Posts for December 17, 2012

Game of Thrones Is Getting Its Own Craft Beer

Ale for what ails you.

Winter is coming, sure, but at the end of that, it'll thaw a bit and you'll be able to sip some cool, Belgian-style, Game of Thrones–branded beer. The Cooperstown, New York, brewery Ommegang will roll out its Westeros-inspired Iron Throne Blonde Ale, the New York Times reports, on March 31, to coincide with the HBO show's season-three premiere. And if you're not feeling King Joffrey in that actual Game of Thrones throne, don't worry: There are, em, three more official George R. R. Martin–approved brews in the pipeline. Now where is Tom Colicchio with some slow-roasted venison haunch when you need him the most? Best pairing ever. [NYT, Earlier]

Some of Lord Hobo's Customers Are Royal Pains

The candid Facebookers at Lord Hobo offer this gem from the hospitality-biz trenches:

us: "hello!"
you: "I'd like a table"
us: "I'm great thanks for asking"
you: "Can I have that one over there?"

You guys are dicks. [Lord Hobo/Facebook]

No Profits for You? UFood Files for Bankruptcy

While fast-food chains across the country attempt to innovate their offerings by pumping pizza crusts full of oddities and concocting desperate bizarre hybrids (Dorito tacos, anyone?), one thing seems clear: Healthy fast-food isn't the wave of the future. Virtuous un-fast-food purveyor UFood has filed for bankruptcy, reports the Boston Business Journal. People don't want baked un-fries and steamed un-burgers; we just want 'em topped, stuffed, and smothered with weird things.

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Raw-Milk Enthusiasts Sue FDA for Ignoring Requests to Legalize It


Food Safety News reports that Organic Pastures, the nation’s largest raw-milk dairy, is suing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for ignoring its request to change the 1987 law banning the sale of raw milk across state lines. The raw-milk cult sure is feisty: It's endured armed raids, paranoia, jail time, and diarrhea. Raw milk is legal in 30 states that include California, Arizona, Maine, New Hampshire, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Utah, and it's explicitly banned in twenty states. Organic Pastures farmer Mark McAfee, who’s basically the food world’s L. Ron Hubbard, wants to legalize interstate commerce of raw milk between states in which the FDA already allows it to be produced and sold. It boils down to this problem: Demand is high for raw milk in Arizona, but the state only has two raw-milk dairies. McAfee wants to send a shipment of raw milk from California, where it’s so ubiquitous that it’s sold in retail chains.

But raw milk could be fatal. »

Lunch Lady Who Fed Hungry Kid Gets Her Job Back

Dianne Brame, the Missouri elementary-school lunch lady who was allegedly fired from her job last week because she gave a fourth-grade boy two months' worth of free lunches, is now back on the job, KSDK reports. Brame told the television news station she had been confronted by Chartwells, the food-service company that has a cafeteria contract with the school district, after her co-worker reported that she had been giving away free food. Brame acknowledged breaking the rules but said she was just trying to prevent other students from bullying the unnamed boy, whose enrollment in the school's program had lapsed. Chartwells tells the TV station that Brame hadn't been fired and she was back on the job at Hudson Elementary School, adding in a statement that the company was "pleased to have resolved this misunderstanding." [KSDK, Earlier]

Chris Coombs Makes Forbes 30 Under 30 (What Have You Done Lately?)

Young and successful.

Yep, he's come a long way since slicing his hand open with a beer bottle while in cooking school. Chris Coombs ends the year on a high note: The 28-year-old chef, soon to open Boston Chops in the South End with business partner Brian Piccini, has been named one of Forbes magazine's 30 Under 30. The Deuxave chef is in good company (begin embellishing your LinkedIn profile now).

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Domino’s Founder Sues Government Over Mandatory Contraceptive Rule

MonaghanPhoto: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Tom Monaghan, the 75-year-old Domino's founder who supplemented his pizza empire by establishing a number of conservative and Catholic-affiliated organizations, is now suing the federal government for requiring his company to provide mandatory contraceptive coverage for employees at Domino's Farms Corporation, an office space complex in Michigan. Lawyers from the Thomas More Law Center, a nonprofit that "defends and promotes America’s Judeo-Christian heritage and moral values, including the religious freedom of Christians, time-honored family values, and the sanctity of human life," filed the 40-page lawsuit in Michigan Federal District Court on Friday.

"The Government forces Christians to choose between violating their religious beliefs and violating the law." »

Harvard Square's Tasty Burger, Open Til 4 A.M., Will Become "Flagship Location"

Who needs scorpion bowls at the Hong Kong? Tasty Burger officially opened in Harvard Square this weekend, and it plans to set the standard for other future Tasty Burgers with late hours, cheapo student deals, and a whopping two stories of proteinic pandemonium at 40 JFK St. Some of the notable features, ahead.

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Grubstreet Sweeps

Recent reader reviews on MenuPages

  • Cookin' Cafe & Grill See the menu

    “Cookin is gooood!”

    I'm picky about meatball subs so when I say is good it's really good

  • The Pour House See the menu

    “Awsome food and drink”

    After spending all your hard earned dollars in the Pru enjoy a few cool one here before you take the T home.

  • Il Villaggio See the menu

    “Absolutely Amazing”

    Having worked at Olive Garden for 3 years I guess I never really knew what REAL Italian food tasted like.


Kara Baskin
NY Mag