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alineababyFor 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.

Sometimes we take our son out to a restaurant. This face is why we feed him at home, before we dine out.

Sometimes we take our son out to a restaurant. This face is why we feed him at home, before we dine out.

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!

 

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About francoiseeats

I'm currently working as a freelance travel and food writer, and photographer. I spent two years at StarChefs.com, the culinary on-line magazine for the industry insider. My articles have been published in New York, NY and Richmond, VA. After graduating from Columbia University and recovering from the tragedy of not being able to read Camus books for a living, I attended The Culinary Institute of America, where my scone consumption rose drastically. Fluent in French and Italian, I've worked in some of New York's top restaurants and covered food-related stories in a number of publications, from The Richmond Times-Dispatch to Time Out New York.

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