Fogo de Chão Announces New Menu Innovation for Spring Season

Fogo de Chão, the internationally renowned restaurant from Brazil, invites guests to experience its spring menu innovations and The Fogo $44, available in all U.S. locations and Puerto Rico. This spring, Fogo de Chão continues to innovate its seasonal offerings to suit all dietary tribes and to cater to its young, dynamic guest base of food explorers. The […]

Flynn Group Applebee’s Launch Cocktail in Honor of Solar Eclipse

Applebee’s locations owned and operated by Flynn Group LP, announced a new cocktail celebrating the highly-anticipated total solar eclipse taking place on Monday, April 8. Almost as perfect as the eclipse itself, the ‘Perfect Eclipse’ Margarita blends Patrón Premium Silver Blanco Tequila and Citrónge Orange Liqueur with a dash of Monin Blue Raspberry, Passion Fruit […]

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Michigan State University Hosts Wine Conference

Students in Michigan State University’s HB (Hospitality Business) 380 – Event and Meeting Planning Management, taught by Dr. Jeff Beck, will host a New Wine Fundamentals Conference at East Lansing’s Marriott University Place May 4 and 5. This two-day event will promote a better understanding and retention of fundamental wine information using a newly structured, […]

Trust Her Instincts: An Interview with Ris Lacoste

To say Ris Lacoste trusts her gut is probably an understatement. In a career spanning continents, coasts, and all sorts of culinary tastes, Lacoste has lived by the simple rule of instinct. It’s certainly served her well. Lacoste is one of the premier chefs leading the restaurant scene of the nation’s capital; first helping open […]

‘Tis the Season

Summer’s nearing, and while you may have already laid out plans for your warm-weather fare, something could be missing from your menu: seasonal beers. “If you’re a restaurant that’s seasonally changing your menu, you should also be seasonally changing some of your beers,” says Charles Bockway, whose website ( helps restaurants market and increase sales […]

Wine keg saves money, the environment and wine spoilage

The Great Oregon Wine Company has launched a single-use recyclable keg, which saves money for restaurants and is more eco-friendly than a wine bottle. The winemaker, based in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, now offers its 100% Willamette Valley pinot noir and pinot gris wines in the kegs. Each keg holds three cases of wine, or about […]

Pop-up Restaurant Will Feature Beer, Wine and Sake pairings

From Sunday, April 17 to Tuesday, April 19, Royal/T—Culver City’s eclectic art space and Japanese maid café—will host the next installment of David Haskell and chef Joseph Mahon’s nomadic “Magnum” culinary pop-up series for three evenings of inspired gastronomy and innovative wine, beer, and sake pairings. Combining Mahon’s French culinary prowess—honed by his time at […]

Granite City Food & Brewery Launches Retail Bottled Beer Line

Granite City Food & Brewery has launched a bottled beer line in retail stores outside its 26 restaurants throughout the Midwest. Through its patented beer processing system, Granite City has been developing and brewing handcrafted beers that are available throughout the region. Today, Granite City ranks as the sixth largest brewpub group in the U.S., with […]

Gastropub Comes to Philadelphia

Food and hospitality veteran Joe Varalli has opened a gastropub in Philadelphia. Varalli opened his first restaurant, Upstares at Varalli, 22 years ago at the age of 25 then established Sotto, the first seafood restaurant on the Avenue of the Arts in Philadelphia. Perch Pub will be located in the former Upstares location, which Varalli […]

Brewed to Perfection

There’s Abita Purple Haze and Magic Hat #9, Anchor Steam and Bell’s Hell Hath No Fury, Sam Adams Winterfest and Troegs Dreamweaver. These and hundreds of other craft and seasonal brews are being downed by Americans at an increasing pace, a trend noticed by more owners of pubs and restaurants. In fact, the continuing growth […]

Everyone Has Wine, But What About Wine Lights?

Suitable for homes, restaurants, hotels, and retailers, Meyda Lighting introduced Tuscan Vineyard Wine Bottle Chandeliers. Meyda Lighting is a Meyda Tiffany company and a manufacturer and designer of custom lighting and décor. Meyda Wine Bottle Chandeliers add personality and pizzazz to any interior. Each chandelier features 16 Chardonnay bottles that are suspended from a Copper […]

Craft Beers Bubble Over in Popularity

While spirits barely edged out beer as the most popular alcoholic beverage enjoyed by consumers between this year, the market has hardly fallen flat. According to latest research from Mintel, domestic beer is the clear favorite, followed by imported varieties; but 33 percent of all beer drinkers are drinking less imported beer because they’re drinking more […]

Cocktail Magic at the NRA Show

The National Restaurant Association will be searching for the country’s most creative cocktail at this year’s NRA show. The association will be running the Star of the Bar competition for professional and amateur mixologists at the 2011 International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event (IWSB), which is part of the show. The competition begins online with […]

Mushrooming Into Music

Atlanta-based pizza company Mellow Mushroom has launched a national promotion offering new menu items and the chance to win a VIP trip to Lollapalooza in Chicago. The Feed Your Head promotion runs March 7 through April 17. The limited-time menu includes seven new flavors of spring: The Hippie Dippy Trio, a sampling of Mellow favorites: […]

