Tag: new york times

The Side Dish: On Kitchens and Writers and Chefs Who Drink

The Side Dish: On Kitchens and Writers and Chefs Who Drink

I must’ve been sixteen or seventeen when I witnessed a restaurant manager laying into one of her employees in plain sight. I stood, stunned, alongside other patrons patiently waiting to place their orders as the string of belligerent words was unleashed from the manager’s mouth. Degrading the employee on everything from appearance to time with […]

May 25, 2010 | By
A Look at the Business of Restaurants

A Look at the Business of Restaurants

One of the most fascinating experiences I have in writing this site is the opportunity to learn how others within the food industry run their operations. From large, well-known kitchens, like those of Le Bernardin or Dahlia Lounge, to smaller kitchens like Momofuku Ko or Portland’s Scratch, I’m always interested how the wheels of each […]

January 26, 2010 | By
Today’s Food Newsbits: Bruni’s Review Goes To Court, KFC Franchisees Sue Over Grilled Chicken

Today’s Food Newsbits: Bruni’s Review Goes To Court, KFC Franchisees Sue Over Grilled Chicken

Oy! Sometimes you just never know when your writing may be called in for legal questioning! Such is the case of former New York Times restaurant reviewer Frank Bruni, who’s restaurant review and personal emails are now part of a wrongful termination lawsuit currently underway in New York. According to Grub Street, Bruni’s communications regarding […]

January 12, 2010 | By
New York Times Lists 100 Things Restaurant Staffers Should Never Do

New York Times Lists 100 Things Restaurant Staffers Should Never Do

In case you missed it, New York Times writer Bruce Buschel posted a fantastic list last week of the 100 things restaurant staffers should never do when assisting restaurant guests. The list is a must-read for everyone in the restaurant industry, from servers to managers to even BOH folks, with most of the bullet points […]

November 9, 2009 | By
The Side Dish: Getting Back to Basics for Restaurant Recovery

The Side Dish: Getting Back to Basics for Restaurant Recovery

I’m encouraged by a recent bit in Saturday’s New York Times about a restaurateur who was dreaming of Detroit. According to the op-ed piece, Charles Sorel, owner of Le Petit Zinc, felt as though the landscape of Detroit 2009 was equivalent to the streets of New York City in the 80s, and was undaunted in […]

October 28, 2009 | By
Today’s Food Newsbits: NY Times Notes Gross Neglect In US Meat Supply, Conde Nast Cuts Gourmet

Today’s Food Newsbits: NY Times Notes Gross Neglect In US Meat Supply, Conde Nast Cuts Gourmet

In an article published over the weekend, writer Michael Moss of the New York Times put a face to the ongoing failures of the U.S.D.A. inspection system. The article features the story of Stephanie Smith, a 22-year-old children’s dance instructor who survived a vicious E. coli experience that put her in a coma for nine […]

October 5, 2009 | By
Gourmet’s Ruth Reichl Stops By Portland To Discuss New Cookbook, Show

Gourmet’s Ruth Reichl Stops By Portland To Discuss New Cookbook, Show

A James Beard Award winner, former New York Times restaurant critic, and accomplished memoirist, Gourmet‘s Editor-in-Chief Ruth Reichl is food writing royalty. True to her personable, conversational words, Reichl was friendly and jovial during her appearance last night at Portland’s The Nines hotel, in town to discuss both the latest release from the Gourmet publications, […]

October 1, 2009 | By
Today’s Food Newsbits: Humane Society Takes IHOP To Task; Sifton Warms Up at the Times

Today’s Food Newsbits: Humane Society Takes IHOP To Task; Sifton Warms Up at the Times

This week, the Humane Society of the United States began a campaign against popular breakfast spot, IHOP, or the International House of Pancakes. Following the release of details from an undercover investigation by activist group Compassion Over Killing, which reported the horrendous conditions of IHOP egg supplier Michael Foods, the Humane Society is petitioning IHOP […]

September 17, 2009 | By
Friday Five: Top Five Food Stories of Summer 2009

Friday Five: Top Five Food Stories of Summer 2009

Goodbye Summer! I’m leaving you for Fall. Think of all the fun we had together. Look at the big things that happened while you were here! 1) Bruniocalypse! In mid-May, New York Times restaurant reviewer Frank Bruni shocked everyone when it was announced that he would be leaving his post at the paper in order […]

September 11, 2009 | By
Frank Bruni, Ruth Reichl Head to Television Primetime

Frank Bruni, Ruth Reichl Head to Television Primetime

New York Times restaurant reviewer Frank Bruni created an uproar among media, fans, and fellow foodies when he announced his resignation in May. Tonight, Bruni, who’s been less-than-publicly-visible due to his position at the Times, hits Nightline to promote his memoir, “Born Round: the Secret History of a Full-Time Eater.” According to a sneak preview […]

August 19, 2009 | By
Today’s Food Newsbits: Bruni Expands on Four Stars, A Comical Dinner at El Bulli, Subway Goes Loungy

Today’s Food Newsbits: Bruni Expands on Four Stars, A Comical Dinner at El Bulli, Subway Goes Loungy

The food world seemed astonished earlier this week when New York Times restaurant reviewer Frank Bruni unleashed a four-star rating on Danny Meyers’ Eleven Madison Park. With previous two and three star ratings, the highly regarded food aficionado awarded an additional star to the New York establishment, commenting that it’s “the best restaurant Danny Meyer […]

August 13, 2009 | By
Today’s Food Newsbits: Martha Talks Tomato Blight, Organic To Go Downsizing, Gordon Ramsay Regroups

Today’s Food Newsbits: Martha Talks Tomato Blight, Organic To Go Downsizing, Gordon Ramsay Regroups

Poor Martha! With the recent blight breakout taking down tomato plants across the Northeast left and right, apparently no garden has gone unscathed! The domestic kitchen queen posted a blog note this morning about the aggressive fungus attacking her tomato plants. She’s even kind enough to include a slideshow of the ugly attack. While Martha […]

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