coop's hot chicken paste photo
Coop’s hot chicken paste will save you the trip to Nashville. (Not that there’s anything wrong with going to Nashville.)

Welcome to the FResh List! Every Friday morning, the dedicated staffers in FR’s New York City office compile a list of all the random things on their minds about the world of food and drink and beyond, as well as some names to know.

1. Matt Gross’s Hilarious 2017 Food Predictions. (Sample: You’re not going to eat any insects, no matter how often food futurists say they’re the Next Big Thing, because seriously, bugs? Yuck.)

2. Ground venison.

3. Top Chef is now at season 14!

4. Globe-shaped Atlas carrots.

5. Lamb riblets (lamb anything).

6. Anna and David Posey.

7. Dan Kluger.

8. The Colette Podcast.

9. Andy Puzder.

10. Julia Moskin.

11. Wasaki tobiko.

12. Gerard Craft.

13. RIP John Glenn. And Greg Lake. What a lucky man he was.

14. The season finale of South Park, signaling that we can now stop calling all berries Member Berries.

15. Katie Parla.

16. Coop’s hot chicken paste.

17. The “Top 4 Emerging Trends Impacting the Global Fruit Spreads Market 2016-2020” report. (Read it here. It is fascinating. Not really.)

18. 2 Chainz, tapas aficionado.

19. Rajat Parr.

20. Quitting Twitter.

21. The Deep Ellum neighborhood of Dallas.

22. Luna and Ollie from Kinderhook Farm in upstate New York.

Luna and Ollie watch over their lambs in the pasture.

A photo posted by Kinderhook Farm (@kinderhookfarm) on

23. This Charlotte Observer story about how a barbecue joint with a racist past tries to overcome its tainted legacy.

24. American Girl’s allergy-free lunch.