lounge furniture, and ample space for festival goers to relax and keep cool.   
FCF brings food, music, family, and festivities together, all in celebration of the classic Southern dish.
The National Fried Chicken Festival presented by Raising Cane's is also sponsored by NOLA Brewery, NOTMC, New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network, The Advocate Newspapers, Southern Glaziers, Willie's Chicken Shack, Event Rentals, Event Restroom, iHeart Media, WWL-TV and
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Tuesday, June 6, 2017


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Too much caffeine caused the death of a 16-year-old high school student from South Carolina who collapsed during class last month, according to the county coroner. Davis Allen Cripe died from a caffeine-induced cardiac event causing a probable arrhythmia. During an arrhythmia, or abnormal heart rhythm, the heart may not be able to pump enough blood to the body, and lack of blood flow affects the brain, heart and other organs. The teen consumed three caffeine-laced drinks -- a cafe latte, large Diet Mountain Dew and an energy drink -- in a two-hour period before collapsing in his classroom at Spring Hill High School on April 26, Watts said. (Source: CNN) So where does this tragic news leave adult java lovers?

How much caffeine can I drink a day?

"Most people can safely take in about 400 milligrams of caffeine daily or about 4 cups of coffee," says Dr. Christopher Calapai D.O., a New York City Osteopathic Physician board certified in family and anti-aging medicine. He adds that, “the limit varies from person to person.” It’s difficult to assign an exact amount for everyone because people can have different sensitivities or reactions to caffeine based on age, medical history, and tolerance. However, there is enough research available to make a recommendation based on an individual’s weight.

To keep it safe, health experts recommend a maximum daily dose of 400 mg. To see what this means for you, check out the caffeine in some of these common drinks:

Starbucks Coffee (16 fl oz): 320 mg caffeine
5-hour energy (1.93 fl oz): 207 mg caffeine
Dunkin Donuts regular (16 fl oz): 203 mg caffeine
Starbucks Latte (16 fl oz): 150 mg caffeine
Coffee, brewed (8 fl oz): 133 mg caffeine
Red Bull Energy Shot (2 fl oz): 80 mg caffeine
Red Bull (8 fl oz): 80 mg caffeine
Tea (8 fl oz): 53 mg caffeine

But how, exactly, can the world's most popular drug kill?
Like other stimulants, caffeine raises blood pressure, boosts heart rate and temporarily shrinks blood vessels. Dr. Calapai explains that, “In excess, the effects can be deadly by causing a heart attack, stroke or other cardio-vascular-related problem. Researchers think daily caffeine intake can increase the risk of coronary heart disease, but the results so far have been inconclusive.”
It’s also important to realize that medical conditions can affect sensitivity to caffeine. “If you have anxiety, panic disorder, heart arrhythmia, high blood pressure, diabetes, take medication or have any sort of medical condition, then you may tolerate less caffeine and should speak to a doctor,” says Dr. Calapai.

There are “caffeine overdose symptoms” that are important to watch for. These include:
Jitters, Restlessness, and Nervousness
Increased heartbeat
Heart palpitations (cardiac arrhythmia)
Cardiac arrest

Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O. is an Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine, and anti-aging medicine. Proclaimed as the "The Stem Cell Guru" by the New York Daily News, Dr. Calapai is a leader in the field of stem cell therapy in the U.S. His stem cell treatments have achieved remarkable results in clinical trials on patients with conditions as varied as Alzheimer's, arthritis, erectile dysfunction, frailty syndrome, heart, kidney and liver failure, lupus, MS and Parkinson's. He has worked with Mike Tyson, Mickey Rourke, Steven Seagal, and Fox series Gotham's, Donal Logue; he was a medical consultant for the New York Rangers. Connect with him via twitter @drcalapai or at

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Parkinson’s Sufferers Offer Tips for Those Struggling with Symptoms
Despite Parkinson’s Disease affecting around 1 million people in the US alone, the degenerative disease can be difficult to live with. We Have Parkinson’s, one of the growing support and research groups in the US dedicated to helping those live with the disease, has offered those who may feel isolated and struggling with daily tasks tips for living with their illness.

The first port of call for sufferers is to ask for help. Many feel that seeking  help is a sign of weakness, but as Parkinson’s becomes more well-known, many individuals are much more informed and educated on the topic, meaning they’re often more sympathetic to those suffering.

