An Insider's guide to restaurants, wine, spirits and culinary travel

glass half full: 11/10/2017

A roundup of the most interesting food, wine and spirits stories on the web (because even Al Gore, who invented it, doesn't have time to read them all)

Great news: After admitting to sexual harassment, you can still be a featured chef at the South Beach Food and Wine Festival.

He may have resigned in disgrace from his restaurant group and participated in a corporate culture of harassment, but celebrity chef John Besh is be a headliner at SoBe:


The price of white truffles is going up.

A season of hot, dry weather in Italy has pushed the price to $3,000 per pound.


Remember Budweiser? You’re almost in the minority.

Things are getting worse and worse for Anheuser-Busch InBev:


Because that whole wine and spirits thing may turn out to be a passing fad:

Constellation buys a 10% stake in a Canadian cannabis company.


Trouble in paradise:

Jean-Georges loses a Michelin star in the 2018 NYC guide:


And speaking of Michelin stars: These two old farts don’t want you photographing their food.

If you dine at The Waterside Inn, leave your iPhone in your pocket:


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