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No Rain on My Parade

By Ally @allykitchen

As a child, my Mama instilled in me this steadfast value, 'you are judged by those with whom you associate.' One's reputation be it an individual or a company is something that goes with you wherever you are. When you find those 'birds of a feather' friends or companies, you want to share similar values. You want to form associations and partnerships that reflect mutual beliefs.

That's how I feel about being Dole Packaged Foods ' Social Media Ambassador. Over the past three years, I've been able to dig more deply into the people who make this great company a success and get to know very well the folks who share their passions about DPF products and working for the company.

While Ally's Kitchen is no conglomerate like DPF. Yes, my global headquarters are in my kitchen where I create culinary artistry and share with you. It makes no difference to me. There's no way I'm going to promote a brand's products in my cooking that's not good for my family and friends.

no rain on my parade
no rain on my parade

DPF mission is similar to what I believe in and promote. I want to show folks how to live more vibrant and healthy lives with good healthy food that is put in their bodies. I want to leave this world a better place because of me, just like DPF who is an industry leader in promoting sustainability. We both want our environment safe for future generations. And, I think about this with my young grandchildren. So their commitment to water management, soil conservation carbon footprint and packaging ring strong with me.

Other things are critical in their products. They're not genetically modified. And, they're committed to 100% BPA free packaging, which is noted right on their products. Plus, there's no high fructose corn syrup. The fruit is packed in its own natural juices. I could go on and on, but for now, you probably understand more about my ambassador role.

One of the most exciting roles I have is to attend the Rose Parade and share on social media behind-the-scenes happenings about the floats, parade and happenings. This year, 2016, I also had the thrill of being Dole's 'celebrity chef' (I have a hard time saying that!) and cooking at 'Live on Green', which was the first year of a 3-day festival preceding the New Year's Day historic Rose Parade.

Beside me making the very same recipes were quite a few of my most talented and respected foodie peeps. Their renditions of the recipes I did at Live on Green was just short of fabulous! Each put his/her own spin on the recipes and the food styling. You don't want to miss one single foodie who participated! ~ click here!

To see a some of the things that happened including hanging out with Ty and Ben, then just watch this video of some of my memories!

For a full disclosure of my work with Dole Packaged Foods~ click here.

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