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January is a time to reset for many. A time to set new goals, give your body a rest, and put your best foot forward at the beginning of the year.

Dry January provides a challenge to improve health even if it is just for one month – maybe more. RISE is the perfect way to join in on your weekly Zoom “Thirsty Thursday” with a refreshing bottle of kombucha or even a delicious RISE mocktail!

With low sugar content, and a high concentration of probiotics, antioxidants, and organic acids, RISE Kombucha offers all the benefits of this centuries-old recipe with new and innovative flavours without the vinegary taste. The living cultures, antioxidants and organic acids all play an important part in gut health and a healthy lifestyle to continue throughout 2021.

RISE Kombucha offers the chance for everyone to enjoy a tasty beverage no matter how they want to spend their January.

The Refresher:

  • 1 slice of lemon
  • 2 slices of kiwi
  • 1 teaspoon of passion fruit sirup (optional)
  • 7 oz (207ml) RISE 1g - Kiwi & Pineapple
  • Ice

Purple Rain

  •     1 oz (30ml) apricot syrup
  •     4 oz (120ml) RISE Kombucha - Lychee & Jasmine
  •     1-2 dashes (1-2mL) foo manchu bitters
  •     Ice
 
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January 12, 2021, Vancouver BC - BC Beer Con will return virtually to a monitor near you from February 3 to 5, 2021.

The BC Craft Brewers Conference, hosted by the BC Craft Brewers Guild and presented by Great Little Box Company | Ideon Packaging, brings together key stakeholders from the Canadian craft brewing industry for an annual networking and educational event. 

From February 3 to 5, brewery staff, brewing students and beer enthusiasts are invited to take part in various educational seminars and keynotes to gear up 2021. The three days are divided into half-day tracks, broken out into Brewing, Marketing & Sales, Operations and Finance. Keynote speakers for BC Beer Con include:

Brewing up a real change - a discussion about diversity, inclusion and equality with Ren Navarro of Beer. Diversity.

  • The Path Forward for the Hospitality Industry from COVID-19 with Ian Tostenson, President and CEO of the BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association

In response to current public health advisories, the BC Craft Brewers Guild has developed a conference focused on enriched virtual experiences promising to keep BC’s craft beer community connected during the conference and throughout the year. Attendees will receive educational seminars and networking sessions centered around activating a new online private community network. The BC Craft Brewers Guild Community is a private network for attendees to form new connections directly with industry peers, suppliers, and various partners, to gain insight into key industry issues and solutions, year-round. 

“While we can’t meet in person this year, we’re confident the new format and online community platform will help connect BC Craft Brewers in a new way,” said Ken Beattie, Executive Director of the BC Craft Brewers Guild. “It’s important for us to continually build connections within our industry and outside of it, to ensure the longevity of craft brewing in BC.”

“Breaking out the conference into half-day tracks allows people to take part in what they’re most interested in,” said Beattie. “Running concurrent sessions didn’t allow people to absorb everything they wanted to. Now, they have the option to stay for the whole conference, or just attend the half-day session that pertains to their job.”

Tickets to BC Beer Con are now available here, with 50 per cent of every ticket sold supporting the Canadian Craft Brewers Associationto create a more inclusive and diverse beer community. BC Craft Brewers Guild member breweries and Associate Members, Canadian Craft Brewers Association Members, and Brewing School Students can attend for $20 plus applicable taxes, and public or non-member tickets are available for $50 plus applicable taxes.

For more information on BC Beer Con, please visit www.bccraftbrewersconference.com.

 
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VANCOUVER, BC (January 13, 2021) — The Kitchen Table Restaurants team behind Pourhouse will boldly take the famed Gastown institution in an exciting new direction when it launches its new burger-forward menu on Monday, January 18 at 5 p.m.

The new concept was envisioned and built upon the iconic Pourhouse Burger, with its 30-day, dry-aged steak patty cooked to a perfect medium and topped with cheddar, pork belly and caramelized onion. The new menu will offer an array of delicious new burger creations, classic steaks and starters, snacks and salads for daily lunch and dinner service. 

Driven by the culinary powerhouse team of Executive Chef Alessandro Vianello, Culinary Director Alex Tung, and Chef de Cuisine Jason Saruya, the new menu offers two ‘smash-style’ creations and includes highlights like The Queen (brisket & chuck steak patty, aged cheddar, mayo, shredduce, tomato jam, peppered bacon, onion ring, sesame seed bun), and the Crispy Portabella (tomato jam, shredduce, pickled onion, Swiss cheese, truffle mayo, sesame seed bun). All burgers and steaks are served à la carte, with guests able to customize their selections via gourmet toppings and sides that go beyond classic Kennebec fries to include truffle tots, sautéed mushrooms, chili-garlic broccolini, onion rings, twice-baked potato and more.

Under the creative direction of Bar Manager Adam Domet, the beverage program offers a refreshed catalogue of classic and contemporary cocktails along with an expansive wine list including the addition of sparkling and red wines by the glass that further complement the burger menu. A daily Happy Hour menu also serves up drink and food specials such as the Dirty Portabella or Cheeseburger, Caramelized Onion Dip, and Buttermilk Fried Chicken from 3 to 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close.

Beginning Saturday, January 23, Pourhouse will also introduce a weekend brunch menu featuring daytime dishes such as the Brunch Burger, the Burger Benny, the Short Stack with caramelized banana, maple syrup and vanilla whip and Mimosa and Caesar features available from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in addition to the full lunch and dinner menu.

