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Tickets Now On Sale For Northern Chefs Alliance 'Play With Fire' Benefit Dinner

10 star chefs cook a feast in scenic Hudson Valley
Jul 18, 2014 9:00 am

An impressive group of irrepressible chefs — including Sean Brock, Jamie Bissonette and April Bloomfield — are sharpening their knives in preparation for the Northern Chefs Alliance's upcoming "Play With Fire" benefit dinner on Aug. 17. Ten chefs from the U.S. and Canada will prepare a bountiful feast at Fish & Game Farm in Claverack, NY, featuring five open fire pits and whole spit-roasted meats from local family farms. Get your tickets here.

Cupcake Chain Crumbs Is NOT Going The Way Of The Fondue Pot

Being brought back from the dead
Jul 14, 2014 1:00 pm

You may have heard the news that national cupcake chain Crumbs Bake Shop went out of business, last week shuttering all if its 50 locations in 10 states and the District of Columbia. Many wrote about the bursting of the “cupcake bubble” — something our friend Allison Robicelli has written about beautifully in the past. Others simply danced on the grave of an institution that may have simply aged out of the zeitgeist. But this weekend it appears that cupcake chains are still very much viable.

Restaurant Looks At Old Surveillance Footage To Compare Today's Diner To 2004

Guess what? We use our phones a lot more now.
Jul 14, 2014 11:15 am

A lot of things have changed in the past ten years and New York City’s dining scene is most definitely up there – we’ve all taken note as city staples have repeatedly closed their doors for good, giving way to swanky new hotspots serving small plates and in-vogue veggies. While there’s no debating that the restaurants themselves have changed considerably in the last decade, another significant question has snuck under the radar a bit more: how have the city’s diners changed? 

Winemakers, Oenophiles Say '.Wine' Websites Threaten Business

Seven U.S. wine regions oppose new domain names
Jul 7, 2014 11:00 am

Critics say the planned roll-out of .wine and .vin sites could create confusion for consumers. The new NapaValley.wine, for instance, could have as much to do with California's famous wine-growing region as the parody site WhiteHouse.net has to do with the actual Oval Office.

Scotland Pressing U.S. To Lift Haggis Ban. Trust Us, This Is A Very Good Thing.

We love ourselves some authentic sheep’s pluck
Jun 30, 2014 12:00 pm

Here’s the thing about haggis. As of this writing, you have to travel to Scotland to actually eat the authentic stuff. Why? Because the United States has banned haggis from being imported to our shores. The consumption of sheep lung, a key ingredient, has been banned in the US since 1971 — while all British lamb has been banned since 1989 following the mad cow disease outbreak. But this all might change.

The Gloves Come Off! California's Controversial Glove Law Has Been Repealed.

Unpopular measure went into effect this year
Jun 30, 2014 11:16 am

In a rather quick about-face, the Senate has unanimously voted to repeal the controversial law that required chefs to wear latex gloves at all times while cooking. The measure had several purported benefits, but was met with resistance by many of the state's chefs and bartenders. Details, after the jump.

Video: Pioneering Union Square Café Is Closing! Ex-Chef Michael Romano Looks Back

The NYC institution will shut its doors in 2015
Jun 24, 2014 11:15 am

The New York food world is reeling this morning from the news that Danny Meyer's beloved Union Square Café will close at the end of 2015 after nearly three decades in business. The reason: (what else?) an astronomical rent increase. Here, former chef Michael Romano talks about the genesis of the pioneering restaurant.

Duck Bacon: Sooo Hot Right Now

Demand for the 'marginal' bacon has doubled
Jun 20, 2014 12:30 pm

Americans are eating ever more bacon, even as pork prices continue to soar. The enduring bacon boom also applies to "marginal" bacons beyond turkey and chicken. Duck bacon, for example, has seen its shipments more than double, according to consumer market-research firm NPD Group.

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