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Fyre Fest fiasco: Bahamas party lives, dies on social media

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 21:10:42 UT

[...] it's been a sudden and ugly death for the ill-fated Fyre Festival, a multiday music, art and culture party that promised "an invitation to let loose and unplug with the likeminded" on the Bahamian island of Exuma. The festival's rise and fall has played out in real time on YouTube and filtered through Facebook, where would-be party goers are putting their anger on display. Instead of photos of boozy good times, people have posted pictures of rows of white tents that look like "Stormtrooper helmets," blue port-a-potties near half-constructed plywood structures and limp, lifeless cheese sandwiches. People decried the festival accommodations as being like a "disaster tent city" and a "refugee camp." "Hundreds of visitors to Exuma were met with total disorganization and chaos," the tourism office wrote in a statement to the media. Wild, docile pigs lived on the beach and swam in the warm water, perfect props for a killer Instagram selfie. The festival website promised a treasure hunt of "exceptional proportions," with more than $1 million in riches to be found on a private island. The island's hotels were already booked months in advance for a well-known regatta, wrote Robert Carron, owner of the Bahamas Tribune newspaper. Word got out via social media that organizers said "circumstances out of our control" prevented them from preparing the "physical infrastructure" necessary for the event on the largely undeveloped island.

Seattle's best sushi, according to Yelpers

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:01:55 UT

With our position on the Pacific Rim, our rich seafood offerings and our inheritance of one of the world's most legendary sushi chefs, Seattle is poised to offer some pretty great Japanese food.

From a Syrian kitchen to TV CEO: an entrepreneur's story

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:26:31 UT

Here, she creates Arabic-language recipe videos, cooking food ranging from Middle Eastern specialties to all-around favorites like brownies and ice cream. Adi is the founder and CEO of Basmaty World , an Arabic-language cooking channel on YouTube that she is transforming into a network that brings cooks from across the region under one brand. Adi's videos take hard work behind the scenes, including collaborating with brands for recipe creation and product placement. Adi says she has saved thousands of dollars in licensing fees and other government-related costs for her business thanks to help from In5, a government-backed incubator that assists entrepreneurs. In5 also offers Dubai-based entrepreneurs access to work space, training and mentorship programs, networking events and investors.

Germ in raw milk, poultry now tops food poisoning list

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 23:12:11 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. government's latest report card on food poisoning suggests that a germ commonly linked to raw milk and poultry is surpassing salmonella at the top of the culprit list. The report counts cases in only 10 states for nine of the most common causes of foodborne illness, but is believed to be a good indicator of national food poisoning trends. [...] no. The CDC estimates that 1 in 6 Americans get sick from contaminated food each year, though most cases are not reported. According to a U.S. government report, leafy greens like lettuce and spinach are the biggest source of food poisoning, and produce, in general, accounted for nearly half of all illnesses.

Sarah Michelle Gellar still has awesome skills with a skewer

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 22:58:29 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — As a vampire slayer, Sarah Michelle Gellar learned the value of an old-fashioned wooden stake. Gellar skewers all kinds of things in her new cookbook, "Stirring Up Fun with Food ," making appetizing-looking chicken fingers, fondues, fruit slices, sliders, cake pops and even a Caesar salad. The former star of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" also embraces muffin tins, cookie cutters, jars and some nifty knife work — all part of her effort to get kids to eat their veggies and try new flavors. In their book, mashed potatoes are put in shot glasses, bat-shaped mozzarella is baked for Halloween and chili is spooned into mason jars. Cooking, she said, teaches gross motor skills, math, science and vocabulary. Karen Murgolo, who worked on the book as editorial director of the Grand Central Life & Style imprint, said she was impressed by Gellar's creativity and concern for portion control, nutrition and creating food for people on the go. Gellar's interest in better ingredients and sustainable food policies has led her, Galit Laibow and Greg Fleishman to start their own business, Foodstirs, a non-GMO line of baking mixes free of artificial preservatives, flavors and colors that's ethically sourced.

