Anthony Bourdain urges New Yorkers to #EatDownTipUp
November 5th, 2012
01:08 PM ET

Anthony Bourdain urges New Yorkers to #EatDownTipUp

Anthony Bourdain, one of CNN’s newest hosts for 2013, asks restaurant-goers in New York to dine out and tip more money to help local NYC restaurants affected by Hurricane Sandy. In his op-ed on CNN’s food blog Eatocracy, he writes, “Just ‘cause a little DIY place has got it’s power back on, doesn’t mean the bleeding has stopped… so let’s do what we can.”  He explains the hardships Sandy has caused restaurant owners and employees, and how shutting down for a few days takes a toll on the restaurant’s revenue. This article expresses a similar sentiment to the popular support initiative called Eat Down, Tip Up, which has become a common topic on Twitter, #EatDownTipUp.

Bourdain’s show will launch in early 2013 on CNN and CNNI.

Topics: Anthony Bourdain • CNN • CNN Digital • CNN Living • CNN Opinion • Eatocracy • Social Media
CNN Digital remembers Julia Child
August 16th, 2012
04:56 PM ET

CNN Digital remembers Julia Child

Grab a skillet and some elastic pants, and let’s dish together about gastronomic genius Julia Child and her influence on the culinary arts. CNN’s food blog Eatocracy cooked up a plateful of articles that paint a delicious picture of her enchanting personality, as well as the effect she had on fellow foodies. One post collects memories from Julia Child fans as they share stories of learning to cook or accidentally getting cut by her knife (yes, you heard that right). We’ve also conducted research and learned ten interesting facts about her: Did you know she spent time in Sri Lanka and China when she worked with the Office of Strategic Services (OSS)? Or that she once attributed her longevity to “red meat and gin”? Her life was so interesting and she inspired so many people, it’s no surprise that her kitchen is in the Smithsonian.

Oh, and we almost left off Jeanne Moos’s heartfelt and humorous piece about the Julia Child autotune. Almost.

November 30th, 2011
04:08 PM ET

CNN Digital Garners Three Prestigious EPPY™Awards

CNN Digital was honored today with three EPPY™ Awards by Editor & Publisher, the authoritative journal for newspaper professionals. The EPPY™ Awards recognize media outlets that are leading the way in the online revolution. CNN Digital picked up awards for the Best News/Political Blog for the This Just In blog, Best Citizen Journalism site for CNN iReport and Best Food site for CNN’s food blog, Eatocracy.

The 2011 EPPY™ Awards, now in their 16th year, are an international contest that honors the best media-affiliated websites across 43 diverse categories. The winners were announced Wednesday, November 30 on after four weeks of in-depth judging.  Finalists must receive a score in the top one third of the average score across all categories within their division.

In addition to the CNN Digital Awards, and also were honored. A complete list of the 2011 winners can be found here.

Topics: Awards • Blog Network • CNN Digital • Eatocracy • iReport
CNN Secret Supper: flavor-tripping in Chicago
Mark Hill/CNN
November 17th, 2011
09:54 AM ET

CNN Secret Supper: flavor-tripping in Chicago

What do you get when you mix a cup of miracle berries, a glass of farm-to-table homemade apple cider and Roland’s Rules for Thanksgiving? A recipe for Eatocracy’s fifth Secret Supper. CNN Contributors Roland Martin and LZ Granderson, Second City troupe member Tim Sniffen, Tio Hardiman from CeaseFire, and four local chefs all gathered around the table to talk about the food scene in Chicago and how it reflects the population.


Topics: CNN Digital • Eatocracy • Secret Supper • Social Media
November 16th, 2011
05:37 PM ET

Live from Chicago: Eatocracy's #CNNSupper is tonight

Eatocracy,’s food blog, will be breaking bread with some of Chicago’s most talented chefs during its fifth Secret Supper tonight at 6pm ET/5pm CT. A Secret Supper is a small gathering of people from diverse backgrounds who eat a meal together that is prepared by local chefs using local ingredients. Tonight, the chefs, CNN contributors and some local special guests will be talking about how Chicago's culture parallels the local food landscape. The event is sure to spark some delectable conversation, so pull up a virtual seat at the table by following @eatocracy and #CNNSupper on Twitter for all the live action and be sure to “like” the Eatocracy Facebook page.

