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    Top Chefs on Opening Shop

    Top Chefs on Opening Shop
    So you want to open your own restaurant despite the bad economy? While it may be one of the most rewarding business ventures, it is also one of the riskiest. Conventional wisdom holds that nine out of 10 new restaurants fail during their first year of operation. Although that rate has been debunked, the fact is, opening a restaurant isn't always ...
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    Are Starbucks and Whole Foods Union Busters?

    Are Starbucks and Whole Foods Union Busters?
    Shortly before the inauguration of President Barack Obama, the manager of a Whole Foods grocery store in the San Francisco Bay Area gathered his employees in a conference room for a chat about labor organizing. “This is not a union-bashing thing whatsoever,” the manager began, adding, however, that he’d called the meeting because Whole Foods believed Obama would sign the Employee ...
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    Q&A: The Makings of a Restaurateur

    Q&A: The Makings of a Restaurateur
    This is the first in a weekly series of Q&A's with George Majdalani. *Chef's Blade:* How long have you been in the restaurant industry and what brought you to it? *George Majdalani:* I started working 1986 as a Room Service server at The Crescent Court Hotel (Dallas, Tex.). I was in college and looking for a part time job. *CB:* Tell ...
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    Changing the World, One Tamale at a Time

    Changing the World, One Tamale at a Time
    In a quiet corner of San Francisco’s Mission District a social movement of sorts is carried out on a daily basis through the mixing of eggs, butter, flour and a healthy dose of philanthropy. Now in its third year, "La Cocina":http://www.lacocinasf.org is a small food business incubator focused on providing space and assistance to women who are considered low-income entrepreneurs. Funded ...
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    How to Use Your Phone to Choose Dinner

    How to Use Your Phone to Choose Dinner
    When four American University students set up a recipe-sharing website in 1997 their motivation was anthropological rather than commercial. However, within 10 years their website, designed to explore how people share recipes had grown into one of the world's biggest food websites - allrecipes.com According to vice president of marketing, Esmee Williams, it was people at home rather than web entrepeneurs, ...
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    A Chef's Dream Farm

    A Chef's Dream Farm
    What makes a man ditch a high paying, high profile luxury resort chef position in the middle of a recession, uproot his family of four, and move two states away to live in a tiny apartment in Coupeville Washington? Well, historical providence, low interest rates, and greener pastures perhaps; in this case literally. Chef Vincent Nattress, the Executive Chef of Meadowood ...
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    The Four Seasons, The 'Power Lunch' Mecca, Turns 50

    The Four Seasons, The 'Power Lunch' Mecca, Turns 50
    The Four Seasons: 'Power Lunch' Mecca Turns 50 By VERENA DOBNIK Associated Press Writer NEW YORK-The Dalai Lama. Madonna. Bill Clinton. Mary J. Blige. And a 13-year-old celebrating his bar mitzvah, complete with scantily clad dancers his father hired to usher the teen into manhood. They all were recent guests at The Four Seasons restaurant, the storied dining room that practically ...
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    Social Media and the Independent Restaurant

    Social Media and the Independent Restaurant
    The restaurant industry and social media platforms have always had a tenuous relationship. With the advent of the message board and blog, suddenly the phrase “everyone’s a (restaurant) critic” became excruciatingly true. Next time you’re going to go out to eat, hop on your computer and Google the restaurant you’ve chosen. No matter where you’re going, - a rural truck stop ...
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    Q&A: From Wine Director to Restaurateur

    Q&A: From Wine Director to Restaurateur
    Boris Nemchenok is the co-owner, wine director, and general manager of Uva Enoteca in San Francisco. He previously worked at Mario Batali’s Otto Enoteca Pizzeria in New York and EOS Restaurant & Wine Bar. *Chef's Blade:* How did you break into the restaurant business? Can you tell us a little about your personal highs and lows of your career? *Boris Nemchenok:* ...
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    Boxed Wine Takes a Stand

    Boxed Wine Takes a Stand
    The conversation of boxed wine has rippled through all media outlets throughout 2009. This simple container has been marketed as inexpensive, convenient, space-saving and ecological. While consumers are getting the hard-sell from mainstream media efforts, boxed wine has been noticed by the “green” eyes of wine industry professionals and environmental advocates alike. Boxed wine, however, has historically had negative associations being ...
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    Buying a Restaurant Franchise

    Buying a Restaurant Franchise
    There are many different types of business format franchises, but when most people think of a franchise business, their first thought is of food. The success and growth of the many big brand-name fast-food franchises makes this a logical first stop in the thinking process. When evaluating restaurant franchises, you must focus on the characteristics of the business from a franchisee's ...
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    Health Scare Closes Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck

    Health Scare Closes Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck
    Tests fail to reveal the origins of the outbreak as restaurant loses business Heston Blumenthal is awaiting test results from an environmental health investigation into the mystery illness that has struck dozens of diners at his Fat Duck restaurant. Laboratory analyses of swabs from cookers and food samples, along with further tests on chefs and waiters, are due to be released ...
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    Coffee Wars: Starbuck versus McDonald's

    Coffee Wars: Starbuck versus McDonald's
    McDonald's, Starbucks Take Coffee War to National Ad Battlefield CHICAGO _ On Tuesday, McDonald's begins a massive advertising blitz to persuade customers to associate its famous "Mc" prefix with fancy coffee. Meanwhile, coffee king Starbucks has launched its own ad assault. McDonald's foray into specialty coffee _ caramel cappuccinos and the like _ is its biggest product launch since breakfast in ...
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    Dom DeLuise, actor, comedian and chef, dies at 75

    Dom DeLuise, actor, comedian and chef, dies at 75
    LOS ANGELES - Dom DeLuise, the portly entertainer and chef whose affable nature made him a popular character actor for decades with movie and TV audiences as well as directors and fellow actors, has died. He was 75. Agent Robert Malcolm said DeLuise died about 6 p.m. Monday at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica. Malcolm said the family did ...
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    Jamie Oliver's New Computer Cookbook

    Jamie Oliver's New Computer Cookbook
    I own a signed first edition of Jamie Oliver's debut The Naked Chef which, one day, I thought, ought to be worth a bit of money – perhaps when he's knighted? But these days I'm not so sure. Ten years on, there are Jamie jars of pasta sauce in the supermarket, Jamie pots and pans in John Lewis, Jamie's face on ...
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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 Fat Duck Reopens After Health Scare

    The Fat Duck Reopens After Health Scare
    LONDON - Lovers of snail porridge, mustard ice cream and jelly of quail, rejoice. Britain's most famous restaurant reopened Thursday, March 12, more than two weeks after it shut due to a mysterious outbreak of sickness that left 400 people reporting bouts of vomiting and diarrhea. That kind of bad publicity could kill an ordinary restaurant, but The Fat Duck and ...
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    The Ethical Chef?

    The Ethical Chef?
    What is a chef’s responsibility to their community and sustainability? When John Besh, chef of August, fed his city with rice and beans after Hurricane Katrina, he didn’t have to. He didn’t have to be the first to open after Katrina or rebuild other restaurants in his neighborhood. Judy Rodgers, executive chef and co-owner of Zuni Café, and Alice Waters, founder ...
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    Blumenthal Savaged by Health Watchdog

    Blumenthal Savaged by Health Watchdog
    Staff at the Fat Duck restaurant should not have been working when they were infected with the highly contagious norovirus, a Government health watchdog complained yesterday. In its first public criticism of the head chef and proprietor, Heston Blumenthal, the Health Protection Agency said it had identified "weakness" in the way his world-famous restaurant had dealt with ill staff, who should ...
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