In Short

first_imgMaster bakers dinnerKingston and District Master Bakers is hosting its annual dinner and dance on Saturday 19 February. It will take place at the Oatlands Park Hotel in Weybridge, Surrey, and will begin with a drinks reception, followed by a four-course meal, cabaret and dancing. Tickets cost £57.50. For details, contact treasurer Jackie Harrington on 01372 373435.Greenhalgh’s contestGreenhalgh’s Craft Bakery has launched a competition to design a cake that represents Widnes, to mark the opening of its first store in the town. The winning entry will be turned into a real cake, which will be sliced up and sold, with all proceeds going to the British Heart Foundation.Legal battle The owners of two London bakeries are engaged in a legal row, according to the Evening Standard. David Krantz (Artisan Bakery, Park Royal) claims Doron Zilkha, (Bread Boutique, off the King’s Road) owes him £200,000 in unpaid loans. But Krantz told the Standard the loans were personal and not related to the business.Bakery closureA Widnes bakery was closed after environmental health officers found dirty equipment and mould on surfaces. David Pearse, who runs Knead the Dough on Marshgate, admitted four food hygiene offences and was fined £3,315 by Runcorn magistrates. The premises was allowed to re-open after being thoroughly cleaned.Green accoladeBath-based artisan bakery The Thoughtful Bread Company received the Green Business of the Year accolade at the Startups Awards 2010, held at Kensington Roof Gardens in London, earlier this month.last_img read more

Get Ready NYCB Theatre at Westbury, J. Geils Band Will Rock!

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The J. Geils Band really needs no introduction. Since their formation in the hazy, crazy time of 1967, they’ve sold more than 10 million records, racked up five gold records, a double-platinum record, a Grammy nomination and toured with the Stones and the Allman Brothers.Although they’re regarded as a Boston band, that’s only part of the story. It all began in New York City, where Jay Geils was born before moving to New Jersey and then studying engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. That’s where the great guitarist met the funky bass-man Danny Klein and the bearded blues harp master known to us today only as Magic Dick. Then the young men moved to Beantown and joined forces later with Peter Wolf on vocals, Stephen Jo Bladd on drums and Seth Justman on keyboards.For their first gigs around New England they were called the J. Geils Blues Band and that’s who they were when I saw them play a mind-blowing outdoor summer concert in Portland, Maine. Soon they dropped the “Blues” from their name but not their repertoire as their wonderful first album, self-titled, came out in 1970 on Atlantic Records thanks to the perspicacious music-business acumen of Jerry Wexler.Their premiere release included lots of great covers like John Lee Hooker’s “Serves You Right to Suffer;” blues great Albert Collins’ “Sno-Cone,” and Otis Rush and the Contours’ “Homework,” with its great refrain: “I can’t do my homework anymore!”—the song that always opened my college FM radio show. But my favorite was their version of Smokey Robinson’s “First I Look at the Purse,” which is one of the songs that Nick Hornby features in his literary tribute to pop music called 31 Songs.Before becoming the front man of the band known for his Cab Calloway-like vocalizing, Wolf was the fast-talking disc jockey (as well as the program and music director) on Boston’s best rock radio station, WBCN, where his moniker was the “Wolfa Goofa Mama Toofa.” Years later, Wolf was the voice for the audio version of the memoir of the great Fillmore East & West promoter Bill Graham, which was recorded after he’d died in a helicopter crash. Also worth noting, Wolfe was once married to the actress Faye Dunaway of Bonnie and Clyde fame and was a roommate of future Hollywood filmmaker David Lynch.It’s ironic that Seth Justman and Peter Wolf could combine their writing talents when the band was in the 1970s and getting hot but couldn’t keep it together in the 1980s when their tastes went off in different directions, ultimately tearing the band apart. At first the band fittingly toured extensively with blues legends like Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Junior Wells and James Cotton. But then they got a little slicker, adopting a more new-wavey sound in the 1980s.The band’s romantic numbers range from “Looking for a Love,” which is a super fast paean to frustration, to “Love Stinks,” the ultimate downside of disappointment. Their tune “Centerfold,” about the shock an old boyfriend experiences when he finds out that his former girlfriend has been letting it all hang out, got so much air play (if not foreplay) in 1981 it went to No. 1 on the Billboard charts and remained there for about six weeks. It’s a quirky song, not typical of their musical prowess or their R&B roots, but it struck a chord in pop culture and had enough charm to avoid the wrath of the growing religious right wing, which had begun to hound rock radio in the reactionary age of Ronald Reagan.The band’s last studio album was You’re Getting’ Even While I’m Getting’ Odd, which came out in 1984 after Wolf had left. All told, the band did nine albums for Atlantic Records and five albums for EMI America. There’s been great live albums and two “best of” compilations, one in 1979, the second in 2006.Wolf went solo in 1983 but he’s rejoined the band every so often since the late ’90s. He’s got a new solo album coming out next summer, reportedly. His 2010 Midnight Souvenirs effort featured Merle Haggard, Shelby Lynne and Neko Case; his 2002 album Sleepless borrowed the talents of Steve Earle and Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Wolf will be doing an acoustic show with his Midnight Travelers later this winter at the Winery in Manhattan.But first up in our area is the J. Geils Band blowing the lid off the NYCB Theatre in Westbury on Tuesday, Dec. 16, then shuffling off to Buffalo for a night before coming back to Madison Square Garden as the opening act for Bob Seger, who’s been a long-time friend of theirs. If you want to see them in their full glory—just them and there’s nobody like them—then the Westbury venue is the place to go to hear them perform their classics like “House Party” or “Give It to Me” or “Freeze Frame.” You know when they whip out their “whammer jammer” you’re in for a freakin’ good time.For more mind-blowing gigs and performances at NYCB Theatre at Westbury, check out their page in The Island Ear!NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $59.50, $79.50. 8 p.m. December 16Watch J. Geils Band’s immortal “Love Stinks” video below!last_img read more

