Keeping the peace, one table at a time
August 29th, 2012
05:30 PM ET
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Booze, booths, canoodling and credit cards: dinner out on the town can be a recipe for awkwardness, both for diners and the staff that serves them.

A restaurant is a salad bar of human behaviors: There’s the couple on their first date, the man cashing in his bad luck on Irish whiskey at the bar, the colleagues pretending to like each other in order to impress the client.

The majority of the time, the server-customer interaction passes without incident. But, every now and again – whether in the form of a declined credit card, overserved customer or the couple getting steamy in the corner booth - it’s up to the front of the house, or waitstaff, to get things back on track and make sure other guests’ experiences aren’t negatively affected.

November 5th, 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.

No food Web site would be complete without the requisite list of the best food-related songs ("Cheeseburgers in Paradise!" "Strawberry Fields Forever!") or top food-related movies ("Tampopo!" "Chocolat!") - but here at Eatocracy, we decided to beat that beat a little further.

By trade, Justin Warner is a captain at The Modern - Danny Meyer’s fine dining restaurant in New York City that holds three stars from the New York Times and one star from the Michelin Guide.

By craft, Warner drops oenophile-themed hip-hop to the food industry masses under his pseudonym, Jdollasign. He's known to spit "Châteauneuf-du-Pape" to the tune of Snoop Dogg's "Drop it Like It's Hot," and engage in epic "Grapes of Rap" battles at food and wine festivals - and now, he's live in studio to share his favorite rhymes with some serious flavor.

Five Gastro-Rap Anthems: Justin Warner

Got a favorite rhyme that bites back? Share your favorite gastro-rap anthems in the comments.

September 12th, 2010
02:00 PM ET
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In this corner - the Raja of Riesling, Hearth and Terroir Wine Bar's Paul Grieco. In the other - touting the pomp of the Pontiff, The Modern's Belinda Chang and Justin Warner.

Uncork it, folks.

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