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!
1) Just in time for Father’s Day (next Sunday, June 19) comes Barbecue scented cologne, by Pork Barrel BBQ. If your dad, grandfather, husband etc. would love to smell like smoked meat without actually having to fire up the grill, this item can be purchased for $24.95 including shipping. If you think he’d rather eat the BBQ, check out our recipe below and keep an eye out for Central’s upcoming grilling guide.
2) MIT has been hard at work lately working on a robot named PR2. What does this have to do with the food industry? Well, PR2 may be the next in a line of robots coming in to the food industry following robot waiters and cooks. Currently, this particular robot is training on how to make chocolate chip cookies from scratch and even clean up after itself!
3) While we did report on “A Taste of America” on our Facebook earlier in the week it’s definietely worth another mention (especially since our home state of Indiana is still in the running). The contest, run by Capitol Hill’s CQ Roll Call and sponsored by the National Restaurant Association, is five weeks long in total with one more round to go before the winner is announced on June 21 at We, The Pizza in Washington, D.C. Check out the contest here and remember to vote for your favorite (again, we recommend the Indiana pork tenderloin, but we may be a bit biased).
4) Groupon filed to take their company public last week and now this week they went to the grocery store. Instead of your traditional online-only deal, Groupon paired with Massachusets grocery store Big Y to load a deal for a seafood grill pack (normally $39.99) onto the buyers Big Y grocery loyalty card, the discount was then reflected when the loyalty card is scanned at checkout. While it may just seem like another way to get a good deal to you and me, it’s really the next step in the discount system for Groupon putting them in place to compete with general coupon suppliers and partner more easily with stores that have loyalty cards.
5) And since it’s been getting hotter and hotter out there lately, why not kickback and celebrate the weekend with a cold drink? Try this Strawberry Agua Fresca from Eat, Live, Run and pair it with this great recipe for Grilled Spicy Citrus Ribs from Simply Recipes (to get the food along with the BBQ smell).