Restaurant news, Sept. 3: Gallery Restaurant celebrates bourbon month – Charlotte Observer

Restaurant news, Sept. 3: Gallery Restaurant celebrates bourbon month
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From left, Chuck Richards, Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend Executive Director, Board Member David Furr, Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina Community Development Coordinator Shay Merritt, Kim Beal and Roy Stansbury of Capgemini, sponsors of …

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Immigration crisis at border afflicts heartland harvest – Charlotte Observer

Immigration crisis at border afflicts heartland harvest
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States farther away from the U.S.-Mexico border, though, are reckoning with a different set of challenges: a skimpy agriculture labor market and cumbersome immigrant-worker programs that go unfixed amid partisan gridlock on Capitol Hill. … anybody

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Ashes of Charlotte Gray heroine scattered in France – The Guardian


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Ashes of Charlotte Gray heroine scattered in France
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The ashes of an Australian second world war spy who was the inspiration for the book and film, Charlotte Gray, have been scattered at a ceremony in France. Nancy Wake requested that her ashes be scattered near the village of Verneix in central France
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Like fresh fruits and vegetables? Back immigration reform – Charlotte Observer

Like fresh fruits and vegetables? Back immigration reform
Charlotte Observer
Despite the crucial role of migrant workers in the agriculture industry, the federal government has failed to create a workable immigration process that provides U.S. farms with an adequate supply of farm workers. Tough state immigration laws and a

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Former migrant expands his Cleveland County farm – Charlotte Observer


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Former migrant expands his Cleveland County farm
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Guadalupe Vargas, 85, works in the fields, he loves it, even in the heat. His son, Felix Vargas, left Mexico to become a migrant worker in the U.S. Although he entered the country illegally he later became a legal resident. For 30 years, Vargas, 52

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Chimp champ Goodall crusades against deforestation – Charlotte Observer


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Chimp champ Goodall crusades against deforestation
Charlotte Observer
"I think that's what chimpanzees would be saying if they could articulate it that way," Goodall told participants at a meeting Thursday of the conservationist umbrella group Avoided Deforestation Partners. The event took place on the margins of the U.N

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Malaysia palmoil giant Felda soars on market debut – Charlotte Observer


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Malaysia palmoil giant Felda soars on market debut
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Shares of Malaysian palm oil giant Felda soared as much as 20 percent in their first day of trading Thursday, overcoming weakness in global stock markets after the company completed the world's biggest IPO this year after Facebook. Malaysia's 28
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Malaysia seeks $3.3 billion in palm oil IPO – Charlotte Observer

Malaysia seeks $ 3.3 billion in palm oil IPO
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia Malaysian palm oil giant Felda said Thursday its initial public It is a delicate issue for the government because their protests could Retail – Grocery, Sales, Science, Skilled Labor – Trades, Strategy – Planning

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The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte Debuts ‘Mother Nature’ Personality to Lead Children’s and Environmental Programs at The Hotel

Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) March 11, 2010

Following a search among potential super-nannies, story-tellers and lovers of Planet Earth, The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte has selected its new, costumed Mother Nature.

The appointment comes on the heels of the hotel’s recent opening and submission of its formal application to attain LEED? Gold (NC) certification this spring from the U.S. Green Building Council. Beginning with a formal introduction to the public on April 21, Mother Nature at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte will play an important and highly public role for the hotel. The iconic new character will enliven the 146-room property’s environmentally-minded features and services for young guests as well as the local community. From bringing eco-friendly toys and games to children staying at the hotel to providing them with story-telling, tuck-in service and the proverbial spoonful of organic sugar, Mother Nature will be a highly visible figure at the LEED-built property in Uptown. Mother Nature’s job description also includes conducting environmental education experiences, local public appearances, hotel eco-tours, area recycling events and locally-based charitable programs.

Mother Nature’s spectacular, environmentally-mindful uniform has been designed by acclaimed designer Adele Wechsler, celebrated internationally for her industry-leading eco-couture wedding gowns. Besides the highly-identifiable designer gown, tools of Mother Nature’s trade are set to include a recycled green wagon in which the hotel’s eco-friendly children’s toys and games will be delivered to pint-sized guests, as well as individual boxes of organic animal crackers and small seedling containers for young guests to take home, plant and nurture. Additionally, a “green” version of the hotel’s POLO (“Protect Our Little Ones”) Kit will be introduced at the hotel, to include not only such toddler safety features as power outlet covers and tub spout blocks, but also an energy-preserving night light and eco-friendly children’s bandages. Also for young guests, the hotel’s Very Important Kids (VIK) program already incorporates post-consumer-waste recycled paper and crayons for children to use at check-in.

