Category: Food News

Food News: February 2020 | Where Y’at

Ho, ho, hot and sour soup? … The Lower Garden District is booming with the recent opening of Blue Giant (@bluegiantnola), an American-Chinese restaurant by Bill Jones and Richard Horner, former cooks at the ever-popular Warehouse District spot Cochon Restaurant. The duo wholly acknowledges that their food-not unlike that of Red’s Chinese in the Bywater-is a far cry from traditional Chinese cuisine, and rather an “homage to the Chinese-American food of our youth,” growing up in South Louisiana. Located on the corner of Magazine and Thalia, Blue Giant offers a menu featuring dishes like pan-fried shrimp and pork dumplings, duck

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What to expect from the post-pandemic foodservice landscape | 2020-06-24

UTRECHT, THE NETHERLANDS — The worst of the coronavirus’s (COVID-19) impact on US foodservice is likely past, according to Rabobank. Sales declines are expected to moderate, improving from a 50% decline at the peak of the pandemic to a 12% to 14% decline over the next 12 months.

Sales are expected to return to pre-pandemic levels by mid- to late- 2022, assuming no COVID-19 relapse this fall.

“Full foodservice sales recovery took approximately seven quarters during the Great Recession,” said Amit Sharma, senior consumer foods analyst at Rabobank. “We expect recovery to take 8 to 10 quarters during the current

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After 25 years, Flying Saucer in Addison is closing

The folks running Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Addison tell its fans “no tears in your beers,” but there are bound to be some sniffles, at least: The 25-year-old beer bar is closing after business on Dec. 31.

Flying Saucer was one of the earliest craft beer bars in North Texas, and its loyal fans, called “beer knurds,” would drive from far and wide to buy rare brews.

Behind Flying Saucer Addison regular Richard Nash are the gold 'Ring of Honor' plates given to customers who drink 200 different beers at the bar.
Behind Flying Saucer Addison regular Richard Nash are the gold ‘Ring of Honor’ plates given to customers who drink 200 different beers at the bar.(Alexandra Olivia / Special Contributor)

Owner-operator Shannon

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Millions of children in crisis hotspots ‘on the brink of famine’, warns UNICEF |

All of these countries and regions are experiencing “dire humanitarian crises” while also grappling with intensifying food insecurity, the coronavirus pandemic and, with the exception of the Central Sahel, “a looming famine”, according to the UN agency.  

“For countries reeling from the consequences of conflicts, disasters and climate change, COVID-19 has turned a nutrition crisis into an imminent catastrophe,” Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director, said.  

“Families already struggling to feed their children and themselves are now on the brink of famine. We can’t let them be the forgotten victims of 2020,” she added. 

Startling numbers 

In Nigeria, over 800,000

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USDA raises forecast for all-wheat seedings | 2021-04-01

KANSAS CITY — Growers in 2021 intend to seed more area to wheat than in 2020, though it would be the fourth-smallest all-wheat planted area since records began in 1919.

All-wheat planted area was projected at 46,358,000 acres, up 5% from 44,349,000 acres seeded in 2020, up 1% from 46 million acres as projected by the USDA at its annual Agricultural Outlook Forum in February, and down 1% from the average of the past five years.

Area planted to spring wheat other than durum was projected at 11,740,000 acres, down 4% from 12,250,000 acres in 2020, and down 3% from

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