Welcome to the afternoon roundup! If it happened in food today, it's news to us. Here are a few stories that have caught our attention.
Food Mergers: Regulators in Washington are voting on the merger of Sysco, the number-one food distributor in the United States, and number two, US Foods.
Festivals: Organizers for Harlem EatUp!, a food festival conceived by Food Republic cofounder Marcus Samuelsson taking place May 15-17, has announced its schedule of events. These include talks, a Sunday street festival and dinners throughout the neighborhood pairing local chefs with national talent. Participating chefs include Carla Hall, Jonathan Waxman, Sean Brock, Paul Qui and Ludo Lefebvre.
Condiments: The world has been blessed with a Heinz Sriracha ketchup flavor, which joins popular jalapeño and Tabasco crossovers.
Media: Longtime Los Angeles Times food editor Russ Parsons has left his position to focus on writing columns. Amy Scattergood takes over.
New York City: Meatball Shop co-owner Michael Chernow plans to open a sustainable seafood restaurant, to be called Seamore’s. He reportedly plans to highlight species from Montauk, including skate, monkfish and porgy.
Apps: The Fridge is a new smartphone app that will tell you when your produce, meat and dairy has gone bad.
Cooking Competitions: Chef Vinson Petrillo of the Zero George Street Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina, has been selected to represent the United States at Expo Milano 2015 in June. Yesterday in New York City, he cooked a course of pressurized octopus and wagyu cheek agnilotti that impressed a panel of judges including Paul Qui, Wylie Dufresne and Amanda Freitag.
Deals: NYC jewel Tocqueville is celebrating 15 years with a special tasting menu. For MasterCard holders, $225 will get you a five-course tasting menu, with tables available for up to six people. Time to get some friends together.