5@5 - Laura Maniec
April 20th, 2011
05:00 PM ET
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5@5 is a daily, food-related list from chefs, writers, political pundits, musicians, actors, and all manner of opinionated people from around the globe.

There are only 112 professionals who currently hold the title of Master Sommelier, the highest accreditation given to wine professionals, in North America. Of those, 18 are women - one of which just happens to be Laura Maniec. At 31 years of age, she is also the youngest current Master Sommelier.

Maniec is currently the beverage consultant for NIKO restaurant, as well as co-owner of the new Corkbuzz Wine Studio, a wine bar and education center set to open later this year.

Five Women to Know in Wine: Laura Maniec

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A slice of the Royal Wedding
April 20th, 2011
01:30 PM ET
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Weeks after Baskin-Robbins and Dunkin' Donuts each unveiled limited-edition royal wedding treats, pizza maker Papa John's announced its newest creation: the Royal Wedding Pizza.

The pie features a mosaic of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s faces, made out of standard pizza toppings. According to Papa John's website, a food artist in the U.K. used mushrooms for the bride’s veil, cheese for her dress and salami and peppers for William’s suit. How romantic!

CNN's Unveiled blog has all the marinara-sauced details: "Papa John's bakes up royal wedding pizzas"

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Box lunch
April 20th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Auntie Em! Auntie Em! That twister took my hamburger. - Gawker

  • The culinary rampage might be hurting the ramp population. - New York Times

  • What's in a name? Choosing a salad isn't exactly always diet-friendly. - Times of India

  • There is a reason the "I Ate At El Bulli And You Didn’t" pieces exist; the place is full of magic. - Travel Channel
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Gulf seafood: a year after the spill
April 20th, 2011
10:45 AM ET
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On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico killing 11 crew members and leaking more than 200 million gallons of oil into the water. Today marks the one year anniversary of this disaster.

From "Stories from the Gulf, one year on"

In the Louisiana marshes, members of the Pointe Aux Chenes Indian Tribe say the spill has affected everything.

"It changed our way of life for sure," says tribe member Theresa Dardar. "We're not eating like we usually eat."


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Colt 45 blasted over Blast alcopop ads
April 20th, 2011
09:30 AM ET
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The makers of Colt 45 malt liquor have stirred up a controversy with their new beverage that some fear will encourage kids to drink.

Blast is a fruity new blend boasting twice the alcohol as Pabst Brewing Co.'s original malt liquor.

The drink in a colorful 23.5-ounce can resembles soda pop but has an alcohol content of 12%, more potent than a typical can of beer.

"Colt 45 makers are raising the alcohol level from the already high 6% to the even higher 12%, and enticing young people with hip hop themes and lollipop flavors," said Paul Porter of Industry Ears, a think tank that promotes justice in the media.

Porter said the company is "expanding its market with our children."

Blast joins the ranks of some high octane drinks such as Four Loko, Joose and Tilt that came under fire late last year for advertising to underage consumers.

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