This weekend, the New York Jets signed quarterback Michael Vick to a one-year contract worth a reported $5 million. Vick, according to the New York Daily News columnist Gary Myers, arrives in New York "with some forgettable baggage from his former days as a dogfighter." ...Forgettable baggage, huh? ... More >>
Excellent news: Cured pork from small producers in Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, and Piedmont could soon be available in the U.S. The U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services announced last week that the FDA plans to lift its ban by the end of May since the regions were found to be fre ... More >>
Two weeks from today, Mayor Bloomberg's citywide ban on the sale of soda pop beverages above the 16 oz. size will take full effect. Once that occurs, all establishments regulated by the City's Health Department are expected to toss their fizzy beverages into the trash. Expect rioting from the New Yo ... More >>
Last year the USDA went a little soft on pork cookers, and announced that whole pork was safely prepared at 145 degrees, lowering the minimum temperature from 160. But now, in a study conducted by Consumer Reports, researchers found that many pork products across the country are infected with Yersin ... More >>
[See More Edible News: New York City Health Board Passes Bloomberg's Soda Ban Proposal | Sushi Costs More In New York Than Los Angeles Because, Well, Of Course It Does] Would you rather spend money on food or your cell phone bills? According to a recent survey sponsored by CouponCabin.com, one in ... More >>
The Wisconsin-based Cornucopia Institute is one of the country's leading preservers of the organic flame - a think-tank and advocacy group that benefits the small, family-owned farms that were once in the vanguard of the organic movement. Of course, big agribusiness has long since infiltrated (some ... More >>
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that starting next fall, schools will be able to opt out of using "pink slime" meat for school lunches. [AP] The Chinese government is investigating a Beijing branch of McDonald's after a program on the country's state television showed the fast-food ... More >>
We all wondered what exactly was in the "mystery meat" doled out for our school lunches. Well, now we know. It's ammonia-treated animal beef trimmings, made with the type of connective tissue and beef scraps used in dog food.
The European Union and the United States announced yesterday that starting this summer, they will consider each other's standards for organic certification equivalent.
Opting for produce from small, local, organic farms cannot guarantee that you will avoid the food safety issues that go along with large-scale farming. [Washington Post] The USDA is reporting that food prices are expected to rise up to 4.5 percent, the sharpest increase since 1978. [Wall Str ... More >>
We have reached a point in history where it has now become all but impossible to go grocery shopping without a user's safety manual.
The Shanghai Stainless Product & Design Company on Gerry Street in Brooklyn is the place to go for your brand new haute food truck. They've done trucks for Korilla BBQ, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Treats Truck, and Van Leeuwen. [NY Times] Colicchio & Sons will run a beer garden on the forthcomin ... More >>
Chefdruck/FlickrMelt Shop opened earlier today on Lexington Avenue, thus fulfilling its mission of (according to the press release) bringing "Grilled Cheese Sandwiches to the Midtown Masses." The restaurant promises to offer sandwiches "reminiscent of your childhood," though roast beef, blue ... More >>
Guy Fieri has replaced the canary-yellow Lamborghini that was stolen last month with what calls a "bitchin' Camaro," in bright yellow. [SF Chronicle] A new iPhone app allows you to snap a picture of a dish, then converts it into a corresponding calorie count. Magic? [CNET] The new People's ... More >>
Last week, Brian Smith alerted us to some new developments at Ample Hills Creamery, the ice cream parlor he's planning to open in Prospect Heights later this spring. Among other things, Smith told us that his will be the only Brooklyn ice cream parlor to pasteurize its own ice cream mix, mean ... More >>
Chipotle has been surprised to be the target of an ongoing investigation into the hiring of undocumented workers in numerous states. [Nation's Restaurant News] Mark Bittman points out that the new USDA guidelines are clear about what to eat -- healthy foods -- but not so much on what to avoi ... More >>
Robert Parker is quitting the wine reviewing game, passing most of his responsibilities on to his colleague, Antonio Galloni. [SF Chronicle] Joe Santos and Brad Estabrooke both make a Brooklyn gin (the latter is actually Breuckelen gin) and are locked in a trademark battle over the name. [NY ... More >>
Rebecca MarxWe'll eat herring in every possible permutation, be it pickled, smoked, or covered in curry sauce, so when a friend told us about the Trinidadian fry bake, a breakfast bread often filled with herring, we hustled over to Bed-Stuy to order one from A&A Bake and Doubles.
