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FATHER’S DAY CONTEST PRESS RELEASE, 5/26/10

CELEBRATE FATHER’S DAY BY SHARING INSPIRATIONAL STORIES OF REMEMBRANCE

What would you say if you had Five More Minutes With… Dad?

Seattle, Washington (May 26, 2010) —What would you say to someone near and dear to your heart such as a friend, mentor, lover, teacher, or departed loved one if you had five more minutes to spend with them?  The new Web site Five More Minutes With is building a social community of spiritual, like-minded people offering comfort during a time of grief but also a cathartic way to say goodbye, provide closure, and remember your loved ones.

“Father’s Day is a wonderful way to celebrate your Dad by fishing, golfing, hiking, or taking in a baseball game,” said Braiden Rex-Johnson, editor of Five More Minutes With. “But I think it’s also an appropriate time to remember all the fathers who have passed, and honor them by sharing your memories of them. It is incredibly powerful to put your thoughts into words and see them published on our site.”

For those remembrances shared on or before June 19, 2010, you will automatically be entered to win a gift from Chukar Cherries shipped to your home. This basket incorporates nature’s bounty from Pike Place Market, Seattle’s iconic local produce market including Vanilla Peach Preserve, Cherry Apple Slices, Chocolate Cherry Quartet Box, and Nuts over Bing Energy Mix. For more information you can visit www.chukarcherries.com.

Visitors are invited to explore the Five More Minutes With site for inspiration, and then submit their own story to share. They are encouraged to think beyond beloved husbands, wives, moms, dads, or close relatives and include cherished friends or companion animals, or even people who may not yet have died, but are simply lost to them (such as an adopted child or former lover). Photos are also encouraged.

“I think Five More Minutes With is a lovely and poignant idea,” said Dr. Brad Sachs, a clinical psychologist, bestselling author, and founder of The Father Center, a program designed to meet the needs of new, expectant, and experienced fathers. “From my personal and clinical perspective, our culture does not provide much support when it comes to learning to speak and listen to the language of grief. Endeavors such as this one remind us that mortality is our most common aspect of humanity, and that finding ways to come to terms with it, and to grow closer to each other as a result, is the best route towards a life of connection and meaning.”

For more information on Dr. Sachs and The Father Center please visit www.bradsachs.com.

About Braiden Rex-Johnson:

The Web site Five More Minutes With launched in March 2010 by best-selling cookbook author and award-winning food and wine columnist Braiden Rex-Johnson. Based in Seattle, Wash., Rex-Johnson is the author of seven books, including Pacific Northwest Wining & Dining: The People, Places, Food, and Drink of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia (Wiley, 2007); the Pike Place Public Market Seafood Cookbook (Ten Speed Press, 2005); and the Pike Place Market Cookbook (Sasquatch Books, 2003). Rex-Johnson is a regular contributor to Pacific Northwest, The Seattle Times Sunday magazine; Wine Press Northwest; and Amazon.com’s Al Dente blog. She is Vice President/Program Chair of Les Dames, Seattle, and is also active in International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP), Women Chefs and Restaurateurs (WCR), the Portland Culinary Alliance (PCA), and Phi Beta Kappa, and serves as a judge for the James Beard Foundation annual awards. For more information go to www.fivemoreminuteswith.com.

MOTHER’S DAY CONTEST PRESS RELEASE, 4/29/10

CELEBRATE MOTHER’S DAY BY SHARING INSPIRATIONAL STORIES OF REMEMBRANCE

What would you say if you had Five More Minutes With… Mom?

Seattle, Washington (April 29, 2010) —What would you say to someone near and dear to your heart such as a friend, mentor, lover, teacher, or departed loved one if you had five more minutes to spend with them?  The new Web site Five More Minutes With is building a social community of spiritual, like-minded people offering comfort during a time of grief but also a cathartic way to say goodbye, provide closure, and remember your loved ones.

“Mother’s Day is a wonderful way to celebrate your Mom by making her breakfast in bed or by taking her to brunch,” said Braiden Rex-Johnson, editor of Five More Minutes With. “But I think it’s also an appropriate time to remember all the mothers who have passed, and honor them by sharing memories. It is incredibly powerful to put your thoughts into words and see them published on our site.”

For those remembrances shared between May 1 and May 9, 2010, you will automatically be entered to win a batch of fresh-baked, assorted brownies in a beautiful wooden keepsake box shipped to your home from Fairytale Brownies, www.brownies.com.

