Posts for December 17, 2012

Game of Thrones Is Getting Its Own Craft Beer

Ale for what ails you.

Winter is coming, sure, but at the end of that, it'll thaw a bit and you'll be able to sip some cool, Belgian-style, Game of Thrones–branded beer. The Cooperstown, New York, brewery Ommegang will roll out its Westeros-inspired Iron Throne Blonde Ale, the New York Times reports, on March 31, to coincide with the HBO show's season-three premiere. And if you're not feeling King Joffrey in that actual Game of Thrones throne, don't worry: There are, em, three more official George R. R. Martin–approved brews in the pipeline. Now where is Tom Colicchio with some slow-roasted venison haunch when you need him the most? Best pairing ever. [NYT, Earlier]

A Full Plate Closes; Cedar Point Bar & Kitchen Coming Soon

A Full Plate on Liberties WalkPhoto: A Full Plate

A Full Plate, the cafe and catering operation that was doing its thing on Liberties Walk back when neighboring Piazza at Schmidt’s and its restaurants and businesses were just a glimmer in in developer Bart Blatstein’s eye, called it quits after service on Sunday. But fear not, the Insider reports that owners Shannon Dougherty and Liz Petersen are getting their next venture ready to open. That will be Cedar Point Bar & Kitchen, which promises to have 16 taps and comfort-y grub described as “70s housewife.” It will seat roughly 50 patrons, and will come to life across from Loco Pez at the six-spoked intersection where East Norris Street collides with Susquehanna Avenue., and Cedar Street. The opening is slated for the second week of January. [Insider]

The Cambridge ‘Showed Potential’; Dandelion’s Croquettes Are ‘Perfect For Snacking’

• Looks, drinks, location and “even the appealing ideas on the menu” makes it seem like “everything is in place” at South Street’s The Cambridge, but Inky critic Craig LaBan finds “frustration” in the amount of attention paid to “what lands on the plate.” Some dishes like the beef short rib-laced mac-and-cheese, pierogies, and pork belly “showed potential,” but ambition is lost in careless execution, amounting to a lot of “food that's burned or heavy and dark with fryer grease.” [Inquirer]

• Adam Erace gives Starr’s Brit-ish pub Dandelion a go, and reports back that we’re “lucky to have” native Brit Robert Aikens heading the kitchen there. He says that the chef’s cod, peekytoe crab and potato croquettes are “perfect for snacking,” and that his duck-and-foie gras terrine gives a lot of bang for your buck. But it’s the fish and chips that are “hard not to zero in on.” The “meaty flavor” derived from cooking the chips in tallow (beef fat) makes them so good “you wouldn’t dare call ’em fries.” [Courier-Post]

Vetri’s Adam Leonti Lands a Spot on Forbes ‘30 Under 30’ List

Congratulations are in order for Adam Leonti. The Chef de Cuisine at Marc Vetri’s celebrated namesake, who often posts drool-worthy pics of the kitchen’s always stunning output from the Twitter handle VetriCucina, is one of chefs that Forbes listed on its annual “30 Under 30: Food & Wine” list. He’s joined by the likes of Foodspotting co-founder Alexa Andrzejewski, Modernist Cuisine researcher Scott Heimendinger, and Village Voice restaurant critic Tejal Rao. [Forbes]

YOLO’s Brief Run Comes to an End

YOLO

If you truly only live once, here’s hoping you get a few more miles in your run than YOLO, the acronymic coffee shop and brunch spot that replaced Odd Fellows Cafe at 12th and Spruce Streets. It lasted only three months. Foobooz reports that the shop’s windows are now papered up, and that rumors have another cafe operator consulting on what will ultimately open there next. We’re guessing this time around, more thought will be put into the name. [Foobooz]

Raw-Milk Enthusiasts Sue FDA for Ignoring Requests to Legalize It

Spoiled.

Food Safety News reports that Organic Pastures, the nation’s largest raw-milk dairy, is suing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for ignoring its request to change the 1987 law banning the sale of raw milk across state lines. The raw-milk cult sure is feisty: It's endured armed raids, paranoia, jail time, and diarrhea. Raw milk is legal in 30 states that include California, Arizona, Maine, New Hampshire, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Utah, and it's explicitly banned in twenty states. Organic Pastures farmer Mark McAfee, who’s basically the food world’s L. Ron Hubbard, wants to legalize interstate commerce of raw milk between states in which the FDA already allows it to be produced and sold. It boils down to this problem: Demand is high for raw milk in Arizona, but the state only has two raw-milk dairies. McAfee wants to send a shipment of raw milk from California, where it’s so ubiquitous that it’s sold in retail chains.

But raw milk could be fatal. »

Lunch Lady Who Fed Hungry Kid Gets Her Job Back

Dianne Brame, the Missouri elementary-school lunch lady who was allegedly fired from her job last week because she gave a fourth-grade boy two months' worth of free lunches, is now back on the job, KSDK reports. Brame told the television news station she had been confronted by Chartwells, the food-service company that has a cafeteria contract with the school district, after her co-worker reported that she had been giving away free food. Brame acknowledged breaking the rules but said she was just trying to prevent other students from bullying the unnamed boy, whose enrollment in the school's program had lapsed. Chartwells tells the TV station that Brame hadn't been fired and she was back on the job at Hudson Elementary School, adding in a statement that the company was "pleased to have resolved this misunderstanding." [KSDK, Earlier]

Domino’s Founder Sues Government Over Mandatory Contraceptive Rule

MonaghanPhoto: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Tom Monaghan, the 75-year-old Domino's founder who supplemented his pizza empire by establishing a number of conservative and Catholic-affiliated organizations, is now suing the federal government for requiring his company to provide mandatory contraceptive coverage for employees at Domino's Farms Corporation, an office space complex in Michigan. Lawyers from the Thomas More Law Center, a nonprofit that "defends and promotes America’s Judeo-Christian heritage and moral values, including the religious freedom of Christians, time-honored family values, and the sanctity of human life," filed the 40-page lawsuit in Michigan Federal District Court on Friday.

"The Government forces Christians to choose between violating their religious beliefs and violating the law." »

Heartless Jerks Ripped Off Chestnut Hill Cheese Shop’s Toys For Tots Collection Bin

Chestnut Hill Cheese Shop

For the past 20 or so holiday seasons Dan Weiss, owner of the Chestnut Hill Cheese Shop, has kept a bin outside his store for neighbors, customers and passersby to drop off donations for Toys For Tots. In two-plus decades he’s done so without incident. Until last week, according to the Inky. That’s when some heartless spoilsport skipped off with the entire haul. Weiss is reportedly shocked by the theft. Honestly, we’re shocked that the noble and selfless effort on the cheesemonger’s part has never been sidelined by greedy jerks until this point. [Inquirer]

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