Thursday Tidbits: Heaven


Photo: Mike Licht,


Sin Your Way to Heaven
It’s back. Boston’s Bacon & Beer Festival is happening April 30th! This means you have the whole month to salivate in anticipation. But, don’t get complacent. Tickets to this heavenly event go on sale TOMORROW at 1pm, and they go quickly.

Pretty Saucy
The options for cheap, all you can eat pizza these days are pretty slim, and rather grim. Your prospects will change for one day only—this Saturday—for the First Annual Peabody Pizza Challenge in Somerville. For only $10, taste several local pizza challengers and vote on your favorite for a great cause. All proceeds will benefit the Elizabeth Peabody House’s emergency food pantry in Somerville. Tickets are limited.

Meet an Editor
The James Beard Foundation awarded The Washington Post as the best newspaper Food Section in 2009 and 2010. On April 9th, you’ll have a chance to meet Joe Yonan, the Food and Travel Editor behind these awards, at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, Yonan’s alma mater. He will give a demonstration from his new book Serve Yourself: Nightly Adventures in Cooking for One and discuss his writing career. Tickets cost $40, which includes a copy of the book and samples.

Location, Location
One of the biggest problems with food trucks is also their biggest asset: location. Often they just aren’t convenient to where you are. Now through April 13th, the City of Boston is offering a Food Truck Survey where you can suggest locations for the mobile businesses. You’ll find it here.

On the Lamb
When thinking of Newbury Street, designer fashion and maxed-out credit cards might come to mind. You probably weren’t thinking it is the place to learn how to butcher half a lamb. Watch Tom Daly of Savenor’s Market, home of meat geniuses, do just that April 20 from 6:30 to 8:00 at KitchenWares. The 90-minute demonstration includes wine and lamb tasting for $50. Register online here.


Carrot or Stick
According to Jeff Dunn, once a key player at Coca-Cola, carrots are set to become the new junk food. Read a discussion of clever marketing and changing attitudes with the vegetable from Douglas McGray at Fast Company.

Mood and Food
Newsflash: cosmically-colored foods and neon treats may not be the best thing for children’s health. (Duh!) The FDA is now openly discussing whether food dye could be linked to hyperactivity in some kids. Read the story by Amanda Gardner at CNN.

Buzzing about Beer
You know that shaking up a beer is never a good idea. A new bill aimed at changing how beer is distributed nationally might really shake things up, making it more difficult to purchase certain beers if the bill becomes law. Read in more detail at the Atlantic from Bill Terris.

High Tea
Beer, wine and other libations seem to get all the press, but Bill Daley of The Chicago Tribune has written about a movement towards loose tea by businesses such as the Rare Tea Co.