Flavorful World’s Friday Fourplay offers up a bite-sized tidbit of info on each of the four food- and drink-related things we found most interesting each week.
The ‘Roni Rolls Out
We can thank the Forking Tasty Brothers for this latest food hybridization. Soon to hit the menu at Brooklyn’s Smorgasburg, the ‘Roni Roll rocks a bun of hand-rolled pasta that gets stuffed with selections of meat, seafood, or vegetables. You get your choice of six fillings, drawing from the likes of fettuccine alfredo lobster, spaghetti carbonara porchetta, and sage butter linguine veal saltimbocca. As of this writing, neither prices nor an official debut date for these gustatory gems have yet been established, though one can subscribe to this mailing list to stay in the know about when to look for them.
One Small Step For Beer
Celest-Jewel-Ale is a limited-edition brew from Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ale. This in itself would seem unremarkable if this beer didn’t list crushed lunar meteorites among its ingredients. But it does. Because Dogfish Head has the coolest friends ever. The addition of this “moon dust” (composed predominantly of salts and minerals) which gets steeped in malty Oktoberfest lends the brew a level of complexity and good, old-fashioned ingenuity that you’ll have to hurry to get in on. Given the rarity of this special additive and the level of difficulty involved in acquiring an ingredient that’s not of this earth, it hasn’t seen widespread release. It’s currently exclusive to the Dogfish Head brewpub in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, and once it’s gone, it’s gone.
The “Communion Burger”
Kuma’s Corner, a heavy-metal themed restaurant in Chicago, has released its October Burger of the Month. It’s been dubbed “The Ghost” and said to be inspired by the Swedish metal band GHOST whose members tend to perform dressed as Catholic clergymen. The burger comes with a Communion wafer garnish, and is prepared in a red wine reduction. Although the wafers served with the burgers are not consecrated as are those utilized in the Christian Communion sacrament, responses to the October menu offering have been predictably divided between those who are able to smile at a bit of wry humor and those outraged over what strikes them as open mockery of their faith. Multiple accounts I’ve read seem to agree that the Ghost is delicious. One can’t help but wonder whether the offended would be less so or doubly so, were the burgers not as tasty as it seems they are. At any rate, these burgers will be haunting until month’s end.
Eau de Toast
During last month’s London Fashion Week, The Federation of Bakers released the toast-scented fragrance Eau de Toast. Distributed to catwalk models at the week’s events, the perfume was briefly available online to the general public before quickly selling out. Embodying yeasty notes with hints of malt and caramel, Eau de Toast is said to give aromatic impressions of freshly toasted bread. The fragrance debut aligned not only with London Fashion Week, but with the Federation’s ‘Slice of Life’ campaign promoting the benefits of eating sliced bread as part of a healthy diet. I’m sold, however since this product is sold out, if I want to smell like toast anytime soon, I guess I’ll have to improve my bread baking skills. Or maybe just go eat some. Either way, bread is delicious.