If you don’t show up for your dental appointment, there’s a chance you could get charged for it.

Miss your flight and need to re-book, you’ll likely pay.

Skip that physio for your rotator cuff and you could get stuck with the bill.

But what about your restaurant reservation?

Changes to bookings on busy nights, granted, are a part of the industry. But they also cause more work for staff as it discombobulates table arrangements and alters staffing calculations and food orders.

Last-minute cancellations — and worse, no-shows — can have a significant impact on a business and many local

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Premium lettuce wrap kit features living butter lettuce grown with innovative indoor agriculture method, offering consumers a fresh, restaurant quality meal at home in about five minutes

HAMILTON, Mont., Jan. 11, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Local Bounti Corporation (NYSE: LOCL, LOCL WS) (“Local Bounti” or the “Company”), a breakthrough U.S. indoor agriculture company combining the best aspects of vertical and greenhouse growing technologies, announced the launch of its chef-inspired Asian Style Chicken Lettuce Wrap Kit, a restaurant-quality meal solution that is prepared at home in about 5 minutes, at 194 Sprouts Farmers Markets (NASDAQ: SFM) locations in California and

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Clementine’s gnocchi is one of the recipes featured in San Antonio Cooks

Veteran Alamo City food journalist Julia Rosenfeld is releasing a cookbook featuring more than 80 recipes from notable local chefs and cocktail gurus.

San Antonio Cooks (Figure 1 Publishing) will drop Nov. 22, showcasing recipes from culinary powerhouses including Dashi Sichuan Kitchen + Bar’s Kristina Zhao, Best Quality Daughter’s Jennifer Hwa Dobbertin and Quealy Watson, Clementine power couple Elise and John Russ, and Lala’s Gorditas owner Steven Pizzini.

click to enlarge San Antonio Cooks is available for pre-order now. - Courtesy Photo / Figure 1 Publishing

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San Antonio Cooks is available for

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The fate of chef Emeril Lagasse’s French Quarter restaurant NOLA has been one of the lingering question marks in New Orleans dining through the pandemic. The restaurant, in business for nearly 30 years, has been closed since March 2020 when all restaurants were ordered to suspend indoor dining.

Now a different local restaurant company has leased NOLA’s building, at 534 St. Louis St., and plans to quickly develop a new restaurant in its place.


First opened in 1992, NOLA Restaurant from chef Emeril Lagasse got a new design and menu overhaul in 2017, shown here that year.  (Staff photo by

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The recipes in Julia Celeste Rosenfeld’s latest book, San Antonio Cooks, may have come from professional chefs, but they still required testing. Rosenfeld, a professional food writer and tour guide (and longtime former SAM contributor), knows chefs too well to simply trust what they write down.

“For the most part, these folks are going from feel and touch and experience, so to write it down, and for six portions as opposed to 25, is tough,” says Rosenfeld, who introduces groups of locals and visitors to San Antonio’s best eats on her Food Chick Tours. “You have to test it.”


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This story is part of Heads of the Table, our celebration of 12 restaurants, people, and organizations that led the industry through the pandemic and beyond. Meet all the winners here.

The human experience is a varied one. But this past year has been one of a shared struggle that has tied all of us together in grief, anxiety, and clarity. The pandemic brought to light many things for me, most revolving around the idea of service—what it has meant for me and what it means to my city, my state, and my country.

As the co-chef and co-owner

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