For those of you who have missed the Alinea Baby incident, here’s a brief sum-up. Chef of high-concept Chicago restaurant Alinea (think 4-hour, $350+ a head meal) heard a screaming baby in the dining room from all the way in the kitchen. He sent a frustrated tweet, pondering banning babies from the restaurant, since the baby was ruining everyone else’s experience.
This has prompted a huge debate in the restaurant world (and an awesome parody twitter account, @Alineababy. Should babies be banned from restaurants? Just from high-end restaurants? Funnily enough, my husband, chef Ed Hardy, and I have a 7 1/2-month-old son, who is just a little younger than the Alinea baby. But we’ve also both worked in restaurants and had to tolerate the occasional loud/demanding parent with their obnoxious kids. We took our debate over to Food Republic and gave our take on dining out with baby, as a culinary couple. Check it out and let us know your thoughts in the comments section!