The Science Behind Grilling the Perfect Steak

Summer has arrived, and it’s time to fire up the backyard grill. Though many of us are trying to eat less beef for environmental reasons, it’s hard to resist indulging in an occasional steak — and you’ll want to make the most of the experience.

So, what’s the best way to grill that steak? Science has some answers. Meat scientists (many of them, unsurprisingly, in Texas) have spent whole careers studying how to produce the tenderest, most flavorful beef possible. Much of what they’ve learned holds lessons only for cattle producers and processors, but a few of their findings can guide backyard grillmasters in their choice of meat and details of the grilling process.

Let’s start with the choice of meat. Every experienced cook knows that the lightly used muscles of the loin, along the backbone, have less connective tissue and thus give tenderer results than the hard-working muscles of the leg. And they know to look for steaks with lots of marbling, the fat deposits between muscle fibers that are a sign of high-quality meat. “If you have more marbling, the meat will be tenderer, juicier, and it will have richer flavor,” says Sulaiman Matarneh, a meat scientist at Utah State University who wrote about muscle biology and meat quality in the 2021 Annual Review of Animal Biosciences.

From a flavor perspective, in fact, the differences between one steak and the next are mostly a matter of fat content: the amount of marbling and the composition of the fatty acid subunits of the fat molecules. Premium cuts like ribeye have more marbling and are also richer in oleic acid, an especially tasty fatty acid — “the one fatty acid that frequently correlates with positive eating experience,” says Jerrad Legako, a meat scientist at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Sirloin, in contrast, has less oleic acid and more fatty acid types that can yield less appealing, fishy flavor hints during cooking.

That fatty acid difference also plays out in a big decision that consumers make when they buy a steak: grain-fed or grass-fed beef? Grain-fed cattle — animals that live their final months in a feedlot eating a diet rich in corn and soybeans — have meat that’s higher in oleic acid. Animals that spend their whole life grazing on pasture have a higher proportion of omega-3 fatty acids, polyunsaturated fatty acids that break down into smaller molecules with fishy and gamy flavors. Many consumers prefer to buy grass-fed beef anyway, either to avoid the ethical issues of feedlots or because they like that gamy flavor and leaner meat.

The biggest influence on the final flavor of that steak, though, is how you cook it. Flavorwise, cooking meat accomplishes two things. First, the heat of the grill breaks the meat’s fatty acids into smaller molecules that are more volatile — that is, more likely to become airborne. These volatiles are responsible for the steak’s aroma, which accounts for the majority of its flavor. Molecules called aldehydes, ketones and alcohols among that breakdown mix are what we perceive as distinctively beefy.

The second way that cooking builds flavor is through browning, a process that chemists call the Maillard reaction. This is a fantastically complex process in which amino acids and traces of sugars in the meat react at high temperatures to kick off a cascade of chemical changes that result in many different volatile end products.

Most important of these are molecules called pyrazines and furans, which contribute the roasty, nutty flavors that steak aficionados crave. The longer and hotter the cooking, the deeper into the Maillard reaction you go and the more of these desirable end products you get — until eventually, the meat starts to char, producing undesirable bitter, burnt flavors.

The challenge for the grillmaster is to achieve the ideal level of Maillard products at the moment the meat reaches the desired degree of doneness. Here, there are three variables to play with: temperature, time and the thickness of the steak.

Thin steaks cook through more quickly, so they need a hot grill to generate enough browning in the short time available, says Chris Kerth, a meat scientist at Texas A&M University. Kerth and his colleagues have studied this process in the lab, searing steaks to precise specifications and feeding the results into a gas chromatograph, which measures the amount of each volatile chemical produced.

Kerth found, as expected, that thin, half-inch steaks cooked at relatively low temperatures have mostly the beefy flavors characteristic of fatty acid breakdown, while higher temperatures also produce a lot of the roasty pyrazines that result from the Maillard reaction. So if your steak is thin, crank up that grill — and leave the lid open so that the meat cooks through a little more slowly. That will give you time to build a complex, beefy-roasty flavor.

And to get the best sear on both sides, flip the meat about a third of the way through the expected cook time, not halfway — that’s because as the first side cooks, the contracting muscle fibers drive water to the uncooked side. After you flip, this water cools the second side so it takes longer to brown, Kerth’s team found.

When the scientists tested thicker, 1.5-inch steaks, the opposite problem happened: The exterior would burn unpleasantly before the middle finished cooking. For these steaks, a moderate grill temperature gave the best mix of volatiles. And sure enough, when Kerth’s team tested their steaks on actual people, they found that diners gave lower ratings to thick steaks grilled hot and fast. Diners rated the other temperatures and cooking times as all similar to each other, but thick steaks cooked at moderate temperatures won out by a nose.

That might seem odd, given that steakhouses often boast of their thick slabs of prime beef and the intense heat of their grills — exactly the combination Kerth’s study found least desirable. It works because the steakhouses use a two-step cooking process: First, they sear the meat on the hot grill, and then they finish cooking in a moderate oven. “That way, they get the degree of doneness to match the sear that they want,” says Kerth. Home cooks can do the same by popping their seared meat into a 350°F oven until it reaches their desired doneness.

The best degree of doneness, of course, is largely a matter of personal preference — but science has something to say here, too. Meat left rare, says Kerth, doesn’t receive enough heat to break down its fatty acids to generate beefy flavors. And once you go past medium, you lose some of the “bloody” flavors that come with lightly cooked meat. “A lot of people, myself included, like a little bit of bloody note with the brown pyrazines and Maillard compounds,” says Kerth. “It has a bigger flavor.” For those reasons, he advises, “I wouldn’t go any lower than medium rare or certainly any higher than medium. Then you just start losing a lot of the flavor.”

Kerth has one more piece of advice for home cooks: Watch the meat closely when it’s on the grill! “When you’re at those temperatures, a lot happens in a short period of time,” he says. “You start getting a lot of chemical reactions happening very, very quickly.” That’s the scientific basis for what every experienced griller has learned from (literally) bitter experience: It’s easy to burn the meat if you’re not paying attention.

Happy scientifically informed grilling!

Source: The Science Behind Grilling the Perfect Steak | Innovation | Smithsonian Magazine

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Critics:

Grilling is a form of cooking that involves dry heat applied to the surface of food, commonly from above, below or from the side. Grilling usually involves a significant amount of direct, radiant heat, and tends to be used for cooking meat and vegetables quickly. Food to be grilled is cooked on a grill (an open wire grid such as a gridiron with a heat source above or below), using a cast iron/frying pan, or a grill pan (similar to a frying pan, but with raised ridges to mimic the wires of an open grill).

