Brian Sheehan dishes on what's hot and trending in the world of all things food and drink for Wednesday, September 21, 2016.
Dorothy Cann Hamilton, Founder of International Culinary Center, Dies at 67
Dorothy Cann Hamilton, 67, founder of the International Culinary Center, died in a car accident on Friday in Nova Scotia, Canada. ICC president Erik Murnighan mourned the loss of Hamilton in an email sent to students: “Dorothy was not only a trailblazer in the culinary arts, she was an inspirational figure to women, aspiring chefs and entrepreneurs.” Hamilton’s impressive list of accolades included being a James Beard Award winner and former foundation chairwoman, and creator and host of the radio show and PBS series Chef’s Story. Additionally, she was awarded the French Legion of Honor last year. Hamilton founded the ICC in 1984 as the French Culinary Institute. Among its famous alumni are Bobby Flay, Wylie Dufresne, David Chang, Christina Tosi, and Dan Barber.
Bill Murray Tended Bar in Brooklyn Last Weekend
Bill Murray bartending seems like the sort of thing that might happen in a movie, but this weekend it happened for real when the actor stepped in to mix drinks at the opening of his son’s new Brooklyn restaurant, 21 Greenpoint. According to the New York Post, Murray showed up for his shift on Friday evening in an Uber and carrying a stuffed badger wearing a hunting jacket. Murray reportedly did not start tossing bottles like Tom Cruise in Cocktail, but gamely served shots and straight whiskey for both himself and guests. According to the Post, when a customer asked Murray if he could make a Bellini, he paused for a moment and then told her, “I know people that do.” He then tapped one of the actual bartenders to make the drink.
Police Called to Deal with Panhandling Llama in McDonald’s Parking Lot
The manager of an Alabama McDonald’s called the police last Tuesday night and said there were panhandlers in the parking lot asking customers for money… and they had a live, spitting llama with them that was eating the restaurant’s shrubbery! The couple in the parking lot told police their car had broken down and they were looking for money to fix it. The responding police officers took selfies with the llama — because nobody would believe that story without proof — and then gave the couple $25 toward fixing their car. It was later discovered the animal was not a llama at all, but an alpaca.
Woman Accidentally Eats Whole Bag of Ant-Covered Potato Chips
A high schooler eating lunch last Tuesday was horrified to discover the “pepper” in her black pepper-crusted potato chips was actually dead ants. According to Cosmo, the girl went to Pita Pit restaurant in Beaverton, Oregon, and ordered a bag of Miss Vickie’s Sea Salt & Vinegar Chips with her meal. She munched away, thinking her chips had been generously seasoned with black pepper. Upon closer inspection, she realized what the “black pepper” actually was. She tweeted a photo of the offending chips and said that though she alerted the staff, they did not apologize. The chain later told her it was looking into the situation and offered her a $50 gift card as an apology.
Drunk Man Bites Friend Over Free Enchiladas
A drunk man in Texas decided he was entitled to some free enchiladas, but when they failed to appear he reportedly took a bite out of one of his friends instead. According to Dallas News, the drunk man showed up at the Cowboy Chicken restaurant around 9 p.m. Thursday night and demanded a free order of chicken enchiladas. An employee informed the man that he would have to pay for them, at which point he became belligerent. In an attempt to intervene, one of the drunk man’s friends tried to calm him down and it soon turned into a brawl. The drunk man bit off a huge chunk of his friend’s ear and then ran away. The friend has decided not to file charges.