StyleSage Raises $2 Million for Image Recognition and Retail Analytics Platform

Smart Machines that „See the World the Way You Do“ Brings Actionable, Visual Insights From Over 200M Products Worldwide

NEW YORK, NY, October 22, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/ — StyleSage, a machine learning and image recognition company that delivers data-driven insights to retailers and brands to help them get ahead of competitors, has just raised a Series Seed investment of $2 Million USD. This investment round was led by Christopher Calicott of Trammell Venture Partners, an existing StyleSage investor, with a co-investment from Corporate VC Sonae IM. The round is joined by other existing investors, including the Gagnon Securities Private Partners Fund I LLC.

StyleSage is a predictive analytics and real-time sales optimization platform that enables brands to price, design, and buy new products in the fashion, home, and beauty sector. Every day, StyleSage pulls product data from competitors‘ ecommerce websites from around the world. Then, with groundbreaking technology in machine learning and visual recognition, StyleSage cleans, organizes, and analyzes the massive amounts of collected data into a cloud-based dashboard that empowers brands and retailers to make informed, data-driven decisions in areas such line planning, markdown optimization, and global expansion.

The StyleSage platform delivers the 10,000 feet bird’s-eye view of the global market and drills down to the most granular design features of a product. This granularity and flexibility is unparalleled in the market today and gives retailers the full picture of the competitive landscape. Specifically, these insights enable pricing strategy departments to identify revenue and margin growth opportunities and define the right pricing strategy for new markets, as well as merchandising teams to design, select, and target new products and assortments. The platform is already being used by leading global fashion retailers, such as Under Armour, United Colors of Benetton, and many others, who collectively represent over $50 billion of the global apparel market and continues to gain traction with the industry’s increased appetite for actionable data. StyleSage has won several awards, including „fashion startup of the year“ presented by Glamour Magazine at South Summit in 2015, in addition to having been profiled as a top innovator by Glamour Magazine, W Magazine, Vogue, The Financial Times, and The Economist.

The company intends to use the funds to amplify sales, broaden into other markets, and reinforce its data and technology development and is now actively recruiting. The goal is to expand the StyleSage SaaS platform worldwide and to scale the technology to other retail segments and product categories.

StyleSage’s ambitious global expansion plans are led by founders Jade Huang (CEO) and Robert Figiel (CTO), who met during their MBA studies at INSEAD and afterwards went through Techstars, the world’s number 1 technology accelerator. Jade’s fashion design and digital experience together with Robert’s engineer and data analytics expertise make the founding team well prepared to tackle the challenges ahead. The company is headquartered in New York (U.S.), where the sales and marketing teams are centered, while the engineering and data science teams are based in Madrid (Spain).

Jade Huang, StyleSage CEO, expressed, „We value the support of a strong technology and machine learning-focused VC such as Trammell Venture Partners, and a strategic investor such as Sonae IM who has deep knowledge in retail and a strong network of international contacts to leverage upon. It’s the best investor combination we could hope for in raising our round and preparing for expansion.“

Christopher Calicott, Managing Director at Trammell Venture Partners, explained, „Of all the factors we consider for an investment, at the top of the list are these elements: truly exceptional entrepreneurs innovating in a market with disruptive features and a real opportunity to win the category leader position. StyleSage has all of these characteristics in spades. We’re seeing retail brands rethink their approach to critical processes like pricing strategy and competitive line analysis. Additionally, we’ve gotten strong feedback on the quality of data and the clear, actionable insights gained with use of the StyleSage platform. I believe in this team and its product and we’re excited to support Jade and Robert in building StyleSage toward its Series A and beyond.“

Eduardo Piedade, Executive Board Member of Sonae IM, said „Our investment in data analytics disruptor StyleSage is part of our strategy of investing in world class tech-based companies. We believe we can contribute with our retail business expertise and industry networking to develop a top-notch product for StyleSage fashion customers, in the same way we have done with other portfolio companies. We are convinced that the drive shown by the founding team will elevate StyleSage to another level, to become a leading player in analytics in the fashion arena“.

At StyleSage, we aim to empower creative and analytical teams in the retail world, bringing together data and fashion. By enabling decision-makers to easily access actionable real-time insights from until now unstructured data, fashion, home, and beauty retailers are able to improve performance and reduce risk in a highly unstable environment. We’ve made a flexible, easy to use and visual dashboard to support and power strategic key decisions, such as those around product development, stock, or pricing. Moreover, our data can be effortlessly integrated with existing business systems, minimizing the need to expand internal technical resources.

