5@5 - Restaurateur Jason Denton
September 10th, 2010
05:00 PM ET
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5@5 is a daily, food-related list from chefs, writers, political pundits, musicians, actors, and all manner of opinionated people from around the globe.

Jason Denton, who started with but a wee panini press and only 400 square feet of space, now boasts an Italian small plate empire - his restaurants 'ino, 'inoteca, 'inoteca liquori and corsino are all located in New York City. Oh, and he also helped our pals Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich open up the still consistently packed Lupa Osteria Romana back in 1998.

Now, the restaurateur is giving us a kick into the weekend from Italy's boot. You know what they say: It's not the size of the plate ...

Five Tips for Constructing the Perfect Antipasti Platter: Jason Denton

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September 10th, 2010
04:30 PM ET
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Scorpacciata is a term that means consuming large amounts of a particular local ingredient while it's in season. It's a good way to eat, and it's a word we love to use 'round these parts.

We asked Chef Mario Batali - an active practitioner of this philosophy - to explain why eating locally is in such great taste.

And seriously, we could just sit there and listen to him pronounce "scorpacciata" all darned day long.

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Will China give tequila a shot?
September 10th, 2010
03:00 PM ET
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Hong Kong, China (CNN) - When Armando Rojas and a group of tequila entrepreneurs founded a boutique distillery for premium tequila in 2008, their sights were set on high-rolling neighbors to the north to snatch up their exclusive $70-a-bottle brand.

"We started, like many people, looking towards the U.S., tequila's natural market," Rojas told CNN.

But the makers of Los Valores tequila didn't count on the Great Recession drying the thirst of U.S. tipplers for top-shelf spirits. So instead of looking north, Rojas and his partners are placing their hopes on drinkers in the east.

As China has become the world's largest market for automobiles and beer, and has a skyrocketing wine market, Mexican distillers are hoping to educate Chinese consumers on the joys of tequila.

CNN Business has the FULL STORY

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September 10th, 2010
02:00 PM ET
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September 10th, 2010
01:45 PM ET
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U.S. troops in Afghanistan may soon get their burgers back.

Army Command Sgt. Maj. Marvin Hill, who took over as the senior non-commissioned officer in Afghanistan this month, told Stars and Stripes on Thursday that he was reversing a ban on fast food concessions such as Burger King and Kentucky Fried Chicken that had been instituted earlier this year.

“For troops to be able to go and grab a burger or a piece of chicken or whatever, I don’t really think it’s that bad,” Hill told Stars and Stripes.

The concessions ban had been put in place by Gen. Stanley McChrystal in February as the military was boosting its troop strength in Afghanistan. McChrystal said the concessions took up space on bases and in supply lines.

“This is a war zone – not an amusement park,” McChrystal’s senior NCO, Sgt. Maj. Michael Hall, said at the time.

CNN Wires has the FULL STORY

Previously - Make the Best. Burgers. EVER.

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