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Providence to host personal chefs' convention

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — When the 2016 Personal Chef Conference begins a four-day annual convention at the Omni Providence Thursday, the 100 attendees will …

Rhode Island

Kitchit to Potentially Cease Operations in June

The personal chef service started in San Francisco four years ago<p>June may be the end of <b>Kitchit</b>, the personal chef booking platform that started in San Francisco four years ago. Despite raising $8.1 million, Kitchit has reportedly run out of funding.<p>"Like many startups in our proximity, Kitchit is …

San Francisco Bay Area

Restaurants Are Feeling Ripped Off by Food Delivery Services


Thousands Of Independent Restaurants Are Closing As Chains Expand

The number of independent restaurants in the U.S. shrank by 7,100 between fall 2014 and fall 2015, new research shows.<p>Americans are increasingly choosing chain restaurants over their independent counterparts, despite all the hype over locally-cultivated foodie-ism, new research shows.<p>Restaurant …


Wine Hack Book: Education that Starts with Your Mouth Not with Your Head

Have you ever read a wine description in a newspaper review or a food and wine magazine and immediately hated the author?<p><b>“Aromas of cumquat, Florence</b> …

Food & Dining

5 Refreshing Cocktails to Get You Into Spring

Spring is perhaps the most pleasant of the four seasons. It's when Mother Nature shakes off her mantle of snow and gets back to growing. New life is found all around us, and plants transition from the depressing shades of grey found in winter, to lush greens and pastels.<p>For those of us in the …


Extreme Veggie Bolognese Sauce

When a kid says that they can't eat broccoli or peppers because their hair will fall out (we have honestly heard this one before), we shouldn't accept this as an answer. We run the show, remember? Not our little ones! The most common way for solving for this problem is to sneak the vegetables in by …


Airbnb Wants to Offer More Than Just Home Rentals

To become a one-stop shop for vacation planning<p>Airbnb wants to expand its offerings beyond home rentals by providing customers with a full-experience vacation. Think personal chefs, restaurant reservations, art gallery tours, or bicycle rentals.<p>The push is part of CEO Brian Chesky’s plan to expand …


7 French Food Words You Need To Know

Classic French menus are chock-full of foreign lingo. Even sophisticated diners are bound to stumble upon a few ingredients or preparation techniques that leave them scratching their heads. Want to make sure you fly through your next French meal with flair? Check out the top terms you're sure to …

French Food

12 Actually Delicious Ways To Cook With Spam

Every so often a food trend comes along that seems so crazy it just might be awesome. Right now, that buzzy ingredient is Spam. Yep, renowned chefs are incorporating the Hawaiian staple into fancy tasting menus alongside snootier foods. Since we're all about getting in on a trend while it's hot, …


Eating These Snacks Before Bed Will Actually Help You Sleep Better

We're serious.<p>Need to sleep better? Try eating <b>right before bed</b>.<p>We're serious. We know, we know ... thanks to a lot of research on the topic, conventional wisdom says we <i>shouldn't</i> eat before bed, lest we gain weight and stay awake.<p>(Recent research suggests that people who ate their main meal of the …


Bella Coffee Maker Targets Grown-Up Millennials

Bella Housewares made a splash in 2013 with a line of products specifically intended for millennials, and its coffee makers included such series as …


Movie-Themed Drinks To Toast With At Your Oscars Party This Year

Cheers.<p>As you get ready to walk the red carpet (from the comfort of our living room sofas) at your Oscars party this year, here's a roundup of delicious cocktails to sip, themed after each of the films nominated in the Best Picture category.<p>From a Martian-esque tequila sunrise ("The Martian") to a …


People Have An Odd Craving For Pineapple During The Oscars, According To Data

Who knew?<p>If you're planning an Oscars party and you don't want your guests secretly ordering out, you'd be smart to include some pineapple on your table.<p>According to data released this week by Grubhub, which evaluated the most popular dishes ordered last year during the Oscars, the most popular …


5 Delicious Recipes To Satisfy Your Peanut Butter Cravings

Do you love peanut butter? From the best peanut butter cookies <i>ever</i> to a spot-on copycat of CPK's Thai Peanut Dressing, you'll want these peanut butter recipes in your life forever.<p><b>1. Chunky Peanut Butter Cookies</b><p>If you've been searching for the perfect peanut butter cookie, look no further. This …


