June 15, 2013 |
The Cheesecake Factory is at once an ostentatious den of dining and decorative excess as well as a homespun throwback to family tradition. Witness the florid murals and French-inspired checked floors, the dozens of cheesecakes in sumptuous flavors such as white chocolate caramel macadamia and the calorie-laden dishes that regularly land the chain on extreme eating lists. But behind the extravagant menu and interior design, there's a classically American story involving an entrepreneurial housewife and a cheesecake tweaked from a newspaper recipe.
January 17, 2013 |
If we truly are what we eat, then please, please, don't let me be the Cheesecake Factory's bistro shrimp pasta dish. Nor, for that matter, IHOP's country-fried steak and eggs combo, Johnny Rockets' bacon cheddar double burger, Uno Chicago Grill's deep-dish macaroni and three-cheese dish, Smoothie King's Peanut Power Plus Grape Smoothie or Maggiano's Little Italy's chocolate zuccotto cake. Why? Well, start with this: The Cheesecake Factory dish, which you wouldn't think would be too unhealthful -- crispy battered shrimp, mushrooms, tomato, arugula and basil-garlic-lemon cream sauce -- comes in at a whopping 3,120 calories and 89 grams of saturated fat. Wanna wash it down with that Smoothie King smoothie?
August 7, 2012
GINORMOUS BUFFET Caesars Palace in Las Vegas plans to open the $17-million 25,000-square-foot Bacchanal Buffet in September, serving more than 500 items from nine show kitchens designed by Japanese firm Super Potato. [Pulse of Vegas] CHEESE, PLEASE The cheese industry faces the challenge of coming up with cheeses lower in salt and fat that people will like. [ New York Times ] CURIOSITY COOKIE The Mars rover Oreo . [Twitter] BIG CHAINS Can health care take a cue from the Cheesecake Factory ?
June 24, 2012 |
The gig: David Overton, 66, is founder and chief executive of Cheesecake Factory Inc., based in Calabasas Hills. The publicly traded restaurant company has about 170 eateries, and last year it earned a profit of $95.7 million on sales of $1.8 billion. Last week Overton was named a regional entrepreneur of the year by Ernst & Young. Humble beginnings: In the 1970s his parents started a food business in Detroit, specializing in cheesecakes. "My mother got her cheesecake recipe out of the newspaper," Overton said.
April 25, 2012 |
A minute and a half isn't a lot of time, but for 11 local entrepreneurs, 90 seconds was all they had to pitch their start-up ideas to a panel of judges Tuesday. More than 175 start-ups applied to participate in the 7th annual Fast Pitch Competition, held at UCLA's Anderson School of Management and hosted by angel investor group Tech Coast Angels. Eleven finalists were asked to compete. Among the finalists were a digital platform for making friends offline, a restaurant rewards loyalty program and an online classified marketplace.
April 10, 2012 |
It's really not fair. Lucky residents of Britain can now buy a Pizza Hut pizza with a crust stuffed with a hot dog. And it comes with a "free" mustard drizzle! It's grosser than the cheese-stuffed crust pizza we get in this country, though not as gross, I'd argue, as a vegetarian pizza I once got in Britain that was just a crust topped with those canned cubed vegetables. Here it is on the British menu ! I am going over there in a few weeks, and now I know what one of my meals won't be. An item over at Time asks us to soul-search how this fair nation can “redeem its title as most unhealthy country?