Third Marymount Family Marathon with Blueberries

As part of the Marymount College tradition, the third family marathon was held at Chapultepec Park in Cuernavaca, Morelos. More than 500 families attended and enjoyed a day full of recreational activities. 
The participation of Blueberries had the objective of promoting this little fruit as a healthy snack and easy to combine. 

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Culinary Institutes Program in Mexico by Blueberry Council

During May and July, three sessions of the Culinary Institutes Program coordinated by Imalinx on behalf of the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council were held in renowned culinary schools located in Mexico City and Cancun, important tourist destinations and high implementation of gastronomy.  

 
These sessions consisted in conference and sample class, which aimed to increase the knowledge and demand of blueberries through students and future generations of chefs. 

The participant schools were Culinary Institute Corbuse, Centro de Estudios Superiores de San Ángel (CESSA) and Technology Institute of Cancun. (UT) 

 
During the workshops taught by Chef Jaqueline Garreta, over 200 graduate chefs and students learned about the origin, cultivation, and main nutritional benefits of this fruit, as well as the varieties that can be found on the market, the chemical reaction that they have when combined with other ingredients or when subjected to different culinary processes, among other topics. 
 
Subsequently, we held the sample classes for groups of 30 students on average in which each of the participants had the opportunity to meet the blueberries and experiment with them demonstrating their culinary knowledge and creativity cooking delicious meals and drinks. 

Testimonials: 
“Good conference! Thank you for helping to expand our creative gastronomic field.” 
– Manuel Hernandez (Bachelor of Science in Gastronomy) 
“Excellent conference and excellent workshop. Our guests were surprised by the gastronomic quality and creativity of our students. Congratulations!” 
-Communication UT Cancun 

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International Blueberry Organization

On March 11th , 2014, the Imalinx team participated as a lecturer at the annual meeting of the International Blueberry Organization to share information about the blueberry market in the country.  

During the conference, very important points were exposed, such as the increase in demand in the Mexican market over the last 5 years, and how focused activities helps consumer to become familiar with the fruit. 

More information about the event: 
http://www.internationalblueberry.org/2014/03/28/mexico-presents-serious-blueberry-potential/  

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Blueberries Council participates in Health Show “Salud y Bienestar”

From October 17th to October 19th, the Blueberry Council (USHBC) participated through Imalinx in the consumer show Salud y Bienestar, directed to consumers and to health and nutritionist specialists in the industry in Mexico City.   It was the first participation of the blueberry and it was the only fresh product in the show, which generated a lot of interest from the participants. Special information was prepared for nutritionists and physicians, and prescriptions were prepared with a healthy approach: Whole Grain Blueberry’s Pancake and Blueberry’s Tea. 

More than 25,000 attendees and specialized media were registered, the result was more than USD$15,000 equivalence in media per publication of content and more than 250,000 readers were reached. 

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Tasting menu of blueberries at restaurant Jaso

As representatives of the Blueberry Council, Imalinx organized a sampling activity at the restaurant Jaso, located in Mexico City at Polanco neighborhood. 

The chefs, Jared Reardon and Sonia Arias, offered a tasting of six dishes which surprised even the most experienced palate, where blueberries were the source of inspiration of which chefs had to use in this occasion to create never seen before dishes on their menu.

  • Roasted duck terrine accompanied by blueberry and ginger with caramelized pecan nut.
  • Baked chicken in cream, served on ravioli stuffed with ricotta cheese and fine herbs, accompanied by a nourishing butter sauce and fresh blueberries.
  • Marinated short ribs in cacao and cinnamon cooked for 18 hours.
  • Risotto accompanied by blueberry and peach with grated parmesan Reggiano cheese.
  • Fruit soup.
  • Irresistible blueberry cheesecake accompanied by a blueberry confit and a tempting blueberry ice cream.

The sampling of the menu had the objective of making the consumption of blueberries more accessible as it is a berry that is little known in our country.  

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First blueberry culinary encounter at CESSA.

On May 2010, the first blueberry culinary encounter at the Higher Education Centre of San Angel (CESSA) was celebrated, where eight outstanding graduates of this year developed original recipes with blueberries as the main ingredient.

The encounter aimed to reveal the qualities and benefits of blueberries, as well as the multiple uses that these have and the necessary measures for their proper handling.
Participants were able to use fresh, frozen and dehydrated blueberries.

The result was a presentation of original recipes of which the following stand out:

  • Walnut cream with blueberry float and parmesan from Chef Silverio Cervantes 
  • Shrimp, gorgonzola cheese and blueberry salad from Chef Diego Eduardo Rangel 
  • Corn and blueberries blinis with smoked chicken and berry compote from Chef Marisol Fernández 
  • Yogurt, blueberry and curry dressing from Chef Sofía Villaseñor 
  • Blueberry chicken with carrot confit from Chef Marco Herrara 
  • Candied bream and wet figs in blueberry from Chef Ricardo Ramírez 
  • Blueberry soda from Chef Carlos Eduardo León 
  • Blueberry in three textures from Chef Víctor M. Sánchez 

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Paulina Abascal as spokeswoman of blueberries

Imalinx achieved to position blueberries as a versatile and added value product with a “more than just for muffins” approach.

On joint efforts with the renowned chef, Paulina Abascal, an integral campaign was developed with participation on television programs, radio and magazine articles.

In alliance with the magazine “Pasión por la Cocina” a contest was arranged in which consumers participated to win a visit to the kitchen facilities of the chef and to obtain the book “Larousse Desserts” autographed by the chef and author, Paulina. 

Having chef Paulina Abascal as spokeswoman of the brand allowed blueberries to position themselves as an added value item with a “more than just for muffins” approach.

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Culinary demonstrations in universities of Mexico

The demonstration which was focused on products from western United States was undertaken in the Higher Education Centre of San Angel (CESSA) in Mexico City. Taught by chef Rod Jessick from the Coeur Dálene Resort in Idaho, who developed a menu with products of western United States for future chefs and media.

The section Buena Mesa of the newspaper Reforma published an article regarding the innovation of the United States’ cuisine. 

In the culinary forum for universities, the participating entities were the University of Claustro de Sor Juana, the University of Anahuac del Sur and the University of the Valle de Mexico.

On the other hand, during the culinary forum of blueberries the future chefs had to integrate them into Mexican dishes and present their dishes before the evaluation of five critics in gastronomy.  

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