Heat transfer to the food when using a grill is primarily through thermal radiation. Heat transfer when using a grill pan or griddle is by direct conduction. In the United States, when the heat source for grilling comes from above, grilling is called broiling. In this case, the pan that holds the food is called a broiler pan, and heat transfer is through thermal radiation.

Direct heat grilling can expose food to temperatures often in excess of 260 °C (500 °F). Grilled meat acquires a distinctive roast aroma and flavor from a chemical process called the Maillard reaction. The Maillard reaction only occurs when foods reach temperatures in excess of 155 °C (310 °F).

Studies have shown that cooking beef, pork, poultry, and fish at high temperatures can lead to the formation of heterocyclic amines, benzopyrenes, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which are carcinogens. Marination may reduce the formation of these compounds. Grilling is often presented as a healthy alternative to cooking with oils, although the fat and juices lost by grilling can contribute to drier food.

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Surprising Side Effects of Eating Chickpeas, According to Science

Roasted chickpeas

If you’re a vegetarian or try to eat plant-based most of the time, you’re likely familiar with chickpeas. This high-protein legume is part of the ‘bean’ family and is a tasty component of many recipes. In just one cup, eating chickpeas offers your body 10 to 15 grams of protein, 9 to 12 grams of fiber, 4 grams of fat, and 34 to 45 grams of carbohydrates. In short: they’re a powerhouse of nutrients.

They can be served soft or crunchy, salty or slightly sweet, and they still offer lots of vitamins and minerals. When you include chickpeas in your meal planning, you’ll give your body a wellness boost. Pay attention to how you feel after eating chickpeas. If you start to have any sort of stomach issues or other symptoms, consult your doctor. Though most people enjoy the taste and benefits of these bite-sized legumes, some may not digest them well.

From what creates addicting hummus to the perfect addition on top of a salad or warm bowl, chickpeas are a mostly healthy addition to your balanced diet. Here, we explore the side effects of eating chickpeas, including the good and the not-so-good. And for even more healthy tips be sure to check out our list of The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now.

They help with digestion.

Fiber is an essential part of digestion, and yet, some people struggle to get enough of it every day. Luckily, chickpeas soar in this category, particularly with a high dose of soluble fiber called raffinose. This helps you to digest your food more slowly since the good kind of bacteria breaks down the raffinose. Also, bowel movements might be more comfortable and more frequent, according to one study about chickpeas.

Here are 9 Warning Signs You’re Not Eating Enough Fiber.

They can help lower cholesterol.

For optimum vitality and energy, it’s essential to manage your cholesterol. How come? This stat can contribute to heart disease, obesity, strokes, and other serious illnesses. Because chickpeas are packed with soluble fiber, it improves our gut health and thus, lowers our cholesterol levels.

Along with chickpeas, here are 17 Foods That Lower Cholesterol.

They may lower your cancer risk.

Our bodies are impressive things, able to fight disease, create organs during pregnancy and protect us against viruses, environmental factors, and more. When we feed our body nutrient-rich foods, like eating chickpeas, it’s like giving ourselves a helping hand. In fact, when we consume chickpeas, our bodies produce ‘butyrate,’ a short-chain fatty acid. Some studies have shown this fatty acid can fight sick and/or dying cells. Another study goes a step further and says this could lower our overall risk for colorectal cancer!

They give you stronger bones.

Like many other legumes, chickpeas are packed with fiber, magnesium, and calcium. These present many wonders for our body, but one of the most significant is building stronger healthier bones.

Canned chickpeas should be eaten within a year.

As with anything that’s packaged from a manufacturer, canned chickpeas often contain an added preservative to ensure freshness and taste. Though this doesn’t pose a risk most of the time, in some cases, the metal could be problematic. One study conducted by the University of Minnesota found that sometimes, the cans or lids can rust and leak into our food. That’s why it’s best to store canned goods in a dry, dark place and consume them within one year of purchase.

Be careful of botulism.

Though the risk for contracting botulism from canned goods is very low, it’s still there, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Botulism is common when someone cans food at home, and the canning process wasn’t done properly. This serious illness is rare and is caused by bacteria that disrupt the nervous system. Sometimes, when canned foods aren’t stored properly, this bacteria can thrive, particularly in low-salt, low-oxygen, and low-sugar solutions, like chickpeas.

They’re only healthy if you don’t overdo it.

Since chickpeas are healthy, you can have as much as you’d like, right? Not so much. While they are a source of protein, fiber, iron, and zinc, they can also be turned into various snacks and meals that rack up the calories and fat components. Two examples are hummus and falafel, both of which should be eaten in moderation.

They may not be gluten-free—even if they say they are.

If you pay attention to the packaging on chickpeas in Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and any other grocery store, you’ll notice ‘gluten-free’ isn’t printed on their label. But, since legumes don’t contain legumes or other sources of gluten, shouldn’t that messaging be apparent? The reason manufacturers shy away from this language is due to the risk of cross-contamination. Some preserves could be derived from grains, so to be on the safe side, they don’t call it a gluten-free food.

So if you find yourself with a can of chickpeas and you’re ready to reap the benefits of this nutritional superstar, check out our list of 29 Healthy Chickpea Recipes.

Source: Surprising Side Effects of Eating Chickpeas, According to Science | Eat This Not That

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Nestlé Health Science (NHSc), a global leader in the field of nutritional science, has agreed to acquire a majority stake in Vital Proteins, America’s top-selling collagen brand. This is the first major acquisition of a collagen-based wellness company to date. Vital Proteins was founded in 2013 by Kurt Seidensticker based on the belief that whole-food-based collagen nutrition is fundamental to maintaining overall health and longevity. Since launching, Vital Proteins has become the leading collagen brand in America, growing their annual sales above $100 million within the span of four years. The company’s brand’s portfolio includes over 150 collagen-based supplements, vitamins and food and beverage products.

Vital Proteins will continue to operate as a standalone business, “remaining committed to its founding mission of helping people live healthier lives through high quality, sustainably-sourced collagen nutrition,” according to a company statement. Seidensticker said that becoming a part of the NHSc portfolio will equip Vital Proteins with a variety of resources to scale the company’s reach and innovation. “I spent a lot of time having conversations with people I respected in the CPG space, in addition to leadership from companies that could eventually be a future partner. Through those conversations it became clear that NHSc was really aligned with our brand values, our mission and purpose to empower healthier lives,” he said.

