Posts for November 9, 2012

Ex-Employee Accuses Waffle House Chairman of Sexual Shenanigans

Greasy.Photo: Eli Hodapp/Flickr

Here's some news to mull over breakfast this weekend: ABC News says a woman who worked for Waffle House chairman Joseph Rogers Jr. is accusing Rogers of sexual harassment.

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Chris Painter Introduces Tasting Menus at Il Pittore

Chris Painter

Chris Painter, the Pittore and chef behind Stephen Starr’s Il Pittore, is rolling out a tasting menu option with tonight’s service. Going forward the menu, a six-course dinner, will change as different ingredients come in and out of season. Following tonight’s launch, which will feature dishes like chestnut soup with pancetta crisp and rosemary lardo oil, a truffle Tajarin and duck ragout, and the amazing-sounding 48-hour-braised beef cheek with foie gras, the menu will be available every night for $100 per person. It should be noted that Painter and the restaurant’s staff request that the entire table participate. Keep reading to see the full menu.

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Cereal Art Is Happening

"Shredded Wheat at Dusk."Photo: Ernie Button

Meet Ernie Button, the photographic love child of Georgia O'Keeffe and a bowl of Trix. The Arizona-based shutterbug has a new series called Cerealism, in which he captures ordinary grains of breakfast cereal set against extraordinary, even surrealistic backdrops, including a shot of an Apple Jack that looks like an aerodynamic tumor.

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CityEats and Iron Hill Step Up Superstorm Sandy Relief Efforts

Iron Hill Breery & Restaurant's location in Chestnut HillPhoto: Iron Hill Breery & Restaurant

CityEats, the Food Network-backed competitor for online reservation heavyweight OpenTable that launched here in Philly back in April, is pitching in to help out those affected by Superstorm Sandy’s temper tantrum up and down the east coast. From now, and going forward through Thanksgiving (November 22), the company will donate $10 to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund for every reservation booked through the site. You’ll have to set up an account, and punch in the promotional code “recovery” when booking your tables in order for the donation to go through. Local brewpub chain Iron Hill is getting in on the post-Sandy philanthropic tip, too.

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McDonald’s, Burger King, and Wendy’s Struggling — Here’s Why

They never should have fired the King.

Third-quarter sales recently came in for the big three in the fast-food world, and things aren't looking too good for any of them. Last week Burger King announced a dramatic drop in net income of 83 percent compared to the same quarter last year; McDonald's admitted this week that a key sales figure (global revenue at restaurants open at least thirteen months) had dropped for the first time in a decade; and Wendy's, which deposed Burger King for the first time this year to take the No. 2 burger spot in the nation, is operating at a widening loss, though their revenues seem to be on the rise. So why is all this happening to the fast-food giants? Allow us to posit a few major reasons.

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Why Is the New Super-Colossal Whole Foods Shrouded in So Much Secrecy?

Why all the secrecy?

Whole Foods this week posed a riddle, wrapped in an organic, shade-grown, fair-trade enigma with the announcement that it’s going to vacate its long-standing 20th and Callowhill outpost. The Austin-based supermarket chain announced that it planned to exit that location in 2017, and move to another, much larger property somewhere in close proximity. According to the Inky, in spite of the deal being a sure thing, and papers signed proved it, developer Neal Rodin wouldn’t divulge where.

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From ‘Cute’ to ‘Delicious’: Now Steve Wynn Is Gambling on a Fishtown Casino

Place your bets, folks.

Casino mogul Steve Wynn has inserted himself back into Philly’s casino racket. The Inky reports that the Penn grad (class of ’63) announced yesterday that he’s throwing his hat back in the ring for the city’s second, and most elusive, casino license. You’ll recall that before the Foxwoods proposed casino project in South Philly completely disintegrated, Wynn threw it a lifeline in the form of a promise to build and operate “the cutest casino you've ever seen” on South Columbus Boulevard. And then, just as quickly as he entered the fray, he pulled back, and withdrew from the deal. Now he’s eyeing a “delicious” 60 acre site located on the banks of the Delaware River in Fishtown.

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