Trammell Venture Partners –
Trammell Venture Partners is a venture capital firm involved in seed- and early-stage investment in highly technical areas. Our investment focus is on three key sectors: machine intelligence, cybersecurity, and blockchain technology, which we believe are the next wave of industry disruptors. Our methodology augments a rigorous market and management team diligence with deep technical expertise, bringing insight, coaching, and value beyond the scope of most firms or private investors in the seed capital landscape. Our belief is that our limited partners are our co-investors and that the entrepreneurs and companies we invest in are our customers.

Sonae IM –
Sonae IM is Sonae’s Corporate Venture Capital, focusing on investing in tech-based companies for the retail and telecommunication verticals. Sonae ( is a multinational EUR5 …read more

McKenzie Holland Reveals Leadership Tips That Have Stood The Test Of Time

California-based sales and marketing firm McKenzie Holland have evaluated leadership tips from some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs that have proven to be effective time and time again.

LOS ANGELES, CA, October 22, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/ — It is true that at some point during the course of their career a business owner, leader or manager will face challenges that will leave him or her questioning their own leadership ability. McKenzie Holland believes it is how this person is able to overcome such obstacles that will dictate their true leadership qualities.

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McKenzie Holland argues that leadership underpins all other facets of a business model, as it has the ingredients to make the remaining aspects of the business come together in sync, regardless of their possible deficiencies. The firm believes that this is the reason why leadership is held in such high esteem by so many of the world’s most successful business owners and entrepreneurs. Indeed, successful leadership is important across all industries, not just in sales and marketing, as it is fairly unlikely that day-to-day tasks performed begrudgingly will be carried out at a maximum level of quality. The negative consequences of which are potentially huge if customers are involved and perceive a lack of quality service, so leadership entails getting followers to buy-in to the company culture and its goals.

McKenzie Holland has previously spoken about the importance of mental strength and fortitude in business, and the need for continual personal development – avoiding all complacency as there’s always someone willing to take your place. Leadership is no different – and leaders are often easier to replace than other contractors. It is for this reason that McKenzie Holland believes leaders should look at the following points raised below by renowned entrepreneurs:

Richard Branson – ‚Decisiveness is key.‘

The Virgin Group founder states, „one of the most important skills any leader can learn is when to be decisive, and when to take a step back and look at the wider picture before making the big calls.“ McKenzie Holland strongly believes that decisive managers make better leaders, and claim that better decisions can be made when listening and respecting all opinions involved in a given situation. Branson states that temptation to make these decisions quickly should be avoided, as a good leader should evaluate all possibilities in a cool, calm and collective manner – yet ultimately confident in his or her final decision, taking control of the situation.

Mary Barra – ‚Good ideas don’t have a hierarchy.‘

As CEO of General Motors Barra acknowledges that some of the best ideas don’t come from upper management, „No matter your industry, ideas can come from anywhere – from the line, the retail floor, or at your engineering center.“ McKenzie Holland agrees with Barra’s statement, and share the opinion that being inclusive in leadership rallies contractors around a collective vision, and ensures solutions are evaluated from every angle.

Max Levchin: ‚Look after your team.‘

Levchin is the cofounder of PayPal and current CEO of Affirm, and he believes that good leadership entails getting a team to perform to the best of their ability – ‚A great leader knows how to identify and navigate around the team members‘ weaknesses and capitalize on their strengths.‘

McKenzie Holland specializes in a unique form of direct marketing, which allows them to connect with consumers on behalf of their clients‘ brands. The firm has an active pursuit of staying ahead of the game regardless of the success they have already achieved, as they believe that there is always someone willing to overtake them. The firm also evaluates their leaders to ensure they are getting the most out of their contractors and creating a shared vision moving forward.

By keeping in touch with constantly changing consumer trends and perceptions McKenzie Holland are able to forge long-lasting relationships between brand and consumer – and this is what often leads to increased customer acquisition, retention, and loyalty for their clients.


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Giggrabbers – The World’s First Combined Crowdfunding and Outsourcing Platform!

Giggrabbers, the world’s only combined crowdfunding and outsourcing platform allows users to visually map out tasks of a project, outsource those tasks to freelancers, and raise funds for those tasks using a crowdfunding campaign.

