At last, some of our photos from the 200 CRFA Show held March 8-10 in Toronto.
(just click on any of the images above to see the full photo set over on Flickr)
Writing Newsbite is occasionally challenging, because it operates in a kind of “in between” space — I know a lot about the industry, but I’m not *in* it, and I’m no more qualified to write about how to make a good curry than I am to write about string theory. Except to note that I’m pretty sure you can’t cook string theory.
There are, blessedly, many others who do bang-up jobs blogging about food, and you can read — and vote for — some of the best in this year’s Food Blog Awards. For the most part these aren’t really industry/restaurant blogs, but they’re still pretty darned tasty, I can promise you that.
According to Ipsos Reid, one third (32%) of adult Canadians plan to watch or listen to the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama on Tuesday. That’s more than 7.5 million of us tuning in tomorrow at lunch.
Which has me wondering: what’s for lunch?
Here at the office it’ll be people-pleasin’ pizza pie.
Down in Washington, things are understandably a tidge more formal. Serious Eats reports:
After Barack Obama takes the presidential oath of office tomorrow, he will be escorted to Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol for a three-course luncheon: seafood stew followed by pheasant and duck (with sour cherry chutney and molasses sweet potatoes) and apple cinnamon sponge cake for dessert, each paired with a wine.
What about you? Take-out food so you can watch the ceremonies on your PC? Recession-busting leftovers? Let us know!
As promised, more on Roger Mooking!
Our media release says this:
Whether in the kitchen, the recording studio or on-stage at the CRFA Show, Roger Mooking makes it sizzle. A third-generation restaurateur, Mooking trained at George Brown College and Epic at the Fairmont Royal York, and is now co-owner and Executive Chef at Toronto’s cutting-edge Kultura and Nyood restaurants. In addition to his restaurants, Mooking hosts “Everyday Exotic,” a popular program on Canada’s Food Network, and recently released his debut album, “Soul Food.”
But to get a real sense of Roger’s passion and excitement about food, you need to see in him action.
A couple of caveats (those are warnings, not Neanderthal snacks): I had some difficulty getting the videos to play properly in Firefox — you’ll likely have better success viewing in IE. The spots also have short 30-second ads. but it’s worth the wait for the actual vids. Truly!
Several years ago, a friend of mine introduced me to the term “desperation chicken.”
That’s the pre-cooked/roasted whole chicken that you pick up at from the deli counter at the grocery store, because it’s already 7:30 p.m. and there is no way in Hollandaise sauce you are going to go home and make a whole dinner from scratch.
Undoubtedly my friend — who is truly a connoisseur of “you opened it, you made it” cooking — would agree with the 55% of consumers recently surveyed by Technomic who believe that “retailer-prepared foods have greatly improved over the past three years.”
Technomic’s report, which was released today, also found that:
It’s worth noting that this study was conducted in the U.S. and so may not reflect the habits and preferences of Canadian consumers. According to NPD Group‘s NET Canada survey, only 2% of all Canadian meals are of the ready-to-eat variety, purchased from a grocery store and eaten at home. As shown in the 2008 edition of CRFA’s Foodservice Facts, the vast majority of meals in Canada (67%) are prepared and eaten at home, and only one in ten meals is eaten at a restaurant, or purchased from a restaurant and eaten at home: