Restaurants charging almost $300 a person for "gourmet dining" experiences? In most areas, this kind of business plan would make a restaurant hamburger in no time.
Most folks are struggling just to cover the cost of food staples so as to be able to eat at all, never mind the $100 reservation cancellation fees some restaurants are charging — plus being publicly labeled a turkey if you don't show up.
It looks to me like yuppyism is alive and living high off the hog. If people are foolish enough to pay these kinds of prices to be a part of what seems to me to be food snobbery at its finest, then I say let them eat chicken and donate some of the excess funds to organizations that help the less fortunate.