January 17th, 2014
10:00 AM ET
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Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wareing says his customers are no longer interested in stiff French service. He's opting for a warmer, American model of hospitality, and his staff of being retrained to offer hospitality with a smile and read the guests.
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November 15th, 2013
10:00 PM ET
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A New Jersey waitress who served in the Marine Corps for over two years told CNN Friday she is now getting tips from all over the world after she says a family refused to tip her because she is gay.

"I'm sorry but I cannot tip because I do not agree with what your lifestyle and how you live your life," a family member wrote on the receipt for $93.55 at Gallop Asian Bistro in Bridgewater, New Jersey.

"I was offended. I was mad at first, and then I was more so hurt," 22-year-old Dayna Morales told CNN.
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October 11th, 2013
10:30 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.

I’ve read that drinking is up around Washington, D.C., since the beginning of the government shutdown on October 1.

I understand that. Just hearing about the shutdown makes me want to reach for some alcohol. But as the shutdown stretches on, I keep thinking about furloughed workers. Some sympathetic chefs around the country are thinking about them too, and are offering free lunch to federal workers. Yay for them and their decision to support workers who have stopped getting paychecks.

What these chefs are divided on is how to feed Congress: One place has launched a Congress Chicken special; another says: “members of congress not eligible for free pizza until you get your s**t together.”
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June 18th, 2013
08:00 PM ET
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Everything was going fine, until the bill came.

But it wasn't the amount on the check that angered Joseph Gibson, who had stopped at a St. Louis sports bar to chow down.

It was a line on the special order section for his young son that set him off.

Under "1 - Wing Sauce" the receipt read: "F-in Needy Kids."
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June 13th, 2013
05:15 PM ET
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Alex Atala is a punk rock fan with tattoos decorating both arms, and he runs his kitchen like a monastery.

“You won’t hear shouting. People are very concentrated,” he said as he welcomed us into his Sao Paulo restaurant D.O.M.

Atala has built D.O.M into Latin America’s top restaurant by featuring native ingredients in meticulously created dishes that even include insects. Recently, it was ranked sixth in the world on the 2013 World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.
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