Visitors are invited to explore the Five More Minutes With site for inspiration, and then submit their own story to share. They are encouraged to think beyond beloved husbands, wives, moms, dads, or close relatives and include cherished friends or companion animals, or even people who may not yet have died, but are simply lost to them (such as an adopted child or former lover). Photos are also encouraged.

“FiveMoreMinutesWith.com is a special place where clarity, compassion, and catharsis are shared; emotions released; and lives celebrated. It’s remarkably cozy and intimate, something not usually found in Web sites,” said Kate Heyhoe, founding editor of the first food-and-wine Web site, GlobalGourmet.com. “Often, the smallest words make the biggest difference, and here they create a potent experience for both contributors and observers.”

About Braiden Rex-Johnson:

The Web site Five More Minutes With launched in March 2010 by best-selling cookbook author and award-winning food and wine columnist Braiden Rex-Johnson. Based in Seattle, Wash., Rex-Johnson is the author of seven books, including Pacific Northwest Wining & Dining: The People, Places, Food, and Drink of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia (Wiley, 2007); the Pike Place Public Market Seafood Cookbook (Ten Speed Press, 2005); and the Pike Place Market Cookbook (Sasquatch Books, 2003). Rex-Johnson is a regular contributor to Pacific Northwest, The Seattle Times Sunday magazine; Wine Press Northwest; and Amazon.com’s Al Dente blog. She is Vice President/Program Chair of Les Dames, Seattle, and is also active in International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP), Women Chefs and Restaurateurs (WCR), the Portland Culinary Alliance (PCA), and Phi Beta Kappa, and serves as a judge for the James Beard Foundation annual awards. For more information go to www.fivemoreminuteswith.com.

WEB SITE LAUNCH PRESS RELEASE, 3/31/10

A CHANCE TO SPEND FIVE MORE MINUTES WITH A LOVED ONE

Best-selling author launches inspiring new remembrance site on the Web

Seattle, Washington (March 31, 2010) —What would you say to a departed loved one if you had five more minutes to spend with them? That is the premise of “Five More Minutes With,” a Web site launched this month by best-selling cookbook author and noted food and wine columnist, Braiden Rex-Johnson, of Seattle.

Five More Minutes With is building a community of spiritual, like-minded people offering comfort, care, and support in addition to being a cathartic way to say goodbye and provide closure.

“While writing and promoting recent projects, I suffered several significant life losses and I realized I never took the time to mourn them properly,” said Rex-Johnson. “My goal is to help others like me to say goodbye, make amends, or to bring closure to the deaths of departed loved ones. It is a very healing process—a positive way to grieve—that can bring solace and joy, simply by putting these special thoughts and memories into writing.”

Visitors are invited to explore the site for inspiration and then submit their own story to share. They are encouraged to think beyond beloved husbands, wives, or close relatives and include cherished friends or companion animals, or even people who may not yet have died, but are simply lost to them (such as an adopted child or former lover). Photos are also encouraged.

“FiveMoreMinutesWith.com is a special place where clarity, compassion, and catharsis are shared; emotions released; and lives celebrated. It’s remarkably cozy and intimate, something not usually found in Web sites,” said Kate Heyhoe, founding editor of the first food-and-wine Web site, GlobalGourmet.com. “Often, the smallest words make the biggest difference, and here they create a potent experience for both contributors and observers.”

About Braiden Rex-Johnson:

The Web site Five More Minutes With launched in March 2010 by best-selling cookbook author and award-winning food and wine columnist Braiden Rex-Johnson. Based in Seattle, Wash., Rex-Johnson is the author of seven books, including Pacific Northwest Wining & Dining: The People, Places, Food, and Drink of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia (Wiley, 2007); the Pike Place Public Market Seafood Cookbook (Ten Speed Press, 2005); and the Pike Place Market Cookbook (Sasquatch Books, 2003). Rex-Johnson is a regular contributor to Pacific Northwest, The Seattle Times Sunday magazine; Wine Press Northwest; and Amazon.com’s Al Dente blog. She is Vice President/Program Chair of Les Dames, Seattle, and is also active in International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP), Women Chefs and Restaurateurs (WCR), the Portland Culinary Alliance (PCA), and Phi Beta Kappa, and serves as a judge for the James Beard Foundation annual awards. For more information go to www.fivemoreminuteswith.com.

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