Double Issue: contraband truffles, old Scotch, and the challenges of food branding

Issue 1+2, Volume 2

02/06/12

Greetings all.

Welcome to the first installment of the Dirty Dozen for 2012.  January was quite busy and got by without a Dirty Dozen, so February’s issue is a little heavier  —  with more stories, more info, and more fodder.  This issues highlights:  contraband truffles, old Scotch, and the challenges of food branding.

Digest these at your own pace, or not even at all. Learn, comment or ignore. Pass ’em to clients, start a conversation, impress your friends. We’ll keep looking, cooking and sending these lists.

Enjoy.

 

1. Chipotle is Apple:

http://www.slate.com/articles/business/moneybox/2012/02/chipotle_is_apple_how_the_burrito_chain_is_revolutionizing_fast_food_.html#return

2. Manresa’s David Kinch – GQ chef of the year:

http://www.gq.com/food-travel/restaurants-and-bars/201112/david-kinch-manresa-restaurant-love-apple-farms-review?currentPage=all

 3. Cool modular fast food packaging:

http://www.thedieline.com/blog/2010/5/14/modular-fast-food-packaging.html

 4. Alinea’s new balloon food. Weird? A little. Fun? For sure:

http://www.good.is/post/intermission-the-edible-balloon/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+good%2Flbvp+%28GOOD+Main+RSS+Feed%29

5. Why expensive tastes better:

http://www.freakonomics.com/2010/12/16/freakonomics-radio-do-more-expensive-wines-taste-better/

 6. SFGate Michael Bauer Top 10 new restaurants of 2011:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/01/01/FD761MDFAU.DTL

 7. What’s new in the Ferry Building?:

http://focussnapeat.com/2012/01/02/whats-new-in-the-ferry-building/

 8. One needs to challenge themselves!:

https://apps.facebook.com/foodlistchallenge/#_=_

9. Food for the eyes and mind:

http://www.streetartutopia.com/

 10. Popup not just for the trendy:

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/12/02/military-base-in-box-all-rage/?test=faces

11. Truffles and the black market:

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7394364n&tag=contentMain;contentAux

 12. Limited edition boxes for Macallan 12 year:

http://hypebeast.com/2011/11/nick-veasey-x-the-macallan-sherry-oak-12-years-old-limited-edition-series/

 13. Inspired vegan, breaking down stereotypes:

http://colorlines.com/archives/2012/01/bryant_terry.html

 14. Allen Benton sizzles:

http://www.foodrepublic.com/2012/02/01/video-inside-mind-allan-benton

 15.  “Wordlessness” in big brand naming:

http://www.fastcodesign.com/1665632/why-the-best-brands-eventually-leave-their-names-behind

 16.Don’t make fun of those weird pickle guys:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/19/magazine/adam-davidson-craft-business.html?_r=4&smid=tw-nytmag&seid=auto

 17. Torissi, back at it again:

http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2012/02/torrisi-italian-specialties-rich-torrisi-20-course-tasting-menu.html?ref=carousel

18. Drink the Kool-Aid:

http://www.fastcasual.com/article/187949/Beverage-innovation-becoming-a-necessity