Food in the News: Cooking Camps, Doughnut Burgers and Improper Behavior in the Kitchen
The Doughnut Burger – Would you eat a bacon cheeseburger served between two Krispy Kreme doughnuts. I don’t think I would, but it’s become a popular item at the Indiana state fair. Dennis Reas and his family created the dinner/dessert. They’re also the ones behind chocolate-covered bacon and deep-fried butter.
Heirloom Seeds – A family aims to bring disappearing vegetables back to the table with their company, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. The family has already revived an original seed bank store, which grand open later this year, and plans to create an agricultural museum. They also plan to track down hundreds of New England seeds found in catalogs from the 1800s.
Licking Toads in the Kitchen?!? – An Iowa chef got himself a $335 ticket after health inspectors saw a video of him kissing and licking toads in the kitchen of his restaurant, Osaka. The video showed him with two toads on a kitchen prep table. He kissed the toads, licked them and then stuffed them in his mouth. I’d never go to that restaurant!
Boot Camp? Nope, this is Cooking Camp – Kelly Dietrich runs a summer camp based on food and cooking. Every summer, campers can attend the Kids Culinary Academy of Vermont. This isn’t the only food camp in the U.S. A North Carolina chef takes a troupe of teens to Paris and Provence on a 12-day cooking field excursion yearly. It costs $4,750 per child. Wow!
Will the Best Bartender Please Stand Up? – Absolut Vodka is holding casting calls for the third season of the show “On the Rocks: The Search for America’s Top Bartender.” The show includes traditional bartender challenges involving accuracy of free pouring and knowledge of classic cocktail recipes. But there are some crazier things too, like pairing a cocktail to a costume during a masquerade ball.
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