Ivy Files for Bankruptcy; Guy Fieri is the Sarah Palin of Food

Restaurant Group Inc, owner of Ivy, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. [Herald]

Guy Fieri has a "Sarah Palin-like ability to reach Americans who feel left behind by the nations cultural (or, in his case, culinary) elite." [NYT]

Cooking camps are popping up across the country to profit from a generation raised on the Food Network. [WSJ]

More and more bartenders are taking jobs as ambassadors for liquor brands. [NYT]

Denny's new value menu includes a grilled cheese sandwich stuffed with mozzarella sticks. [Eater]

Spurred by Man vs. Food, competitive eating is gaining a foothold in the United Kingdom. [Independent]

It seems that artisanal popsicles could depose cupcakes as the nation's trendiest sweet. [Columbian]

Unreachable reservation lines and too much VIP schmoozing top John Mariani's list of the seven deadly restaurateur sins. [Esquire]

A global food crisis like the one that occurred in 2007-8 could be on the horizon once again. [Time]