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  • Apr 22, 2013
    blog

    The Hazards of Social Media Engagement 1

    As one university dining department discovered, engaging with young customers on social media can prove irresistible to would-be comics and hackers....More
  • Apr 15, 2013
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    Don't Believe Everything You Read...  

    University study suggests obesity surveys can be skewed by self-reporting....More
  • Mar 27, 2013
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    Picky Eaters and 'Pale Food'

    In this recent article in The New York Times, the author describes the eating habits of her 4-year-old daughter: "anything carb-heavy, creamy and unchallenging, preferably anchored by pasta, bread or rice."...More
  • Mar 25, 2013
    Commentary

    Crisis Management in a Social Media World  

    Dining Services at the University of South Florida responded quickly to what is an increasingly pervasive issue for campus dining departments: a Facebook post allegedly showing a photo of an undercooked (in fact, nearly raw) piece of chicken supposedly served in one of its dining halls....More
  • Feb 5, 2013
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    In Defense of Tuna Casserole 1

    Had I taken it too far? Last week, I sent an email to a few of my favorite onsite chefs to see what they thought about tuna casserole. I wrote: "So I’m working on a story for the March issue about what new and exciting ways you could make, say, a tuna casserole? It’s a great comfort food and economic, too, right? I’d like to hear your thoughts on this and possibly interview some of you and/or a chef from your organization."...More
  • Jan 16, 2013
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    Big Fish Story

    Some news reports simply don't make sense, at least to me. One recent one, reported by the Associated Press, indicated that a 489-lb. bluefin tuna recently sold for 155.4 million yen in Japan, which is about $1.7 million here, according to the article. Let's do the math....More
  • Jan 7, 2013
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    Farm to Table Fatigue? Try Farm to Disco!

    Farm to table? Great, but maybe a little predictable. I came across this very cool idea at Eater.com today: Farm to Disco! It's an event that's taking place in Austin, TX, and it's billed as "a night of glitz, glam and fondue."...More
  • Nov 29, 2012
    Commentary

    A Tough (Butter)nut to Crack

    Cutting up and skinning a butternut squash is kind of like carving a pumpkin. But a pumpkin is easier! Cutting the sillhouette of a witch and her cat into the pumpkin included. Sometime between Halloween and Thanksgiving, I decided it was time to face my fear and try to make something out of this mysterious squash....More
  • Nov 14, 2012
    Commentary

    Bloomberg Speaks

    Observations by Mayor Mike Bloomberg on soda regs, calorie postings, and more....More
  • Oct 29, 2012
    Commentary

    Are Carrots the New Kale? 1

    Carrot tacos, carrots roasted in salt like a whole fish, carrots slathered with mole poblano, and carrot salads of all kinds are all uprooting the idea that the humble root vegetable isn't a star....More
  • Sep 26, 2012
    Commentary

    Pro (Good) Choice

    Is a prohibition against bad choices consistent with liberty?...More
  • Sep 7, 2012
    blog

    Cutting School Meal Calories (Without “Permission”) 1

    The New York Times has reported that some City school meals probably had too few calories. Foodservice directors will not be surprised....More
  • Sep 5, 2012
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    Surprising Tips for Grilling Veggies 2

    It’s that harvest time of year. Back to school, Friday night lights, the first bite of autumn in the air, zucchini, peppers, onions and fennel still growing in the garden… Good thing grilling can be a part of autumn too....More
  • Aug 24, 2012
    Commentary

    A Fat Lot of Good?

    "Is Sugar Toxic?" That was the provocative title of an article on the CBS News website a while back. The article was part of an ongoing meme in the popular press debating the merits of sugar. It's sort of an outgrowth of the debate over sweeteners like High Fructose Corn Syrup, which has been fingered as a prime culprit in the national obesity epidemic. Now it seems, its more traditional cousin, plain old sugar, is being caught in the guilt by association net as well....More
  • Aug 22, 2012
    Commentary

    Some Real Insight into Social Media Strategy

    Fast Company magazine offers a "roadmap" to social media in its September issue that is both entertaining and instructive....More
  • Aug 21, 2012
    blog

    Pin to Table: Cooking in a Digital World

    My initial criticisms of Pinterest (an online bulletin board) before I joined were the same as everybody else’s: It’s just pictures of clothes I’ll never wear, decorating ideas I’ll never do and food I’ll never cook....More
  • Aug 15, 2012
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    The Price Is Right—But Just for You... 1

    Increasingly sophisticated marketing technology targets consumers through their behavior histories...More
  • Aug 8, 2012
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    The Science of Salt, Fat and Cheese

    As hard as researchers have tried, it's been exceedingly difficult to take the fat and salt out of quality cheese without ruining its flavor and other key characteristics....More
  • Aug 8, 2012
    blog

    Can You Find Your Lunch Customers Here?

    A humorous look at the lunchtime behavior of business dining types offered by Bloomberg BusinessWeek....More

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