Manifold Garden coming to Xbox Series on November 10

Manifold Garden

William Chyr Studio will release an Xbox Series version of Manifold Garden alongside the launch of Xbox Series platforms on November 10, the developer announced. The game will run at native 4K resolution and 60 frames per second on Xbox Series X, and 1440p resolution at 60 frames per second on Xbox Series S.

Users who own the Xbox One version of Manifold Garden will receive the Xbox Series version as a free upgrade via Smart Delivery.

According to William Chyr Studio, the next-generation upgrade will be a “timed exclusive” for Xbox Series. In a ResetEra post, Manifold Garden producer Syrenne McNulty explained, “We can’t talk about the business realities such as why we’re on Xbox first versus PlayStation, who authored what language, etc. I can however be clear—no deal was signed, nor money changed hands, regarding a next-gen upgrade policy. We were working on the Series X | S version, and it was ready for launch (in fact, it’s already live for anyone with the hardware as of today.) No conspiracy theories here.”

As for a PlayStation 5 upgrade patch, McNulty said to “stay tuned for future news.” She later added, “The fact that our PlayStation answer is ‘stay tuned’ comes from us, not any of our business partners. We don’t want to talk about things until we have details and an announcement ready.”

Manifold Garden is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC via the Epic Games Store, and Apple Arcade. The PC version will come to Steam on October 20.

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Sweetheart Kitchen Raises US$17.7 Million In Series C Funding Round To Launch New Brands And Kitchen Units Across MENA


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Cloud kitchen operator Sweetheart Kitchen has successfully secured €15 million (US$17.7 million) in a Series C funding round backed by strategic investors, led by the company’s founder and CEO Peter Schatzberg.

As a delivery-only multi-brand virtual kitchen, Schatzberg notes that the Dubai-based company is keen to invest their funding into supply chain technology, food design and hiring talent, as they had previously done, and which they plan to continue to do so. “Scaling units is certainly one important objective for us, but we are also investing in streamlining our processes and systems to achieve profitability.”

As a company that is only 15 months old, it’s noteworthy to point out its impressive milestones. The startup (which, according to a Wamda report, is backed by Germany’s Delivery Hero) has previously raised €21 million ($24.8 million) in a previous round. Thus, as of date, the startup has raised a total of $43 million. The brand boasts a portfolio of 30 brands, such as Wingo, Avocado Bravo and Affordabowls, among others.

That’s not to say that cloud kitchen startup hasn’t had their fair share of hurdles during the pandemic. Schatzberg comments, “Almost overnight, we pivoted from scaling volume and units, to demonstrating profitability through aggressive cost-cutting measures that would ordinarily take place in a mature enterprise.” They had to close live units in Kuwait, as well as make reductions, and lose cash flow as they were waiting to open a number of completed units, but was vacant due to citywide lockdowns. He adds, “Any incremental revenue we might have received as a function of the pandemic was more than offset by the various costs and challenges that the pandemic created.”

To utilize the time, the team focused internally on “controllership, efficiency, quality and profitability,” which Schatzberg says ignited the enterprise’s maturity more rapidly. With the new capital fusion, the team is gearing up to launch five additional brands, as well as have 12 units live in the UAE by the beginning of 2021, with more expansion into the KSA market in the second half of the same year. The team is also excited to scale across the region as they originally planned, starting with its relaunch in Kuwait. He concludes, “We plan on re-opening in January with seven kitchens, and on covering over 75% of Kuwait by the end of Q2 2021 with our new brands.”

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Food Network Kitchen Sets the Table with New Series BREAKFAST WITH BESSER

Featuring chef Elena Besser.

Food Network Kitchen Sets the Table with New Series BREAKFAST WITH BESSER

Food Network Kitchen, the award-winning, first of its kind culinary app, today announced the premiere of new, original series, Breakfast with Besser, featuring chef Elena Besser chatting with celebrity guests including some of Hollywood’s hungriest stars as she guides them in cooking breakfast dishes specifically crafted for them. From insightful interviews and interactive games, to creative recipes and cooking tips, viewers will be treated to a first row seat at the breakfast table and get a chance to laugh and learn as comedians, actors, and Broadway stars navigate their way through the kitchen. Joining Besser across the 6 episodes will be Lea DeLaria, André De Shields, James Monroe Iglehart, Chris Redd, Dulcé Sloan and Bowen Yang cooking up dishes such as Cheddar Chicken and Waffles, Chicago-style Breakfast Biscuit Egg Sandwich, Devil’s Food Crepe Cake and more. THE TALK show style interaction combined with cooking show level teachable techniques, will give fans a unique experience as each episode unfolds with delicious new recipes and stories.

