1. Request from Southern U.S. journalist
I got an e-mail from a magazine journalist looking to do a story on bento lunches in the U.S. South. The journalist would like to interview people in the South who make bento lunches, as well as a Southern chef who can speak about bentos. If you fit the description and would like to be interviewed for the article, please e-mail me at lunchinabox (AT] gmail (DOT} com and I’ll put you in touch. Cheers!
2. Bento lunches in the media
The St. Petersburg Times newspaper ran an article on bento lunches last week that quoted recent guest poster Amorette Dye and me, as well as Lunch in a Box reader Sabrina Berger. Sabrina replied to a request for a Tampa Bay area bento-maker that I posted last month — I’m pleased to see that the article turned out nicely for her!
I’m also going to be on New Hampshire Public Radio’s (NHPR) Word of Mouth program this morning (Monday 9/15/2008) at 12:43 pm Eastern. If your local NPR station doesn’t run the show, it should be up on their website afterwards. (UPDATE: Here’s the link to the show podcast.) My first live TV appearance about American-style bento on the local Fox40 morning news went pretty well; I’ll be posting more about it this week with photos.
3. Bento haiku contest at Lunch Bucket Bento
Lisa at the Lunch Bucket Bento blog is running a Haiku that Blog! contest for the best haiku about a specific blog detailed at the link, with the prize being a Parasite Pals bento box and bag. The deadline is October 1, 2008, so about two weeks from now. (I keep an updated list of current lunch-packing contests and blog events at my Lunch Blog Events page.)