Posts for November 13, 2013

Thanksgiving-Themed Cronut Auction; Cookbook Signings at Smorgasburg

• John Creger, a Le Cirque alum, is the new executive chef at Gradisca Ristorante in the West Village. Creger, who has cooked under Marc Forgione, Masaharu Morimoto, and David Burke, will churn out Italian dishes. [Grub Street] • This Saturday, Smorgasburg will host two cookbook signings at the Greenlight Bookstore market booth. Alice Waters will be at the booth from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. to sign copies of her latest book, with the Roberta’s cookbook signing following immediately after from 12:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. [Grub Street] • Dominique Ansel has created a unique 24-K Pumpkin Cream Cronut exclusively for the God’s Love We Deliver charity, and it will be auctioned off November 18 to 26. Winning bidders will receive two of the special Cronuts delivered in a signature carrier designed by celebrities like Heidi Klum and Amanda Freitag to their door Thanksgiving morning. Don't worry: You can bid online — but the bundle could easily go for over $14,000. [Grub Street]

C'mon, Brooklyn.Photo: Amazon

Sriracha Costs Just $1.75 a Bottle for Wholesalers

That's the "secret" price the Irwindale, California-based company charges for distributors for the standard 28-ounce bottle, Huy Fong Foods founder David Tran tells Marketplace. Considering that the hot sauce comes twelve bottles to a 26-pound case, and each case has a resale value of up to sixtysomething dollars, more people with pickup trucks and some free time should really look into becoming Huy Fong distributors. We have community-supported agriculture, after all, and community-supported fisheries, so someone really needs to step up and make community-supported sriracha a thing. It's time — sambal oelek, too. [Marketplace, Earlier]

Some of René Redzepi’s Best Customers Are Jerks

"One thing that you definitely shouldn't do is, in the middle of your main course during summer, when you see two young girls swimming outside, you definitely shouldn't leave your main course, take your clothes off, show your middle-aged hairy body, and jump into the water with the two young girls. That, you definitely shouldn't do. Yeah, that actually happened." —The Noma chef-owner weighs in on the kleptomaniac fine diners, Norwegian vomiters, and blatant bathroom fornicators. And don't even get him started on writers who come in for dinner and go home to write splashy cover stories about how dudely he is. [Epicurious, Related]

Good stuff.Photo: Melissa Hom

RedFarm UWS Rolls Out Dinner Service

Tomorrow, Ed Schoenfeld will finally begin serving dinner at the uptown outpost of RedFarm, bringing Katz's-pastrami egg roll to the masses. The restaurant will be open Monday through Thursday until 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday until 11:45 p.m., and Sunday until 10:30 p.m. Plus: It'll continue to serve lunch and weekend brunch, so you can eat Pac-Man dumplings around the clock. Just be prepared to wait — the no-reservations policy remains intact.

Park Slope Calexico Finally Opening in January

After some delays, renovations are definitely under way at the future Fifth Avenue outpost of Calexico in the old Blue Ribbon Space. Co-owner Peter Oleyer says he and the Vendley brothers are keeping the basic layout of the dining room intact, and are building out an area with stools for guests waiting on takeout orders. There will be brunch, and a Calexico first, a bathroom-baby-changing station. It is Park Slope, after all. [FIPS, Earlier, Earlier]

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San Francisco Chronicle’s Esteemed Food Section Will Fold [Updated]

The New York Times is reporting that while the move has not yet been announced publicly, the San Francisco Chronicle will end its long-running stand-alone Food section by February of 2014. Plans exist to combine that coverage into a more general lifestyle-based section, which the Times reports is tentatively called "Artisan." Speaking anonymously, Chronicle staff members say that they had recently been informed by president Joanne Bradford that the food section was no longer "sustainable" on its own; meanwhile, the same staffers say they'd not been informed about any marketing research indicating as much. Assuming the news is all true, how loud of a death knell for food writing is this, exactly?

Some good news, sort of.»

His M will be black.Photo: Messrcn via Flickr

Trader Joe’s ‘Pirate’ Going After McDonald’s Next

Joe Hallatt's current gig is pretty good: He buys $5,000 worth of Trader Joe's groceries in Washington State every week, then sells them at higher prices across the border in Canada at his own Pirate Joe's, a business that has somehow not been pummeled out of existence by legal Trader Joe's. Now the completely original entrepreneur has a novel concept: a burger chain with a big letter M as the logo. He's thinking something like this, but in black — and besides, his burger will be healthier, so he's not copying anyone, really.

"McDonald's doesn't have a copyright on the letter M, I don't think."»

