October 12th, 2010
06:00 PM ET
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...We're going to eat chocolate like it's your birthday!

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5@5 - Chef Christopher Hastings
October 12th, 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.

As commenters continue to fan the flames of Ron Eyester's epic 5@5 yesterday, we decided to keep things burning.

Christopher Hastings is the chef, cookbook author and co-owner - alongside his wife Idie - of Hot and Hot Fish Club in Birmingham, Alabama. He was also nominated for “Best Chef: South” by the James Beard Foundation in 2007, 2008 and 2010.

While it may not be time to start roasting chestnuts on an open fire just yet, that doesn't mean Eatocracy's proverbial flame can't be occupied with alternate edibles - and Hastings is here to tell you just what those should be.

Five Favorite Things to Cook Over Wood: Christopher Hastings
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October 12th, 2010
03:30 PM ET
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In the September/October issue of Cooking with Paula Deen, the sassy Southerner takes on Alabama chef Frank Stitt of Highlands Bar and Grill in "the great shrimp and grits debate."

As a professional chef, Stitt prefers an upscale version - complete with Fontina grits and a polished presentation.

As a proud graduate of Granny Paul's kitchen, Miz Deen says when making shrimp and grits, one doesn't need to dress in your fancy pants with pinky extended: keep it humble and just like granny's.
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October 12th, 2010
02:30 PM ET
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The CNN Challenge: Beer Me!
October 12th, 2010
02:15 PM ET
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From America's oldest brewery to the origins of Oktoberfest, think you are well versed in the field of cold ones? Tap into today's featured CNN Challenge all about brewskis.

To get started, pick your favorite host – whether it be Jane Velez-Mitchell, Sanjay Gupta or John King – and get ready to chug down a little boozy trivia.

Take the quiz HERE.

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Should a restaurant hold a table if you're late?
October 12th, 2010
12:30 PM ET
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We figured that Chef Ron Eyester's litany of complaints about restaurant customers would ruffle a few feathers, but it was especially interesting to note which of his pet irks inspired the most passionate responses, both pro and con.

4. “You know what happens when you’re late for a flight? You miss it! You know what happens when you’re late to the movies? It starts despite the fact that you’re not there. Why am I obligated to hold your table when you’re late? Oh, you hit traffic. What’s that? – I’ve never heard of traffic."

Some folks were sympathetic.

"99 times out of 100, the restaurant doesnt want you to wait any longer than you do for a table. It's a basic philosophy of making money. The reason you wait for your resi is because the person before you was late or because the person before you takes the concept of "Leisurely Dining" a little too seriously. Restaurants typically give about 2 hours per reservation, and no, the waiter isn't permitted to ask them to leave (although, we do employ some pretty interesting tactics)." - Robert

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

  • One New York City woman can't sell her $1.8 million apartment because of an overwhelming truffle odor. - New York Times




  • Meet the bonut - a donut paired with bacon bits.  - Salon


  • Ibérico ham will be imported into the United States for the first time ever. Ham-tastic! - Los Angeles Times
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October 12th, 2010
09:30 AM ET
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