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Los Angeles Food Events This May

Los Angeles Food Events This May

Here's a rundown of food events to look forward to in Los Angeles this May:

Sorprendente at Oliverio Comes to Avalon Hotel

The second annual Sorprendente festival will be held May 8 from 6:00 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills. This poolside food festival will feature wine, cocktails, pasta, and seafood. $85 per person, tickets available here.

Chef Ben Ford Publishes Taming of the Feast

Chef Ben Ford’s new book, "Taming of the Feast: Ben Ford’s Field Guide to Adventurous Cooking," will be available in late May.

Restaurant High: Rock the Obstacles Comes to LA Live

On May 9, over 400 restauranteurs will gather at LA Live to attend sessions covering topics of interest to the food industry. The conference will close with a marquee session with Guy Fieri, Kimbal Musk and Mark McGrath. For more information and to buy tickets, go to http://www.cvent.com/events/restaurant-high-rock-the-obstacles/agenda-764464745b4c4482880cd8dc982539c7.aspx.

Loews Reopens After Renovation

This May, Loews Hollywood Hotel will reopen after a $31 million renovation. In addition to a new sleek contemporary design, the resort will offer luxury services and amenities.

Casey’s Cupcakes

Located in six stores thoughout Southern California, Casey’s Cupcakes is featuring Awesome Almond Raspberry Delight as their flavor of the month for May.

Duff Goldman's Cakemix Offers New Menu Items

Ace of Cakes Chef Duff Goldman launched a new menu of items for Cakemix including his Cake-In-A-Jar flavors confetti cake with vanilla buttercream, vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream, and chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream and chocolate chips.

Patina Celebrates 15th Season at Hollywood Bowl

Patina Restaurant Group returns for its 15th season providing cuisine at the Hollywood Bowl. Offerings include the al fresco wine bar and lounge, a la carte menu items for box seat holders from restaurants like Nishi Sushi Bar and Staccato, as well as custom picnic baskets.

Reopening of The Must Wine Bar Downtown

The Must Wine Bar reopens downtown with a new location, menu and chef. Over 100 wines are available to pair with chef Drew Coleman’s menu.

Hotel Del Coronado Unveils Del Beach

May marks the launch of Del Beach at the iconic Hotel Del Coronado, a new waterfront area featuring daybeds, cabanas and recreational activities for adults and children. Del Beach will also offer salads, sandwiches, and cocktails.

Red O Offers Cinco De Mayo Cocktails

Chef Rick Bayless’ Red O restaurants will offer “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” themed cocktails from May 2 through May 5 in honor of Cinco de Mayo.

Willie Jane’s Offers New Daytime Bites

Beginning in May, Venice’s Willie Jane’s will offer a new menu of takeaway lunch bites on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The new items expand on the restaurants Southern inspired California fare.

Café Del Rey Beefs Up Menu

Marina Del Rey’s Café Del Rey pays tribute to modern steakhouses by beefing up their primarily seafood menu with two new steak dishes. Both the Wagyu New York Steak and Chateau Filet have been added to the Spring menu.

End Hunger Gala at 57

Downtown’s new 57 restaurant will be hosting an End Hunger Gala on May 12. Six chefs will each cook a course for the benefit with proceeds going to the Los Angeles Food Bank.Tickets are $275 and can be purchased at here.

Adoteca Announces Wine Dinners

Brentwood’s Adoteca is paring with wineries in Piedmont Italy to offer wine paired prix fixe menus on May 12 and 28. Menus include appetizers, pasta, a first and second course, and dessert. $75 and $85.

M Café Offers $5 Menu

M Café, the Beverly Hills macrobiotic eatery, is celebrating their 5-year anniversary with five dishes for only $5 on May 5, offered from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tipple and Brine Opens in Sherman Oaks

Tipple and Brine, the new restaurant focusing on fresh sustainable seafood, has opened in Sherman Oaks. In addition to outstanding seafood, the new eatery offers a specialty cocktail menu putting modern twists on classic drinks.

