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Say ‘Pie Do’ To The First-Ever Pizza Bouquet And Boutonniere

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Villa Italian Kitchen to Treat Lucky Couples to Beautiful and Delicious Wedding Florals for Their Big Day

June 04, 2018 // Franchising.com // MORRISTOWN, NJ – The month of June is the kick-off to one of the most romantic and exciting times of the year, wedding season. Each year a slew of new trends fill the pages of bridal magazines inspiring brides and grooms across the country with new takes of color palettes, favors, and florals, but this year, Villa Italian Kitchen, one of America’s favorite quick-service pizza brands, is proud to announce the newest (and most delicious) trend of the 2018 wedding season, The Pizza Bouquet and Boutonniere.

Perfect for any couple looking to add some fun and flavor to their big day, the Pizza Bouquet and Boutonniere feature beautiful and delicate floral details hand-crafted by New York City food-stylist, Jessie Bearden. Made from freshly prepared pizza dough, 100% whole milk mozzarella, fresh California tomatoes and zesty pepperoni, the Pizza Bouquet and Boutonniere will be gifted, free-of-charge, to select couples set to celebrate their nuptials this summer!

“We are so excited to kick-off wedding season with the launch of the world’s first Pizza Bouquet and Boutonniere,” said Mimi Wunderlich, Director of Communications and Digital Marketing, Villa Italian Kitchen. “These delicious floral accessories are perfect for pizza-loving couples looking to spice up their wedding with one-of-a-kind designs. We are looking forward to celebrating the marriages of some of our most loyal fans by gifting them a set of their own, just in time for their wedding!”

Beginning today, couples interested in receiving a custom bouquet and boutonniere set can visit VillaItalianKitchen.com/PizzaBouquet by June 15 where they can enter their wedding date and location. Villa Italian Kitchen will randomly select a limited number of lucky couples to receive the set free of charge in time for their big day. Additionally, all guests who sign up will receive a coupon for a free slice of Villa Italian Kitchen’s Neapolitan cheese pizza, redeemable from June 18 – June 22, 2018.

  • *No purchase necessary.
  • *Guests must register by 11:59 PM on June 15, 2018 at VillaItalianKitchen.com/PizzaBouquet and provide a valid wedding date and location.
  • *Void where prohibited.
  • *Cannot be combined with any other offer.
  • *Limit one per person. Recipients will be chosen at random.
  • *Full Official Rules below.

Villa Italian Kitchen features a variety of mouthwatering menu items, from Neapolitan and Pan pizzas, with homemade dough prepared fresh daily, 100% whole milk mozzarella and sauce made from fresh California tomatoes, to pasta imported from Italy, delicious salads, Stromboli, entrees and much more. Villa Italian Kitchen also offers catering and large to-go orders, featuring hot, delicious and high-quality meals that are perfect for any celebration, event or meeting, complete with a dedicated catering manager who ensures personalized service and a customized menu.

For more information, please visit www.VillaItalianKitchen.com, or follow along with Villa Italian Kitchen at www.Facebook.com/VillaItalianKitchen and on Instagram at @VillaItalianKitchen.

About Villa Restaurant GroupSM (previously known as Villa Enterprises)

Villa Restaurant GroupSM is a global multi-brand restaurant operator and franchisor. Founded in 1964 by Michele (Michael) Scotto, a Naples, Italy native, Villa Restaurant Group, began as a small pizzeria next to the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City. Today, Villa Restaurant Group is an international organization that recently celebrated its 52nd anniversary with nearly 400 restaurants in malls, airports, casinos and other high-traffic locations.

Villa Restaurant Group’s quick-service restaurant brands, including Villa Italian Kitchen®, Green Leaf’s Beyond Great Salads®, Bananas Smoothies Frozen Yogurt®, South Philly Cheesesteaks Fries®, Far East Asian Fire®, and other emerging brands, can be found across 42 U.S. states, Puerto Rico and five additional countries. Villa also operates full service restaurants in New Jersey under the 40North Restaurant Group® brand including The Black Horse Tavern Pub®, The Office Tavern Grill®, The OFFICE Beer Bar Grill®, Steelworks Buffet Grill®, Piattino® and George Martha’s®. For more information, please visit www.villarestaurantgroup.com.

