Chef and Momofuku founder David Chang has been named to the NBC Sports team covering the 2018 winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Chang will tell stories and share insights into Korean food and the country's traditions and culture.
At least 40 new eateries opened in Seattle in less than two months this summer, highlighting the fast-changing nature of the city's restaurant scene. The number of dining places grew 25% to 2,696 in the past decade, according to the Department of Revenue, and the one-year survival rate for eateries in Seattle is around 87%, despite some recent high-profile closures.
Master sommelier Piotr Pietras believes a truffle-based meal goes best with earthy-toned wines that have a fair amount of bottle age. He recommends vintages that can meet the powerful flavor of truffles, like aged Bordeaux, and warns against selecting delicate white wines.
Baker Chad Robertson of Tartine Manufactory creates flaky, buttery croissants with a caramelized crust with the help of a preliminary fermentation called a poolish. The technique makes a dough that is easier to roll, and the bakery uses the fermented dough to make other pastries, such as sweet orange and cinnamon-scented buns or savory egg breakfast buns.
Pret a Manger owner Bridgepoint has signed a deal to become Burger King's master franchisee in the UK, and has also acquired a British franchisee that operates 74 Burger King units. Burger King has about 500 units in the UK.
New York City based nonprofit City Harvest has launched a multichannel marketing campaign with a positive tone, highlighting the 35-year-old group's accomplishments and the solutions it has found for feeding the city's hungry. City Harvest collects surplus food from restaurants, retailers and other sources and distributes it to about 500 food pantries, soup kitchens and other food programs.
The Council of the District of Columbia is considering adding universal free lunches to all city public and charter schools. All schools already serve free breakfasts, and about 75% of schools offer both free breakfasts and lunches.
In northern and southern regions of Arizona, a burgeoning wine industry is buoying the economy, making an estimated $56.2 million in economic impact this year, according to a study by Northern Arizona University. As the California wildfires kept tourists from traditional spots, Arizona's wine country, which produces different wine, received more visitors this year.
Brewers like Left Hand and Breckenridge have spent years trying to get their nitrogenated beer available in cans. Fixed-widget cans from the Ball Corporation represent a significant innovation, and brewers continue to experiment with nitro styles and flavors.
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