The big picture doesn't look good for restaurants. Apparently, social trends are to blame: more women are staying at home with their kids and more men are cooking. (Wall Street Journal)
Via Eater, a great (though long) post on the pernicious myth of wine pairings from the fantastic wine blog Vinography.
A victory in our battle against eating contests! A chocolate-eating contest is cancelled for lack of entrants. (The Pictou County News)