February 23rd, 2012
08:45 PM ET
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Fame Bites - Jeff Austin of the Yonder Mountain String Band
February 23rd, 2012
05:00 PM ET
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Fame Bites goes inside the belly of the entertainment beast. We're dishing out where the celebrities are eating, what they're eating and who they're eating with.

Though he lives in Colorado now, Jeff Austin will always call Chicago home, and that, perhaps, is a rather unlikely place to spawn a professional mandolin player. On the other hand, the Windy City is ripe for churning out foodies, and if you follow Jeff on Twitter, you’ll know that food is one of his favorite topics.

Most people, however, simply know him as one-fourth of the Nederland, Colorado-based Yonder Mountain String Band with which he tirelessly tours to audiences around the world.

When the progressive bluegrass band rolled through Atlanta on their current Cabin Fever Tour, CNN joined Jeff for dinner at Rathbun Steak where we managed to order probably enough food to heartily feed everyone in attendance at their sold out show at The Tabernacle. Alas, nothing was left but bones...

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Chefs with Issues: Making seafood sustainability palatable
February 23rd, 2012
03:30 PM ET
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Chefs with Issues is a platform for chefs and farmers we love, fired up for causes about which they're passionate. Chef John Ash serves on the Board of Advisors of Seafood Watch, an educational initiative for sustainable seafood by the Monterey Bay Aquarium. He recently hosted a panel discussion about seafood sustainability as a practice. Among the participants were Chef Bun Lai, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Sustainability Leader of the Year, and Yousef Ghalaini, executive chef of New York’s sustainable seafood restaurant Imperial No. Nine.

Recently, nearly 30 thought leaders in the seafood, restaurant and sustainability worlds came together to have a conversation about how chefs can embrace seafood sustainability in a greater, more mainstream way.

“Thought for Food: A Discussion on Sustainable Seafood” was facilitated by James Beard award-winning chef and author John Ash, widely respected as a sustainability pioneer. Participants came from a variety of backgrounds: chefs, NGO leaders, journalists and other members of the food industry vanguard.
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Box lunch: Sweet-and-sour success and wine tongue twisters
February 23rd, 2012
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Panda Express, one of the fastest-growing chains in the U.S., is moving on up and out of the food court. - NPR


  • This just in: Taco Bell no longer wants you to "Think Outside the Bun." Instead, they urge you to "Live Mas." - Ad Age


  • And after the party, it's the after-party drink. Pass the digestifs! - New York Times


  • Bill Gates announces $200 million in grants toward agricultural productivity; urges the United Nations to help farmers in impoverished countries more. - Star Tribune


  • A new study shows that if you can't pronounce the wine, you think it's worth more. Rkatsiteli must be real expensive then. - Globe and Mail
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