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Euphoria Food, Wine AND Music Festival

Posted on 23 August 2012 by Administrator

Food and Wine festivals are popping up all around the country. Yet, not all are created equal. Euphoria is a combination of food, wine, AND music. One of the founders of Euphoria is musician, Edwin McCain. Euphoria features talent from as far north as New York City and Toronto and as far west as California.

Several tasting events throughout the weekend feature bites from a variety of vendors. Music is always a part of each event whether it is jazz or bluegrass or Mr. McCain himself. And of course there are wine seminars and wine pairing dinners as well.

• Choose individual events to attend or buy the 3-day VIP package.
• Don’t miss out on anything. There’s ample time to experience all the events.
• EVERYTHING is in walking distance – no wheels necessary.

Highlights of the weekend long event:

Taste of the South:
The Taste of the South is the perfect kickoff to the weekend. Mosy on down to the Wychee Pavillion, the beautiful brick open air center where lots of restaurants are serving tastes of their best dishes. Wash it all down with a Sweetwater 420, then nab your spot on the lawn to hear some fantastic live music from Edwin McCain and friends.

Pairing Dinners

Besides wine pairing dinners, there are also pairing dinners for Beer and Spirits as well. Bites like the Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho with Crab & Shrimp Hush puppies pair nicely with the Rhubarb and Prosecco cocktail. Alaskan Halibut with Georgia Clams and Bacon and Duck with Foie Gras Sausage, Carrot Puree and Grand Marnier Reduction were nothing to sneeze at either.

Sunday Supper

This farm-to-table Southern dinner, spearheaded by James Beard winner, Sean Brock, was relaxed yet elegant at the same time. The family style dinner allowed chefs and guests co-mingle with diners excitedly sharing their favorite events of the weekend. It was the perfect ending to a fabulously gluttonous weekend.

New for 2012:

Recipe of a Rhapsody

Blues Music. Your ticket includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, an array of fantastic beverage selections and an unforgettable concert experience.

Beer Garden
Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm. Sample over 40 styles of their best brews and learn a little while you’re at it! Euphoria welcomes a variety of local and regional breweries to downtown Greenville.

Saturday night Champagne Dinner at Nantucket Seafood Grill

Guest Chef and James Beard Nominee Colby Garrelts of Bluestem Restaurant in Kansas City, MO teams up with Nantucket’s Executive Chef, Charles Handford, for one of euphoria’s coveted Saturday Dinners, featuring perfectly paired champagne from Moet, with Beverage Professional Laura Williamson.

Event after event at Euphoria Food, Wine and Music festival went off without a hitch. Even the newest event – the Sunday Supper was delightful, free from any glitches. Euphoria 2012 is coming up soon. Dates are Thursday, September 20 to Sunday, September 23. You won’t want to miss it. Stay for all or part of the weekend based on your preference.

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5 Tasks That Bloggers Should Make a Habit

Posted on 07 August 2012 by Administrator

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It is rather easy to become complacent with blog writing. After all, many of us do it has a hobby, not as an income source. However, if you are going to blog, shouldn’t you try your hardest to make it search engine friendly and strive to get it as much exposure? And if you are doing all those things shouldn’t you make sure you protect it from hackers? Here are some minimal tasks that should be incorporated to everyday blogging.

Back up your Blog
Make sure you back up your blog on a regular basis. A weekly exercise of backing up your blog is highly recommended. If you lose your data or your site is hacked you will be more easily prepared to restore it. It is simple – just go to: Tools> Export to download a text file of all your data. Of course this won’t keep a copy of your plugins. However, you can purchase plugins that will keep safe a copy of your entire site.

Update WordPress to the Latest Version
Updating WordPress to the latest version can fix bugs or potential bugs that may be caused by plugins interacting with each other. It can also fix other issues as well as the fact that it has a higher level of security against hackers in new versions. Many hosts offer upgrading with the click of a couple buttons.

Name your Pictures with Optimization in Mind
You’ve probably heard or read this before but perhaps have forgotten it: Naming your pictures with a similar name to the content of your post helps your rank. The reason is simple – search engines don’t see pictures differently than they see text. It is all HTML code. So, if you upload a picture named “IMG4853″ that really isn’t helping search engines find what your post is about. However, if you name your image “Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins” or “XYZ Restaurant, City, State Restaurant Review” you are most definitely helping the search engines include your relevant content in searches.

Link Within
Search engines put more weight into sites / posts that have more links to them. Just as you are helping search engines find your posts by optimizing the names of your images, linking within your blog helps with search engine optimization as well. Search engines give credit for internal links on your site, so you should always link to relevant posts within your blog site. For example, if you a have a review of one restaurant or recipe and you are mentioning another similar one, make sure to put a link to that previous post as search engines see that as just another link and give you “link juice.”

Update your Blogroll

If you check your stats regularly, you’ll probably notice people do pay attention and click on your blog roll. No doubt other bloggers have stopped blogging since you began your blog, some aren’t relevant anymore and new bloggers have come on the scene. Make sure your blog roll reflects this. Your fellow bloggers will appreciate it and so will your readers.

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