Global Food, Wine & Lifestyle Publication, Basil Magazine, Celebrates Its 1-Year Anniversary This Month

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The Magazine, Which Reaches Nearly 35,000 Food Enthusiasts Every Month, Made A Splash In Inaugural Year And Plans To Increase Offerings, Excitement In Months Ahead

Basil MAGAZINE, a leading online-only magazine devoted to showcasing good food and good will to chefs, foodies and philanthropists alike, is celebrating its 1-year anniversary this month.

Since its inception, Basil MAGAZINE has quickly turned into a premier food and wine publication with a twist. The monthly magazine – with a readership of nearly 35,000 and growing – recognizes food, wine and spirits, but also has sections devoted to chefs, lifestyle issues and philanthropy.

Basil features monthly columns from celebrity chefs and foodies; book reviews; wine features and reviews; fitness, travel, living healthy and green tips; and profiles of top chefs from all over the country. An accompanying weekly radio show on Blog Talk Radio is hosted by Chef Jennifer Booker, a Georgia-based culinary instructor and owner of Your Resident Gourmet, LLC, a personal chef catering company. The magazine features monthly giveaways for its readers to win various cooking and baking products, books and travel essentials. Some of the sponsors of these giveaways include Emile Henry, Mauviel, Rosle, Cuisipro, Shun Knives and Magellan’s.

Basil MAGAZINE also lives up to its tagline “Eat. Drink. Live. Give.” by being the only national magazine that sets aside a pre-determined amount of its revenue for charities. Basil donates 10 percent of its advertising dollars to the World Food Programme, Feeding America and other community organizations.

"We're excited to have Basil MAGAZINE as a partner and we're looking forward to a continued long working relationship," said Caitlin Masters from the Friends of the World Food Programme's Special Gifts Unit.

Actor/comedian Rodney B. Perry of “The Mo'Nique Show,” is a principal for the magazine.

“Basil MAGAZINE is the new wave of food and wine magazine,” Perry said. “It consistently delivers quality content that enriches, inspires and entertains. I'm honored to be part of a magazine that captures the essence of diversity in all areas of lifestyle. This past year, Basil not only succeeded its goals, but touched the hearts of the world. For that, I’m proud.”

V. De’Vonne Williams, a self-proclaimed “foody” founded the magazine in 2009 with a dream to share her love for fine cuisine, lifestyle and public service with people around the world.

“This has been an amazing year,” said Williams, Basil's publisher/editor-in-chief. “Basil MAGAZINE exceeded our expectations. The Basil Team is second to none. We're excited and honored to be in a position to lend a voice to food and wine enthusiasts worldwide, as well as those who enjoy life and recognize that what is most important to life is mastering the art of giving.”

Basil MAGAZINE will unveil new columns and enhancements in celebration of its 1-year anniversary. New offerings include an online restaurant & wineries database; local sections and a button for people to find restaurants and chefs in their areas; seven new columns, with topics including culinary herbs, French-inspired gourmet recipes and children's nutrition; and new sponsorships and partnerships with entities like the Gourmet Shopping Network, The Spice Goddess Bal Arneson and Real Men Cook.

The anniversary edition of Basil, available online today, includes articles featuring Patti LaBelle; British chef, TV personality and restauranteur Gordon Ramsay; and Aida Mollenkamp, from the Food Network series, “Ask Aida,” and the Cooking Channel's “FoodCrafters.”

Williams is planning to feature more celebrities in the coming year, but there are already many world-renowned chefs and culinary experts who support Basil.

“In this food and wine universe, there are many publications that offer their porthole into this world, but one I find that brings us to a delicious place, is Basil MAGAZINE,” said Art Smith, best-selling author and specialty chef for Oprah Winfrey. “Enjoy some of the best, most intoxicating, delicious stories on food, wine and the great people who create it and live it.”

One of the newest members of the Basil MAGAZINE's Chef's Council is Bal Arneson, The Spice Goddess from the Cooking Channel's hit show.

“Basil MAGAZINE truly resonates and connects with my philosophy on issues that are close to my heart,” Arneson said. “I love the approach to educating readers and Basil’s commitment to promoting healthy lifestyles and giving back.”

More information, including how to sign up for its weekly newsletter and win special offers from the magazine's sponsors, is available at http://www.basilmagazine.com, FoodBuzz, Blog Talk Radio, Twitter and Facebook.

About Basil Magazine

Basil MAGAZINE is a global, online-only food, wine and lifestyle magazine featuring monthly columns from celebrity chefs, book reviews, fitness and travel tips and profiles of top chefs. The magazine sends out weekly e-newsletters and has an accompanying weekly radio show on Blog Talk Radio. Actor/comedian Rodney B. Perry of “The Mo'Nique Show” is a principal for the magazine.

Basil's tagline is “Eat. Drink. Live. Give.” Basil donates 10 percent of all of its advertising dollars to the World Food Programme, Feeding America and other community organizations.

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