“Elena Besser brings her charm and culinary know-how to this new series that is sure to have everyone clamoring for a seat at the table,” said Deb Puchalla, SVP Digital Programming & Video for Food Network and Cooking Channel at Discovery Digital Studios. “From the fans to the celebrity guests, everyone will be ready to cook up some new favorite breakfast dishes in their own home kitchens.”

Elena Besser is a trained cook and TV host. After graduating with a theatre degree from Northwestern University, she got her culinary degree at International Culinary Center in SoHo and cooked at Lilia in NYC under Chef Missy Robbins. She has appeared on Food Network, Cooking Channel and Food Network Kitchen. Elena founded THE LINEUP in 2020 as a mission to provide support and exposure to the next generation of great chefs. THE LINEUP shifted gears to release ON THE LINE, a COVID relief cookbook to help the culinary community in a different way. ON THE LINE is a cookbook by and for the cooks, featuring many of the industry’s rising stars who have poured their hearts and souls into highly acclaimed restaurants across the country. Elena’s passion for spreading accessible and exciting cooking and culinary tips to others shines through in Breakfast with Besser.

Food Network Kitchen launched in the United States in October 2019 as a first-of-its-kind direct-to-consumer product with proprietary streaming technology, offering consumers live, interactive cooking classes; on-demand cooking classes; ingredient home delivery; trusted recipes; and direct access to Food Network talent and culinary experts.

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BARBARA’S BLUE KITCHEN at Aurora Theatre’s Our Stage Onscreen Digital Series

An Experimental Production of Barbara’s Blue Kitchen Kicks Off The Our Stage Onscreen Digital Series at Aurora Theatre

BWW Review: BARBARA'S BLUE KITCHEN at Aurora Theatre's Our Stage Onscreen Digital Series
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News flash: We’re in the middle of a pandemic. That means there are no benches and chairs to sit on in your local Barnes & Noble. Baseball patrons are made of cardboard. And the theaters are closed. This last one stings the most, but the best Atlanta theaters are adapting to fill the void left by the absence of live theater. We’ve got drive-in cabarets. We’ve got outdoor opera. And we’ve got a variety of online stream-from-home offerings, including the new Our Stage Onscreen Digital Series at Aurora Theatre, a series that brings performing arts to homebound season supporters and new audiences while providing a safe workspace for Atlanta theatre artists. The inaugural offering, streaming now through October 4 for a hefty $30 rental fee, is Barbara’s Blue Kitchen, a fun – if slightly underbaked – musical with a book, music, and lyrics by Lori Fisher. The small-cast musical works hard to conjure up a slice of homespun Southern life through portraits of workers and customers in a small Southern diner. A brave Chloe Kay, the actor who plays all of the characters in the beautifully rendered diner, works hard to deliver an engaging evening of for-the-screen theater, but this first outing is hindered by technical challenges and, regrettably, by the fact that producing theater specifically for the screen is a tricky tricky business.

The musical tells the story of Barbara Jean, the owner of the small-town diner that serving up more than just their famous Mudslide pie. It’s also serving up all of the gossip in the small town of Watertown, Tennessee. We learn that Barbara Jean’s on-again-off-again hairstylist boyfriend, Lombardo, beloved if only for the fact that he’s been able to cover Barbara Jean’s bald spot, is taking another girl on a Bahaman vacation. We learn that little Tommy Lee’s stomach hurts on the outside from the 23 stitches he got after his dog, Killer, bit him and that it hurts on the inside from eating almost three hamburgers. And we learn that Miss Tessie’s husband died from botulism after eating spinach dip at the Happiness Home retirement community even though he didn’t like vegetables.

There’s a lot to like about the 2002 musical. Some of the quirky songs like “I Want My Kidney Back” and “Women Aren’t Supposed to Go Bald” showcase, as the titles suggest, wonderfully inventive lyrics. That’s the greatest strength of the musical. The homespun flavor of the news that travels through the diner is also fun, though, as often happens with Southern comedic dramas, it’s peppered with words like “critter” and “ain’t” that feel overdone. The book features a radio host, played here by a second actor, who is integrated in an interesting and atmospheric way as he offers up small-town advertisements, jingles, and apologies.

