• Last week on KQED's Forum, several players involved in the current battle between food-truck operators and downtown brick-and-mortar restaurant owners gathered to debate the city's new street-food permitting policies. Basically, this war isn't likely to end soon. [KQED, Earlier]...
Also, the Four Seasons only recently started allowing staff to have tattoos.
After suffering a full week of annual dining round-ups, we all have a good handle on what restaurants that might have missed the radar this year. So what's in store for 2012?
Mario Batali and black garlic inspires Culina's Vic Casanova, moms are blamed for their fat kids, look for more online food startups, and more in our daily news roundup.
San Diego Owner Fined for Hiring Undocumented Workers; Brian Malarkey Opening Gingham on New Year's Eve
Michel Malecot, of The French Gourmet, must pay $396,575 and serve five years probation after his conviction.
Plus: Retailers struggle with the logistics of shipping everything from bacon to live lobsters; and disposable aluminum roasting pans are prone to tearing, and severely burning cooks, all in our morning news roundup.
Amaro is now full-blown trend at multiple big-city restaurants and bars.
Quinoa salad struggles to compete with Flamin' Hot Cheetoes for the hearts and minds of schoolkids.
The agency wants the cheery lap-band commercials to change their tune, insisting they skip the serious side of the risky surgery.
Plus: Monstrous algae threatens Texas oysters; and the nation's greenest restaurant is in Chicago, all in our morning news roundup.
Also, the dreaded European grapevine moth has almost been eradicated from California.
Fine dining booms while the rest of the restaurant industry suffers.
The hospitality entrepreneur claims the restaurant makes $13.5 million every year.
Plus: Get ready for trendy grilled cheese vegetable desserts in the New Year; and could too many free breadstick refills be the cause of Olive Garden's financial woes, all in our morning news roundup.
The domestic diva bought clay in prison with her commissary cash.
The Roots drummer inserts himself into the food trend fray.
His arrest gives new meaning to "fire table eight."
Plus: an increasing number of chefs are turning out books about cooking at home; and the 2011 British Curry Awards go off without a hitch, all in our morning news roundup.
Nirvana is shuttering within a week, or within weeks.