Speaking about the illness, Jon Sherman, CEO, from We Have Parkinson’s, said, “Not long ago, not an awful lot was known about Parkinson’s, but as treatments have developed, and more people with Parkinson’s have spoken about their experiences, there is a growing awareness of the disease. As a result, friends, family and colleagues increasingly will know how to help those struggling. Therefore, anyone who may be struggling with new symptoms, or those whose quality of life is gradually deteriorating, will often find that asking loved ones – and even strangers – for help can be a huge support.”

The next tip from the experts is to read up about the disease and invest in small gadgets that can make a big difference. Using a phone, a remote control, and even a keyboard can become increasingly difficult, but by researching and investing in specialist alternatives, such as phones, remote controls, and keyboards with large buttons, or even voice activated ones, can be incredibly freeing and much more convenient.

The last tip from the group is to not be afraid to look at alternative treatments. “Not every treatment will work for every person,” added Mark Beatty. “If you find something isn’t making a difference, or isn’t suiting you, it’s time to look at alternatives. There are lots of treatments available nowadays to ease symptoms, so it pays to do your homework.”

Restore Gold capsules, developed by We Have Parkinson’s, contain seven key ingredients that have helped to ease the symptoms of those with Parkinson’s in 80% of cases, based on customer feedback. Manufactured with FDA GMP manufacturing practices, the capsules have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from those who have tried it.

We Have Parkinson’s is made up of Parkinson’s Disease sufferers. Having come together just three years ago, the team aims to help make life that little bit easier for fellow sufferers by opening up their world – while potentially helping to improve quality of life with their innovative Restore Gold capsules.

To find out more about We Have Parkinson’s, and read the reviews of Restore Gold, the group’s innovative product that has been easing Parkinson’s symptoms, visit the website:

Since 2014, We Have Parkinson’s has been instrumental in implementing the latest research for Parkinson’s disease. Developing its flagship capsules, Restore Gold™, the experts behind the support group have worked tirelessly to manufacture them under strict standards according to GMP guidelines, while continuing to be the go-to for Americans suffering from the degenerative disease.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

INTIMINA Celebrates Menstrual Hygiene Day with 1000 Lily Cup Compact Giveaway

Attention! This is a “Public Cervix Announcement”: Menstrual cups are seeing a wave of popularity like never before and to celebrate, Swedish women’s health brand INTIMINA is set to give away 1000 Lily Cup Compacts to 500 sets of best friends, absolutely free, to mark Menstrual Hygiene Day 2017 on May 28th.

As on-trend as ombre hair, ruffle-mania and unicorn frappucinos (and with distinctly more life-changing benefits), 2017 is undoubtedly the year of the menstrual cup, with:
  • INTIMINA reporting a 700% growth in sales in the past year alone
  • More than 91% of women who try a cup never going back to pads or tampons
  • 4 out of 5 customers purchase their first Lily Cup on the recommendation of a friend

If menstrual cups are all the rage, thenLily Cup Compact is the ultimate “it” product for modern women, with its stylish, innovative design putting to bed any misconceptions about menstrual cups being only for your granola-eating hippy aunt; they are now a coveted designer accessory.
INTIMINA isn’t the only one to note the explosion of interest in reusable period protection; US drugstore giants CVS will be joining the revolution as they roll out Lily Cup Compact, the world’s first collapsible cup, to more than 7000 CVS stores nationwide to meet the growing demand.

INTIMINA Brand Director Amandine Pranlas-Descours says: “Intimina sparked an exciting new trend when we reinvented the menstrual cup. With the help of 
Kickstarter, we brought them into the 21st century. But the fact is Lily Cup Compact succeeds because first-time users cannot keep the secret to themselves. Switching to our cup really does change your life, so the faster we get it into women’s hands, the more people hear about it and want to try for themselves.”
And Why Wouldn’t They Be Taking Off?

One Lily Cup Compact costs less than $40 and can last for up to a decade. The modern millennial woman is not only environmentally-conscious, but also pragmatic, and by switching to a menstrual cup she will save around 12,000 tampons from landfill and $3000 in disposable protection.

And there are more period-enhancing benefits:
  • Up to 12 hours of non-stop protection
  • Safe, hygienic and hypoallergenic
  • Collapses into a tiny pocket-sized case
  • No dryness or irritation
  • No leaks, no odors, no padding and no strings attached
To celebrate Menstrual Hygiene Day, INTIMINA is launching the biggest menstrual cup giveaway EVER! Recognizing how crucial friends are when it comes your period - from responding to leak emergencies to bringing you chocolate - they are giving away 1000 Lily Cup Compacts to 500 sets of best friends! Because what’s better, switching to a menstrual cup or switching to a menstrual cup with your very best friend?
So don’t miss out on this incredible chance to experience the life-changing benefits of Lily Cup Compact for yourself - and to treat your bestie too!