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Love Your Wildlife Garden – what time is it on TV? Episode 4 Series 1 cast list and preview.

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Alan Titchmarsh revisits some of his favourite wildlife friendly gardens created by the Love Your Garden team. The programme features a garden packed with wildlife interest, a project that brought the nature reserve to the doorstep, and a complete wildlife transformation for the patients and staff at a hospice.

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Indonesian cloud kitchen startup Yummy gets $12 million Series B led by SoftBank Ventures Asia

Yummy Corporation, which claims to be the largest cloud kitchen management company in Indonesia, has raised $12 million in Series B funding, led by SoftBank Ventures Asia. Co-founder and chief executive officer Mario Suntanu told TechCrunch that the capital will be used to expand into more major cities and on developing its tech platform, including data analytics.

Other participants in the round included returning investors Intudo Ventures and Sovereign’s Capital, and new backers Vectr Ventures, AppWorks, Quest Ventures, Coca-Cola Amatil X and Palm Drive Capital . The Series B brings Yummy Corporation’s total raised so far to $19.5 million.

Launched in June 2019, Yummy Corporation’s network of cloud kitchens, called Yummykitchen, now includes more than 70 HACCP-certified facilities in Jakarta, Bandung and Medan. It partners with more than 50 food and beverage (F&B) companies, including major brands like Ismaya Group and Sour Sally Group.

During COVID-19 movement restrictions, Suntanu said Yummykitchen’s business showed “healthy growth” as people, confined mostly to their homes, ordered food for delivery. Funding will be used to get more partners, especially brands that want to digitize their operations and expand deliveries to cope with the continuing impact of COVID-19.

The number of cloud kitchens in Southeast Asia has grown quickly over the past year, driven by demand for food deliveries that began increasing even before the pandemic. But for F&B brands that rely on deliveries for a good part of their revenue, running their own kitchens and staff can be cost-prohibitive. Sharing cloud kitchens with other businesses can help increase their margins.

Other cloud kitchen startups serving Indonesia include Hangry and Everplate, but these companies and Yummy Corporation are all up against two major players: “super apps” Grab and Gojek, which both operate large networks of cloud kitchens that have the advantage of being integrated with their on-demand delivery services.

Suntanu said Yummy’s main edge compared to other cloud kitchens is that it also offers fully managed location and kitchen operation services, in addition to kitchen facilities. This means Yummy’s partners, including restaurants and F&B brands, don’t need to hire their own teams. Instead, food preparation and delivery is handled by Yummy’s workers. The company also provides its clients with a data analytics platform to help them with targeted ad campaigns and making their listings more visible on food delivery apps.

In a statement, Harris Yang, Southeast Asia associate at SoftBank Ventures Asia, said the firm invested in Yummy because “given the company’s strong expertise in the F&B industry and unique value proposition to brands, we believe that Yummy will continue to be the leader in this space. We are excited to support the team and help them scale their business in this emerging sector.”

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Teenager allegedly fired from restaurant chain over series of ‘surprising’ kitchen videos: ‘It was a mistake’

A 19-year-old is going viral after being allegedly fired from his job over a series of TikTok videos.

The teenager, who goes by the name J Salsa on social media, claims he was a chef at J D Weatherspoon, a popular chain of U.K.-based pubs. That is, until he started recording videos from his restaurant’s kitchen.

J Salsa shared a series of clips on TikTok, during which he makes some of Weatherspoon’s most popular items. In one video, he whips up the chain’s Southern-fried chicken wrap. In another, he prepares an order of halloumi fries.

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Many of the videos impressed fans of the restaurant — which is known for low prices — with plenty of TikTokers sharing their “surprise” that certain menu items were freshly made. Others, like a clip of J Salsa heating a sealed container of chicken korma curry in the microwave, claimed that some dishes weren’t exactly homemade.

J Salsa’s videos have drawn millions of views over the past few weeks — more than enough, apparently, to tip off his bosses.

On September 13, the teenager shared a video in which he claimed he’d been suspended from his job. According to him, his managers made the decision after learning about his TikTok page.

“My managers had a meeting with me today … about the whole situation,” J Salsa explains.

J Salsa said his managers were fairly calm and understanding. Meanwhile, he said he apologized and called the videos a “mistake.” Regardless, he was allegedly told he’d be suspended until the company could hold a disciplinary hearing.

