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Advocate Shares Some Farm-to-Mainstream-Media-Table Tips

Last fall, two buses full of Vermont and New York dairy farmers executed a highly successful Big Apple “Cabot Farmers Gratitude Tour.” There were selfies, lots of farmer hugging and “55 Random Acts of Cheddar.”

DailyYonderLogoBut Lorraine Lewandrowski, an attorney and upstate New York dairy farmer who goes by the Twitter handle @NYFarmer, cautions that it takes effort to keep the interests and issues of “deep rural” commodity farmers in front of the MSM. Ahead of a Friday night NYC panel discussion on the future of farming moderated by New York Times food columnist Mark Bittman, Lewandrowski has shared via The Daily Yonder some good tips on how to connect with big-city media. They include:

- Promote our talented rural writers, journalists and photographers. Some of them are experts in their area of writing but are ignored by urban media. Ag and rural journalists have chronicled our ups and down, pouring their hearts into our stories. Point out their writings, photography, creative work and talents out to urban media and create linkages.

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NYT Article Has New Orleans Exclaiming ‘What the Kale!?’

The words that launched the hashtag #NOLAKale and triggered angry local reaction pieces can be found in the seventh paragraph of Lizzy Goodman‘s New York Times travel piece:

“New Orleans is not cosmopolitan,” said the actress Tara Elders. “There’s no kale here.” Her husband, Michiel Huisman, the actor and musician who moved here with Ms. Elders in 2009 to shoot the HBO series Treme (he’s currently on the series Nashville), agreed. “The sign on a shop says that they’ll open at 10? You’re there at noon and it’s not open,” he said.

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Goodman probably came close to not using the Elders remark. It’s the kind of throwaway comment that is often left behind in a reporter’s notes. Elders is most definitely wishing that had been the case. Instead, her “not cosmopolitan” slag has been chewed on by the Times-Picayune‘s Jarvis DeBerry, The Gambit blogger Alejandro de Los Rios and many more.

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Malaysian Journalist Adds Michelin Star

Here’s a vivid reminder of how busy life can be for a New York area restaurant owner. Although the letter alerting Nani Yusof Hughie (pictured) that her Flushing, Queens restaurant Mamak House had been awarded one star in the latest Michelin Guide arrived in late December, she only opened it January 18. Either way, not bad for a modest establishment that is still three months away from its first-year anniversary.

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Hughie, a former full-time journalist with Malaysia’s national news agency Bernama, still freelances. Nevertheless, per a write-up in home country newspaper The Star, food is now her main focus:

“I am surprised and honored by the recognition as I am not a professional chef, and that includes my kitchen team. Furthermore, I am very new in this restaurant business,” she told Bernama via e-mail recently.

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New York Magazine Restaurant Critic Decides It’s Time to Lose the Fake Anonymity

NYMagAdamPlattCoverTo go along with his noggin on the cover of the latest issue, New York restaurant critic Adam Platt has penned a very funny essay about the antiquated business of restaurant critics working their beat anonymously. He explains that a large reason for his decision to come appetizer-plate clean in 2014 is that the on-paper napkin crux of this time-honored journalism tradition wasn’t fooling anyone:

Do they [restaurants] know who you are? (Of course they do.) So why do you register under an assumed name? (Because chefs would otherwise prepare for my arrival.) Will they come up and say hello? (Probably not.) Why not? (Because they’re pretending I’m not here.) Why are they doing that? (Because they want to pretend I’m having a “normal” dining experience.) So ordering the entire menu in one sitting is a “normal” dining experience? (Umm, maybe not for you …)

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Blogger Questions Martha Stewart’s ‘Food Porn’ Skills

The Internet really is the great equalizer. Today’s Exhibit Z – a Monday night post by LA Times food blogger Jenn Harris.

LATJennHarris_LogoHarris, host of Internet radio show Forkin’ Amazing and a self-professed “bacon schmootz lover,” spent some time scrolling through those contentious Martha Stewart food photos. In case you missed it, Stewart has been getting flak from her Twitter followers for the generally poor quality of her iFood photography, and Harris is now right there with these critics:

Some celebrities hire people to tweet for them, but after scrolling her feed, it’s pretty safe to say a professional had nothing to do with it. Most of the photos are poorly lit, which is something we’ve all experienced when trying to take a photo at a dark restaurant. But most are just plain awful. Some are blurry, some look neon and in some you really can’t tell what you’re looking at, no matter how long you look.

