- Domestic goddess Chrissy Teigen and her singing and acting husband John Legend celebrated the impending birth of their second child at a surprise baby shower over the weekend. Kim Kardashian-West and her Trump-loving rapper husband Kanye West were among the famous people in attendance, and the shindig was catered with burgers, fried chicken sandwiches, and milkshakes from Shake Shack. That’s an excellent choice for baby shower cuisine, but for a party in Los Angeles, one would think West Coast burger icon In-N-Out would be the food choice.
I am crazy super anti baby showers for myself. Opening gifts in front of people makes me want to die. Receiving gifts makes me very uncomfortable because i feel blessed to the max already and I really hate writing thank you cards with my poor penmanship. But people I love trick me with dinner invites and they happen. Thank you to all friends on both coasts, for knowing me exactly. A mellow night of dinner. Cake. And love. That is all I could ever want for a perfect night. ❤️❤️❤️ thank you insanely generous @krisjenner for opening up your home and getting me every carrot cake in the city and @jenatkinhair for knowing exactly how to lure me out of my home and exactly how to make me happy. ALL LOVE!
- Los Angeles-based fancy salad chain Sweetgreen has helped to bring fresh produce to a food dessert by assisting in the revamp of a liquor store into a health food market. “Instead of just writing a check to help her, we wanted to find a way to go deeper and give expertise from our team,” Sweetgreen chief brand officer Nathaniel Ru tells Fast Company. “We’ve been working kind of shoulder to shoulder with [owner Kelli Jackson] trying to make her vision come to life.”
- Starbucks claims it hasn’t lost money in the wake of racially charged arrests and protests at one of its Philadelphia locations. Good for you, Starbucks.
- If you’ve eaten at his restaurants, watched his Netflix series, read his now-defunct periodical, and still need move David Chang in your life, the celebrity chef has a new podcast. Titled The Dave Chang Show, obviously, it’s a collaboration between Chang’s new Majordomo Media company and The Ringer podcast network. Eventually, Chang will use the platform to interview guests on a variety of subjects, but in the early going, episodes will rehash the opening of Majordomo, the chef’s first Los Angeles restaurant.
- On last night’s Billions, two of the main characters were seen eating ortolons, the illegal, tiny songbirds that gourmands consume with napkins over their heads “to shield the act from God’s eyes.”
- A Chef’s Life and Lidia Bastianich picked up daytime Emmy wins on Sunday. A Chef’s Life, the PBS series hosted by Vivian Howard, claimed the award for Outstanding Culinary Program, and Bastianich, who in the past has been accused of wage theft, won in the Outstanding Culinary Host category.
- Some rotten durian caused evacuations at a Melbourne university.
- The Southern Foodways Alliance explains what it means to study food at a historically black college and university.
- Finally, living folk legend Bob Dylan is launching his own line of whiskey. The Heaven’s Door Spirits brand, which is named for Dylan’s 1973 song “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” will produce bourbon, “double-barrel” whiskey, and straight rye. Distilling will take place in an old church in Tennessee.