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Foodie Friday: Neighborhood Nibbles–Part One


Recently, three good friends of mine (who also happen to be chefs) visited me in Nashville. They came into town for some NFL football, delicious food, and Southern hospitality. They were very clear about what they wanted “food-wise”: They wanted to eat some simple, flavorful Southern-style foods.  And, of course, they also wanted to try any Nashville-specific specialties. (more…)

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Foodie Friday: IDDBA Show 2018 in New Orleans

Foodies across a variety of industries will gather this weekend in one of the world’s greatest food cities: New Orleans. At the International Dairy Deli Bakery Association show (June 10-12), we’ll enjoy the sights, sounds, smells, and sensations offered both by our nation’s most innovative food experts as well as the vibrant culture of this historic, artistic, and energetic southern city. Today, let’s take a sneak peek at what we can look forward to at this year’s IDDBA expo!


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Foodie Friday: Spotlight on David Watts of Revere Packaging

David Watts, CEO, left, with Chris Huff, East Region Sales Manager getting ready for IDDBA17

Our Foodie Friday team recently caught up with David Watts, CEO of Revere Packaging. Throughout our conversation, David shared some insights into the packaging industry, his thoughts about the food industry, and particularly, his anticipation for Revere Packaging’s participation in this June’s International Dairy Deli Bakery Association show—or IDDBA—in Anaheim, California. (more…)

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Foodie Friday: Summertime is SHOWTIME for Foodies! Top 3 Tasty Events

I LOVE May and June! This is the time of year when food purveyors, from organizations both large and small, take the stage to showcase their offerings. Did I mention that I love this season—which many of us call “show season”—the months of May, June and July? It’s the time when influential foodies stage at least a half-dozen major food expos. In this week’s Foodie Friday post, I’m focusing on 3 of the expos I consider “don’t-miss events” during this busy time of year. (more…)

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Foodie Friday–Kick the Bucket: Blockbusters Not Gut-Busters!

Summertime is upon us once again, and that means it’s also the start of Blockbuster movie season! For those of you who know me, you know that I love movies and I love popcorn, and it’s a rare occasion that I visit the theater without indulging in this salty, buttery ambrosia. Yet as a foodie and a cinephile, I must remind you of the dark secret lurking behind a “great deal” on our favorite movie snack. (more…)

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Foodie Friday: Raise a Stein to Oktoberfest!

Crowds At The Oktoberfest

It’s October, and for the beer connoisseurs among us, it means the return of a special variety of this malty, hoppy, frothy, delicious beverage. For two weeks in Munich, Germany, beer lovers enjoy this seasonal brew with a celebratory festival: Oktoberfest. This year’s Oktoberfest just ended, and despite cooler temperatures and a slightly lower headcount than last year, the amount of beer reportedly consumed at Oktoberfest “was still enough to fill over two and a half Olympic swimming pools.”

I’ve traveled to Germany on a number of occasions, and have always loved the way the locals immerse themselves in outdoor festivals and Holiday celebrations. It was always great fun being a participant in several fun, food and beverage-laden experiences!


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Foodie Friday — The Perfect Match: the Art and Science of Flavor Pairings

prosciutto and melon

Even if you don’t consider yourself a foodie, everybody knows some classic flavor pairings. Some typical favorites of yours might be:

  • sweet and sour (think take-out Chinese pork dishes)
  • salty and sweet (caramel popcorn, anyone?)
  • spicy with a touch of cream (like mixing in cream cheese or sour cream with your hot salsa)

Yet for many of us, venturing beyond the tried-and-true flavor combinations can be intimidating without a little nudge in the right direction. Fortunately, there are plenty of resources to take the mystery out of pairing flavors while keeping the excitement of these unusual and delicious combinations. 


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Kick the Bucket – a repost of a favorite

movie popcorn bucket

Indiana Jones’ Bucket of Doom?”Kick” the Bucket…

Today’s Notable Quote: “Can you believe what they’re doing with that refillable popcorn bucket?” – Overheard in the concession line at the local Carmike Theater (tweet @CarmikeCinemas) this past weekend.

Buy a “refillable” plastic popcorn bucket for only $17.50 – and get $3.50 refills on each return visit to the theater during the coming year!

Initial response? WOW! In the land of unrealistically high-priced candy, food and beverage–i.e. the local movie theater…this sounds like a great deal…a response followed by looking at the people in line–in our case, an acne-faced concession-seeking patron who scratched his face and other areas of his anatomy with the plastic popcorn bucket, before putting it on his head. Yet another person waiting in line placed their empty bucket on the floor to tie their childs shoes.

At this point, our initial excitement was replaced with the sobering realization that hordes of strangers will be bringing buckets from their various homes, garages and automobiles to be dipped into the common trough alongside our popcorn bag or bucket. Hmmm.

As a student of human nature and safe food handling practices, I have learned a few facts that cause me to look at the bucket offering with something less than full-out enthusiasm. In the interest of the public health and welfare, I will share a few of my observations and a possible solution to the bucket dilemma.

A Few “Foodborne Illness” Statistics to consider:

1. Each year in the U.S. , approximately 48,000,000 – or about 1 in 6 citizens contracts some form of foodborne illness – often mistaken for intestinal flu or other illness.

2. Nearly 128,000 Americans are hospitalized due to something they ate which was improperly prepared, or mishandled during serving.

3. An estimated 3,000 deaths result from mishandled or contaminated food consumed by individuals in the U.S. each year.


Do your fellow “theater goers” clean and sanitize their popcorn buckets before heading to the theater–and keep them clean (off the floor, out of the restrooms, etc.) while they are carrying them to the concession line??

Do the clerks behind the counter “DIP” the bucket into the popcorn bin…or do they take the steps necessary to provide clean, safe, contaminant-free popcorn to each patron(keeping buckets out of the holding bin, washing their hands, wearing disposable gloves, etc.)?

I could go on and on, but won’t, in the interest of your ability to enjoy lunch or dinner.

Possible solutions:

For now, I suggest “kicking the bucket” – and probably adhering to the TPAP (Theater Popcorn Abstinence Plan). Were I in charge of concessions, a simple solution would be to implement the sanitation protocol described above, along with providing disposable liners for use by the refillable bucket bearers. Of course, along with these steps, I would clean the restrooms on a regular schedule, teach the staff basic principles of customer engagement, etc., etc.


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