*Official Rules. Villa Restaurant Group (“Sponsor”)
No Purchase Necessary. This promotion runs from 12:01amEST June 4, 2018 – 9:00pm June 15, 2018. To be eligible you must be a legal resident of the US and 18 years of age or older, Promotion is valid in the 48 contiguous US states, not including Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. During the promotion period you must go to www.villaitaliankitchen.com/pizzabouquet and provide your name, email address, wedding date and wedding location and confirm your home store to be eligible to be randomly selected to receive the pizza bouquet and boutonniere. A limited number of people (with a wedding prior to September 30, 2018) will be randomly selected to receive one free set for their wedding (1 bouquet/1 boutonniere or 2 bouquets or 2 boutonnieres).

All entrants will receive a coupon good for one free slice of Neapolitan Cheese Pizza at participating Villa Italian Kitchens, from June 18, 2018 – June 22, 2018 during operating hours. Coupon must be printed or shown on smartphone at the store to receive the slice. Not available with any other discounts, promotions or offers. All items must be accepted as is. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute an item of comparable or greater value. All taxes, if any, will be the responsibility of the winner. Limit one coupon per person. This promotion shall be governed by the laws of NJ. Void where prohibited.

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This Single-Use Dinnerware Is So Stylish You’ll Want to Use It Over and Over

Let’s face it: Single-use dinnerware makes entertaining easier. With no dishes to wash or silverware to scrub after a wine-filled evening, just toss the whole table in the trash can (or better yet, the recycling bin), and go to bed. But we also kind of cringe at the thought of using paper goods when we’re entertaining — especially for fancier affairs. Enter L’entramise, a new company selling disposable dinnerware so divine that you may never wash another dish again.

water glass; a reusable 12-piece set of plastic flatware runs $10.

Want to know more about the latest in home furnishings? Follow us on Twitter @BritandCo!

Brit + Co may at times use affiliate links to promote products sold by others, but always offers genuine editorial recommendations.

(Photos via L’entramise)

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KitchenAid’s popular stand mixer is at its lowest price in 6 rare colors

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Owning a KitchenAid mixer is a must for the avid home baker or kitchen enthusiast. With a sleek look, high-quality performance, and tons of colors to choose from, it’s no wonder it’s been known as the best stand mixer money can buy for years. But with high quality comes a high price and you usually need to shell out about $300 for one of these bad boys, unless you’re able to find the color you want on sale.

Right now, you can get the KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer in six different spring colors on Amazon for just $209.99. Typically, these sales go to the more “boring” colors like red or white, but right now you can get a discounted one in Pistachio, Majestic Yellow, Almond Cream, Persimmon, Tangerine, or Cobalt Blue.

This KitchenAid stand mixer is the best we’ve ever tested because it has one of the quietest motors, is easy to use, and has a ton of attachments for everything from making pasta to spiralizing vegetables. Plus, these fun colors will surely pop in any kitchen and at this amazing price, it’s more than worth the investment.

Get the KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer at Amazon for $209.99 and save $87.50

Prices are accurate at the time this article was published, but may change over time.

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SOLIDteknics Launches Cast Iron Alternative, Wrought Iron Skillets, which Quickly Surpasses Goal to Raise more than …

CHICAGO, June 4, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — SOLIDteknics USA is pleased to announce the launch of US-IONâ„¢, wrought iron skillets, not cast, made from one solid piece of USA iron – with presales well surpassing the product’s initial campaign goal on Kickstarter.

The wrought process involves working a flat sheet of iron into a complete pan in a proprietary new three-stage process – eliminating all rivets, welds and screws typically used in traditional pans with joined handles.

In what could be a revelation for cooks, and a revolution in iron cookware, US-IONâ„¢ skillets are also half the weight of regular cast skillets. Being bare wrought iron, these skillets have all the same healthy seasoning and cooking benefits as cast iron, but without the arm strain.

“We’ve all seen the big movement away from synthetic nonstick pans in recent years, due to health concerns and disposability of their coatings, but the alternatives have always meant some compromise,” said Mark Henry, founder of SOLIDteknics.

