Andy Ricker talks to the Times on how his foreignness helps him learn traditional recipes from Thai chefs: "On one level, that means they may have an easier time with the language -- telling the story of their food, or knowing how to make obscure dishes sound sexy in menu descriptions." [NYTimes]
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Chef shuffles and kerfuffles this week:
Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich have agreed to pay $5.25 million to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of their restaurants' employees who claimed that the owners deducted the equivalent of 4 to 5 percent of the total wine sales from the tip pool and pockete ... More >>
The bavette cacio e pepe is killer at Lupa.
When Lupa opened on October 1, 1999, it was the third restaurant for Mario Batali, and the second he'd started with partner Joseph Bastianich, following closely on the heels of Babbo. But Lupa was different.
Pop!The Times has an interesting article today comparing the restaurant industry to the real estate and financial sectors--there was a bubble, and yes, it burst. The article cites New York Department of Labor stats that show the restaurant industry gained 50,000 jobs in the last seven years, only to ... More >>