The W Hotel Launches New Menus

The W Hotel’s Ninethirty and The Backyard are launching new lunch, brunch and dinner menus. New dishes focus on classic comfort food favorites made with locally grown products.

Dominick’s Hosts Crawfish Broil

West Hollywood’s Dominicks is hosting their 5th Annual Crawfish Boil on May 17 and 24. In addition to Big Easy inspired dishes, chef Brandon Boudet will also be serving New Orleans inspired cocktails.

Terrazza Opens at Casa Del Mar

Hotel Casa Del Mar’s new café and lounge, Terrazza, is opening in late May at the seaside resort. The new design features handmade heated ceramic tiles, hand carved Italian wooden tables and a textured raffia ceiling. The menu will blend Italian and Californian cuisine.

La Sandia Hosts Guacamole Festival

Santa Monica’s La Sandia is offering five different types of guacamole throughout May. Each is inspired by a different region in Mexico and is prepared tableside.

Chaya Offers New Kaisen Menu

Chaya downtown is offering a new Kaisen menu featuring Saikyo miso white seabass, soft shell crab, and panko breaded sardines as well as other seafood dishes with a Japanese slant.

Fred 62 Offers Late Night Menu

Fred 62 in Hollywood has launched a menu of late-night snacks on their Night Owl Stoner and Drunkards menu. The all-night diner is offering lobster tacos, Frito pie, mac n' BBQ balls, and waffle sliders in addition to other items.

Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel Offering Pageant of the Masters Packages

Ritz Carlton at Laguna Niguel is taking reservations for their special Pageant of the Masters packages which include accommodations, tickets and a backstage tour at the Pageant of the Masters and a welcome amenity.

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Unboxing the LA Regional Food Bank Box

The LA Regional Food Bank’s two distribution centers in South Los Angeles and Commerce are operating with no substantial constraints – except for following LA County Department of Public Health guidelines, including social distancing.

Food distribution has increased by 80% since mid-March through early August 2020. The Food Bank has distributed 44 million pounds of food, the equivalent of 36 million meals – including 805,000 emergency food boxes distributed to families and individuals (2.4 million individuals* served in total) through our network of over 600 partner agencies, the Food Bank’s Mobile Food Pantry and direct distributions.

Have you ever wondered what goes into the Food Box? We’ve broken down what to expect when picking up an emergency food kit that many of our neighbors have recently sought out – some times for the first time given the new economic hardship the pandemic has caused for so many.

At one of the more substantial drive-through distributions, Food Bank President and CEO Michael Flood opens a freezer box or kit and fresh produce in this video . He walks us through the 25-pound box filled with chicken drumsticks, chicken patties, and filet portions of Alaska Pollock.

The box is a good amount of protein for a family for a week and the idea is to add in fresh produce and shelf-stable items to help families in the coming weeks.

Within each box includes some information, so people are aware of the resources that are available to them. We have a lot of people who are brand new to seeking food assistance and they may not be aware of other programs that can assist them. We have information about the CalFresh Program (the traditional Food Stamp Program) and how to apply for it online or by calling their call center. We also have information on WIC (Women, Infants and Children Program). There’s information on the Senior/Older Adults Meals Program and 211 LA County, a critical resource not just about food assistance but also for other resources. You will also find information about our Food Pantry locator, where people can learn where there are food resources in their local communities.

The Food Bank’s Director of Operations Scott Newton takes you inside our emergency food kit, where you will typically find a mix of healthy food (fresh produce, protein, rice, soups, beans, and trail mix – enough to feed an entire family of four for a whole week), as seen in this video .