Wrought iron skillets offer many benefits over other pans when cooking:

  •     Stainless steel is light, but too sticky for most types of frying.
  •     Enamel cast iron really sticks when it’s worn, and it’s heavy.
  •     Popular bare cast iron skillets cook great, and the natural seasoned nonstick you build yourself is non-toxic, but the pans are still heavy. Recent machined lighter cast iron pans are still relatively heavy, and susceptible to cracking.
  •     French carbon steel pans are lighter, but come with rivets, and rivets mean gunk and eventually wobbly handles.
  •     Ceramic coatings last about a year, then it’s another pan in the landfill.

Also, any skillets with screws get jiggly – and cheap carbon steel woks inevitably fall apart.

“I knew there were hand-forged one-piece iron pans…Roman soldiers had them 2,000 years ago, and artisans still hammer out some…but I needed to find a faster production method to make smooth iron pans economically enough for chefs, and for home cooks, as well,” Henry said.

Henry eventually developed a three-step method of forming a wrought pan from a single iron sheet, patented the method and started manufacturing AUS-ION skillets in Australia three years ago – which quickly became popular with top chefs and home cooks.

“We also had a lot of interest from American cooks and we ended up shipping too many across the Pacific, so we found a way to make the same pans in Chicago using the same specification of iron we use in Australia, with the same patented method,” Henry said. “Now, our cooking pans are locally-made in the USA.”

SOLIDteknics’ main mission is to replace synthetic and disposable cookware with its healthy, multi-century-durable, locally made, innovative new world-first breed of patented seamless cookware.

SOLIDteknics wrought cookware is also the first to come with a multi-century warranty, since the tough wrought iron will never crack like cast iron – and there are no rivets or joints to fail over time.

For more information and to pre-order, visit the Kickstarter Campaign where limited ‘First Edition’ engraved US-IONâ„¢ cookware pieces start at $49 for a 7.5″ Skillet and $69 for a 10″ Skillet – significantly less than the recommended retail prices.

 

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Save 25% on summer-weight chinos and jeans at Bonobos — and more of today’s best deals from around the web

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.

Since you don’t have all day to scour the web for noteworthy sales and discounts, we rounded up the best bargains for you to shop in one convenient place.



Bonobos

1. Save 25% on summer-weight chinos and jeans at Bonobos

To prepare for summer weather you’re going to need new wardrobe essentials and Bonobos has the perfect sale. Today only, you can 25% on summer-weight chinos and jeans by using the promo code “LIGHTWEIGHT” at checkout.

Shop the Bonobos Summer Weight Sale now.


Amazon

2. Save $50 on an ECOVACS Robot Vacuum Cleaner

With Wi-Fi connectivity and Amazon Alexa voice control, the ECOVACS DEEBOT N79S Vacuum is both convenient for modern homes and easy to use. You can schedule cleaning from anywhere by using the ECOVACS app on your smartphone or give a simple voice command to start a cleaning. The smart vacuum also includes features like auto-recharge and motion sensors to prevent falling over or bumping into objects.

ECOVACS DEEBOT N79S Robot Vacuum Cleaner, $249.98 (Originally $299.98) [You save $50]


Sperry

3. Save up to 50% on select Sperry shoes

Boat shoes are one of the best styles to invest in during the summer. They’re comfortable, stylish, and extremely versatile. Sperry, a brand known for its boat shoes, is the go-to place to get a pair. As part of their Customer Appreciation Sale, you can save up to 50% on sale styles for men, women, and kids. Discounted prices are as marked, so there’s no need for promo codes.

Shop the Sperry sale section now.


AHAlife

4. Save 15% sitewide and get free shipping at AHAlife

AHAlife is meticulously curated marketplace with products from some of the most unique designers and artisans. Featuring home, kitchen, and fashion accessories, the site has a wide array of beautiful items that’ll have your friends asking where you’ve been shopping. Use the promo code “JUNE” at checkout to save 15% sitewide and to receive free shipping. And if you’re looking for gifts for dad, check out their Father’s Day shop.

Shop all items at AHALife now.



Best Buy

5. Save $150 on a Dell UltraSharp Quad HD 25″ Monitor

As one of the best-selling and top rated monitors at Best Buy, the Dell UltraSharp QHD is a truly amazing display. It features a 2560 x 1440 high definition screen resolution, five USB ports for connecting multiple devices, and a 178-degree rotation, which allows for horizontal and vertical screen viewing. The UltraSharp QHD is great for gaming, watching movies, or just surfing the web, and right now it’s $150 off at Best Buy.

