Author Archive - Courtney Barkley

Mandatory Tips American tipping customs are deeply ingrained in most of us who regularly eat out, with most diners adding 15 to 20 percent to their total ticket automatically as a tip. In addition to being a reward for good service, it’s also seen as… Read More >

Mitigating Impact Risk at Restaurants It is not unreasonable for customers dining at a restaurant to expect a safe environment. Health codes help ensure they are kept safe from food-related dangers, but what about those coming from outside? You may have seen news stories about… Read More >

Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream The latest trend in frozen desserts is nitrogen ice cream, where an ice cream base is flooded with liquid nitrogen for quick freezing. Because nitrogen freezes ice cream so quickly, it allows businesses to completely customize frozen treats exactly as customers… Read More >

Halal Kitchens and Kosher Cuisine Between 2010 and 2016, sales of halal foods in the United States have increased by a third, reaching beyond those with religious dietary restrictions to millennials looking for new eating experiences. Similarly, the demand for kosher foods has grown to… Read More >

Immortalized Ingredients America is scattered with niche museums for everything from buttons to toilet seats, but perhaps the greatest source of potential museum inspiration comes from food. America is home to museums paying homage to popcorn, vinegar, and more. We spoke with the founder and… Read More >

Play With Your Food From its first pixelated appearance in Pac-Man to the perfection of the recipes in Final Fantasy XV, food has been a mainstay in video games from almost the very beginning. It’s not uncommon to see food used as the main object… Read More >

Delicious Decomposition Aging edibles in order to draw out more complex flavors is not a foreign concept to most people; wine, cheese, and many spirits are well-known to improve with time, especially when they are aged under certain conditions. However, meat is not generally one… Read More >

What’s in a Name? Some food names are pretty obvious in their origin – pancakes and BLTs, for example – but others seem unrelated to the fare in question. Many well-known dishes have celebrity origins, though the dishes have often become more famous than the… Read More >

Food and Film When it comes to film productions, anywhere from a few hundred to several thousand people come together to make movie magic. Movie crews often work long hours in remote or secured locations, making traditional lunch breaks where employees can bring their own… Read More >

The Rise of Roadkill Food festivals can be found in almost every American hamlet and burg, with many showcasing local specialties from biscuits to pickled vegetables. One that would take most of the country by surprise, though, is the Roadkill Cook-off held each year in… Read More >

Feeding a Space City Recovery Hurricane Harvey made landfall near Rockport, Texas, on August 25, dropping as much as 50 inches of rain in some locations. The deluge of rain led to widespread flooding, displaced countless people, and left many stranded. First responders and even… Read More >

American Truffles Truffles are one of the highest-priced ingredients available, earning one variety the nickname of “black diamond.” These prized ingredients are hard to come by naturally, difficult to cultivate, and require the help of some four-legged friends to harvest, all of which comes together… Read More >

Who’s in the Pool? There’s a lot of discussion about tipping – who should be tipped, how much they should be tipped, how tipping should affect the minimum wage, and whether tipping should be abolished entirely, just to name a few of the topic’s hotly… Read More >

Fiesta Brand History Bright, bold colors and sturdy construction have earned Fiesta dinnerware a place on America’s table and in its culture. Many people remember the colorful dishes from their childhood, attaching an air of nostalgia to the brand, and a pause in production for… Read More >

Mozzeria Pizza with Melody Stein As of 2011, between 42 and 54 percent of Deaf people were unemployed, compared to the 9.1 percent of the general population out of work at that time. Despite theoretical protection from the Americans with Disabilities Act, members of the… Read More >

The Rise of the Bar Arcade From Pong’s first appearance in 1972, video games were immediately on an upward trajectory, with arcades making them available to the masses without home consoles. Less than 10 years later, arcades had grown to a $7 billion industry. In… Read More >

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