Portland’s Chefs Fired Up; High Cal Inaugural Lunch; Burgers Okay with Exercise

ESPN hires a new head chef. Hilarity ensues.

Food and dining news from around the web and the world…

* Didn’t get invited to the inaugural luncheon? Your waistline will thank you — it was a 3,000 calorie meal! [Washington Times]

* The tipping point. That moment when you start to hear a chef’s name everywhere. [Grub Street Chicago]

* Get the burger. And then get to the gym. [Business Insider]

* Portland’s chefs getting 86d. Some of the region’s best restaurants have parted ways with their revered chefs. [OregonLive]

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Tweet of the Week: Cheers to a Recap of Your Delicious Year!

Over the weekend, OpenTable sent diners a recap of their 2012 year in dining. Covering everything from how many reservations you made, the reviews you wrote, and how many Dining Cheques you received, the emails prompted a slew of fun tweets. Diners shared fond memories from the past year, boasted of their number of reservations (some as high as 90), and vowed to dine out even more in 2013. Thanks to @Dontignoretruth (aka Mark Lucas) for joining in the conversation.

Dining with the Stars: DC’s Cafe Milano Hosts the Obamas; Cooper + Lawrence at Katsuya in LA; Parks + Rec Films at St. Elmo’s Steak House in IN + More

If Newt Gingrich is lucky, Ron Swanson will be sitting at his table at St. Elmo’s Steak House.

Recent celebrity sightings at OpenTable restaurants…

* Jake Gyllenhaal and Susan Sarandon dined separately at ABC Kitchen in Manhattan. [NY Post]

* Twilighter Ashley Greene helped fete the opening of Andrea’s in Las Vegas. [Just Jared Jr.]

* Ryan Seacrest left the west coast for the best coast, dining at Bill’s in midtown Manhattan. [NY Daily News]

* Political reporters Dana Bash, Kelly O’Donnell, and Brianna Keilar ate at BLT Steak in Washington, D.C., as did Meet the Press host David Gregory. [TheHill.com]

* Funnyman Jimmy Fallon had a meal at Blue Water Grill in the Big Apple. [NY Post]

* American Idol judge Nicki Minaj was spotted stepping out at BOA Steakhouse in Beverly Hills. [Just Jared]

* President Obama helped First Lady Michelle celebrate her birthday at Cafe Milano in Washington, D.C. [The Miami Herald]

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App for Dining with Allergies; Bad Food Trends; Five Diamond Restaurants + More

Eatible can tell allergy sufferers which foods are edible.

Food and dining news from around the web and the world…

* Worried about food allergies when dining out? There’s an app for that. [PC News]

* Age matters. When it comes to visiting restaurants, anyway. Older folks eat out more than young adults. [Consumerist]

* Five bad food trends. Courtesy of the curmudgeonly Josh Ozersky. [Time]

* Ten neither good nor bad menu trends. Change is afoot in the coming year. [IntheCapital.com]

* A woman’s place is in the restaurant kitchen. But it isn’t always easy. [ClarionLedger.com]

* Five diamonds are a chef’s best friend. Find out which restaurants scored the coveted Five Diamond rating from AAA. [USA Today]

* So that’s why I’m a good tipper! Rich diners don’t care about wages for restaurant workers. I, being un-rich, do. [AOL Jobs]

* Will an American ever win the Bocuse d’Or? Chef Paul Bocuse can dream. [WSJ]

* Fighting the flu with a new fork. Touchless cutlery is helping diners fend off illness. [11alive.com]Continue Reading