The Week in Food: August 31, 2012

By on Friday, August 31st, 2012

The Republican National Convention, Hurricane Isaac and Clint Eastwood’s monologue to a chair are top of mind this week. For the food and restaurant community there are a few other interesting items to digest:

1. A new study shows young shoots of vegetable plants are packed with four to six times the nutrients as mature plants. A report on NPR’s The Salt blog quoted U.S. Department of Agriculture researcher Gene Lester, who says the findings “totally knocked me over.” Called microgreens, these young plants are grown about 7 days, just long enough to grow pale green leaves. They are not to be confused with sprouts, which are grown just 48 hours. Farms are beginning to take interest in selling microgreens directly to chefs; Good Water Farms in East Hampton NY is one example.

2. In a new twist on pop-up restaurants, the “swap-up” restaurant is now in session. Grant Aschatz will bring his famous Alinea Restaurant to New York City for a week in late September; Eleven Madison Park’s Daniel Humm will come to Chicago October 10. Both restaurants will operate exactly the way they do in their home base, including menu. Dinner prices will be as high as $450. Aschatz says he looks forward to “serving Alinea food to the jaded New Yorker.”

3. Everyone knows that lots of food is wasted, particularly in the U.S. But a new study shows more precisely where that waste occurs. An article in The Atlantic cites the Natural Resources Defense Council, the supply chain has losses at every step but the consumer level has by far the highest. According to the study, a family of four spends an average of $2,000 per year on food that never reaches their mouths.

Food App Review of the Week: myKitchen – Primal Palate

By on Friday, August 24th, 2012

myKitchen – Primal Palate
Primal Palate, LLC
Runs on:
iPhone, Android
Version: 1.0.2

One of the fastest growing specialty diets is the Paleo, which for the uninitiated is essentially eating the types of foods every single person on the planet ate prior to the Agricultural Revolution- meat, vegetables, fruits and nuts and not eating grains, dairy, legumes and beans.

Primal Palate, a food website, has just launched their first app, myKitchen – Primal Palate, for iPhone and Android devices. This app offers over 400 paleo, primal and gluten free recipes. Like the food that this software promotes, the app is devoid of just about all bells and whistles–but that can be a good thing.

Food App Review of the Week: Weber Grills

By on Friday, July 27th, 2012

Weber Grills
Weber-Stephen Products Co.
Runs on:
Version: 1.0

Last summer I wrote a round-up of barbecuing apps that included Weber’s On the Grill. It’s a fantastic app that scored a perfect 5 out of 5 and was worth every penny of the $4.99 price tag. This month, Weber released their second app, Weber Grills… and it’s free!

So what’s the difference between these two apps and does the new one continue the hot streak?

The older app includes over 280 recipes plus 40 rubs, marinades and sauces. It also has over 100 tips and other features. Weber Grills includes 75 recipes and 60 guides, tips and techniques. I’ll get into the details in just a second. As far as following in the shadows of their rookie app, there’s no sophomore slump for Weber. In fact, I think this app, while having a bit less content, improves on an already great experience.

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