The Food Bank continues to mobilize resources to fight hunger in our community, reaching even more people in need during the pandemic. We aim to educate and inform those we serve about the importance of healthy diet and lifestyle choices. We focus on distributing nutritious food: nearly 20% of what we distribute is fresh produce and 84% of what is distributed is rated as nutritious. The Food Bank offers nutrition education classes that take place during and after our After School Meals Program, when in session. Nutritious handouts are included for our BackPack Program. Many of our agencies provide recipes and other nutrition-related resources for clients.

To learn more about the Programs and Services at the Food Bank, be sure to visit our programs page.

*This post was published on July 6, and the stats were updated on August 7, 2020 – for the latest details and stats, visit our COVID-19 page >


Immersive Van Gogh

True to its name, this exhibition transforms the iconic paintings of Vincent van Gogh into moving, wall-filling projections. &ldquoImmersive Van Gogh&rdquo promises half-a-million cubic feet of projections that pull from some of the post-Impressionist&rsquos most recognizable pieces, including The Bedroom, Sunflowers and, yes, The Starry Night.

Dance at Dusk

Live dance returns to the Music Center&mdashoutdoors only for now&mdashwith this series of ticketed ballet, tap and modern dance performances on a new stage set up in the Jerry Moss Plaza, plus a free stream on Sunday evenings.

Ai Weiwei: Trace

Originally staged at Alcatraz, &ldquoTrace&rdquo displays portraits of activists and prisoners of conscience made from millions of LEGO bricks. Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was inspired to create this installation after he was imprisoned in Beijing due to his political activism.

Rooftop Cinema Club

The masters of alfresco rooftop movie viewing have returned, with both a Santa Monica drive-in and a new rooftop in El Segundo.

Grand Park’s Celebration Spectrum

Make up for a year of missed celebrations with this joyous installation in Grand Park. The free, month-long display from web radio collective dublab, artist Tanya Aguiñiga and curator Mark &ldquoFrosty&rdquo McNeill is blanketing the Downtown L.A. park in a series of five visual and audio pieces.

Judson Studios: Stained Glass from Gothic to Street Style

See more than 100 works pulled from the archives of Judson Studios, L.A.&rsquos celebrated 123-year-old glass studio, in this examination of its collaborations with contemporary artists pushing the boundaries of art glass. Objects on display at the Forest Lawn Museum include stained glass artworks, preparatory drawings, oil paintings, watercolors and archival photographs.

Goat Yoga at the Gamble House

Partake in some goat yoga on the front lawn of one of SoCal&rsquos most handsome homes during this series at the Gamble House. Pasadena&rsquos Arts and Crafts masterpiece is inviting yogis to come stretch and practice their posture as a trip of goats trots around. The Nigerian Dwarf kids come from goat yoga specialists Hello Critter, and the Gamble House notes that its class suits both first-timers coming just for the goats and more experienced attendees looking for a challenge. Each half-hour class is bookended with 15 minutes of petting and pictures. You&rsquore encourage to bring your own yoga mat or towel, but if you don&rsquot want it to collect with little goat presents, you can rent a sanitized mat for $5.

We Rise

This Mental Health Awareness Month event is pulling together a bunch of community events, like a CicLAvia-hosted bike ride and a BLM LA-endorsed workshop on breathwork and healing digital programming from Get Lit and Drag Queen Story Hour, among others and a total of 21 in-person art installations.

Made in L.A.

The Hammer Museum&rsquos excellent, ongoing series of biennial exhibitions ups the ante each year with its spotlight on emerging and under-recognized L.A. artists, and the fifth edition is no exception&mdashwith a co-presentation at the Huntington Library, too.

Tropical Nights at Manuela’s Garden Bar

The already-mostly-outdoors Manuela recently expanded into the Hauser & Wirth complex&rsquos street art-filled garden, and now the boozy spinoff has hatched a weekly series to wind down into the weekend. Every Friday night, from 5:30 to 9pm, you can step into the art gallery&rsquos Garden Bar to find eight tiki-inspired cocktails.