Dell UltraSharp 2K Quad HD 25″ Monitor, $199.99 (Originally $349.99) [You save $150]



23andMe

6. Save $60 on the 23andMe Health and Ancestry DNA Kit

The 23andMe kit is one of the most in-depth at-home DNA tests you can take. Not only will it break down your ancestry, it will also discover your genetic health risks for diseases like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s, carrier traits for diseases like Cystic Fibrosis and Sickle Cell, report on your wellness with details like sleep patterns and lactose intolerance, and other genetic traits. This Father’s Day, you can save $60 on the kit. Buy it now and learn about your family ancestry and health.

23andMe Health and Ancestry DNA Kit, $139 (Originally $199) [You save $60]



Lacoste

7. Save up to 50% sitewide at Lacoste

Founded in 1933 by French tennis player Jean René Lacoste and French knitter André Gillier, Lacoste popularized the polo shirt with its sporty aesthetic and iconic crocodile logo. For a limited time, you can save up to 50% sitewide. Discounted priced are as marked, so there’s no need for promo codes.

Shop the Lacoste Semi-Annual Sale now.



Shutterstock

8. Enroll in thousands of online courses for just $10.99

Udemy is one of the best sites for finding online courses and it recently hit a huge milestone — 20 million students have enrolled to date. To welcome even more new students, they’re running a promotion so you can enroll in thousands of online courses for just $10.99 each — making it the perfect time to diversify your skill set with something new. Whether you want to learn a new language, photography, music, personal finance, or a skill for your career, there’s a wide selection of classes that can help you accomplish those goals. Today’s the last day of the sale, so don’t wait.

Enroll in $10.99 online courses at Udemy now.



Leesa

Save 25% on summer-weight chinos and jeans at Bonobos — and more of today’s best deals from around the web

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.

Since you don’t have all day to scour the web for noteworthy sales and discounts, we rounded up the best bargains for you to shop in one convenient place.



Bonobos

1. Save 25% on summer-weight chinos and jeans at Bonobos

To prepare for summer weather you’re going to need new wardrobe essentials and Bonobos has the perfect sale. Today only, you can 25% on summer-weight chinos and jeans by using the promo code “LIGHTWEIGHT” at checkout.

Shop the Bonobos Summer Weight Sale now.


Amazon

2. Save $50 on an ECOVACS Robot Vacuum Cleaner

With Wi-Fi connectivity and Amazon Alexa voice control, the ECOVACS DEEBOT N79S Vacuum is both convenient for modern homes and easy to use. You can schedule cleaning from anywhere by using the ECOVACS app on your smartphone or give a simple voice command to start a cleaning. The smart vacuum also includes features like auto-recharge and motion sensors to prevent falling over or bumping into objects.

ECOVACS DEEBOT N79S Robot Vacuum Cleaner, $249.98 (Originally $299.98) [You save $50]


Sperry

3. Save up to 50% on select Sperry shoes

Boat shoes are one of the best styles to invest in during the summer. They’re comfortable, stylish, and extremely versatile. Sperry, a brand known for its boat shoes, is the go-to place to get a pair. As part of their Customer Appreciation Sale, you can save up to 50% on sale styles for men, women, and kids. Discounted prices are as marked, so there’s no need for promo codes.

Shop the Sperry sale section now.


AHAlife

4. Save 15% sitewide and get free shipping at AHAlife

AHAlife is meticulously curated marketplace with products from some of the most unique designers and artisans. Featuring home, kitchen, and fashion accessories, the site has a wide array of beautiful items that’ll have your friends asking where you’ve been shopping. Use the promo code “JUNE” at checkout to save 15% sitewide and to receive free shipping. And if you’re looking for gifts for dad, check out their Father’s Day shop.

Shop all items at AHALife now.



Best Buy

5. Save $150 on a Dell UltraSharp Quad HD 25″ Monitor

As one of the best-selling and top rated monitors at Best Buy, the Dell UltraSharp QHD is a truly amazing display. It features a 2560 x 1440 high definition screen resolution, five USB ports for connecting multiple devices, and a 178-degree rotation, which allows for horizontal and vertical screen viewing. The UltraSharp QHD is great for gaming, watching movies, or just surfing the web, and right now it’s $150 off at Best Buy.