NEW YORK, NY, October 22, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/ — Giggrabbers is an online crowdfunding, outsourcing, and project visualization platform that helps individuals and businesses bring their projects and ideas to life. It’s the first and only platform of its kind. In fact, crowdfunding has never been combined with online outsourcing as a service. What Giggrabbers provides is novel and very helpful to users looking to start a venture and find funding.

By combining crowdfunding, outsourcing and visual mapping tools into one software, Giggrabbers improves a user’s project management experience. Individuals and businesses can now raise funds for each task of a project through a crowdfunding campaign, outsource those tasks to freelancers, and visually map out the tasks within their project using an interactive circle-spoke wheel diagram. It’s pretty cool actually (see images!) and here’s how it works:

1. Project Visualization: The project visualization tool can be used to map out simple unrelated tasks (called a simple project) or a group of tasks that relate to one big project (called complex projects). Complex projects require a user to first indicate the type of project being pursued. Based on the project type, the user answers „yes“ or „no“ to a questionnaire around likely tasks. For example, the questionnaire for a venture/entrepreneurial projects would ask the question: „Do you need a website?“ or „Do you need a mobile app developer?“ and if the user answers yes, the platform adds the task to the circle spoke wheel diagram and proceeds to the next question. This happens until all questions are viewed or eight tasks are added to the wheel diagram. For each task, the user is then asked to provide a brief description, identify their budget range, and specify a desired date of completion. (This information can be modified later.)

2. Online Outsourcing: After all tasks have been described and posted to the jobs page, the user can monitor job proposals from freelancers, namely „giggrabbers“ until one is selected for each task. Additionally, a project page is created where users can view and track feedback from supporters and monitor the crowdfunding and overall project progress. The most important features of this service are that users can enjoy enhanced and interactive functionality when working on big projects. By allowing users to visually map out and outsource tasks, Giggrabbers‘ circle spoke wheel prompts users to approach outsourcing as a big project kind of thing, unlike any other outsourcing platforms, allowing for a more holistic approach to project management.

3. Crowdfunding: The most unique feature about the way crowdfunding works on Giggrabbers is are that funds can only be used towards hiring a freelancer to work on a project. In fact, funds can be restricted towards a specific task within the project or budget item within a task. For example, in funding a venture/entrepreneurial project that requires website development, an investor can select the website development task to fund. If the investor wishes to fund something more specific, he or she can fund a budget item within that website development task (e.g. downpayment, 1st milestone, 2nd milestone, etc.) As a result, crowdfunders have more flexibility and transparency when choosing to fund a project. They can be more certain that funds are used in a way that furthers the development of the project.

Every individual with a viable idea should have a fair shot at bringing it to life. In that regard, Giggrabbers exists to improve the chances of a user’s success when indulging in a project. By making big improvements to the way crowdfunding and outsourcing works, Giggrabbers hopes to bring ideas and projects to life for people around the world.

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Giggrabbers is the world’s only online crowdfunding and outsourcing platform.

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Executive Marketing Media Network With Senior Sales and Marketing Professionals

The CEO at Executive Marketing Media was joined by some of the firm’s top performers in attending an exclusive networking event in Providence recently, along with a number of top industry leaders.

QUINCY, MA, October 22, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/ — The networking event was attended by entrepreneurs and business owners from Florida, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island – providing a unique opportunity to interact with like-minded professionals as well as people at the top of their game.

At Executive Marketing Media they encourage their employees to frequently attend networking events, build and solidify relationships with fellow industry professionals, and establish a diverse network, as all of this can help their progression along the road to success.

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CEO at Executive Marketing Media, Media Talesh, has shared his 4 top tips to thrive at your next marketing event:

Be yourself

Networking events are a starting point for building relationships, and if someone isn’t genuine then the relationship is starting with a lie. „The key is to stay true to yourself and not try to be the person you think others want to meet. The connections you make when you are genuine and authentic are the ones that will last,“ said Mr. Talesh.

Be engaged

When having conversations, it is imperative to be engaged – not only listening but also participating by joining in the conversation. Maintaining eye contact is vital to show interest, and these small things can go a long way towards making someone feel like you care, which helps to build rapport and trust.

Do NOT „work the room.“

Media Talesh believes that working the room can be counter productive. „Don’t try to meet as many people as possible, instead focus on making just a few solid connections,“ said Mr. Talesh. The firm encourages their employees to target a select number of people to talk to with the aim to establish meaningful dialogue and exchange contact details.

Don’t be afraid to join in

For first time networkers, it can be an extremely intimidating environment which forces many people out of their comfort zone. „Don’t be afraid to join in, while you don’t want to talk over anyone, just wait for a natural break and then introduce yourself,“ said Mr. Talesh.