Movies on Location

Catch a series of movies in the Valley screened at the locations where they were shot or at a local landmark that fits the film&rsquos theme. So far, My Valley Pass, the area visitors&rsquo guide that runs the event, has lined up showings of the Bow Wow-starring roller skating flick Roll Bounce at car-hop-serving Cupid&rsquos Hot Dogs in Winnetka &rsquo80s BMX movie RAD at the Valley Relics Museum and Punch-Drunk Love at Eckhart Auto Body, which was used as Adam Sandler&rsquos office. Chairs will be provided and the sound will be broadcoast via speakers, but you can also opt to rent wireless headphones for $5.


Italian Food

Migliaccio by Maria Laura Pignata: Video Recipe

Agretti, the Sexy Wild Weed of Springtime

Springtime Vegetable Cutlets

Pasta

Cold Pasta: 3 Tricks + 3 Recipes for a Perfect Salad

10 Fresh Pea Recipes for the Weekend

Panissa aka Ligurian Chickpea Fritters

Orecchiette Pasta at Its Lightest

Spreadable Cheese by Way of Trieste

Basic

Eat, Drink + Think

_Amy Zitelman co-founded Soom Foods with her sisters Shelby and Amy in 2013. Good timing: they focused on top-quality tahini just as the Middle Eastern ingredient craze — sumac! silan! zaatar! — was spreading across restaurant dining rooms and supermarket shelves. Philadelphia chef Michael Solomonov of Zahav and, well, everything, gave them their first order, and they’ve been selling hundreds of thousands pounds of the stuff to consumers and restaurants ever since.

The Jewish Herbal: Mallow

Courtesy of Devorah Brous

“The Jewish Herbal: Mystical Reflections on Food, Nature and Urban Farming” is a regular column by Devorah Brous charting the ways we can use mystical Jewish wisdom, earth-based practices and herbal wellness to reconnect with ourselves in harmony with nature. Dev is an urban homesteader, lifecycle ritualist, and green consultant in Los Angeles. Find her her online offerings at @Dev.Brous

‘The Saucy Soprano’ blogs traditional Jewish food, with a side of raunch

Courtesy of Melina Schein

For some, it was sourdough. For Melina Schein, it involved a tongue.

Brown sugar chocolate sheet cake with chocolate labneh frosting

Image by Carly Pildis

Brown sugar chocolate sheet cake with chocolate labneh frosting

This is the perfect time for sheet cake. It feeds a crowd, it’s colorful and frankly, everyone loves it. A one bowl wonder with plenty of kids to lick the bowl after you make frosting - the easiest frosting ever.

Together again - This calls for sheet cake this Shabbat

Image by Carly Pildis

Brown sugar chocolate sheet cake with chocolate labneh frosting

#tweetyourshabbat is a global movement founded by Carly Pildis, celebrating the struggle and joy of getting Shabbat on the table every week. This is a place for real dinners and real conversations about Jewish life. Join us at Forward in sharing what you’ll be eating and how your feeling this week at #TweetYourShabbat


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Whether the family celebration is simple or lavish, keep Mom in the spotlight and spoil her just a little. Ask her how you can make her day memorable. Just this once, she may ask for a lot, but she knows it's only for a day.

If dinner at a restaurant seems too hectic on Mother's Day, why not create the perfect vegan meal at home. Begin by setting the table with a tablecloth and cloth napkins, and create a warm ambience with candlelight. Then, enjoy a Vegan Mother's Day Dinner by dining leisurely and savoring every course that celebrates Mother Nature's best offerings.
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For your own fiesta, bring a myriad of colors to the table with a bright tablecloth, napkins, and flowers. Decorate the room with large, brightly colored paper flowers, and don't forget the music. Perhaps you might even find your feet moving as soon as you hear La Raspa or La Cucaracha, two well-known folk favorites.

