Monthly Archives: September 2016

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USHG’s Chief Culture Office Erin Moran Explains How the Groundbreaking Parental Leave Plan Came Together

Source: Eater NY

Finding the connection between Danny Meyer’s no-tipping program and the new parental leave plan

This week, Danny Meyer’s company announced a parental leave plan that is uncommon for the restaurant industry. All full-time workers who have been employed within the company for a year or more will be offered 100 percent of their pay for the first four weeks after they become parents — when a child is born or adopted. For the four weeks after that, they will be offered 60 percent of their base pay. This leave plan applies to mothers, fathers, and committed domestic partners with ...

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Philly Craft Spirits Week Is Coming

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

As we’ve been saying, Philadelphia’s craft distilling scene is booming. In fact it’s getting its own week. Kicking off with Philadelphia magazine’s Whiskey and Fine Spirits Festival on Thursday, October 27th, Philly Craft Spirits Week runs through Friday, November 4th. Follow Foobooz (we’re a presenting sponsor) for more details as the week approaches.

But you don’t have to wait until the end of October to enjoy locally produced spirits. On Sunday, World Cafe Live is hosting Distilladelphia, a tasting event that will feature 19 local distillers.

Events happen at distillery tasting rooms every weekend. One of the more special events ...

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Bell Street Burritos open in Inman Park and other Atlanta restaurant and dining news from this week

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

The openings, closings, reviews and roundup from the past week that you should know about.

Restaurant openings and closings

Monday Night Brewing is building a second brewery on the Beltline

Seven Hens in Decatur, Sandy Springs closing to make way for new eateries

Twain’s brewer set to open Locomotion Brewery in Chamblee

Smoke + Duck Sauce a new spot for Asian barbecue in Cobb County

Bell Street Burritos open at Stove Works in Inman Park

First Look: Southern Bistro in Sandy Springs

Sublime Tree now open in Roswell

Want to get into the new speakeasy at City Winery? Here’s how

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The Great Eater NY Pizza Delivery Challenge

Source: Eater NY

Eater’s senior critic assembles the team for a taste test to determine Midtown’s best delivery pizza

It’s New York City, so everyone has a strong opinion about pizza. “I love salty cheese, and lots of it, so that no red shows” one colleague enthused, while another noted, “There should be a little sugar in the tomato sauce, but not too much.” Here, where pizza as we know it was invented, some obsess on the crust — whether it be crisp and paper thin or thick and squishy — while others prefer a nice dark sheen to the sauce and ...

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British Government Will Finally Crack Down on Big Desserts

Source: Grub Street NY

Britain appears to have declared a new war on gigantic custards, monster treacle tarts, oversize sponge cakes, and other obvious enemies of the state. According to the Times of London, the government just unveiled a plan yesterday in which restaurants, pubs, and cafés that don’t shrink …

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Lacroix-Alum Benjamin Moore Debuts His Seafood BYOB in Old City Tomorrow

Source: Eater Philly

Wister will return seasonal seafood to Old City

Benjamin Moore has worked in some of the country’s finest kitchens, under some of the country’s most talented chefs: Dan Kluger, Jon Cichon, Georges Perrier and Nick Elmi, to name a few. And after climbing the ranks in Lacroix’s kitchen to sous chef, Moore chose to open his own BYOB in Old City at 26 North 3rd Street, the old 26 North space. Wister will launch its “soft opening week” tomorrow, October 1, starting at 5 p.m.

“The idea behind the menu is to keep it small, but have it changing so ...

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A New App Gives Drivers Free Coffee If They Don’t Touch Their Phones

Source: Grub Street NY

Toyota, maker of cars with not-always-great airbags, has released a new safe-driving app in Japan that rewards drivers who avoid distracting activities with free coffee. Specifically, the company would prefer if you didn’t use your phone while you’re driving. So they invented an app that …

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Poste’s Gotham-Inspired Replacement, Dirty Habit, Debuts Tomorrow

Source: Eater DC

The “apocalyptic” bar is here

Hotel Monaco’s new restaurant opens this weekend.

In early August, hotel company Kimpton announced Dirty Habit would be replacing Poste, and the turnaround has been relatively quick for the new project.

Kimpton has described the space in Penn Quarter as having a “stylishly dark attitude” and and “edgy apocalyptic vibe.”  Chef Kyoo Eom, who oversaw Poste as well, has put together a shared plates menu with items like spicy tuna tartare, fried meatballs, roasted duck breast, hazelnut dacquoise, and coconut lime tarts.

Poste's Gotham-Inspired Replacement, Dirty Habit, Debuts Tomorrow

There will be a large atrium and patio, so fans of Poste’s ...

