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Chow Bella's 9 Most Dramatic Moments in the National Food (and Drink) Scene in 2012

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Chick-fil-A COO Publicly Opposes Same Sex Marriage

During a radio interview on The Ken Coleman Show last June, Chick-fil-A COO Dan Cathy felt compelled to express his views on marriage equality, repeating a few weeks later that he supported "the biblical definition of the family unit." Not a new stance for this guy, whose charitable foundation has donated millions to anti-gay groups for nearly a decade. But this time, he was so blatantly vocal that just about everyone but Sarah Palin, Rick Santorum and the Tea Party went ballistic. Boycotts and protests swept college campuses, while gay and lesbian rights groups planned on-site, same-sex kiss-ins to kiss-off the sanctimonious chicken peddlers once and for all on August 3. Boston's and Chicago's mayors vowed to ban future franchises in their cities, which, of course, they can't really do but they sure sounded pissed. Even The Muppets (Jim Henson's company provided Pajanimals for Chick-fil-A's kid's meals) were eager to break ties with the gay-haters. Turns out, Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee's Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day (August 1) increased company sales by nearly 30%, while the kiss-in was a bit of a bust.

New York Times Reviewer Pete Wells Writes Blistering Review of Guy Fieri's Times Square Restaurant

Even if you love Mr. Flavor Town and his flaxen spikes, you have to admit: Pete Wells' scorching review of Fieri's three-month-old restaurant, Guy's American Kitchen & Bar, was a scrumptious read. Wells wrote it as a series of rhetorical questions aimed at Fieri, delivered at the same speed as machine gun fire and with about the same outcome. Brutal? Hell, yeah. A Tarantino-style blood bath, and we loved it. Invited to defend himself on the Today show, Fieri suggested that Wells had an agenda, but none of us wanted to see our favorite Camaro-driving TV hotdog reduced to lame excuses. Or did we? Another round of Schadenfreude, please!

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Nikki Buchanan