Eat the Week: Cheese Slandered on Home Court, Students Granted Wings Back, Soul Daddy Refuses to Take a Seat, and the Mysterious Case of the Mistaken KKK Costume
- Yes, cheese clogs arteries and whispers seductively in your ear at all hours of the sleepless night, but the state of Wisconsin has put too much love and care and border-to-border costumery into their production, perfection, and consumption of cheese to be done so dirty by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. PCRM erected an anti-cheese billboard in Green Bay Tuesday that defames curd in all its forms by featuring the Grim Reaper donning Milwaukee’s iconic, three-cornered, foam cheesehead hat beside a football-themed health advisory. Foamation Inc. had a word with (read as “legally threatened”) the Pennsylvania billboard company, and the offending skullwear was promptly blacked out.
- Not sure about you, but whenever we hear the word “listeria” our brains jump right to “tepid water” and “hot dogs,” but it shouldn’t be so. Contaminated cantaloupes have stolen the spotlight as of late, killing as many as 16 across 18 states and sickening at least 72, in what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is calling this country’s worst food-borne bacterial outbreak in a decade. The CDC said Wednesday that the number of infections will rise, due to the extended dormancy stage of listeriosis, and advised consumers to throw away any cantaloupes purchased if they can’t inarguably identify the fruit as one grown by a source other than Colorado’s Jensen Farms — the outbreak’s originator.
- Thank your lucky stars, college kids. The mean, evil administrators of the University of New Hampshire won’t be taking away your precious petroleum: that taste-eliminating, bender-facilitating, liquid Shock-Tart known as Red Bull. Beginning Monday, it disappeared from campus vending sites for a whopping four days, along with three other energy drinks, after UNH got the darndest hunch that the beverages contributed to binge drinking amongst students. What could’ve given them that idea? Turns out the hunch was totally off — because students were shown to only buy single cans at a time. They must not be chugging liquor, after all.
- Not chugging liquor is something very few people knew anything about in the ‘20s. Booze was constitutionally banned, but that didn’t stop boot-flasks from being invented and widely wielded. The Eighteenth Amendment and thirteen-year Noble Experiment receives the Ken Burns treatment this week, documented in a three-part series appropriately titled Prohibition, airing on PBS October 2, 3, and 4. Check out some previews on Eater.
- This guy again. Mostly failed yet hugely tenacious entrepreneur, America’s Next Great Restaurant victor, and Soul Daddy founder Jamawn Woods absolutely will not let a financial-flop threepeat dictate his fate. Woods told StarTribune Tuesday he’s taking his out-of-court settlement money from ANGR Holdings — former owner of Soul Daddy — and the eatery’s name back to Detroit to play a hand in his hometown. Maybe folks there will think the food’s good.
- Isn’t it so irritating when your pizza-delivery drivers get in fender-benders as a direct result of constantly striving to race ahead of the looming cloud of potential unemployment cast upon their psyches by your business model’s prioritization of speed? Boy, does California’s insurance brokerage EPIC Programs Group has a solution for you! As of Wednesday, SLICE — the “Safety, Loss Control, Insurance, Coverage, Expertise” policy program — is available across 40 states to pizza-joint owners concerned about the fiscal liabilities associated with hiring people to do stuff speedily.
- On September 28, deal dynamo Groupon went the retention route and started offering repeat-business rewards on behalf of participating merchants seeking to secure customer loyalty. So, now, businesses that offer Groupons can annex follow-up Groupons contingent on a customer’s further spending. Kind of like a carrot on a string in front of a bigger, tastier carrot.
- In another censorship kerfuffle this week, Ice Cream Family Corner and Sandwiches in Ocala, FL, was finally coerced by neighborhood complaints and Facebook rumors to stop advertising their shop with “a Klansman.” The owners and everyone with unimpaired eyes contest that their curbside mascot dons an ice-cream cone suit, which he most incontrovertibly does. Oh, well. Just another family-run business bound to go under, all thanks to a clunky name and the vicious bitch-slap of everyone’s beloved community street-watch.
- Brewpub staple Dogfish Head and search-engine emperor, Google, have stitched together a dark, Belgian-style monster — a cross-continental Dubbel named URKontinent — probably in homage to Google’s pangaeaic contribution to the meshing of global consciousness. This draft-only ale, sitting a short stint at the Dogfish Head Brewery in Delaware and flowing this week in Denver at the Great American Beer Festival, melds such diverse flavors as the floral African green rooibos, the chocolate nuttiness of Australian wattleseed, and the sweet wash of Californian honey.
- NPR reports on the recent hit taken by peanut farmers and peanut butter manufacturers, drought, disease, and crop shortage that will surely be affecting the public very soon in the form of a price hike. Untimely, seeing as peanut consumption tends to rise in times of economic strain. Even Trader Joe’s has gone so far as to temporarily pull their own organic butter from the shelves. You know what this means? Start stocking up on lentils, people.