Enjoy a banquet of vegan recipes in the Mexican and TexMex style--muchas comidas (much food) to share with family, friends, and even neighbors. With each household contributing a dish, a neighborhood party may be an ideal way to celebrate the holiday and enjoy tasting a large variety of dishes.
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We would love to put up a sign that says "COVID-19 KEEP OUT!" Reality is that the Coronavirus does not listen to our plea and is going to be with us for quite some time. In the midst of this very contagious pandemic we must all be very careful with anything or anyone we come in contact with. Safe practices are imperative to save our own lives and the lives of others!

For importanat prevention information, see BE THE HOUSEHOLD CHIEF OF CORONA CARE.

While our readers "Shelter in Place," they may need a few funny moments to relieve the fear and anxiety that haunts them during this crisis. As a public service, Vegetarians in Paradise is assembling photos, signs, short videos, and quotes to cheer up and, perhaps, make them smile after reading our "Silly Stuff."

We invite our readers to send us more Coronavirus Silly Stuff to add to this melange. Meanwhile, we'll keep you giggling with additional wacky updates each month.
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A new vegan cooking show, New Day, New Chef, has hit Amazon Prime. Jane Velez-Mitchell, former CNN Headline News journalist and bestselling author will bring the show to life as the host. Velez-Mitchell is best known for her two decades of experience as a vegan as well as her passionate advocation of animal rights.

In the six episodes that have been released, soon to be eight with two more episodes on the way, vegan celebrities and athletes join Velez-Mitchell to cook by her side. NBA star John Salley, Olympic Cyclist Dotsie Bausch, and "90210" actress Christine Elise are just a few of the plant-based celebrity guests featured on this show.
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On Mother's Day, you'll want to create a meal featuring foods that Mom considers her special favorites. In our family, this salad delivers giant smiles and warm hugs of appreciation from Mom. She says the colorful presentation is happiness in a bowl that's loaded with sweet and salty flavors all mingled together. To make the salad even more exceptional, we've surrounded it with some tasty side dishes to make a meal that zings with joy!

Because not everyone finds the same foods delightful and pleasing, feel free to make substitutions with fruits or veggies that deliver the ultimate in dining pleasure. We aim for a truly celebratory occasion because we all want Mom to remember her special day with happy memories.
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To give Mom's celebration a touch of zesty flavors and textures, add a pack of delicious side dishes to turn the homey Fruity Kale Salad or any other salad into a spectacular meal presentation. The tasty dishes below are loaded with flavor and are super-easy to assemble. Even better, they can be prepared a day ahead, covered, and refrigerated. Then, all that you'll need to do is make a quick trip to the refrigerator!

All you'll need to complete the Mom's special brunch, lunch, or dinner, is a basket of sliced whole-grain breads or rolls and hummus or nut-butter spread. And, don't forget to ask Mom if she would like water, sparkling water, juice, coffee or tea. Perhaps, Mom might prefer a glass of sauvignon blanc or a flute of bubbly champagne. Read More.

For the month of May, Baskin-Robbins is adding a vegan ice cream flavor made with oat milk to its menu nationwide -- making it the first national chain to launch oat milk-based ice cream. The May Flavor of the month is Non-Dairy Strawberry Streusel and features a creamy oat milk base dotted with strawberries, cinnamon granola, and crumbly streusel. The new limited-time flavor is just the beginning for Baskin-Robbins, which plans to release new vegan flavors made with oat milk later this year.

"We're a brand that's all about creating new flavor experiences and with so many people living plant-based or flexitarian lifestyles today, we couldn't be more excited to launch our new oat milk-based option," Shannon Blakely, Vice President of Marketing & Culinary at Baskin-Robbins, said. "We're so passionate about this new base and Flavor of the Month as it's not just an evolution of our offerings, but a sign of our passion and commitment to creating what's 'next' in frozen desserts."
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It can be hard to keep up with the plant-based food industry. Every month seems to bring buzzy product launches and press releases from startups about the millions of dollars they've raised from investors. At the same time, big-name traditional food companies continue to launch their own lines of dairy- and meat-free foods at a rapid clip.

