Even though we were headed to Aspen before the crack of dawn this morning, last night we passed up packing in favor of the Star Chefs Rising Stars Revue, a traveling event that recognizes some of the most avant-garde culinary professionals in various cities like New York, Chicago, Seattle, and our home base of San Francisco. Over a jaw-dropping view of the bay, we enjoyed vittles from various chefs, some of whom were just beginning to realize their own potential. To get a peek at what cutting-edge creations were served, keep reading.
This is a fantastic meal to make if you've got too much bread or when your loaf is going stale. I left the capers whole, since I like their saltiness and texture. You can easily adjust the recipe to your liking; get your hands on it (and step-by-step pictures) when you read more
To celebrate the cookbook's debut, Williams-Sonoma, which will carry the book, hosted a launch party with the authors on hand. There, I not only scored a copy of the book but also sampled some entries from the new tome.
I couldn't get enough of the moist, complexly flavored meatballs. The recipe can be time-intensive, but once you taste the finished product, you'll think it's totally worth the wait. Learn how to make the meatballs (and check out photos from the bash!) when you read more
Last Tuesday night I found myself on a date with a surfer from Maine at one of San Francisco's hottest new spots A16. You know I'm crazy about wine experimentation, and my date was willing to come along for the taste adventure. The waitress was 100% knowledgeable on most of the wines and recommended we try a Fiano, so we most happily obliged her. A Fiano is a highly regarded dry white wine whose grapes are grown in the Campania region, east of Naples in Italy. This wine was excellent with a clean vibrant palate and a smooth finish, there were subtle flavors similar to that of a refreshing brut champagne. It was very pale in color with delicate floral aromas with an underlying hazelnut note. I enjoyed this wine so much that I am contemplating hunting down another bottle.