“I’ve always envisioned Nestlé as the ideal partner and have enjoyed getting to know their team, their vision and their values. I also spent time talking to the founders of another like-minded wellness company whom I respect, to see who they thought was a good fit for their organization, and they felt Nestlé was the ideal partner as well. With Nestlé’s support, we will be able to leverage new resources, scale and capabilities, moving towards a future with an expanded global offering of high-quality nutrition products. The possibilities with Nestlé have reignited my imagination of all that Vital can be.”

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Vital Proteins complements NHSc’s other vitamin, mineral, supplement and wellness brands, including Atrium Innovations, Garden of Life, Pure Encapsulations and Persona. “This is an exciting opportunity for Nestlé Health Science to enter a growing area of nutrition with a successful brand,” said Greg Behar, CEO of NHSc. “The collagen nutrition market is growing, and Vital Proteins has shown its strength by becoming a full lifestyle brand which will perfectly complement our other vitamin, mineral and supplement brands.”

Board member and investor Brett Thomas, cofounder and managing partner of CAVU Venture Partners, credits much of the company’s success to Seidensticker’s leadership. “Kurt was a visionary founder who set out not only to create a category but to define a lifestyle—and we were believers,” said Thomas. “It was this passion, paired with his exceptional leadership skills and clear ability to execute that ultimately drove the brand’s success.” Seidensticker will remain in his role as Vital Proteins CEO, based out of the company’s headquarters in Chicago, IL.

“It speaks volumes about Vital Proteins as a wellness platform and moreover Kurt as a leader that such a great strategic partnership was formed amidst all the uncertainty in the world,” added Thomas. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, Vital Proteins has seen a more than 50% increase in demand for their products. “Consumers are now even more focused on their health and well-being in the midst of this pandemic. The appetite for authentic wellness brands that are rooted in science should remain high, particularly ones which know how to effectively communicate with Millennials and Gen-Z,” explained Romitha Mally, Vice Chairman at UBS who helped orchestrate this deal, as well as Dollar Shave Club and Sundial Brands/SheaMoisture’s sales to Unilever, Bai’s sale to Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and Primal Kitchen’s acquisition by Kraft Heinz.

To support the growth of the business, Nestlé plans to explore geographic and product expansion while maintaining the elements of the Vital Proteins brand that make it popular among consumers. Vital Proteins’ 150 unique products (representing a total of 250 variants of those products) are sold across 35,000 retail doors in North America and Europe, including Whole Foods, Costco, Target, Walgreens and Kroger.

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Hard Boiled Eggs: What May Be Behind This Deadly Listeria Outbreak

This is totally not eggs-ellent. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced yet another Listeria monocytogenes outbreak. This time the culprit seems to be, egg roll please: hard boiled eggs.

Yes, the CDC may have finally cracked the case on why seven people in five states have gotten sick with Listeria from April 10, 2017, to November 12, 2019. It can be hard to figure out the source of a Listeria infection, since symptoms of Listerosis can take a while to appear. Typically, symptoms appear one to four weeks after the consumption of the bacteria but can take up to 70 days to manifest.

For this outbreak, public health officials had detailed info on five of the cases. Of these, nearly all, with only one eggs-eption, had reported eating egg-containing products. Three had consumed hard-boiled eggs in salads. The common source seemed to boil down to bulk, fresh hard-boiled eggs produced by Almark Foods of Gainesville, Georgia. Although there currently isn’t a recall of such products , you may want to be eggs-tra careful about eating hard-boiled eggs, especially if you are at higher risk for Listeria badness.

Those at higher risk for Listeria infections include those 65 years and older, pregnant women and newborns, and anyone with a weaker immune system. If you fall into one of these categories, you are are probably all right if you are doing the boiling and hardening of the eggs yourself. However, any eggs that are already hard-boiled may not be all right, especially if they are from Almark. If you find out a hard-boiled egg is from Almark, put the egg down, step away from the table, and make sure that everything that touched the egg is cleaned and disinfected thoroughly.

As I have described before for Forbes, a Listeria infection may just give you a bout of flu-like symptoms. However, the greater concern is if the bacteria gets into your bloodstream or central nervous system. That’s when a Listeria infection can become deadly. This outbreak has already led to four people being hospitalized and one dying. Listeria can also cause many problems for pregnant women such as miscarriages and premature births and their newborns.

So, count these hard boiled eggs as yet another food product in the yolk of Listeria. Already this year, I have reported on Listeria contaminating deli meats and cheeses, happiness (otherwise known as avocados), sandwiches, salads, and wraps, sausage, oh Mann vegetables, and more happiness (otherwise known as sushi). What’s the eggs-planation for so many outbreaks? Have food safety regulations and monitoring been relaxed to the point that such contamination is becoming more common? It seems that this situation needs to be more closely eggs-amined.

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Public health officials are encouraging consumers to take steps to reduce their risk of listeria infection after recent outbreaks of the foodborne illness. “Listeria is a type of bacteria that can be found in food products, and can cause quite serious foodborne illness in certain populations,” says Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist. “We worry about it especially in pregnant women and their newborns, and people who have weakened immune systems, and in the elderly.” She says the most common foods that listeria infection is associated with are usually deli meats, hot dogs, and products that are refrigerated for a prolonged period of time. “Listeria is one of the few bacteria that likes to divide at low temperatures. That’s why we see this being a problem in foods that are refrigerated, and in foods that usually don’t transmit too many infections.” More health and medical news on the Mayo Clinic News Network http://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/

Salad Vending Machines Are Restaurants, Health Department Decrees

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A Chicago-based food startup called Farmer’s Fridge — which stocks wood-paneled vending machines with fresh salads and the like — must treat its machines as restaurants in miniature, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has determined. Farmer’s Fridge recently shut down all 55 of its machines in New York, which occupy hospitals and office lobbies with a goal to provide fresh food where it might otherwise be hard to come by.

But prepared food and salad greens come with a higher risk of food-borne illness, the department emphasizes. “The Health Department worked with Farmer’s Fridge to be sure their equipment would hold food at safe temperatures, and that foods were properly labeled and from approved sources,” the department told the Times. Farmer’s Fridge says it already takes careful temperature readings and uses software that won’t dispense expired goods. But they cooperated with the regulation effort, and now the company will pay the standard restaurant price of $280 per inspection to receive a letter grade on each machine — though regulators will suspend some conventions, like requirements for a bathroom.

