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Local Foods Movement Inspires Return to the Land

July 23, 2013 – 12:02 am |

Local and organic food are national trends that are leading to the restoration of small farming and the reemergence of a long lost cultural identity. Inversely, big business standards used to keep fruits and vegetables free from …

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Food Corporations Work to Create Healthier Products for Consumers

August 30, 2013 – 12:02 am |

6087620178_6b2c91d1d6_mAs obesity reaches epidemic proportions in our country, increased pressure has been put on food corporations to create healthier products. According to the recent New York Times story, “Food Corporations Turn to Chefs in a Quest for Healthier Flavor” companies like PepsiCo are attempting the difficult challenge of creating a great tasting product that is low in fat, sugar, and sodium.

The article explains:

“Prodded by consumers, regulators and politicians, major food companies like PepsiCo are under extraordinary pressure to make healthier foods. Kellogg has cut as much as 30 percent of the sugar in children’s cereals like Apple Jacks and Froot Loops, removed salt from others and increased fiber. Taco Bell last month announced a new Power Protein menu that will include items with less fat and calories, and other companies are rushing to get their products in shape.”

Eight chefs have been chosen to test new recipes that use healthier ingredients, like avocado and parsnips, in place of butter and salt. These recipes will then be used to improve products across the board. I don’t know about you, but in my opinion there are few things better than healthy food that also tastes good.

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Andrew Zimmern Features Flavorman and Distilled Spirits Epicenter on Travel Show

August 29, 2013 – 12:02 am |

In recent years Louisville, Kentucky has made a name for itself as a great place to dine and drink locally as a result of various travel programs featuring many of its unique businesses. Now, according …

Blue Stallion Brewery Comes to Lexington

August 28, 2013 – 12:02 am |

Micro breweries and distilleries seem to be popping up all over the place and Kentucky is no exception to this rule. According to the Business Lexington story “Blue Stallion Brewing Company Ready to Open” a new …

Homemade Truffles Deliver Domestic Decadence

August 27, 2013 – 12:02 am |

Chocolate truffles are often considered the ultimate decadence and they provide for a challenging, yet rewarding experience for any aspiring confections seeking to produce their own chocolatey treats. If this is your first time making …

Chain Restaurants Falling by the Wayside

August 26, 2013 – 12:02 am |

Big business has made it daunting for entrepreneurs in many fields, but prevailing trends that focus on supporting local communities are affecting all industries, most specifically the food and beverage industry. The Daily Meal article, …

Hard Cider Keeps Summer Cool

August 23, 2013 – 12:02 am |

Summer heat waves are starting to hit hard all around the U.S. which means it times for some icy beverages to enjoy in the sun.  The Serious Eats article, “5 Simple Cider Cocktails to Make …

Big Vendors Cater to Craft Crowd

August 22, 2013 – 12:02 am |

Craft brews are showing up all over the U.S. and they are starting to make appearances in America’s ballparks, where beer choices were once notoriously limited.  The Serious Eats article, “5 Ballparks with Great Craft …

Updating the Iconic Drinks of Summer

August 21, 2013 – 12:02 am |

If you use “summer” as a verb, my guess is that somewhere around late afternoon, a fruit juice and vodka drink, whether it’s a sea breeze, a Cape Codder or even a screwdriver, finds itself …

Bringing Bitters Back

August 20, 2013 – 12:02 am |

Since Prohibition, “bitters”, when used in the context of cocktails, has meant only one, Angostura.  In fact, bitters are any alcohol-based infusions of plant flavorings, whether leaves, roots or bark.  And they’re coming back, both …

The Cases for and Against Routine Antibiotic Use on the Farm

August 19, 2013 – 12:02 am |

NPR’s food blog, The Salt, recently considered the controversy surrounding routine antibiotic use in animals destined for our tables in the piece “Are Antibiotics on the Farm Risky Business?” by Dan Charles.   
The controversy arises …

Specialty Food Trends for 2013

August 16, 2013 – 12:02 am |

It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it. Larry Olmsted of Forbes had to go to the 59th Fancy Food Show, put on by the Specialty Food Association recently in New York City.  He …