Dell UltraSharp 2K Quad HD 25″ Monitor, $199.99 (Originally $349.99) [You save $150]



23andMe

6. Save $60 on the 23andMe Health and Ancestry DNA Kit

The 23andMe kit is one of the most in-depth at-home DNA tests you can take. Not only will it break down your ancestry, it will also discover your genetic health risks for diseases like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s, carrier traits for diseases like Cystic Fibrosis and Sickle Cell, report on your wellness with details like sleep patterns and lactose intolerance, and other genetic traits. This Father’s Day, you can save $60 on the kit. Buy it now and learn about your family ancestry and health.

23andMe Health and Ancestry DNA Kit, $139 (Originally $199) [You save $60]



Lacoste

7. Save up to 50% sitewide at Lacoste

Founded in 1933 by French tennis player Jean René Lacoste and French knitter André Gillier, Lacoste popularized the polo shirt with its sporty aesthetic and iconic crocodile logo. For a limited time, you can save up to 50% sitewide. Discounted priced are as marked, so there’s no need for promo codes.

Shop the Lacoste Semi-Annual Sale now.



Shutterstock

8. Enroll in thousands of online courses for just $10.99

Udemy is one of the best sites for finding online courses and it recently hit a huge milestone — 20 million students have enrolled to date. To welcome even more new students, they’re running a promotion so you can enroll in thousands of online courses for just $10.99 each — making it the perfect time to diversify your skill set with something new. Whether you want to learn a new language, photography, music, personal finance, or a skill for your career, there’s a wide selection of classes that can help you accomplish those goals. Today’s the last day of the sale, so don’t wait.

Enroll in $10.99 online courses at Udemy now.



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The right way to do the washing up

If you’re bunging it all in the dishwasher you’re doing it wrong.

Dishwashers might save time but not everything can be just chucked in. Here’s how to give your things a good clean – and a long life. 

KNIVES

“Never put your good knives in the dishwasher,” says Marian Fletcher from The Cook Shop in Christchurch. “The dishwasher detergent deteriorates the steel.” Knives can also knock against other things during the cycle, which over time will blunt their blades. 

Instead Fletcher advises cleaning your sharp knives with hot soapy water and drying them with a soft cloth before storing them on a magnetic board or in a knife block. 

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Cast iron pans should be washed when still hot.

NON-STICK COOKWARE

There are many different types of non-stick cookware but abrasive cleaners and scourers are the enemy of them all. Warm soapy water and a soft cloth should be enough to keep them clean, provided you don’t cook with them on really high temperatures – this can lead to scorch marks that are impossible to remove. 

Cast iron pans should be cleaned with hot water while the pan is still hot. Leaving it to cool means grease and food will stick much more easily, while soaking it may cause it to rust. The patina or seasoning that builds up on cast iron should not be removed, but a mild soap can be used without damage on some brands. It’s best to follow the manufacturers instructions in this case. 

Wash your bakeware carefully and it’ll last the distance.

NON-STICK BAKEWARE

Hot soapy water and a soft cloth is best for cleaning bakeware, but the key is to line it properly so food doesn’t stick in the first place. It’s also important to remember to wash these before the first use. 

WOODEN CHOPPING BOARDS

Hot soapy water is enough to clean wooden chopping boards but it’s important to let them dry with room for air to circulate so they don’t go mouldy. Once in a while give them a deeper clean with paste of baking soda, salt and water. Fletcher occasionally rubs hers with a cut lemon, which has antibacterial properties and removes odours. 

Put your wine glasses in the dishwasher, but be careful how you stack them and with what detergent you use.

GLASSWARE

Many people swear by washing glasses in the dishwasher for the shine it gives, but Shelley Neutze from glassware distributor Macvine says some dishwasher detergents are highly caustic. “Over time this etches into the glass surface, making them appear cloudy,” she says. “There is nothing you can do about this, so select your cleaning agent carefully.”

“It’s also how you stack the dishwasher that’s key,” she says, advising little or no glass-to-glass contact. She recommends Spieglau brand glassware which undergoes independent testing of up to 1500 cycles but says some super fine or mouth blown glasses may still need to be hand washed. 

 


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