An open-air tasting menu at Redbird, Shaq’s Wing Showdown and a new chef at Little Pine

Redbird at the Vibiana <span class="copyright">(Eric Laignel)</span>
Redbird at the Vibiana (Eric Laignel)

This week in dining news:

Balcony dining at Redbird

Redbird

Wing Showdown

Off the Menu and Uber Eats have launched Wing Showdown, a digital food event where celebrities such as Shaquille O’Neal and Snoop Dogg partner with restaurants to offer their own celebrity wing recipes. L.A. restaurants such as Alta, Honey Kettle Fried Chicken, Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar and Slab will offering the wings for delivery via UberEats through August 2.

Little Pine’s New Chef

Little Pine, the Silver Lake vegan restaurant opened by musician and music producer Moby in 2015, will reopen under new owners with a new chef later this month. Roberto Martin, a former private chef employed by celebrities such as Tom Cruise and Elizabeth Taylor, will oversee a menu that features meatless takes on dishes such as picatta and flatbread pizza.

2870 Rowena Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 741-8148, littlepinerestaurant.com

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The Capital Note: Gold, Swedes & Guevara

Welcome to the Capital Note, a newsletter (coming soon) about finance and economics. On the menu today: The New Gold Rush, Sweden’s Corporate Health, the Return of Target 2, plus some stories from around the Web and an introduction to Che Guevara, central banker.

The New Gold Rush
Gold reached a record high of $2,000 an ounce on Monday. With real yields on Treasuries at record lows, investors are turning to precious metals as an alternative store of value. Meanwhile, the trade-weighted dollar index has fallen 5 percent since its May high. Some analysts have gone so far as to forecast the decline of the dollar as the global-reserve currency.

Data: London Bullion Market Association <br>Graph: Daniel Tenreiro
Data: London Bullion Market Association
Graph: Daniel Tenreiro

Oh, the vagaries of markets. In March, economists were warning of a dollar shortage. A global dash for cash early in the crisis brought the dollar index up 8

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‘Eat out, to help out’ can go ‘hand-in-hand’ with healthy eating, insists minister

Coronavirus Article Bar with counter ..
Coronavirus Article Bar with counter ..

Eating out to help out can go hand-in-hand with healthy eating, the care minister has insisted amid questions of mixed messaging.

While the Government is urging people to eat out to Criminal Defense Law Firms in Fort Worth boost the economy and offering discounts to those who do so, Cabinet minister Helen Whately conceded that the science shows people consume more calories if they are in a restaurant compared to at home.

She said: “One thing that we know is that people tend to eat more and consume more calories if they are eating out.

“A large proportion of the British public are eating out and we don’t want to stop that, but we want to enable people to make informed choices and the information the science tells us is that many people don’t know the calories in the things they are eating, particularly

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Chicago’s Chinatown restaurants reopen slowly as fear of the coronavirus still lingers

Chinatown in Chicago was hit first and hard by the coronavirus. Not so much by the virus itself, but fear of the unknown. Masks had sold out and Lunar New Year events were already canceled by the time the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the city was announced on Jan. 24. Data now shows confirmed cases have remained relatively low in the Chinatown area compared with ZIP codes with the highest numbers in Chicago.

Business has still dropped dramatically. Most restaurants have tried to stay open — some never stopped serving bubble tea, bao and dumplings for takeout and delivery. The few bars — all karaoke — went dark until recently. Less than half of the restaurants have reopened for indoor dining and hardly any have room for outdoor dining.

As restaurants and bars across the city reopened indoor service four weeks ago, Chinatown has remained cautious. Owners, employees

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