Ohio rockers The Black Keys have had a burger at a popular U.S. restaurant chain named in their honour. Umami Burger's Akron Burger, named after the Gold On The Ceiling hitmakers' hometown, consists of a beef patty topped with processed American cheese Velveeta, the eatery's secret sauce, yellow mustard, chopped onions and pickles.
Fans who order the $13 (£8) gourmet creation will also be making a donation to charity - $1 (£0.63) of each meal will benefit The Black Keys Alfred McMoore Memorial Endowment Fund, a non-profit organisation which supports arts programmes for the mentally ill in Akron's local community.
The Akron Burger will be available to customers from 1 July (14).
The rockers aren't the only musicians to land such a food honour - bosses at U.S. pizza chain Two Boots created a pie in tribute to Animal Collective last year (13), while their menu also boasts pizzas named after Slayer, Dr. John and jazz icon Charlie Parker.
Electronic dance stars Chromeo are reportedly moving into the travel industry by becoming shareholders in a little-known budget airline firm in their native Canada. Musicians David 'Dave 1' Macklovitch and Patrick 'P-Thugg' Gemayel accept they are unlikely choices as partners in the airline business, but they claim they were quickly won over by Mallard Air bosses' presentation.
Frontman Dave 1 says, "When Mallard approached us about share acquisition, we thought it was a joke. But when we got to know the people behind the airline, a creative and dynamic group of engineers and venture capitalists, this partnership made total sense. Besides, our business managers always encouraged us to diversify our investments. For a band like us, this feels bold and new."
P-Thugg adds, "We spend our life on airplanes. And there's always something wrong: from the uniforms to the business class menu, to the way they handle oversize baggage.
"Our association with Mallard will give us the opportunity to change that and to offer a travel experience the way we see it."
According to a press release, company executives have already taken one of Chromeo's suggestions on board to add boutique services to Montreal, Minneapolis and Beirut to their currently offered routes.
It is not clear if Chromeo's new business venture is for real or part of an elaborate prank as the website for Mallard Air features few working links and the company's Twitter account is filled with random messages.
Robert De Niro has turned his restaurants and hotels into galleries for his artist father's paintings. Before Robert De Niro, Sr. died, his proud son asked him to design the menu for his Tribeca Grill restaurant and put up his portraits and landscapes - and now they'll be part of his establishments "for eternity".
The movie star says, "I wanna show my father's work... I have these restaurants, I have the hotel (The Greenwich Hotel in New York); I have these places to put it in.
"I asked him if he'd put some paintings up. He did, he hung them himself, the big ones in the back... I'd hear that he'd go every week or two with friends and sit in the booths in the back and was sort of proud of what there was there. I was happy to hear that."
The Goodfellas star has narrated a new film about his late father's art and he wishes he was still alive: "I would have had him do the credits to a movie."
"I gained 20 pounds sampling and approving foods for the Wahlburgers menu." Singer/actor Donnie Wahlberg packed on the pounds during the menu trial process for his family burger restaurant in Boston, Massachusetts.
Actor and director Jon Favreau discovered he had what it takes to become a great cook while prepping for his new role in movie Chef. The Iron Man star admits he has always worshipped the top kitchen wizards from afar, and after working alongside Roy Choy in Los Angeles, he realised he could be one of them.
Favreau tells WENN, "It was a pretty short process relative to what chefs go through, but I got a taste of it. Roy Choy oversaw my training. He felt indebted to the culinary world and wanted us to depict it accurately. I shadowed him in four of his restaurants and food trucks, then I went off to traditional French training at a culinary school in L.A. for a few weeks. I also did prep work in Roy's kitchens and I started working the line for three months.
"I actually did an event with chefs at the Bel Air Hotel for a tasting menu, and I helped prepare the meals. The other chefs saw me working and warmed to the idea that I was working so hard."
And no one gave Favreau a second look: "I was in the kitchen and you could see me. One guy on a food truck recognised me on the truck and I said, 'I'm usually working on the grill cheese truck'. And he said, 'Oh, that's where I know you from!' People wouldn't think to look."
The whole experience has given Favreau a new dream: "I would love to open a restaurant. I would love to do something with the food we served on the set. It was so good.
