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Mario Batali steps down after sexual misconduct allegations

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:30:13 UT

Celebrity chef Mario Batali stepped away from his restaurant empire and cooking show "The Chew" on Monday as he said that reports of sexual misconduct "match up" to his behavior. Food news website Eater New York published an article Monday that said four women accused the chef of inappropriate touching. One of the women said that Batali groped her chest after wine spilled on her shirt. Another said he grabbed her from behind and held her tightly against his body. Eater said the four women, three of whom worked for Batali, asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation. The sexual misconduct allegations are the latest to come against powerful men in entertainment, politics and other industries.



Information sessions scheduled on Detroit grant program

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 01:10:05 UT

DETROIT (AP) — Free information sessions on exterior improvement grants are being offered for small business owners in Detroit. Motor City Re-Store says the presentations are designed to answer questions about the program which makes available matching grants of up to $25,000. Sessions are scheduled starting at 10 a.m. Friday at Good Cakes and Bakes on Livernois Avenue and on Dec. 15 at Grand River Workplace on Grand River Avenue. The grants can be used for designing and building facades, landscaping, murals, public art design, outdoor dining options, historic preservation efforts and other exterior work. Applications are being accepted through Jan. 8.



Best eateries on Yelp: Renton and Tukwila

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 19:49:08 UT

The cities south of Seattle are richly diverse and their restaurant offerings reflect that.




Kennedy seems conflicted in Supreme Court wedding cake case

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 00:43:04 UT

WASHINGTON (AP) — On a sharply divided Supreme Court, the justice in the middle seemed conflicted Tuesday in the court's high-stakes consideration of a baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple in 2012. The court's fault lines were laid bare in a riveting argument that focused equally on baker Jack Phillips' right to refuse to put his artistic talents to use in support of something in which he disagrees and the Colorado couple's right to be treated like any other two people who wanted a cake to celebrate their marriage. Both views were reflected in the questions and comments of Justice Anthony Kennedy, the author of all the court's major gay-rights decisions and a fierce defender of free speech.



Business Highlights

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 23:43:07 UT

___ Then and now: Why 1986 tax bill was everything 2017's isn't WASHINGTON (AP) — The Tax Reform Act of 1986 was the product of a year and a half of spirited deliberations. It won support from Democrats and Republicans. Its benefits flowed more to ordinary taxpayers than to corporations. And it added nothing to the federal deficit. ___ AP Exclusive: Top gossip editor accused of sexual misconduct NEW YORK (AP) — Former employees under the top editor for the National Enquirer, Us Weekly and other major gossip publications accused him of sexual misconduct in the newsroom, openly describing his penis and sexual partners, discussing female employees' sex lives and forcing women to watch or listen to pornographic material.



The Latest: Baker and gay couple at court for cake arguments

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 17:53:43 UT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Supreme Court argument in the wedding cake case (all times local): 12:41 p.m. A Colorado cake baker and the same-sex couple for whom he declined to make a wedding cake were all at the Supreme Court to witness arguments in the case. Speaking outside of court after the justices heard the case, baker Jack Phillips said the five-year court fight has "been very hard on me and my family." He said, "there have been many tears," he said. Phillips says he has faced death threats and harassment and is "struggling just to make ends meet." David Mullins said he and his now-husband, Charlie Craig, said they were in tears in the parking lot of Phillips' shop after he declined to make them a wedding cake.



Opponents in high court wedding cake case differ over terms

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 16:47:41 UT

A Supreme Court case about a baker's refusal to make a cake for a same-sex couple is also a dispute over terminology. Supporters of Masterpiece Cakeshop baker Jack Phillips see it as a case about religious freedom or religious liberty. Backers of the gay couple who were refused a cake say it's about Phillips seeking a religious exemption from Colorado's anti-discrimination law. It's not unusual for opposing sides of controversial issues to disagree about the words they use to describe them. For example, abortion opponents call themselves "pro-life." Supporters of abortion rights call themselves "pro-choice.



Some see echoes of '68 court case in wedding cake dispute

Sun, 3 Dec 2017 22:23:16 UT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The upcoming Supreme Court argument about a baker who refused to make a cake for a same-sex couple makes some civil rights lawyers think of South Carolina's Piggie Park barbecue. When two African-Americans parked their car at a Piggie Park drive-in in August 1964 in Columbia, South Carolina, the waitress who came out to serve them turned back once she saw they were black and didn't take their order. In the civil rights lawsuit that followed, Piggie Park owner Maurice Bessinger justified the refusal to serve black customers based on his religious belief opposing "any integration of the races whatsoever." Federal judges had little trouble dismissing Bessinger's claim.



