James Beard Foundation Goes on Tour, Saison Introduces $498 Dinner
James Beard on the Road: Tickets for the James Beard Foundation's ten-city national tour are now on sale through the organization's website. Participating chefs include Paul Qui and Grant Achatz, with Daniel Boulud and April Bloomfield collaborating on October 10 to host a dinner at Daniel. The tour will take place from September 12 through October 25.
The Price is Not Right: Recent data from the U.S. Department of Labor reveals that the cost of fish, meat, and poultry is at an all-time high. A few factors for the rise in price include a drought in California, thin cattle herds, and a recent pork virus. [NY Post]
Expensive Dinners: Saison in San Francisco now offers customers the chance to dine in its test kitchen for $498. Chef Joshua Skenes will cook for up to eight guests every Saturday night, with those lucky enough to score a seat getting a first taste of dishes that have never been on the restaurant's menu before. [Eater]
Popping Bottles: The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is asking consumers to dispose of select bottles of Prosecco “following several reports of full wine bottles spontaneously exploding” at state stores. A full refund is being provided for anyone who purchased "Indigenous Selections Prosecco Brut 2013," which were sold in approximately 180 wine and liquor stores throughout Pennsylvania. [Pittsburgh Post Gazette]
Free Lunch: A Chinese billionaire recently took out an ad in the New York Times this past week which offered lunch and $300 for "1,000 poor and destitute Americans" at New York City's Loeb Central Park Boathouse. [Gothamist]