Want a great recipe aggregator that will truly help you figure out what you want to eat and when? Check out Yummly’s facts and figures on Thrillist. Yummly is a site from some of the same smart young minds who brought you eBay. I think it’s awesome.
Speaking about aggregating, I couldn’t be at this year’s Food and Wine Classic in Aspen because I was shooting overseas, but I kept up with all the news on eater.com, which gave us some great reportage. I also couldn’t be at SOBE this year for the same reason, but I will be at the New York City Wine and Food Festival in a big way . . . so go get your tickets now before they sell out. Go to nycwineandfoodfestival.com, click on events, and scroll through all the offerings. Get your tickets now for Cart in the Parc, the festival’s salute to street food hosted by yours truly. It’s going to be awesome. Tickets went on sale Monday and several events have sold out—the bigger ones, like mine, have not. This is indeed one of the largest events of the weekend, BUT space is limited.
There is no better way to experience food, taste your way around the city, and meet every conceivable food luminary on the planet than to be in NYC that weekend. But without tickets you are hosed. You can also call 866-969-2933. All proceeds from this event, and I mean ALL PROCEEDS, benefit Share Our Strength and the Food Bank For New York City.
So I was reading the City Pages online, and I found this blog listing the “top ten foods that kill.” I know that lists are great and strong leads sell best—see some of the crazy junk posted on huffPo’s new food page such as the story below—but I also know that saying that raw milk kills is specious b*llsh*t.
E. coli is one of many culprits associated with all things bovine and we put it there. I regularly eat raw milk products and drink it from time to time, and I know the risks therein. But if you are going to write about potatoes, cassava, and grilled meat as being "deadly," I think you need more than what is offered on this post to make your case. The author righty says that drinking raw milk is akin to Russian roulette, but that’s because of the way it’s handled, not because of the product itself. Pizza can kill too, so can a lollipop. Oy vey.
My pal Myke Hawke and his wife have a new TV show that airs on Discovery on July 16 at 9 p.m. The show throws Myke and his wife, Ruth, out in the field with only their clothes and a knife each week. It should be awesome. I spent a week with Myke doing my Survival Special for Bizarre Foods and trust me, this guy is amazing.
Doug Lansky has this on HuffPoFood and I think it’s a canard. Food in these countries can be phenomenal and I could care less what a poll says . . . it's bunk. This is exactly what’s wrong with Internet reportage—it gives a sexy jump but is sampling the "everyday" folk, most of whom have never been abroad to more than a handful of locales. If you want to know whose food sucks, and where and why, then go talk to people who dine abroad. I travel and eat more than almost anyone I know and even I couldn’t make a list like this. Not to mention, if you made a real list the result would be racist and ethno-centric at best. This is truly online reportage at its worst.
Doing the math doesn’t add up here. Are these guys going to spend their own money!?!?!?!?
Curtis Stone, (NBC’s The Biggest Loser, Take Home Chef ); Steve Ells, founder, chairman, and co-CEO of Chipotle; and Lorena Garcia, executive chef and restaurateur, join Bobby Flay ( Iron Chef America, Throwdown, etc.) as investors and judges on NBC’s new alternative competition series: America’s Next Great Restaurant , premiering next season. Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz of Magical Elves ( Project Runway and Top Chef ) will produce the show, which features contestants vying for the opportunity to see their ideas turned into a new restaurant chain in three cities across America.
Thousands of potential restaurateurs submitted ideas, which were narrowed down to the select the few candidates featured on the series. Each week the judges/investors—Flay, Stone, Ells, and Garcia—will put the chosen few through rigorous business and cooking challenges to discover which contestant’s concept has the greatest potential for success.
Either this is going to be a huge hit, or could go down in flames. Not sure there is a middle ground with this one. Thoughts?