Executive Marketing Media works closely with Fortune 500 companies to deliver custom-made marketing campaigns which are personalized to suit the needs of their clients. The firm connects with consumers on a one-to-one level to encourage long-lasting business relationships between brand and consumer. At Executive Marketing Media they are committed to being the best, and they believe that networking is a fundamental element in developing and making continual progress.

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210 Restaurant and Live Music Lounge Focuses on Great Music AND Great Food

At 210 Restaurant and Live Music Lounge, great music and great food compliment each other

CHICAGO, IL, October 22, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/ — At many great live music venues, the food tends to take backstage to the musical acts–but at 210 Restaurant and Live Music Lounge (210 Green Bay Road, Highwood, IL; 847-433-0304), that is definitely not so. Co-owner Jeff Tomchek, who also is the Executive Chef, and co-founders Steve Goldstein, Peggy Goldstein and Judy Shatkin are as passionate about the food they serve as they are about the music. „When we planned 210 Restaurant & Live Music Lounge, we wanted to create the kind of place that we would want to go to,“ said Tomchek. „We offer a comfortable, homespun lounge feel, delicious chef-driven food and cocktails made with fresh ingredients, plus great live music–it’s the perfect combination for a fabulous night out.“

The menu is the result of the more than 30 years Tomchek spent building his culinary career across the United States and in Europe, Central America, and South America. „Our food is absolutely not a culinary sidekick to our music–the food is front and center,“ said Tomchek. „From the beginning, our goal was to offer high quality food that was reason enough to visit 210. Our food reaches across many regional and global cuisines, but we’ve also made our barbecue and Southern-style dishes prominent on the menu. We serve good-time food that is the perfect accompaniment to good-time music.“

Tomchek pulls from his many experiences abroad to create a truly eclectic contemporary American menu where traditional dishes are given cross cultural twists. He believes using fresh, high quality, locally sourced produce and ingredients is crucial for himself and the community and so he sources from local farmers as much as possible.

The menu, entitled „Tonight’s Set List“ is presented with a musical theme. The „First Set“ is comprised of appetizers and small plates, the „Second Set“ features the salads, the „Main Act“ presents the entrees and „Accompaniments“ are the side dishes. A separate „Encores“ menu features tantalizing desserts.

The „Special Guests“ section includes the numerous weekly specials as well as the featured burgers and sandwiches. It’s a fun way to present the wide range of appetizers, entrees, and side dishes that showcase Tomchek’s versatility and creativity.

Appetizers include Hawaiian Tuna Poke with toasted Macadamia Nuts ($13); Roast Local Corn Mexican Street Food Style ($5/$8); Korean Chicken Wings ($12); and a superb rendition of Tomato Bisque ($5/$8). Salad options include Roast Beets with Bean Hummas, Arugula & Pine Nuts ($12); Frillman Farms Heirloom Tomato with Burrata & Basil ($11); and a Crispy Chicken Chopped Salad with Chipotle Ranch ($18).

The main dishes are equally delicious. The Baby Back Ribs, Dry Rub & Pit Smoked are tender, luscious and available in three sizes (taste $8, half-slab $16, full slab $24). Other popular items include the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich, Arugula & Remoulade ($13); Roast Scottish Salmon with corn mashed potatoes and Mexican Truffle Vinaigrette ($24); and Andouille Jambalaya with Louisiana Style BBQ Shrimp ($19). All entrees are served with choice of accompaniment.

The mainstay gourmet burger is the 210Live Burger, made with USDA Prime Beef, Tomato Jam, Busia’s Bread & Butter Pickles and Dante Cheese ($16).

Side dishes include Roast Local Eggplant with Moroccan Spices ($9); Miso Glazed Acorn Squash ($8); Roast Cauliflower with Thai three flavor sauce ($8) and Bacon Braised Collard Greens ($8); and Not Yo Mamma’s Mac & Cheese ($8); and Local Bi Color Corn Sauteed with Peppers & Onions ($8).

Seasonal offerings present global tastes that reflect Tomchek’s current cravings and the best local produce. Recent options included Squash Blossom Quesadilla with Oaxaca Cheese ($11); Roast Heirloom Carrots with Tikka Masala & Garbanzos ($9); and Salmon Poke with Sesame Seaweed, Avocado & Pumpkinseed Oil ($12). Recent special sandwiches included Carolina Style Pulled Pork Sandwich with Cole Slaw ($13); Crispy Shrimp Po’Boy ($16); and a Lake Perch Sandwich with Heirloom Tomato & Tartar Sauce ($15).

