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The world’s food system is in disarray. One in ten people is undernourished. One in four is overweight. More than one-third of the world’s population cannot afford a healthy diet. Food supplies are disrupted by heatwaves, floods, droughts and wars. The number of people going hungry in 2020 was 15% higher than in 2019, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic and armed conflicts1.
Our planetary habitat suffers, too. The food sector emits about 30% of the world’s greenhouse gases. Expanding cropland, pastures and tree plantations drive two-thirds of the loss in forests (5.5 million hectares per year), mostly in the tropics2. Poor farming practices degrade soils, pollute and deplete water supplies and lower biodiversity.
As these interlinkages become clear, approaches to food are shifting — away from production, consumption and value chains towards safety, networks and complexity. Recent crises around global warming and COVID-19 have compounded concerns. Policymakers have taken note.
In September, the United Nations secretary-general, António Guterres, will convene a Food Systems Summit. This is only the sixth UN summit on food since 1943, and the first with heads of states in the UN General Assembly. A group of leading scientists, known as the Scientific
WoodSpoon announced another fundraise of $14 million with some interesting investors in the mix. The platform, on which home chefs can sell their food for delivery, just announced its latest raise and teased further expansion of the community-centric, two-sided marketplace.
Founded in New York by co-founders, Oren Saar and Merav Rozengarten, who were missing their Israeli delicacies, Saar is now CEO and Rozengarten is now the company’s CMO.
The pair launched the company in 2019 and it now caters to more than 8,000 users buying food from more than 100 chefs. So far, the company operates in New York, Brooklyn and Queens with another “major city” coming in the next few months teased along with the funding announcement.
Oren Saar said the new funding further validates the foundational idea and fuels company growth much faster than originally planned. The company raised $2 million in early 2020 to focus on New York growth, but things went very well.
“The idea around the previous round was stay super focused in New York and increase our marketing team and footprint here. We started to deploy the funds in January and, since January, we’ve been growing at about 50 percent in sales, customers and
Ireland has been a featured location of the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival since 2001. And after taking a break last year (with an appearance by the Seafood Fisherman’s Pie at Wine & Dine Studio Featuring Festival Favorites), they’re back for 2021. They were scheduled to open on October 1, but debuted early. The 2021 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival runs from July 15 – November 20, 2021.
Menu for the Ireland Marketplace at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival
- Fisherman’s Seafood Pie – $6.75
- Roasted Irish Sausage with Colcannon Potatoes and Onion Gravy – $5.50
- Warm Chocolate Pudding Cake with Irish Cream Liqueur Custard – $4.25
Photos of Menu Items from the Ireland Marketplace at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival
Fisherman’s Seafood Pie – $6.75
The fisherman’s pie was enjoyable enough. There was a good amount of seafood without being fishy, and it was a good portion size for what you pay. Plus, it was piping hot. It wasn’t anything overly special, but still a decent dish.
Roasted Irish Sausage with Colcannon Potatoes and Onion Gravy – $5.50
Do you love Jimmy Dean breakfast sausages? Well, then we have a treat for
Jambo! Welcome to a marketplace review for Kenya at the 2021 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival. The Kenya marketplace replaces the previous Africa marketplace.
Menu for the Kenya Marketplace at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival
- Kenyan Coffee-barbecued Beef Tenderloin with Sweet Potato and Corn Mealie Pap and Kachumbari Slaw – $6.00
- Piri Piri Skewered Shrimp with Citrus-scented Couscous – $6.75
- Tusker Lager – $5.00 (6 oz) & $9.00 (12 oz)
Photos of the Menu Items from the Kenya Marketplace at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival
Kenyan Coffee-barbecued Beef Tenderloin with Sweet Potato and Corn Mealie Pap and Kachumbari Slaw – $6.00
The rub they season these steaks with gives it an odd tinge, but many taste testers raved about this. Like the other dishes here, it’s mildly spicy.
For $6, you can get yourself some steak tips with interesting sides, and that’s worth exploring.
Piri Piri Skewered Shrimp with Citrus-scented Couscous – $6.75
Another spicy dish, but at least this one was milder in the spice department. It was a good portion size, too. We were all surprised by how much large shrimp was on the skewer. For $6.75, you have a small,
REVIEW: New Passion Fruit-Coconut and Apple Crumble Donuts Miss the Mark at EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival
Two new chef’s choice donuts have arrived at The Donut Box at the 2021 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival.
The chef’s donut of the day rotates every month.
The two new donuts, Passion Fruit-Coconut and Apple Crumble, are pictured at the registers.
Passion Fruit-Coconut Donut – $5.00
There are mountains of wonderfully toasted coconut sitting atop the coconut icing.
Like all donuts at The Donut Box, the dough itself was a bit too tough.
The filling is very tart. We would compare it to a lemon, with a slight fruity sweetness paired with tartness.
Altogether, a bite of this donut is nice! The subtle coconut balances the tartness of the passionfruit.
We would get it again, if not for the toughness of the donut.
Apple Crumble Donut – $5.00
The streusel atop the donut is not very fresh.
The toughness once again takes away from full enjoyment.
The cinnamon icing does pair well with the canned apple topping, which would have been better had it been freshly prepared.
We won’t be getting this donut again.
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More Global Marketplaces are opening at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival on October 1, 2021. Even more exciting than that, some Global Marketplaces opened early! Take a look.
Related – Restaurant Marrakesh is now overflow seating for Epcot Food & Wine Festival
Ireland (Near United Kingdom)
- Fisherman’s Seafood Pie
- Roasted Irish Sausage with Colcannon Potatoes and Onion Gravy
- Warm Chocolate Pudding Cake with Irish Cream Liqueur Custard
- Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale
- Bunratty Mead Honey Wine
- Guinness Baileys Shake
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Spain (Between Italy and Germany)
- Charcuterie with a selection of imported Spanish Meats, Cheeses, and Olives with an Herb Vinaigrette (gluten/wheat friendly)
- Spanish-style Paella with Rice, Chorizo, and Shrimp (gluten/wheat friendly)
- Seafood Salad with Shrimp, Bay Scallops, Mussels, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, White Balsamic Vinegar, and Smoked Paprika (gluten/wheat friendly)
- Estrella Galicia Cerveza Especial Lager (new)
- Avaline White Blend (new)
- Faustino VII Rioja Rosado (new)
- Espelt Garnacha
- Wine Flight