News and events, and the Tostitos contest winner!

Congratulations to Kelly, who won the draw for the 2 bags of blue corn Tostitos and a lovely chip basket! I will be sending you an e-mail. I hope you enjoy them; personally, I find that blue corn chips have a slightly different taste than yellow corn tortilla chips and go really well with salsa, but doesn’t fit as well with cheese.

And now, here’s some news for you:

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The Great Food Revolution: A Citizen’s Guide to Eating in the 21st Century – review of part 3 and 4

Part three and four of the Great Food Revolution was broadcast on the CBC yesterday.

First of all, I have to say I’m ticked off at the CBC’s contest. They changed the contest question for the 2nd week. But the 1st week’s answer was in the 2nd week’s episodes! How on earth was anyone supposed to enter last week?!

The 3rd part of this was “24 Hours, 24 Million Meals: Feeding New York,” and followed some of the many suppliers, vendors, servers, cooks, etc. who feed NYC every day. I liked that this episode had a more focused topic, even though it jumped from person to person. From fishmongers to truffle hunters to feeding the poor, they covered quite a bit. And wow, a 20 million banana shipment! It’s hard to even fully comprehend that many bananas in one place at one moment. Oh and look, there’s the answer to last week’s contest question.

The 4th part was “Food of the Future,” and like the 1st part of this series touched on a number of different subjects related to future trends, rather than focusing a bit more on certain topics. Like that other episode, to me it felt like there wasn’t enough depth and detail dedicated to each item and instead they were just touched on like a quick news story rather than a feature.

My thoughts while watching this part:

  • Did not realize there was molecular gastronomy research being done in Vancouver.
  • Mmm jellyfish.
  • Oh lordy, they’re talking about food bloggers! And Chowhound!

All in all, not a bad series. But the promotion (and cross-promotion) could have been done much, much better.

The Great Food Revolution: A Citizen’s Guide to Eating in the 21st Century – review of part 1 and 2

Just finished watching part one and two of the Great Food Revolution on the CBC.

The first part was interesting, but was way too much like a number of short news features than a cohesive documentary. Too many topics, with too little time spent on each one. I would have been interested in hearing more detail about all the things they talked about.

The second part is much more focused; talking about grocery stores and food producers, and what they do to carry and create products that you will buy. It also brings up the locavore movement.

Loblaws (a.k.a. Superstore) does quite a bit of research into their President’s Choice products. Too bad their stores don’t actually keep items in stock on the shelves. And why do marketing companies only do product launch samples in Toronto? Us out in the prairies could use some free product love too, you know.

Also, CBC – you have typos on your recipes. 🙂

Edited to add: Okay, that’s screwed up. They changed the contest question for the 2nd week. But the 1st week’s answer was in the 2nd week’s episodes!

The Great Food Revolution: A Citizen’s Guide to Eating in the 21st Century

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) will be broadcasting four documentaries on food, on March 19 and 26 via their Doc Zone series. Topics will be how sushi, balsamic vinegar and salad-in-a-bag became popular, competition in the food industry, how New York keeps all its residents fed, and the future of food (including molecular gastronomy).

Now, I would love to link to the Doc Zone page promoting this, but this info isn’t on their site anywhere. Instead, I got the info from a Canadian Press article. Good job CBC.