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16 Excellent Things to Eat, Drink, and Do in October

Source: Grub Street NY

It’s pretty much guaranteed that every month in New York offers a bewildering number of new dishes to eat, drinks to imbibe, and food-themed events to attend. It would be impossible to pack in every single thing each month, and the hardest part often is just figuring out what to …

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The Guy Who Wrote the Oscar Mayer Wiener Song Has Died

Source: Grub Street NY

Richard Trentlage, who wrote the Oscar Mayer Wiener song, died as a result of congestive heart failure on September 21 at the age of 87. The song debuted in a 1963 television ad, but proved to be an unusually enduring jingle and become synonymous with the hot-dog life. An adman …

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Pennsylvania’s First Halal Guys Opens Tomorrow in King of Prussia

Source: Eater Philly

Let the lines begin

Tomorrow, October 1, at 11 a.m., New York institution The Halal Guys will open their doors in King of Prussia at 150 West Dekalb Pike in the Valley Forge Shopping Center, and if you’re one of the first 200 people in line, you’ll get a free tee shirt. If you’re part of the first 100, you’ve got yourself a free entrée platter.

The menu is small — your choice of a platter or sandwich filled with grilled marinated chicken, beef gyro (sliced off a vertical spit), or falafel on a bed of seasoned rice, some vegetables, and pita. ...

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Pennsylvania’s First Halal Guys Opens Tomorrow in King of Prussia

Source: Eater Philly

Let the lines begin

Tomorrow, October 1, at 11 a.m., New York institution The Halal Guys will open their doors in King of Prussia at 150 West Dekalb Pike in the Valley Forge Shopping Center, and if you’re one of the first 200 people in line, you’ll get a free tee shirt. If you’re part of the first 100, you’ve got yourself a free entrée platter.

The menu is small — your choice of a platter or sandwich filled with grilled marinated chicken, beef gyro (sliced off a vertical spit), or falafel on a bed of seasoned rice, some vegetables, and pita. ...

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The Best Weekend Happy Hours in DC for Food and Drinks

Source: Washingtonian Food

Drinks and Eats

Thip Khao

3462 14th St., NW

If you’re looking for something different, try a great Laotian happy hour in Columbia Heights. Adventuresome dishes like mouth-searing rice noodle salad, fried pig’s ears, and grilled chicken hearts run $5 to $7. Wash it down with $3 Beer Lao, $6 wines, and $5 old fashioned.

When: Daily, 5 to 7.

Ghibellina

1610 14th St., NW

One of the better dining deals in town can be found at Ghibellina’s bar, where the kitchen’s fantastic thin-crust pies go for just $10 (normally around $17). Additional specials include $6 Italian cocktails, $5 wines, ...

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Wolfgang Puck Makes His Grand New York City Debut With the Opening of Cut

Source: Eater NY

Wolfgang Puck has locations of Cut in Los Angeles, London, Singapore, and Dubai. And now the celebrity chef is bringing his luxury brand to NYC, the steakhouse capital of the world. The restaurant is located in the tony Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown. The executive chef is Raymond Weber, who has worked for Puck for almost a decade. Like the other locations, the menu (see below) features high-priced beef from across the US and Japan that is grilled over hardwood and finished off in a 1200° broiler. Although Wolfgang spent some time in New York as a young chef, ...

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Last Chance For Brown Betty Cupcakes

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

If you have to close down a restaurant, you know what’s a pretty good reason? Because your partnership with Walmart and Patti Labelle is taking up too much of your time.

That’s exactly what’s happening with Brown Betty Dessert Boutique–the local bakery that’s been operating in Philly since 2004. A while back, they got hooked up with Labelle, who appreciated the quality of Brown Betty’s product (particularly the sweet potato pie and poundcake) and the fact that the bakery itself has been run by three generations of African-American women in Philadelphia. That partnership expanded until Brown Betty’s products were ...

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Chef Tyler Williams Has Big Ideas at Tap

Source: Eater Atlanta

It’s your weekly roundup of Atlanta restaurant reviews

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Wyatt Williams reviews Tap, which has recently seen a menu revamp under new chef Tyler Williams (no relation). It isn’t a starred review, but Williams says the former Abattoir and Woodfire Grill chef is bringing big ideas to the gastropub concept.

The large, nearly map-sized menu is clearly designed to please more than one master. There are the recognizable bar snacks — corn fritters, chicken wings, a meat and cheese plate — for the happy hour drinkers. There are the relatively light salad entrees, necessary to please ...

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Wister Opening in Old City

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

“I’m writing the menu around ingredients that are exciting me,” said chef Benjamin Moore. “Right now, that happens to be late summer produce and seasonal fish.” Moore was a sous chef at Lacroix and before that was at Le Bec-Fin, Wister represents his first executive chef position.

On October 1st, the Old City BYOB will open to the public. Wister replaces 26 North at 26 North 3rd Street.

The restaurant will change its menu often. So if you don’t go until November, you will probably miss the heirloom tomatoes puff pastry ($14) and the melon with elderflower ($14). The good news, ...

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