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Tag Archives: Restaurant

• 10 Tips For Crashing Aspen’s Sold-Out Food & Wine Classic

10 Tips For Crashing Aspen’s Sold-Out Food & Wine Classic

The FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen has been sold out for a while now (sorry, procrastinators), and let’s be honest, the swanky festival’s early-bird pricing of $1,350 is out of reach for many. But if you’re just dying to see what the ultimate culinary event of the year looks like, don’t fret. Curbed Ski […]

• Wine Spectator 2014 Restaurant Awards names best wine lists

Wine Spectator 2014 Restaurant Awards names best wine lists

California’s wine country may be to the north of Los Angeles, but there are plenty for local wine lovers to celebrate. According to Wine Spectator, there are dozens of restaurants in the area — from downtown L.A. to Pasadena and the South Bay — offering deliciously diverse wines. Wine Spectator’s 2014 Restaurant Awards, which highlights […]

• Here’s how not to stress when interacting with a sommelier

Here’s how not to stress when interacting with a sommelier

Just what is a sommelier and how do you use one? It’s important if you’re having dinner in an elegant restaurant with your boss, future in-laws or new squeeze you’re trying to impress. It can be stressful if you let it. So don’t let it. First, it’s pronounced SAHM-el-yay. These days it’s often shortened to […]

• Cocktail glass half empty: Drink sales stumble

Cocktail glass half empty: Drink sales stumble

We’re bellying-up to the bar less — and bars and restaurants are feeling the pinch more. Last year, consumers at bars and restaurants cut back on their orders of alcoholic beverages by 1.3%, and that trend continues into 2014, according to a just-released study by Technomic, a food-service industry research firm. “Consumers pulled back on […]

• This Bar Will Ban Tipping And Just Pay A Living Wage

This Bar Will Ban Tipping And Just Pay A Living Wage

The Public Option is a new brewpub that will be open in Washington, DC by late summer or early fall. But according to the Washington City Paper, it will also be unique: it will ban customers from tipping and instead simply pay its workers a living wage. Owner Bill Perry will pay workers at least […]

• Whatta job! NY liquor inspectors drink up on taxpayers’ tab

Whatta job! NY liquor inspectors drink up on taxpayers’ tab

State Liquor Authority inspectors jokingly referred to the practice of racking up big booze and food bills while checking that eateries weren’t violating liquor laws as ‘f—ing the duck,’ referring to stealing from taxpayers, according to an agency insider. One Cosmopolitan cocktail might be good enough for fans emulating ‘Sex in the City,’ but 10 […]

• Got $$$?! Spain’s elBulli wine cellar to be sold at auction

Got $$$?! Spain’s elBulli wine cellar to be sold at auction

More than 8,800 bottles of wines from the cellar of Spain’s world-renowned elBulli restaurant will be auctioned in Hong Kong and New York next year in sales that could exceed $1 million, Sotheby’s said on Wednesday. The award-winning restaurant, headed by celebrated chef Ferran Adria for 27 years, was regarded by many as the best […]

• Should a Wine List Educate or Merely Flatter You?

Should a Wine List Educate or Merely Flatter You?

PICTURE yourself on a first visit to a new restaurant. It could be French, Greek, Spanish, even American, specializing in the cuisine of any country with a wide-ranging wine industry. You place your order, maybe asking a waiter to describe some dishes to help decide. Then you look at the wine list, dozens of choices […]

• What do Americans spend on alcohol?

What do Americans spend on alcohol?

The amount we spend on beer, wine and spirits hasn’t changed much in 30 years, but where we spend it has. What percentage of your spending goes toward booze? If you’re an average American consumer, 1% of your spending is dedicated to beer, wine and spirits — or about $1 of every $100, NPR reports, […]

• Pairing Cocktails With Food. Yes.

Pairing Cocktails With Food. Yes.

As cocktails have moved toward center stage at many restaurants and nightspots, both restaurants and their customers have been looking to pair cocktails with food. The trick is to compromise the taste of neither the drink or the dish, says Dave Arnold, who opened Booker and Dax bar in New York City with Momofuku chef […]

• Italian beers next on the craft beer scene

Italian beers next on the craft beer scene

For a glimpse of where craft beer in American restaurants may be headed, scan the beer list of Alla Spina, the new Philadelphia dining spot that showcases distinctive, hard-to-find Italian craft beers and rustic Italian-style bar food. The month-old gastropub is surprising patrons with Italian brews that show complex nuances of myrrh, juniper berries, citrus, […]

• Boston: Bacon & Beer Festival: Get Your Tickets!

Boston: Bacon & Beer Festival: Get Your Tickets!

ZOMG! Bacon and Beer week is Back! BostonChefs.com and Eat Boston have joined forces again with some of Boston’s best restaurants to bring some seriously wild bacon and beer pairings to this city for one week only. Other fun happenings that week include a Bacon and Beer Harbor Cruise, Bacon and Beer Festival and a […]

• White Castle giving sales of beer and wine a shot

White Castle giving sales of beer and wine a shot

Want a beer with that slider? Or how about a red house wine with some onion chips? White Castle is testing beer and wine sales at its Lafayette, Ind., store as the Columbus-based hamburger chain considers a range of options that might be added at its restaurants. The Lafayette location is a dual-concept restaurant that […]

• Alcohol sales projected to rise just a bit in 2012

Alcohol sales projected to rise just a bit in 2012

Bars and restaurants can look forward to slightly higher sales of alcoholic beverages next year, according to a forecast by Technomic Inc. “While the underlying recovery in bars and restaurants remains fragile, we’re starting to see consumers return to having a drink or two while they’re out,” David Henkes, vice president of Technomic, said in a […]

• Not about booze, but newsworthy: The French Laundry pop-up in Harrods

Not about booze, but newsworthy: The French Laundry pop-up in Harrods

The French Laundry will bring a taste of US fine dining to the UK this autumn with a pop-up restaurant at Harrods. Opening on 1 October for just 10 days, the collaboration will see the London luxury department store’s fourth floor Georgian Restaurant transformed, bringing in the French Laundry tableware and staff to complement the […]