by Maria Russo in Events, News, June 23rd, 2015
by Amy Reiter in News, June 22nd, 2015
Though summer’s just begun, it’s not too soon to start planning an autumn getaway — especially when the promise of your favorite chefs is right before you. For the eighth year in a row, the most-famed names in the culinary world are set to come together for a weekend-long celebration of all things food and drink at the Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival. This year more than 500 chefs will be in attendance at nearly 100 events, kicking off in Manhattan on Thursday, October 15.
From the now-infamous battle of beef at the annual Burger Bash presented by Pat LaFrieda Meats and hosted by Rachael Ray to Giada De Laurentiis’ Italian Feast, presented by Ronzoni, and Geoffrey Zakarian’s Saturday morning brunch, you’re invited to join these chefs and others for walk-around tastings, intimate seated dinners, late-night bashes and wake-up-worthy brunches alike.
by Amy Reiter in News, June 21st, 2015
Does your GPS sound like chicken? Now it can sound like KFC mascot Colonel Sanders.
In yet another move aimed at resurrecting its corporate mascot and late founder, Col. Harland Sanders, who kicked the bucket (sorry) in 1980 at age 90, KFC has teamed up with social navigation and traffic app Waze to lend Sanders’ voice to users’ navigation systems.
by Amy Reiter in News, June 20th, 2015
Shh … don’t wake the barbecue. It’s resting.
While the conventional wisdom used to be that the ideal time to enjoy the smoky goodness of barbecued meat was right when it came off the pit — avoiding the mushiness or drying that could result from various methods of “holding” it — there’s a new theory gaining traction among pitmasters. NPR reports that allowing barbecued meat to “rest,” if done correctly, actually improves its flavor.
by Amy Reiter in News, June 19th, 2015
Your days of sharing and gaping at food photos on social media while remaining blissfully unaware of how many calories are lurking in those beautiful meals may be numbered. Google is working on an artificial intelligence tool that will analyze your food pictures and estimate how many calories are being served up on your plate.
The tool, Im2Calories, which was unveiled at a “deep learning” summit in Boston last month, will cast an eyeball (or whatever the high-tech AI equivalent of an eyeball is) over that grainy Instagram photo (high-res not required) of your burger, breakfast or baked good — along with accompanying sides — and use algorithms to calculate the number of calories you’re about to enthusiastically consume, Popular Science reports.
Terrifying, perhaps, but that may be part of the point. Im2Calories’ creator, Google research scientist Kevin Murphy, says his aim is not to shame people, but rather to inform them so they can make decisions about the foods they eat (and feel compelled to share on social media) with complete caloric information.
by Amy Reiter in News, June 17th, 2015
Broccoli can be beautiful and sweet. An orange can be lovely and reassuring. In the hands of Danling Xiao, foods like these are all that and more: Two small florets become a couple of hedgehogs hanging out. A simple citrus yields a doorway that opens onto a floating peel staircase and becomes a lesson in unrushed romance.
For the past three years, Xiao, a Sydney-based designer and digital strategist, has been transforming food into art and posting photos of her charming creations on Instagram. She calls her project Mundane Matters, but the images of, just for instance, a bench crafted from a zucchini, a cauliflower sheep and a toaster made of bread (how meta) are really anything but mundane.
by Amy Reiter in News, June 16th, 2015
Mindy Kaling has a new project: She’s collaborating with Los Angeles-based Umami Burger — on a new burger, natch
“In the greatest collaboration since Jared and Subway,” she recently quipped/announced on Instagram, “I am curating a burger for @UmamiBurger that will debut in September” — perfectly timed, she notes, for the launch of her TV show “The Mindy Project” on Hulu and the release of her second book, “Why Not Me?” due out September 15.
by Amy Reiter in News, Restaurants, June 15th, 2015
Everyone loves an ice cream sandwich. Vanilla ice cream nestled between two soft-crisp chocolate cookies dotted with a grid of small holes (why do those wafers have holes in them, anyway?) are surely among summer’s greatest pleasures.
Now the menu mavens at Carl’s Jr. have added a new dimension to your regular everyday ice cream-sandwich deliciousness by introducing a new version in which “hand-scooped” vanilla ice cream is sandwiched between two halves of a Hostess Ding Dong.
by Amy Reiter in News, June 14th, 2015
Ready to salivate? Three words: burrata ice cream. The Italian-cheese-inspired soft serve is one of two flavors just introduced by mash-up master Dominique Ansel at the walk-up ice cream window of Dominique Ansel Kitchen in New York’s West Village.
The creamy Burrata Soft Serve — which Ansel calls “a new alternative to vanilla” — comes in a homemade “honey tuile cone” with a whole-strawberry confit inside and is topped with balsamic caramel and fresh micro basil. “The flavors are simple and subtle, but so, so good,” DAK’s Instagram page boasts.
by Amy Reiter in News, June 13th, 2015
New Yorkers love their avocado toast. Kentuckians crave country ham. Indianans apparently have an abiding love for lemon rice soup. (Pucker up and slurp.) And Californians, it seems, cannot get enough Chinese chicken salad.
What’s the most-popular food in your state? Foursquare has come up with an interactive map of the most-popular food and drink in every U.S. state (plus the District of Columbia, where a lot of people are seriously into Ethiopian food). The mobile app’s data crunchers factored in menus, tips, ratings and other criteria, and then teamed up with Mapbox to turn it into a clickable state-by-state guide to the particular taste preferences of each and every state. The map also includes information about the best places to eat a state’s favorite food.
Not only do millennials — that is, people born between 1980 and 2000 — eat out more than non-millennials, but they also spend more money eating out: Millennials spend about $174 per month dining out in restaurants, on average, according to a new infographic from the marketing agency Restaurant Marketing Labs, whereas non-millennials spend only about $153 per month.
Furthermore, 87 percent of millennials say they’re willing to splurge on a nice meal out, even if money is in short supply. How do these millennials, who make up a startling 25 percent of the population (or more) and have a spending power of $2.45 trillion (whoa), choose where to dine? Restaurant Marketing Labs says they’re looking for a restaurant that is “convenient … yet healthy,” “fun & exciting … yet natural and unprocessed” and “high-quality … yet affordable.”