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    Robert Sinskey: Common Sense About Wine

    Robert Sinskey: Common Sense About Wine
    There is an element of rational thought evident when we approach any of the things we do and choices we make, whether it’s searching for a career path, choosing a restaurant, “going green” or purchasing a bottle of wine. Sometimes we complicate situations with extraneous details and pressures that make our decisions seem insurmountable. But for Robert Sinskey, Napa Valley vintner, ...
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    Ice Fishing: Braving the Elements for Supper

    Ice Fishing: Braving the Elements for Supper
    GARRISON, Minn. — For those willing to brave the cold, ice fishing yields some of the year's best-tasting fish dinners. There are two reasons people ice fish: one, to catch and eat gorgeous freshwater fish that are at peak flavor due to the cold temperatures of the water they're drawn from, and two, to socialize. Linda Eno thinks I have that ...
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    It's a Buyer's Market in Wine

    It's a Buyer's Market in Wine
    LOS ANGELES — As we limp into 2009, watching our mad money dwindle from a mountain to a mound to a modest lump, you'd probably rather not think too much about restocking the dent you put in your wine collection over the holidays. But there are many signs that this economic downturn could result in a mini-boom for wine lovers. Perhaps ...
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    A Value Meal at Starbucks? Coming Right Up

    A Value Meal at Starbucks? Coming Right Up
    The allure of the value meal has long seduced penny-pinchers craving a cheeseburger. Now, as the dismal economy slurps up profits, Starbucks Corp. is hoping to find some sales salvation in its own value meal variety. The tug of war for coffee drinkers has gotten hotter in recent months, with McDonald's Corp. offering new, lower-priced specialty coffee drinks and Dunkin' Donuts ...
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    Lawmakers Push for Food Safety Reforms

    Lawmakers Push for Food Safety Reforms
    Lawmakers vowed Wednesday to press for stronger food safety laws and more money for inspections as the list of recalled peanut products surpassed 1,000 in an ongoing national salmonella outbreak. "There is an openness to putting together the strongest legislation possible," said Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., who introduced a bill to reorganize federal food safety enforcement and make it more accountable. ...
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    100 Best Foods For Boosting Productivity

    100 Best Foods For Boosting Productivity
    Foodproof.com has gone and put together the best list Chef's Blade could have ever imagined. Not only does it relate to, well, food, it also relates to career advancement! Their list culls together the 100 best food for boosting productivity, dividing the food groups into Digestion and Sleep, Energy and Brain Foods, General Productivity Boosters, and Eyesight. Below you'll find a ...
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    Why I Eat Meat (And Why You Should, Too)

    Why I Eat Meat (And Why You Should, Too)
    I started writing about food because I was tired of vegetarians and vegans telling me I should stop eating meat all together as my carnivorous consumption was inhumane and contrary to humanities’ evolution as a species. I eat meat. I will continue to eat meat. And I think you should too. One of my quickest responses to the vegetarian/vegan anti-meat rhetoric ...
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    Falling for Vermouth

    Falling for Vermouth
    Most folks see vermouth as that dusty bottle on the back bar that bartenders pretend to add to their martini, but vermouth has been totally underestimated! Vermouth is an aromatized wine, a lightly fortified wine with added botanicals. It can be either red or white. The recipe is closely guarded by each vermouth producer, the formula for Martini & Rossi dates ...
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    Choosing a Socially Responsible Career in the Beverage Industry

    Choosing a Socially Responsible Career in the Beverage Industry
    In early December 2008, celebrations occurred across the United States in honor of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition. The commemoration reverberated across the country—from a bar appropriately named Prohibition in New York City to the St. Helena Library in Napa Valley, which displayed photos of local winery workers celebrating the news in 1933. While this anniversary helped increase ...
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    Motorcycle Food Diaries

    Motorcycle Food Diaries
    Most people might not think of a motorcycle as a cooking tool, but I assure you, it is. I’m not even talking about rigging a portable 12V crock-pot meant for truckers in order to make a delicious stew underneath my trusty BMW, although that’s a fantastically brilliant idea, and one I wish Alton Brown hadn’t beaten me to. No, indeed—when I ...
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    Top Chefs Push Obama to Improve Food Policy

