Posts for April 10, 2012

Lucky Rice Festival Heads to Vegas; ‘wichcraft Reopens Bryant Park Ice-Cream Stand

• The New York Times has confirmed what we already expected regarding Danielle Chang’s expansion plans for her Lucky Rice Festival in Vegas. [Diner’s Journal]

• Beginning this Monday, Cienfuegos will host Cuban band Los Hermanos Cintron live from 8 to 11 p.m. [Grub Street]

• On Friday, ’wichcraft will reopen its ice-cream kiosk in Bryant Park. This year’s pickings include handmade ice-cream sandwiches and six flavors of grass-fed organic ice cream, which include chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, mint chocolate chip, coconut, and peach. [Grub Street]

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Daniel Boulud Goes After Copycat DBGB

Boulud Sued.

It wasn't too long ago that CBGB sent Daniel Boulud's DBGB (or as Michel Richard calls it, BCBG) a cease-and-desist letter over the similarities between their names and logos, and now Boulud is the one who feels knocked off. The culprit is a Buffalo music club and restaurant called Duke's Bohemian Grove Bar, which has ignored the warnings from Boulud's team, consistently using the "DBGB" title, and now will be forced to duke it out in court. [NYDN via Eater]

One Lucky Duck Joins Kombucha Brooklyn and Others at the Pfizer Building

Remember how we told you that Williamsburg's Pfizer Building was set to become a "massive culinary center"? Well, Sarma Melngailis of One Lucky Duck and Pure Food and Wine tells us she's signed on a 4,000-square-foot production space there, joining Kombucha Brooklyn, Brooklyn Soda Works, and Steve's Ice Cream. The raw-foodist says for years she's been unable to offer many of the things she'd like to because of space constraints (all One Lucky Duck production has been done out of the cramped restaurant kitchen), so expect lots more cookies, nut cheeses, and other offerings soon — and maybe even a juice bar in Brooklyn.

New at Eataly: La Scuola Grande, Pranzo, Sunday Supper

La Scuola Grande.

Grub attended a Lidia Bastianich–hosted lunch/cooking class today at the spanking-new Scuola Grande, where the chef talked and made fare, like a spring-veggie-laden risotto and a swordfish over zucchini and capers, and we ate and learned a few cooking tips. It was a preview of a new program at the newly launched larger Scuola, dubbed Pranzo ("lunch") — for 25 bucks you'll be able to eat a two- or three-course meal while watching at least one of the dishes prepared in front of you. That'll run Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. when Pranzo launches in a week or two.

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Amanda Hesser’s Advice to Young Food Writers Is Not Peaches and Cream

"If I weren’t working on Food52, I would not be a full-time writer because, even as an experienced journalist and best-selling author, I would not be able to pay my bills." —Amanda Hesser, in an extremely blunt note to young food writers who dream of jobs in blogs, magazines, and newspapers. [Food52]

Baby Mash for Baby Foodies

After her own frustrations finding healthy baby-food options, Molly McDonald (wife of Colonie and Gran Eletrica's Brad McDonald) has launched Baby Mash teething biscuits, sold at Smorgasburg and online. She tells Grub Street that Baby Mash has 100 percent whole grains, fruits, and veggies with little else and of course, it comes in seasonal flavors like Pumpkin & Oat, Stewed Apple & Oat, and Banana & Oat. Something to chew on for new parents (who may or may not live in Park Slope).

Related Park Slope Parents Throw Temper Tantrum Over Being Portrayed as Crybabies

Howard Stern’s Pescetarianism Explained by Beth Stern

Stern gives up chix.

Miley Cyrus may have given up gluten, but Howard Stern has put an end to poultry. Last night at the premiere of The Darling Companion, Grub Street spoke with Beth Stern about what goes on in their kitchen at home. "We recently became pescetarians, which means the only protein we're getting is from seafood these days ... we just learned the word pesceterian." Stern says that after recently rescuing a seagull, the couple, who had already given up meat, "felt really funny eating turkey and chicken ... we stopped that completely." Other than enjoying his little swimmers, Mrs. Stern says Mr. Stern also loves cashews ... and Nobu.

