Posts for April 3rd 2008
Yesterday we mentioned Forbes' Top 10 Up-and-Coming Celebrity Chefs, and today I'm ready to tell you about Food & Wine's Best New Chefs. The annual award was handed out to 10 of the nation's most creative new chefs, and this year's list features chefs who specialize in everything from modern Italian to completely vegetarian meals. Dana Cowin, F&W's editor in chief, said:
Food & Wine has been scouting extraordinary chefs for the past two decades, and I expect this year’s winners to make us as proud as any of the chefs who have preceded them. These great cooks come from all around America, from California to Missouri to Vermont, and I’m excited to introduce them to a national audience. They are incredible talents.
Previous winners — this is the 20th anniversary for the award — have included Thomas Keller, Rick Bayless, Daniel Boulud, and Tom Colicchio. To see who's joining them in the Best New Chef fame, read more
Looking for something tasty to do this weekend? Here are some noteworthy events you might want to check out. There's a lot going on this weekend, but if we missed one, let us know in the comments below!
- Vail, CO: Taste of Vail — April 2-5
- Meyersdale, PA: Pennsylvania Maple Festival — April 2-6
- Miami, FL: Miami Wine and Food Festival — April 3-5
- Newport, NC: Newport Pig Cookin' Contest — April 4-5
- Kilgore, TX: Party in the Patch — April 4-5
- Baton Rouge, LA: Wine and Culinary Festival — April 4-6
- Toronto, Canada: Toronto Wine and Cheese Show — April 4-6
- South Bend, IN: IGS State Gourd Show — April 4-6
- San Francisco, CA: Junior Achievement Wine Tasting and Auction — April 5
- Vergas, MN: Vergas Maple Syrup Fest — April 5
- Belzoni, MS World Catfish Festival — April 5
- Chicago, IL: Sweets: A Journey Through Midwestern Dessert Traditions — April 5
- Seattle, WA: Taste! Washington — April 5-6
- Pittsburg, PA: Pennsylvania Restaurant and Food Service Expo — April 6-7
- Scottsdale, AZ: Scottsdale Culinary Festival — April 8-13
You may know who went home, and who took home the win on last night's Top Chef, but what else do you know? Do you know what Daniel Boulud's favorite movie is? How about the cost of a summer roll at a neighborhood restaurant? To tell us the answers — or learn the answers — to these questions and more, take our weekly Top Chef quiz!
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What should you serve guests at a Champagne cocktail engagement party? Champagne of course! Stock up on bottles of your favorite bubbly before the event. Have sparkling water, sodas, and juice for guests who don't drink. Fill a cooler with artisan beers for the men who dislike sparkling wine.
For something more festive, offer guests the option of a Champagne cocktail. This pretty lemon-raspberry fizz pairs perfectly with the savory finger foods and the raspberry angel-food cupcakes. For more of our wedding ideas, check out IDoSugar.
To see the recipe for the limencello cocktail, read more
I know I promised these wouldn't be boring, regular nachos, but before things get too crazy, I decided to make my version of classic nachos. According to the food dictionary on Epicurious, a nacho is a chip topped with melted cheddar cheese and chopped chilis. These nachos are topped with cheese, chilis, and refried beans.
To give the nachos a more gourmet feel, I fried tortillas to make fresh chips. These were incredibly tasty and easy to make. Be careful when frying the tortillas, you don't want them too crisp because you'll finish them off in the oven. Also, be sure to open a window or turn on a fan. When I was making them, I set off my fire alarm! To see the recipe, read more
I'm a huge pet lover and even though I'll eat just about anything, I'm pretty positive I couldn't knowingly order up dog. However if the Seoul city government has its way, dogmeat could be reclassified as livestock and will legally appear on menus in South Korea. Right now it appears illegally and there are no hygiene regulations regarding slaughter. So tell me, could you ever order dog?
To see the graphic photo the comments are referring to — and warning, you probably won't want to do this near lunch time, or if you're a huge pet lover — click here.
On the premiere episode of Hell's Kitchen, Dominic, the stay-at-home dad from South Carolina, was sent home. I had the chance to speak with him over the phone yesterday and I learned that he does indeed know how to cook scallops and was completely fooled by Gordon's disguise.
Although it might not seem like it from the first episode — which was full of stumbles, spills, and kitchen mishaps — according to Dominic, ALL of the contestants have had experience working in a kitchen. To see what else Dominic had to say about being the first contestant kicked out of the kitchen, read more