To win, visit and subscribe for the giveaway. Winners will be contacted on June 21st.

INTIMINA Lily Cups now in store at CVS and available online at

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Visiting Pigeon Forge? 5 Things Everyone Should Know About Alcatraz East

New Pigeon Forge attraction is educational and entertaining for the whole family

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (May 23, 2017) – Each year, around 10 million people visit the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area. Whether vacationing with their children or enjoying time on their own, most are searching for unforgettable memories while visiting the area. One place that should be at the top of everyone’s list is Alcatraz East Crime Museum, a new attraction on the Parkway that provides both an educational and entertaining time, and includes information and activities for the whole family.

“We’ve had an amazing response since opening our doors in December,” states Janine Vaccarello, chief operating officer for Alcatraz East, “We have something for all ages, and most families spend 2-3 hours going through the exhibits. Guests walk away saying they knew they would love it, but it was better than expected, and that makes us feel very proud.”

While visitors to the area enjoy taking a hike in the Great Smoky Mountains while visiting this vacation destination, Alcatraz East offers a break from the outdoor activities. Here are 5 things everyone should know about Alcatraz East Crime Museum when visiting the Pigeon Forge area:
  1. America’s Favorite Subject. With all the movies and TV shows related to the topic of crime, this is a must see. The museum features five themes that give visitors a glimpse into notorious crime history, forensic science, law enforcement, our justice system and pop culture. There are over 100 interactives throughout the museum, providing visitors with a hands-on experience.
  2. It’s Not About Alcatraz. Although it’s part of the name and the famous prison inspired this attractionAlcatraz East is a crime museum, featuring an in depth look at American crime history, with artifacts from different eras and topics. The one-of-kind building was designed as a combination of Tennessee’s first state prison from 1898, and guard towers inspired by the Alcatraz lighthouse in California. The two-story building offers over 25,000 square feet of exhibit space.
  3. One-of-a-Kind Artifacts. From white-collar crimes to Old West gunslingers, the museum features original artifacts from Jesse James to Whitey Bulger. Things to watch for include the famous O.J. Simpson chase white Bronco, John Dillinger’s death mask, Al Capone’s rosary, a submachine gun from the movie Scarface, Ted Bundy’s VW Beetle. Tennessee is well represented, with objects such as the Old Smoky electric chair and moonshine stills as well as notable Dr. William Bass, highlighting his achievements- which advanced forensic anthropology.
  4. Interact with the Museum. Kids (and their parents) can have fun and learn at the same time through the museum’s Top Detective Challenge. Follow clues throughout the museum to solve the crime of a stolen artifact, and receive a prize if you crack the case! There is also an opportunity for parents and kids to enjoy the thrill of The Heist Laser Maze (think Thomas Crown Affair!).
  5. Temporary Exhibits. Beginning mid-May, Alcatraz East debuted the first of its temporary exhibit programs, which will be an annual rotation in two areas of the museum. Through April 2018, “Ivory, Tortoise Shell & Fur: The Ugly Truth About Wildlife Trafficking will reveal how endangered species are effected by poaching and what the public can do to help end the practice.
“Every year, families make lifetime memories here in the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area,” states Vaccarello, “We are happy to now be a part of those memories, giving them a look at history, crime prevention, while having an interactive experience.”

Alcatraz East officially opened December 16, 2016. The new crime museum is located at the entrance to The Island, at 2757 Parkway in Pigeon Forge, near the Margaritaville Hotel and Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen.
The 25,000 square foot museum is designed with a jail façade, has a star-studded board of experts who make up the Advisory Board, including Jim Willett, a retired prison warden, Anthony Rivera, a combat veteran and Navy SEAL chief, and Judge Belvin Perry, Jr., who is best known for the Casey Anthony trial.

General admission tickets are $14.95 for children, $24.95 for adults. Group ticket sales are available. The museum will be open 365 days per year, from 10 am to 9 pm, with the last ticket sold 60 minutes before closing. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit:

About Alcatraz East
Alcatraz East is the most arresting crime museum in the United States. Guests encounter a unique journey into the history of American crime, crime solving, and our justice system. Through interactive exhibits and original artifacts, Alcatraz East is an entertaining and educational experience for all ages - so much fun it’s a crime! This family attraction will be located at the entrance of The Island, located at 2757 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN. For more information, visit

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