The dark side of Winterlicious, salmonella scare, recession menus on the rise

The dark side of Winterlicious, salmonella scare, recession menus on the rise

The return of lard (Photo by Eleventh Earl of Mar) 

• Winterlicious is a godsend for penny-pinchers and generally unadventurous restaurant-goers, but the two-week event can be gruelling for those behind the scenes. Six survivors weigh in on the downsides. [Toronto Star]

• Toronto may be seeing just the beginning of its restaurants’ attempts to stay afloat. If what’s happening in New York is any indication, our desperate measures could include half-priced bottles of wine, fawning waiters and free parking. [New York Times]

• Lard is going the way of artisanal butter. Its comeback is overdue after years of ridicule. The Guardian’s plaudit reinforces the belief that fat is where the flavour is. [The Guardian]

• Vancouver is now home to Market by Jean-Georges, the latest venture of celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten (who also has restaurants in New York, Paris, London and Shanghai). We hope Toronto will be next. [Globe and Mail]

• The salmonella outbreak that started in Georgia—and has caused six deaths and 470 illnesses across 43 states—may be making its way across the border, warns the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. A recall has been issued for 17 peanut products. [National Post]

• The recession strikes again. Although sales of organic food are still increasing, reports show that the industry’s climax might be behind it. [COG Toronto]