On the Upcoming Anthony Bourdain Auction and the Sudden Death of Celebrity Chef Carl Ruiz

The Monday morning Intelligence Brief is our weekly compendium of food and drink news sourced from outlets all over the world.

Start this week off right with this video of Jimmy Fallon and award-winning Chef Eric Ripert cooking a three course meal in a college dorm.

Paul Natrall of Mr. Bannock food truck wins BC Indigenous Business Awards’ Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Sadly, celebrity chef Carl Ruiz of New York’s La Cubana has passed away. He was just 44 years old.

In one month from now, Air Canada will announce the 10 Best New Restaurants in Canada. Its long list of finalists included three from Vancouver Island (Ucluelet’s Pluvio, Langford’s House of Boateng, Victoria’s Nowhere), one from Kelowna (Home Block), and two from Vancouver (Como Taperia and Ugly Dumpling).

Where’s the beef? Scout answers the age old question with their roundup of the best steaks in town. Don’t forget to weigh in and vote for your favourite.

While you likely wouldn’t want to drink it, the making of a Jellyfish shooter sure is mesmerizing to watch.

How a spilled cup of coffee forced an emergency landing for this Condor flight heading from Frankfurt to Cancun.

Eating via Instagram honours this week go to @hachiro_ramen for this gorgeous photo of hot noodles that reminds us exactly why we love cool fall weather:


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The New York pastry supply shop that has defied the odds (read: Amazon) and continues to succeed by selling every variety of sprinkle under the sun:

“An institution beloved by bakers of all ages, NY Cake was a happy accident born out of a love for baking—and a small marital tiff. Even before she married and had children, NY Cake founder and owner Joan Mansour loved to cook.”

A little over a year after Anthony Bourdain’s death, a number of his personal items will be heading to auction to benefit his family as well as to set up a new scholarship in his honour through the Culinary Institute of America.

In case you missed the obituary of Victoria restaurateur Thomas Ferris, read up on what makes a legend in the Times-Colonist.

Part restaurant, part lending library, this diner on the border of Massachusetts and Connecticut gives away a free book with every order.

Unfortunately, Tofino’s Green Soul Organics has shut down after a 10 year run.

Whether shaken or stirred, the beauty of the martini is in the eye of the beholder and certainly comes with a hell of a lot of opinions.

“I cannot think of another cocktail that has had as much ink spilled (and perhaps blood) concerning the proper recipe, correct preparation and, even, appropriate garnish. And that’s not to mention theories as to who invented the drink or named it”

Thrillist shares its picks for the 10 best bar hopping cities in America including PNW favourite Portland, OR.

Meanwhile, on the most recent episode of their drinks podcast, The Daily Beast declared New Orleans the greatest drinking city in America.

Good news for folks that can’t get enough of Peaked Pies’ gravy, mushy peas and mashed potatoes. The pie shop is set to open it’s third storefront in Burnaby Heights in early 2020.

Oh, and Scout took a first look inside North Van’s Farina a Legna, which opened its doors just before the weekend.

And while some doors open, others close. Folks on Vancouver Island say goodbye to the much loved Rusted Rake after the Agriculture Land Commission forced the restaurant to close its doors.

If you want to do right by our oceans, consider consuming some of these lesser known inhabitants of the deep sea.

Democratic Presidential candidate Cory Booker weighs in on the important issues like whether or not a hotdog is a sandwich.

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