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These Are Some Seriously Heady Days For The Restaurant Industry

The future is tickets, six-month chef residencies
Dec 1, 2014 12:30 pm

As we turn the calendar for the final time in 2014, food media types will begin to analyze the big events that have caused ripples across the industry. But looking at a couple events over the weekend alone, it’s not a pebble but a giant boulder that has been tossed into the lake. Disruptors, it appears, have taken a seat at the dining room table.

Weekend Plan: Basilica Farm And Flea In Hudson, NY

Serious artisanal shopping two hours north of NYC
Nov 25, 2014 4:00 pm

Want to shop for artisal bitters and made-on-the-farm goods just a few hours north of NYC? This weekend (Nov. 28-30), head up to the Basilica Farm and Flea. Details, this way...

This Bud Is For Youth: Can Budweiser Become The Next Pabst Blue Ribbon?

Lagging 'King of Beers' aims for millenial makeover
Nov 25, 2014 2:00 pm

With more Americans turning to craft beer, the standard bearer of U.S. lagers is dramatically changing its marketing strategy, ditching its iconic Clydesdales for things like zombie-themed promotions and food festival tie-ins. But, is pandering to the youth demo really going to make Budweiser relevant again? Or, can uncoolness be its salvation?

Enjoy An Organic Thanksgiving Feast At Monsanto Of All Places

Rev. Billy Talen will say grace, among other things
Nov 20, 2014 9:00 am

Looking for a ironic way to spend Thanksgiving? Then head to St. Louis and enjoy an "organic, local, non-GMO and pesticide free" meal at Monsanto, the controversial multinational agrochemical giant. Activists including the theatrical rabble-rouser Rev. Billy Talen are staging a demonstration at the company's headquarters on Thanksgiving day with a planned holiday meal intended to showcase foods that contrast sharply from the company's famous genetically modified crops.

Ah Ya Bastart! Scotland Is Shocked: Japanese Whiskey Named World's Best.

And you thought the Yes vote defeat was bad
Nov 4, 2014 3:30 pm

In what's being described as "a wake-up call" for the esteemed Scottish distlling industry, a Japanese whiskey has been declared the world's best by the venerable Jim Murray's Whisky Bible. Specifically, the Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013 earns top billing in the 2015 edition of the highly regarded hooch rankings. Making this enormous hit to Scottish pride even worse: not a single Scotland distillery cracks the top five.

Now We Know What Olive Garden Did With The Salt For Its Pasta Water

To preserve cookware warranties, it's in the sauce
Oct 27, 2014 1:01 pm

You'll recall the rather damning allegation that Olive Garden has been withholding salt from its pasta water — a crime against Italian gastronomy purportedly commited for the wholly corporate purpose of qualifying for an extended warranty on cookware. One guy who's consumed some $800 worth of the restaurant's signature foodstuff in recent weeks gives us a pretty good idea of where all that erstwhile sodium may be going instead.

It's Hard Out There For A Liberian Restaurant

Ongoing health scare isn't the greatest appetizer
Oct 16, 2014 2:30 pm

One Minnesota restaurant has recently made national headlines. Sadly, it's not because of the food. Well, not the quality of the food, anyway. It's the genre. Mama Ti’s, located outside Minneapolis, specializes in Liberian home cooking. Talk about bad timing.

Despite Closing WD~50, Wylie Dufresne Is Keeping Busy These Days

Pioneering NYC chef is writing his first cookbook
Oct 14, 2014 2:30 pm

Wylie Dufresne shocked the restaurant world when he revealed earlier this year that he would be closing his groundbreaking wd~50. Dufresne already runs the kitchen at the more accessible Alder, but will he revert back to a more formal tasting menu format and re-open elsewhere in the city? While that remains to be seen, the influential chef has managed to keep busy lately. Included are an instructional video and an upcoming cookbook. Details, right this way.

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