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Where to Dine in Style This Holiday Season

From the slightly strange to the extravagant, there is surely no shortage of full-service dining options this holiday season. Adventurous and traditional diners, looking to celebrate Christmas Day or New Year’s in style, can find choices ranging from decadent prix fixe menus to belly dancers entertaining on a restaurant rooftop.

Winter Root Vegetables

Beets, carrots, potatoes: The usual suspects still reign on winter menus. But this year, we’re hearing more about celeriac, different types of turnips, and other less-common root vegetables as growers experiment with new and heirloom varieties.

Mission Chinese Food Will Serve Breakfast for Special Menu

Chef Danny Bowien, a James Beard: Rising Star Chef winner, is introducing breakfast for the first time at his Mission Chinese Food location in New York on December 18-20. The twist? Kellogg's cereal is the main ingredient of all the items featured on the innovative breakfast menu.

Looking Beyond Fish Sticks and Casseroles During Lent

Perhaps there will always be a place for fish sticks and tuna casseroles on those Friday’s during Lent. Those steadfast traditionalists, however, might want to stay away from The Oceanaire Seafood Room, a 13-unit brand stretching from San Diego to Miami.

Award-Winning Chef Mindy Segal Launches Marijuana Edible Products

Illinois medical marijuana patients will soon have a line of decadent chef-crafted products to choose from with the announcement of James Beard Award-winning Chef Mindy Segal's new edible line. Segal, owner of Chicago's acclaimed Hot Chocolate Restaurant, is the first high-profile chef to attach her personal brand to products in the cannabis industry.

Buffalo Wild Wings Adds its Own Special Sauce for Citrus Bowl

Entering its second year as a title sponsor of the Citrus Bowl, Buffalo Wild Wings unveiled a series of activations that aim to bring to life one of the longest running bowl games for fans attending, watching from a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant and following online or via mobile devices.

Debate Over Salt Spices Up Menus

Salt: It’s a crucial component of flavor enhancement, and the thing that keeps you reaching back in the bag for any stray fries that may have escaped your hopeful grasp the first time around. The spice has sparked both ancient conflicts and dinner table arguments, but starting this week, salt has been the source of a new battle between New York City restaurants and health officials.

Best Pairs

“The main thing is,” explains Sarah Marshall, “How do we make the food taste better?”Since becoming wine director at Oleana in Cambridge, Massachusetts, early this year, Marshall has been in the process of adjusting the restaurant’s beer menu to better support the Mediterranean-style fare.

Doubling Up

One of the hippest trends in bar menus as of late has been the appearance of chef-inspired drinks—usually a craft beer—exclusive to a particular restaurant through a partnership with a beverage producer.

2016 Restaurant Buyer’s Guide

Whether operators are looking to stock up on the essentials, from footwear to tableware, or seeking out the next breakthrough technology, this bountiful collection brings together a variety of the best products introduced into the restaurant industry over the last 18 months.

Red Lobster Introduces Bigger, Better Shrimp

Red Lobster announced the introduction of Bigger, Better Shrimp, which specifically increases the size of shrimp on Shrimp Scampi and lunch and dinner Shrimp Skewers, while also improving the preparation and presentation of these items.

FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar Brings Friendsgiving to Life with Themed Menu

It’s a meal that even Chandler would love.Whether or not that reference immediately jogs your memory, Taylor Shaver, the assistant general manager of the FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar in Minnesota, believes the restaurant’s unique holiday menu honors a broader theme than simple nostalgia—although fans of the hit TV show Friends might be a little more than ecstatic when they see the menu crafted by Executive Chef Dinesh Jayawardena in its honor.

Cracker Barrel to Serve 1.4 Million Meals This Thanksgiving Season

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store announced it expects to serve more than 1.4 million Turkey n’ Dressing meals during the nine-day Thanksgiving holiday period. Thanksgiving is Cracker Barrel’s busiest day of the year, and this year more than 70,000 Cracker Barrel employees will share their expertise in Thanksgiving with Americans looking to spend less time in the kitchen and more time with friends and family.