Brian Sheehan dishes on what's hot and trending in the world of all things food and drink for Friday, September 23, 2016.
France Institutes Ban on Plastic Cups, Plates, and Utensils
France has passed a law banning “plastic crockery and cutlery… unless it is made from biologically-sourced materials,” The Telegraph reported. The new law will come into full effect in 2020. Though environmental organizations are in favor of the ban, others argue the new law violates European Union rules on “free movement of goods,” Independent reported. Pack2Go Europe, an organization that represents European packaging manufacturers, is fighting against the law. Eamonn Bates, Pack2Go Europe’s secretary general, said there was no proof that biologically sourced materials are any more eco-friendly, and is concerned that people might take the use of biodegradable materials as permission to be more lax about littering.
Minnesota Restaurateur Defends ‘Muslims Get Out’ Sign in Front of Restaurant
In the aftermath of a horrific terrorist attack at a mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota, indications of anti-Muslim sentiment have appeared around the state. Most notably, at the Treats Family Restaurant in Lonsdale, a sign appeared in front of the restaurant that read, “Muslims Get Out.” A second line read, “In support of St. Cloud.” Owner Dan Ruedinger told CBS that he defends placing it in the window: “It’s time that people started…not worrying about the PC crowd...I feel what we’re doing is right. We are not targeting the Muslims in general, just the extremists.” Since the sign appeared, large groups have gathered outside to protest. “People are going to…think Lonsdale as a whole, as a community, is as crass as that sign,” protestor Peyton Estepp told CBS. The owner of the restaurant said he had no plans to remove the sign.
10,000 Cases of Eggo Waffles Recalled for Listeria Concerns
Kellogg’s has recalled approximately 10,000 cases of Eggo Nutri-Grain whole-wheat waffles for potential listeria contamination, according to a release. No illnesses related to the product have been reported, and the recall is a result of routine tests that “identified the potential for contamination.” The recalled waffles come in 10-count packs and have “best by” dates of Nov. 21 and 22, 2017. Kellogg’s is asking customers who purchased the affected product to discard it immediately and contact the company for a full refund.
McDonald’s Expands All-Day Breakfast Offerings Beginning Today
McGriddle dreams are coming true as McDonald’s launches its expanded offerings for all-day breakfast nationwide. After a successful test in January in response to customer demand, McGriddles have finally made it to the all-day breakfast menu, which includes hash browns, hotcakes, McMuffins, and many other popular items.
Danny Meyer to Open a Seasonal Restaurant and Catering Service in Bryant Park
Danny Meyer is set to open a seasonal restaurant in Manhattan’s Bryant Park, called Public Fare. Located next to the ice skating rink, it will operate from late October through early March and will be part of Bryant Park’s Winter Village, according to Grub Street. The restaurant will seat 210 people and serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a menu consisting of sandwiches, salads, pastries, wine, coffee, and cocktails. Chef John Karangis will be in charge of the menu, and projected prices for lunch are under $20 and $30 for dinner.