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‘A Chef’s Life’ Host Vivian Howard Is Selling T-Shirts for Hurricane Relief

Plus, a look inside Aaron Franklin’s steak cookbook, and more food news

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Vivian Howard in her country as cornbread t-shirt
Vivian Howard.
  • Vivian Howard, North Carolina restaurateur and star of A Chef’s Life on PBS, is selling a cute t-shirt to benefit victims of Hurricane Florence in Jones County, North Carolina, reports the Greensboro News & Record. “Jones County was badly battered. The national news didn’t make it there as Jones County is rural with 20 percent of its residents living below the poverty line,” Howard says. “It’s a place that can be easily overlooked. Many of these people didn’t have much before the flood and now they have nothing.” The t-shirt, emblazoned with the words “Country as Cornbread,” is available for $25 on her website, and proceeds go to the North Carolina Community Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund to benefit Jones County residents. In other Vivian Howard news, the hour-long, harvest-themed series finale of A Chef’s Life will air on PBS stations across the country on Monday, October 22 at 9 p.m.
  • Husky lovers, make plans to jaunt over to Thailand. There, you will fine what is being described as the world’s first husky cafe, according to Insider. It looks like the perfect venue to grab a cup of coffee and snuggle with some majestic, wolf-like dogs.
  • Barbecue superstar Aaron Franklin has a steak cookbook coming out soon, and Texas Monthly has a first look inside. The forthcoming book, dubbed Franklin Steak, is scheduled to be published on April 9, 2019, and it’s already available for preorder.
  • Mighty Quinn’s Barbecue, which first opened in New York City in 2012, has become a rapidly growing success story, with 12 locations in New York and New Jersey and another three in Taiwan, the Philippines, and Dubai. Restaurant Business Online examines why the smokehouse chain has been such a big hit.
  • The hot rumor in the world of sandwich cookies is that Oreo is about to launch its creamiest snack yet. The brand is on the verge of debuting “Most Stuf Oreos,” which are “stuffed with nearly triple the amount of creme in a regular Oreo,” according to People.
  • Big-shot New York restaurateur and Shake Shack founder Danny Meyer is throwing a chunk of change at a startup called Goldbelly, reports the Wall Street Journal. Meyer’s private-equity fund is investing $15 million in the upscale, online food marketplace.
  • Before the Syrian civil war began American chefs and cookbook authors were just learning about the flavorful Aleppo pepper. It’s become harder to acquire due to years of fighting, but the New York Times reports that importers are figuring out new ways to get it.
  • Finally, home-cooked dinner dates are going out of style, and Munchies says Tinder is to blame. A combination of “swipe culture,” “fear of IRL interaction,” and “anxiety about entering a stranger’s home” all play a part in the trend.

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