Jul 16, 2010

Culinary Gad News Roundup (7-16-10)

 Vineyards, Temecula Valley

The periodic Gadabout Roundup compiles interesting news from a variety of sources--press releases, industry associations, websites, and more--on the subjects of food, wine, spirits and/or travel.

California Wine Month in Temecula: September is “California Wine Month,” a good time to get out and explore some of the state’s notable wine regions. Temecula Valley is offering visitors a few budget-friendly options at that time. The $40 Sip Passport allows savings of up to $30, giving passport holders a full tasting flight at any of 5 participating wineries. The Sip & Stay package provides 2 Sip Passports, a Deluxe Villa night at the South Coast Winery Resort & Spa (including a bottle of wine and two free tasting flights at the winery), and more. For more info, visit the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association.

Airline Food Kitchens Cited for Unsanitary Conditions:  USA Today reports that “many meals served to passengers on major airlines are prepared in unsanitary and unsafe conditions that could lead to illness.” According to documents examined by the newspaper, FDA inspectors have cited three airline caterers—LSG Sky Chefs, Gate Gourmet, and Flying Food Group—for  numerous health and sanitation inspections in the last two years. Among conditions addressed in the citations are lack of cleanliness in storage facilities and problems with worker hygiene.

Between them, the three caterers operate 91 kitchens providing more than 100 million airline meals annually to U.S. and foreign airlines at U.S. airports, including giants such as Delta, American, United, and Continental.

You can read the entire story, including some rather unsavory details, here.

Cork Recyling Update: A while back I wrote a post about how to recycle wine corks, and now it's time for a small update. I received a press release informing me that, in Las Vegas, the spiffy Double Helix Wine Bar at The Palazzo has teamed up with ReCORK, a Napa non-profit that collects wine corks and recycles them in footwear production. I imagine that a popular place like the Double Helix pulls a lot of corks in the course of a night, so that's great environmental news.

Since I'd never heard of ReCORK, though, I did a little sleuthing. ReCORK is sponsored by Amorim, a Portuguese cork wine closures and SOLE, a leading manufacturer of shoes. Their goal: to recycle natural corks. SOLE has developed a cork blend that replaces some petroleum-based  material with this natural cork. You can learn all about it, as well as determine how to recycle corks in your geographic area, by visiting the ReCORK site.

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