World-renowned pastry chef Pierre Herme was inspired by the burger creations of Heston Blumenthal and Daniel Boulud when developing a burger for La Mamounia in the Moroccan city of Marrakech. "Creating a cheeseburger is just like dreaming up a cake. It's the sum of every detail that makes it good," said Herme, whose burger includes halal beef, English cheddar, gherkins and onions on a brioche bun.
Piri piri sauce is found in the cuisines of Portugal and many African countries, and gets its name from the piri piri chile, also known as the African bird's-eye chile. There are many different variations, but this version uses habanero peppers, ginger, honey and lime to create a zesty sauce for shrimp. Geo's Table
Sovos ShipCompliant reports that online wine sales increased by 27% last year, and a spate of new online wine clubs have popped up in response, offering algorithm-derived wine recommendations like BrightCellars and Winc or a particular focus such as Sip Wines' selections culled from female-led, sustainable wineries. Many smaller winemakers have embraced online selling, finding it "allows us to focus on the winemaking, leaving aside the marketing and sales," said Napa Valley, Calif.'s Artesa Vineyards and Winery Winemaker Ana Diogo-Draper, who uses Naked Wines to produce and sell her wines.
Michigan's alcohol sales jumped by 20% last year as customers sheltered in place, despite restaurants being closed for more than three months in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus, according to data from the Michigan Liquor Control Commission. Liquor sales surged 67% at the Costco in Brighton, which is the state's highest-volume store, while some other Costco sites as well as liquor stores and Meijer stores posted 2019 to 2020 sales growth from 50% to almost 70%, the data showed.
Fashion designer Vera Wang and Poland's Chopin Vodka brand have teamed up to create a limited-edition vodka called Vera Wang x Chopin, produced with a sustainably grown potato variety that has never been featured in a commercial vodka before, according to Chopin. "We are honoured to have our first artist-designed collaboration with Vera Wang, who is so passionate about the discovery of vodka," said Chopin founder and CEO Tad Dorda.
Rocco Venneri founded canned wine-spritzer brand Cool Cat last year both to satisfy consumers' growing interest in wellness with a naturally flavored drink and to help close a stark diversity gap in an industry dominated by straight white men. "The larger spirits and wine conglomerates need to step up and commit to supporting and investing in minority-owned and operated companies," said Rocco, who is a 15-year fashion industry veteran and just released the brand's first commercial on Instagram.
The booming popularity of ready-to-drink cocktails has spurred some craft distillers to create in-house lines featuring their own spirits, writes Amanda Schuster. Los Angeles' Greenbar distillery invested $2 million last year to build an in-house RTD line that uses its housemade spirits, and co-founder Melkon Khosrovian estimates in-house canning "means a savings of $30.94 per 24-can case" over the long run, writes Schuster.
A bill under consideration in the South Carolina Legislature would allow residents to have wine or beer delivered to their homes or picked up curbside. Bill sponsor Rep. Beth Bernstein said the pandemic has illustrated the importance for consumers to have the ability to get drinks without going to a store.
Some wine and liquor merchants in Connecticut are expressing concern over a pending bill that would enable grocers to sell wine, arguing that it could jeopardize small businesses if passed. Paradise Hills Vineyard and Winery general manager and winemaker Marcelo Mena anticipated the bill would be a good thing for business, noting "if you like our wine, but you don't want to make the 30 to 40 minute drive, you [could] go to Stop & Shop to get it."
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