Wednesday, October 26, 2016

This Holiday Season, Give the Gift of Ordering In

By Margaret Whitfield

And here you thought you had run clear out of ideas for gifts for the foodie in your life. Well, think again. Grubhub, the nation's leading online and mobile food-ordering and delivery platform, today announced the launch of "e-gift cards," making it easier for you and your recipient to give and receive the gift of food,

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Massive Recall of Cookie Dough Ice Cream

By Margaret Whitfield

Something there is that doesn’t love cookie dough ice cream. Four companies so far — Blue Bunny, Blue Bell, Chocolate Shoppe, and Publix — have issued recalls of the confection, and other vendors may soon follow suit.

It’s the second time in less than a month that Blue Bell Creameries has recalled ice cream because of potentially contaminated cookie dough from Aspen Hills Inc. of Garner, IA. The iconic Brenham, TX-based Blue Bell discovered Listeria monocytogenes during product testing at one of its production plants in September, resulting in the recall of two flavors across several states.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Michigan Fans Go Hungry After Ruth's Chris Fumbles on Its Game-Related Steak Promo

By Margaret Whitfield

It’s not uncommon for a restaurant chain to offer a discount to sports fans if their local team wins.

It seemed like a good idea to managers of the Ruth's Chris Steak House in Ann Arbor, Mich., this past weekend. They offered fans of the Michigan Wolverines a percentage off their total food bill equal to the final winning point differential.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

RECIPES: Happy National Taco Day

By Howard Portnoy

Has Oct. 4 rolled around again so soon? The day, in case you were unaware, is National Taco Day. And according to the National Taco Day website, today is also National Vodka Day. Pretty magnanimous of them to share the stage, and if you want to do it up right, celebrate with a meal of tacos and vodka shooters.

Monday, October 3, 2016

The Nude Restaurant Trend Is Catching On Worldwide

By Howard Portnoy

Luncheon on the Grass, Édouard Manet, Musée d'OrsayParis
Build it and they will come  and strip down to their altogether. And eat.

That was the lesson the owners of The Bunyadi, in London, took away soon after opening their first all-nude restaurant. The response was so overwhelmingly positive that the waiting list for a table is currently 30,000 names strong  all belonging to people eager for a chance to dine in the buff.

Friday, September 30, 2016

New York's Legendary Carnegie Deli to Close by End of Year

By Howard Portnoy

Image: Carnegie Deli
The mile-high corned beef sandwiches have long been the gold standard against which all other deli creations have been measured. But at the end of this year, that pleasantly fatty and warming pickled brisket between slabs of chewy rye slathered with mustard, will be but a memory. After 79 years, the Carnegie Deli is closing its doors.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Meet the World’s Most Expensive Chili Pepper

By Margaret Whitfield

Image: eBay
When you go to a “fine dining” restaurant during white truffle season, you expect to pay through the nose for a whiff of ambrosia. But when you order a dish made with chilis your expectations are somewhat tamer even if the spice level is not.

Unless the pepper in question is the Aji Charapita, in which case all bets are off. The berry, native to the jungles of northern Peru, sells for an unheard of $35,000 a kilo. At roughly $16,000 a pound, that’s about 13 times the price of saffron on the American market.