Mother Nature will follow her April 21 Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte press debut with a second Earth Week event, scheduled for April 23, the day after Earth Day. At the April 23 special event, Mother Nature will host several dozen local elementary school children and their chaperones for an organic lunch and environmental tour of The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte. Highlights of the tour will include a visit to the hotel’s “green”, energy-conserving roof, where several thousand sedum plants are complemented by a chef’s rooftop garden grown for hotel culinary purposes, and by the hotel’s two fully-contained bee hives, now under development to provide organic honey for the hotel.

About The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte

An eco-focused rarity among luxury hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte offers 146 guest accommodations delivering highly-advanced technological and environmental features, and an array of highly-innovative frequent-travel conveniences. The 18-story hotel features a 13,000-square-foot bi-level penthouse Wellness Center, fitness center and bromine-treated swimming pool, and 12,000+ square-feet of state-of-the-art meeting space. Dining highlights include the Lobby Lounge’s regional and organic culinary choices and signature martinis, cocktails, wines, coffees and flavored ice teas, while a street-side BLT Steak offers prime cuts of beef, fresh seafood, a wide variety of tempting side dishes, and classic American dessert favorites. Located seven miles from Charlotte Douglas International Airport, the hotel enjoys a walkable setting moments from Uptown Charlotte’s favorite sights, sounds, businesses and attractions.

For reservations, visit http://www.ritzcarlton.com, call 800.241.3333, or contact a travel professional. The hotel may be reached directly at 704.547.2244.

Media Contact:

Bonnie Crail

Crail Communications

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The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte Wins LEED Gold Certification

Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) April 22, 2010

The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, the first environmentally-built hotel for greater Charlotte, was presented with LEED Gold Certification at a major press event in Charlotte this morning. The rare achievement, awarded in the New Construction category, was announced to hotel General Manager David Rothwell by Rick Fedrizzi, CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council. It represents the first LEED designation for a Ritz-Carlton hotel or resort.

The 146-room Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte opened in October 2009 with a roster of environmental services and features that have ultimately qualified it for LEED Gold certification. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a multi-category green building rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. Certification is awarded to select properties based on their site sustainability, water efficiency, energy use and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation in design for a new building, or innovation in operations for an existing building. The hotel will seek LEED Gold Existing Building certification in 2011, with such dual certification anticipated to set a new benchmark for the luxury hotel industry.

Today’s press conference also introduced the hotel’s new mascot, Mother Nature, a hotel employee who will lead the hotel’s eco-friendly children’s programs. Wearing a custom-designed green gown created by eco-couture wedding designer Adele Wechsler, who was on hand for the debut, Mother Nature will enliven the property’s environmentally-minded features and services for young guests and the local community. From bringing educational toys and games via a green wagon to children staying at the hotel, to providing them with story-telling, tuck-in service and the proverbial spoonful of organic sugar, Mother Nature will be a highly visible figure at the LEED-certified property. Mother Nature’s job description also includes conducting environmental education experiences, local public appearances, hotel eco-tours, area recycling events and local charitable programs.

A further highlight of the day’s agenda was a public tour of the green, vegetated roof of the 18-story Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte. The energy-conserving roof is home to 18,000 sedum plants, a chef’s garden cultivated for hotel culinary purposes, and the hotel’s two new fully-contained bee hives, which will assist in pollination and ultimately provide organic honey for the hotel. Seventy pounds of all-natural, chemical-free raw honey are expected to be generated by each hive, depending upon foraging schedules, weather and nectar flow.

Also this week, and in honor of Earth Day, The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte is hosting several dozen local elementary school children and their chaperones for an organic lunch and environmental tour of the hotel and its roof. Further property activities this week include a city cleanup initiative by hotel employees, planting of green roofs adjacent to the hotel’s own roof, operation of a community electronics recycling drive, and a regional farmers’ market open to the public and presented alongside the hotel tomorrow, Earth Day.

About The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte

An eco-focused rarity among luxury hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte offers 146 guest accommodations delivering highly-advanced technological and environmental features and an array of highly-innovative frequent-travel conveniences. The 18-story hotel features a 13,000-square-foot bi-level penthouse Wellness Center, fitness center and bromine-treated swimming pool, and 12,000+ square-feet of state-of-the-art meeting space. Dining highlights include the Lobby Lounge’s regional and organic culinary choices and signature martinis, cocktails, wines, coffees and flavored ice teas, while a street-side BLT Steak offers prime cuts of beef, fresh seafood, a wide variety of tempting side dishes, and classic American dessert favorites. Located seven miles from Charlotte Douglas International Airport, the hotel enjoys a walkable setting moments from Uptown Charlotte’s favorite sights, sounds, businesses and attractions.

For reservations, visit http://www.ritzcarlton.com, call 800.241.3333, or contact a travel professional. The hotel may be reached directly at 704.547.2244.

Media Contact:

Bonnie Crail, Crail Communications

760-732-3500

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