|By PR Newswire||
|February 11, 2014 12:25 PM EST||
BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Feb. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Skip the cliche chocolates and reboot your Valentine's Day with a romantic evening in, featuring wine and cheese. More than 60 percent of America's foodies say wine and cheese make a great pairing for a romantic meal, according to research1 conducted by Castello® cheese, maker of creatively crafted imported cheeses available at grocery and fine food stores nationwide.
More than half (51 percent) of Americans describe themselves as foodies – defined in the survey as someone who is a gourmet and enjoys having new food and experiences. The survey reveals a key insight for Valentine's Day 2014: Foodies want their partner to say, "I love you" in a unique way – much more than they want an expensive gift. Foodies are far more interested in a romantic evening at home (54 percent) than they are in a night out on the town.
The Perfect Excuse to Stay In
"[My wife] Lizzie and I are true foodies – so you might expect that our perfect evening involves a fancy restaurant or a luxurious gourmet getaway," says Chef Michael Symon, co-host of "The Chew," author of numerous best-selling cookbooks and owner of several restaurants. "The reality, as the survey shows, is our ideal Valentine's Day is a night at home. We can talk, cook a delicious meal and enjoy each other's company. It's the best way to show each other that we truly understand what makes us happy."
Additional survey results show more than half (56 percent) of foodies expect to prepare or share a meal with their partner on Valentine's Day. Meanwhile, only 43 percent of foodies plan to give a personal gift, and fewer than one-quarter (24 percent) of foodies plan to give their partner the traditional box of chocolates.
A Memorable, Intimate Valentine's Night is Well Within Reach, With Wine and Cheese
Symon says that a sampling of specialty cheeses, matched to your partner's favorite wine, can kick your romantic evening off right – or even serve as a main course for your special evening in. His wife, Liz Symon, is a sommelier and knows a thing or two about perfect pairings.
"Wine and cheese provide versatility to let your creativity unfold," says Liz Symon. She recommends: "Lead with a salad topped with crumbles of Castello® Danish Blue cheese for a bold accent to the flavors, and pair it with Pinot Blanc. Any main dish made with a creamy Havarti, Havarti with dill or Havarti with garlic, is best balanced with herbaceous Sauvignon Blanc. Cap off the night with Castello® Alps Hirten with Champagne or sparkling wine."
Experience Delivered vs. Dollars Spent
The Symons' idea of "staying in" for Valentine's Day is best measured in the experience it delivers, rather than the dollars spent. "Use the money you'll save by not going out, to dress the dining table with special flowers, surrounded by your best dishes, flatware and napkins," continues Liz Symon. "Lit candles, spaced around your table and room, set a warm, elegant tone. Show your partner how well you know them by creating a music playlist of their favorite romantic songs."
Find more inspiration and learn more about Castello® cheese at castellocheeseusa.com.
Castello®: Creatively Crafted Cheese
Since 1893, Castello® has brought a balance of innovation and tradition to the art of cheese making. Castello® cheeses cover a wide range of traditional regional recipes and our own unique crafted cheeses, always made with natural ingredients and great attention to detail. We've never been content to just make the standard cheeses, but instead have tried to be creative by using ingredients and techniques from all over the world, giving each cheese a unique flavor and texture. Each cheese is made at a single dairy, which specializes in the production of that particular cheese. Learn more about our creatively crafted cheeses at castellocheeseusa.com, or join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter (@CastelloUSA).
1Survey results were obtained through online interviews among a representative sample of 1,014 adults 18 years of age or older. Interviews took place January 16-19, 2014. The survey was conducted by The Futures Company on behalf of Castello® cheese.
MICHAEL SYMON'S LAMB MEDALLIONS WITH ARUGULA, GRAPES AND CASTELLO® CRUMBLED BLUE CHEESE
Recipe courtesy of Michael Symon
- 2 ounces olive oil
- 1 boneless lamb loin cut into four 2-ounce medallions
- 1 tablespoon minced shallot
- 1/4 teaspoon butter
- 4 ounces arugula
- 3 ounces Castello® Blue Cheese Crumbles
- 1 cup grapes, halved
- 1 sprig rosemary
- 1 clove unpeeled garlic
- 1 ounce red wine vinegar
- 2 ounces chicken stock
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Remove lamb from fridge and let come to room temperature.