"We're trying to figure out how to get people to eat it when they see the movie. I want to figure out a way, just for the fun of it, to have people actually eat the food in addition to seeing the film, because it really did taste as good as it looked."
Actor Ty Burrell has become the latest celebrity to launch a side career as a restaurateur after opening his own Bavarian beer garden-style eatery in his hometown of Salt Lake City, Utah. The Modern Family star has expanded his venture into the hospitality industry by launching Beer Bar, which he has opened next door to Bar X, a cocktail spot he previously purchased after moving to Utah from New York City in 2008.
Patrons of his new business will get to choose from 150 beers to wash down a variety of bratwursts, local breads and Belgian fries, and Burrell reveals he and head chef Viet Pham hope to offer visitors good, simple food.
He tells The Associated Press, "It's a super simple menu, which is what we wanted from the beginning. Basic, but well-made and local.
"Instead of putting the energy into a lot of elements, making sure you have fewer elements and you are taking the time to make them right."
Burrell isn't the first star to enter the restaurant business - Eva Longoria, Justin Timberlake, Robert De Niro and Ashton Kutcher have all opened their own establishments in recent years.
Victoria Beckham marked her 40th birthday by gathering her family and friends for a special dinner in Malibu, California. The former Spice Girls star reached the milestone on Thursday (17Apr14) and she spent her day hiking around America's famous Grand Canyon with her sports star husband and their kids.
She later returned to California for a special birthday dinner at luxury restaurant Nobu in Malibu.
Beckham documented the party by sharing a picture of a personalised menu inside a birthday card which was emblazoned with a photograph of the singer-turned-fashion designer as a child.
The inside of the card was decorated with a series of childhood snapshots, and Beckham wrote in a caption on Twitter.com, "Wonderful dinner at Nobu Malibu with my family and close friends, love u (sic) all so much & feel so blessed x good night x"
"When I go to work on a film, I spend more time preparing the menu than I do my character, because people literally do not believe the amount that I say I have to eat, and so I spend the first two weeks convincing them, because I'm in a rage fit because I'm hungry the whole time, and then they're like, 'Hey honey, it's fine for you to eat,' and they're just passing me food." Actress Ashley Judd loves to eat while working.
Jack Nicholson, Eva Mendes and Anjelica Huston were among the stars who turned out to mark the 82nd birthday of late screen legend Dame Elizabeth Taylor on Thursday (27Feb14). A dinner, organised in collaboration with the star's AIDs foundation, was held at the Violet Grey's Melrose Place store in Los Angeles, which was named after Taylor's distinctive eyes.
Nicholson sat with Mendes at the event, while other guests included Pharrell Williams, supermodel Chanel Iman, Alice Eve and Paramount Pictures boss Brad Grey.
Renowned chef Pascal Tingaud was jetted in from France to oversee the menu.
Taylor, born on 27 February 1932, passed away in 2011 aged 79 after a lengthy battle with ill health.
Country singer Martina Mcbride is set to show off her culinary skills in her first cookbook. The Independence Day hitmaker can add author to her resume with a new book called Around the Table.
The illustrated book features her own recipes, menu planning and cooking tips, as well as helpful hints on party planning and entertaining.
McBride tells TheBoot.com, "I have a passion for food and entertaining and I'm so excited to be putting everything I love onto the pages of my new book."
Once her book hits shelves on 7 October (14), McBride hopes to follow in the footsteps of fellow country music superstar Trisha Yearwood, who has spent the past few years focusing on her own culinary career, and even hosts her own Emmy Award-winning cookery show.
McBride admits, "I've always wanted to be on a cooking show. Pretty bowls, beautiful ingredients, a pinch of this, a squeeze of that, some fresh ground pepper and toss it in the oven. All the while talking and being interesting while cooking."
Each episode of On the Menu will center on a different American food business - ranging from restaurant chains and stadium concession stands to amusement parks and cruise lines. Passionate home cooks, working in conjunction with professional chefs, will be challenged to create the business' next signature menu item. The winning dish will immediately go on the menu, giving viewers at home the chance to go try the dish the very next day.