Guests are invited to check 210 Restaurant’s website daily to keep up with the specials.

Tomchek’s emphasis on high quality extends to the bar menu too. 210 boasts an array of local beers on tap, craft cocktails made with fresh herbs and fruit and a variety of top-shelf liquors as well as an expanding wine program.

Great music sounds best when enjoyed with great cocktails and great food and, at 210 Restaurant and Live Music Lounge, that is exactly what is on the menu.

About 210 Restaurant and Live Music Lounge

210 Restaurant & Live Music Lounge, located at 210 Green Bay Road in Highwood, Illinois, is a true supper club where guests enjoy live music five nights a week and delicious chef-driven dining. 210 is a community of musicians, food enthusiasts, and neighbors-an inviting, comfortable and romantic environment where singles, couples and families escape from their everyday life to relax, enjoy and indulge. 210 Restaurant & Live Music Lounge is open 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Wednesday through Thursday and Sunday; 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday for live music and lunch.

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Prairie Grass Cafe Hosts its Popular Thanksgiving Dinner November 24

Eat deliciously this Thanksgiving at Prairie Grass Cafe

CHICAGO, IL, October 21, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/ — Eat deliciously this Thanksgiving at Prairie Grass Cafe (601 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook, 847-205-4433) on Thursday, November 24, as chef/owners Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris offer their famed Thanksgiving menu featuring fresh, homemade Thanksgiving favorites with produce sourced from local farmers where possible. Early reservations are strongly recommended.

The celebration begins with your choice of two appetizers: Butternut Squash Soup or an Organic Mixed Green Salad with Pumpkin Seeds, Parmesan, and Pomegranate and Balsamic Dressing.

Next on the menu is a classic Oven Roasted Turkey served with Mashed Potatoes and Homemade Gravy. Four delicious sides are available to accompany your meal: Apple Chestnut Stuffing; Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash with Homemade Marshmallow Toppings; Fresh Vegetables; and Cranberry Sauce.

To complete the Thanksgiving festivities, three dessert options are available: sumptuous Mom’s Pumpkin Pie and Pecan Pie, and luscious Double Chocolate Cake.

The dinner is available on Thursday November 24 from 2:30 to 7:00 p.m. The cost is $57 per person for adults and $18 children age 12 and under. Reservations can be made by calling Prairie Grass Cafe at (847) 205-4433.

Thanksgiving To Go

Prairie Grass Cafe has been the annual Thanksgiving favorite for North Shore residents who want to host their feast at home. Thanksgiving To Go from Prairie Grass Cafe, a complete ala carte feast, is available for pick up at the restaurant. Choose from four delicious appetizers, Roast Turkey and Gravy, Apple Sage Stuffing, Homemade Sausage and Giblet Stuffing, five side dishes, and three desserts including homemade pumpkin and pecan pie.

Advance orders are now being accepted by phone, 847-205-4433, and must be made by Nov. 17. All orders will be available for pickup on Thursday November 24 from noon to 2 p.m. Order here. For more information about Thanksgiving To Go, please call Prairie Grass Cafe at (847) 205-4433 or visit

About Prairie Grass Cafe

Prairie Grass Cafe (601 Skokie Blvd.; Northbrook, IL; 847-205-4433) supports Chicago’s Green City Market and local sustainable farms, selecting the freshest ingredients to reflect the season. Prairie Grass Cafe currently serves lunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday – Friday; dinner is served 5 p.m. to 9:30 pm. Tuesday – Thursday; and 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Dinner is served 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and Sunday. Prairie Grass Cafe also serves brunch 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. Light fare is available in the bar 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information or to make a reservation, please call (847) 205-4433 or visit

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Knife Restaurant Offers Guests Creative Interpretations of Classic Steakhouse Fare

Knife puts a unique twist on traditional steakhouse fare

CHICAGO, IL, October 21, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/ — Under the inspired leadership of Executive Chef Timothy Cottini, Knife Restaurant, which opened October 18, offers guests contemporary interpretations of traditional steakhouse offerings. The varied menu demonstrates Cottini’s well-honed farm-to-table philosophy, with in-house dry aged beef as its distinctive culinary centerpiece.