Wait, at what point do I add the chopped putenschnitzel?Photo: Ludwig Zweifel/Courtesy StreetArt in Germany/Facebook

German Fast-Food Billboards Defaced With Handy Recipe Graffiti

According to a translated version of this site, someone's been going around Germany and scratching out ads for Big Macs and Burger King's chicken sandwiches and painting simple cook-at-home recipes on top. So far, there's been a rice dish and a pasta. Is this the work of vegan anarcho-syndicalists? Not likely, because meat is on the table. Guerrilla marketing for the new Allrecipes magazine? Probably not. Whatever it is, here's hoping the recipe bandit can post soup and salad courses without getting caught.

Rebel yell bolognese.»

The Marriage Plot: Sandwich Edition.Photo: Carly Otness/ NYC

‘300 Sandwiches’ Blogger Gets a Book Deal

Stephanie Smith may be 103 sandwiches away from scoring an engagement ring, but she will be getting a book. The woman who infamously blogs by the adage "the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, and specifically through sandwiches," has signed on with Random House to turn her bread-for-bling plot into a book for new imprint Zinc Ink (appropriately focused on spiritual health and personal success). The story has all the makings of a best-seller: romance, intrigue, a strong work ethic ... and don't forget the built-in controversy. The book is set to come out just in time for Valentine's Day 2015, which leaves us time to figure out: Who will play Smith in the movie version? [NYP, Earlier, Earlier]

Bring on the oysters Rockefeller.Photo: Melissa Hom

Grant Achatz Cooking ‘Chicago Steakhouse’ Menu Next at Next

After teasing all those who've been anxiously awaiting the announcement of the next theme at Next, Grant Achatz officially revealed that the always-changing restaurant will take on "Chicago steakhouse" in January. He tells Food & Wine that the restaurant is going "really traditional," saying, "We want to transport people back in time and show them what it was really like to eat in the early 1950s, when a steak house was almost more of a club, with individual wine cellars and cigars." As such, expect all the big proper nouns of retro dining, like Rockefeller and Thermidor — with sous vide lobster, naturally — plus takes on iceberg wedges, baked Alaska, and other mid-century menu staples. Those who got antsy during the restaurant's vegan phase will be happy to know that the kitchen will even get the old-fashioned press going to extract juice from bones for Bordelaise. "We don't want to make it too dusty," says the chef, "but we want to hearken back to that period of over-the-top indulgence." Set an alert now for when tickets go on sale after Thanksgiving. [F&W, Related]

Pick up your bird at Marlow & Daughters.Photo: Beth Flatley

Assemble the Ultimate New York Thanksgivukkah Feast

It's not as if anyone needs a reason to eat more food on Thanksgiving, but since it overlaps with the beginning of Hanukkah this year, that's exactly what's going to happen. Gorging oneself, though, doesn't necessarily mean more cooking: New York restaurants are happy to cater to this once-every-70,000-years holiday overlap. With that in mind, Grub Street has you covered: We've rounded up the best takeout options from all over the city to ensure maximum gluttony with minimal effort — the best of both worlds. (Note that not all picks adhere to Jewish dietary laws, so mix-and-match based on what you're looking for!*)

Latke taquitos!»

Tastes burned.Photo:

Starbucks Owes Kraft $2.75 Billion

An arbitrator determined yesterday that Starbucks must pay $2.75 billion to Kraft in an expensive end to a three-year dispute that validates Kraft's claims that Starbucks breached contract when it ended the companies' partnership selling packaged coffee in stores. Starbucks still maintains that Kraft mismanaged its brand, citing all the money they made after dropping the company as proof, but the arbitration is final, leaving the coffee behemoth no choice but to use all that money to pay off Mondelez International, which spun off Kraft last fall. While this ends one dispute, a cultural war of a kind is brewing in India, where the growing popularity of Starbucks is cause for concern among the traditional chai wallahs, who vend on the street. Indians are falling for the convenience of air-conditioned and Wi-Fi-enabled coffee shops, but the government doesn't like where this trend is heading, and is considering naming tea the national beverage to stave off the imminent macchiato invasion. [USAT, ABC]

Sutton notes that New York's Toro is more expensive than Boston's.Photo: Melissa Hom

The Other Critics: Wells Likes Sushi Dojo, Sutton Praises Toro’s ‘Unusual Edibles’

This week, Adam Platt awarded the Korean- and Italian-influenced food at Piora two stars for "different and sometimes competing tastes," and Icelandic new comer Skál one star for its "merry vibe" and "tasty house cocktails." Meanwhile, Pete Wells reviewed two sushi establishments while both Ryan Sutton and Daniel S. Meyer checked out some of New York's latest restaurant imports. Read it all, straight ahead.

" ... tastes like SpaghettiO's infused with sea water."»

It's about time.Photo: Courtesy of All You Can Eat Press

Ramen Map of NYC Improves Your Noodle GPS

Here's a handy, folded ramen locator map that covers 33 ramen-yas in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. The best of the city's shops are in there, as well as relative newcomers like Tokyo import Bassnova and Shinobi, not to mention Ivan Orkin's soon-to-open shops. It even comes with a cute little naruto magnet. [All You Can Eat Press via Eataku, Related]

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