Mediavore: Fire-Smoked Northern California Wines


All told, over 30 people were arrested at the Taste of Chicago, for offenses ranging from misdemeanor violations to carrying guns and knives. [Chicagoist]

Milwaukees Will Allen is the nations go-to expert on urban farming. [NYT]

The fires that ripped Northern California in 2008 might have affected that year's red wines, giving them a smoky taste. [SF Chronicle]

Joey Chestnut won the 2009 Nathan's hot dog eating contest at Coney Island, while Chicagoan Patrick Bertoletti came in a respectable third. [Serious Eats]

PepsiCo will expand its manufacturing and distribution network in Russia with a $1 billion investment. [WSJ]