Captain Obvious over at the New York Times (http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/28/aaa-warns-against-drunken-driving-dangers-over-new-years/) is reporting a study that Alcohol-related road crashes increase during the holiday season and that New Year’s Day is the worst period of all. Anybody who has bar-tended or waited on tables in their lives knows this. However, it probably won’t hurt to remind everyone to celebrate the upcoming New Year of 2011 with good sense and with an eye towards making 2011 the best year ever!
DUCKFAT RESTAURANT – YUM!
Took a client out to lunch this afternoon over at Duckfat Tavern & Grill, 7218 Madison Street in Forest Park. I had their Fish Tacos as an appetizer followed by their signature Duckfat Burger with a side of Duckfat Fries. The ambience was fantastically improved from the days of Horan’s Snug. Pretty friendly service and more flat screen televisions than I could shake a stick at. Try eating at the bar!
Duckfat Tavern & Grill
7218 Madison Street
Forest Park, IL 60130
Phone: (708) 488-1493
Sunday – Thursday 11AM–2AM
Friday – Saturday 11AM–3AM
Sunday – Thursday 11AM–10PM
Friday – Saturday 11AM–11PM
LOOKING FORWARD – FOOD TRENDS
From Bret Thorn a writer over at Nation’s Restaurant News (http://nrn.com/article/food-writer%E2%80%99s-top-trend-list) … the new trends for food in 2011 are:
- Burgers and friends – The trend of hamburgers featuring higher quality beef and other protein, artisan buns, house-made toppings and other upscale touches will continue, but restaurateurs & chiefs will differentiate their sandwiches by pairing with other comfort dishes on the side.
- French fries – Since everyone knows that fries are fattening – including the food police – the trend will be to make them seem more healthy and better for you.
- Single Origin – Whether it is a question of security, environmentalism, health, animal rights or just shopping locally, food that can trace it’s origins to someplace specific – that is food that tells a story is undeniably appealing.
- Bad Caffeine – Caffeine may emerge as the new bad thing. The FDA’s assault on canned caffeinated malt liquors such as “Four Loco” may be part of a broader attach. Or we may be due for a renewed attack on carbohydrates or even the evil gluten.
Here is hoping that everyone has a Happy, Healthy, Safe and Prosperous New Year!