News Buffet: Slacker Edition

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We’re currently in deadline hell over here at the magazine, so I’ve been seriously slacking on the blog. Sorry folks! (Though I do think you’re going to love the September bars package we’ve been putting together.) I’m playing catch-up today with a helping of News Buffet—well-done:

The Food Network just announced the contestants for the second edition of The Next Iron Chef (the one where they choose a new member of the Iron Chef America Team), and our own Eric Greenspan of the Foundry is one of them! God knows he’d make great television, so I’ll be rooting for him. The show premiers October 4 at 9 p.m.

Dodgers Stadium has introduced their “My Town” seating section. Fans who purchase My Town tickets can sample a different global cuisine each game, like Dogertown Korea with kimchi and Korean-style BBQ, Dodgertown Philippines with Philippine-style BBQ pork and pineapple spears, and—my personal favorite—Dodgertown Mexico with tequila lime chicken and jicama with chili-lime salt. (’Cause God knows Elysian Park doesn’t have any good Mexican food—oh, wait.) Actually, this does sound pretty fun, and My Town tickets also score you a Dodgers “This Is My Town” T-Shirt in country-specific colors. Play ball!

This Sunday, the folks from Epicurious.com will be at the Hollywood Farmers’ Market handing out tote bags and all sorts of schwag…while supplies last.

Also on Sunday, the Fallen Fruit folks are joining forces with Machine Project in Echo Park to hold the 4th Annual Public Fruit Jam from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Just bring your own fruit, they’ve got the rest! They typically make around 500 jars, so you might want to stock up on some peanut butter while you’re at it.

This is just for fun: If you haven’t been listening, Evan Kleiman from Good Food and Angelli Caffe has been working on a Pie-A-Day project all summer, in which she—you guessed it—bakes a pie a day! The Good Food blog is now full of listeners’ suggestions, recipes, etc. It’s a pie-stravaganza! Kleiman has decided to extend her project to November. My favorite is her Black Cat Pie. Just my style!