America’s Dive Bars Are Among Those Hit Hardest by Alex Trebek’s Death

The dive tradition of watching ‘Jeopardy!’ over beers and shots will end with Trebek’s final episode on December 25

As 7 p.m. hit on Monday, the bartender at Do or Dive in Brooklyn killed the music and two ancient black-and-white TVs roared to life, as they do every night at 7. On the screens, Alex Trebek took the Jeopardy! stage from his pre-taped purgatory. “I can’t believe how quickly the year is moving along,” he told the audience. One of the categories in the first round was “Masks.”

A handful of people — after getting their temperatures checked and giving contact-tracing information — sat at the few tables in the narrow bar. One of them, Franco Del Valle, was drinking a Miller High Life and celebrating the last night watching Jeopardy! at Do or Dive almost daily over the past three years; the next day he and his girlfriend were … Read more

Fast-breaks during pre-trial period leave a lot to follow in Kruse case

It’s early in the pre-trial stage for the second attempt to prosecute former Blue Bell Creamries boss Paul Kruse, but the pace is like a fast-starting NBA game. He stands accused — again — of conspiracy and fraud. One motion to dismiss is already pending and another challenges the fitness of the Grand Jury that indicted Kruse.

As expected, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed its written arguments opposing the defense motion to dismiss the indictment as barred by the statute of limitations.

The defense first got the charges against Kruse dismissed on July 15, 2020, because they were brought by information, not by a Grand Jury indictment. The government says it was within the statute of limitations when first filed on May 1, 2020.

Dismissal, according to DOJ, “triggered a six-month statutory tolling period. A grand jury returned an indictment on the same seven felony counts on … Read more

There’s Never Been a Better Year to Do a Takeout Thanksgiving

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Help restaurants and save yourself time in the kitchen for what’s bound to be a weird holiday anyway

Thanksgiving, the traditional start of the holiday season, is getting a COVID-19 makeover. With the Centers for Disease Control advising against holiday travel, many individuals across the United States are finally surrendering to the grim reality of the pandemic by making last-minute calls canceling family dinner plans. In fact, only 29 percent of consumers are expected to host or attend a meal with extended family who does not live with them in 2020, down almost 20 percent from the 2019 holiday, according to market research firm IRI. Restaurants and food suppliers are also adjusting to the altered vision of a holiday with more people dining separately.

Chef James Rigato of Mabel Gray in Hazel Park, Michigan, made a last-minute decision to open up orders for to-go … Read more

FSIS Quarterly Enforcement Report cites criminal actions related to food safety

Criminal convictions top the Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS’s) final quarterly enforcement report for 2020.

Flavor Trade LLC and owner Shannon Kimball, of Kansas City, MO,; and, New England Meat Packing LLC, and HAACP manager Debbie Smith, and president Memet Beqiri of Stafford Springs, CT, entered guilty pleas.

Flavor Trade and Kimball pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri for the sale of uninspected meat and misuse of an official device. The court imposed a three-year probation with an order to pay restitution of $33,053.86 to victims.

Smith and Beqiri are awaiting sentencing by U.S. District Court for Connecticut after each pleads guilty to one felony count of making and using a false document and aiding and abetting.

The FSIS quarterly enforcement report is for the three-month period ending Sept. 30, the final date of the federal fiscal year (FY). In … Read more

‘I’m a Real Person With Feelings’: Fans Bully ‘Great British Bake Off’ Contestant for Making It to Finals

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“It’s ok to be sad your favourite person didn’t go through, but please remember it’s not my fault.”

[Spoilers for Season 8, Episode 9, which is available in the U.S. as of Friday, November 20]

This season of the Great British Bake Off (or, as it’s known stateside, The Great British Baking Show) has left many frustrated, underwhelmed, and questioning whether anyone on the series knows what Japan is. But as ever, fans have formed strong opinions about who they think is worthy of making it to the finals. This week, Hermine, the last person of color competing this season, was eliminated in the semi-finals, but fans say baker Laura’s performance has not been adequate enough to make it to the finals. The backlash to the judge’s decision has unfortunately … Read more