Chili’s Pardons Pam Halpert, The Wine Glass Mask, The Goute, and Lady Gaga’s Wine Range

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.

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Reunited and It Feels Like Casual Family-Style Dining

Fans of (the American version of) concluded television program “The Office” will recall the episode in which adorable Dunder-Mifflin receptionist Pam got summarily banned for life from Chili’s Grill and Bar nationwide for having let just a tetch too much liquor into her life during a company party with her Dunder-Mifflin colleagues. Sure, Pam Halpert (neé Beesly) is a fictional character employed by a fictional paper company. That quibble could easily go unnoticed though, for all the cartwheels and backflips being turned around the internet over news that Chili’s (that’s actual Chili’s that exists in our universe) has officially lifted Pam’s banishment. The act of forgiveness came in response to the viral sharing by ‘Office’ fans of an image of actress Jenna Fischer─who played Pam on the show─debating whether or not to attempt entering a Chili’s restaurant. The franchise issued a press release this week calling Pam “an inspiration to many” and welcoming her back after 11 years out in the cold. Here’s hoping she’s gotten better at holding her liquor in the interim.

Via Foodbeast

Image: Wine Glass Mask / Kickstarter

Breathe Grapely

“Okay, this is getting.. just…I mean, y’know? Okay? Can we just…? All right? Damn.

The above is my attempt to duplicate what many of you reading this will be thinking by the time you reach the end of this paragraph. I’ll admit I too am grappling to wrap my mind around an item named the “Wine Glass Mask” (as opposed, naturally, to wrapping said item around my face.) The Wine Glass Mask, true to its name, is indeed part wine glass and part facemask. Crafted of molded glass, it’s a wine-drinking vessel whose upper rim is contoured to fit snugly around one’s upper lip and nose, and whose sides are vented to focus and augment wine aromas and manage oxygen flow to a drinker’s nostrils. While there’s a case to be made for the fact that people have managed to breathe while drinking wine (and appreciate its myriad aromatics) just fine for ages, there has to be at least a sliver of the populace that can’t wait for this product to become available for purchase. As of this writing, the product, created by industrial designer James Piatt, is expected to retail for about $25.00-$30.00 USD, and still has plenty of room for you to get in on helping it meet its $78,000 Kickstarter goal.

Via Design Taxi

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Goûte Vibrations

The product of a mind meld between an Oxford University experimental psychologist at Oxford University and a designer at Buckinghamshire New University, the Goûte is named for the word “taste” as it’s pronounced in French. Its stated purpose is said to be to mimic the sensation of licking viscous foods off one’s fingers, a method long held to be tastier and more intimate than using utensils. Available crafted of glass or wood, the item is a wand of sorts, with an enlarged rounded end from which thick foods ranging from yogurt to Nutella to mousse can be experienced in a manner the Goûte’s creators claim enhances creaminess and sweetness of foods, not to mention mindfulness of the eater. We’ll agree that fingers are hard to beat as far as functionality when it comes to taking meals, though why one would opt for the Goûte instead of simply using said fingers is a riddle we haven’t cracked yet. At the very least though, the Goûte certainly looks very pretty this evening.

Via FWx.com

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We’ll Have a Little Bit Too Much

Singing megastar Lady Gaga has filed paperwork to produce her own wines. The talented performer aims to release a variety of beverages that rightly fall under that umbrella, meaning all her Little Monsters can look forward to wine coolers, wine cocktails, and wine punches as well. Her creations will enter the world under the label “Grigio Girls”, which it happens is the name of a bonus track on her 2016 album, “Joanne.” While the particulars of where the wine grapes will be planted or what style of wine will be produced haven’t yet been decided as of this writing, the news has fans understandably so excited that they could just dance. Given how long wine takes to produce, it stands to reason that we could be waiting a while to taste the first vintage from this forthcoming line, but this is one we’re looking forward to tasting when the time comes.

*Mention of a product, good, or service in a Friday Fourplay posting does not constitute and should not be interpreted as an endorsement either from Anthony Beal or Flavorful World LLC. Vendors are not notified ahead of time that their products/services will be featured, thus Flavorful World will at the time of posting have had no related interactions with said vendors or any sample of their products/services by which to judge them. As such, we have no idea what these vendors are like to work with, or about the quality of their merchandise and are unqualified to vouch for them as reputable. Our Friday Fourplay lists are posted in the spirit of our having come across something that looks and sounds engaging, and thinking that perhaps our readers will think so too; no more, no less. With that in mind, patronize these establishments and vendors at your own risk.

 This article first appeared on FlavorfulWorld.com.

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