New York Goes Cook-off Crazy; Recession Dining Has a Silver Lining
Big food companies are hijacking the locavore label: Frito-Lay will run five different ads in Florida that highlight small, local farmers who grow some of the two billion pounds of potatoes that go into its bags of chips.
Several studies are researching the benefits of manuka honey. Native to New Zealand, honey made from the manuka bush has been found to have antibacterial properties due to a chemical reaction that occurs when it is made that produces hydrogen peroxide.
A program, originally funded by NASA, that teaches school children about growing food aboard spaceships will likely be shut down after it was discovered that the $100,000-a-year federal grant that now funds the program is mostly used to pay a $60,000 salary to a woman who has died.
[NJ Star Ledger]
The city has gone cook-off crazy. Last weekend was the Tofu Takedown, hosted by Matt Timms of Chili, Bacon and Fondue Takedown fame. Other cook-offs have included the Park Slope Pork-Off, Guactacular Invitational and Cupcake Cook-Off--and that was just last week.
Ten reasons to love the recession for dining out include the end of velvet ropes (read: an un-douchy addition to the Meatpacking district), cheaper wine options, and the end of gold flakes in our food.