Diva Foodie News ‘Round The Web 10/3/14

Diva Foodie News searches the digital world for the best and most interesting news in food and drink. Some are fun facts, others are important trends. This week we’re highlighting a grocery delivery service concept from the USPS, Bill Shantner’s new video food show on Ora.tv, high tech cafeteria controversey in a small Berkshire, MA town and how the Food Network is winning the game with a new competitive model.

"Diva Foodies News 'Round The Web"U.S. Postal System Tests Grocery Delivery. Some may call it innovative. Some may call it desperate. The USPS is testing a new product — Customized Delivery. The intent is to deliver groceries and other prepackaged goods, primarily during a 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. delivery window.  Would you like to receive your groceries, or any delivery, in the wee hours of the morning? Official Proposal

Bill Shatner Goes From Exploring Space To Wine and Food. Guess there is life after going where no man has gone before. Bill Shatner’s video wine program, Brown Bag Wine Taste,  must be doing  well for Ora.TV. Bill is about to launch a new online-cooking series with the network. He’ll be talking with chefs about their culinary approaches. If his Brown Bag Wine Taste questions (is the wine “… Smooth or galloping? Ears up or pinned?” Interview with Tom Foran) are any indication of what is to come it will definitely be a food show where no host has gone before.


School Cafeteria Controversy in North Adams, MA. Biometrics, or a finger print scanning, is not new in many schools across the United States. However, in the western Massachusetts small town of North Adams there is friction among some parents and the local school board. The question at the center of the debate — Is the invasion of children’s privacy worth the trade off for efficiency?

Games Are Keeping The Food Network Alive. Especially in prime time TV viewing (where ratings count!) the Food Network stepped away from the Julia Child format of food programs to a new model … competitive challenges. According to Bob Tuschman, Food Network’s general manager and senior vice president, the culinary experience still drives the storytelling. However, Tash Oren, associate professor at the University Wisconsin-Milwaukee has a different opinion. “The Food Network figured out that most people who watch TV about cooking don’t cook. They watch for the sport of it, for the fun of it.” Whatever the reason for the over the top views, the Food Network is still keeping the lights on in a very competitive industry.  Research study -Format, Cooking and Competiton As Television Values.

Author: Toby Bloomberg

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