Six ways customers tick off chefs
October 11th, 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.

If the name Ron Eyester rings a bell, it might be because we gave him and his @theangrychef tweets a little shout-out in our "Things we love" piece on Friday - right next to meat-themed shirts and pimento cheese.

Eyester is the executive chef and owner of Rosebud Restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia - and boy, do customers get his blood boiling on a good many occasion.

And while we might have promised Gripe Week was over on Friday, it is Monday - and we see that as reason enough to don our cranky pants and/or cranky apron once more for old kvetching time's sake.

Five Six Things Customers Do to Tick Off a Chef: Ron Eyester

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Blogger Spotlight: ButterLove&Hardwork
October 11th, 2010
02:30 PM ET
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Every so often, we're highlighting a local or regional blogger we think you ought to know about. We can’t be everywhere at once, so we look to these passionate eaters, cooks and writers to keep us tapped into every facet of the food world. Consider this a way to get to know a blog’s taste buds, because, well, you should.

Who: Chris Ford, of ButterLove&Hardwork
Where: Clifton, Virginia
Twitter: @bttrlovehardwrk

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Lunchtime poll – celebrity chefs
October 11th, 2010
02:00 PM ET
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I don't mean to brag or anything, but I totally have Paula Deen's used chewing gum sitting here on my desk. When the butter-chugging celeb chef stopped by CNN on Friday, she parked the sticky wad on an issue of her new magazine before going on camera. It wasn't until I went to flick what I thought was a kernel of popcorn into the trash that I realized I was in possession of this masticated marvel.

Nearby colleagues advised, "eBay!" (we sit near CNN Money, see), and I laughed off their suggestion until later that evening and into the next day, I saw people - reasonable, everyday, New Yorkers and Americans alike - pumping out greasy lucre to chow down quartered burgers and mini tacos while trying to catch a glimpse of Guy Fieri's frosted tips amidst the throng.

Box lunch
October 11th, 2010
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Baby got bac-teria. Restaurant high chairs have more germs than a public toilet seat. - parentdish UK

  • Esquire Magazine released its list of 2010's 20 best new restaurants. - Eater

  • Feast your eyes: Carl Warner's landscapes are made entirely from food.  - Guardian

  • These origins of food idioms might just be the apple of our eyes.   - Mental Floss

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A new wave of relief for Gulf Coast fishing families
October 11th, 2010
09:30 AM ET
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Chef Michel Nischan's Wholesome Wave initiative has been deeply rooted in the farming community since its inception in 2007, nurturing relationships between communities in need, and growers in search of local customers.

Now, Nischan tells Eatocracy, Wholesome Wave is partnering with New Orleans-based non-profit organization MarketUmbrella to offer food buying support, via a new program called MarinersMatch, to Gulf fishing families affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

The spill, which released over 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico from April 20th through its final sealing-off on September 19th, has had a tremendous economic impact upon the thousands of commercial fishermen, crabbers, oystermen and shrimpers who have long made their living from the Gulf waters. While areas remained unaffected, and BP has provided cleanup assistance jobs to some displaced workers, much of the community remains without a steady source of income.

MarinersMatch mimics Wholesome Wave's signature Double Value Coupon Program, which allows recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Electronic Benefit Transfer (SNAP EBT) or food stamps to receive double benefits when shopping at any of 160 participating farmers markets in 20 states around the nation. In this partnership with MarketUmbrella, a New Orleans-based organization devoted to growing the field of public markets for public good, the presentation of a valid fishing license and a photo ID will entitle the bearer to $40 worth of farmers market tokens for each purchase of food from local farmers along the New Orleans and Mississippi Gulf Coasts, while supplies last.

Chili crab claws into Hong Kong food scene
October 11th, 2010
09:15 AM ET
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Wong Ching Tuen, the 49-year-old proprietor of Under Bridge Spicy Crab, can recall the days when the restaurant was just a dai pai dong under the Jaffe Road bypass.

"It is right at this corner 21 years ago," said Wong. "We had more than 20 big tables. You can imagine how massive and crowded it was."

In the past, foodies flocked to Causeway Bay for the delectable seafood that is caught, cooked and served in the neighborhood’s typhoon shelters and dai pai dongs. But as the government clamped down on street eateries, Wong moved his business to a small store in the area.

Fifteen years later, the humble greasy spoon has expanded to four branches in Hong Kong. Wong's restaurant, Under Bridge Spicy Crab, is one of our highly recommended picks for Hong Kong's best seafood in the CNNGo Best Eats 2010 selection.


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Breakfast buffet
October 11th, 2010
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday and the most delicious finds on TV.

While we extol the discoveries of some venturing chap named Christopher Columbus, let us not forget there's another holiday that deserves a pizza of the action: October 11 is National Sausage Pizza Day.

Whether New York-style or deep-dish, square or round, delivered or homemade - today, we eat pie.

What's on TV?

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October 11th, 2010
12:30 AM ET
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WASHINGTON D.C. (CNN) - Maine lobster rolls, cardamom curry chicken and double-fried french fries dipped in duck fat.

These culinary delights are all attainable on the streets of the nation's capital thanks to a recent influx of food carts. Already a trend in other cities like Los Angeles and New York, D.C. is now indulging in its own versions of street food.

And the ravenous are responding.

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