At first glance, the handsomely designed menu is understated and traditional-sounding, but the element of surprise will be ever-present in each dish. „We want to take the essence of a classic dish and re-create it in a unique way,“ said Chef Cottini, who understands that, „We first eat with our eyes before we eat with our mouths. The visual impact of the food will be almost as important as the taste.“ Throughout the menu, Chef Cottini maintains a high standard using locally sourced, quality seasonal ingredients, as he transforms the traditional into the unexpected.

Knife is modernizing the old-school steakhouse mentality and ambiance. It will raise expectations of what a steakhouse can be while paying homage to menu classics. Promoting culinary creativity and cultural fusion is what makes this restaurant truly American.

Menu Rundown

The dinner menu is clearly organized into six sections: Appetizers, Chilled Plates, Salad & Soup, Entrees, Steaks and Sides. Appetizer choices include Fois Gras Terrine, seasonal jam, brioche, market greens and pickled vegetables ($19); Oxtail Doughnut Holes, au poivre sauce ($10); Lobster Tail Tempura, arugula & ginger-orange sauce ($22); and Shrimp De Jonghe, puff pastry, garlic, fine herbs ($17).

Chilled Plates feature seafood, including Oysters on the Half Shell (market price); Ahi Tuna Tartare, avocado, fresno chili, endive ($14); and Shrimp Cocktail, horseradish & candied lemon ($16). The ala carte Bread Service offers two house-made choices: Parker House Rolls with whipped butter & sea salt ($6) or Focaccia with seasonal dipping sauce ($6).

Salad & Soup choices include the Heirloom Tomato & Burrata Salad, basil pesto, marinated red onions & basil ($16); Lobster Bisque, creme fraiche, tarragon ($11); Tableside Caesar, white anchovies, focaccia croutons, parmesan & pecorino ($19); the Market Salad, shaved market vegetables, Urban Till greens with sherry vinaigrette ($9); and the Grilled Wedge Salad, Urban Till baby iceberg, green goddess, lobster mitts, bacon, bleu cheese, tomato, scallions ($18). The Tableside Caesar can be prepared tableside for three or more persons.

The Entrees section of the menu includes the non-steak main courses, and there are seven from which to choose, providing plenty of variety for guests who prefer alternatives to steak. The Pork Chops are served with candied sweet potatoes and butter-bourbon gastrique ($27). Lamb Chops are accompanied by stuffed zucchini & hollandaise sauce ($27). The vegetarian Pasta entree is built on a foundation of pappardelle, with market vegetables, basil pistou & parmesan ($18). Poultry lovers will enjoy the Green Circle Farm’s Chicken, a braised thigh with macaroni gratin, chicken jus ($24). Fish entrees include Wild Salmon, caramelized cauliflower, bearnaise ($27); Ahi Tuna, green beans amandine, smoked tomato butter ($28); and Halibut, pipperade, creamed kale, lobster demi ($30).

Knife’s Steaks section clearly emphasizes the restaurant’s keen philosophy: „Knife is proud to offer locally-sourced, house dry-aged beef. This premium product hails from local farms in Illinois and Iowa that uphold humane standards and practices as well as conservation.“ There are five selections from which to choose and all steaks are served with house-made Journeyman steak sauce and choice of onion strings or hand-cut frites. Guests may order the Sirloin (10 oz, $27), Beef Tenderloin (6 oz, $33); Trio of Medallions with Bleu Cheese Crust (8 oz, $25), or the Boneless Ribeye (12 oz, $34). Knife’s signature steak is a 28-Day Dry-Aged Ribeye for Two, carved tableside and served with twice baked potatoes, green beans and au poivre ($89).

Embellishments to the steaks are plentiful. Guests can choose a Lobster Tail ($19), Shrimp ($4), Foie Gras ($9), Oscar Style ($14) or Bleu Cheese ($5). Several sauces are available as well: Bearnaise ($3), Barolo ($2), Hollandaise ($2), Butterbourbon ($2), Au Poivre ($3) and Smoked Tomato Butter ($2).

Rounding out the dinner menu are nine creative side accompaniments, including Smoked Frites, lemon aioli ($6); Onion Strings, roasted pepper aioli ($6); Macaroni Gratin, parmesan, jarlsberg & lemon ($7); River Valley Ranch Mushroom en Pappiotte, portabella, cremini, shiitake, rosemary & roasted garlic ($9); Stuffed Zucchini, basil roasted peppers & parmesan ($7); Caramelized Cauliflower, sultanas, balsamic & capers ($8); Green Beans, almond tuile & butter ($8); Twice Baked Potato, bacon, fontina, scallions, creme fraiche ($8); and Whipped Potatoes, confit garlic with cream & butter ($7).

