The longest tasting meal
Carrie and Simon from unearthed® attempted to set a world record for the ‘World Longest Tasting Menu’. On Thursday 13th June they ate 193 bite-sized courses, one from every country in the world in 24 hours (that’s 8 courses per hour). Carrie and Simon were joined by colleagues, suppliers and journalists. A team of four chefs spent 130 hours prepping and cooking the 193 dishes. All the money raised is being donated to the foundation ‘Action Against Hunger’. To get an impression of what they ate, check out the instagram feed.
Fooddrome will open its doors in Villa Flora (Venlo) around June 2014. Fooddrome will be a location of 7,500 m2 where retail, food service industry, education and recreation will meet. According to the initiator Gert Benders the classic supermarket sells standard products for the lowest price, while the quality of the pure products and the buying experience get lost. Fooddrome is a fresh food concept with authentic, special and sustainable products of mainly Dutch soil for consumers and business users. Healthy and honest food for an affordable price is the key for Fooddrome. The products can be tasted and bought to prepare the dishes at home. The products can also be ordered through the internet or smartphone and will be delivered refrigerated.
Restaurant Moerstede in Bergen op Zoom organizes a High Wine with culinary tapas on June 19. Led by a wine connoisseur, they will make a wine journey through different countries served with matching culinary tapas. A nice initiative that reminded us of the idea of a High Wine or High Bubbles from our booklet ‘Royal Hospitable Gestures‘. Based on the fact that in the Netherlands affordable High Tea is doing very well at restaurants and at various catering locations at garden centers. The success of these High Tea, Wine and Bubbles? You should just be able to walk in and order, so no reservations. It should be affordable and with lots of appetizers. It gives your guests the opportunity to pamper themselves (a bit luxury at an affordable way).
Fjord Eat and Drink
Today the new restaurant Fjord Eat & Drink opens. Inspiration for this restaurant is the purity of the Norwegian fjords. The restaurant has a tough look with a cozy atmosphere. The interior is characterized by different chairs made of different materials. The restaurant serves high quality products with a clear origin for an affordable price. The meat is matured in house and is delivered by regional suppliers. The restaurants also has two spacious rooms for meetings and party and the terrace will open in May.
Suspended fries at friturist
Following the ‘Caffe Sospeso’ and the ‘Suspended Coffee’ we now spotted the ‘Suspended Fries’. Owner Eric Duhamel, of the snackbar Bompa in Brussels, is the initiator. His customers can buy one portion of fries for the price of two! They can leave the voucher they receive for social workers in the neighborhood or give them away to Brussels’ homeless people. The first week the friturists sold sixty portions ‘Suspended fries’ and thirty were claimed. There are several frituristen in Belgium who will follow the initiative (a Friturist is an owner of a snackbar in Belgium).
Escape Flight choose a destination for people
Sometimes it’s difficult to choose a destination when you want to get away for the weekend. Recently the travel site ‘Escape Flight’ launched in the U.K. ‘Escape Flight’ chooses a destination for their clients, they only have to give input as what they are looking for, like culture, food, nightlife or outdoor and sort results based on price, hassle or weather. So ‘Escape Flight’ works by finding locations that provide characteristics and attributes selected by the user, rather than searching directly for a specific deal. ‘Escape Flight is currently only operational for flights that depart from London.
Pay the bill with an app
How often did you get a great service at a restaurant and as only point of irritation had to wait too long for the bill? With the new app ‘Cover’, that will be introduced soon, you can walk out of the restaurant without physically paying the bill. The payment is taken from a credit card stored on the app. Guests do make their reservation through the app and enter the payment information. The ‘Uber’s payment experience at restaurants’ according to Clover. It’s a new way of paying that is in particular useful for restaurants, it saves time and turns tables faster.
Discount for children with good behaviour
The Italian restaurant Sogno di Vino in America gives some families with children a discount on the bill. When children behave well during dinner, the parents will get a discount of 4 dollar. It is described at the bill as ‘Well behaved kids’.
Extra strong coffee on Monday morning
Starbucks introduces ‘Mondays can be great’ in the UK. From 7 January to 18 February you can get an extra strong cup of coffee for £1,50 until 11am. Click here for the promo video by Starbucks.
Americas most expensive tasting menus
Tasting menus give people the chance to sample each delicacy the restaurant offers. With three or four dishes the chef simply can’t present his entire range of skills. The 5 most expensive tasting menu’s of America:
1. Masa***, New York City. $1160 for 2 persons
2. Joël Robuchon***, Las Vegas. $1115 for 2 persons
3. Meadwood**, St. Helena. $1080 for 2 persons
4. Ursasawa**, Los Angeles. $967 for 2 persons
5. Guy Savay**, Las Vegas. $ 891 for 2 persons