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    Twitter Used to Market Beer

    Twitter Used to Market Beer
    Athens businessman Alex Sams plans to join the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce because of a tweet - a short message - he read through the online social networking service Twitter. During the summer, Athens Area Chamber of Commerce President Doc Eldridge used e-mail and Twitter to send out invitations to the chamber's annual midyear event. Sams, who is a partner ...
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    Garden to Culinary Stars Thrives

    Garden to Culinary Stars Thrives
    HURON - The distribution room reads like a Who's Who among famous chefs and restaurants - Charlie Trotter, Bobby Flay, Ritz Carltons across the map. Box after box of vegetables, perfectly packaged, thoughtfully selected, carefully grown, head across conveyor belts for shipping. Television chef Lee Anne Wong's cartons of brightly colored heirloom tomatoes await their packing box. Even the cold packs ...
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    Bad Pumpkin Crop Puts Pumpkin Pie in Peril

    Bad Pumpkin Crop Puts Pumpkin Pie in Peril
    The holidays may not be so sweet this year. Nestle - which sells nearly all the canned pumpkin in the U.S. - says poor weather hurt its harvest, creating a potential shortage of its Libby's pumpkin pie products through the holidays. In a statement to customers this week, Nestle said heavy rains made it nearly impossible to pick its pumpkins during ...
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    Ramsay Profits Fell Almost 90%

    Ramsay Profits Fell Almost 90%
    Profits at Gordon Ramsay's UK restaurants plunged almost 90 per cent in a "turbulent" year in which the celebrity chef was forced to pump his own money into the business. Ramsay's latest company accounts show that the restaurant empire came close to the brink as revenues collapsed while debt and tax bills mounted up. The precarious situation caused the TV chef ...
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    Restaurants Find Ways to Buy Farm-Fresh

    Restaurants Find Ways to Buy Farm-Fresh
    The gap between farm and fine dining is narrowing. Though touting the use of local foods has become all but ubiquitous at many of the nation's better restaurants, finding and getting those brag-worthy foods can be a hassle for restaurateurs and chefs. That's one reason chef David Swanson started Braise RSA, which stands for "restaurant supported agriculture" and creates a business-to-business ...
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    The Weird History of the Turkey

    The Weird History of the Turkey
    To Americans, the word turkey conjures thoughts of Thanksgiving. However, there are a lot of ideas about the bird and the holiday, which need clarification. It is believed that the first pilgrims that landed in Plymouth would have starved if not for the feast of turkey provided by the local Powhatan natives. In part, that is somewhat true. But, the Pilgrims ...
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    Ode to The Urchin and A Well-Foraged Feast

    Ode to The Urchin and A Well-Foraged Feast
    The Napa Valley is home to many fine foods and some great sushi, but there are those times when nothing but the best will do and so it was we found ourselves on an excursion last week. A 45 minute drive with my fiancé from our home in the Napa Valley all the way over to one our favorite sushi houses ...
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    Chicken and Egg: The Evolution of City Chickens and Urban Livestock

    Chicken and Egg: The Evolution of City Chickens and Urban Livestock
    From bees to chickens and even goats, urban farming has taken root in many an urban environment recently. Many turn to urban husbandry as a way to fight against industrialized farming, while others want to connect with their food, and others still want a more cost effective food source. And then there are those who just want a more symbiotic relationship ...
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    Obamas Plant a Garden on Their Lawn

    Obamas Plant a Garden on Their Lawn
    In 1943, in a time of war, Eleanor Roosevelt planted a victory garden on the White House lawn. On Friday, as America fights obesity and unhealthful eating habits, Michelle Obama will begin to plant an organic vegetable garden on the White House lawn. While the garden will provide food for the first family, the White House staff and important dinners, its ...
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    The Celebrity Nutritionist

    The Celebrity Nutritionist
    There are few people who could make the inner workings of the gut exciting , but the nutritionist Ian Marber is one of them. As he waxes lyrical on slow-release wholegrain s while drawing diagrams of things called mitochondria, his enthusiasm is so infectious you forget he is talking about things that would normally bore most of us silly. For the ...
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    The 84 Year-Old "Cracker Lady"

    The 84 Year-Old "Cracker Lady"
    'Cracker lady' puts crisp snacks on exclusive tables CHICAGO _ Inside a small brick building on Chicago's North Side, an 84-year-old woman with pearls in her earlobes and, on occasion, mismatched socks on her feet, makes magnificent little crackers. They come in 19 all-natural varieties, are slammed with tantalizing flavors like cranberries and peppers and have quirky names like "Love in ...
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    Are Fish Farms the Way to Meet Growing Fish Consumption?

