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BUSINESS
June 16, 2009 | Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck isn't known for burning much of anything. But his retail products are gaining a fiery reputation. About 1,500 Wolfgang Puck Toaster Oven Toasters have been recalled by W.P. Appliances Inc. and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The reason? The toaster part of the Toaster Oven Toaster can remain on after the toast pops up, causing the elements to overheat and then catch fire, commission spokesman Scott Wolfson said Monday. W.P.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 15, 2009 | S. IRENE VIRBILA, RESTAURANT CRITIC
Wolfgang Puck is moving east with the new Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill at L.A. Live. Look for the tall turquoise lacquer doors center stage on the plaza directly across from Staples Center. The position commands a killer view of the neon and glitz through floor-to-ceiling windows that open out onto a terrace in front. When an event at Staples or the Nokia Theatre next door lets out, hundreds of people stream across that plaza, and Puck captures a good many of them, in waves.
BUSINESS
July 2, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Campbell Soup Co. has bought the Wolfgang Puck soup business in a move that quickly expands the company's organic soup options. Financial terms were not disclosed, but Campbell said the cash deal with Country Gourmet Foods was not expected to have a material effect on its annual financial results. Campbell entered a licensing agreement with Wolfgang Puck Worldwide Inc. to use the Wolfgang Puck brand on soup, stock and broth products in North America. The deal includes an option to extend the brand into other related categories and channels.
BUSINESS
June 24, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Wolfgang Puck can't make competitor Wolfgang Zwiener change the name of his Beverly Hills steakhouse while defending a trademark claim, a judge ruled. Zwiener shouldn't immediately rename Wolfgang's Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener because Puck doesn't have a good chance of succeeding in the case, U.S. District Judge Gary Feess ruled Friday in Los Angeles. Calling the case the "battle of the Wolfgangs," Feess said Puck failed to show a likelihood of success on the merits and failed to demonstrate any "irreparable injury."
BUSINESS
May 15, 2008 | From Bloomberg News
Wolfgang Puck, the Austrian chef and franchiser of more than 80 namesake eateries, filed a trademark lawsuit against competing restaurateur Wolfgang Zwiener for opening a Beverly Hills steakhouse with a similar name. The new restaurant, Wolfgang's Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener, will confuse diners because the chef's name isn't displayed as prominently as "Wolfgang's Steakhouse," according to the infringement suit filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2008 | Denise Martin, Special to The Times
Culinary students working the post-Oscars Governors Ball on Sunday night say there is only one star they are there to please, and it isn't George Clooney. More than 80 student chefs will be looking to Wolfgang Puck as they prepare food for 1,600 members of the Hollywood elite. In fact, star-gazing is strictly forbidden. "We have a ton of food to prepare!" Puck said from the main kitchen of his Hollywood & Highland Center base of operations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 2007 | Corie Brown, Times Staff Writer
Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck and the Humane Society of the United States plan to announce today that Puck's $300-million-a-year food empire is beginning a program to fight animal cruelty. If the plan is carried out as promised, it means no foie gras -- fatty liver produced by overfeeding ducks and geese -- would be served at Spago or any of Puck's 14 other fine-dining restaurants. Spago's famous weiner schnitzel would be made exclusively using veal from roaming, not shackled, calves.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2007 | Stuart Silverstein, Times Staff Writer
Public health officials Tuesday issued an alert urging precautions against acute hepatitis A for the more than 3,500 people -- apparently including high-profile Sports Illustrated swimsuit models -- who appeared at recent events featuring food prepared by Wolfgang Puck Catering. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health acted after the Hollywood-based catering operation notified the agency that one of its prep cooks had been diagnosed with the communicable, but rarely fatal, disease.
FOOD
August 9, 2006 | S. Irene Virbila, Times Staff Writer
NEVER underestimate Wolfgang Puck. He's such a familiar face, beaming from the covers of his cookbooks or exhorting viewers of the Food Network to "live, love, eat " that we tend to forget he's not just chef to the Oscars and a celebrity in his own right, but also the real deal. And just when you thought he'd stopped spawning new restaurants, with the exception of an occasional Spago or two, he's back with Cut, his new steakhouse in the Regent Beverly Wilshire hotel.
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