Maria Sharapova’s Sugarpova Partners with Tennis Hall Of Fame
Saturday, January 11, 2014
“I am honored and thrilled to partner Sugarpova with the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum, particularly in support of such an important program,” said Sharapova, founder and creative director of Sugarpova “I was lucky to discover the game at a young age, and I hope that visiting the museum will inspire young people to see the opportunities in tennis and the potential that exists when someone commits oneself to following a dream.”
“We are delighted and grateful to welcome Sugarpova as an official sponsor of the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum. Maria is an extraordinary role model within the sport, and we appreciate her commitment toward our mission to inspire young people to get involved in tennis,” said Mark L. Stenning, CEO of the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum. “The museum is an exciting place where families and children of all ages can explore the game’s rich history in an educational and entertaining way. By offering free admission to children we hope they will be inspired by the game’s traditions and become life-long players and fans.”
Kids Free Program
Through the Kids Free program, the next generation of players and fans are invited to learn about the sport. In the museum, tennis’ greatest moments come to life through video and photo presentations. The museum incorporates an extensive collection of memorabilia to showcase the sport’s history and honor its great champions. Kids have the unique opportunity to get up close to some of the sport’s most coveted trophies, including the actual US Open trophies, which are on display, when not in New York.
To make the experience fun and educational for young visitors, children can participate in a Hall of Fame scavenger hunt, which guides them through the museum and encourages them to carefully examine the collections on display.
In addition to sponsoring the Kids Free program, Sugarpova candy will be featured in the three retail stores on the Hall of Fame property in Newport, and Hall of Fame fans will have access to special offers throughout the year. The retail stores will offer all 15 variations of the brand, which includes gumballs, gummy candies, sours, and more, all styled in fun, unexpected types and shapes-with playful names to match. Sharapova created her own candy business in 2012 to offer an accessible bit of luxury, interpreting classic candies in her own signature style. A portion of sales from Sugarpova are donated to the Maria Sharapova Foundation, which supports her ongoing dedication to a charitable cause close to her heart.
Tennis Hall of Fame
The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum is the sport’s official, global Hall of Fame and the world’s most comprehensive museum dedicated to the sport of tennis. For 60 years, the Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum has worked closely with tennis partners around the world to gather and preserve artifacts that showcase the sport’s rich history.
It is open daily from 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. School groups, camps and other youth groups are welcome to utilize the Kids Free program and may call (401) 849-3990 to plan a visit. For more information visit http://www.tennisfame.com.
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Upscale Chefs go "Downscale"
It's an incredible expense of time and money to be among the best chefs around. All of those high-end ingredients cost an arm and leg and the pressure to stay on top is enormous. Most cooks began learning at the feet of their older relatives--moms and dads; grandmas and grandpas. It's this food that calls them back. We see local Chef Jake Rojas rejoice in dropping the tweezers and cooking those SoCal family recipes he grew up eating. Local faves Thames Street Kitchen embarked on a burger concept this year and Providence icon Chez Pascal has its "Wurst Window" serving homemade sausage and comfort food. They're upscale food is wonderful, but this might be their best!
More Gluten Free Options
As we continue to pay the "processed food" price, our nation's food allergies continue to soar. Restaurants have been on the forefront of the movement towards options that take these allergies into account. The gluten allergy has taken the fore as bread and pasta and coated French fries became the first food victims of this allergy. Local establishments such as the Grange have taken gluten free to new heights with terrific vegetarian offerings. On the Hill, Pane e Vino has got an almost 40-item menu of gluten free options. It features everything an Italian meal could need without the worry.
Vietnamese as the "Go-To" Asian Cuisine
Every year it seems as though America "discovers" a new Asian country's food and gets hooked. This year it's the foods of Vietnam. Vietnamese food and ingredients have been a part of local Asian food for years now, but this time it stands on its own. Vietnam's food is highlighted by fresh, simple ingredients treated respectfully and flavorfully. Broths and noodles; lightly cooked meats and fresh vegetables all combine in a balanced meal. Locally we love Pho Horn in Pawtucket and Minh Hai in Cranston. Both are very good local versions of this wonderful cuisine.
Look...here's the problem with us Americans: we only eat the mild stuff. The muscle meat. It's chicken breast and tenderloin and striped bass filets. The problem with this style of eating is what it does to our ecosystem. Local fishermen used to be able to catch a bounty of swordfish BETWEEN the mainland and Block Island, now it's a day's trip to find them. Local chefs and fishermen are working diligently to bring back the mackerel and the sardine and the scup. Fish we have long since forgotten, but helped our forefathers thrive. Check out any of our top-notch "farm to table" spots--Persimmon in Bristol or Farmstead in Providence for example--to try a forgotten yet delicious fish.
As with most things food and beverage, the last 10 years have seen a move towards "smaller is better". Big box stores are gone and chain restaurants are suffering locally. It was only a matter of time until these ideas began making their way into our cocktails and boy are we psyched to see what the future holds. Locally we have Sons of Liberty in South Kingstown, producing small-batch whiskey, single malts and, even vodka. Our state features Coastal Extreme Brewery which makes Thomas Tew rum along with their Newport Storm beer. We've only gotten back into the distilling business here in Rhode Island in 2006 but we think tasty things are coming soon!
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