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Archived Since:June 30, 2009

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Corporate Executives Defend Their Ability to Run Olive Garden in the Most Boring Presentation Imaginable

Executed much more elevatedly. Last week, we learned about the activist investors from Starboard Value who seek to take away our unlimited breadsticks at Darden Restaurant Group's Olive Garden, owing to a notion that the in-house generosity is just food waste by another name. Show More Summary

6 Dishes From a ‘Weird Chinese Food’ Dinner That Mostly Just Sound Delicious

Shredded Pig Ears in Sesame Chili Sauce. Duck gizzards, pig ears, thousand-year eggs: all delicacies that China Blue co-owner Xian Zhang grew up eating in Shanghai, but that he says he'd never consider serving at his restaurant. That's why, last week, he hosted a "Weird Chinese Food" dinner to spotlight them. Show More Summary

Jack Daniel Drank His Whiskey One Way

How do you drink your Jack? On the rocks? Maybe with a splash of something? Probably not muddled with the leaf of a medieval-sounding herb. But that's exactly how Jack drank his. To all those who assumed that Mr. Daniel drank his whiskey neat - chin up. Show More Summary

Surge — the World’s Most Nineties Soda — Is Coming Back

Whoa. Coca-Cola today is rereleasing Surge, a drink that only existed from 1996 to 2003, meaning the last time you swigged it, you were wearing Tommy Hilfiger and listening to a mix CD. It's a random rerelease, but the company has its reasons: The internet, among them, is tops. Show More Summary

What to Eat at Marta, Danny Meyer’s Brand-New Pizzeria

Pomodoro Fresco: arugula salad, buffalo mozzarella, and heirloom tomatoes. Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group has officially opened Marta inside the Martha Washington hotel, where former Maialino chef Nick Anderer is cooking up an Italian-ish menu of super-thin pizzas, fried pasta "meatballs," beer-brined half-chicken, and short ribs. Show More Summary

Fall Fruit: 16 Spots to Hit If You’re Looking for Fresh Figs

Fig-spiked crème fraiche panna cotta at the Clam. The (almost) end of summer does carry one great perk: the start of fig season. And while the phrase "figs on a plate" may still carry a slight stigma, the appeal of this fruit when it's...Show More Summary

Pizza Hut Horrified Animal Lovers With Free Pets for People Who Bought Pizzas

That little guy isn't so sure about this deal. A Pizza Hut restaurant in Melbourne, Australia, says it made a huge mistake by putting up a sign intended to drum up business for a neighboring pet store. The chain restaurant actually advertised...Show More Summary

An Ice Cream Shop Rolled Out a ‘Big Straight Ice Cream’ This Weekend

We're almost sure the "passion fruit Greek yogurt" is just as lousy. Co-proprietors Bryan Petroff and Doug Quint of the super popular Big Gay Ice Cream Shop are now contending with an brash upstart, it seems, calling itself "Big STRAIGHT...Show More Summary

Restaurant Review: Surrender to Wilma Jean’s Southern Grub for Northern Palates

Wilma Jean Dr. Mary T. Bassett, the commissioner of New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, shouldn’t blame Robert Newton if Brooklyn’s collective cholesterol count suddenly skyrockets. Nor should she find him at fault if that borough is seized by a gout epidemic. Show More Summary

California Makes It Illegal to Sue People for Posting Nasty Yelp Reviews

Freedom of mean speech. With a swift gubernatorial pen stroke, California is now the first state to officially entitle Yelpers to be as nasty and brutish as they please — well, assuming it's not libelous stuff. Naturally, the proliferation...Show More Summary

Shake Shack and Doughnut Plant Unleash Limited-Edition Concrete

We'll take four. Shake Shack is doing its hippest product rollout of all time today, the Staple Concrete, which is a partially edible collaboration with Doughnut Plant and Staple Design. The edible part is the Shack's classic vanilla...Show More Summary

Tavern on the Green Finally Admits It Has a Problem

"I think they’re on a path to do fabulously well," says Katy Sparks. The long-in-the-works revival of Tavern on the Green, which at least had an auspicious springtime debut, has now lost Katy Sparks, the veteran New York chef who sought to imbue the iconic restaurant's menu with a locavore feel. Show More Summary

Activist Olive Garden Investors Want to Kill Unlimited Breadsticks

Gather ye breadsticks while ye may. The Never Ending Pasta Pass's instant popularity may have spawned a black market, but the viral, carbo-loaded stunt apparently failed to impress a group of investors apparently willing to sacrifice...Show More Summary

The Beckhams Party at Salvation Taco; Madonna Dines at Scarpetta

He went to Dover, too. This week, fashionistas and tennis champs broke from Fashion Week festivities and the U.S. Open, respectively, to eat out in the city. Martina Navratilova celebrated her engagement to Julia Lemigova at Catch, the...Show More Summary

Why Food Arts Closing Is a Major Loss for Chefs and Restaurant Lovers

RIP. Like a lot of people who follow restaurants, I'm upset that Food Arts magazine announced this week that it would cease publication. Much as Gourmet billed itself "the Magazine of Good Living," Food Arts was "at the Restaurant and Hotel Forefront." It was right there on the cover, and it was true. Show More Summary

Owner of PBR in Talks to Sell Company for Almost $1 Billion

Tha's a lot of suds. Big time food-industry investor C. Dean Metropoulos & Co. has been trying for six months now to cash in on its 2010 acquisition of Pabst Brewing Co., and The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that it may have a buyer. Show More Summary

Estelle Breaks From Fashion Week to Eat Doughnuts

"... I had a rosé wine, and a smoothie with alcohol. It was great." #wrap-wrap.jackDanielsSpot{display:none;} !+[sponsored-jack-daniels] "When I cook, I like to eat properly," says British songstress Estelle. "And I'm really set about...Show More Summary

A Japanese Chain Is Stuffing Doughnuts With Hot Ramen

It's really the ultimate convenience food. Japan already has ramen burgers to spare and doughnut burgers in spades. So maybe it should come as no surprise that this is what happens when one holds an internal contest asking employeesShow More Summary

Gordon Ramsay Decides Now’s the Best Time to Open an Atlantic City Restaurant

He'll show 'em how it's done. Looks like kitchen masochist Gordon Ramsay is ready for a new kind of nightmare with the announcement that he's going to Caesars in Atlantic City, where he'll presumably demonstrate how, exactly, one runs a proper casino restaurant. Show More Summary

America Hits the Pumpkin-Spice Saturation Point

This is what it's come to: Since Starbucks debuted the unbelievably popular coffee drink back in 2003, every fall season brings yet more products trying to capitalize on the PSL's success. This year is no exception. Here now, your guide to all sorts of pumpkin-spiced things currently on the market. Show More Summary

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