In other news

— A new cafe from actor Waris Ahluwalia, called House of Waris Botanicals, is open for drinks like kombucha, matcha, and coffee, plus unusual teas and drinks like saffron rose golden milk.

— A group of art students has “rescued” a turkey as an “art project,” and now it’s recuperating on the UWS.

— With each passing year, the informal “Friendsgiving” becomes as fraught and time-consuming a ritual as the real, family one, writes Times critic — and no friend to Friendsgiving — Pete Wells.

— Comedian Amy Schumer and chef husband Chris Fischer made Page Six headlines with a big tip “more than double” their bill at Upper West Side restaurant Good Enough to Eat — but assuming they were heavily comped, it doesn’t sound out of the ordinary.

— Jersey City’s Ani Ramen House is getting a location of tucked-away omakase sushi counter chain Sushi by Bou, run by problematic sushi chef David Bouhadana. It opens in December.

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Javaher Polo Recipe Persian Jeweled Rice 

Morasa Polo or Javaher Polo is one of the most delicious, beautiful, and formal dishes that you can serve in ceremonies. You do not need a lot of time to prepare this dish but you have to use a wide variety of ingredient.

Javaher Polo Recipe with Chicken

Ingredients (for 6 to 7 people):

  • Rice: 5 Cups
  • Chicken Fillet: 500 g
  •  Butter: 150 g
  •  Orange Peel Slices (sweetened): 2 Cups
  •  Pistachio Slices: 1 Cup
  •  Almond Slices: 1 Cup
  •  Barberry: ½ Cup
  •  Brewed Saffron: 2 Tsp.
  •  Onion: 1
  •  Citric Acid: As needed
  •  Oil: As needed
  •  Sugar: 1 Tsp.
  •  Salt and Pepper: As needed

Instructions:

First prepare the rice like a regular Chelo and place it on the stove so it steams.

Meanwhile, in a suitable pan, add some butter and fry the onions in it, stir-fry the chicken fillets and spices and let the chicken cook with some water. Wash the barberries with cold water, and mix them with sugar.

Add a tablespoon of butter in another pan, add the barberry and sauté for a minute. Add the brewed saffron to the barberry as well.

To sweeten the orange peel, boil the slices four times each time for five minutes, pour them in a strainer and place in cold water for one hour. Next, for each cup of orange peel slices, add one cup of sugar and two cups of water.

You need to mix the water and sugar and place them on the heat. When the mix was boiling, add the slices and let them cook for 30 minutes on a gentle heat. Finally add the lime essence and remove it after a few seconds.

When the rice is completely ready and steamed, serve it in a suitable dish with the chicken decorate it with the nut slices, orange peel, and barberries.

Tip: You can soak the pistachio and almond slices in water and sugar so they have a better taste. Also, in the last 10 minute of steaming the rice, you can wrap the nut slices with some butter (separately) in a piece of aluminum foil and place it on the rice so they soften.

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Javaher Polo Recipe with Ground Meat

Ingredients (for 4 to 5 people):

  • Rice: 4 Cups
  •  Ground Meat: 250 g
  •  Small Onions: 3
  •  Almond Slices: 4 Tbsp.
  •  Pistachio Slices: 4 Tbsp.
  •  Sour Orange Peel: 2 Tbsp. (sliced)
  •  Barberry: 3 Tbsp.
  •  Raisins: 2 Tbsp.
  •  Brewed Saffron: ½ Cup
  •  Salt, Black Pepper, and Turmeric: As needed
  •  Lime Juice: 1 Tbsp.
  •  Rose Water: 1 Tsp.

Instructions:

First, rinse the rice with water and soak. Then knead the ground meat with the two of the onions (grated) and spices. Form the mix into small meatballs and fry them in a pan with some oil. Then stir them with the remaining onion (diced) until they are golden.

After cooking and draining the rice, add the meatballs and fried onions between layers of rice and let it steam. If you want to have a more formal rice, you need to drain the rice sooner than the usual.

In the meantime, slice the sour orange peel and pour it in water and let them cook for a while. Remember to change the water several times to remove any bitterness completely.

Finally, after changing the water for 3 to 4 times, stir the slices with the lime juice and rose water. If you prefer sweet tastes, we can add a tablespoon of sugar too.

Next, wash the almonds and sauté with the barberry. Stir pistachios with raisins as well.

Finally, serve the rice in the dish and decorate it with a variety of slices and saffron rice. Remember that decorating this dish is very important. Nooshe Jan!

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Why Chicken Wing Consumption Is Taking Flight

Few commodities are as tricky to navigate as chicken wings. After all, there are only two wings available per chicken, so supply is limited.

Our football-induced obsession with wings doesn’t help the supply/demand volatility. Though pricing instability is for restaurant operators to figure out, figure out they must since we consumers hanker for wings year after year after year. That’s especially true this year, with wings servings up 5% from the prior period, according to the NPD Group.

As we transition into November, and into the throes of football season, chicken wings are yet again taking flight. Just take a look at Wingstop as an example. Earlier this week, the company reported a 12.3% increase in same-store sales for Q3, the highest comps in the industry thus far (and by far).

David Portalatin, NPD’s vice president, food industry adviser, said Americans have consumed nearly 1 billion servings of wings this year (942.5 million servings).

There are a few reasons for this growth. The wing category is changing and blurring and innovating in a way that it’s never quite done before. Namely, there are more wing concepts—Wing Zone, Wingstop and Buffalo Wild Wings among them. These players are relatively new compared to some of the legacy brands in the restaurant space, conceived in 1993, 1994 and 1982 respectively (for context, McDonald’s has been around since 1955).

There are also smaller, yet growing, wing concepts, like East Coast-heavy Atomic Wings, Nashville-based The Wing Basket, emerging Epic Wings, college campus staple Wings Over and more. This doesn’t even count the pizza joints, including Domino’s, Pizza Hut and Papa John’s, that have leaned heavily into wings, and KFC, which just added wings to its permanent menu, a rarity in the QSR category. (Notably, McDonald’s Mighty Wings launch in 2013 was an abject failure).

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A growing category combined with innovation (both flavors and cuts) and more accessibility and you’ve got a perfect storm for increased consumption.

“I’ve always believed that there are big, established behaviors in American eating patterns and one of those is that we love wings,” Portalatin said. “When companies in the marketplace do things that are new, innovative, exciting, or there are companies that are building new stores and growing, the consumer responds favorably to that.”