Maine lawmakers are trying to decide whether to make the whoopie pie the state's official dessert. The sole opposition is a Democrat worried about glorifying a product made with lard. [AOL News] A food-focused "business incubator" is planned for one of Brooklyn's lower-income neighborhoods, ... More >>
Despite the proliferation of artisanal pizza joints with their delicate imported toppings, pepperoni is still the most popular pizza topping in America. [NY Times] Le Cirque is expanding to India with a new location scheduled to open soon in New Delhi's Leela Palace Hotel. [NY Post] Apparen ... More >>
The Elevation Burger is big and lush, but might remind you of Five Guys. So cheap to make, so easy to sell, hamburgers form a culinary motif of our economically downtrodden age. Stand-alone shops, bistros, and chains dispensing them have increased tenfold over the last five years in the city ... More >>
Federal prosecutors just announced they've charged four New Yorkers -- including two current city employees -- with mail fraud for stealing more than $8 million in food stamp benefits from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Starbucks is telling its baristas to slow down and focus more on the artistry of making coffee drinks, such as steaming milk for each drink individually instead of by the pitcher, which you can expect to result in longer lines at the counter. [Wall Street Journal] A group of bakers in Krakow ... More >>
Beware.Government food recalls often seem to involve big, faceless industrial food monoliths, but here's one that feels a bit more personal: the New York State Agriculture Department has issued a recall for packaged soybean sprouts sold at Essex Farm, one of the produce vendors in the Essex S ... More >>
Laurent Tourondel is being sued by the BLT Restaurant Group for the menu at his new Hamptons burger joint being too similar to the BLT concept. [NY Post] White Castle is looking to launch three new concepts: a barbecue restaurant, a pressed-club-sandwich spot, and an Americanized Asian noodl ... More >>
Whole Foods turns 30 on September 20 and is rolling out several new initiatives: a welfare rating system that tells customers how meat animals were raised, a transparency program for seafood, and Wellness Clubs. [USA Today] Many portions at fast-food chain restaurants are at least two times ... More >>
A recent study reveals that most people -- 79 percent, in fact -- would dine at a restaurant that was "certified green" over one that wasn't. [Nation's Restaurant News] Nestlé, the maker of Nespresso espresso pods, is suing its rivals, claiming they are making cheaper versions of the Nespre ... More >>
via New York TimesYou've probably heard that a whole bunch of Canada geese were exterminated earlier this month, since they have an unfortunate tendency, when not minding their own business in Prospect Park, to occasionally fly into planes. Even poor Sticky, the goose shot with an arrow who w ... More >>
First salmonella in the frozen foods aisle, and now undercooked beef in cans of squishy pasta: The Campbell Soup Co. is recalling 15 million pounds of SpaghettiOs with meatballs thanks to a malfunctioning cooker in its Paris, Texas, plant that failed to thoroughly cook the meat. The thing apparent ... More >>
Newlywed Josh Ozersky doles out advice on how to cater a wedding. Simple: just call up all your best chef friends. Jim Lahey of Sullivan Street Bakery can make your bread; Michael White of Alto, Marea, and Convivio can make lasagna; and Michael Psilakis of Kefi can whip up moussaka. [Time] S ... More >>
Restaurant chains reported improved first-quarter earnings, including Domino's 14.3-percent surge, Morton's Steakhouse 3.6-percent increase, and Papa John's 1.7 percent hike internationally. [Nation's Restaurant News] Brooklyn Bridge Park food vendors will include Pier 1 Wine Bar (from the o ... More >>
The Piggery is the first meat CSA servicing the New York area. The family farm, located north of Ithaca, has about 130 pigs that they raise in an open-air barn. Some 45 participants have already enrolled, mostly from Brooklyn. [NY Daily News] Thousands of black farmers who were denied farm loans ... More >>
Haggis still a no-no for now.Rumors that the ban on haggis may soon be lifted were somewhat premature, it appears. The BBC reported that the U.S. government was planning to relax the ban on Scotland's national dish, but as it turns out, this was incorrect. A few days after the original artic ... More >>
Roman food is the latest Italian cuisine trend in New York. While Tuscan reigned supreme for years, several new places serving Roman-inspired dishes have opened recently. [NY Times] According to the U.S. Agriculture Department, 2009 was a record year for the corn crop with 13.151 billion bus ... More >>
If it looks like a catfish and tastes like a catfish...What, exactly, is a catfish? That's the question that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is being forced to consider, thanks to the efforts of American catfish farmers to get Vietnamese catfish labeled as catfish. The farmers are lobbying ... More >>
Public school kids are getting millions of pounds of beef and chicken that wouldn't meet the standards of many fast-food restaurants. McDonald's and Burger King test their ground beef 5-10 times more than the USDA does school meat. [USA Today] Giuseppe Cipriani, the Italian restaurateur who ... More >>
Good morning! Thinking you might have a burger for lunch? Probably not after reading the Sunday Times story of 22-year-old Stephanie Smith, who got bloody diarrhea, seizure, a coma, and paralyzed from E. coli traced to a hamburger her mother made for her from a pack of frozen "American Chef's ... More >>
An Australian scientist says that the world's food situation is so bad that we will have to produce more food in the next 50 years than we ever have in history. A growing population and climate change will make the task more difficult. [ABC News] Small farms are all the rage, according to a ... More >>
The USDA has launched a new campaign entitled Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food, that includes a close to $65 million handout to help connect small -- especially sustainable -- farms to people seeking local food. [NY Times] To help fight obesity, universities are posting caloric information i ... More >>
Could the U.S. run out of sugar? Yes, say major food corps, if the government doesn't ease import tariffs. Kraft, General Mills, Krispy Kreme, Hershey, and Mars have together written a letter to the Agriculture Department demanding more tariff-free sugar be allowed. [Wall Street Journal] How ... More >>
Choosing a brownie over granola because the former has fewer calories is not necessarily the healthier choice. Calorie estimates on food labels are based on flawed and outdated science, and labels may be up to 25 percent over or under. [New Scientist] Whole Foods says it still plans to open a store ... More >>
Congratulations to the New York Post, which has received action on one of its crusades, an early call to get the LaGuardia Canadian geese that brought down Flight 1549. The cause was taken up by state senators including Hiram Monserrate, and the Post kept up the pressure till it bore fruit: now the ... More >>
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