- Season lamb liberally with salt and pepper.
- Heat skillet over medium heat.
- Add olive oil once pan is hot.
- Place lamb in pan and let caramelize for 3 minutes without moving.
- Flip lamb and add butter, rosemary and garlic to pan and reduce liquid by about one-third.
- Check seasoning and remove garlic and rosemary.
- Remove pan from heat and add arugula, Castello® Blue Cheese Crumbles and grapes, swirling pan to warm ingredients.
Place lamb on plates and top with blue cheese mixture and sauce to serve.
As recommended by Liz Symon, sommelier and wife of Chef Michael Symon
The 2011 Chateau Belle-Vue Haut-Medoc, Bordeaux Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend provides a youthful yet slightly earthy rich red wine to complement the lamb, while its young fruit and floral aromatics accentuate the fresh arugula and shaved fennel components. ($25) retail.
Another option is the 2008 Il Fauno di Arcanum Merlot/Cabernet Franc blend from Toscana, Italy. This wine is an incredible value for the complexities it brings to the palette. It has that classic Tuscan rich earth component that works so well with rich meats like lamb. ($20) retail.
MICHAEL SYMON'S SHAVED FENNEL SALAD WITH ORANGES, LEMON, DILL AND WATERCRESS WITH CASTELLO® ALPS HIRTEN CHEESE
Recipe courtesy of Michael Symon
- 3 oranges
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 shallot, thinly sliced, soaked in cold water for 10 minutes and drained
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
- 2 small or 1 large fennel bulb, core removed, shaved
- 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped fennel fronds
- 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh dill
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
- 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 cup loosely packed watercress
- 3/4 cup Castello® Alps Hirten Cheese, diced small
- Grate the zest of one of the oranges and reserve. Segment all three oranges and reserve with their juice.
- In a large bowl, combine the garlic, shallot, salt, lemon zest and the orange zest and juice (reserve segments for now), and whisk to combine.
- Add the shaved fennel, fennel fronds and dill and toss them in the juices with a pinch of salt.
- Add the orange segments, a few grinds of black pepper, the coriander, extra-virgin olive oil and watercress.
- Toss gently and divide the salad among four plates.
- Spoon the additional dressing from the bottom of the bowl over each portion and top with the Castello® Alps Hirten Cheese.
Carmichael Lynch Spong
SYS-CON Events announced today Object Management Group® has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7–9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
May. 28, 2016 03:00 AM EDT Reads: 2,476
As cloud and storage projections continue to rise, the number of organizations moving to the cloud is escalating and it is clear cloud storage is here to stay. However, is it secure? Data is the lifeblood for government entities, countries, cloud service providers and enterprises alike and losing or exposing that data can have disastrous results. There are new concepts for data storage on the horizon that will deliver secure solutions for storing and moving sensitive data around the world. ...
May. 28, 2016 03:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,294
SYS-CON Events announced today that MangoApps will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. MangoApps provides modern company intranets and team collaboration software, allowing workers to stay connected and productive from anywhere in the world and from any device. For more information, please visit https://www.mangoapps.com/.
May. 28, 2016 02:30 AM EDT Reads: 773
The essence of data analysis involves setting up data pipelines that consist of several operations that are chained together – starting from data collection, data quality checks, data integration, data analysis and data visualization (including the setting up of interaction paths in that visualization). In our opinion, the challenges stem from the technology diversity at each stage of the data pipeline as well as the lack of process around the analysis.
May. 28, 2016 01:30 AM EDT Reads: 1,429
Many banks and financial institutions are experimenting with containers in development environments, but when will they move into production? Containers are seen as the key to achieving the ultimate in information technology flexibility and agility. Containers work on both public and private clouds, and make it easy to build and deploy applications. The challenge for regulated industries is the cost and complexity of container security compliance. VM security compliance is already challenging, ...