Each year the Plant Based Foods Association and the Good Food Institute -- the two main groups that advocate for meat and dairy alternatives -- publish a state of the industry of sorts, analyzing how these products actually perform in grocery stores. It's a useful zoom-out that helps put the blitz of plant-based food development into perspective.

Their latest report looked at 2020 sales figures and found that -- as with the previous year -- plant-based food retail sales grew much faster (27 percent) than the total US retail food market (15 percent). And this wasn't just on the coasts there was more than 25 percent growth in all US census regions.
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Acclaimed cookbook author Bryant Terry is a well-honed chef, educator, and author whose aim is inspiring others to embrace healthy eating and appreciate the foods of the Vegetable Kingdom, the title of his most recent cookbook. Terry believes vegetables really are kid-friendly and discovered his two young daughters love most of the recipes in the book. They actually ate and tasted most of the recipes and took on the all-important role of keeping the author inspired.

Terry's recipes and cooking techniques reflect not only his background in the African Diaspora, but also his wife Jidan's Asian roots with ingredients and flavors from the East and Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, and the American South. This exceptional chef feels he communicates best by creating recipes that include seasonings and techniques that reflect his ancestral roots.
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Foie gras is a foreign specialty and a big favorite of many restaurant-goers, and because it is rather pricy, it's often reserved as a special treat for big occasions. But foie gras is not simply an innocent meal choice rather it is a highly controversial one.

For those unaware, foie gras is defined as "the liver of a duck or goose fattened by gavage" under French law. Gavage is the administration of food or drugs by force, especially to an animal, typically through a tube leading down the throat to the stomach. Immediately, this definition raises some red flags. As we know for our own health and safety, the ingestion of excessive fatty products is not only highly dangerous for the health of our livers, but also for our overall well-being. As humans, we are constantly told to "watch our diets" and to monitor the amount of fat we eat, so we can remain in good health.
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Dairy has been a significant part of the USDA's dietary guidelines for decades. But dairy is not an uncontroversial category as part of government recommendations, especially when those recommendations have wide ramifications, as the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) do. In response, a group of doctors associated with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine have sued the USDA, claiming that the department's push for dairy is not in line with current understanding of nutrition, and is instead designed to promote the American dairy industry.

The National Dairy Council was a significant player in the early days of the US Public Health Service, providing milk to schools and releasing pamphlets promoting the idea that milk is a vital part of childhood nutrition. Milk is, in fact, a pretty nutrient-dense food, but there's nothing exactly unique about it all of the nutrients in milk are perfectly available in other sources.
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Bein' a mother of a lively family of 4 kids, I remember them days a-way back when they was still purty young an' tryin ta make a dessert fer Mother's Day. I have mighty fine memories o' all sorts o' chocolate puddin'. Sometimes it come out runny an' other times it was like tar. But I always ate ever' bit of it an' said it was mighty deeeelicious!

Our family chocolate puddin' an' chocolate mousse come a long way since them days.. Fer Mother's Day this year, you kin dip yer desert spoon in a mighty fine combination o' cocoa powder an instant coffee powder, along with sugar an' maple syrup, maple and vanilla flavorin'.
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Vegan ultrarunner Robbie Belanger did the seemingly impossible in 2019, when he ran 3,175 miles across the United States in 75 days. Most recently, the ultrarunner teamed up with Ten Thousand and the Feats of Strength series when planning his next athletic endeavor: setting a new world record for the fastest known time (FKT) in the Central Park Loop Challenge.

