January 15, 2013 While underground dinners may seem like old hat to some, a handful of startups are betting the concept is just beginning to take off. But many supper clubs are still more expensive than the average restaurant meal, which may limit the market.
December 10, 2012 The latest addition to the field of smartphone apps that help people eat responsibly is designed for diners who care about the plight of the people who prepare and serve the meals. The restaurants were rated on pay, sick days, and opportunities for advancement.
November 28, 2012 Despite good intentions, tracking food waste with a high-tech software system just didn't work for one of Mario Batali's exclusive restaurants. Restaurants waste about 10 percent of the food they buy, but getting that to change will require winning hearts and minds.
November 27, 2012 Food waste is a big problem — for public health, the environment and consumers. Chefs and restaurant owners seem like they'd be the least likely to waste food, and yet 15 percent of all the food that ends up in landfills comes from restaurants. Some restaurants are starting to take action.
March 13, 2012 Marilyn Hagerty's review of the new Olive Garden in Grand Forks, N.D., sparked snarky comments from big-city food bloggers. But she's got the last laugh. The 85-year-old grandmother is off to New York City to report on dining options there.
March 8, 2012 Mario Batali needs to keep his hands out of the tip jar, according to his waitstaff. The celebrity chef and restaurateur, along with a business partner, have agreed to pay $5.25 million to more than 100 former workers who say the owners kept some of their tips.
February 3, 2012 At the Fife and Drum Restaurant, located in a Massachusetts minimum-security prison, inmates learn to cook and wait tables. Regulars praise the tasty lunches served up at bargain prices. Prison officials say such job training reduces the chances prisoners will re-offend.
December 30, 2011 From chi-chi restaurants to chains like Jamba Juice, beets are appearing on restaurant menus around the country. But one scientist says beets could be even more popular, so he's studying the compound that gives beets their distinctive flavor.
December 29, 2011 What's not to love about a meatball? Restaurateurs are discovering these thrifty orbs as a comforting cure for hard times.
December 3, 2011 Does your favorite restaurant give its employees a living wage, or paid sick days? A new guide points consumers toward restaurants with the most employee-friendly business practices.
November 7, 2011 Grease rustling is on the rise, as thieves make off with used restaurant grease. The goo left over from deep-fat frying is prized on the biofuels market. As fuel prices go up, so does the price of recycled grease.
September 15, 2011 The company has pledged to reduce its calorie and sodium footprints with a goal of 10 percent reduction over the next five years and 20 percent in the next decade. It says its restaurants will also downsize meal portions.