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A Lightning Bolt in Chicago: Pearl Jam Rocks Wrigley Field

A Lightning Bolt in Chicago: Pearl Jam Rocks Wrigley Field

The magnitude of the show had my stomach in ropes long before Friday officially arrived. As I rolled through Chicago’s suburbs on the L-train pre-dusk headed toward Wrigley Field, the butterflies became a frenzy of activity, the main event nearly within reach. Fellow music fans packed the train’s car, anxiously, and some of them drunkenly, […]

July 24, 2013 | By
Izard’s Goat Tour Makes A Stop at Portland’s Ping

Izard’s Goat Tour Makes A Stop at Portland’s Ping

Season four was the first Top Chef season I ever watched. Introduced to a dozen great chefs from around the country, it was the first time I learned who Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons were, and the first time I was introduced to chef Stephanie Izard. With fans across the country, I cheered for Izard, […]

November 1, 2011 | By
Ramsay Sues The Fam; Survey Reports Record Restaurant Closures

Ramsay Sues The Fam; Survey Reports Record Restaurant Closures

I kind of appreciate Gordon Ramsay. He, like a select few in the culinary world, helps to keep the industry all spicy and news-riddled. Long at war with his father-in-law, Chris Hutcheson, the Daily Mail reported last week that the British chef is in the process of suing Hutcheson, over everything from email hacking and […]

August 16, 2011 | By
Daily Blender Exclusive: Izard’s Girl and The Goat A Strong James Beard Contender

Daily Blender Exclusive: Izard’s Girl and The Goat A Strong James Beard Contender

Stephanie Izard took to the kitchen at an early age and hasn’t looked back. An accomplished chef before she ever graced the screen as a “Top Chef”, Izard stepped more into the spotlight after winning Bravo’s culinary competition in season four. Already a restaurateur pre-television, she began hosting pop-up dinners around her home city of […]

March 17, 2011 | By
San Francisco Passes ‘Happy Meal Ban’; New Restaurant Franchisees Face Tougher Requirements

San Francisco Passes ‘Happy Meal Ban’; New Restaurant Franchisees Face Tougher Requirements

Whoa! In a groundbreaking move Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors of San Francisco overturned Mayor Gavin Newsom’s veto of a locally-regulated food nutrition ordinance that would require fast food businesses, like McDonald’s, to alter their kid-friendly meals. According to CNN, the newly-approved ruling will require all fast food meals that include toys to adhere to […]

November 24, 2010 | By
FDA Recommends Food Safety Staff for Restaurants; Gras Takes Leave from L2O

FDA Recommends Food Safety Staff for Restaurants; Gras Takes Leave from L2O

Perhaps to head off the number of food-borne illness cases reported each year in the country, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently recommended that every restaurant add a food safety manager to their staff. According to the article in Nation’s Restaurant News, the announcement came on the heels of the release of a 10-year […]

November 8, 2010 | By
Today’s Food Newsbits: Ramsay’s Melbourne Maze Thrives; Moonen, Burke, and Morimoto Procure New Projects

Today’s Food Newsbits: Ramsay’s Melbourne Maze Thrives; Moonen, Burke, and Morimoto Procure New Projects

The latest issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller features a review on chef Gordon Ramsay’s first Australian location, which is surprisingly two restaurant concepts in one spot. With a development price tag of nearly $300 million, Ramsay’s maze and maze grill opened in Melbourne in mid-April to mixed reviews. According to the GT article, maze, the […]

June 10, 2010 | By
Today’s Food Newsbits: Schrager Purchases Chicago’s Pump Room, Celeb Chefs Spreading Healthy Food Message

Today’s Food Newsbits: Schrager Purchases Chicago’s Pump Room, Celeb Chefs Spreading Healthy Food Message

It was announced last week that hotelier Ian Schrager, popular for his top hotels in Miami and New York, recently closed on his latest acquisition, Chicago’s famed Pump Room. According to Crain’s New York, the Windy City destination, long popular with celebs, is part of a purchase that also includes the Ambassador East hotel. Schrager […]

April 6, 2010 | By
USA Today Readers Pick Favorite Hotel Eateries, Airport Dining Increases With Delays

USA Today Readers Pick Favorite Hotel Eateries, Airport Dining Increases With Delays

Ah, the infamous hotel restaurant. Traveling through town, wondering where you can get a quick, easy bite to eat – but something that actually tastes good? Too often, hotel restaurants are disappointing, with the establishment more focused on hospitality than quality or taste. Thankfully, many hotels have been upgrading their eateries, including the Kimpton Hotel […]

January 13, 2010 | By
Today’s Food Newsbits: Mr. Chow Goes To Miami, Bayless Brings Home His Top Chef Creations

Today’s Food Newsbits: Mr. Chow Goes To Miami, Bayless Brings Home His Top Chef Creations

Earlier this month, Mr. Chow opened its newest location in Miami, Florida, in the heart of the South Beach district. The new space, centrally located in the W South Beach features seating for 450 guests, and includes an indoor dining space as well as a patio with cabanas. The interior space, designed by Michael Chow, […]

August 25, 2009 | By
Conde Nast Brings Kids’ Restaurant Week To DC, NYC

Conde Nast Brings Kids’ Restaurant Week To DC, NYC

Fab and foodie magazines, Cookie and Gourmet, have teamed up to develop a new Kids’ Restaurant Week! According to Juliette at Super Chef, the two publications are sponsoring the first ever Kids’ Restaurant Week this month in Washington DC, June 13-21st, with additional weeks in Chicago and New York, June 20-28th. Participating restaurants will offer […]

June 1, 2009 | By
Auld Lang Syne? This time with feeling!

Auld Lang Syne? This time with feeling!

Ugh! The food news is silent, folks! Everyone’s either at home eating or scrambling for their nearest restaurant or grocery store after freak snow storms! Today, I present a few of my favorite end o’ year links! Enjoy! Imbibe! Party like it’s 1999. Oh…oh, really? Only the 28th? Oh..well…go easy for a few more days […]

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