My partner in kitchen tools, Mac Dalton, and I have for years relied on a local Cleveland nonprofit, Vocational Guidance Services (VGS), to ship our tools. VGS has for decades employed those who can’t otherwise find work—the disabled, people who have been homeless, people who are recently out of jail. In other words, VGS is a valuable part of our community and Mac and I put a strain on them with our recent sales, so I want to thank them publicly for their good work. Ottavio Gargano, along with Bernie Nenadovich and Ernie Tubbs, and especially all the good people who fulfill our orders, thank you for your work. You make my beloved city of Cleveland a better place. “The More That I Give, the More That I Have”: Where to Donate During the Holidays (and Read On »

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“The Ins & Outs of Operating a Food Truck”, via Food Tech Connect.

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UPDATE Tuesday, 12/4/13: We are working to fulfill orders placed before 12 a.m. beyond the eastern time zone. Thanks for the enthusiastic embrace cyber Monday. So grateful for everyone’s excitement. Fifty percent off all Dalton-Ruhlman cooking tools for today only: use the code word gobble at checkout. Hard to believe it’s been three years since my friend Mac Dalton and I introduced a small line of cooking tools. They’ve gotten kudos from chefs such as David Kinch and Jonathon Sawyer to Martha herself (she actually placed an order through my site). We haven’t advertised these things, we haven’t done any merchandising, because, well, that work gives me a headache, just not my thing, and there’s too much fun stuff to do, like actually making things. That’s what I love. To promote these tools, which I Read On »

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America is pie crazy and they are the after turkey centerpiece of thanksgiving dinner, via WSJ.

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  Bourdain is waiting at the appointed rendezvous in the Nevada dessert. I’m in a 1970 Olds Cutlass “acquired” for me by a Vegas associate. I didn’t ask questions. Bourdain against the arid landscape is a sight that fills me with a mixture of excitement and fear (but not loathing). He and the intrepid Zero Point Zero production team have brought me here to help Tony explore different sides of this morass of humanity—more precisely, those who serve that morass. But Bourdain has a penchant for getting me into trouble. Carol Blymire texted that she has bail money ready, say the word. Remember, I had to make a quick getaway in the “No Reservations” Las Vegas episode, for those who missed that one. But Tony’s here to explore different sides of Vegas, ones less often covered. I Read On »

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