    Top Chefs Push Obama to Improve Food Policy
    WASHINGTON—Visiting one of his favorite Chicago restaurants in November, Barack Obama was asked by an excited waitress if he wanted the restaurant's special margarita made with the finest ingredients, straight up and shaken at the table. "You know that's the way I roll," Obama replied jokingly. Rick Bayless, the chef of that restaurant, Topolobampo, says Obama's comfortable demeanor at the table—slumped ...
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    Why Is Italian Cooking So Popular?

    Why Is Italian Cooking So Popular?
    I have often wondered which cuisine is better -- French or Italian. There is no question that Italian cuisine is more popular, but is it better? I still don't know the answer to this question, I guess it is up to each person's taste. However, after visiting my favorite Italian store today for umpteenth time here in southwestern Ontario, I realized ...
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    Why I Still Eat Out

    Why I Still Eat Out
    What is it about new restaurants that get me so excited? Can’t we just stay home and cook, secure in the knowledge that good food made well is not only enough, it’s also more affordable? Of course we can’t. Because the restaurant, most particularly the new restaurant is like a candy store for the senses. With all the doom and gloom ...
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    Passion Exudes in the Culinary World

    Passion Exudes in the Culinary World
    Passion is essential in creating a successful career out of food, wine and service. Professionals continuing their careers in food and wine have an amazing passion and understanding that allows them to teach others not only the greatness of the sensory experience but also the passion of life as it can be savored through food and wine. This article profiles the ...
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    Repetition: The Tasks That Make You a Chef

    Repetition: The Tasks That Make You a Chef
    Homework: tourné 5 carrots and medium dice 3 potatoes. My chef exits the class, and I am left with a bag full of vegetables and the realization I will be spending my evening cutting vegetables. Even though I dread repeating the same cuts all night, I know that there is something important in repetition, not only the idea that "practice makes ...
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    Welcome to Chef's Blade!

    Welcome to Chef's Blade!
    Chef’s Blade is the career and social network of choice for the creative, passionate, and innovative people who work in the cutthroat culinary industry. Whether you are a seasoned executive chef, an aspiring pastry chef, a caterer, a sommelier, a restaurant manager or owner, Chef’s Blade culls together the career resources and networking tools you need to advance your career. We ...
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    Should I Franchise My Restaurant?

    Should I Franchise My Restaurant?
    Do you think you have a restaurant that could be the next McDonald's? Ever wonder if the Colonel knew something you don't? Maybe you, too, should consider franchising. According to a recent study by PricewaterhouseCoopers, more than 760,000 franchised businesses generated a total economic output of over $1.53 trillion and generated jobs for 18 million Americans in 2001. This represents nearly ...
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    What's Hot in Food?

    What's Hot in Food?
    Consumers' taste buds can be as fickle as their moods. As businesses race to keep up with the latest food-industry trends, those that successfully adapt their menus keep customers drooling for more. Here are five top trends to consider: h4. Low Carb: Estimated to reach $30 billion this year, the low-carb industry has many scrambling to join the craze. Burger chains ...
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    Beyond the Burger: 8 Fast-Food Concepts

    Beyond the Burger: 8 Fast-Food Concepts
    Believe or not, some people blech at burgers and ptooie at pizza. If you're anti the typical fast-food fare, or if you just prefer to bring a more exotic eatery to your hometown, fast-food franchising can still offer you a world of opportunity. We've scanned our Franchise Zone listings to bring you eight unique fast-food and fast-casual concepts that caught our ...
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    The Secret Ingredient to Restaurant Success

    The Secret Ingredient to Restaurant Success
    Starting a restaurant may be a dream shared by many, but success is reserved for relatively few. According to Kep Sweeney, author of The New Restaurant Entrepreneur, about 90 percent of all independently owned restaurants fail within five years. But don’t cast your dreams aside just yet. Sweeney, who boasts 20 years of experience in the restaurant industry as an investment ...
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