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Healthy Junk Food: Could the Cause be the Cure?

By Ashley Beck | July 31, 2013

Photo: Terry Bain

Photo: Terry Bain

David H. Freedman, writer for The Atlantic, seems to believe it is the most plausible answer. When I first laid eyes on his article,  “How Junk Food Can End Obesity” , I was intrigued if not completely skeptical and even a bit scared (Especially since I was right in the middle of reading Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food). Fast food chains and processed foods are what got us here in the first place. It’s not real food. It’s filled to the bliss point, with the Big 3 (Sugar, Salt, Fat). Why would we look to them to undo our unhealthy habits? Read More


Help the Museum of Food and Drink with Their First Exhibit

By Alexandra Fleischman | July 16, 2013

Exploding puffy cereal? Yes, please.

If you’re reading this post, you probably know how important food is. It’s not just a staple for life: it’s our culture, too. We think about, discuss, learn about, and consume it everyday. So a group of leaders in the food world have an idea centered on that: they want to open the Museum of Food and Drink, also known as MOFAD.

With a mission of education, they are led by food historian and scientist Dave Arnold, quoted below. Read More


Best of the Week: Our Most Popular Stories

By Alexandra Fleischman | June 14, 2013

Princess Madeleine Wedding

Princess Madeleine Wedding

Brain freeze, illustrated.

Brain freeze, illustrated.

This week, we took a closer look at what we realized we didn’t know, and learned a lot. Beginning with morels—those alien-looking, intimidating fungi—we fried them, and found that they weren’t scary, just addictive. At the farmers’ market, we learned the secrets to more produce (read: don’t be afraid to buy anything as long as it’s in season). The same goes for the colorful rainbow swiss chard, whose versatility adds to its healthy charm. And, if you’ve ever been struck by brain freeze and wondered what could have possibly gone wrong, look no farther. We found out, and you can blame sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia from now on. For Marcus, the adventure continued as he attended the beautiful, fairytale royal wedding of Swedish Princess Madeleine to her New Yorker, hedge funder Chris O’Neill. Read More

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Now Serving: Spiked Snow Cones at Red Rooster!

By Ashley Beck | June 13, 2013


It’s here… The ultimate adult beverage. The one you didn’t know you wanted and now won’t be able to live without this summer. The perfect combination of your favorite summer treat as a kid: that icy, crunchy, sweet and refreshing combination of crushed ice and fruit-flavored syrup. Add booze. Eat, slurp, crunch and repeat. That’s right, the adult snow cone is here and now available at Red Rooster. Read More


Word Around the Web

By Alexandra Fleischman | June 10, 2013

asparagus, news, blood pressure
asparagus, news, blood pressure

Photo: Calliope

Family and cooking go hand in hand, and family recipes can stay with us our whole lives. But, most of us can’t claim our family invented the reuben.

What would the world do without cheese, corn flakes, popsicles, and chocolate chip cookies?

We love strawberries and their incredible versatility, especially when they’re in season.  Bon Appétit delineates the many varieties.

New research might make asparagus the new superfood. According to NPR’s The Salt, a compound in asparagus lowered blood pressure in rats. Time to change your dinner plans? Read More

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Head of the Table: Remembering Marion Cunningham

By | July 12, 2012

Cunningham believed in the power of family dinners

Cunningham believed in the power of family dinners

American culinary icon Marion Cunningham—who passed away yesterday at age 90—will be remembered for many things. For working as James Beard’s assistant. Revising the Fannie Farmer cookbook. Advocating home-cooking. Winning the James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. And, of course, for making the most delicious raised waffles around. Read More

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Derek Fleming Named Top 40 Under 40

By | July 10, 2012


Derek Fleming

We are extremely excited to announce that our own Derek Fleming, Director of Business Development for the Marcus Samuelsson Group, has been notably recognized as one of The Network Journal’s 4o Under Forty! This award aims to recognize professional achievement within a particular industry and honors those individuals who make important contributions within their community. For Fleming, that last bit holds very true. Read More


Drought in Africa Has Spread to Sahel

By Jeannette | April 3, 2012

Photo: European Union Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection

Photo: European Union Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection

By: Justin Chan

News of the famine and drought in Africa has not been promising. Since last summer, region after region has fallen victim to the drought that first affected Ethiopia and Somalia, next spread to the Sudan and is now affecting countries in the Sahel region.

According to CNN, like other recent social media campaigns, UNICEF recently took to the internet to promote a crusade it calls #SahelNOW. It has asked users of Facebook, Twitter and other forms of social media to share a video that addresses the scarcity of food that affects approximately 1 million children that live in the region. The Sahel is a relatively obscure strip of land located near the Sahara Desert and experiences frequent droughts. Along with countries like Senegal and Chad, it currently faces a number of dire circumstances, including poverty, drought and displacement. At least 10 million people are in danger of dying of starvation. Read More


Sudan’s Food Crisis May Escalate to Famine

By Jeannette | February 27, 2012

Photo: United Nations Photo

Photo: United Nations Photo

By: Justin Chan

Sudan is currently facing rising food costs, but a larger problem is looming.

As the country’s inflation continues to increase, experts have cautioned that Sudan could be on the brink of famine by March. According to AlertNet, the Famine Early Warning System warned that the South Kordofan and Blue Nile states could reach emergency levels next month. Tensions between the government and rebels in those two states have forced approximately 140,000 refugees to flee to South Sudan and Ethiopia. The United Nations similarly warned that the number could reach at least 500,000 in the next few months.

“(This is) a looming catastrophe that will make Syria, in terms of total casualties, look like a gang war in the park,” said Sudan analyst Eric Reeves. “There’s no food getting in. There’s no food being produced. All the food reserves were consumed by mid-summer. They are eating grass. They are eating inedible berries.”

Humanitarian organizations are finding it increasingly difficult to provide aid to such war-torn areas. Read More


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