Dessert selections continue to showcase Chef Cottini’s modern interpretations of steakhouse classics. Choices include Flaming Gran Torino, bruleed spumoni, sponge cake with vanilla, pistachio & brandied black cherry ice creams ($13); Profiteroles–gluten free–with chocolate & Tahitian vanilla ice creams with house made fudge sauce ($9); Key Lime Version 3.14, raspberries, ginger graham crust, whipped cream ($11); Chocolate Layer Cake, chocolate mousse, fudge sauce, white chocolate ($12); Blossoming Apple Tart, honeycrisp apples, almonds, cranberries, caramel, Saigon cinnamon ice cream ($13).

Sophisticated preparation and exciting presentation are the foundations of Chef Cottini’s food

The menu descriptions, purposefully understated on paper, belie the sophisticated preparation and exciting presentations that guests will experience, creating a memorable dining experience.

For example, the Grilled Wedge Salad starts with iceberg lettuce ‚raised locally by Urban Till in Chicago specifically for Knife. The smaller lettuce heads enhance the natural flavor, and are grilled to add a charred smokiness. The traditional toppings, bacon, tomatoes, cucumbers, and blue cheese are scattered around the plate, but Chef Cottini has gone the extra mile, dehydrating the bacon for twelve hours to make it extra-crisp.

Other appetizers, such as the Heirloom Tomato & Burrata Salad, are re-invented at Knife as well. The tomato is peeled, hollowed, and filled with a locally produced Burrata, infused with local basil-pesto and roasted. The Oxtail Doughnut Holes are savory bites filled with classically braised oxtail and served with an au poivre sauce. Bread offerings are baked in-house with Parker House Rolls served fresh from the oven and an artisan, potato based Focaccia provides a dairy-free option.

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Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter Wins Arbitration Award on Behalf of a Resident of The Villages

FINRA Office of Dispute Resolution determines that financial services firm is ‚liable for negligence, unsuitability and breach of fiduciary duty‘ for selling faulty policies

ORLANDO, FL, October 21, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/ — The law firm of Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter announced Monday that attorney William B. Young Jr. prevailed in a recent Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration action on behalf of a retiree who was sold faulty and unsuitable policies by a local wealth management firm. The claimant is a resident of The Villages, a retirement community northwest of Orlando.

„Unfortunately, financial advisors sometimes recommend financial products that are more in their best interest than that of their clients‘,“ Young said. „Alternative investments such as promissory notes, limited partnerships and non-traded REITs offer some of the highest commissions and concessions in the financial services arena. They are also risky and illiquid – therefore, they are not appropriate for retirees trying to protect their savings while having full access to their funds in times of need.“

„That is why I believed this FINRA arbitration panel ruled in my client’s favor,“ Young continued, „finding the recommended alternative investments were unsuitable, the firm negligent for recommending them and consequently awarded full compensatory damages plus the cost of the proceeding.“

Young filed a claim on behalf of his client in January of this year. Arbitration in the case concluded in late September, with Young overcoming a motion to dismiss the case on time eligibility by counsel for the investment firm.

According to the award issued by the FINRA Office of Dispute Resolution, the arbitrator in the case found that the financial services company „is liable for negligence, unsuitability and breach of fiduciary duty and shall pay to claimant compensatory damages,“ plus five years of interest. The arbitrator also denied the financial firm’s request for attorneys‘ fees.

Young cautioned seniors to be wary of interactions with financial professionals, even if they work for legitimate firms.

„The elderly often spend their golden years on a fixed income,“ he said. „They can ill-afford financial misadventure. Thankfully, this case demonstrates that there are ways for retirees to recapture their losses when a financial profession breaks their trust and acts against their interest.“

About Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter

Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter is a full-service law firm headquartered in Orlando, Florida. In addition to personal injury and wrongful death claims, attorneys at the firm also represent claimants in workers‘ compensation, Social Security Disability Insurance, property insurance, FINRA arbitration and other matters.


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Bring the Games Room Back to the Heart of the Home

New, Multi-Function Ping Pong Table by Venture Shuffleboard

PEACHTREE CITY, GA, October 21, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/ — Functional gaming furniture shouldn’t be relegated to the games room, basement, or ‚man cave,‘ according to makers of custom, multi-purpose gaming furniture Venture Shuffleboard.

