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G&G Noodle Bar Introduces New Lunch Menu

Chef Brian Pekarcik of G&G Noodle Bar announced a new lunch menu just in time for the warmer months ahead. With new appetizers, noodle bowls, and lunch combinations, diners will have plenty of new options for lunch downtown.

Chicago Restaurants Offer Specials for James Beard Eats Week

From April 22 to May 2, Chicago will celebrate James Beard Eats Week in recognition of the iconic American chef and the 26th Annual Awards gala that bears his name. To celebrate Eats Week, some of Chicago's best restaurants and eateries have created James Beard inspired dishes.

Worlds of Flavor Brings it All Home

On Fire is the theme of the 18th annual Worlds of Flavor conference hosted by The Culinary Institute of America, and scheduled for April 20–22 at the CIA Greystone campus in St. Helena, California.

Smyth Restaurant Presents The Feast of Five

The culinary trio at Smyth, Chefs Suzy Crofton, David Wolfe, and Alex Lyskowicz, located at The Iron Horse Hotel in Milwaukee, are hosting a collaborative guest chef tasting dinner, “The Feast of Five,” on May 5.

Olma Caviar Boutique & Lounge Offers a Taste of Caviar for Everyone

We tend to think of caviar as a luxury, available only to a select few. But Edward Eliachov has set out to change that. An experienced hospitality professional, Edward has created a caviar haven, a place where you can relax and taste a range of premium caviar in different forms, paired with Champagne, cocktails or chilled vodka.

Herons at The Umstead Hotel and Spa Debuts New Spring Menus

Signs of spring are all around at Herons, the Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five Diamond signature restaurant of The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, North Carolina, James Beard nominee and Executive Chef Steven Greene has introduced an exceptional lineup of breakfast, lunch and dinner menus that feature visionary infusions of the region’s fresh and vibrant produce.

The Umstead Hotel and Spa Hosts Cakebread Cellars Wine Dinner

The Umstead Hotel and Spa will put Napa Valley’s iconic Cakebread Cellars in the spotlight on April 19 for a special wine dinner event. Hand-picked wines by Sommelier Hai Tran will pair harmoniously with artisanal dishes prepared by Executive Chef Steven Greene.

Chicago Peruvian Restaurant Tanta Launches Lunch Service

Tanta, a Chicago premiere Peruvian restaurant located in the River North neighborhood, announced the launch of its new lunch program, offered Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Beginning May 2, Executive Chef Jesus Delgado creates a selection of never-before tasted Peruvian lunch dishes as part of the restaurant’s new service, which are also available for guests to enjoy on the indoor/outdoor rooftop dining space.

MAD Social To Launch Brunch Service on April 9

MAD Social, the first new restaurant from the Phil Stefani Signature Restaurants group in 14 years, is launching brunch on April 9. MAD Social, located at 1140 West Madison Avenue in Chicago, is a neighborhood spot that offers globally inspired fare, select wines and beers as well as classic cocktails with a MAD twist.

Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar Spices Things Up with Updated Menu

Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar is debuting a new menu that will take effect the last week of March.The restaurant will still offer their classic menu items including the Bad Ass Burger and the Bacon Cheeseburger on Steroids, but will also include some new additions.

Chef Jonathon Sawyer Teams Up with Mod Meals for Family Style Delivery

James Beard Foundation Award-winning Chef Jonathon Sawyer (The Greenhouse Tavern, Trentina, Noodlecat), announced his partnership with Mod Meals, the local farm-to-doorstep delivery service. Starting April 4, Clevelanders too busy to cook but wanting to eat right can have healthy meals hand-crafted by Chef Sawyer delivered straight to their door.

Colorful and Quirky

Emerging Chains ReportIntroductionSilver DinerEarls Kitchen + Bar The CowfishOpened: November 2013Locations: Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina; Orlando; AtlantaCo-founders Marcus Hill and Alan SpringateMarcus Hill and Alan Springate are taking the “one step at a time” approach to their restaurant sensation The Cowfish, which serves burgers, sushi, and—in true Dr.

Emerging Restaurant Chains Report

Emerging Chains ReportSilver DinerEarls Kitchen + BarThe CowfishIn the highly competitive restaurant industry, votes are cast in dollars and diner loyalty. Winning a guest for a one-time meal doesn’t position a brand for success; instead, chefs and operators have to create meaningful dining-out experiences with menus and hospitality that encourage guests to return frequently and regularly.

Polished Silver

Emerging Chains ReportIntroductionEarls Kitchen + BarThe Cowfish Silver DinerOpened: 1989, Rockville, MarylandCo-Founders: Bob Giaimo, president and CEO, Ype Von Hengst, executive chefLocations: 14 in Maryland, Virginia, and New JerseyAverage check: $14AUV: $3.

Red Robin Releasing Ramen Burger Nationwide

The ramen burger—the latest food frenzy to sweep New York and Los Angeles—is going national for the first time. Starting April 4, guests can line up at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews restaurants around the country to get a taste of the highly sought after culinary craze.