- Meredith Corp, the media powerhouse behind Better Homes & Gardens and Martha Stewart Living, is pursuing a takeover of Time Inc., the company that publishes Food & Wine and Cooking Light. The acquisition would mean that Meredith would own several of the top competing food mags and recipe hubs, including both All Recipes and My Recipes. The New York Times notes that the Koch brothers reportedly raised more than $500 million in financing for the company’s potential takeover, although two of Meredith’s executives are denying that negotiations are underway. Stay tuned for any new details on this potential acquisition as they become available.
- Bobby Flay is bringing his casual chain Bobby’s Burger Palace to the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport next year. At this burger bar, customers can get chips crammed inside any burger — or “crunchified” in Flay parlance — for no extra charge.
- Several months ago, a high school teacher in Waco, TX by the name of James Yasko promised his students that if the Astros won the World Series, he’d treat them to a pizza party. Yasko kept his word, and after tweeting a photo of his pizza order, Astros infielder Tyler White reached out on to inquire-about covering the cost of the party:
Got venmo?— Tyler White (@twhite409) November 10, 2017
True to his promise, Yasko got a $60 Venmo payment from White shortly after tweeting about the pizza.
- Uproxx writer Robby Kalland used an all-you-can-eat deal at Chick-fil-A to consume an unthinkable 82 nuggets in one sitting. His post-meal takeaway: “Was it worth it? Probably not. How could it be? I wrecked my body with absolutely no reward. I certainly wouldn’t suggest anyone try it. If you find a local Chick-fil-A doing all you can eat nugget night, enjoy it. Take your time and eat a reasonable number of nuggets, get your money’s worth, and leave.”
- And speaking of Chick-fil-A, the team at a Georgia location of the chain is offering free food for one year to anyone who can identify the person who stole a catering van over the weekend.
- Like many young chefs of his generation, Danny Bowien is obsessed with SoulCycle. But unlike his colleagues, Bowien is actually sponsored by the fitness brand. “The only people that really hate on it are my male friends,” Danny tells GQ. “And I like doing stuff that people are like, ‘Why do you do that?’” Bowien is the new star of Mind of a Chef Season 6, which is now streaming on Facebook Watch.
- British bakery chain Greggs recently issued an apology for replacing Jesus with a sausage roll in a promotional nativity scene.
- Oregon State congressman Earl Blumenauer is drafting a new version of the farm bill that aims to support more small businesses as opposed to industrial farming operations. Civil Eats notes: “If passed, the Act would implement many of the food-policy reforms that sustainable agriculture policy advocates have long supported.”
- Carl’s Jr. is gearing up to open its first location in Manhattan.
- Canadian Tennis star Genie Bouchard loves putting soy sauce on pizza, but Twitter is not feeling this snack strategy.
- And finally, it appears that Mario Batali makes a memorable cameo in the new book Crazy Rich Girlfriend:
This @Mariobatali cameo in @kevinkwanbooks's "Crazy Rich Girlfriend" pic.twitter.com/Wc33p4RXFy— Doris N. Truong (@DorisTruong) November 15, 2017