Brian Sheehan dishes on what's hot and trending in the world of all things food and drink for Thursday, December 1, 2016.
Domino’s Japan is trying out an unorthodox pizza delivery method this holiday season. Instead of using delivery guys (or animatronic pizza robots), they’ll be training reindeer to deliver orders, according to Fortune. As expected, the fast-food pizza company has run into some kinks. Like, er, how do you get reindeer to deliver pizza? First, they tried attaching pizza boxes to the animals’ backs, but they kept sliding off. The latest attempt is the old-fashioned way: having the reindeer pull a sleigh full of pizza boxes. Domino’s Japan will announce their official plan for the holiday season today.
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You might brag about your Starbucks gold card, but when it comes to chain restaurant membership perks, nothing beats the secret McDonald’s gold card. The McGold — which allows the recipient free McDonald’s food anytime — can’t easily be bought; it is usually given to high-profile celebrities or people with connections to big-time franchisees. Warren Buffet had a gold card that allowed him to order unlimited food anytime at a McDonald’s location in Omaha, Nebraska, according to CNBC. In most instances, these gold cards have a time limit, only granting the recipient a year or six months of free food. But in some rare cases, the card is for life. Mitt Romney has often told the story that his father had a “little pink card” that awarded him free McDonald’s food, given by owner Ray Croc himself.
Famed New York City sushi restaurant Sushi Nakazawa will be joining the previously announced BLT Prime to fill the vacancy in the new Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. Both Geoffrey Zakarian and José Andrés were originally slated to open restaurants in the new hotel, but after Donald Trump’s disparaging comments about immigrants, both dropped out, and are now being sued by Trump for breach of contract. Owner Alessandro Borgognone told The Washington Post that Trump’s “political views are not our views,” and the “current political climate has nothing to do on how we conduct business.” The new Nakazawa restaurant will be very similar to the original New York concept, with its award-winning 21-course omakase .
Welcome back to Kitchen Stadium! Iron Chef America — in all its dramatically cheesy, nail-biting glory — is being rebooted by Food Network after a short hiatus on the Cooking Channel. The show will still be hosted by nerdy food icon Alton Brown, but will now be called Iron Chef Gauntlet. It will begin production early next year, to be premiered in the second quarter of 2017, according to Variety. The new show will offer some twists on the old competition format, but details are scarce. Previous Iron Chefs include Bobby Flay, Alex Guarnaschelli, Geoffrey Zakarian, and Masaharu Morimoto.
Back by popular demand, just in time to make your winter bright and carb-filled, are the Burger King cheesy tater tots. The limited-edition winter menu item had gone on hiatus in 2013, and now they’re back for this year’s holiday season thanks to increasingly loud requests over social media. “Fans have been craving the return of cheesy tots for some time now,” Alex Macedo, president of Burger King North America, said in a statement. “So we wanted to give loyalists a holiday surprise after we heard so many of their requests.” The tots will be available throughout the holiday season for just $1.99 for a snack-sized eight-piece order, as part of the lunch or dinner menu.