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Nick Wiseman

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Thomas Keller's Disappointing Stance on Sustainable Cooking

(19) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 12:24 PM

Thomas Keller is probably the greatest American chef ever. His French Laundry cookbook sits vaulted above the line as a benchmark for perfection in most serious restaurant kitchens. By any calculation, he is a culinary giant atop the world of American food. And he is a personal hero.


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District Grocery Stores: 1922 and 2012

(3) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 12:07 PM

History has a way of repeating itself. I'm not the first to say it; theoreticians have posited this for hundreds of years.

Most of Washington's history never gets told, lost in the bigger historical events that define our city. But it certainly repeats itself.

One story that is repeating...

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Chipotle's on the Farm

(1) Comments | Posted February 21, 2012 | 11:35 AM

I got an elated call from Bev Eggleston last spring.

The renowned Virginia pig farmer had really big news. The executive team from Chipotle was headed to his farm to source pigs for their growing burrito empire.

The farm-to-table movement is certainly in vogue. Restaurants across the country...

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Wal-Mart's Coming to Town

(8) Comments | Posted December 2, 2011 | 3:11 PM

Wal-Mart pledges to end food deserts in the nation's capital. The PR campaign is working; even the First Lady signed on. The messiah is coming to town. The world's largest grocer will do what no one else has done: brave underserved neighborhoods and deliver healthy foods to D.C.'s poorest residents....

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The Power of Molecular Gastronomy

(1) Comments | Posted October 27, 2011 | 6:41 PM

Eli Lehrer, the Vice President of the Heartland Institute, asserted in a recent Huffington Post article that molecular gastronomy -- like "atonal symphonic music, much academic poetry, and nearly all ballets written in the last 60 years" -- threatens to divorce fine dining from popular food culture and...

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Fishing on the Anacostia

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2011 | 6:19 PM

The Statue on the Capitol dome faces east. The city's founders, who meticulously laid out the city, were convinced D.C. would grow in that direction, and that the Anacostia River would become its waterfront. But as former D.C. resident Langston Hughes put it: this was to be a dream deferred....

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Transforming D.C. Into a Culinary Capital

(3) Comments | Posted September 16, 2011 | 5:24 PM

It's "Change Season" in D.C. -- a peculiar phenomenon that recurs on a regular four-year schedule. Funny thing is, all those politicos calling for "change" in the culture of Washington haven't a clue how much the nation's capital is already changing.

Meaningful change has already come to Washington.


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