Consumers clearly responded favorably to Wingstop this past quarter. The chain’s same-store sales growth came despite wing prices being up nearly 23% this year. To navigate the commodity headwind, Wingstop launched a national test on whole wings.

“This test is key to our strategy of mitigating the volatility that we see in markets due to the price of bone-in chicken,” CEO Charlie Morrison said during the earnings call. “Overall, we were pleased with what we learned from the test and we’ll use our learnings to continue to find ways that we can leverage purchasing whole birds as a way to mitigate the volatility of wing prices.”

Wing Zone took a similar approach, introducing thigh wings in all of its domestic locations in early August. CEO Matt Friedman said the launch has been successful so far.

We had high expectations on guest feedback and we are seeing 70%-plus success with two key questions: ‘Would you order thigh wings again?’ and ‘Would you recommend thigh wings to someone you know?’ Each week, we are seeing more and more orders, showcasing continued success of the launch,” he said.

Beyond that customer feedback, Friedman said the company is better able to control costs with the new product.

“We started to explore additional chicken items that were unique and lower cost. Traditional wings continue to be in great demand and prices have been higher this year. Wing Zone locked in a fixed price on traditional wings, so that has had a great impact on reducing food cost,” he said. “Chicken thighs, consisting of dark meat, are approximately 50% less than wings. We have been able to reduce our food cost by 2.5% through innovation and increased buying power.”

Friedman adds that Wing Zone’s research shows it is the only wing-themed restaurant to offer a thigh wing.

“I believe this is the most innovative menu item we have launched in our 26-year history. I cannot recall a menu item being in research and development for this period of time,” he said.

Portalatin does question use of the word “innovation” when it comes to these types of approaches, but admits the newness of products like thigh wings will turn on plenty of customers nonetheless.

“It’s the same with boneless wings. Are they truly under the banner of innovation? Maybe it’s not the right word, but the American consumer loves to try new things especially if we’re already familiar with it,” he said. “We love wings. We always have. If you give us new flavors, forms and shapes, we’ll try it.”

He adds that restaurant operators are forced to think beyond the traditional wing because of the supply chain squeeze.

Still, wing innovation extends beyond cost cutting/supply chain opportunities. Chicken is certainly a versatile protein, and wing purveyors have not been shy in experimenting with new, bold flavors accordingly—something more consumers are demanding. Wing Zone currently has 17 flavors, rolling out one or two new flavors each year. The chain plans to launch its newest flavor, Nashville Hot BBQ, in March 2020 to coincide with the NCAA Basketball Tournament.

KFC already has a Nashville Hot offering for its wings, alongside Buffalo and Honey BBQ. Wingstop recently launched limited-time Ancho Honey Glaze and Harissa Lemon Pepper flavors to add to its 11 original flavors.

These aren’t flavors you’d find from a time machine trip back to 1993.

Wings’ popularity can also be attributed to accessibility. Wingstop has generated a significant amount of investor confidence because of its digital prowess. For Q3, digital sales represented 36% of domestic systemwide sales, pushing toward the chain’s goal of “digitizing every transaction.” Most of Wingstop’s transactions (75%) are takeout orders, and the chain continues to ramp up its delivery capability, with 90% of the system expected to offer the channel by the end of the year.

Meanwhile, 80% of Wing Zone’s thigh wing orders are coming from its online channel, Friedman said.

Speaking of accessibility, KFC now delivers its wings and offers a subscription service for its most fervent fans. That subscription service sold out in about two hours, by the way, underscoring the demand for this product. Further, at just over 4,000 domestic units, KFC’s footprint is significantly deeper than any other wing concept (Wingstop has about 1,110), which means this permanent menu addition and the chain’s quick-service model could very well be a game changer for the wing category and its supply.

“Wings have become popular across all restaurant formats, so it doesn’t surprise me that someone in QSR wants to make a play in this space,” Portalatin said. “The competition is already intense and is getting more intense. But it’s a big enough market for a lot of people to play in.”

Of course, such intensity means there could be supply chain challenges down the road. Perhaps that’s why these new cuts and flavors and channels are, indeed, innovative.

“When there are two wings on the bird, the demand for wings outstrips the ability of the supply chain to keep up. Restaurants are forced to innovate in a way that is outside of a straight commodity wing. We’re seeing that diversity now,” Portalatin said. “It will be important for this innovation to continue for the growth to continue.”

I have covered the restaurant industry since 2010 when I was named editor of QSRweb. I later added fast casual and pizza beats to my portfolio as editorial director of foodservice media. This coverage spanned the gamut of topics that make up the foodservice space, from marketing and customer service, to the supply chain and display technology. My work has been featured in publications around the world, including NPR, Bloomberg, The Seattle Times, Crain’s Chicago, Good Morning America and Franchise Asia Magazine. I continue to serve as a contributor for many publications, including QSRweb, Food Dive, Innovation Leader and the Digital Signage Federation.

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The Popeyes Fried Chicken Sandwich Is Back. Here’s What You’ll Find

The Popeyes fried chicken sandwich that kicked off last summer’s Great Fried Chicken Sandwich Wars returned on Sunday. And judging by my experience in getting one, the buzz around the sandwich is back, too. Popeyes announced the sandwich’s return last week, in time for National Sandwich Day. The signs were up, but there was no sign of the sandwich.

“Sunday at 10 am sharp,” the counter clerk told me, via the drive-thru intercom. “You better get here early.”

I hadn’t been planning to be there at the opening bell, but I woke up in time, thanks to the end of Daylight Savings Time. So, I bundled my 91-year-old aunt, Maxine Clapper, into my Prius and set off.

The scene. We arrived at 9:50 am to find a knot of people waiting outside the door, and 14 cars in the drive-thru and the parking lot. We were car No. 11 in the drive-thru.

But at 10 am, we were told there was a delay. The restaurant would open at 11 am, despite the instructions we were given and the hours posted on the door .

The delay wasn’t explained, but the restaurant then posted “cash only” signs which made me think it might have been a credit card processing issue.

The wait. We contemplated leaving, but decided to stay. Around us, others stayed, too, including the group at the door. A manager eventually came out and gave those people numbers so they could go wait in their cars in the 37F cold.

As the 10 am hour ticked by, more people arrived. The drive-thru line re-formed, and eventually, it stretched down the side of the restaurant, through the parking lot, past the front of the restaurant and onto the road outside.

I chatted with a couple of customers, and learned they had been unable to get the Popeyes sandwich during its first appearance (I nabbed one just before it sold out).

They were determined to get one this time. And after the restaurant doors finally opened at 11 am, the first customers emerged, holding their Popeyes bags high in victory.