“The Pourhouse Burger has become something of a legend and with the renewed focus on takeout-friendly fare over the past year, it was the perfect time to expand upon the elements that have made Pourhouse a Vancouver favourite,” says Pourhouse General Manager Mark Briand. “This city loves its burger culture and we’re excited to show old friends and new fans alike what we’ve got in store for them.”

Pourhouse is open for dine-in and takeout seven days a week with daily Happy Hour from 3 to 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close. For more information, go to pourhousevancouver.com, become a fan of /pourhousevancouver on Facebook and follow @pourhouse_van on Twitter and @pourhouse on Instagram.

 
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“While we can’t meet in person this year, we’re confident the new format and online community platform will help connect BC Craft Brewers in a new way,” said Ken Beattie, Executive Director of the BC Craft Brewers Guild. “It’s important for us to continually build connections within our industry and outside of it, to ensure the longevity of craft brewing in BC.”

“Breaking out the conference into half-day tracks allows people to take part in what they’re most interested in,” said Beattie. “Running concurrent sessions didn’t allow people to absorb everything they wanted to. Now, they have the option to stay for the whole conference, or just attend the half-day session that pertains to their job.” 

Tickets to BC Beer Con are now available here, with 50 per cent of every ticket sold supporting the Canadian Craft Brewers Associationto create a more inclusive and diverse beer community. BC Craft Brewers Guild member breweries and Associate Members, Canadian Craft Brewers Association Members, and Brewing School Students can attend for $20 plus applicable taxes, and public or non-member tickets are available for $50 plus applicable taxes. 

For more information on BC Beer Con, please visit www.bccraftbrewersconference.com.

 
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Chicago — January 13, 2021 — Hotels are struggling to keep their doors open today, and many are unable to rehire full staff. Frontline employees fortunate enough to be working amidst the ongoing pandemic are wearing more hats and putting themselves at risk each day to deliver the highest levels of guest service in hopes of assuring travelers that their hotels are safe. To recognize these unsung heroes of hospitality, a new digital tipping solution has entered the hospitality scene to provide a contactless, cashless and “appless” enterprise system for digital gratuity with full reporting. Called youtip, the solution is simple and fast for tippers to use, as no app download is required.

“In today’s economy  ̶  even before COVID-19  ̶  businesses are choosing to go cash-free, including hotels, with many encouraging credit-card and contactless payments,” said Sarah Taveprungsenukul, youtip co-founder and CEO. “We’ve all been there. We want to tip service staff, such as the valet parking attendant, bellman or hotel housekeeper for jobs well done, but don’t have enough cash on hand to do so. Taking the time to download a gratuity app is inconvenient, especially for travelers who often find themselves in a time crunch to run to the ATM or who want to limit their exposure to handling germ ridden cash. We developed youtip as the easiest digital tipping solution in the market. Tippers simply scan a QR code displayed anywhere that is visible and convenient, such as a valet stand, on the in-room TV or smart speakers with digital displays, or on an employee’s badge/card. They can also click on links sent directly to them via text or email. This digital scan-and-tip system provides a quick and easy experience for guests and gives operators service feedback in seconds.”

youtip is the brainchild of Doug Miles, co-founder and COO, and a 20-year fintech veteran who too frequently found himself without the cash to tip during business travel. Noticing the rapid adoption of QR codes in the U.S. and smartphone cameras now having QR code reading capability, Miles dusted off an old idea to pitch to Taveprungsenukul, his long-time friend in hospitality. The duo also brought tech-solution developer and friend Nicholas Okuley, youtip co-founder and CTO, to the table to help finetune the offering.

“To achieve mass adoption, the solution had to be faster than cash,” Miles said. “youtip utilizes technology that already exists in your phone rather than requiring an app download. You just scan, tip and go. Our system routes the tip to the business’s bank account along with transaction reporting and guest feedback. This appless solution is a ‘first’ in hospitality, and we anticipate that it will change the way tips are transacted for the foreseeable future.”

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youtip can integrate with other critical business solutions, such as the property-management systems, point-of-sale systems, accounting/payroll solutions, service optimization systems, and voice/text technologies for hotels. Technology companies in the hospitality space who feel their solution, when tied to youtip, will further help hoteliers to recognize and reward today’s unsung heroes are encouraged to contact youtip at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

"By approaching the software with a focus on flexibility, we are able to not only offer a scalable standalone product, but also one that can be tailored to specific customer needs  ̶  whether to express their brand and personality, or seamlessly tie into existing infrastructure thanks to our various partner integrations,” Okuley said.

youtip is PCI compliant and utilizes the built-in security of Apple’s Apple Pay and Google’s G Pay. The company charges a convenience fee on every transaction to the person leaving the tip. QR codes can be leveraged to process both pooled and individual gratuities.

youtip is also ideal for charitable giving/fundraising campaigns. Businesses can use signage with a QR code tied to their charitable organization’s bank account to raise money in the field. Quick digital donations at events and during street fundraising initiatives can be a great way to enhance a fundraising tool kit.

“We are waiving system subscription fees through the end of 2021 to help the hospitality industry recover as quickly as possible,”Taveprungsenukul said, noting that charges may apply for design customizations and third-party integrations, such as PMS, payroll systems and branded mobile applications. “What we are most excited about through this technology launch is that youtip solves two key problems for the service industry: 1) Fewer people are carrying cash, and 2) increased demand for contactless services.”

For more information on youtip, visit www.youtip.money. For questions about business customization, integration, or enterprise deployment, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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