Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Calgary's First Food Hall: Avenida Food Hall Brings A Taste Of Europe To Calgary

Avenida Food Hall Brings A Taste Of Europe To Calgary
Brand new concept offers 25+ full service restaurants with the bonus of farmers’ market vendors all under one roof
(photos: Avenida)
Avenida Food Hall & Fresh Market (“Avenida”) is opening on December 15th, 2018 bringing a century-old concept to the south of Calgary. Originating within European department stores in the early 20th century, the food hall trend has spread to major cities all over the world.


Unlike food courts, which are designed and operated to serve as many people as quickly as possible, food halls are intended to serve as culinary gathering places, facilitating memorable social experiences where guests can stay awhile. Avenida will feature more than 25 full-service restaurants with incredible and innovative chefs at the helm including Duncan Ly, owner and chef at Foreign Concept, who is offering a new Mexican and Asian hybrid taqueria. Intertwined among the eateries will be communal dining designed to build community and foster connection among guests.


“If you’ve ever travelled to metropolises like Paris, New York and Lisbon in particular, you’ve likely experienced a traditional food hall and witnessed its community-building atmosphere,” notes Travis Callaway, president of Avenida. “When this space became available, we had a hard look at what type of model would bring both value and vibrancy to the neighbourhood and Calgary as a whole. A food hall has never been done before in our city and we feel like the trending foodie culture and slow food movement, Calgarians’ inquisitive approach to trying new flavours and cuisine as well as the open social environment will be widely enjoyed and appreciated.”

Beyond the restaurant options, guests will also be able to visit vendors that one would typically find in a more traditional farmers’ market. This includes fresh produce (both local and sourced from California and Mexico), butchers, a boutique florist and artisans as well as a unique stall where micro-artisans and makers are able to rent a small wall space to sell their local products.

“We’re also happy to share that Avenida has strict transparency requirements from its vendors as we want our guests to have a level of trust knowing where their food, ingredients and products as a whole are coming from,” continued Callaway. “We can’t wait to open our doors and become part of the city culture and act as a destination for tourists and locals alike.”

The interior look is inspired by a Southern California bistro vibe with modern touches like pendant lighting. Black and white motifs are prominent throughout the 22,000 square foot space. 

Avenida website: https://www.avenidamarket.ca.


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Binzento Vincente: A Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

H&M Foundation Puts EUR 1 Million and Coaching Program on the Table for Ideas Reinventing the Entire Fashion Industry – Special Call for Digital Innovation

H&M Foundation Puts EUR 1 Million and Coaching Program on the Table for Ideas Reinventing the Entire Fashion Industry
Special Call for Digital Innovation
(photos courtesy: H&M)

the non-profit H&M Foundation opens the fourth round of its annual innovation challenge Global Change Award at globalchangeaward.com. With over 8,000 entries from 151 countries since 2015, it´s the go-to competition for circular innovation and has been named the Nobel Prize of fashion. It provides powerful funding and yearlong coaching to innovators who come up with solutions to spark the shift towards a circular fashion industry, protecting the planet and our living conditions. This year there´s an extra eye on ideas within digitalization. The applications period is open until October 17th.

To speed up the shift from the standard linear model where clothes often end up in the landfill, to a circular model where materials can be reused or recycled, the Global Change Award was initiated in 2015 by H&M Foundation, in collaboration with Accenture and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. 

“New ideas are the foundation for change, but scaling them is an enormous challenge for every innovator. Together with our partners Accenture and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, we’ve seen previous winners cut years off their timeline through our accelerator program. Now, we are eager to welcome five new circular heroes and encourage everyone who wants to reinvent one of the world’s largest industries to apply”, says Karl-Johan Persson, board member of the H&M Foundation and CEO of H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB.

The Global Change Award wants to find tomorrow’s game changers. It can come from anyone, anywhere. The top five countries with the highest number of entries since 2015 are India, US, Italy, Nigeria and UK. The innovation should have the potential to make fashion circular and thereby protect the planet and our living conditions. Other criteria are its impact and scalability, that it’s novel and economically sustainable and that the team is suited to make a difference.

“Innovation and collaboration lead fashion’s shift to circularity and a more sustainable future. The Global Change Award’s support to material and systems innovators not only helps to accelerate the success of each individual awardee but also impacts the progress of the global fashion industry”, says Steven Kolb, President and CEO The Council of Fashion Designers of America & member of the Global Change Award 2019 Expert Panel. 

Previous winners with unexpected techniques, methods and fabrics show an incredible range of innovation possibilities, and how it can unlock solutions to big challenges. This year’s application period is August 29th to  October 17th. An international expert panel with extensive knowledge within fashion, environment, circularity, entrepreneurship and innovation selects the five winners which are crowned at the Grand Award Ceremony in Stockholm City Hall in April 2019.

“This year we keep an extra eye on digital innovations which can make significant impact on efficiency, planning and resource use - all the way from making raw material to a garment’s end of life. Digitalization has the potential to disrupt at the root, reinvent how things are done and help producers, sellers and customers to become circular”, says Erik Bang, Innovation Lead, H&M Foundation. 

H&M Foundation initiated the challenge to find innovations that allow major change for the entire industry, and the winner can collaborate with whoever they want. Neither the non-profit H&M Foundation nor H&M group take any equity or intellectual property rights in the innovations. 

Short launch film:

About the Global Change Award and how to apply: https://globalchangeaward.com/ 

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