Welcome to Week 39 of 2019. Chef Works® Weekly Bites is where we take a dive into the notable and fun food stories of the week.
First up is guess the quote: “Life is a combination of magic and pasta.” (Do you know who said it? Answer at the bottom).
OK, what are we blaming millennials for ruining this week? Seems like we can’t go a week without the generation of the millennium (unfairly) catching some flak for ruining something or other. This week it’s the Amtrak food cart. Gone will be the days of white linen and meal reservations while taking a romantic train journey.
Amtrak is taking a cue from Boomers and blaming millennials for the change, citing a desire to lure a younger generation of riders who just want to look at their phones in private all day. “Some people really like [the dining car] and view it as sort of a nostalgic train experience,” Peter Wilander, Amtrak’s vice president of product development and customer experience, told the Post. “Some people, especially our new millennial customers, don’t like it so much. They want more privacy, they don’t want to feel uncomfortable sitting next to people.”
- Food Business News takes a swing at forecasting some future food trends. Some seem spot-on.
- What is the “blood” factor in Impossible Meat? Now that it’s available in stores, the secret is out. The Associated Press has the report.
- The chicken sandwich wars of 2019 just escalated to an entirely new level. KFC announced recently that in 40 locations it’s testing a Chicken & Donuts sandwich. Not sure yet if it’s brilliant or disturbing. Business Insider has the details.
Up-market, bespoke KitKat bars? That’s what Nestle is bringing to the table in the UK. Here’s the report from The Guardian that details more than 1,500 flavor combinations that are great for tea time.
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Quote answer: Federico Fellini