Our weekly serving of off-the-menu items—favorites from the week as well as a few morsels that may have slipped your notice.

As you’re settling into your fall work flow, here are three competitions to start the season, plus a new podcast that offers some food for thought on this Food Design Friday.

CoolHunting_PitchnightImage courtesy of Cool Hunting

Pitch Night
STORY and Cool Hunting
Pitch on October 9th
The editors at Cool Hunting and the editorial concept shop STORY are teaming up for the third annual pitch night. If you are a designer based in New York City and have a product ready for shelves, here’s your chance to be included in both the Cool Hunting holiday guide and STORY’s holiday concept store at their Chelsea retail location.
PRIZE: Feature in Cool Hunting’s holiday gift guide and shelf space at STORY’s concept store

1954True Egg Pasta poster designed by Erberto Carboni (1954)

L’Arte della Cucina
Entry Open Through October 10th
Italian food company Barilla has a century-long history of poster art—exploring their archive is a taste of of modern Italian graphic design. The company is looking to revive that legacy with a call to U.S.-based communication designers to create a poster for Barilla Sauce. The chance to have your work seen by the legendary food packaging and type designer Louise Fili makes this competition worthwhile.
PRIZE: Roundtrip airfare and week’s trip for two to Italy (or $10,000)

Alessi_Dressed_MarcelWanders“Dressed” flatware set by Marcel Wanders for Alessi

You Are How You Eat
Design Milk, Adobe, Alessi and Shapeways
Entry Open Through October 19th
Design one of the most intimate products you can make—a utensil for the modern meal and have your work seen by the one and only Alberto Alessi.
PRIZE: $1000 Cash, 1 Year Adobe Creative Cloud Photography package, $200 credit for Shapeways

Buttercup-and-StrasbourgPages from the 1910 Gorham Buttercup pattern silver catalog (left) and the 1898 Gorham Strasbourg pattern silver catalog (right). Courtesy of Gastropod.

BONUS: Tune in to Gastropod, the new podcast from Nicola Twiley of Edible Geography and science journalist Cynthia Graber.