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France's Galeries Lafayette turns to art and gourmet food to lure shoppers


PARIS France's chic department store Galeries Lafayette is betting on an art foundation and an Italian gourmet food hall in Paris to help differentiate its brand from bricks-and-mortar rivals and e-commerce competitors.

Feeding the fashionistas: Gucci turns to fine dining

Luxury labels are accustomed to tempting fashionistas, and now they're stretching from haute couture to haute cuisine.

09 Jan 2018

Champagne? It's all in the taste, says top Europe court

BRUSSELS Europe's top court dashed brand-jealous champagne producers' hopes on Wednesday with a ruling that a sorbet sold by German discounter Aldi Sud could be labelled with the word champagne because it contained it.

20 Dec 2017

It's a rum thing: Madeira's lost spirit gets a boost

FUNCHAL, Portugal The Portuguese island of Madeira is best known for its eponymous fortified wine, but it was not always king of drinks alone -- there was rum, too.

13 Dec 2017

Neapolitan pizza making wins world heritage status

JEJU, South Korea The art of Neapolitan pizza making won world heritage status on Thursday, joining a horse-riding game from Iran and Dutch wind mills on UNESCO's culture list. | Video

07 Dec 2017

Steep alcohol taxes drive Turkey's drinkers to home-brew

ANKARA Carefully testing the temperature of a bucket of fermenting beer, Onder Ceyhan pushes back the foam to add a touch of yeast to his latest batch of home-brewed drink.

Health, Life 17 Nov 2017

Italy's white truffles feel the heat at Alba auction

ALBA, Italy It's bad news for white truffle fans. Dry weather and changing climate patterns have hit production and sent prices soaring.

13 Nov 2017

Labor of love French chateau on market for $30 million

MENARS, France A vast 18th-century chateau on the banks of France's River Loire is likely to be sold for just a fraction of the amount a Middle Eastern businessman, inspired by his passion for a long-dead royal mistress, has spent restoring it.

08 Nov 2017

New York's Jean-Georges restaurant loses 3-star Michelin status

Michelin has stripped New York restaurant Jean-Georges of its three-star rating in its 2018 guide, leaving the city with five top-rated eateries, two fewer than San Francisco which now has the most three-star establishments in the United States.

01 Nov 2017

Michelin 3-star restaurants rise to seven in San Francisco area

The number of the restaurants in the San Francisco area with Michelin's highest accolade of three stars grew to seven in the 2018 dining guide for the region that will be launched on Friday.

25 Oct 2017