Although two chains received an A grade—Chipotle and Panera—most of the quick-service restaurants scored much lower. Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, which is the inspiration for the Pizza for Good pie “Closed on Sundays,” earned a B.
From the post:
The report notes that Chick-fil-A, the largest U.S. chicken chain by domestic sales volume, has committed to serve 100-percent no-antibiotics chicken by 2019 and indicates that, as of March 2015, 20 percent of its chicken meets this standard, reports Food Safety News.
Bad news for the cellar-dwellers, though:
No companies receive a ‘D’ in the report. Twenty top fast food chains receive an ‘F.’ Companies graded ‘F’ include: Applebee’s, Arby’s, Burger King, Chili’s, Dairy Queen, Denny’s, Domino’s Pizza, KFC, Olive Garden, Papa John’s, Sonic, Starbucks, Subway and Wendy’s.
Make your pizza at home! You’ll have more control over ingredients and it’ll be way healthier, too.
Every October, we in these United States celebrate America’s fave dish. Like we need an excuse to eat pizza, right?
National Pizza Month means we focus on the nitty gritty of pie-making. So, in the spirit of encouraging you to buy the book, make your pizza fresh and help a worthy cause, here’s what you can expect this month:
• a new recipe every few days, with pictures, video and full instructions
• two new episodes of my podcast, “The Pizza Dish”
• reports on fun and interesting events, including the annual Slice Out Hunger in NYC
• and many other surprises!
If you have a recipe you’d like to share on the blog, please post it here in the comments or on the Facebook page. Cheers to delicious, gooey, foldable ‘za! — WP
Very excited to report that Pizza for Good has been nominated for the following awards:
- Independent Book Publishers Association Benjamin Franklin Digital Awards
- London Book Festival
- Writer’s Digest eBook Awards
We should start hearing soon about the results, so stay tuned. I’ll likely submit to a few more before the year is out, too.
Why must we Americanize everything?
Pizza, Chinese and Italian food, to name a few, are often “dumbed down” for USA audiences. And to some of these Italian grandmothers, it shows.
From the HuffPo article:
Still, we think they’re a little rough on the breadsticks.
Really? They’re rough on everything, and with good reason. Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Pizza Hut, et. al., are factories that spit out lowest-common-denominator food for the masses.
Lesson: make your lasagna at home, with a watchful grandmother at your side.
(pictured above: Rosa’s Pizza owner Mason Wartman standing in front of gifted $1 post-it pizza coupons. photo credit: Mason Wartman via People.com)
Philadelphia has a very special joint called Rosa’s Pizza & Grill where patrons can purchase slices of pizza for homeless people for $1. To date, the restaurant has given away more than 10,000 slices of pizza. And some of the restaurant’s regulars have been able to pull themselves out of poverty to find work and a place to live.
(Author note: the pizza place may be in Philly, but the owner is from New York and understands how good pizza is made.) 😉
The Washington Post has a WonkBlog piece up about K cups and coffee pods killing Americans’ love of coffee. From the post:
Coffee pods, however, are incredibly efficient by comparison. People tend not to make more than they will actually drink—or, at least, first intended to drink.
“People used to make a pot of coffee. Now they make a cup,” Pedro Gavina, the owner of Vernon, California-based roaster Gavina & Sons, told Reuters. “Right there we’re losing the sink as a consumer.”
They are also cutting down on the number of beans used per cup, because they tend to be less caffeinated.
There’s certainly some truth in this article, but I am (and always will be) a full-on auto-drip guy. here’s why:
- Used coffee grounds are excellent for compost (read more)
- Doing auto drip or French press means you can adjust the strength/amount yourself
- Supporting local coffee artisans who aren’t in the K cup business
- Less waste than with K cups or coffee pods
On that last bullet, The Atlantic has a post up that eviscerates K cups and our disposable lifestyle:
Last year, Keurig Green Mountain pledged to create a fully recyclable version of its blockbuster product, the K-Cup, by 2020. Last month the company’s annual sustainability report reaffirmed that vow. It’s a point that Oxender has reiterated multiple times during damage control in the wake of #KillTheKCup. But promising only five more years with this amount of waste has done little to satisfy detractors. Some say it won’t be possible, ever, to make a K-Cup that is anything short of an environmental shitstorm.
“No matter what they say about recycling, those things will never be recyclable,” Sylvan said. “The plastic is a specialized plastic made of four different layers.” The cups are made from plastic #7, a mix that is recyclable in only a handful of cities in Canada. That plastic keeps the coffee inside protected like a nuclear bunker, and it also holds up during the brewing process. A paper prototype failed to accomplish as much.
There’s also a snazzy video, entitled “Kill the K Cup,” where people get beaned by marauding K creatures. The video is sprinkled with some startling statistics of our K cup usage.
You can certainly buy a refillable insert that goes inside the Keurig machine, but to me it’s just not the same. But, if you have one of those single-serving deals, then the insert is the way to go.
The moral of the story for me is I feel very good about my Morningside Blend from San Francisco Coffee House, right here in Atlanta. All of my grounds go in my compost and feed my backyard—after they’ve fed me.