Lunchtime poll – ditching the drunks
November 8th, 2010
12:30 PM ET
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Y'all know by this point that we're a tad obsessive about reading your comments and poll results, right? Hence, it did not escape our notice that in reponse to our Thanksgiving cocktail recipes and poll about T-Day dinner disasters, many of you made reference to the potential stickiness of getting an over-served guest out of your home at the end of the festivities.

For some hosts, it's par for the course and the guest room is already made up and/or a local cab company on speed dial. For others, it's an incredibly awkward situation - they're cranky with the over-tippler, but at the same time are responsible for their safety. What's the most graceful way to for a host to handle someone who's soused at their house?

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5@5 - Marisa May
November 2nd, 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.

So class, what did we learn yesterday? Repeat after your trusty editors: “Don't be a martyr, be a host.”

The impending holiday season means brining, basting, boozing and baking our way into the hearts of family and friends until they’re stuffed to the gills crying “Uncle!” - all the while making them believe, "mi casa es tu casa." Easy peasy lemon squeezy, right? Uh, yeah, we'll get back to you about that.

Lucky you, we've enlisted professionals to help you through the process. Meet Marisa May: she's one-half of the father-daughter team behind SD26 restaurant in New York City.

Of the hospitality of Marisa and her father Tony May, New York Times dining critic Sam Sifton writes: “They greet customers with handshakes, hugs, smiles. They pull out chairs in this vast theatrical space across the street from Madison Square Park and say: Of course the giant raviolo with soft-cooked egg and truffled butter is on the menu.”

Time to put that storied hospitality to work.

Five Ways to Make Every Guest Feel Welcome: Marisa May

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July 23rd, 2010
02:15 PM ET
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In the spirit of the "Panda and Popsicle" interlude, Eatocracy proudly presents: "Animals Eating Icy Treats!" The cuteness will punch you in the face of your heart. Now go grab a chilly beverage of your own.

Read - Hundreds of thousands without power brace for more blistering heat

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July 6th, 2010
11:00 AM ET
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Vlogger The Wheezy Waiter may have some curious notions* about where Eatocracy got its name, but the former server's got some smart stuff to say in response to our previous posts about people's restaurant pet peeves and restaurant staffers' responses - namely, guidelines for tipping and why you may find you're always at the receiving end of sub-par service. (Spoiler alert - it's probably something you did.)

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