Plus, the Court of Master Sommeliers elects a new board after its sexual harassment scandal, and more news to start your day
The star is also encouraging fans to record musical “Oreograms” for loved ones
Oreo has been on a streak of releasing more flavors and colors than anyone could dream of, releasing everything from birthday cake to chocolate peanut butter pie to carrot cake — and let us never forget the horrors of the fruit punch Oreo. And now, the brand is getting celebrities in on the chaos by teaming up with Lady Gaga for a line of cookies inspired by her album Chromatica. The vanilla-flavored Oreos feature hot pink wafers and neon green cream, and are stamped with images inspired by the album.
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) December 2, 2020
The limited-edition cookies — available in January — are being paired with the “Sing It With Oreo” campaign, which asks fans to record musical messages of kindness on its website to send to loved ones across the country, all for a chance to eventually meet Lady Gaga or go to a concert once it’s safe. Musical messages of kindness in the service of scoring concert tickets amid a pandemic that’s resulting in record hospitalizations and deaths — the American dream.
And in other news…
- Frank Carney, who at 19 co-founded Pizza Hut with his brother, has died at 82. [CBS]
- After the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas suspended seven men over allegations of sexual harassment and abuse, the non-profit has elected a new board. However, internal rules limited who could run, and thus the new board doesn’t appear so different from the old. [NYTimes]
- Chef Rick Bayless has launched a subscriber-only YouTube channel, in an effort to keep some of his staff members employed. [RBO]
- Yelp put a hold on French Laundry’s comments after the page is flooded with people frustrated that politicians like San Francisco mayor London Breed and California governor Gavin Newsom dined in large groups at the restaurant. [Mercury News]
- Masterchef UK contestant Philli Armitage-Mattin, who bills herself as an expert in ‘Asian’ cooking, has apologized for calling Asian street food “dirty.” She says she never meant it in a derogatory manner. [Instagram]
- Mario Lopez and Pauly D are launching cloud restaurants with Grubhub: Mario’s Tortas Lopez and Pauly D’s Italian Subs. [FSR]