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March 13, 2009


You’d think being a Hollywood heartthrob with three new movies in the works would be enough to keep actor Richard Gere busy. Or if that weren’t enough, his commitment to activism that sees him travel the world as a high-profile disciple of the Dalai Lama who’s working to free the people of Tibet would fill Gere’s personal calendar to overflowing. But nope, he’s gone into the restaurant business as well, opening The Farmhouse Restaurant in Bedford, NY, early last December. We know full-service operators are facing tough times right now, but we hope you find it comforting that even rich Hollywood stars with global agendas find your lifestyle appealing.
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Earlier this week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) put out a call for a salmonella test that works faster than the current one, which takes an agonizing couple of weeks to identify an outbreak. The new time target: a three-day turnaround. The chef hoping they find one real fast is Heston Blumenthal, the culinary alchemist who runs three-Michelin-starred Fat Duck in Bray, England, recently ranked as the single best restaurant in the world. He had to close for two full weeks—just as his new television series hits the airwaves in Great Britain—due to a food-related health puzzle British experts still haven’t solved.
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