The Vintners’ Company is one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies of the City of London. It is also one of the oldest, having received its charter in 1363. This year, the company celebrates its 653rd anniversary. The UK Vintner company has a membership of over 500 Freemen and Liverymen and is involved in the import, regulation, and sale of wine. The company is also involved in social and educational interests, as well as charity.
If was attended by more than 120 leading members on September 26th, 2016, Vintners’ Hall showcased its grandeur, service, and creativity in catering. The Hall is home to The Worshipful Company of Vintners’. Guests were served with a range of high-end meals by Seacy’s, the company’s catering, and event service provider. The event was attended by many of the Wardens and Clerks of the Livery Companies.
Kim Lyons, who is Assistant Clerk of The Worshipful Company of Distillers, said that they had chosen Vintners’ Hall to host all of the company’s events this year because of the flexibility of the venue and the high quality wine from the UK offered there. Lyons reiterated the company’s commitment to creating a menu that matches its members’ needs. He reported that the company would have an event involving 200 high-end spirits and tastings by some of London’s most influential people.
The event received glowing praise from some of the company’s leaders. According to Patricia Paixao, Sales and Marketing Manager for Searcys at Vintners’ Hall, this was the company’s most successful showcase to date. Paixao said that as a result of the event, numerous inquiries and positive feedback were made. She said the venue would host future events for the company. Another leader, Julie Fox, who is Clerk to the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants termed Vintners’ Hall the perfect place to hold events because of its ability to bring a sense of grandeur to every gathering. Fox praised Hall’s consistency in delivering excellence that exceeds the expectations of those who attend their events. She also praised Seacy’s creativity in catering and curating the UK-based wine selection, noting their ability to make a special event special.
The majority of people who join the human rights have little experience of how human rights abuses can personally affect individuals, families and groups; an exception to this rule is Thor Halvorssen who has surrounded himself with others who have faced having their human rights stripped from them.
Thor Halvorssen comes from a long line of politicians and aristocrats who have fought against oppression for decades in his ancestral homes of Norway and Venezuela, but the New York based activist has also seen his own family be stripped of their human rights during recent years.
Both parents of Thor Halvorssen have been personally affected by human rights issues in their lives as they have faced off against the ruling government and officials in Venezuela; Halvorssen’s father was imprisoned and tortured when working as the Venezuelan drug czar and uncovered corruption amongst the highest levels of law enforcement agencies.
The Halvorssen family has opposed the socialist ideals of the Chavez regime and those following it in Venezuela, which resulted in Halvorssen’s mother being shot as she attended a political rally in opposition to the socialist government of the Latin American country.
Despite basing himself in New York City in a bid to remain independent of political control for his Human Rights Foundation, Thor Halvorssen has joined many groups bringing attention to human rights around the world.
One such group is the Prague based Children’s Peace Movement that links children in Northern Europe with those in areas of the Middle East affected by war to raise awareness in democratic areas of the world. Read more: Thor Halvorssen | LinkedIn
The interest the film producer has in the movies has also seen him develop the not for profit Motion Picture Institute, which hopes to raise awareness of human rights issues through the production of various films detailing these issues.
Nicolas Jammet, Nathaniel Ru, and Nicolas Jammet went to Georgetown University together, and eight years later, they control one of the best startups in America. They started Sweetgreen with a single shop in 2007 in Georgetown. Today, they run 31 stores nationwide, and they are set to grow to 40 by the end of the year. Moreover, they have unlocked capital funding that totals to $95 million.
The idea of Sweetgreen came after the three students went out to look for delicious meal off-campus. They realized salad options were not healthy, or even nutritious. Further, so many brands were disconnected from their farms. Their desire for better food options informed Sweetgreen. Driven by passion and purpose, they wrote their original business plan, and it was very helpful in selling their dream and raising capital.
Their pitch has not changed, but they have added to it. Sweetgreen is not just selling lettuce leaf; they are trading a set of solid values that revolve around doing everything right. Sustainability is reflected in every area of business operation including the way they serve food and the way they treat people in the farms and community. Sweetgreen is about doing everything right. That explain why their employee structure is almost paternal. They refer to their workers as team members and coaches. That is why they ensure employees growth regardless of position held.
Some people argue that salad is all about the packaging. Sweetgreen agrees that dressing is a significant component, and it is essential. However, Sweetgreen bet on the taste of the lettuce they bring in. Just by tasting for flavor alone, you will understand that a combination can make a salad a meal. Sweet green is consistently playing with combinations. They insist that they are not just selling lettuce; they are selling a brand, vision, and a lifestyle. In effect, Sweetgreen has emerged as “thought leader” in the food industry through its transparency and supply chain.
The dynamic between technology and food is a frontier in Sweetgreen. You can purchase a superb meal for family or friends on a phone. It is quicker and very efficient. Nathaniel Ru, the CEO of the company, say that they want to feed more people with sustainable, healthy, and delicious food presented in a new way. According to Ru, technology has been part of their DNA. That explains Sweetgreen transactions that are made through its mobile app and its website.