    Are Fish Farms the Way to Meet Growing Fish Consumption?
    Friday night fish fries are a delicious staple of American life. Even the nation's fat phobia hasn't curbed the taste for crispy, golden fish and shellfish served right out of the fryer. The basics of a fish fry have remained unchanged, thank goodness, but there's fundamental change going on behind the scenes. Where generations once relied on the bounty of local ...
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    Are You Chicken to Eat Raw Meat?

    Are You Chicken to Eat Raw Meat?
    I was on vacation recently when a waiter asked a question that took me by surprise. When I requested red snapper, he said, “How would you like that cooked?” I would have expected that question for beef or tuna, but snapper? I thought there were only two possibilities—cooked or raw. In fact, I was under the impression that almost every meat ...
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    Organic and Local Is So 2008

     Organic and Local Is So 2008
    Our industrial food system is rotten to the core. Heirloom arugula won't save us. Here's what will. A couple years back, in a wheat field outside the town of Reardan, Washington, Fred Fleming spent an afternoon showing me just how hard it's gotten to save the world. After decades as an unrepentant industrial farmer, the tall 59-year-old realized that his standard ...
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    `Zion Curtains' Come Down in Utah Restaurants

    `Zion Curtains' Come Down in Utah Restaurants
    SALT LAKE CITY-Utah bartenders may serve alcoholic drinks to patrons directly over bar counters instead of having to walk around them under a new law that took effect last Tuesday. Partitions known as "Zion curtains" _ usually made of glass _ that separate bartenders from customers began coming down early Tuesday. The name is a reference to the state's religious heritage ...
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    Gut Worms May Protect Against Allergies

    Gut Worms May Protect Against Allergies
    British and Vietnamese scientists say they've discovered parasitic gut worms, such as hookworms, might help prevent and treat asthma and other allergies. Researchers led by Dr. Carsten Flohr of the University of Nottingham, and Dr. Luc Nguyen Tuyen of the Khanh Hoa Provincial Health Service in central Vietnam said their study is the largest double-blind, placebo controlled clinical trial to date ...
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    Couple Dines at the Same Restaurant Every Day for Four Years

    Couple Dines at the Same Restaurant Every Day for Four Years
    Don and Pat Clubbs think the Democracy Grille at the Bethesda Marriott Suites is the perfect local destination for cocktails, dinner, or brunch on the weekends. In fact, they are so convinced that they have been regulars there seven days a week for four years and 1,460 meals. But what keeps them coming back? First, they say the location is perfect ...
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    Linen-ists Unite!

    Linen-ists Unite!
    Friday night “parties” with deejays at Le Cirque. Bare tabletops at Allegretti. What next — a splash in the pool at the Four Seasons? The infantilization of dining in the name of “informality” has been going on for years. But the tablecloth-yanking at Allegretti on West 22nd Street was the last straw. Once, crisp white linen covered the tables and softened ...
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    Guns Now Legal in Tenn. Restaurants

    Guns Now Legal in Tenn. Restaurants
    A law allowing anyone in Tennessee with a valid permit to carry a handgun to bring it into a restaurant has taken effect after a last-minute challenge failed. In the Nashville area, Davidson County Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman refused a request Monday by bar and restaurant owners to keep the law from taking effect, the Memphis Commercial-Appeal reported. But Bonnyman said their ...
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    Farmers Question Need for New Rules

    Farmers Question Need for New Rules
    RALEIGH - Farmers from across the state are worried that potential food-safety legislation could hurt their livelihoods and forever change the way they operate. A meeting Monday at the State Fairgrounds brought together farmers, representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration, plus state agriculture officials. It was one of several "listening sessions" planned by the ...
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