Opponents in high court wedding cake case differ over terms

Fri, 1 Dec 2017 13:28:27 UT

A Supreme Court case about a baker's refusal to make a cake for a same-sex couple is also a dispute over terminology. Supporters of Masterpiece Cakeshop baker Jack Phillips see it as a case about religious freedom or religious liberty. Backers of the gay couple who were refused a cake say it's about Phillips seeking a religious exemption from Colorado's anti-discrimination law. It's not unusual for opposing sides of controversial issues to disagree about the words they use to describe them. For example, abortion opponents call themselves "pro-life." Supporters of abortion rights call themselves "pro-choice.



Yelp: Best restaurants in West Seattle, White Center

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 00:36:04 UT

Not so long ago, non-West Seattleites thought of the peninsula as a far-flung, sleepy nowheresville.




New Jersey's latest bear hunt may also be last for a while

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 13:58:36 UT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Hunters across New Jersey are making final preparations for the state's next black bear hunt, which also may be the last one the state holds for some time. While a formal decision won't be made until next year, the hunt's future seemed to be sealed on election night, when Democrat Phil Murphy — who has called for a moratorium on the hunts — won the gubernatorial race. The state's firearm-only season is scheduled for Dec. 4 to 9. It comes just weeks after 243 bears were killed during a six-day hunt staged mostly in northern New Jersey. The first three days of the last hunt were reserved for bow hunting, with bows and muzzle-loading guns allowed the final three days.



Vegas Thanksgiving home cooks didn't set kitchens on fire

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 23:13:01 UT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — People cooking Thanksgiving meals in Las Vegas did not set their kitchens on fire this year. The fire department in the city of Las Vegas says there were no cooking-related fires Thursday that caused damage or displaced anyone. Firefighters responded to three calls for food burning in the oven only, but the fires were out by the time they arrived. They helped people get smoke out of their kitchens. Nationally, Thanksgiving is the leading day for home cooking fires. The department says the most serious call of the holiday was a bedroom fire that displaced six people and caused $15,000 in damage. Fire department officials believe the blaze may have been smoking related.



'France is a Feast': Photo exhibit celebrates Julia Child

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:04:25 UT

YOUNTVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Mention Julia Child and the image that comes to mind is a tall woman with a spoon in one hand, saying in a high voice, "Bon appetit!" That was Child in her heyday as a 1960s TV show host teaching Americans the art of French cooking. But a new photo exhibit at California's Napa Valley Museum Yountville documents her life in France in the years before she hosted one of America's most popular TV cooking shows. Child, a graduate of Smith College, worked during World War II for the agency that was the predecessor of the CIA. In 1946, she married Paul Child, who worked as a cultural attache at the U.S.



Taproom mixes balance of yoga and brewing in classes

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:02:15 UT

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — Contortionists covered the floor of the Alvarium Beer Co. Sunday morning, as hops and malts did their own balancing act in the brew kettles above. Yoga teacher Kelly Murphy led 22 people through more than an hour of positions inside the taproom/brewery on John Downey Drive. "My intention is to provide an environment people feel comfortable doing yoga in," the Berlin native explained of her studio choice. "You have leisure and fun mixed together here." Serene sounds replaced the loud punk music that usually fills the room. Meanwhile, Head Brewer Chris DeGasero conducted his Sunday morning business as usual.



Restaurant owners finding strong appetites in Detroit

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:48:58 UT

DETROIT (AP) — A resurgent downtown Detroit has become something of a magnet for small startup companies, corporate headquarters and even fine cuisine. A Pittsburgh-based company that develops and manages food halls is eyeing the Motor City as one of the newest locations for the trendy food service concept. The Galley Group provides kitchen space for chefs and is scouting spots in the downtown business district and Midtown and Corktown neighborhoods. But it faces competition in satisfying the palates of people choosing from eating options that didn't exist even a decade ago. "Detroit is a city that's on the move right now. It's amazingly undervalued," said Tyler Benson, a Galley Group partner. "There is so much happening there.