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Why Brick and Mortar is Here to Stay

We live in a digital world, where technology is more pervasive and becomes a bigger part of our lives every year. The Pew Research Center found that more than 93 percent of American adults under 50 use the internet, and a recent survey showed that 35 percent of people report their first thought after waking up is of their smartphone (10 percent thought of their significant other).

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Industry Pros on Dining Trends to Look Out For in 2016

For American restaurant culture, 2015 was the year of enthusiastic nautical decor (boat ropes, life-sized buoys, wooden ship’s wheels, we could go on), many a smoked dish (finishing everything from briny olives to mashed potatoes over a smoldering flame) and even more elaborate cocktails (hand-cut herbs and rare spirits we understand but artisanal ice? Color us impressed).

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6 Restaurants to Try on Small Business Saturday

One of the biggest, most exciting shopping days of the year, Black Friday, is just around the corner. But for those who might know, the next day, November 28th, is Small Business Saturday, made special by American Express to encourage people across the country to support local businesses and think “small” when it comes to holiday shopping.


Culinary Camp Out: An Insider’s Look at the FOOD & WINE Classic

A few weeks ago, several members of the Reserve team headed to the Colorado mountains for the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen. The annual event, which took place this year from June 19 to 21, features some of the biggest names in the culinary world — Danny Meyer, David Chang, Eric Ripert, Marcus Samuelsson, Christina Tosi, Tyler Florence and Rick Bayless to name just a few. I recently sat down with David Levin, Head of Special Projects at Reserve, who gave me the scoop on what actually goes on during the event.

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James Beard Awards 2015: Chicago Edition

For the first time in 25 years, the James Beard Awards took place outside of New York City. The “Oscars of Food” celebrating the best in cuisine, wine, cocktails and design migrated to the Second City, the Mecca of the Midwest, Chicago. And the Windy City put on a chic, decadent display. The city came alive with James Beard Award-focused parties, events, special dinners and celebrations. From the Gold Coast to the South Loop, you couldn’t throw a petit four without hitting a top chef.