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September 30, 2008

Gettin' Jiggy With The Locavores

No wonder restaurants now emphasize local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients on their menus. That’s what customers want, and we got a first-hand look at how badly they want them on Labor Day weekend, when 60,000 people turned out for the inaugural Slow Food Nation in San Francisco. The event turned out to be the largest celebration of food in America—ever—despite being devoid of superstar chefs, Food Network hosts, Top Chef contestants, competitive eaters or any of the other food world quasi-celebrities who typically bring in the crowds. At this one, food and food alone was the star. We’re not sure why they needed hip-hop acts like Gnarls Barkley (pictured) to spice things up at night, but what the heck. For an inaugural event, this was a smash hit.
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Twilight Of The Absentee Chefs

Construction gurus are predicting that once a handful of big projects now under development on the Las Vegas Strip are completed by 2010, there won’t be anything else built for a decade. That means the ever-expanding supply of high-level and high-paying restaurant jobs there will soon come to a screeching halt. Whether you’re a celebrity chef interested in opening a place of your own in Vegas or an aspiring culinarian looking to build your skills and resume in a hurry while earning good bucks, you’d better make your move soon if you’re going to make it at all. May we suggest you apply at Aria?
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