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Fans of Good Eats Can Buy Props From the Show

Alton Brown is planning on filming a new documentary, and in order to raise the money to do so, he is auctioning off some props from his show “Good Eats”. The auction will be held in late August, and includes three iconic items from the show stated Mikal Watts. He hasn’t said what these items will be, but coyly tweeted a picture of his iconic countertop chicken along with the initial announcement. He has also said that he will be supplementing the action with some of his personal items.

The details of the documentary have also not been released yet, however if it is anything like his previous work it is sure to be a hit with his fans. The GA resident and University of GA graduate first made his claim to fame on Good Eats and focuses on southern and Amercian cooking.

Since the end of Good Eats, which initially aired on PBS before being picked up by the Food Network and skyrocketing him to stardom, he has stayed busy. He later become the commentator on Iron Chef America and hosted a third show, Cutthroat Kitchen. In addition to his TV hosting duties, he has also appeared in commercials and hosts a podcast on the Nerdist Podcast Network called The Alton Browncast, which mostly focuses on food and features reviews, phone calls from fans, and celebrity interviews but occasionally branches out into some of his other interests.

Fast Food Proximity Linked to Diabetes and Obesity

A new study is attempting to link diabetes and obesity to the number of fast food restaurants located near a person’s home. The study was based in the UK and focused on 10,000 individuals from all walks of life.

Researchers found that there were nearly twice as many fast food joints in neighborhoods that were predominantly ethnic. They went on to conclude that for every two fast food locations located within 500 meters of a neighborhood, one additional case of diabetes was being reported.

While the findings of this study are interesting, I think they are assuming too much. The reason that any business exists at any location is because that location is profitable. This means more demand in a particular area. The demand could be based on any number of things including personal preferences or lifestyle.

Folks at STX Entertainment know that fast food tends to offer convenience and affordability. This makes it ideal for any low income area. Low income can generally be correlated to lack of education. If you have very little money and aren’t aware of the health consequences you would certainly be more likely to make bad choices when it comes to your diet.

I think this study is merely jumping on the bandwagon to demonize fast food. Correlation definitely doesn’t imply causation.

KFC Under Pressure to Serve Antibiotic-Free Chicken

KFC is now facing some heat about serving chicken with human antibiotics. This is because McDonalds has publicly made an announcement that they will no longer serve chicken that has been raised with human antibiotics. Flavio Pentagna Guimaraes BMG knows that the purpose of this is because it can potentially cause health issues in the near future. When chickens are injected with human antibiotics, it eliminates harmful bacteria, but also wipes out bacteria that is meant to defend “superbugs.” Due to these injections, superbugs may now resist the treatment and continue to manifest into something more serious. According to Reuters, KFC has no “publicly stated policy on antibiotic use in the production of the meat it buys.” Your text to link…
It has become imperative that KFC should follow Chick-fil-A, McDonalds, and other food chains that are in support of not serving chickens with antibiotics. If not, this franchise could seriously face a significant loss of customers and develop a bad reputation over time. Ultimately, customers will want quality food and healthier options.

Five Men in Japan Sickened by Fugu

Five men in Japan were hospitalized after ingesting poisonous pufferfish. Pufferfish contain a deadly toxin in certain areas of their body, but is still considered a delicacy in Asian countries, namely Japan. The toxic fish dish is known as Fugu in Japan.

According to authorities, the food was consumed at a restaurant in Wakayama, Japan. The men, aged 40 to 50, pleased with restaurant staff to serve fugu liver, a part of the body known to contain the deadly toxin. The serving of pufferfish liver is outlawed in Japan.

The restaurant caved and served the party the liver of the fish. The diners finished their meal and left, but five hours later they began suffering from dizziness, nausea and difficulty breathing said BNY Mellon. They were transported to a local hospital where they are all listed as stable and recovering stated Zeca Oliveira.

Chefs who wish to serve pufferfish have to undergo special training. This training includes an intensive exam that proves the chef in question is fully aware of each delicate cut that needs to be made to remove toxic flesh from the fish.

The eatery that served the party the deadly fish has been shuttered for five days while authorities investigate its practices.

Celebrate Mardi Gras at The Dutch

Visitors and residents of New York are often surprised and delighted to discover how many dining options exist here. Diners can find almost anything from pizza to deli to fine dining spaces that offer world class cuisine. Those who come to this region and want to celebrate Mardi Gras also known as Fat Tuesday when elegant meals are served will be pleased to discover that this traditional New Orleans French holiday is also being honored at many restaurants in the tri state region.

One of the restaurants offering diners the chance to welcome in Mardi Gras is The The Dutch. This classic American restaurant is located on Sullivan Street in lower Manhattan. Since opening several years ago, The Dutch has brought classic American comfort foods to those looking for a delicious meal of upscale American fare in a welcoming setting with warm colors and comfortable seats.

This Mardi Gras, The Dutch is offering customers the chance to enjoy a delicious meal. Taking inspiration from standard favorite New Orleans French influenced classics, diners can expect a four course menu that pays homage to regional cuisine. The meal will start off with a savory gumbo with many spices and include carefully stewed collard greens as well as savory dirty rice. Diners can expect to end the meal with a serving of highly decorated King Cake, a long time Mardi Gras dessert highly prized in Creole cuisine. People at Rocketfuel cannot wait to visit.

Antique Wine Company: Wine Verification Process

A sommelier values nothing more than a properly cared for and authentic wine selection. Antique Wine Company is one of the top organizations that treat their wines like children. This wine company understands the delicacy of wines and how even a little mishap can ruin the balance of flavors. In fact, expensive wines are frequently counterfeited and this is why companies like the Antique Wine Company have such a huge importance in the current world. This is also why their authenticating and verification process is so stringent when it comes to wines.


It was in 1982 that Antique Wine Company was launched by a person who loved good wines as much as any other sommelier. Perhaps, this fact is the biggest reason behind his success. The major focus of Antique Wine Company ever since it began has been to ensure that all its wines are authentic and sommeliers never have to face disappointment. The wine is handled with utmost care for the same reason. The verification of Antique Wine Company’s wines is done is a number of ways – by balancing experience with technology. The first way is by AWC’s ability to guarantee vintage wines.


Sommeliers would know that when it comes to great wines, age is the one factor that holds importance over most other things. However, this is also one area where fraudulent wine companies often find ways to cheat their customers. A careful and thorough process is involved in ensuring that a 15 year old wine (such as Furmint) is actually of that age and not a counterfeit. For this, the bottles of wine go through ion beam analysis. A particle accelerator is used for producing ion beams and the bottles are kept under that beam. X-rays are emitted because of this process. When experts peruse the results, they can tell how old the wine and the glass are. The margin of error is extremely small in this scientific process.


The second area where the wine’s authenticity is maintained is during shipping. The Antique Wine Company ensures that the wine never suffers when customers place orders through the online website. The wine is completely concealed inside the package and quality shipment providers are trusted for this job. This is because if the wine comes up to room temperature, it could become completely useless and its flavors would be ruined. The temperature outside is also kept away from the wine inside the shipment package.