Plus, Tom Colicchio is opening a food hall in Kansas City, and more dining news
- On this week’s episode of Parts Unknown, former chef and current TV host Anthony Bourdain gets a tour of Armenia from Armenian-American musician Serj Tankian, of System of a Down fame, as well as historian Richard Giragosian, a resident of the country. During the episode, Bourdain dines at the highly regarded Dolmama restaurant and learns about the Armenian people’s achievements against tough odds throughout history. Parts Unknown: Armenia airs this Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on CNN. Take a sneak peek via the clips below.
- Toronto restaurant Frings, which counts Toronto rapper Drake as a big fan, is closing after less than three years in business. Fortunately, Drizzy should be able to handle the bad news. “When I hear ’em talking, I just don’t know what to make of it,” he declares in the song “Fireworks.” “Hate is so familiar to me, I’m slowly embracing it.”
- Top Chef judge and Crafted hospitality head honcho Tom Colicchio is planning to open a food hall in a 40,000-square-foot space in Kansas City that will feature options from local chefs and operators from outside the city. “Food halls are extremely popular right now,” Colicchio tells NRN. “I think it is the future of dining. I thought it was about time we dipped our feet in that pool.” The build-out will take about two years.
- Burger King faces a lawsuit from a man who the company accused of forging money. He was sent to jail because the accusation triggered a probation violation.
- Planting Justice, an Oakland-based urban-farming nonprofit, helps individuals who have been incarcerated get back on their feet. The New York Times takes a look at the organization.
- Vancouver is joining the movement against plastic straws. The city plans to outlaw the beverage accessories, which tend to pile up in oceans once they’re discarded, starting next year.
- The largest American E. coli outbreak in more than a decade continues to spread, but according to the Centers for Disease Control, it’s safe to eat romaine lettuce again. “It is unlikely that any romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing region is still available in stores or restaurants due to its 21-day shelf life,” says the CDC. Tainted lettuce from Yuma, Arizona, has so far resulted in 172 illnesses, 75 hospitalizations, and one death.
- The process of wrapping cheese around MDMA and consuming it is called “brieing,” and some people in the U.K. like to do this at dinner parties.
- And speaking of cheese, a group of 40 chefs, winemakers, and cheese producers are starting a campaign to block the French government’s proposed plan to allow Camembert made with pasteurized milk to be labeled just like the stuff made the traditional way, with raw milk. “We demand raw milk Camembert for all!” the group explains in a statement. “Liberté, égalité, Camembert!” The new labeling protocol is slated to go into effect in 2021.
- This summer, no true bougie hipster bash will be complete without a rosé keg.
- And finally, it’s time for the food #brands to tone it down. The social media folks at frozen-pizza company DiGiorno — a brand that previously made headlines for a Twitter beef with delivery competitor Papa John’s — have decided to make Chrissy Teigen’s birth announcement all about them. Please stop, #brands.
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