National surf and turf day
February 29th, 2012
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.

Leapin' lobsters! February 29 is not only Leap Day, it's also National Surf and Turf Day!

You won't always have the chance to celebrate this food holiday, so double up on the good stuff while you can. If you think we're encouraging you to hit the beach, by all means, surf's up! But, surf and turf is also a main dish that puts seafood and meat on the same plate.

If you've ever chowed down at a steakhouse or pub on this dish, it probably included some combination of steak, lobster, prawns or grilled or fried shrimp. Lucky you! A phrase of Atlantic coast origin, surf and turf was coined during the 1960s.
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Coffee klatsch
February 29th, 2012
05:00 AM ET
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5@5 - Make your kid more restaurant-friendly
February 28th, 2012
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.

When crying kids disrupt dinner, who ends up paying the price?

That was the question posed last week, and more than 21,000 readers weighed in saying that restaurants with stated policies about children's unruly behavior would actually entice them to spend money there.

While Firefly executive chef Danny Bortnick has taken steps to make his restaurant more kid-friendly, it is a two-way street - your kids need to act right.

And before you go off thinking Bortnick is some kind of booster seat hater, he is a father - and his restaurant is in the middle of Washington D.C.'s Dupont Circle: a densely populated urban neighborhood often busy with families and young kids.

Five Ways to Make Your Child More Restaurant-Friendly: Danny Bortnick
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Marcus Samuelsson and Roblé Ali - the changing face of the restaurant kitchen
February 28th, 2012
04:30 PM ET
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Marcus Samuelsson and Roblé Ali are two different chefs.

Samuelsson, 41, is an established name amongst foodies and the proprietor of Red Rooster, a renown Harlem restaurant.

Ali, 27, is an up and coming chef and animated reality-show star who works full time as an established caterer.

Samuelsson has made a name for himself embracing his identity as both a black chef and a Swedish immigrant to the United States, but younger chefs like Ali find themselves pushing back against being known simply as a “black chef.” Ali, who’s still building his brand, was frustrated when a blog author unexpectedly labeled him a “hip-hop chef.”

“Who takes you serious when you’re the hip hop chef?” said Ali. “And why am I the hip hop chef, because I’m black? I’m not break dancing.”

Read - A tale of two chefs: Marcus Samuelsson and Roblé Ali

Previously - a Secret Supper at Red Rooster



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