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RestaurantHospitality RHExtra for October 27, 2009
 Restaurants, Meet Your Frenemies: Yelp, Chowhound, Zagat
 Celebrity Chefs Extend Reach To Golf
 What's Hot? Ethnic Flavors

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Restaurants, Meet Your Frenemies: Yelp, Chowhound, Zagat

Some of you may view online restaurant rating sites as helpful entities that capture word-of-mouth and accelerate its benefits by disseminating it online. Others think of them as rogue entities looking to sabotage their business unless, in on case, they pay them a fee and play along. Still others may simply be grateful for the blizzard of patron feedback these services provide, negating a need to hire a secret shopping service or bother with comment cards. But whatever you think of Yelp, Chowhound and Zagat, give a listen to what their representatives say in public about how they relate to restaurants.

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Celebrity Chefs Extend Reach To Golf

Guess again if you think those one-shot cruise line gigs are as cushy as it gets for high-profile chefs. The Ojai Valley Inn & Spa Celebrity Chef Classic is setting the new standard. The five participating culinarians in this three-day (11/13-15) event will assume the role of golf pros, meaning that customers will pay $1,450 per person to golf and otherwise rub shoulders with them during the weekend. If you like to hit the links in your spare time away from the kitchen—and we know many chefs do—this gives you something worthwhile to shoot for next year.

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What's Hot? Ethnic Flavors

With more than one million immigrants joining the ranks of U.S. citizens each year, it’s probably no surprise that sales of ethnic foods are exploding. According to a new report from Mintel International, sales of ethnic eats should grow about 20 percent in the next four years.

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