Food in the News: Emmy Wins, Rocky Mountain Oysters and a Mediterranean-Style Rosh Hashanah
Top Chef Wins An Emmy – Top Chef won the award for “Best Reality Competition Series” in this year’s Emmy Awards. This is the reality show’s first win in the category. It has been nominated four consecutive times, but had lost out to The Amazing Race each year. Padma Lakshmi, Gail Simmons, Tom Colicchio accepted the award. It’s about time that our foodie shows are getting the respect they deserve!
Man Eats 4 Pounds of “Rocky Mountain Oysters” – Pat “Deep Dish” Bertoletti, a champion eater who is ranked No. 3 in the world, recently eat nearly 4 pounds of deep-fried bull testicles (nicknamed “Rocky Mountain Oysters”). He admitted that it was one of the hardest contests he had ever won. Pat also has records for eating actual oysters—34 dozen in eight minutes. He won $1,500 for this one.
Noodles & Company Adds Sandwiches – Instead of just serving a variety of noodle and pasta dishes, this restaurant is now offering sandwiches too. They include The Med Duo, The Veggie Med Duo, Spicy Chicken Caesar Duo, Wisconsin Cheesesteak Duo and Mmmeatball duo. They range from $5.75-6.95 and seem pretty interesting. I’d like t try The Med Duo, which contains chicken, mushrooms, spinach, red bell pepper, cucumber, red onion, a Med dressing, cilantro and feta.
A Mediterranean Meal for Rosh Hashanah - The Jewish New Year begins on Sept. 8 at sundown, and the dinner is usually a central part of the holiday’s observance. Although the typical meal (Ashkenazi style) features fish, sweet carrots, and, home-baked honey cake, Mediterranean (Sephardic) Jewish cuisine and customs are very different. Mediterranean Jews have a mini Seder at the beginning of their meal and they recite special blessings on symbolic foods, which include pomegranate seeds to wish for numerous good deeds, leeks and chard for divine protection, and black-eyed peas for abundance. They even prepare their chicken differently. Read more at the Chicago Tribune here.
World Testicle Cooking Championship – Yes, it’s exactly what it says. In a Serbian village, the seventh annual World Testicle Cooking Championship is coming. Teams of chefs cook up bull, boar, camel, ostrich and kangaroo testicles. Apparently, the food is believed to be rich in testosterone, and many Balkan countries believe that it is good for a man’s libido. Those attending the festival can eat the dishes with wine or beer, and can take a dip in a nearby river. While it sounds like a fun festival, I think I’d have to skip the food.