What It Takes to Work in Hospitality; Paper-free Checks Fight Credit Card Theft + More

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Fools rush in — to the hotel minibar.

Dining news from around the world and the web…

* And then there were none. The Village Voice‘s sole restaurant critic exits stage left. [NY Times]

* Nevermind the minibar. In-room dining at the hottest hotels is getting less expensive. [Business Week]

* Think thin. That doesn’t really work, but try these five tips for staying slim while dining out. [Fox News]

* C’mon, get happy! If you want to work in restaurants, you’d better enjoy pleasing people. [Metro.us]

* Paper-free checks vex thieves. A new digital payment system can reduce credit card theft at restaurants. [USA TodayContinue Reading

Restaurant Review Round-Up: Balena, Il Buco Alimentari, The Kitchen + More

Do you rely on professional restaurant reviews or do you prefer reviews from diners like you?

Recent reviews of OpenTable restaurants…

* Balena in Chicago, Illinois, by the Chicago Tribune.

* Capital Grille in Fort Worth, Texas, by Star-Telegram.

Florio in San Francisco, California, by the San Francisco Chronicle.

Il Buco Alimentari & Vinera in New York, New York, by the Insatiable Critic.

* The Jugged Hare in London, United Kingdom, by the Financial Times.

* The Kitchen in Denver, Colorado, by the Denver Post.

Villa Mayfair in Coconut Grove, Florida, by the Miami Herald.

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Dining Poll: Should Chefs Respond to a Critic After a Negative Restaurant Review?

In his entertaining list of fine-dining faux pas over the course of 2011, New York Post restaurant critic Steve Cuozzo calls out chefs and restaurateurs who, as Eater puts it, talk back to critics after receiving a bad review. Thanks to the internet and social media, it’s easier than ever to accomplish just that. But is it right? Tell us what you think in today’s poll.


Printers as Chef; Chicago’s The Pump Room Returns; Restaurants Will Save Our Fish; Rayner Mad Over G9 Manifesto; Chef Sedlar Returns; Lakshmi Bores

Clearly, Padma should have suited up for The Moth.

Dining and restaurant news…

* Fishing for answers. Restaurants may hold the key to the sustainable seafood movement. [Forest Grove News Times]

* Meet chef Hewlett Packard. Printers can now make food. I’m not kidding. [SmartPlanet]

* Pump up the volume. Iconic Chicago restaurant The Pump Room is ready for its close up — and reservations! [Chicago Tribune]

* London calling. Wolfgang Puck and Gordon Ramsay answer, with new restaurants CUT 432 and Bread Street Kitchen, respectively. [Business Insider]

* Manifestos should be off the menu. Jay Rayner takes issue with and aim at the G9 chefs’ manifesto. [The Guardian]

* A call for clean cooking. Chef José Andrés (America Eats) joins the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. [Fox News Latino]

* Call it a comeback. Chef John Sedlar isn’t resting on the laurels of his past success, Saint Estèphe, as evidenced by Rivera and Playa. [LA Times]

* Pack your knives and go. Top Chef hostess Padma Lakshmi nearly bored the audience to tears at The Moth. [NY Post]

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