November 30, 2012
Crate + Barrel marks its 50th anniversary with a collection of limited-edition teapots. Twelve contemporary artists were commissioned to put their stamp on the ceramic Arzberg teapot, a staple of its inventory since the company opened in 1962. For December is this one from Janine Rewell, combining Scandinavian design with Slavic folk art. Only 200 of each design will be produced. Arzberg Teapot for December, $200, online only at crateandbarrel.com . - Maureen Fitzgerald A simple tart This fun little kit, created by Michelin-star French chef Jacky Dallais, contains most everything you need to put together an impressive 6-inch tart - except the fruit, of course.
October 25, 2012 |
NEW YORK - U.S. oil output is surging so fast that the United States could soon overtake Saudi Arabia as the world's biggest producer. Driven by high prices and new drilling methods, U.S. production of crude and other liquid hydrocarbons is on track to rise 7 percent this year to an average of 10.9 million barrels per day. This will be the fourth straight year of crude increases and the biggest single-year gain since 1951. The boom has surprised even the experts. "Five years ago, if I or anyone had predicted today's production growth, people would have thought we were crazy," says Jim Burkhard, head of oil markets research at IHS CERA, an energy consulting firm.
October 22, 2012
The whiskey gospel has gone global. Just taste how India's Amrut Fusion and Sullivan's Cove from Tasmania (each featured in meet-the-distiller events at restaurants this week, as well as Thursday's Whiskey Fest) emphasize how traditionally made spirits take on distinctive terroirs. For Amrut , a Bangalor distillery that began as rum producer for the Indian army, copper pot-stilled northern Indian malt ages at a significantly faster rate than in Scotland in India's warmer climate (a max of seven years)
September 8, 2012 |
Who knew that the economic solution for the region's beleaguered oil refineries would arrive on a slow train from North Dakota? Delta Air Lines, the new owner of the Trainer refinery that is scheduled to reopen later this month, on Thursday became the third fuel producer in the Philadelphia area to announce plans to bring in crude oil by rail from the Bakken oil field in the upper Midwest. Edward Bastian, the airline's president, told an investor conference in New York that Delta plans to replace some imported oil at Trainer with domestic crude brought in by rail.
May 25, 2012 |
Oil tumbled below $90 a barrel in New York Wednesday, erasing gains through 2011, as U.S. supplies increased to a 22-year high and European leaders met to discuss the euro region's debt crisis. Futures fell 2.1 percent after the Energy Department said stockpiles rose 883,000 barrels to 382.5 million barrels last week. The European Union summit is the 18th since Greece was shaken by debt and the first since an anti-austerity campaign carried Francois Hollande to France's presidency.
May 4, 2012 |
It's been 139 years since they served beer in Haddonfield's Indian King Tavern. But that will change Saturday when barrels of Colonial style beers will be tapped at a fund-raiser for the museum and historic site, meeting place of the New Jersey Rebel Assembly in 1777. Since Haddonfield has been dry since 1873, organizers have obtained a special permit from the state to sell beer to help pay for renovations at the tavern. Philadelphia's Yards Brewery is supplying the beer and food will be served.
January 22, 2012
The mere mention of a truffled beer is enough to incite shudders and raised eyebrows. Even accomplished brewer Scott Morrison conceded that the "terrible" task of melding such a powerful savory flavor with beer brought trepidation: "How am I going to pull this off?" But with his recent return to Dock Street Brewing Co., he knew this first of several planned seasonal collaborations with the Four Seasons Hotel had to be ambitious. So Morrison didn't hold back, crafting a sturdily malted English strong ale, then sending it off to the hotel to be aged in used chardonnay barrels, after which it was blended with a measured dose of truffle-steeped vodka.
January 18, 2012
Wholesale gasoline futures in the Northeast surged Wednesday after a giant oil refinery in the U.S. Virgin Islands announced it was closing next month, the latest petroleum processor to call it quits. Hovensa L.L.C., a joint venture of U.S.-based Hess Corp. and Venezuela's state-owned oil company, announced it will cease operating its 350,000-barrel-a-day refinery in St. Croix. The plant provided 83,000 barrels a day of gasoline and 47,000 barrels of distillate fuel like heating oil and diesel to the U.S. Northeast, according to the Energy Department.
January 17, 2012
Dan Evins, 76, founder of the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store chain, died Saturday in Lebanon, Tenn., the company said. It was in Lebanon that Mr. Evins opened his first restaurant. It catered to highway travelers and focused on offering Southern hospitality, country-style cooking, and an associated gift shop that came to define the chain. He fashioned the restaurant after the country stores of his rural Tennessee youth and used a number of family recipes. The restaurant was named after the practice of customers gathering at country stores to share news and play checkers atop an empty barrel that had been used to deliver crackers to the store.