It took us about 25 minutes to get up to the drive-thru window and collect our sandwiches. We pulled into a parking lot space, and opened the bag. On Friday, I stopped by my local Popeyes near Ann Arbor, Mich., just to see if it had arrived early.

The sandwich. This iteration of the Popeyes fried chicken sandwich seems identical to the previous version. For $3.99, you get a generous portion of fried chicken breast, a dollop of mayo, two pickles and a soft bun.

If anything, the chicken was even more moist than last time, perhaps because it was prepared in the morning rather than afternoon.

And the pickles seemed thicker, almost a little too thick for a sandwich. We both took them off the sandwich and ate them as a side dish.

Since I’d tried it before, I was curious what Maxine thought of it.

She pronounced it “good,” her all-purpose compliment for something she enjoys eating, and said she would have one again if I brought it home to her. (She’s not from the eat-in-your-car generation, which is understandable.)

She was unable to finish her sandwich, which seems a little large for elderly appetites. Popeyes would do just fine if it made a chicken sandwich slider.

The buzz. A huge advantage to this Popeyes launch, of course, is that it took place on Sunday, when its main rival, Chick-fil-A is closed, and something Popeyes touted in its run up to the chicken sandwich’s return.

Popeyes sign

That Sunday availability is likely to result in a big launch day.

As we drove off, I counted 25 cars waiting in the drive-thru line, and the parking lot was nearly full. I asked the counter clerk how many she thought they would serve, and she estimated it would be more than 100.

Based on the early demand, they most likely sold them all by the end of the lunch hour.

Business may not keep up at that rate, and Popeyes might not get the massive marketing boost that the chicken sandwich generated last time.

But at least for now, it has successfully fired its second shot.

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21 Incredible Pasta Dishes To Enjoy On National Pasta Day

 

Bucatini Cashew-Kombu Cream at Osteria 57 in New York City.

National Pasta Day is coming soon. While October 17 may be a great excuse to try a new pasta dish, these options are so incredible that we recommend enjoying them all year long. Starting today, ideally.

At Osteria 57 in New York City, this is a vegan pasta dish with incredible Japanese Umami flavor. The dish is made with cashew-kombu cream, Mediterranean pesto, Sorrento lemons and breadcrumbs to give it a fresh, satisfying Mediterranean taste with rich, savoriness from the umami flavor. “It’s uncommon to think ‘vegan’ when you hear of Italian cuisine since most dishes have meat and/or cheese. So I thought of a pasta that I can serve my customers that’s packed with flavor and combines ingredients from my two favorite cuisines- Italian and Japanese. Knowing that a majority of umami flavor in Japanese cuisine stems from kumbu, I decided to create a cashew-kombu cream sauce and flavor it with ingredients that reminds me of the southern region of Italy. There’s fresh basil, parsley, sun-dried tomatoes, white fennel, capers from Sicily, lemons from Sorrento with the cream sauce as a clear tribute to the magic of ingredients,” said chef Riccardo Orfino.

Wagyu Pappardelle

Wagyu Pappardelle at Margot Los Angeles.

Margot

At Margot Los Angeles, this dish is made with Einkorn wheat and ragu Bolognese. “Our Pappardelle is the most unique pasta dish on offer right now at Margot. It’s made from heirloom einkorn wheat that is milled weekly for us by a local grain mill. It’s served with a Bolognese sauce made with wagyu beef that’s simply delicious,” says executive chef Michael Williams.

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Blue Crab Carbonara

Blue Crab Carbonara at The Wilson in New York City.

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At The Wilson in New York City, this dish is made with spaghetti, guanciale, Calabrian chilies, basil crumbs. “We make ours with rustichella spaghetti, EVOO, guanciale, garlic, calabrian chilies, and blue crab. Finished with butter, parmesan cheese, black pepper and chives. Garnished with pangrattato, which is bright green basil bread crumbs, and grilled lemon. It’s a fun and modern spin on an already delicious classic,” said executive chef, Stephany Burgos.

Chickpea Pasta

Chickpea Pasta at Electric Lemon at Hudson Yards in New York City.

Electric Lemon

At Electric Lemon at Hudson Yards in New York City, the Chickpea Pasta is a linguini type noodles topped with a fresh tomato sauce made à la minute. Chef Kyle Knall roasts garlic, shishito peppers and basil in a pan then squeezes skinless sun gold tomatoes to make a fresh, vibrant sauce that coats the gluten free pasta without being too rich. The dish is then garnished with fresh basil and halved sun gold tomatoes.  “We wanted to make a true chickpea pasta that was actually gluten free. So we took the ratio that we would normally use for our traditional dough with farm egg yolks and switched out the pasta flour for chickpea. This keeps the dough soft and rich,” said chef Kyle Knall.

Squid Ink Linguine

Squid Ink Linguine at Siena Tavern in Chicago.

Siena Tavern

Forget the lobster roll and the bisque because black is the new… black at Siena Tavern in Chicago with Top Chef alum, Fabio Viviani’s Squid Ink Linguine. Having a celebrity chef behind the Italian restaurant’s menu guests know dishes served there are going to be amazing and delicious which includes his Squid Ink Linguine served with a lobster tail and spicy lobster sauce. Not only is this dish one of the most popular entrees served at Siena Tavern, but it is also eye-catching with its shocking color. Although, the silky black-hued pasta is not the only reason this dish is so popular; the flavor of the dish also credits to its acclaimed fame. Given the extra dimension the squid ink linguine gives off, chef Viviani complements it with a grilled lobster tail served on top while a spicy lobster cream sauce is mixed in with it. “As much as I love making traditional pasta dishes, I knew I needed to make Siena Tavern’s Squid Ink Linguine a little different,” said executive chef Fabio Viviani. “Mixing the squid ink’s rich and briny flavor with a lobster’s mild and sweet flavor, there needed to be a spice to make a lasting impression which I made the sauce to be a spicy lobster cream sauce.”

Duck Confit Risotto

Duck Confit Risotto in New York City at ATRIO Wine Bar & Restaurant.

ATRIO Wine Bar & Restaurant

In New York City at ATRIO Wine Bar & Restaurant, a combination of sautéed butternut squash, wild mushrooms, dried cranberries, and wilted kale folded into arborio rice that is immersed in a rich duck broth. White balsamic pearls are dotted on top for a tangy finish. A major trend we’ve noticed that has returned is the use of duck on culinary menus. This is a bold and flavorful meat that can be used in a wide variety of dishes; we have added duck to our risotto and flatbread for fall,” said executive chef Enrico DeOcampo of Conrad New York Downtown.