May. 28, 2016 01:15 AM EDT Reads: 1,260
The IoTs will challenge the status quo of how IT and development organizations operate. Or will it? Certainly the fog layer of IoT requires special insights about data ontology, security and transactional integrity. But the developmental challenges are the same: People, Process and Platform. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Craig Sproule, CEO of Metavine, will demonstrate how to move beyond today's coding paradigm and share the must-have mindsets for removing complexity from the development proc...
May. 28, 2016 01:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,913
Designing IoT applications is complex, but deploying them in a scalable fashion is even more complex. A scalable, API first IaaS cloud is a good start, but in order to understand the various components specific to deploying IoT applications, one needs to understand the architecture of these applications and figure out how to scale these components independently. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Nara Rajagopalan is CEO of Accelerite, will discuss the fundamental architecture of IoT applications, ...
May. 28, 2016 01:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,240
Enterprise networks are complex. Moreover, they were designed and deployed to meet a specific set of business requirements at a specific point in time. But, the adoption of cloud services, new business applications and intensifying security policies, among other factors, require IT organizations to continuously deploy configuration changes. Therefore, enterprises are looking for better ways to automate the management of their networks while still leveraging existing capabilities, optimizing perf...
May. 28, 2016 12:45 AM EDT Reads: 1,316
A strange thing is happening along the way to the Internet of Things, namely far too many devices to work with and manage. It has become clear that we'll need much higher efficiency user experiences that can allow us to more easily and scalably work with the thousands of devices that will soon be in each of our lives. Enter the conversational interface revolution, combining bots we can literally talk with, gesture to, and even direct with our thoughts, with embedded artificial intelligence, wh...
May. 28, 2016 12:30 AM EDT Reads: 2,005
SYS-CON Events announced today that Tintri Inc., a leading producer of VM-aware storage (VAS) for virtualization and cloud environments, will exhibit at the 18th International CloudExpo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, and the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
May. 28, 2016 12:15 AM EDT Reads: 2,406
In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Bruce Swann, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Adobe, will discuss how the Adobe Marketing Cloud can help marketers embrace opportunities for personalized, relevant and real-time customer engagement across offline (direct mail, point of sale, call center) and digital (email, website, SMS, mobile apps, social networks, connected objects). Bruce Swann has more than 15 years of experience working with digital marketing disciplines like web analytics, social med...
May. 28, 2016 12:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,322
SYS-CON Events announced today that EastBanc Technologies will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. EastBanc Technologies has been working at the frontier of technology since 1999. Today, the firm provides full-lifecycle software development delivering flexible technology solutions that seamlessly integrate with existing systems – whether on premise or cloud. EastBanc Technologies partners with p...
May. 27, 2016 11:30 PM EDT Reads: 2,299
The pace of innovation, vendor lock-in, production sustainability, cost-effectiveness, and managing risk… In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Dan Choquette, Founder of RackN, will discuss how CIOs are challenged finding the balance of finding the right tools, technology and operational model that serves the business the best. He will discuss how clouds, open source software and infrastructure solutions have benefits but also drawbacks and how workload and operational portability between vendors...
May. 27, 2016 11:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,868
SYS-CON Events announced today that AppNeta, the leader in performance insight for business-critical web applications, will exhibit and present at SYS-CON's @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo New York, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. AppNeta is the only application performance monitoring (APM) company to provide solutions for all applications – applications you develop internally, business-critical SaaS applications you use and the networks that deli...
May. 27, 2016 11:00 PM EDT Reads: 2,496
SYS-CON Events announced today that BMC Software has been named "Siver Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2015 at the Javits Center in New York, New York. BMC is a global leader in innovative software solutions that help businesses transform into digital enterprises for the ultimate competitive advantage. BMC Digital Enterprise Management is a set of innovative IT solutions designed to make digital business fast, seamless, and optimized from mainframe to mo...
May. 27, 2016 10:30 PM EDT Reads: 2,195