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Lame Duck Law Overturned: The Cali Foie Gras Ban Is No More

And many chefs are serving it for dinner tonight!
Jan 8, 2015 12:45 pm

It’s been two-and-a-half years since California’s ban on selling foie gras went into effect, and now chefs can finally rejoice. A federal judge issued a ruling yesterday declaring it unconstitutional, essentially declaring the ban to be a quack (we couldn't resist). Effective immediately, the state’s shops and restaurants will once again be permitted to sell their customers the rich delicacy of fatty goose liver. Read on for more on the breaking news.

Only YOU Can Help Bobby Flay Write His New Cookbook

Help the man out by answering a few questions
Jan 6, 2015 3:00 pm

Bobby Flay is no stranger to writing cookbooks. The American chef and restaurateur has written no fewer than 11 cookbooks by our count, among them some of our all-time favorites, like Barbecue Addiction and From My Kitchen to Your Table (that one’s from all the way back in 1998, y’all!) Flay is looking to make his collection an even dozen soon, and he’s putting his faith in one person: you. That’s right, you!

Disruption, Hot Chicken Are The Future: Assessing The Forbes 30 Under 30 Food List

More startups are entering the food world
Jan 5, 2015 2:00 pm

On Monday, Forbes crowned the world's best and brightest baby-faced achievers in various industries, with the release of the financial magazine's annual "30 Under 30" honors. In the food and drink category, you'll find some truly talented young cooks, like John Lasater at Hattie B's in Nashville. But, maybe what's most striking about this year's list is how many of the acclaimed innovators aren't working in a kitchen at all but rather shaking up the way our food system works through technology. Yes, we're talking about "disruptors."

It's Official: Shake Shack Is Filing For An IPO Under The Symbol SHAK

Danny Meyer's burger chain is going public
Dec 29, 2014 2:14 pm

Danny Meyer’s popular burger chain Shake Shack is ready to go public, filing for an initial public offering today. The move caps what has been an incredible few years of growth for the East Coast favorite. Originally established as a single operation in New York City’s Madison Square Park in 2004, it has since expanded to 63 worldwide locations (around a quarter of these are in NYC). Read on for more information.

What The Ending Of The Cuban Embargo Means For Rum Drinking

When will Havana Club be sold in American stores?
Dec 17, 2014 12:57 pm

With today’s historic news of the restoring of relations between Cuba and the United States, ending an over 50-year import embargo, some are asking: what does it mean for the rum industry? As of now, there's a short and shorter answer.

The Top Googled Recipes And Cocktails Of 2014

List reveals America's shifting tastes
Dec 16, 2014 10:26 am

Earlier today Google released data illustrating their top recipe, cocktail and beer terms for 2014. Not surprisingly, chicken is the top search term. Fried, baked, tetrazzini — it’s a national obsession. But drilling down further into the list reveals that Americans still have an unwavering sweet tooth, are always stumped on the perfect pancake prep and most certainly love a little guacamole (on football Saturday and Sundays at least).

Is Wine Consumption A Viable Economic Indicator?

Consumer confidence mirrors wine sales, CEO says
Dec 15, 2014 3:00 pm

There are many ways to gauge how the U.S. economy is doing. You can check out the Dow Jones Industrial Average, for instance, to see how bluechip companies are performing on the stock market. Or, you can look at the U.S. Consumer Price Index for an idea of how much people are spending on goods and services. Or, you can leave those boring analytics to the bean counters and keep an eye on a much more juicy economic indicator: wine consumption.

Are Rising Food Costs Now Scarier Than Terrorism?

Survey finds our eating habits are making us broke
Dec 15, 2014 1:00 pm

Your passion for good food and drink isn't just making you fat. It's also making you broke. Dining out is now the biggest reason that Americans blow their budget, according to a recent survey of U.S. workers. And, eating at home from time to time isn't helping us save much, either. Spending on food and groceries comes in a close second on the shrinking-wallet scale. Perhaps even more striking: the survey also found that food costs are a greater concern than terrorism and ebola.

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