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VIDEO: How to Be the Next Celebrity Chef

In Round 2 of our video interview with Food Network chefs, Alex Guarnaschelli and Robert Irvine tell us what it takes to be the next celebrity chef. And they should know. Guarnaschelli, in addition to being executive chef of New York City’s Butter Restaurant, is a recurring judge on Chopped, hosts Alex’s Day Off and has appeared on Iron Chef America as both a judge and a challenger. She earned the title of Iron Chef herself on The Next Iron Chef: Redemption.

Irvine’s claim to fame came on Food Network’s Dinner: Impossible, which spun off into the ever-popular Restaurant: Impossible, now in its seventh season. The British star’s new reality-competition show, Restaurant Express debuts Sunday at 9 p.m. ET.

Also, see: TV Chefs Alex Guarnaschelli, Robert Irvine and Andrew Zimmern on Their Top Foods

VIDEO: TV Chefs Alex Guarnaschelli, Robert Irvine and Andrew Zimmern on Their Top Foods

During this month’s New York City Wine and Food Festival, we caught up with a few celebrity chefs to talk shop. (Although we can neither confirm nor deny the rumored food-poisoning bout at one particular event, we can confirm that the nibbles of pasta, meats, cheeses and mini cupcakes at the NYCWFF Grand Tasting were pretty darn tasty.) In our video interview (Part I of II), Iron Chef and Chopped judge Alex Guarnaschelli tells us about the joys of bacon; Restaurant: Impossible‘s Robert Irvine (whose new Food Network show, Restaurant Express, premieres on Nov. 3) gives us his top three uses for pumpkin; and Andrew Zimmern, host the Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods America (new season airs on Nov. 4), reveals the places in NYC that he hits up “without fail” whenever he’s in town.

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New Haven Beats Out Brooklyn for Latest Pizza Bragging Rights

DailyMealLogoThe Daily Meal doubled the size of its outside expertise this year to rank the nation’s 101 best restaurant pizzas. Under the guidance of executive editor Arthur Bovino, a panel of 46 judges including pizzaquest.com’s Peter Reinhart and I Dream of Pizza’s Jason Feirman narrowed it down from a field of 400 carefully chosen candidates.

The good news is that three of the top ten pies are made right here in the NYC area. The bad news is that all three lost out the top spot to a joint in Connecticut:

1) Frank Pepe’s, New Haven, CT: White Clam Pizza
[Clams, grated Parmesan, olive oil, garlic, oregano]

2) Di Fara, Brooklyn, NY: Classic Round Pie
[Mozzarella, parmesan, plum tomato sauce, basil, olive oil, sausage, peppers, mushroom, onion]

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New York Times Magazine Showcases ‘Life of a Balthazar Potato’

For foodies, this weekend’s piece de resistance is the NYT Sunday magazine. The publication’s second food-focused edition of 2013, the “Restaurant Issue,” includes all sorts of delectable goodies like Willy Staley‘s report on a day-in-the-life of Balthazar kitchen employees.

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Halfway down the online version of Staley’s item, there’s a video by colleague Samantha Stark titled “Frites Show.” Despite the play on words, there’s nothing freaky going on here. Just a wordless montage of how a spud gets from field to gratuity-not-included.

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This Keynote Speaker Invented Flamin’ Hot Cheetos

Some stories never go stale. If you’re not already familiarKCChamberLogo with the mop-to-riches tale of Richard Montañez, PepsiCo North America’s executive vice president, multicultural sales and community activation, let Kansas City Star business, economics and workplace writer Diana Stafford be your guide. Montañez was the featured speaker at a Tuesday morning diversity event hosted by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce:

A Mexican janitor in the Frito-Lay plant in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, tinkers on his own time with a spicy recipe to coat the plant’s Cheetos. His family and friends like it.

He calls up the CEO. This is 1976. Amazingly, the CEO listens to him, thanks to a secretary who lets the call go through. The CEO invites a demonstration.

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