Is it possible that you restaurant folk have achieved rock-star status? You're getting there. When I began covering this industry 20 years ago the public liked you, but few thought of you or your industry as sexy. They do now.
Let me put this in perspective. When the Aspen Food & Wine Classic began 24 years ago, it attracted 300 attendees. In June, it will draw 5,000 people who will clamor to get a seat in one of several tents to see Food Network idols like Bobby Flay perform a co