Wine Prices to Rise; Kids Against Kid Menus; Chef Swims Against Current with Plankton + More News

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Sheldon J. Plankton reacts to the exciting news regarding Aponiente’s latest menu items.

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

* Meet the mashgiach. Also known as a gatekeepers, they keep kitchens kosher. [NY Times]

* Get ready to whine about wine prices. They’re going up. [MSN Money]

* Are kids over kid menus? At least one is — and she eloquently explains why. [TODAY]

* Plankton is on the menu at an acclaimed restaurant. And, no, we’re not talking about the Krusty Krab. [Daily Mail]

* Top secret. Chefs share tricks of the trade to those looking to up their culinary game. [Wall Street Journal]

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Kentucky Derby Dining; El Bulli Exhibit; Hottest Celeb Chefs; Farina Interview + More News

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About 120,000 mint juleps are expected to be served at the Kentucky Derby this weekend.

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

* Heading to Churchill Downs? Here are some Kentucky Derby dining recommendations. [WFPL.org]

* Simply the best. What makes a restaurant the best isn’t a critic’s opinion so much as your own. [Telegraph]

* Never dined at El Bulli? You can still (sort of) experience it, thanks to a new exhibit in London this summer. [ABC News]

* Some like it hot. A round-up attractive celebrity chefs. [E! Online]

* California foie gras kerfuffle. This time, it’s personal. [Daily Pilot]

* Shop talk. Top Chef alum Richard Farina of moto chats with boss Homaro Cantu. [HuffPostContinue Reading

OpenTable Diner Reviews Reveal Top 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in the U.S.

Just in time for Mother’s Day, we are pleased to announce the 2013 Diners’ Choice Award winners for Top 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in the United States. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 15,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Winning restaurants, which include Belga Café in Washington, D.C., Cookshop in New York, and RESTAURANT at Sunset Marquis in West Hollywood, are scattered throughout 26 states and the nation’s capital. The coastal states of California and New York have the greatest number of best restaurants for brunch, with 17 and 13, respectively. The South made a strong showing, with Florida claiming 8 winning restaurants and Georgia with 7 honorees. Texas and Washington, D.C. restaurants earned five places apiece, while Colorado, North Carolina, Virginia, and Washington each have four.  Illinois and Pennsylvania each have three award winners, while Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, and Missouri have two. Arizona, Delaware, Indiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, and Wisconsin are also represented.

Belgian, Creole, French, Mediterranean, and Mexican fare are featured; however, American cuisine handily dominates the list.

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Foodies Are the New Fashionistas in NYC; Padma’s Skinny Secret + More

It’s too bad Carrie Bradshaw wasn’t more of a foodie. Maybe then we’d have all been spared the horror that was the cupcake craze.

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

* Checks and the city. Restaurant reservations are the new Manolos for young singles. [NY Times]

* I don’t know how she does it. Oh, wait! Now I do. Padma Lakshmi reveals her secret to staying skinny. I think it also involves exercise, but, hey — juice away! [Daily Mail]

* Woody Allen’s diet. It’s as neurotic as you might think. [Grub Street NY]

* Winter wonderlands for foodies. Festivals to make the cold months pass fast. [Forbes]

* Feeling anxious? Order the salmon; apparently, it’s nature’s Xanax. [Men’s Fitness]

* The Paleo Diet. It’s so simple a caveman can do it. [PopSci]

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