Topics: CNN Digital • Eatocracy • Secret Supper • Social Media
November 15th, 2011
02:59 PM ET

It’s time for a Secret Supper in Chicago is hosting its fifth Eatocracy Secret Supper tomorrow in Chicago where guests will gather around the dinner table at a secret location to discuss the city’s culture and how it mirrors the Chicago food landscape. The dinner will be hosted by Eatocracy’s editor, Kat Kinsman.  She’ll be joined by Chicago locals as well as Chicago native and CNN contributor Roland Martin as well as CNN contributor LZ Granderson.  But that’s not all. and the Eatocracy team have a lot more to share, so follow @eatocracy on Twitter and keep track of #CNNSupper for the latest details, which will be sprinkled throughout the site shortly – location, guest list, chef, menu and a couple more ‘garnishes’!

Our Eatocracy editors will be live blogging at the event which begins tomorrow at 6:00pET/5:00PT.

To stave off your hunger for more details, here is an Eatocracy story about how a person’s identity is linked to the food they eat: The kid with the stinky lunch

Topics: CNN Digital • Eatocracy • Secret Supper • Social Media
April 22nd, 2011
12:59 PM ET

Green Solutions In Focus airs Saturday on CNN and Sunday on CNNi

In observation of Earth Day, CNN photojournalists are pairing with Eatocracy – CNN's blog devoted to all things edible – to take a special look at problems facing our planet and people who are trying to make a difference. From a “wild man” foraging for food in a big city, to a band of beekeepers determined to rescue a disappearing pollinator, the latest installment of CNN’s award-winning "In Focus" photojournalist series, hosted by Tom Foreman, spotlights people’s efforts to save our planet and nourish a nation.

Green Solutions In Focus airs Saturday 3:00pm to 4:00pm ET on CNN and and Sunday 3:00pm to 4:00pm on CNN International. For more information on Green Solutions In Focus, visit

Topics: CNN • Eatocracy
Six chefs and a pig
l to r: Galindo, Speer, Clouser, Northcutt, Sandalio, Dunbar, Norris. Credit: Edward M. Pio Roda/CNN
March 15th, 2011
10:40 PM ET

Six chefs and a pig

The Eatocracy Secret Supper chefs have been revealed!  Chef Zack Northcutt from Mulberry & Haddingtons roasted a whole pig for the Austin Secret Supper, and invited his friends to come help with the sides.   Chef John Galindo from Izzoz Tacos and Chef Matt Clouser of Rabbit and Hat Supper Club made all vegan sides.  Pastry chefs Philip Speer, Plinio Sandalio and his apprentice Caroline Dunbar made the desserts and Haddington's bartender Bill Norris mixed the cocktails.  Follow the action live on Twitter via @eatocracy and #CNNsupper.

Topics: CNN Digital • CNN Grill • Eatocracy • SXSW
Eatocracy's #CNNSupper from SXSW
Follow @eatocracy for the Austin Secret Supper live from SXSW. Credit: Edward M. Pio Roda/CNN
March 15th, 2011
06:04 PM ET

Eatocracy's #CNNSupper from SXSW

While in Austin for SXSW, is hosting its third Eatocracy Secret Supper.  From tacos to brisket, the Supper will bring together Austin's farmers and chefs to talk food.  Details are still secret but we'll dish on them soon.   Our Eatocracy editors will also be live blogging the evening's fun beginning at 8:30p ET/7:30p CT.

On Twitter, you also can follow @eatocracy and track #CNNSupper as we reveal the latest secrets throughout the evening – including the location, guest list, chef, menu and a BIG surprise!

In the meantime, here are a few of Eatocracy's stories this week related to Austin and its food culture that are definitely worth sampling:

Topics: CNN Digital • CNN Grill • Eatocracy • SXSW
February 17th, 2011
07:41 PM ET

Chef John Besh at Eatocracy Secret Supper in New Orleans

Eatocracy has been in New Orleans this week getting ready for its second Secret Supper, and it's finally dinner time in the Big Easy. Tonight's supper is being held in the beautiful home of democratic strategist and Louisiana native James Carville, along with his wife, Republican strategist and CNN political contributor Mary Matalin. But before the Sazerac cocktails and crawfish pies start flowing, a brief welcome message from the man in the kitchen tonight – cookbook author, restaurateur and James Beard Award-winning chef, John Besh. Follow the action live on Twitter via @eatocracy and #CNNsupper.

Topics: CNN Digital • Eatocracy
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