Get Green: NRA Says St. Patrick’s Fare Draws Diners

Pull out some stops for St. Patrick’s Day. It’s worthwhile, according to new research from the National Restaurant Association (NRA). More than one quarter of Americans say they plan to visit a restaurant or bar this St. Patrick’s Day. The research also shows that the majority of those consumers will either pick their favorite place—St. […]

Top Chefs at Pebble Beach Food & Wine

Tom Colicchio, Tyler Florence, Jacques Pepin, and Charlie Trotter will be just four of the top chefs featured at the fourth annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine 2011. The event, April 28 through May 1, will bring together more than 70 prominent chefs and 250 acclaimed wineries and distinguished winemakers for a number of events. […]

Fig & Olive Heads West

New York’s Fig & Olive kitchen and tasting bar is preparing to open its first West Coast location this month. The expansive 8,000-square-foot, split-level space will be located on Melrose Place in West Hollywood, California, capable of accommodating up to 300 diners. As in New York, meals will center around the refined flavors of the […]

Seasons 52 Heads Into Spring

Seasons 52 in Orlando, Florida introduced its spring menu. The restaurant is known for its seasonally inspired menu and fresh approach to dining. "Spring provides great ingredients and flavors that inspire our seasonal menu and allow us to showcase some truly unique recipes," says Cliff Pleau, senior director of culinary, Seasons 52. "You'll taste the flavors […]

Giant Brasserie with Intimate Alcove Comes to Vegas

Sugar Factory American Brasserie opened March 4 at the Paris Las Vegas. The 30,000‐square‐foot space houses an expansive restaurant, beer garden, retail store, and Chocolate Lounge. The sizeable dining room has a traditional French brasserie feel with intricate details and handmade art from local artists, accented by etched mirrors, black and white imagery, and brass […]

Hank’s Oyster Bar Doubles in Size

This May, Hank’s Oyster Bar in Washington, D.C., will double in size, expanding into a neighboring 1,800-square-foot space.  The expansion allows Hank’s to double the size of its popular outdoor patio with 40 seats for seasonal dining. The addition will feature the new Hank’s Bar and Lounge, which has a private dining room upstairs that can […]

P.F. Chang’s Launches Triple Happiness Happy Hour

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro has launched its Triple Happiness three-hour daily happy hour with drinks, dim sum, and street fare between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. The menu will feature all signature cocktails, including the Asian pear mojito and the Chinese 88 martini, for $6; beer, sake, and wine for $3 to $6; and a new […]

Restaurants Popular With Basketball Fans

One-fifth of American adults say they plan to visit a restaurant or bar, or order takeout or delivery from one, to watch the men’s national college basketball tournament this year, according to new research by the National Restaurant Association. And where they’ll prefer to gather for the games are eateries that offer special-price deals, and those […]

10 Trends that Shaped 2010

As the country began dragging itself from economic turmoil in 2010, which dishes and drinks did savvy food marketers and restaurant operators introduce to satisfy consumer needs? According to the Culinary Trend Mapping Report, a bi-monthly journal from Packaged Facts and the Center for Culinary Development (CCD), overall themes included Back to the Basics, Artisan […]

Everyone Has Wine, But What About Wine Lights?

Suitable for homes, restaurants, hotels, and retailers, Meyda Lighting introduced Tuscan Vineyard Wine Bottle Chandeliers. Meyda Lighting is a Meyda Tiffany company and a manufacturer and designer of custom lighting and décor. 
 Meyda Wine Bottle Chandeliers add personality and pizzazz to any interior. Each chandelier features 16 Chardonnay bottles that are suspended from a […]

Drinking is Happening More at Home than Out

Mintel research finds that more consumers are throwing back their glasses at home, instead of in bars or restaurants. Among alcohol drinkers, 90 percent consume alcoholic beverages at home, compared to 77 percent who drink outside the home. Furthermore, those surveyed consume almost twice the amount of drinks at home in an average month than […]

Think About the Drink at NRA Show

Wide-ranging solutions for more successful and profitable bar programs will be available to restaurant operators during the National Restaurant Association’s 2010 International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event (IWSB) at Chicago’s McCormick Place in May. In addition to exhibits by established and emerging wine, spirits, and beer producers from around the world and exclusive food-alcohol pairing […]

NRA Expects Surge in Alcohol Popularity

A National Restaurant Association survey of more than 1,800 professional chefs—members of the American Culinary Federation—reveals that alcohol has gained a firm foothold among top restaurant menu trends. According to the survey, locally produced wine and beer is the fifth hottest trend on restaurant menus in 2010, and culinary cocktails and artisan liquor both rank […]

NRA Announces What It Thinks Will Be ‘Hot’ in 2010

The National Restaurant Association’s annual survey of more than 1,800 professional chefs—members of the American Culinary Federation (ACF)—reveals that local sourcing of ingredients, sustainability, and nutrition will be the hottest trends on restaurant menus in 2010. Locally grown produce, locally sourced meats and seafood, sustainability, mini-desserts, and locally produced wine and beer top the list […]