Archive for July 23rd, 2010

Industry Connects At Cosmoprof North America

I just returned from my first-ever Cosmoprof North America event in Las Vegas, and I am happy to report that it was a successful show, something that bodes well for the recovery and growth of our industry. The event, held from July 18–20, brought more than 700 exhibiting companies to a sold-out show floor along with 25,000 attendees that included importers, distributors, manufacturers, and global beauty leaders. The show also marked the debut of One-2-One Beauty Matchmaking, which featured scheduled appointments between exhibitors and high-profile attendees. Other interesting elements were the International Country Pavilions, which allowed small- and medium-sized companies from select markets to obtain direct face time with distributors and retailers to secure U.S. distribution. Featured countries at the 2010 show included Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Italy, South Korea, and Taiwan. Yet another show highlight was the Discover Beauty pavilion, which helped introduce new and emerging brands to the marketplace. The Discover Beauty Award also returned this year with 13 brands participating that were judged on creativity, innovation, and market readiness by specialty retailers such as Beauty Collection, C.O. Bigelow, Henri Bendel, Home Shopping Network, Pure Beauty, and Studio BeautyMix, as well as various beauty bloggers. This year’s winner was Barista Bath and Body, a full line of natural hair and skincare products that the benefits of coffee. Other highlights included an extensive education program, complete with roundtable discussions and panels featuring industry leaders, and the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA). Cosmoprof North America 2011 is planned for July 24–26 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.  For more information, visit www.cosmoprofnorthamerica.com.

Cool Down with a Refreshing Salad from L.A.’s Culina

It’s been sweltering in New York City and today, rain. I am California dreaming! It seems like the mercury hasn’t dipped below 90F in an eon and not only am I craving a crisp SoCal summer, but I’m also craving a refreshing dish I sampled during my last trip to the west coast. While there, I was lucky enough to try out the recently opened Culina, a truly divine culinary experience at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. While the restaurant offers delicious handmade pastas and indulgent desserts, it also offers delectable healthy bites that tantalize the palate, while keeping L.A. physiques svelte. Here, chef Victor Casanova shares his recipe for a beautiful salad, which really allows seasonal ingredients to shine.

Culina’s Panzanella Recipe

•Rustic country loaf, exterior removed then cut into 1/2 inch dice
•3 heirloom tomatoes, cut into 1/2 inch dice
•2 cups fresh ripe watermelon, cut into 1/2 inch dice
•1/2 red onion, julienne
•1/2 bunch basil, torn into 1/2 inch pieces
•1/2 english cucumber, cut into 1/2 inch half-moons
•4 oz. ricotta salata, coarsley grated
•4 vine-ripened tomatoes, passed through a food mill
•4 oz. DaVero Champagne Vinegar
•3 oz. DaVero Extra Virgin Olive Oil “Dry Creek Estate”
•Salt and pepper, to taste

1. Toast bread in pre-heated oven at 375 degrees until well colored but
not brown.
2. Reserve bread.
3. Take the four vine-ripened tomatoes and pass through a food mill then combine in mixing bowl with vinegar and oil.
4. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
5. Reserve vinaigrette.
6. In a large salad bowl combine all ingredients and toss well.
7. Season to taste.
8. Divide into four small salad bowls.

Enjoy!!

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