A well-known event among distance runners, the challenge consists of running as many laps of the park's 6.1km track as possible during its daily opening hours of 6:05 a.m. and 12:55 a.m. The previous record was 11 laps of the park, comprising 67.1 miles, completed in a time of 14 hours. Belanger's goal was to surpass this by completing 17 laps -- more than 100 miles -- during the 18 hours and 50 minutes that the park is open.
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Tons of diet books make their debut at the beginning of the year because publishers know the inevitable--so many people have added pounds during the year-end festivities. Most diet books promise a new, slimmed-down you that will be the envy of all your friends.

The number of people staying on these diet plans for any length of time is amazingly low, yet not surprising. Most of these diets fail because people feel deprived by the limited calories and smaller portions that leave them hungry and unsatisfied.
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Hourglass Cosmetics and Unilever have teamed up to create a vegan carmine alternative. The insect-free ingredient is the star of Hourglass's new special-edition shade, Confession Refillable Lipstick Red 0.

Featuring a red applicator embellished with a beetle, Red O "symbolizes Hourglass ongoing commitment to animal welfare: Zero animal byproducts, zero insects harmed."

Carmine is traditionally made from crushed cochineal beetles. The red pigment is commonly used in a wide range of products--such as cosmetics, paints, and certain foods--to give them their red coloring.

According to Unilever CEO, Alan Jope, there are 70,000 insects in a single pound of carmine. "You might want to sit down for this bombshell," he wrote in a LinkedIn post. "There could be as many as 1,000 insects in a single lipstick."
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Be sure to check past Vegetarians in Paradise stories on carmine/cochineal.


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Crisp, beautiful, and oh, so timely, The Meatless Monday Family Cookbook by Jenn Sebestyen has arrived at bookstores at the perfect moment in our food-inspired and health-troubled era. Jenn is the creator of Veggie Inspired, the blog that brings great plant-based meals to households across the globe.

Meatless Monday owes its inspiration to Dr. Bob Lawrence, director of the Center for a Livable Future at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Sid Lerner, founder of the Meatless Monday Global Movement. Recognizing the importance of improving the health of people and the planet, they jump-started a campaign in 2003 that would begin on a Monday to take meat off the plate one full day a week.
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If we are judged by the company we keep, we are in good company. Vegetarians in Paradise bedfellows turn out to be an impressive group of organizations interested in public health.
The roster of organizations includes Columbia University Mailman School of Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Syracuse University Newhouse School of Public Communications. They're all on board to promote Meatless Monday, a campaign to improve national health and benefit the environment. We would like to urge our readers to join us in bringing this message to the attention of the public.
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Download this free cookbook filled with recipes from local Chinatown restaurants

ɺround the Roundtable: Recipes for Chinatown Favorites' seeks to support Chinatown businesses all over New York.

By Anna Ben Yehuda Posted: Tuesday May 4 2021 , 12:44 PM

Volunteer organization Send Chinatown Love has been doing a lot throughout the past year to support local businesses heavily impacted by COVID-19 in Chinatown neighborhoods all over New York. Its latest effort, a new free digital cookbook highlighting delicious recipes sourced from the very restaurants the organization helps support, is deserving of all of your attention.

Photograph: Peggy Chen Wing Hing

You can download Around the Roundtable: Recipes for Chinatown Favorites right here (a suggested donation of $15 is encouraged!). Fair warning: you'll want to get cooking right away.

Among the book's standouts you'll find a recipe for Bodhi Kosher's sweet and sour ribs, another one for the furu sesame noodles at Junzi Kitchen, alongside New Win's Mongolian beef, the white chocolate matcha latte boba from Lazy Sundaes and Dr. Meifang's flu and prevention cure tea, as shared by Grand Tea & Imports.

Photograph: Peggy Chen Grand Tea & Imports

You'll notice a bit of history accompanying each recipe as well. The origin stories of these eateries are just as fascinating as the food they are currently offering, after all.

"Consider this cookbook our version of a dinner turntable offering, overflowing with small business stories and revered family recipes that are within arm&rsquos reach no matter where you are in the world," reads the organization's official website. "With this cookbook, we look to pay homage to our communities in New York City, and invite you to share a seat at our table."

