January 2nd, 2014
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Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to find our culinary heart's desire, we listen up.

So it’s the end of 2013
Goodbye Cronut lines, goodbye Paula Deen

Now is the start of a brand new year
Time for a new pastry; time for more beer

Let’s look ahead to what this next year will mean
Like elite Jell-O shots, and star chefs who’ve gone green

Okay, enough with the tortured rhyming. More on the new beer cuisine later (just be on the lookout for more great chef and brewery partnerships, plus breweries in hotels). Here are five things we’re excited about in 2014.
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December 26th, 2013
03:15 AM ET
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Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to find our culinary heart's desire, we listen up.

If you had to sum up 2013 in one word, what would it be? Me, I have to say doughnuts. Mostly because of the omnipresent Cronut, the pastry that mashed up croissants and donuts and got people lining up for hours and launched a trazillion knockoffs.

But don’t forget that this was also the year Dunkin' Donuts introduced their Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich for those who want a sticky sweet bun for their bacon and egg sammy. And there’s word that Krispy Kreme will soon introduce “Donut Theater” to the US. Basically, that’s a clever name for a make-your-own doughnut situation.

But enough about doughnuts. Let’s discuss a few other things that happened in 2013: the highs and the lows.

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December 24th, 2013
04:45 AM ET
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2013 was a big, beefy year in food news, from the downfall of butter queen Paula Deen and blowback to Chick-fil-A over their stance on same-sex marriage to record levels of foodborne illness and some pretty public squabbles over how people treat restaurant workers.

We'll be sharing our favorite stories over the next few days, along with the ones we think most shaped the year in food (like, say, SNAP cuts, mysterious horse meat, trans-fats and the soul-lifting power of a hot meal in times of crisis), but for now, we're going strictly by the stats. Our readers clicked, shared and had plenty to say in response, and here are the top ten stories of 2013 in each of those categories:

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Eat This List: 2014 food trend predictions
December 19th, 2013
05:00 PM ET
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This is the sixteenth installment of "Eat This List" - a semi-regularly recurring list of things chefs, farmers, writers and other food experts think you ought to know about.

As Eatocracy's editors, we're (that's Kat Kinsman and Sarah LeTrent) lucky enough to get to travel and eat all over the country, both for work and because it's what we love to do. We've seen some trends popping up in restaurants from coast to coast, and in 2014, here are a few we think stand a chance of catching on in more home and restaurant kitchens across the country.
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October 28th, 2013
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This is the fifteenth installment of "Eat This List" - a semi-regularly recurring list of things chefs, farmers, writers and other food experts think you ought to know about.

Getting tapped as a judge for a barbecue competition sounds like a carnivore's dream come true, especially when it's at the level of The Jack. For 25 years, cooking teams from around the world have converged upon Lynchburg, Tennessee to battle for smoke-soaked supremacy at the Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue.

This past Saturday, 25,000 barbecue devotees showed up to cheer on the 76 United States and 23 international teams that had qualified to participate by winning at the state level or various prestigious competitions. Chicken, ribs, pork and brisket were mandatory categories, and sauce, cook's choice and dessert were optional.

I got to taste them all.

I've been Kansas City Barbeque Society certified since 2008 and judged other food events, so this wasn't my first rodeo, but nothing compares to a competition where a $10,000 prize and such high-test bragging rights are on the line. Richmond, Virginia's Cool Smoke team took home the Grand Champion title, as well as Rockwell, Iowa's Pig Skin BBQ for a separately-judged Winner's Circle of previous Jack champs.

Judges like me left with full stomachs, sauce-stained clothes and some insight into what it takes to judge - and win - at competitive barbecue.
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