- Congratulations to Josh McCown, the National Football League quarterback who casually signed a lucrative contract while waiting in the drive-thru line at fried chicken chain Chick-fil-A. McCown’s deal with the New York Jets will net him $10 million for one year of service. There’s no word on what he ordered to eat, but that payday could cover an awful lot of nuggets.
No better time to sign a deal with @nyjets then waiting on some @ChickfilA— Josh McCown (@JoshMcCown12) March 14, 2018
Photocred: Aiden McCown pic.twitter.com/fy6aNOgQpE
- Remember those wild days around the turn of the decade, when America was in an economic tailspin and the unemployment rate was close to 10 percent? Cash was tight, so digital coupons for businesses such as restaurants and bars became The Thing. Groupon was the biggest purveyor of these online discounts, and its Chicago office was a haven for creative-type millennials in need of a steady paycheck. This is what it was like to work for the company at a time when no one knew what was coming next.
- Mark Crumpacker, the chief marketing officer of Chipotle, is resigning from his position. Crumpaker’s efforts to turn the embattled burrito chain around have not been successful. “We have a very talented marketing team in place and we’ll continue our existing programs while we finalize the plans for a new CMO,” a Chipotle spokesperson tells CNBC.
- The New York Times points out that aquavit, the Scandinavian herbal liquor, is having its moment as a trending beverage.
- A happy couple from Fort Worth, Texas, just tied the knot at a White Castle restaurant in Las Vegas. There were sliders and chicken rings to celebrate the occasion, and the wedding cake took the form of a giant version of a tiny White Castle burger.
- Asian carp is an invasive species plaguing the Mississippi river, so a chef has decided to take care of the problem by cooking and eating the fish.
- The Backstreet Boys, who had a blood feud with rival boy band N*Sync over pop supremacy in the late 1990s and early 2000s, are looking into launching a tequila brand. This, despite the fact that Backstreeters A.J. McLean and Nick Carter have both had issues with alcohol. The venture sounds like it ain’t nothing but a mistake.
- Trappist monks from the Abbey of Saint Sixtus of Westvleteren in the Netherlands are upset with a Dutch supermarket chain that is upcharging their beer. Jan Linders is selling the ale for 9.95 euros ($12.30) per bottle, roughly 500 percent higher than the price the monks charged for their brew.
- Antoni Porowski, the Queer Eye food expert who does know how to cook, thank you very much, is owning the haters with this tweet on his birthday.
Thanks for the wishes!! Plz send avo baskets, elementary how-to cookbooks and corgi puppies to my manager. Love you all ❤️❤️❤️— Antoni Porowski (@antoni) March 14, 2018
- All-things-ramen documentary Ramen Heads premieres this week in America, but the New York Times isn’t impressed. “[T]he interviews aren’t as insightful, and the narration often delivers odd pronouncements via subtitle,” reads the Times’s review. “In the first moments it is said that ramen imparts ‘a feeling like the warm, glowing memory of a lover.’ Another scene shows a restaurant where ‘patrons engage deeply with their bowls,’ while a late segment proclaims that the taste of certain dishes ‘feels nostalgic, even if the memories are not our own.’ All of that can be a lot to chew on.”
- The (former) Most Interesting Man in the World is bummed that he no longer represents Dos Equis in the Mexican beer’s television ads. And, it turns out he doesn’t always drink beer because he mostly drinks tequila.
- Restaurant pros share their secrets for the fastest ways to chill wine. Keep this in mind the next time you have a room-temperature bottle and guests arriving at any minute.
- Big restaurant brands have been having a good time online by trash-talking each other with petty tweets. Consumers may be growing weary of this marketing tactic, which is now being compared to the strategies of blowhard politicians.
- Worker advocates are protesting Wendy’s over how the square burger chain handles sexual harassment claims.
- An upscale pot shop called MedMen has become California’s preeminent dispensary now that recreational marijuana is legal in the state. With expansion plans in the works, could this operation become the Starbucks of weed?
- George Clooney, hawker of Nespresso coffee machines, is this true?
Coffee trivia: George Clooney says that most of the money he earns from Nespresso ads goes to fund the operation of a satellite tracking the movements of Sudanese dictator Omar al-Bashir.— Corey Mintz (@coreymintz) March 15, 2018
- Finally, anyone looking for a beverage that is not only clear, but also has the mouthfeel of yogurt, can now find such a concoction in Japan.