Chicken Sausage Rigatoni

Chicken Sausage Rigatoni at Thalia in New Orleans.

Thalia

At Thalia in New Orleans, chefs Kristen Essig and Michael Stoltzfus just gave a seasonal update to the chicken sausage rigatoni. The fall version of the beautiful pasta dish is made with housemade sausage and pasta served with pumpkin, shiso, and sage, then finished with shaved parmesan. This dish embodies what we love about fall. The pumpkin and sage add those flavors that we love about fall, while the shiso adds a brightness.

Not Your Nonna’s Bolognese

Not Your Nonna’s Bolognese at Mi’talia Kitchen & Bar in south Miami.

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At Mi’talia Kitchen & Bar in south Miami, this twist on a classic Bolognese over delivers on the pasta. Featuring two (!) types of pasta, a slow braised veal, pork and beef Bolognese sauce is mixed throughout pappardelle and ricotta gnudi before being topped with parmesan cheese and fresh basil. The hearty sauce pairs well with the light gnudi, and bright pop of basil. “Italy has always astounded me with its culture and beauty. That beautiful sun-filled country is a huge source for culinary inspiration for me, and Mi’talia dishes are my versions of these flavors,” said chef Janine Booth.

Carbonara in a Jar

Carbonara in a Jar at Siena Tavern in Chicago.

Siena Tavern

If there is something Top Chef alum Fabio Viviani is an expert on making, it’s pasta. The Italian chef’s Carbonara in a Jar served at Siena Tavern is not only cooked perfectly al dente and tastes delicious but also an interactive dish as it is prepped and finalized at the table utilizing a mason jar. The ooey and gooey pasta dish initially fills the mason jar with gemelli noodles and then layers of crispy pancetta, parmesan cream, spinach, egg yolk and pecorino are added on top. The mason jar is served to the table in its deconstructed form and ready to be finalized by the chef who shakes it tableside, ultimately breaking the egg yolk and mixing the other ingredients to finalize the Carbonara in a Jar. “One of my favorite things to do as a chef is go out in the restaurant and talk to the guests who are eating my food,” said executive chef Fabio Viviani. “The Carbonara in a Jar not only allows me to talk to my guests, but I also get to serve them their meal.”

Zucchini Pasta

Zucchini Pasta at HandCraft Kitchen & Cocktails in New York City.

HandCraft Kitchen & Cocktails

At HandCraft Kitchen & Cocktails in New York City,  this is zucchini noodles, roasted kale, charred tomatoes, portobello mushrooms, pistachio nuts and Asiago cheese.  If you follow the Whole 30 diet, you can ask the chef to hold the cheese. If you want to add a little protein, you can request the addition of chicken, steak or pulled pork.  “Our Zucchini Pasta is one of our best sellers and I think it’s because it’s so versatile. It’s a vegetarian dish that you can easily make Whole 30 compliant by ordering it without the cheese, or you can add chicken, steak or pulled pork if you’re a meat-lover.  All these options and it’s delicious no matter how you order it,” said Chad Gaudet, co-owner of HandCraft Kitchen & Cocktails.

House-Made Campanelle 

House-Made Campanelle at The Hive in Bentonville, Arkansas.

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At The Hive in Bentonville, Arkansas, they showcase the unique culinary identity of Arkansas and the region’s farmers and producers. Chef Matt McClure’s cooking pays homage to the High South, highlighting local ingredients such as wild mushrooms, basil puree and pistachio found in the campanelle.

Siamese Agnolotti

Siamese Agnolotti at Casa Nonna New York.

Casa Nonna New York

At Casa Nonna New York, the filling of this house-made two-sided ravioli pasta consists of veal ragu on one side with spinach and taleggio cheese on the other side. The ravioli rests on top of a truffle pecorino fonduta sauce and is finished with beech mushrooms and a drizzle of marsala glaze. “Siamese Agnolotti is one of our most popular pasta dishes as you can experience a vegetarian and meat option in just one bite! The beech mushrooms add a cashew-like flavor and when combined with a drizzle of the marsala glaze and truffle oil, you get a sherry sweet taste. Plus, it’s a great pasta that pairs really well with most known Italian wines like Chianti, Montepulciano and Sangiovese,” said Atilio Ramos, chef de cuisine.

Spaghettini Freddi Benedetto Cavalieri

Spaghettini Freddi Benedetto Cavalieri at La Cucina at Il Salviatino in Fiesole, Florence.

Il Salviatino

At La Cucina at Il Salviatino in Fiesole, Florence, an upscale twist on a classic, this chilled spaghetti dish features fresh prawns tossed in Tuscan citrus fruit delicately served over al dente spaghetti, garnished with colorful edible wildflowers sourced from Il Salviatino’s orto — organic orchard and herb garden.  “I love how refreshing this dish it. We are really lucky to have a big organic garden right on our property grounds where we source fresh herbs and vegetables daily. Almost 100% of our ingredients are sourced from Tuscany; generally we don’t need to go far to find the best quality, most of the time it is right around the corner,” said executive chef Silvia Grossi.

Fettuccine

Fettuccine at La Ventura in New York City.

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At La Ventura in New York City, housemade fettuccine with poblano peppers, littleneck clams, garlic, chili flakes and lemon. “Our fettuccine is the perfect way to celebrate National Pasta Month because it gives a nod to classical old school pasta and white clam sauce. It is super garlicky with chili flake, butter and lemon that keeps it packed with flavor the entire way through,” said executive chef Peter Lipson.

Cacio E Pere

Cacio E Pere on New York City at Felidia.

Felidia

In New York City at Felidia, pear and pecorino ravioli with crushed black pepper. “After all these years, I love to make this; it’s such a simple yet delicious dish and is still a favorite among the guests year-round!” said executive chef Fortunato Nicotra.

Rigatoni with Heritage Pork Ragu 

Rigatoni with Heritage Pork Ragu in New York City at OTTO Enoteca e Pizzeria.

OTTO Enoteca e Pizzeria

In New York City at OTTO Enoteca e Pizzeria, rigatoni with Heritage pork shank braised with onions, Calabrian chilis, and tomato sauce. “This is one of our signature pasta dishes that’s perfect to celebrate with on National Pasta Day! There’s no shortage of flavor here, and as a butcher, I love using high-quality meat from our longtime purveyor Heritage Foods!” said executive chef Gaetano Arnone.

