Graphic Stamp Tool by Martí Guixé

By Tom Ran

Published: April 17, 2014 under Dining & Food

Graphic Stamp Tool by Martí Guixé for Antica Acetaia Villa Bianca

Photo: Antica Acetaia Villa Bianca

Martí Guixé is a self proclaimed “ex-designer.” Though he’s worked on many projects from interiors to products he also dabbles in food design.The idea of coalescing food and design never crossed our minds before Guixé began experimenting with the medium in 1997. Since then he’s made pie chart cakes, reforestation lollipops, post-it chips, and many other conceptual food items. He recently worked with Antica Acetaia Villa Bianca, a traditional balsamic vinegar manufacturer based in Northern Italy to create a new tool that would complement their line of products. Guixé’s ABTM Graphic Stamp Tool is a stamp consisting of 3 different patterns that one can apply to any food item using the balsamic vinegar as ink. This decorative placement of the vinegar adds an element beyond taste and aroma but of sight. designboom was on hand for the exhibit during Salone in Milan and discusses their experience.

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MAD Mondays In NYC

By Tom Ran

Published: February 28, 2014 under Dining & Food

MAD Mondays in NYC, Peter Meehan will be moderating the panel with Mario Batali, Gabrielle Hamilton, Bill Buford, and Wylie Dufresne.

Photo: MAD

René Redzepi’s annual MAD symposium has spun off to create a series of Monday evening discussions dubbed MAD Mondays. These intimate sessions are usually held in it’s native city of Copenhagen, but the next edition will see it cross the Atlantic. MAD Mondays will make its way to the Drawing Center in Soho on March 10th. The evening will feature a stellar lineup of three chefs and an author. Peter Meehan will be moderating the panel with Mario Batali, Gabrielle Hamilton, Bill Buford, and Wylie Dufresne. The discussion will take aim at what these veteran chefs and writer have learned through decades in the industry and where they see it heading. Food will be provided by Feel Food and beverages by Sixpoint Brewery and best of all it’s free. Tickets will be available starting Monday March 3rd, at 10am. Spots will definitely fill up quickly so set your alarms. (via Grub Street)

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Feasting Never Stops

By Tom Ran

Published: February 19, 2014 under Dining & Food

Feasting Never Stops at Lunch is a sandwich delivery service in Brooklyn

Photo: Feasting Never Stops

Brooklyn designer Naz Sahin has taken her love of food and cooking to another level. Feasting Never Stops is a blog that explores the intersection between art and food and has recently expanded into a lunch delivery service. Every Friday she prepares a menu of three sandwiches made with ciabatta rolls from a neighborhood bakery. Ten sandwiches of each are made with thirty in all. Once they’re gone, they’re gone. The delivery service begins at noon and continues to 1pm. Orders can be made up until 11am on Fridays. Sandwiches are $9 each and cash only. Visit her site to see this week’s menu and whether or not you live within the delivery zone.

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Mogwai’s ROCKACT81W

By Tom Ran

Published: January 23, 2014 under Dining & Food

Mogwai's Scotch whiskey, ROCKACT81W

Photo: Mogwai

Mogwai is getting into the liquor and spirits business. On the occasion of their new release Rave Tapes, they’ve teamed up with fellow Gloaswegians, The Good Spirits Co to release a limited number of ROCKACT81W, we presume that’s pronounced Rock Action. The Scotch whiskey was distilled a decade ago at Glenallachie Distillery and bottled this month. 324 numbered bottles will be released on Tuesday, January 28 to coincide with the release of Rave Tapes. Each bottle is priced at £55 and can be ordered through The Good Spirits Co. Via The Quietus

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Superior Motors

By Tom Ran

Published: January 14, 2014 under Dining & Food

Superior Motors will be sourcing its vegetables from nearby Braddock Farms.

Photo: Sousa PGH

While the country pays close attention to Detroit and it’s road to recovery, a small town in Pennsylvania is trying to pull itself back to its former days without the financial support of the government. Braddock, a severely depressed city outside of Pittsburgh, went through its bankruptcy years before. Mayor John Fetterman has been trying to reinvigorate Braddock through urban experimentation and renewal since he took office in 2006. He’s garnered a lot of media attention along the way and his town was the subject of Levi’s 2010 “Go Forth” campaign, in which the denim brand donated one million dollars to support its endeavors. But even with all this awareness, Braddock has a long road ahead of it. Typical businesses that many cities take for granted are not available, including a restaurant.

That’s about to change with Superior Motors. A restaurant in the works founded by Kevin Sousa, a James Beard recognized chef from Pittsburgh. He has moved his family to Braddock to devote himself to the project. But even for a chef of his stature, Sousa wasn’t able to secure capital through traditional means so he looked to Kickstarter. Needless to say the campaign was a success and exceeded its goal. It even set the record for the highest funded restaurant on Kickstarter.

Superior Motors will be creating a community-based ‘ecosystem’ that will bring together food, farming, art, history, industry, training and lodging. It may be the first of its kind as it attempts to reinvigorate Braddock.

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Vermont Sail Freight Project

By Tom Ran

Published: October 25, 2013 under Dining & Food

A makeshift sailboat sails down the Hudson

Photo: The New York Times

The Vermont Sail Freight Project has been sailing down the Hudson River since the beginning of the month carrying 15 tons of groceries and installing markets in various port towns along the way. This weekend, their mini cargo ship stocked with vegetables and produce from local farms will make their final stop into Brooklyn and Manhattan. They’ll be at the Brooklyn Navy Yard tomorrow from 3-5 in Building No. 313. Brooklyn Grange will be a part of the market and celebration. On Sunday they’ll cross the river to connect with the New Amsterdam Market from 11am to 4pm. And will be wrapping their voyage on Monday night with a dinner at Jimmy’s No. 43. You can find out more about their maiden voyage from their blog. (via NYTimes)

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Alya Kazakevich

By Raven Keller
Alya Kazakevich in her shop in the Lower East Side

Photo: Rose Callahan

On a damp and muggy summer morning on the Lower East Side, Alya Kazakevich slowly stitched up the edges of a leather coin purse and recalled her childhood in Eastern…

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By Tom Ran
Partners Robert Highsmith and Stefanie Brechbuehler

Photo: Samuel Bristow

Stefanie Brechbuehler and Robert Highsmith, are the partners behind Workstead. The two met at Rhode Island School of Design while studying architecture and opened their studio in 2009,…

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M.Nii John Moore

By Tom Ran
M.Nii Tailor, Waianae, Hawaii 1959

Photo: Tom McBride

The photo is one of the few relics that remain of M.Nii’s history. An image that recalls the golden age of American surf culture. Three friends in front…

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