Culinary Tour

Melissa Adam was moved when she saw a man looking for dumplings for his next meal.

She and Samuel Frassenay felt that no one should be so hungry. So they anonymously began to leave Styrofoam containers full of food every night.

Six months later, what used to be just a container for safe food is now an organization called the Indiana Food Box Group.

“It happened very organically,” said Frassenay of Saltsburg.

The food box is located at Fox’s Pizza Den in Blairsville and Homer City, partly owned by Frassenay.

He met Adams in Bolivar when she started working for

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Brent, left, and Brad Steven own the Wine Dive. The restaurant won a Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator.

Brent, left, and Brad Steven own the Wine Dive. The restaurant won a Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator.

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Wine Spectator magazine recently put out its list of 2021 Restaurant Awards, and five Wichita restaurants were on it.

The magazine, which each year honors the “world’s best restaurants for wine,” this year recognized 2,917 restaurants from all 50 states and from more than 72 countries.

The magazine chooses award winners on three levels. The top is the Grand Award, given to only 103 restaurants this year.

The next best is the Best of Award of Excellence,

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JAMA Netw Open. 2021 Apr 1;4(4):e215262. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.5262.


IMPORTANCE: Time trends and population disparities in nutritional quality of foods from major US sources, including grocery stores, restaurants, schools, worksites, and other sources, are not well established.

OBJECTIVE: To investigate patterns and trends in diet quality by food sources among US children and adults overall and in sociodemographic subgroups.

DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: This serial, cross-sectional survey study included respondents from 8 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey cycles (2003-2018) with valid dietary recalls. Data were analyzed from April 16, 2020, to July 20, 2020.

EXPOSURES: Survey cycle, food source,

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Eager to dive into a plate of chicken wings or a tender chicken sandwich? You might have to wait a while.

Restaurants across the United States are saying they are struggling to keep a steady stream of chicken tenders, breasts and wings on their customers’ plates due to a nationwide poultry shortage.

According to the Wall Street Journal, franchises such as KFC, Wingstop and Buffalo Wild Wings are saying they are paying high prices for poultry, and many independent eateries have gone for weeks without wings.

For comparison, boneless skinless chicken breast averaged averaged around $1 a pound last

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Maria Loi
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Executive Chef/Owner, Loi Estiatorio, New York, NY

Midtown Manhattan chef Maria Loi’s warmth and smile have become a NYC landmark. She brings a unique background to the restaurant and foodservice industry. For anybody who’s life she has touched, there is an instant connection. Her success in multi-national business and previously in politics in her native Greece has evolved into a rich life in the U.S.

Maria Loi has become one of the nation’s leading chefs, philanthropists, brand creators and ambassadors. Before the Pandemic, Loi’s plate was full with her commitments to battling childhood cancer by co-founding the Elpida

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Sawasdee Thai Cuisine and Sushi

6600 Dixie Highway, Fairfield

Secret Menu Items: Thai Papaya Salad (papaya salad, sticky rice and grilled chicken; $12.99); Bento Box ($12.99)

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Cafe Mochiko

1524 Madison Road, East Walnut Hills

Secret Menu Item: Cincinnati-Style Mazemen ($15)

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Queen’s Bakery

4770 Fields Ertel Road, Mason

Secret Menu Items: Fruity Fantasy Tea ($6.98); “Not a Plain Roll” Roll ($9.98); Tea + Roll Combo ($16)

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Pho Lang Thang

1828 Race St., Over-the-Rhine

Secret Menu Items: Bo Luc Lac Special ($20) — 1.

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