Spaghetti Special

Spaghetti Special at Carmine's.

Carmine’s

At Carmine’s, already known for their massive portions, the legendary Carmine’s is serving up a Spaghetti Special for the entire month of October. The special comes with five pounds of spaghetti served alongside a gallon of sauce – pomodoro, bolognese, marinara or vodka. The dish is designed to feed eight-ten people. “What Carmine’s does best is massive portions of food served family-style so this special is designed for even bigger groups to gather and enjoy heaping platters of pasta with their favorite sauce!”  said director of culinary operations Glenn Rolnick

Mezzelune Pasta 

Mezzelune Pasta At Lupa in New York City.

Lupa

At Lupa in New York City, a seasonal pasta dish made with honeynut squash stuffed lune with sage brown butter and toasted hazelnuts. “Honeynut is my favorite Autumn squash. Specifically bred for their sweetness, they make an incredible filling for ravioli. Mezzelune pasta is a great shape because of the crescent moon shape which resembles the fall months and looks amazing on the plate” said executive chef James Kelly.

Pistachio Pesto Spaghetti 

Pistachio Pesto Spaghetti at Gelso & Grand in New York City.

Gelso & Grand

At Gelso & Grand in New York City, toasted pistachio, fresh basil, Parmigiano Reggiano mixed with spaghetti. “Since our restaurant is located in the heart of Little Italy, we wanted to offer a bright-tasting pasta that would whisk guests away from the hustle bustle of New York for a moment and to let the flavors of the dish sink in. The pasta itself is a delicious twist on an Italian classic, that’s traditionally prepared with pine nuts, and perfectly balanced with the freshness from the basil,” said owner Nima Garos.

California Sea Urchin and Angel Hair Carbonara 

California Sea Urchin and Angel Hair Carbonara at Tocqueville in New York City.

Tocqueville

At Tocqueville in New York City, this signature appetizer at Tocqueville has been on the menu since the restaurant opened in 2000. The dish features California sea urchin and angel hair carbonara with sea lettuces and lime-soy butter. “In my opinion Sea urchin and egg yolk is a perfect match, the velvety texture of the softly scrambled yolk with the sauce is pure decadence, against the al dente pasta, it all really works well together!” said chef and owner Marco Moreira.

Linguine ai Frutti di Mare

Linguine ai Frutti di Mare t Primavera Ristorante.

Primavera Ristorante

At Primavera Ristorante, a family-owned and operated Italian restaurant located in Coronado, Calif., will celebrate National Pasta Day with a featured entrée swimming in flavor: linguine ai frutti di mare, made with fresh tomato, shrimp, mussels, and baby clams atop linguine with light saffron sauce. The restaurant will also have an array of signature pasta dishes available, including: portobella alla bianca, portobello mushroom-filled ravioli with sundried tomato and dill cream sauce; pappardelle alla Bolognese with veal, pork and beef ragu, dried chile oil and mascarpone; and spaghetti alla carbonara with sautéed pancetta and sweet peas in a rich parmigiano cream sauce. Buon appetito!

Aly Walansky is a NY-based lifestyles writer with over a decade of experience covering travel and food.

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Capital One BrandVoice: 5 Fall Festivals For Food Lovers

Fall is peak foodie season—and packed with great culinary events, from coast to coast. If you’re hungry for a culinary adventure this autumn, try these standout food festivals. They’re as fun as they are delicious.

South Beach Seafood Festival

The South Beach Seafood Festival is much like the Miami neighborhood that gives it its name: chic, glossy and very VIP.

This weeklong event includes ticketed dinners where cutting-edge chefs do their stuff in exclusive locations.

Star chefs doing innovative things with expensive ingredients is a big part of the event. But there are still plenty of affordable, family-friendly activities to enjoy.

Pop-up cafes will serve great inexpensive food in the balmy air. DJs will spin music. And the Milam’s Markets Culinary Showcase Kitchen will feature live cooking demos, so attendees can sharpen their kitchen skills.

Arkansas Cornbread Festival

People in Arkansas take their cornbread seriously.

That’s all to the culinary benefit of visitors to this late-October event in Little Rock’s fashionable SoMa district.

But great cornbread isn’t all there is here. There’s also live music and artisan booths, heaps of Southern cooking besides cornpone and lots of debate about those eternal cornbread questions: White flower or yellow? Sugar or no sugar? Baking pan or cast-iron skillet?

The festival peaks with a cornbread baking competition that Southern foodies take very seriously. Festival attendees get to vote for the winner, so get ready to sample lots of the big-flavored golden stuff that gives this event its reason for being.

Eagle River Cranberry Fest

Just shy of Wisconsin’s northern border, the small town of Eagle River celebrates one of autumn’s quintessential foods. More than 40,000 visitors buy 10,000-plus pounds of fresh and dried cranberries there each October. Impressive for a town with a population of 1,500.

The event is both culinary and educational. Sure, visitors will get their fill of cranberry pancakes, cranberry sausages, hot cranapple cider and shredded cranberry pork sandwiches. But they can also tour the local cranberry marsh to learn about the role that this tiny red fruit has played in Eagle River’s economy and culture over the centuries.

And to round out a long weekend of fun, there’s an art show, an antiques market and live entertainment.

Pickle Day

A big festival in a small town is great. But a small festival in a big city can be just as delicious.

Each October, New York City’s Lower East Side celebrates its immigrant history with Pickle Day. In a nod to the neighborhood’s long-ago pushcart market, vendors line three city blocks with pickled everything, courtesy of local restaurants and other picklers.

There’s also live music, face painting, carnival games and a giant talking pickle.

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West Virginia Roadkill Cook-off

Don’t worry. There’s no actual roadkill at this festival. But if it was called the “West Virginia Wild Game Cook-off,” it just wouldn’t be as fun.

And fun is at the heart of this quirky event in the tiny town of Marlinton, West Virginia. At the end of each September, inventive chefs assemble here from all over the country.

They join locals in taking a gourmet approach to ingredients ranging from the humble—like squirrel, deer and rabbit—to the exotic—think iguana, snapping turtle and wild boar.

In addition to the chance to try once-in-a-lifetime dishes like squirrel gravy over biscuits and teriyaki-marinated bear, visitors get to enjoy a bit of true Americana. Come for the rabbit Alfredo, stay for the square dancing and Miss Roadkill contest.

Ready to taste your way through fall? With these mouthwatering food festivals on your calendar, this could be your most appetizing autumn yet.

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