October 2008 Archives

mammothdining.jpgBy Courtney Cochran

Attention, outdoors-loving oenophiles:  Gone are the days of scarfing sub-par sandwiches and downing cheap brews between downhill ski runs. Well, at least for those of us lucky enough to hit the slopes in Southern California, that is.  There, über chef Joachim Splichal of LA's venerable Patina Restaurant Group (think Patina, Pinot Bistro, and Vegas's popular Pinot Brasserie) was recently appointed to oversee all food-service operations on Southern California's Mammoth Mountain, which means that visitors to the state's most popular year-round resort can now enjoy the fruits of the group's signature French-Cal cuisine between runs.

ZAGAT Getting Usurped As Resto Go-To Guide

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By Courtney Cochran

In a world where blogs and user reviews - AKA the wisdom of the crowd - carry ever-increasing weight, it seems only natural that the pioneer of the user-as-expert theory where restaurants are concerned would still carry significant clout.  And indeed, Zagat still boasts some serious cred with consumers, as evidenced by the widely-noted release of the group's 2009 America's Top Restaurants survey yesterday.