The Coffee Fest Tradeshow is coming to Portland. Usually held in Seattle, it will be in Portland on October 17th – 19th at the Oregon Convention Center. Designed for those involved with retailing coffee, tea and related products, the festival covers barista certification, latte art championships, best coffeehouse and espresso competitions, coffee education and lots of exhibitors. More information here.
A bit more on Le Vieux which is taking over the Noisette space in NW Portland. San Francisco restaurateurs Annette Yang’s is partnering with chef Brian Leitner. He worked as a cook in the Chez Panisse café when Troy McLarty Jehnee Rains were there. After Chez he started a catering company before going into business with Annette at Nettie’s Crab Shack. Lately Brian has been helping Troy at Bollywood as well as working at Davenport while waiting for Vieux to open. According to all accounts, Leitner is a terrific guy.
Some things have to be seen to be believed. Such is the case with Burger King‘s black cheese burger in Japan. The buns are made from bamboo charcoal, onion, garlic sauce is made with squid ink, beef patties are made with black pepper, and the cheese is made with bamboo charcoal. Makes my mouth feel dry just looking at it.
Finally, Airline Food Delivered to Your Doorstep! From Mashable,
Travelers who can’t get enough of the food only available at 30,000 feet are in luck: There is now a service in Germany that will provide home delivery of airplane meals. Online German grocery store Allyouneed.com is launching the service — called Air Food One — to deliver either a “classic” or “vegetarian” meal once a week.
The food will be provided by LSG Sky Chefs to use up leftover food. Sounds better and better, doesn’t it? But wait, there’s more! This is business class food, so um, that’s something. Yes, I have a photo:
Every Wednesday, customers receive a meal on the doorstep, ready for reheating. The service costs $11.50 – $13 a plate US. Hopefully they tone down the spices – did you know that airplane food has to be spiced much more strongly, as our taste-buds don’t work the same at 40K feet?
Finally, because it is so odd but also kind of brilliant, we have a Kickstarter project from OZZ, which “Takes the guesswork out of mixing cocktails”. It is an odd-looking “interactive cocktail shaker” which looks like a plastic ring. A scale is built in. You set your glass in the ring, and use your smartphone to pull up the drink recipe you want to make. It tells you the order of ingredients, and as you put each one in, the ring flashes to let you know when you’ve added the perfect amount. You can see a video of it here.