FDA sets procedures for detaining contaminated food

first_img The owner or agent in charge of the food can appeal a detention order and request an informal hearing, the FDA said. The agency then must hold a hearing within 2 days and issue a written report of the hearing. Participants in the hearing will have 4 hours to review the report and comment on it, Fraser said. The FDA must issue a decision within 5 days after the hearing. The Bioterrorism Act of 2002 authorized the FDA to detain food for up to 30 days if the agency has evidence that it poses a serious threat to humans or animals. That authority began when the act was passed, but the agency’s procedures for using the power were not established until now. In the past, the FDA generally relied on the states to detain hazardous food temporarily until the FDA could get court authority to deal with it, FDA officials said in a telephone news conference today. The bioterrorism law gives the agency authority to act immediately on its own, officials said. The administrative detention rule is one of four major pieces of the 2002 bioterrorism law that pertain to the FDA. Last October the agency published final rules requiring food firms and facilities to register with the government and to provide advance notice of shipments of imported food. The FDA said it will soon issue a fourth rule, dealing with record-keeping requirements designed to help the FDA track contaminated food. The FDA first proposed its “administrative detention” rule a year ago, and it generated more than 100 comments from the public, according to Crawford. Fraser said the agency made minor changes in the rule in response to the comments. One change was to add the requirement that the FDA hearing officer issue a written report of any appeal hearing, she said. In response to a question, Fraser said the FDA does not have authority to reimburse the owner if the food goes bad while it is being detained. “We have to have credible evidence or information that we have a serious health threat here, so we want to make sure we err on the side of consumer safety while we hold the food to investigate whether there is a health threat,” she said. The bioterrorism law doesn’t provide for reimbursement, she added. May 27, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today issued a final rule spelling out its procedures for detaining food suspected of being hazardous because of intentional or accidental contamination. The rule applies to all foods under FDA jurisdiction and to nonfood items that touch food, said Leslye M. Fraser, associate director for regulations at the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. (The FDA does not regulate meat, poultry, and eggs, which are under the US Department of Agriculture’s jurisdiction.) The standard for detaining a food item is “credible evidence” that it poses a threat of “serious adverse health consequences.” Crawford said the agency will soon announce how it defines “serous adverse health consequences.” “This rule describes how FDA can hold food in place while it initiates legal action in court to seize it and permanently remove it from commerce,” Acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Lester M. Crawford stated in a news release. “Alternately, our experts can determine that the food is safe, and the detention order may be terminated.” See also:May 27 FDA news release read more