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lafourchette.be: easy booking a restaurant in Brussels.

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lafourchette.be is a new restaurant guide but also a powerful tool to book a restaurant table; It allows the restaurant managers to  diminish empty tables in the restaurant.

lafourchette.be is  easy, effective, free allowing everyone to find quickly a good restaurant in Brussels.

Often when choosing late in the day a  restaurant table,  where to go? But if my girlfriend and I prefer meat fish, not to go far from home? Well, lafourchette.be allows you to find a restaurant based on the advices of the other that  have been there. And then, if you are convinced you book your table free and easy. If you are a follower of lafourchette.be, you have the opportunity to win and collect points to offer you nice discounts and great new opportunities at participating restaurants.

The system is easy to use and is also easy for restaurateurs because  a personalized CRM module was developped especially  for them. Thus have ultramodern echniques to manage bookings and customers history.

lafourchette.be is supported by great chefs  like Pascal De Valkeneer (Chalet de la Forêt) or Lionel Rigolet (Comme chez Soi)

OPINION: LA BELGIQUE PAYS DE LA BIERE ?

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Les bières belges : notre fierté, notre symbole, nos produits par excellence.

Pourtant le Gouvernement fédéral veut augmenter les accises sur la bière pour combler le déficit budgétaire. Et ce sont les amateurs de bière, le secteur horeca, les commerçants et les brasseurs qui en payent les conséquences.
La Belgique aime se positionner comme LE pays de la bière …
Et c’est bien normal : la Belgique offre une excellence dans la qualité, une gamme étendue de styles de bière, plus de mille bières différentes, une culture de convivialité dans les cafés, … Les autorités y trouvent également leur compte : elles s’accaparent déjà la majeure partie du prix de vente d’un verre de bière. Avec la hausse annoncée sur les accises, les autorités veulent en réalité encore augmenter leur profit.
… mais peut-on réellement considérer que notre Gouvernement joue la carte du pays de la bière pour la Belgique ?
D’autres pays adopteraient-ils également une mesure qui frappe si durement un produit aussi économiquement et symboliquement fort ?
 L’Allemagne, « pays de la bière », peut, à ce titre, présenter un meilleur bulletin : les accises sur la bière y sont les plus faibles d’Europe, alors que nous devons payer le double en Belgique.
L’Allemagne défend donc sa culture de la bière tant sur le plan économique que de l’emploi. Que fait la Belgique pour sa bière ?
 La France, « pays du vin », a récemment augmenté les accises sur la bière de près de 160 % alors qu’elle épargne le secteur du vin : une pinte est 10 fois plus taxée qu’un verre de vin en France ; pour un verre de bière spéciale, les taxes sont 16 fois plus élevées.
La France défend donc sa culture du vin tant sur plan économique que de l’emploi. Que fait la Belgique pour sa bière ?
Belgique, pays de la bière ? Joignons le geste à la parole!
Le secteur Horeca, les commerçants et les brasseurs agissent pour défendre le consommateur belge et son verre de bière
Horeca Wallonie, Horeca Bruxelles, Horeca Vlaanderen, la Fédération belge des Distributeurs en Boissons (FeBeD) et les Brasseurs Belges appellent le Gouvernement belge à reconsidérer la hausse prévue des accises sur la bière. Les brasseurs belges et le secteur horeca doivent déjà faire face à des moments difficiles dus à la baisse de la consommation de la bière et à la chute de la fréquentation des cafés. Ces secteurs emploient pourtant près de 60.000 personnes, perpétuent notre tradition brassicole, investissent dans la qualité et l’innovation, et assurent la promotion et l’exportation d’un produit symbolique belge par excellence. Sans oublier qu’ils contribuent également au tissu social et à la vie locale belge, ainsi qu’au rayonnement international de notre pays.
Ensemble nous tendons la main au Gouvernement belge pour que la Belgique continue à être le pays de la bière.
Yvan Roque, Président Horeca Bruxelles; Jean-Marie De Wandeleer, Cafés Horeca Bruxelles; Thierry Neyens, Président Horeca Wallonie; Yvette Mooten, Cafés Horeca Wallonie; André De Scheemaecker, Président Horeca Vlaanderen; Danny Van Assche, Directeur Horeca Vlaanderen; Philippe Lahaye, Président Febed;  Walter Herrebosch, Directeur Febed; Theo Vervloet, Président Brasseurs Belges, Sven Gatz, Directeur Brasseurs Belges.

SEAFOOD PRIX D'ELITE AWARDED

Brussels – (April 23, 2013) The Big Prawn Company and Globe Export were awarded the top prizes in the 13th annual Seafood Prix d’Elite new products competition at the European Seafood Exposition, the world’s largest and most prestigious seafood event. The winners were selected from a field of 42 finalists and were announced this evening at a special Seafood Prix d’Elite reception.

