Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you s ... More >>
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Simon Hulstone and Heston Blumenthal have teamed up to create the menus that will be served to British Airways customers during the Olympics. [Eat Out] Chef shuffles at Jean Georges: Mark Lapico is now executive chef; the new chef de cuisine is Erik Battes; Joe Murphy is in charge of pastries ... More >>
Have you seen the extremely popular British period drama called "Downton Abbey"? It's all the rage right now. It won a Golden Globe! People are talking about it, watching it, DVR-ing it, weeping with joy and raising their glasses to it as we speak. And people and news organizations, which are bigger ... More >>
Daniel Boulud will indeed be opening a new restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto, as previously rumored. [Toronto Star] More on those in-flight American Airlines meals designed by Richard Sandoval and Marcus Samuelsson. [Chicago Tribune] Occupy Wall Street protesters are sitting o ... More >>
Kraft is recalling three flavors of Velveeta Shells & Cheese single-serve microwavable cups due to possible thin wire bristle pieces in the cups. [Chicago Tribune] In a widespread market survey, consumers ranked the Cheesecake Factory their favorite casual-dining restaurant for the second year in a ... More >>
Jamawn Woods, the creator of Soul Daddy, which was the winning concept on America's Next Great Restaurant but failed miserably weeks after opening, plans to reopen in his hometown of Detroit. [Nation's Restaurant News] Tyson is recalling about 131,300 pounds of ground beef after a family in ... More >>
McDonald's is changing its Happy Meals to include a serving of fruit or vegetable and fewer French fries. The new meals will begin to be rolled out in September and should be implemented nationally by April. [LA Times] Dickson's Farmstand is one of the high-end butchers providing grass-fed a ... More >>
A jury has found former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich guilty on 17 counts in his second trial for corruption, the Chicago Tribune reports. The jury delivered no verdict for two counts and one not guilty decision. Last August, he was found guilty of lying to the FBI, but the jury hung on a ... More >>
The Supreme Court decided in an 8-1 decision that police have the authority to break into your house if they suspect you're destroying drugs. The Chicago Tribune brings us part of Justice Alito's important decision: "'When law enforcement officers who are not armed with a warrant knock on a door, th ... More >>
Thieves broke into a Chicago beauty supply store on Easter and made off with almost $80,000 worth of human hair. The Tribune reports that the robbers pried open a metal door at the shop's rear and targeted the most expensive brands of hair once inside. Jay Han, the owner of Beauty One, said t ... More >>
viaDid you win a Pulitzer Prize today? Us either. If you're from the Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald or The Tennessean, you also did not win, even though you were in fact nominated in the category of Breaking News Reporting. That $10,000 prize -- "For a distinguished example ... More >>
You know how when your phone rings and you're so excited to answer it because maybe you don't get phone calls all that often, and so you pick up, eagerly but outwardly cool, 'cause you're like that, and then you hear some muffled sounds and maybe something reminiscent of a gunshot or chairs b ... More >>
An English professor from Manhattan was forcibly ejected from an Upper West Side Starbucks after refusing to order her bagel "without butter or cheese," which she claimed was linguistically stupid. [NY Post] Fruits and vegetables are ripening early this year due to warm weather, likely leadi ... More >>
Chicago TribuneGet this: Chicago has adopted (ripped off!) New York's trademark subway car style -- you know, center-facing seats, overhanging straps, and the need to avoid obvious eye contact -- and, it seems, people are suddenly being a lot more polite to each other. The Chicago Tribune c ... More >>
Sean Hoard, a 23-year-old NYU grad and a member of Team USA at the 42BELOW Cocktail World Cup in New Zealand, shares the recipe for his winning Wellington Fizz, a vodka-based cocktail incorporating kiwi, passionfruit, club soda, and an egg white. [NY Daily News] Japan's popular wine manga se ... More >>
The man himself.The James Beard Foundation is announcing its James Beard Awards finalists via Twitter this morning. The list of chefs has just started rolling out (currently, regional finalists are being named), but the list of final nominees for the foundation's Media and Journalism Awards a ... More >>
Something called "Internet Media Corporation" is suing the Tribune Company (Chicago Tribune, etc.) for patent infringement. They claim the media company has stolen its "System for Providing Easy Access to the World Wide Web Utilizing a Published List of Preselected Internet Locations Together ... More >>
Celebrity chef Bobby Flay is up in arms about Cablevision dropping HGTV and Food Network. He recently twittered: "Bang away at Cablevision... can't believe there [sic] not showing Food Network," after the channels were dropped in a fee dispute with owner Scripps Network. [NY Post] An upstate ... More >>
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Charles, in Greenwich Village, has announced that Jason Zukas will take over for executive chef Kristine Mana-ay while she's on maternity leave. Zukas has cooked at Andre Balazs's Sunset Beach on Shelter Island, and was a contestant on Chopped. [Grub Street] Dennis Foy now owns the Lawrence ... More >>
Mac 'n' cheese is the new hipster food around New York and Los Angeles, and has even spawned a couple mac-'n'-cheese boutiques: S'MAC in the East Village and its newish rival, Macbar in Soho. [Wall Street Journal] Restaurateurs who once kept close tabs on Frank Bruni will be doing the same w ... More >>
--Bob Dylan is considering becoming the voice of a car navigation system. On the latest episode of his satellite radio show Theme Time Radio Hour, Dylan said: "I am talking to a couple of car companies about being the voice of their GPS system. I think it would be good if you are looking for ... More >>
McDonald's has a new burger on the menu, the first new permanent item since 2001. The Angus Third Pounder--which comes in Deluxe with American cheese, lettuce, and tomato; Bacon & Cheese; and Mushroom & Swiss varieties--seems to be competing with Burger King's Steakhouse Burger and other beefier bur ... More >>
Hmmm, does the Obama administration have a problem with the watchdogs assigned to keep an eye on federal agencies? We ask because the Chicago Tribune is reporting that Obama's Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner [pictured] is embroiled in a dispute with an inspector general overseeing the government fin ... More >>
Each year at graduation time, we often wonder if anything has changed about the ancient commencement rituals, besides the substitution of one Clinton for another and, of course, sexting. One thing that seems to be passing is the college yearbook: the Chicago Tribune says Purdue and Loyola are among ... More >>
Who says capitalism is dead? The Times talks to people connected with the savings and loan bailout of 1989 whose expertise makes them invaluable during the current one(s) and who hope, with great reason, to see their colleagues and themselves profit by it. "It is a good time to be me," says John L. ... More >>
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