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 nation’s 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]