Starbucks calls shifting-color drink a "Unicorn Frappuccino"

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 17:13:30 UT

The chain says the drink was inspired by the trend of unicorn-themed food online and starts out purple with a sweet and fruity taste. Earlier this month, Seattle-based Starbucks also introduced a "Pink Drink" made with coconut milk and topped with strawberries.

Indiana farmers fight food insecurity

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 19:56:31 UT

(AP) — Urban and rural farms in Indiana are working to provide more opportunities for residents to get fresh, nutritious and local produce. In 2016, Lawler and his wife Amanda switched their commercial farm into a nonprofit focused on food insecurity. Local food distribution often falls within two extremes: trendy high-end food markets and donated emergency food banks said Flanner House food justice coordinator Mat Davis. Though Indiana was ranked among the most productive farming states in 2015 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the department reported almost 15 percent of Indiana households were food insecure between 2013 and 2015, meaning they had limited access to nutritionally adequate food.

Memorial services Saturday for David Letterman's mom

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 13:40:40 UT

Mengering became an unlikely celebrity in her 70s, baking mystery pies and covering the Olympics for her son's "Late Show" on CBS. [...] Presbyterian Church says visitation will be 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the church on the city's north side, with a memorial service at 1 p.m. A graveside service will be private.

Don't believe everything you hear about pesticides on fruits and vegetables

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 01:38:16 UT

Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help lower calorie intake; reduce risks for heart disease, obesity and Type 2 diabetes; and protect against certain cancers. [...] while a list like the Dirty Dozen may attract attention from concerned consumers, it doesn’t use the same rigorous methods for measuring risk that food scientists typically do. A report by the World Health Organization and United Nations found that the Dirty Dozen results in negative consumer perceptions about fruits and vegetables, which goes against dietary advice to eat more of them. The USDA has consistently emphasized that “based on the PDP data, consumers can feel confident about eating a diet that is rich in fresh fruits and vegetables.” Because the USDA doesn’t test every food every year, the EWG says that it generally uses the most recent sampling period for each food. The EWG merely relies on the USDA data and scores risk simply by whether pesticide residues can be measured. [...] the EWG errs by considering any and all pesticides as equally toxic, rather than relating detected pesticide residues to known safety standards. [...] it determines the highest dosage at which there is no observable adverse effect. [...] according to the Food Quality Protection Act, the EPA must determine that a pesticide poses “a reasonable certainty of no harm” before it can be registered for use on food or feed. Since analytical instruments are able to pick up increasingly smaller concentrations, many crops have detectable residues yet no significant risk. [...] the overwhelming understanding within the scientific community is that any risk assessment carries some level of uncertainty. [...] a huge body of peer-reviewed research shows the positive benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, including conventionally grown produce.

The Latest: Family and friends pack service for Chuck Berry

Sun, 9 Apr 2017 20:45:00 UT

Music legend Chuck Berry was remembered by friends and fellow musicians at his funeral Sunday. Simmons said Berry had a tremendous influence on him as a musician, and he worked to break down racial barriers through his music. A private funeral service and celebration for music legend Chuck Berry has begun, with mourners slowly walking past his open casket. Family and friends of the rock 'n' roll legend have filled the St. Louis music club where Sunday's private service is being held. Fans young and old are filing into a St. Louis music club to pay their final respects to rock 'n' roll legend Chuck Berry, who died last month at age 90. The musician behind hits such as Johnny B. Goode, ''Sweet Little Sixteen and Roll Over Beethoven had a profound influence on rock 'n' roll, from garage bands to stadium acts such as the Beatles and The Rolling Stones. The musician behind hits such as Johnny B. Goode, ''Sweet Little Sixteen and Roll Over Beethoven had a profound influence on rock 'n' roll, from garage bands to stadium acts such as the Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

