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Homer’s grill tips; Top Chef winner hits street; 2,500-calorie pasta; grocery store restaurants growing

Homer Simpson’s grilling tips reported by Parade Magazine:
– “I find that a half pound of meat really wakes up a veggie burger.”
– “Grill up some vegetables for the vegetarians in your life, like my daughter, Lisa. It’s easy. But remember, no matter how you do it, veggies taste bad.”

Reported by dailycamera.com:
Season Five Top Chef winner Hosea Rosenberg and partner Laura Rice have started a new company, StrEat Chefs, a business that hooks up fast casual dining and gourmet street food trucks, using an Airstream trailer as a love nest. StrEat Chefs will be bringing the Airstream to Chautauqua, the Louisville Street Faire and the Twenty Ninth Street Mall this summer, as well as making lunch stops at local businesses and catering. However, the pair are thinking beyond Boulder. He and Rice hope to test-drive the concept in Boulder and then take it on the road, specifically to food-loving towns with the demographics to appreciate menu items ranging from homemade tater tots and the Vietnamese sandwich, bahn mi, to healthy salads and noodle bowls. “Our goal is to be the first national company of street food,” Rosenberg says. (Details: streatchefs.com)

Reported by AP:
The popularity of Bravo’s “Top Chef” has led to the launch of TopChefUniversity.com, a comprehensive online curriculum taught by the show’s celebrity chefs. Students pay $25 per month for self-paced classes that begin with kitchen basics and progress through increasingly complex lessons.

Reported by WebMD:
The latest list of terrible-for-you restaurant food is out, according to Michael Jacobson, executive director of the consumer group Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI):
California Pizza Kitchen Tostada Pizza with Grilled Steak: 1,680 calories, 32 grams saturated fat (50% more than recommended for adults), and 3,300 milligrams sodium.
Five Guys Bacon Cheeseburger: contains 920 calories and 30 grams of saturated fat.
P.F. Chang’s Double Pan-Fried Noodles Combo: 1,820 calories and 7,690 milligrams of sodium, more than a five-day supply.
Cheesecake Factory Pasta Carbonara with Chicken: 2,500 calories (25% more than an adult should get in a whole day) and 85 grams of saturated fat, according to the CSPI.

Reported by naturalfoodsmerchandiser.com:
“The recession has people looking for cheaper options to traditional restaurants. Couple this with a society in dire need of convenience and you’ve got a recipe for grocery store restaurants. Evidence of this trend was found across nearly 20 product categories, according to recent research conducted by Technomic for its RMS (Retailer Meal Solutions) Monitor intelligence service. While rotisserie chicken, macaroni and cheese and deli salads remain a substantial part of the mix, they are by no means the sole anchor to capture consumer attention and dollars, the report says. “From Korean-style barbecue, Hispanic baked goods and Mediterranean salads to gourmet versions of retro Americana sides, made-to-order specialty sandwiches and chicken wings in a host of flavors, it’s immediately clear that ‘deli’ doesn’t do these offerings justice,” says Jenny Anderson, manager of the RMS Monitor project.

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Nibbles Colorado food column: http://yellowscene.com/2010/05/18/on-the-food-trail/

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