How Eating More Slowly Can Help You Lose Weight

Many people eat their food fast and carelessly.However, eating slowly may be a much smarter approach.In fact, studies show that slower eating can …


NRA acquires National Registry of Food Safety Professionals

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Employee Hygiene and Handwashing in Retail Foodservice Establishments

Emplyee Hygiene | February/March 2016<p>Employee Hygiene and Handwashing in Retail Foodservice Establishments<p>By David Walpuck<p>In addition to the risk of …


Chicken Thighs


Nobody Uses Steak Sauce Anymore, Here's Why

By: <i>Dan Gentile</i><p>@dannosphere<p>Although it used to be a staple of any steakhouse table, these days steak sauce is like a condiment hybrid between a T-Rex and the type of bull that hangs out in China shops. It's nearly extinct, but when it does make an appearance, it destroys everything in its path.<p>At …


5 Tex-Mex Snacks That Are Super Bowl Party Must Haves

<i>BY BON APPETIT</i><p>The Monday after your Super Bowl party, will your friends be talking about who won the game? Possibly. That "controversial" commercial? Most likely. And how about <b>the</b> <b>chorizo-studded queso</b> they inhaled by the chipful? Definitely. This addictive Tex-Mex staple, from chef <b>Josef Centeno</b> of …


5 Easy Post-Holiday Cleansing Recipes

Hopefully by now we've mostly disconnected from the holiday glut. It was fun while it lasted (who doesn't love washing brownies down with egg-nog), but snapping out of it is sometimes easier said than done. Mid-January is also the time that those resolutions to eat healthy in the new year get a …


Why You Should Be Microwaving Lemons

If you're anything like us, it takes you about four lemons just to get the stupid half cup of juice your marinade calls for. Here's an easier way to get more from less.<p><b>What you need:</b> A microwave<p><b>What you do:</b> Pop a lemon in for 15 to 20 seconds, then remove it and let it cool for about a minute …


Beat The Winter Chill: 7 Comforting Soups And Stews

Little is more comforting on a cold winter day than a big bowl of hot soup or stew. From <i>Pasta e Fagioli</i> to <i>Beef Bourgignon</i>, these recipes will warm you and make you happy.<p><b>1. Pasta e Fagioli</b><p>Pasta e fagioli -- literally "pasta and beans" -- is a hearty and heartwarming Italian soup, perfect for a …


Comfort Food Lightened Up: 6 Heathy and Delicious Recipes

Imagine: comfort food without the guilt! From meatloaf to mashed potatoes, these recipes have been lightened up, but will still make you feel warm and satisfied.<p><b>1. Turkey Meatloaf</b><p>Meatloaf is the epitome of comfort food. This BBQ turkey version is hearty, flavorful and -- bonus -- low in fat. <b>GET THE</b> …


5 Ways to Eat Healthy-ish All Year Long

Mozzarella sticks. Onion rings. Cookies. Several pies. This is not holiday excess at it’s worst best, but rather a typical Wednesday for executive editor <b>Christine Muhlke</b> and food director <b>Carla Lalli Music</b>. As two of the editors who oversee the dozens of recipes we publish each month, Muhlke and …


5 Ways to Eat Pizza Without Eating Pizza

All the flavors of pizza without the actual pizza.<p>This week, mathematicians developed new, innovative ways to slice a pizza into crazy, curvy, swirling shapes. We’re impressed. But we have a few tricks up our sleeves, too. Here, five ways to eat pizza without actually eating pizza. Your move, …


Why founding a startup in your 40s beats doing it earlier

If someone says ‘startup founder’ to you, chances are that you’ll immediately think of a 21-year-old kid straight out of college, looking to change the world with a photo-sharing app.<p>While that stereotype is a stereotype for a reason (there are lots of people who fit that mold), there are plenty of …


14 Meals You Can Make with a Rotisserie Chicken

Some nights there just isn't time to roast a whole bird in your oven. What to do? Head to the market and pick up a rotisserie chicken. It's cheap, it's delicious and you can whip it up into just about anything. Here, 14 of our favorite recipes.<p><b>Avocado Chicken Salad. Get the recipe.</b><p><b>Chicken</b> …