More than a year after nationally celebrated restaurateur Danny Meyer began to roll out his "hospitality included" policy, we're reviewing today's state of tipping, including the two-line gratuity solution a number of restaurants on the West Coast are embracing in response to increased minimum wages and growing income disparity between the front-of-the-house and back-of-the-house staffs in restaurants.
How to Use the Lemon and Hot Towel You're Given in Restaurants
Squeeze the lemon onto the towel, not your hand.
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Softened vegetables, including onions and bell peppers, amped up with spices like chili powder, cumin, oregano, and cayenne, form the base of this tortilla soup. Chicken broth and tomatoes are added, along with soft corn tortillas that meld into the liquid to make a hearty, thick meal. Finally, shredded chicken is stirred in, and everything is garnished with crunchy tortilla strips, sour cream, shredded cheese, and scallions (avocados, pickled jalapeños, and cilantro would all work too).
Easy Rice Pudding
A simple and supremely satisfying dessert, rice pudding is pure comfort in a bowl. It's easy to get there too! Just simmer white rice with whole milk, sugar, and a pinch of salt until the grains are tender, plump, and creamy, then stir in a little vanilla or almond extract while the pudding's still warm. Top however you like (fresh berries in season, dried fruit, toasted nuts for a crunchy contrast, a sprinkle of cinnamon, etc.) -- you really can't go wrong.
Behind The Business: Richard Blais
Richard Blais talks to Chowhound about being a TV chef, restaurateur, parent, and cookbook author.
Have you ever thrown a cocktail? Not at someone. FOR someone. Throwing a cocktail is another way to mix a cocktail for your guests by “throwing” the ingredients back and forth from mixing glass to tin. Charlotte Voisey demonstrates this technique while making her Unusual Negroni cocktail.