Squirrels Ask for Food the Same Way They Ask for Sex

The Washington Post, of all places, takes on the topic of squirrel linguistics, breaking the rodents' chatter down into four sounds. It turns out the quiet "muk muk," which "resembles a stifled sneeze," is both the sound baby squirrels make when they require a feeding and the syllables male squirrels utter when they want to bang. It must be exceedingly awkward if anyone ever gets the meaning confused. [WP]

Miley Cyrus: ‘Gluten Is Crapppp’

Ashley Judd isn't the only star speaking out about her body being judged in a "nasty, gendered, and misogynistic" affront — so is Miley Cyrus. Cyrus, who's become quite a skinny-minny-Montana, attributes a drastic change in diet for her weight loss, tweeting, "For everyone calling me anorexic I have a gluten and lactose allergy ... It's not about weight it's about health. Gluten is crapppp anyway!" Guess there's a lot more than "7 Things" she won't be eating now ... [People]

See a Snacking Superhero Break Up a Subway Fight [Updated]

In this food-obsessed age, we've wondered how a snacking superhero has not yet been invented (Veggie Tales, you don't count). Well, now here's some inspiration. This rather peculiar video was shot by a bystander to a fight that occurred on the 6 Train. Shouts and kicks ensue, until a Zen-fully serene, potato-chip-munching man (or is that dried mango?) steps between the angry parties, separating them and visibly calming everyone down with his own determined snacking. Video below.

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22 Other Things Pizza Hut Should Stuff Into Its Crusts

This is only the beginning.

Now that Pizza Huts in the UK are offering pizza crusts stuffed with hot dogs, it would seem we've reached the pinnacle of human achievement. Hardly. Here's a bunch of other crap that, to the best of our knowledge, has yet to be stuffed into a pizza crust.

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Good-bye, Bar Basque; Hello, the Lawn

Moving forward from the bust that was Bar Basque, the Insatiable Critic reports that there's a summer pop-up at Eventi to look forward to called the Lawn — a mash-up of Fish Shack and Go Burger. It's set to open in the 15,000-square-foot FoodParc space on the ground floor. The Lawn will open in May, so get your mowers running. [Insatiable Critic]

Some Additional Details on NYC’s First-Ever Food Book Fair

Happening May 4 to 6 at the Wythe Hotel.

Crumbs of information leading up to the first New York Food Book Fair, happening May 4 through 6 at the soon-to-open Wythe Hotel, keep dropping. This week, founder Elizabeth Thacker Jones released information about some additional panels slated for the event. Topics will range from Food + Porn, examining whether we seek and consume images of food the same way we do pornography, to a session with Harold McGee on science and cooking. Daniel Halpern, president of Ecco Press, will tackle the issue-of-the-moment: the role of ghostwriters in the cookbook world.

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Adrian Grenier and Other Park Slope Food Co-op Refugees Decamp to Rival Greene Hill

Ecofriendly hottie Adrian Grenier may not be shopping at the Park Slope Food Co-op any longer, but that's not going to stop him from getting his granola on. The Daily News has it that the actor is among a cadre of former Co-opers who've shifted their affiliation to four-month-old Greene Hill market in Clinton Hill. Grenier even tweeted his allegiance to his neighborhood natural foods shop (in the same tweet, he also claimed his innocence of a Food Co-op ousting). Greene Hill already has 900 members — more after this news, no doubt. [NYDN via City Room/NYT]

Fatty Crew Joining Forces With Kardashian Kast Member on Meatpacking Restaurant [Updated]

The next Jeffrey Chodorow?Photo: Gary Gershoff/WireImage

Remember when Scott Disick (the Patrick Bateman look-alike from the Kardashian shows) was hanging around with the Fatty Crew? Well, turns out he's their partner in a new restaurant project that will be opening soon. Seriously!

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Bruni on Claiborne

Measuring success.

"His tale is a sad reminder: happiness has less to do with achievement than with perspective," Frank Bruni writes, with respect and compassion, of the great Craig Claiborne. Claiborne wrote his first review for the Times nearly 50 years ago, and, despite that Barneys snub, was — and always will be — "widely regarded as the father of contemporary restaurant criticism," who all along battled his own inner demons until his death at 79. [NYT]

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