Photograph: Peggy Chen Shun Fa

In addition to bringing attention to the various local businesses through its new recipe collection, Send Chinatown Love partnered with female-founded online Asian grocery store Umamicart to launch two curated grocery collections inspired by the cookbook itself. A portion of the proceeds from the grocery sales will benefit the volunteer project itself.

Photograph: Peggy Chen Sun's Organic Garden

Each one of the two curated collections is available for next-day delivery in New York&mdashso you've got no excuse not to cook yourself a nice dinner at home this week. Here are some details about both:

The first one features the ingredients needed to make Wing Hing's baby shrimp fried rice, from frozen peeled shrimp to Napa cabbage, five pounds of Kokuho Rose pink medium grain rice and Urban Roots English peas. The second grocery list focuses on East Village restaurant 886's Taiwanese sausage fried rice recipe. Expect the order to include Chinese sweet sausage, organic green onions, Bull Head Sacha BBQ sauce and Lee Kum Kee chicken bouilon powder among other delicacies.

Photograph: Peggy Chen Kam Hing

Cooking for the benefit of others has never been this easy&mdashso what are you still waiting for? Go download the cookbook and order some groceries, it's time to put your chef's hat on.

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Some of the Best Texas Barbecue Is in Los Angeles

Andrew and Michelle Muñoz of Moo&rsquos Craft Barbecue have gone from pop-ups in their East L.A. backyard to their insanely popular Smorgasburg tent, and they&rsquore only getting started.

This is it. This is the moment when East L.A. backyard legend Andrew Muñoz of Moo’s Craft Barbecue establishes himself as one of the most formidable pitmasters in the country. He’s quit his job as a commercial insurance underwriter to focus on cooking the best Texas-style brisket and beef ribs Los Angeles has ever tasted. This meat is marvelously supple, moist, smoky, beefy, and fat-flecked, the kind of thing that’s achieved only through extraordinary skill combined with time and love.

Andrew’s wife, Michelle, says her primary job is still being the mother of their sons, who are 5 and 7. But she’s also a crucial part of Moo’s. Michelle, who was a cosmetologist before becoming a stay-at-home mom, is a great chef who deftly weaves in Mexican-American flavors when making verde pork sausages and Moo’s sides like esquites.

Moo’s has a tent every Sunday at downtown L.A.’s Smorgasburg food market, and the barbecue is so remarkable that there’s always a line until the meat is gone. Even when it’s cold and rainy, guests wait 30 to 45 minutes.

The Muñozes, who were born and raised in L.A., are looking for a standalone brick-and-mortar location where they can open a restaurant and park their 500-gallon offset smokers. They𠆝 like to be in the Eastside or maybe downtown or possibly in the San Gabriel Valley, where they met as teenagers. They𠆝 like to have their restaurant open later this year.

It’s important to understand the magnitude of what’s happening. Moo’s isn’t just serving Texas-style barbecue that’s considered good for L.A. or California. This food, including beef ribs that are on the level of what you get at Dallas standout Cattleack Barbecue, is comparable to the top-tier meat you’ll find in Texas. Don’t just take it from me (even though I lived the first two decades of my life in Texas and can tell you that Moo’s tastes like some of my happiest memories). Houston-based photographer Ben Sassani just Instagrammed a photo with a caption that read: “If @mooscraftbarbecue was in Texas, it𠆝 be top 10. No argument.” The experts who quickly chimed in to agree included Robert Jacob Lerma, the king of Texas barbecue photographers.

This is a remarkable moment. Texas barbecue has become a cuisine with no borders. What state you’re in matters so much less than the quality of what you serve. From Matt’s BBQ in Portland to ZZQ in Richmond, Virginia, to James Beard Award semifinalist Billy Durney’s Hometown Bar-B-Que in Brooklyn, Texas barbecue has become a very serious and very good thing around the country.


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