- To cap off a year full of fast food attire, Arby’s is giving away “meat sweats” to people who share photos and videos of their favorite meat feasts on social media. These garments are not for sale, but if you want a chance to score some sandwich filling-inspired garments, use #meatsweats on your tweets and ‘grams.
- A bunch of passionate poutine lovers in Quebec insist that the comfort food delicacy is not a Canadian dish, but rather a distinctly Quebecois creation. A self-described “poutinologist” by the name of Nicolas Fabien-Ouellet has written an academic paper on the origins and etymology of this dish and has become a local expert on the subject. “Like Céline Dion, poutine was once mocked and underappreciated in Quebec,” Fabien-Quellet tells the Times. “Now that poutine has become an international superstar, Canadians want to say it is theirs, but it is not.”
- Vegan/paleo/gluten-free frozen food line Daily Harvest just raised $43 million in funding, with backing from Bobby Flay, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Serena Williams. Flay is really leaning into this new venture, telling Fortune: “I’m so impressed with Daily Harvest’s quality and approach to good living and healthful eating that I literally begged the founders to let me invest.”
- Anthony Bourdain was the speaker at the Culinary Institute of America’s graduation ceremony this week:
- A new study shows that eating fast food more than three times a week can lead to “mental distress” especially for people under 30.
- British archeologists have unearthed an “18th century Starbucks” in Cambridge — i.e. a cafe that served coffee, tea, and chocolate. No Frappuccino remnants have been discovered... yet.
- And speaking of Starbucks, the coffee titan just opened its first new cafe in Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria. This new cafe — the 25th on the island — is located on the campus of Ana G. Méndez University in San Juan.
- A new device called the Blitzen will keep a bottle of wine strapped to the roof of your car so that it chills on the way to your destination.
- Dunkin’ Donuts is partnering with the Wormtown Brewery on a beer made with the doughnut chain’s dark roast coffee. This limited edition ale goes on sale tomorrow at the brewery’s HQ in Worcester, Massachusetts.
- A chain by the name of Caliburger is introducing facial recognition kiosks that will allow guests to order food by scanning their faces.
- And finally, the last episode of Mind of a Chef Season 6 is now live on Facebook Watch — it has a “multiverse” theme and features a puppet version of star Danny Bowien.
The basic idea behind the Multiverse Theory is that there are an infinite number of Universes outside our own that follow the same laws of physics but have different configurations. What does this mean? It means that everything you have ever thought, every decision you’ve made or not made, any possibility you’ve dreamt of is, in a parallel reality, happening or has happened. What would have happened if Danny never left Oklahoma, or was not adopted at all? Instead of looking at life as a series of “what ifs,” the lens of the multiverse allows us to see a reality with infinite possibilities and infinite selves. In this, Danny is still an orphan, and is not an orphan, he opens a Chinese bakery, he grows up in Korea, and he is even a puppet. Follow the Mind of a Chef: The Series to stay up-to-date!Posted by Mind of a Chef: The Series on Monday, December 18, 2017