On Labour-Inducing Burgers and Cancelling the Tofino Food & Wine Festival

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

Eater provides this handy breakdown on the difference between whiskey, scotch, bourbon and rye.

Sadly, the 18th annual Tofino Food and Wine Festival has been cancelled, citing “a terribly ruptured relationship with the provincial Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch” as the reason.

The World’s 50 Best Bars just announced their winners for 2019 with New York’s Dante taking the top spot this year (and Canadians frustrated yet again that none of our bars cracked the list).

The founder of the Earls restaurant chain, ‘Bus’ Fuller, has passed away. From the family statement this morning:

“It is with great sadness we share the news that Leroy Earl ‘Bus’ Fuller has passed away peacefully at his home this weekend, surrounded by his family. Bus was the patriarch of the Fuller Family, and leaves behind a restaurant legacy that spans 65 years.”

In related news, the same Awards folks decided to recognize Charles Schumann as an Industry Icon, even though he notoriously expressed his distaste for women behind the bar. And because we live in the age of the internet, this of course prompted retaliation via hashtag #womenbehindthebarafter3.

From Chardonnay to Cab Franc, Mackenzie Room’s Cody Dodds maps out some of his favourite BC wines.

Canadian scientists are doing a garbage audit to figure out how to help us curb household food waste.

One Rancho Cucamonga resident is making the case for handing out full-sized chocolate bars for Halloween, especially if you’ve got the bucks to do so. Won’t you be my neighbour?

How local restaurant legend Meeru Dhalwala is taking her passion for food and moving it beyond the kitchen.

Vancouver’s Chinatown will soon be home to a new specialty donut shop and cafe called Mello. Scout has the details.

Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life, much like this McDonald’s employee who rigged a cash register so they could play Doom on the job.

Bon Appetit October horoscopes are here and they’re predicting both your lunch order and your future!

Eating via Instagram honours this week go to @sliceofpai and a stunning lineup of aburi from Miku:


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The next time you find yourself at Victoria’s Chorizo & Co. make sure you order the gambas al ajillo.

The New York Times peeks behind the curtain of the cookbook publishing industry and questions whether or not certain authors are getting paid the going rate.

Scout takes a walk down memory lane with a look back at Meat and Bread’s premier location prior to opening over nine years ago.

This week in drinks and podcasts, Noah Rothbaum of Life Behind Bars explains vodka’s big comeback. Cosmos for everybody!

In less fun booze news (for Americans), President Cheeto just slapped a 25% tariff on European food and alcohol, and that includes Scotch.

Now how The Donald finds time in his day to do anything other than tweet and whine is beyond me but somehow he’s also found a way to f*ck up healthy school lunches for kids.

Of all the ways to induce labour, who would have thought that a burger would be one of them?

“The Labor Inducer was not originally intended as a labor inducer. But last April, the chef, Enrique, was experimenting with his entry for the Twin Cities Burger Battle and served his entry to Kelsey Quarberg, one of the restaurant’s co-owners who was nine days away from the due date of her first child….Seven hours later, her sister and co-owner Ashley Berset told Fox News, she went into labor.”

If your main concern when you’re eating cheetos is whether or not your fingers are getting dirty, you need to get your priorities straight.

The very best things to eat and drink around Portland according to the acclaimed bartender and author, Jeffrey Morgenthaler.

Enjoy a drink for a good cause! Art of the Cocktail returns to Victoria on October 19th with proceeds going to support the Victoria Film Festival.

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