Gifts for the Person Who Knows Food Is Always in Style

Your most stylish friend could certainly use a mushroom shirt or burrata hat. | Eater

The coolest restaurant merch and food fashion to give this year

Whether they’re a devoted regular of a local dive, or they simply enjoy showing their general enthusiasm for foods like shrimp and dumplings, some people just can’t stop wearing their love for food on their sleeves. Luckily, merch options abound for restaurant lovers, and home cooks can take their pick of jewelry, clothes, and accessories emblazoned with the ingredient they identify with most. Plus, if the past few years has taught us anything, it’s that if you love a food brand, there is guaranteed to be a capsule collection of bomber jackets in the not-so-distant future.

For the loved ones in your life who would dress in head-to-toe cheese print if they could, let us help you find their dream gourmand garment. From croissant … Read more

Experts create models to assess Listeria risks in some foods

Scientists have developed formal risk assessment models for Listeria monocytogenes in certain foods.

The models need to be tested and reviewed before being made public, said experts at a meeting organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

Findings come from a Joint FAO/WHO Expert Meeting on Microbial Risk Assessment (JEMRA) of Listeria monocytogenes in foods in October. The focus was on leafy greens, frozen vegetables, cantaloupe, and ready-to-eat (RTE) seafood. A summary has been released but a full report will be published later as part of the FAO and WHO Microbiological Risk Assessment (MRA) series.

Outbreaks of listeriosis continue to occur globally, with some linked to previously unreported food vehicles, such as leafy greens, melons, frozen vegetables, and ready-to-eat fish.

Data needed for models

Following recommendations from JEMRA in 2021, Codex — an organization that determines international food safety … Read more

Let’s Talk About the WTF Ending of ‘The Menu’

Ralph Fiennes and Hong Chau in a scene from “The Menu.” | © 2022 20th Century Studios All Rights Reserved.

Spoilers ahead for one of the wildest movie endings I’ve ever seen

As The Menu, director Mark Mylod’s chilling send-up of the world of exclusive fine dining, hurtled toward its dramatic ending, something in my brain broke. After almost two hours of being completely terrified — Ralph Fiennes is cold and chilling as chef Julian Slowik, an egomaniac driven to violence by his obsession with culinary perfection at his restaurant Hawthorne — I started laughing uncontrollably. (Note: Major spoilers for the ending ahead.)

Finally, after torturing his guests and letting the woman he sexually harassed stab him in the leg, chef Julian’s vision becomes painfully funny. As his diners watch on in horror, kitchen staffers artfully scatter the restaurant’s dining room with graham cracker crumbs and various sauces. And … Read more

Letter From The Editor: New Products

Sometime during the pandemic, I found myself at the Apple store in Austin. I needed a replacement for my MacBook Air and nice lady helping me suggested I add a $400 Apple watch to my purchase.

“Why would I need a watch,” I asked. Little did I know then about the watch that I’ve come to rely on for checking my heart, logging my exercise and sending my calls to voice mail. How did I live without an Apple watch?

What I never saw before that day in Austin was any hype about the Apple watch. I am both pretty immune and pretty resistant to hype. All those Apple projects in the Steve Jobs era were not sold to us on hype but on their actual performance in the marketplace. They filled needs we did not know we had.

Food Safety News gets a contstant stream of new product pitches. … Read more

Target’s Latest Collaboration Brings British Christmas to America

Now you can pick up some British Christmas ephemera at Target. | Marks & Spencer

The holiday pop-up collection of the year, explained

Target, the big-box retailer, is selling a 15-item collection of Christmas food novelties from Marks & Spencer, my all-time favo(u)rite British grocery store. The lineup, available in shops and online, is heavy on collector’s tins, including one that’s a music box and one shaped like a double-decker bus. If you, for some reason, are sick of your Christmas biscuit tins not doubling as light-up home decor, rest easy — prayers answered. For anyone else wondering why Target is importing a holiday collection from a British grocery store, let me explain.

Here is what you must know about British supermarket chains: Unlike in the U.S., where beloved regional stores have largely been consolidated into a handful of monopolies that have retained local branding, resulting in a kind of … Read more