Cocktails; mage from MorgueFile

Central’s Week in Brief: May 13, 2011

Every Friday Central brings you stories from the week that you might have missed, but that are definitely worth a look. We’ll feature food news covering everything from the weird to the wonderful in the world of restaurants, schools, the military and more.  It’s our way to help you go into the weekend with a little extra knowledge and maybe even a project or recipe to try out!

Image from MorgueFile1)  Ever think that there just aren’t enough ways to enjoy a cocktail?  Well the answer is now here with gin paper created by executive sous chef Ryan Moore.   The paper is made with a heated mix of cellulose and gin and can be folded, written on and eaten.  Tequila, absinthe and other versions are now in the works.

2)  Speaking of new ways to experience food and drink, how about a new version of the turkey burger?  If you watch the NBC show “Parks and Recreation” you’ll know that a few weeks ago character Ron Swanson (played by Nick Offerman) suggested that a turkey burger was actually made of a fried turkey leg inside a grilled burger.  This single idea has actually inspired to create the concoction and even an appearance for Offerman on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to try out the new mega-burger.

3)  Every year the U.S. Postal Service has a food drive called Stamp Out Hunger.  This year’s drive is tomorrow, Saturday, May 14th.  Just leave a bag of nonperishable food at your mailbox and your mail carrier will pick it up and the food items will be delivered to local food banks.  It is asked that you do not donate items that need refrigeration, expired items or anything in glass containers.   To get more info you can also follow Stamp Out Hunger on Twitter and Facebook.

4)   This week (May 8th-14th) is the 14th annual Food Allergy Awareness Week.   The purpose of this week is to educate on food allergies and to let everyone know that this is a serious, life threatening condition.   The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network has a ton of great downloadable information to teach everyone from elementary age children to your fellow co-worker about just how serious food allergies can be.  Central has also written blogs in our Living with Dietary Restrictions series on Gluten and Dairy allergies.

5)   With all the irrational fears that come along with Friday the 13th  (aka Friggatriskaidekaphobia or Paraskevidekatriaphobia), we’d like to add a few more that are more food related than Jason Voorhees based.  For instance, did you know that in Greece, carrying around garlic will prevent the evil eye (or bad luck) from affecting you.  There’s also the superstition that bringing a banana on a fishing boat will cause a poor catch.  Here’s one more, did you know that you’re not supposed to pass pepper directly to someone when working in the kitchen?  This is supposed to indicate that you will have a disagreement with friends.

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