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Richard Blais’ HD1 Opens in Atlanta

Boasting a disposition as fresh as the fare itself, HD1 will offer an approachably modern take on America’s most beloved sausage – the hot dog – in the heart of Atlanta’s Poncey-Highland neighborhood.

Darden Supports Michelle Obama, Cuts Calories

Darden Restaurants Inc., operator of the Olive Garden and Red Lobster dining chains, agreed to work with the Partnership for a Healthier America to cut calories and salt in its meals.Darden will reduce calories and sodium by 10 percent in the next five years at its six different restaurant chains, Rich Jeffers, a company spokesman, said today in an interview.

Guy Fieri Headlines Santa Monica Brew B’Que

Celebrity chef and Food Network all-star Guy Fieri will host an afternoon of sunshine, BBQ, beer, and live music at Brew B'Que on Santa Monica Pier as part of Los Angeles Food & Wine, a four-day epicurean experience celebrating the very best in L.

On the Lamb: Chefs Face Off in NYC

On September 25, the American Lamb Board, in partnership with Share Our Strength, will bring four culinary kings and their winning dishes from four U.S. cities to New York for the ultimate baaa-ttle.Hosted by Chef and Food Network personality Amanda Freitag, Lamb Jam Masters will offer lambtastic tastes with local beer and wine pairings from Foggy Ridge Cider, Harpoon, Paso Robles, and Washington Wines.

Foodservice Associations Making Their Mark

The foodservice industry is served by a plethora of associations, which cover virtually every aspect of the business. In recent years, many of these groups have been challenged by the sputtering economy, but so far have weathered the storm.

NRA Offers Hurricane Readiness Tips to Restaurants

The National Restaurant Association ( is offering its members and the restaurant community at large the following tips to prepare for Hurricane Irene in at-risk areas on the East Coast.

Davanti Enoteca Brings Slice of Italy to San Diego

Scott Harris, the mastermind behind the wildly successful Chicago-based family of Francesca’s Restaurants, has brought his rustic Italian cooking to the Little Italy neighborhood of San Diego. Located at 1655 India St.

Oprah's Chef Brings Southern Concept to Atlanta

Acclaimed chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author Art Smith will open the doors to Southern Art and Bourbon Bar, his first restaurant and bar concept in the Southeast, on Monday, September 26, 2011. Smith’s anticipated debut in the heart of Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood will combine a hip, urban eatery with classic Southern charm.

Chef Gastón Opens Peruvian Restaurant in NYC

Chef Gastón Acurio, the globally-renowned Peruvian chef with 29 restaurants around the world, will open his first New York City restaurant in September. La Mar Cebicheria Peruana will be located at 11 Madison Ave.

Why Matchbox’s Small Business is on Fire

Perry Smith understands how to grow a brand.Nearly ten years ago, four men sat down to talk about opening a restaurant in Washington, D.C. Smith, Drew Kim, and brothers Mark and Ty Neal had expansive ideas about brands – pizzas from custom-made ovens, upscale diners, hot dogs piled with nuclear green relish – but the mood in the capital was uncertain.

Fancy Food Show Sets Donation Record

The 57th Summer Fancy Food Show in Washington, D.C., ended on a high note when exhibitors broke records by donating 153,000 pounds of specialty foods and beverages to area residents in need.Food News Media’s Editorial Director, Blair Chancey, attended the Fancy Food Show last month! Read about her experience here.

Culinary Stars Sizzled During Veggie U Celebration

The 9th Annual Veggie U Food and Wine Celebration commanded a crowd of record breaking numbers on July 16. The annual benefit for the children’s education program had culinary greats on the grounds to mingle with guests, offer up cooking demonstrations, and give a packed-house panel discussion on sustainability.

Pub Fare Ain't What It Used To Be

Savvy pub operators nationwide have discovered a simple formula that boosts the bottom line: Serve better food and sell more beer, wine and whiskey.These days, made-from-scratch dishes are commonplace in pubs, and the bar has decidedly been raised when it comes to the talent in the back of the house.

Two-Day Conference Covers Restaurant Investing

Private equity investors active in the restaurant space are invited to attend an inaugural conference that will cover the complete deal cycle - from locating the best investment opportunity to maximizing the value on a sale.

Heard on the Grapevine: Flan Recipe Wins Contest

An innovative approach to using fresh grapes from California gave the winning edge to Elijah Gurman of Eden Restaurant, South Beach, Florida, in a nationwide foodservice recipe contest.Gurman was awarded $1,500 in the California Table Grape Commission’s Foodservice Recipe Contest for his Grape Fennel Flan.