Christine Le Tennier from Globe Export, Brittany

The Big Prawn Company of Melton Constable in the United Kingdom took the top award for best new retail product with its entry, Squid and Apple Black Pudding with Scallops and Minted Pea Purée. A convenient, ready-to-cook version of a favorite British dish, this product presents each component in individual compartments in a clear tray with a colorfully designed sleeve. Created as a gourmet starter or main course for the seafood connoisseur, it features a squid and apple version of the traditional pork black pudding combined with roeless scallops and a minted pea purée. The judges particularly noted the quality of the ingredients, the well balanced flavor combinations, and the originality of the package for this product.

In the foodservice category, the top prize was given to Globe Export for its product, Fresh Seaweed in Sea Water. This line of five different fresh seaweeds from Bretagne includes dulse, nori, wakame, sea lettuce and sea bean, packed separately in seawater in 400-gram tubs. The sea vegetables are ready to use in a wide variety of chef-inspired dishes after a quick rinse in fresh water. The seawater is flavored by the seaweed and can also be retained and used to flavor stocks and sauces. The judges noted the high quality of the seaweed, the differences in flavors offered by the five varieties, and the growing potential for these types of products in Europe.

In addition to the two grand prizes, the judges also gave five special awards:

Anillas de Mar from Angulas Aguinaga of Irura, Spain was awarded the Seafood Prix d’Elite special award for Convenience. This product uses Alaska pollock surimi and jumbo squid to create seafood rings designed to replicate the texture and flavor of squid rings. Available in natural and garlic flavors, the chilled product is designed for consumers who are looking for tasty, healthy seafood options at a good price. It can be quickly prepared in a variety of ways, and is ideal for battering and frying as it doesn’t release moisture during cooking.

Seven by Médithau Marée of Marseillan, France was presented the Seafood Prix d’Elite special award for Retail Packaging. Seven top quality oysters are packed in a vertical wooden box along with a tasting kit including a tablecloth and oyster knife. The package provides detailed product information in a fun, colorful design. A QR code links to a mobile application with more product information and a video about how to open the oysters. Seven is designed as a dinner party gift or special occasion treat.

The Seafood Prix d’Elite special prize for Health & Nutrition was also awarded to Seven by Médithau Marée. The naturally healthy oysters presented in this product provide a good source of lean protein, natural taurine and beneficial trace elements.

Jens Møller Products of Heming, Denmark was presented with the Seafood Prix d’Elite special award for Originality for its Fruit-art® Passion Pearls in Cool Mint Vodka. This innovative product combines passion fruit seaweed pearls in mint flavored vodka packed in a 2cl tube.  Designed to be enjoyed at parties directly from the tube, it offers a new and trendy cocktail option. The product is offered in other flavors, so party-goers can choose their favorite. It also gives the foodservice operator an easy way to offer a pre-mixed cocktail.

Foodservice award winner Fresh Seaweed in Seawater from Globe Export was also presented with the Seafood Prix d’Elite special award for Seafood Product Line. This line features five different wild and farmed seaweeds, including dulse, nori, wakame, sea lettuce and sea beans. They are packed in clear plastic tubs to show the quality and freshness of the product.

The winners of the 2013 Seafood Prix d’Elite were chosen from a field of 42 finalists representing 10 countries. The winners and finalists will remain on display at a special Seafood Prix d’Elite stand, Patio-4609, at the European Seafood Exposition and Seafood Processing Europe, which runs now through April 25.
The judges for the 2013 Seafood Prix d’Elite new products competition were Juergen Pauly, Category Manager for Fresh Fish with Globus in Germany; Roberto Diego Aja, Fish Category Manager for Grupo Eroski in Spain; Debby Verheyen, Product Expert for Delhaize Supermarkets in Belgium; Roy Perrett, Vice President of the Craft Guild of Chefs of the United Kingdom; Maxime Lefebvre, Seafood Buyer for Elior in France; and Roger Bing, Vice President of Seafood Purchasing with Darden Restaurants in the United States. Mr. Pauly served as chairman of judges. The Seafood Prix d’Elite finalists were judged on taste and overall eating experience, packaging, marketability, convenience, nutritional value and originality. The judges’ scores were verified by the accounting firm of Ernst & Young.

About the European Seafood Exposition and Seafood Processing Europe
The European Seafood Exposition and Seafood Processing Europe form the world’s largest seafood trade event. Thousands of buyers and suppliers from around the world attend the annual, three-day exposition in Brussels, Belgium to meet, network and do business. Attending buyers represent importers, exporters, wholesalers, restaurants, supermarkets, hotels, and other retail and foodservice companies. Exhibiting suppliers offer the newest seafood products, processing and packaging equipment, and services available in the seafood market. SeaFood Business magazine and SeafoodSource.com are the exposition’s official media. The exposition is produced by Diversified Business Communications, the international leader in seafood-industry expositions and media. www.euroseafood.com