On September 21, J Salsa shared another update claiming he’d been fired for good. The teen seemed to take the news in stride though, saying he understood the chain’s decision.

“I’m not surprised at all, because at the end of the day I did break company policy,” he explained. “I did have my phone in the kitchen and I did post like, in-work stuff on social media.”

He went on to say that his bosses brought up his continued TikTok posts about his suspension, citing those viral videos as yet another reason for his firing.

“I feel like I would’ve been fired anyway though,” J Salsa said. “Because that s*** went viral. It hit headline news like crazy.”

The teen concluded by saying that it’s been “weird” to see his story get so much attention, although he appreciates the “love and support” he’s received online.

J Salsa’s situation isn’t all that uncommon. Plenty of restaurants have rules against sharing in-store videos online, a policy that’s led to plenty of alleged firings.

In August, a teenager claimed she was fired from Chick-fil-A after sharing a menu hack video on TikTok. After the fact, she told In The Know that she “didn’t have any regrets” about posting her clip.

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Garden Rescue – what time is it on TV? Episode 29 Series 5 cast list and preview.


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Fantastic Four #25 adds two additional interior artists alongside new series artist R.B. Silva

Fantastic Four #25 has added a pair of artists to its creative roster, with Paco Medina and Will Robson coming aboard for the issue to supplement previously announced interior artist RB Silva, as announced in Marvel’s weekly retailer mailer.



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Both Medina and Robson have drawn portions of the current Fantastic Four volume previously.

The issue – which clocks in at a whopping 56 pages, perhaps explaining the expanded art team – is billed as a gamechanger for the team, coming just weeks after the recent conclusion of Marvel’s Empyre, which put the FF at the heart of a cosmic conflict between the Kree/Skrull empire and the Cotati.

“A new era for the Fantastic Four!” reads Marvel’s solicitation for Fantastic Four #25.

“Do not miss it! This issue has it all: New Artist! New villains! New uniforms! And a new, major, permanent status quo change for Marvel’s First Family!”

“Who is the Helmsman? Is he here to save our reality or destroy it? Why is Victorious in New York—and what will that mean for the Human Torch?” it continues. “All this and an appearance by Doctor Doom! One of the most important characters in the entire cosmos…returns from the dead! And a major turning point in the history of the Fantastic Four!”

It sounds like those 56 pages will pack in a ton of story – perhaps even evolving the Fantastic Four in a previously unseen way. However, it’s unclear exactly what’s in store for Marvel’s first family. The solicitation for the subsequent Fantastic Four #26 doubles down on the mystery, stating that “beings from countless realities” are arriving in Manhattan through a massive portal, while the solicitation for December’s #27 gets really ominous, stating that the core Marvel Universe’s dimension is “destined for destruction.”

Fantastic Four #25 is due out October 21.

For more of what’s in store at Marvel Comics, check out the publisher’s just-released December 2020 solicitations right here.

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Cleveland Play House announces series of virtual events for 105th season

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland Play House is returning to the stage in the fall for a series of virtual performances, programs and special events.

“Since the pandemic began, we have been wrestling with the safety and economic challenges posed by this crisis. We are committed to meeting this moment with creativity, resilience, and compassion for the wellness of our community. We will resume in-person programming when it is safe and possible to do so,” says the regional theatre’s artistic director Laura Kepley in a release.

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The lineup, she says, will include a number of “unique, interactive stories, events, and experiences.”

? Theatre Thursday, held on the third Thursday of each month through April, is a live interactive virtual program that allows fans to connect with theatre-makers and learn about the work of Cleveland Play House.

? A series of “One Night Only!” special events kicks off October 10 with “CLUEbaret,” where the cast of CPH’s hit production of “Clue” reunites to perform their favorite Broadway musical numbers.

? The virtual season will continue into the spring with the New Ground Theatre Festival 2021, the company’s annual celebration of new works featuring five Cleveland-inspired plays.

“CPH has faced many challenges in its 105 years, always rising to the occasion with innovation and resilience. Our virtual 105th season is the latest example of our dedication to building a better community through theatre,” says managing director Kevin Moore.

Tickets for individual events range from $5-$50, while subscriptions start at $150. Patrons who already registered for the 2020-21 CPH Subscription Series will automatically have their account applied to the first six in-person productions that are able to be produced at the theatre’s venues at Playhouse Square.

For more information, go to clevelandplayhouse.com.

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