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What's Hot Chef Survey: There's a new #1 in '09

Posted on December 11, 2008 at 5:00am 1 Comment

Note: This post also appears in Floored!, the official blog of NRA Show 2009.

What's Hot You know that song "Hot N Cold" by Katy Perry? That really catchy number that's always on the radio? We can't get it out of our heads. This is a problem since the last time this blogger rocked out to the tune on the…


The Art and Soul of Thanksgiving

Posted on November 27, 2008 at 7:00am 2 Comments

This is a post from Floored!, the official blog of NRA Show 2009. I hope you enjoy it!

Art Smith Some of us are jetting home for the holidays. Others are sticking around and heading to Art and Soul for some food, folks and…


Building a better search

Posted on November 13, 2008 at 7:50am 4 Comments


There's a new search engine on the 'net that supposedly is the best one available now. It's called DeepDyve, and it claims to gather 99 percent of information that Google misses. It's only in beta mode right now, but it's already receiving a ton of buzz.

According to its Web site, the company deploying this new app was founded… Continue

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Posted on November 6, 2008 at 7:35am 3 Comments

I think the story goes that President-Elect Barack Obama stated he wanted to be the leader of the United States when he was five. (His former Democratic Party opponent, Sen. Hillary Clinton, would have you believe that this meant he was ‘ambitious,’ but that’s a topic for another time.) When I was five, I wanted to be a cashier because ‘I like money.’ I'm not kidding. My mom still has the picture that I drew of myself at a cashier stand along with the description I wrote.

In… Continue

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On behalf of the National Restaurant Association, I wish you all a very happy Halloween!

Are you dressing up? What's your costume?

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At 2:22pm on January 8, 2010, Tony said…
Thanks for the add. Looking forward to find out more about events, news from NRA
At 8:14pm on December 14, 2008, Andy Swingley said…
Claire, I hope we haven't seen a slow down in your posts. I so love your stuff!

Have an awesome holiday!
At 9:37am on November 13, 2008, MenusNearU said…
I think you need to add me as a connection...I can't seem to figure out how to message you otherwise.
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Hi, we should talk, I have a partnership idea you may be interested in.
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At 4:00am on October 14, 2008, Leslie Howard said…
Hello Claire,

Wanted to take a few moments and introduce myself. I recently moved to Indy and have been checking out the local flavor. Love the area and am looking forward to meeting more folks that are in the industry.

At 7:48am on August 27, 2008, Sarah said…
Hi, Thanks so much for asking about my restaurant concept. I would love to work with y'all to make it a reality, would you be interested? Sorry to leave a comment but I didn't see a way to email you. You can email me at Thank you again!
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Have you though about adding a forum application like vbulletin or phpbb to your site?
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No problem, Clair! I hope there was good response. I'm definitely going to download.
At 2:31pm on August 11, 2008, Judy "the foodie" Asman said…
Thanks, Claire! I will sign up for the Emergency Preparedness Webinar and send a note to my local list letting them know it's happening.




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The company has commenced a search for Mr. Hope’s successor, reviewing both internal and external candidates. Mr. Hope will assist in the transition of duties to an interim CFO and will remain a consultant to the company through the summer.

Fuddruckers Reenters New York State With Restaurant In Middletown

introduces its first company-operated New York State site today at 340 Route 211 East in Middletown, which is located in the Hudson Valley approximately 60 miles from Manhattan.

Giardino Gourmet Salads Announces Nine Consecutive Quarters Of Positive Comparable Sales

Giardino Gourmet Salads announced that it has experienced nine consecutive quarters of positive comparable sales after posting an eight percent increase throughout the first quarter of 2014.

Organic Claims Declining on US Restaurant Menus

According to Mintel Menu Insights, while 'organic' is still the leading ethical claim on restaurant menus, its usage declined 28% between Q4 2010-13.

The Habit Burger Grill Opens Fourth Utah Location In May

The Habit Burger Grill is opening its fourth Utah location on May 1st in Sandy, Utah. The California-based restaurant known for its popular Charburgers opened its first Utah location in Sugarhouse in 2013, and has since expanded to include three more locations.


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TED: Jennifer Senior: For parents, happiness is a very high bar - Jennifer Senior (2014)

The parenting section of the bookstore is overwhelming—it's "a giant, candy-colored monument to our collective panic," as writer Jennifer Senior puts it. Why is parenthood filled with so much anxiety? Because the goal of modern, middle-class parents—to raise happy children—is so elusive. In this honest talk, she offers some kinder and more achievable aims.

TED: David Brooks: Should you live for your résumé ... or your eulogy? - David Brooks (2014)

Within each of us are two selves, suggests David Brooks in this meditative short talk: the self who craves success, who builds a résumé, and the self who seeks connection, community, love -- the values that make for a great eulogy. (Joseph Soloveitchik has called these selves "Adam I" and "Adam II.") Brooks asks: Can we balance these two selves?

TED: David Sengeh: The sore problem of prosthetic limbs - David Sengeh (2014)

What drove David Sengeh to create a more comfortable prosthetic limb? He grew up in Sierra Leone, and too many of the people he loves are missing limbs after the brutal civil war there. When he noticed that people who had prosthetics weren’t actually wearing them, the TED Fellow set out to discover why — and to solve the problem with his team from the MIT Media Lab.

TED: Louie Schwartzberg: Hidden miracles of the natural world - Louie Schwartzberg (2014)

We live in a world of unseeable beauty, so subtle and delicate that it is imperceptible to the human eye. To bring this invisible world to light, filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg bends the boundaries of time and space with high-speed cameras, time lapses and microscopes. At TED2014, he shares highlights from his latest project, a 3D film titled "Mysteries of the Unseen World," which slows down, speeds up, and magnifies the astonishing wonders of nature.

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