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In Defense of Fine Dining

thefrenchlaundry-ql-0514.jpgSan Francisco Chronicle critic Michael Bauer believes that everyone should care about expensive high-end restaurants, even if they can't afford them. He calls them "incubators of ideas." Quote: "The ideas cultivated at [high-end] places such as the French Laundry, Manresa and Quince filter down to the mass market. It was the higher-end restaurants, for example, that first created the lettuce mixes that you now see in produce bins at Safeway." [ISSF][Photo: thomaspix / Flickr]