Colorado coal country turns to solar energy, organic farming

Sat, 8 Apr 2017 06:01:00 UT

(AP) — To see the worst of the coal slump in Colorado, look no further than the state's North Fork Valley. Since 2013, two out of three mines have closed around Paonia. Jim Ventrello, the Delta County School District's financial officer, said there's a fundamental belief that a coal industry revival isn't going to save the region. SEI has also launched efforts to retrain coal workers, although SEI Director of Operations Kris Sutton said the effort has been slow going in the short term: If coal miners here want to pursue solar jobs. Delta County School District, which runs the region's technical college, purchased a 22,000 square foot building that will eventually house classrooms, a commercial kitchen and a warehouse. Entrepreneurs could get classes, marketing assistance and a space that helps them create food products out of regional produce from the valley, including organic foods, Ventrello said. In its economic blueprint, the county's economic development group plans to beef up its Gunnison Riverfront property with more access points for water sports, trails and picnic areas. Meantime, regional economic development leaders like Tom Huerkamp are eyeing the region's shuttered mines and seeing another economic opportunity: generating power from methane that naturally vents from shuttered underground mines. In addition to the state, Delta County Economic Development Inc. also plans to apply for grant money for its incubator with the U.S. Economic Development Administration, an agency Trump sought to eliminate in his budget. In a purple state like Colorado, economic development officials in conservative Delta County are mindful that economic salvation won't come from one side of the political spectrum.

Rappers becoming fixtures on food scene

Thu, 6 Apr 2017 14:37:35 UT

Wearing black shades, his dreads in a ponytail, the pioneering rapper rushed off the cooking stage and emerged 20 minutes later at a nearby beachside DJ booth, also part of the recent South Beach Wine & Food Festival, spinning tunes, including many of his own, while a stagehand passed out joints to the sweaty, enthusiastic crowd. Snoop may seem an unlikely guest for a festival where high-brow foodies come for $500-a-plate dinners to mingle with chefs like Jose Andres and Daniel Boulud, but it's emblematic of the widening intersection between food and music that Snoop and other rappers and hip-hop stars are capitalizing on, where unlikely pairings form shows like VH1's "Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party" and rappers like 2 Chainz drop cookbooks along with their albums. Mobb Deep rapper Prodigy, who served time in prison, recently came out with the cookbook "commissary kitchen: my infamous prison cookbook," which includes a recipe that mixes Ramen noodles and Doritos. The rapper, whose first album included tracks titled Jerk Chicken, ''Shiraz and Brunch, went to culinary school for a year before dropping out and pursuing music. In an episode of his profanely titled Viceland show, he prepares chicken cutlets with a sesame panko crust that he serves with Mexican chocolate sauce, ice cream, flambeed Hennessey bananas and torched marshmallows, calling it "a fat guy sandwich." R&B singer Kelis, whose music intersected with hip-hop and is perhaps best known for Milkshake, went to Le Cordon Bleu after hitting the charts, leading to a cookbook, a pop-up restaurant in London and an album titled Food, with songs like Jerk Ribs, ''Cobbler and Biscuits n' Gravy.

Vermont holds organics recycling summit

Thu, 6 Apr 2017 12:16:46 UT

(AP) — The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources is sponsoring a statewide forum on recycling food waste and other organic materials. The next phase is food scraps, which will be banned from the landfill in 2020, starting with large-scale generators required to divert food scraps this summer.

Organic dairy company plans $90 million plant in Columbia

Wed, 5 Apr 2017 19:38:58 UT

(AP) — A Colorado company that produces organic milk and butter is confirming that it plans to build a plant in northeast Columbia, which would eventually create 150 new jobs. Aurora Organic Dairy and the Department of Economic Development announced Tuesday that the Platteville, Colorado-based company will build a $90 million plant.

Review: 'The Lost Order' by Steve Berry is gripping story

Tue, 4 Apr 2017 15:14:11 UT

Before the Civil War, an organization known as the Knights of the Golden Circle worked behind the scenes to try and establish a separate country. In the present, former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone is recruited to go on a treasure hunt to find the missing loot, assuming the vast treasure even exists. What Malone doesn't realize is that the group, considered defunct, is still in operation, and protections are in place to insure the treasure is never found.