Rather, it should serve a dual-purpose, and be stylish, unique and aesthetically pleasing enough to be a beautiful piece of furniture in the heart of the home. Venture Shuffleboard believe that gaming furniture doesn’t have to be an eye-sore. Instead, it should be a great-looking, permanent fixture within the household.

This was precisely the idea behind the development of Venture Shuffleboard’s new, multi-function ping pong table, The Charlotte. Elegant enough in appearance to be the centrepiece of any room, The Charlotte doubles as a high-end dining table.

„Our goal is to bring the game-room out of the ‚dungeon‘ of the basement and back into the heart of the home,“ says Lizz McKay, owner at Venture Shuffleboard. „Each of our tables is not only a great playing surface but something you want to feature in your living space and that you’re proud to show off to your friends.“

It is through this vision and commitment to craftsmanship that Venture Shuffleboard are bridging the gap between aesthetics and functionality. The Charlotte is testament to this vision; a beautiful standard size table, constructed of solid 6/4 white oak and a phenolic playfield inset into the oak.

The only clue to its dual-purpose as a ping pong table is the regulation size of the play surface, custom wooden net, paddles and balls that come with the table. What’s more, the Charlotte is perfectly suited to both indoor and outdoor use and also comes with a quartz top option, plus optional benches for seating.

Just like their shuffleboards, Venture Shuffleboards‘ ping pong tables are custom made with the highest quality wood and materials – but most importantly, they’re built to last.

The focus on high-quality design and aesthetics is exemplified by the range of customization options; customers are given the freedom to create a product that is designed around their own living space, choosing complimentary colors, finishes, and even logos for commercial spaces and businesses.

„All of our stains are hand-mixed,“ says owner Chris McKay „so if you require a special stain, simply send us a swatch and we’ll work together to create the perfect match.“

It is this kind of commitment to superior design without compromising on quality that Venture Shuffleboard strive to achieve in all of their hand-crafted furniture. And their custom ping pong tables are no exception. Elegant enough to be a regular fixture within the home, but durable enough to serve as an entertaining space for guests and family alike. The Charlotte is a truly versatile, beautiful piece of furniture, great for any entertainment (or living) space.

Venture Shuffleboard is a second-generation, American operated and family owned business. Started in 1997, Venture began with the clear and unwavering aim of creating a superior shuffleboard table and complementary accessories.

Nearly twenty, they have not lost sight of this endeavor and are committed to creating beautiful, hand-crafted pieces of multi-function gaming furniture – including shuffleboard tables, foosball tables, ping pong tables and a host of different accessories. For More information, please contact Chris McKay or Lizz McKay or visit Venture Shuffleboard’s website.

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1st Line Global Prepare for Upcoming R&R Trip

Having worked solidly for 12 months, 1st Line Global are looking forward to some much needed R&R time in Mexico.

WEST PALM BEACH, FL, October 21, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/ — On Thursday 3rd November, 1st Line Global will be taking a much needed R&R trip to Mexico. The firm will be staying in the resort city of Cabo San Lucas on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California. Cabo has been rated as one of Mexico’s top 5 tourist destinations, and the resort is best known for its beaches, water-based activities and nightlife. El Medano is the area’s main beach with outdoor restaurants and numerous bars.

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The trip has been planned as an R&R with the chance for some fun and team bonding opportunities outside of the usual working environment. 1st Line Global believes that the trip will serve as an important time to recuperate and discuss business ideas in a different environment to enhance creativity. The team bonding will mean individuals will be more responsive and understanding of each other when back in the business environment.

The team at 1st Line Global have been working solidly over the last few months, breaking industry records, attending business meetings and conferences, and hosting business visitors from the UK. The firm feels that it is important to take regular breaks away from the office to avoid burning out, and this break can make individuals more effective when they return to work which actually enhances business.

The trip will also be a major networking opportunity, and a chance to strengthen a community of people within the industry who want to support each other. Individuals involved in business networking will learn new skills and additional business knowledge, and they may discover the solution to a problem they are currently being challenged by.

1st Line Global is an outsourced sales and marketing firm based in West Palm Beach, Florida. The firm specializes in personalized connections with consumers on behalf of their clients‘ brands. 1st Line Global works closely with their clients to establish their ideal consumers and then rolls out unique marketing campaigns to identify directly with the consumer. By connecting with consumers on a face-to-face basis, the firm is able to drive long-lasting and personal business relationships between brand and consumer. In turn, this helps to increase customer acquisition, brand awareness and brand loyalty for their client’s brands.

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