Posts for November 30, 2012

Strange Brew: Dogfish Head Seeks Input For a Grateful Dead-Inspired Beer

It's gonna be one far out beer, man.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione, and many of the folks he employs at his Delaware-based brewery are known to rock out to the Grateful Dead from time to time. And based on the string of far out beers they’ve brewed in homage of artists as diverse as Miles Davis, Pearl Jam, and Del the Funky Homosapien, the cult jam band being the subject of a forthcoming strong American-style pale ale shouldn’t blow anyone’s minds either. But before they get working on it, they’re looking for input from fans for a signature ingredient that ties the ale to the band and its long, strange trippy legacy. Weed, ’shrooms, acid and every other inebriant favored by Deadheads have already been proposed, and ruled out, according to a Dogfish Head rep. So you’ll need to come up with something better that, Captain Trips. Suggestions will be accepted through their website until the end of December.

Earlier: Hip Hops: There’s Going to Be a Special Edition Deltron 3030 Beer

Jose Garces Designs Custom Kicks For Vans

The Garces designed VansPhoto: Courtesy Vans

Mario Batali has his orange rubber clogs, Morimoto has his knives, and Eric Ripert and Anthony Bourdain have their Good & Evil chocolate bar. Not to be outdone, Jose Garces now has his own sneakers. A rep for the Iron Chef tells us he was recently tapped by Vans to design a pair of kicks for its Custom Culture Program, a design competition. The program challenges high school students all across the US to turn its shoes into original works of art to highlight the importance and give a boost to arts education. Each year the shoe makers award $50,000 to one winning student’s school. Garces was chosen as one of the ambassadors for this year’s competition, and he lent his own design skills in the form of a pair of Vans tricked out with Jarritos bottle caps to resemble his Guapos Tacos food truck. The shoes will be shown in the competition’s Grand Championship Finals.

Eric Ripert’s Pulling Out of His Philly Restaurant, Too

Looks like Washington, D.C.’s Westend Bistro at the Ritz-Carlton isn’t the only partnership that Eric Ripert is bringing to an end. The Le Bernardin chef announced today that he’s also bidding adieu to 10 Arts, the restaurant he opened at Philadelphia’s Ritz-Carlton back in 2008, and where his ambitious blonde protégé and Top Chef alum Jen Carroll’s career began its skyward trajectory. According to the Insider, Ripert cites the same reasons he gave for his abrupt D.C. departure for his exit from Philly: Le Bernardin, and a mysterious project related to it. [Insider; Earlier]

Psy Gives His Blessing to Rogue ‘Gangnam Style’ Restaurant

Psy: Increasing the peacePhoto: Patrick McMullan

Soju Town, a stop for Korean bar food in Los Angeles, recently swapped its generic title for one that is so fleeting, it already feels dated. Of course, the restaurant recently renamed itself after Psy's "Gangnam Style," but never actually cleared the idea with Psy himself. Oops. Naturally, TMZ had to consult the singer on the matter, learning that he originally considered suing the place, but soon gave it up, most likely as he's confident his next song is going to be a much bigger hit. Or maybe, like a bow-tied Billy Elliot, he just wants to dance. In any case, "Gangnam Style" the Restaurant officially now exists. [TMZ]

’Tis the Season to Be Totty

Sure beats a lump of coal, doesn't it?

Stephen Starr’s Barclay Prime will start getting into the spirit of the season tomorrow with the launch of its Toys For Tots drive. To help spread the holidays’ jolly, good-time feelings to children in the community whose parents aren’t quite as fortunate as those who can afford to drop a C-Note on a waygu beef and foie gras-laden cheesesteak, the luxe steakhouse on Rittenhouse Square will begin accepting new, unwrapped toys tomorrow. It will continue to serve as a drop-off point for toy donations through December 14. And to prove that good deeds sometimes do go unpunished, BP is offering one complimentary order of its ritzy, housemade tater tots to everyone who brings a toy. Sure beats figgy pudding, huh?

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