Susannah wasn't the only one who ate and drank her way through the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, I was right there by her side! While we both enjoyed plenty of seafood, I couldn't resist trying the meat dishes. From succulent short ribs to sliced seasoned pork, here's a taste of my favorites from the weekend.
When I recently caught up with Fabio Viviani, he had plenty to tell me about his new restaurant Firenze Osteria, which the Top Chef: New York fan favorite opened last year. But the chef's not just busy with his North Hollywood eatery; he also happens to have a new TV show and book, and a number of endorsements, including San Pellegrino water and Bertolli olive oil. In between appointments (he has 60 events booked for the next six months!) he talked to me about his latest projects. More, after the jump.
Even though he was voted one of your favorite Top Cheftestants, it's been a while since we've heard from Fabio Viviani, season five's ebullient, passionate Italian stallion who won over fans with his entertaining one-liners. The fan favorite and restaurant owner, who's been busy with countless endorsements and at least one book and TV show, took the time to chat on the phone (he admitted he was on his way to check out the new Ferrari California!) and shared some of the year's ups and downs. His thoughts, when you read more.
Over the past year we've been lucky enough to experience two seasons — New York and Las Vegas — of Bravo's hit show Top Chef. Between the bromance of Fabio and Stefan and the brotherly bickering of Bryan and Michael, there have definitely been a lot of characters. Who's your fave?
- Celebrate the premiere of New Moon by making vampire cookies. — Baking Bites
- Fabio Viviani talks turkey. — Endless Simmer
- Find out why ground beef is dangerous. — The Atlantic
- Are you on Team Martha or Team Rachael Ray? — The Epi-Log
- Anthony Bourdain is not happy that the Travel Channel is now under Food Network's ownership. — Eater
- Google has launched a new food-centric portal. — Grub Street SF
- A detailed description of Guy Fieri's just launched road tour. — Eat Me Daily
- Michael Chiarello on brining turkey. — Chow
- Worried about what wine pairs with turkey? How about serving beer instead? — Serious Eats
The latest season of Top Chef was put on hold last night and instead of the regularly scheduled programming, Bravo brought us a little special. An all-star dinner hosted by season 5 fan favorite and upcoming reality star, Fabio Viviani. The best and most infamous competitors from the first five seasons of Top Chef gathered in Los Angeles to eat and relive their TC histories. Did you watch? Want to discuss? You know what to do: read more
- Ten ways to spice up pumpkin seeds.— Chow
- Kale and bacon make one delicious combination. — The Epi Log
- Josh Ozersky questions the patriotism of the humble hamburger. — Vanity Fair
- Fabio Viviani's latest gig? Pizza delivery man. — Grub Street NY
- Cook's Illustrated's editor, Christopher Kimball, is ready to wage war on the blogosphere. — Eat Me Daily
- The Bocuse d'Or USA is now searching for its next national team. — Eater
- Jazz up classic pasta carbonara with peas and ricotta. — Serious Eats
As food festival season dwindles down, you might find yourself searching harder for events that will entertain you as much as your tastebuds. But look no further than our list below. Where else can you touch a 1,658-pound pumpkin but the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival? Imagine the jack-o'-lantern possibilities with that one. Find out what Top Cheffer Stefan Richter's been up to in Martha's Vineyard, or watch fellow contestant Fabio Viviani cook in the City of Brotherly Love.
Know of anything we've left off the list this week? Then please feel free to drop a line below!
- New York, NY: Global Kitchen: The Magic of Pickling — Oct. 13
- Boston, MA: Share Our Strength's A Tasteful Pursuit Dinner — Oct. 13
- San Francisco, CA: Whiskeyfest — Oct. 16
- Philadelphia, PA: Philadelphia Food & Wine Festival — Oct. 16-18
- Edgartown, MA: Martha's Vineyard Food & Wine Festival — Oct. 16-18
- Baltimore, MD: Russian Festival — Oct. 16-18
- Fort Collins, CO: Fall Harvest Brewfest — Oct. 17
- Llano, TX: Llano River Chuck Wagon Cookoff — Oct. 17
- Half Moon Bay, CA: Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival — Oct. 17-18
- Wellfleet, MA: Wellfleet Oysterfest — Oct. 17-18
- Chicago, IL: Friends of James Beard Benefit Chicago — Oct. 18
Whenever a reality show like Project Runway or Top Chef comes to an end, there are always a few standout contestants I know I'm going to miss seeing every week. Luckily, Bravo is giving three breakout reality stars more air time with their very own series on the network.
Project Runway's Christian Siriano will star in his own show about marketing his clothing line, while Top Chef favorite Fabio Viviani will give us a closer look at his life in the restaurant biz. Rounding out the three is Bethenny Frankel, who will show off her own culinary skills on the small screen while pulling double duty for Real Housewives of New York.
Now, here's the big question: which of these three shows are you most excited about?
According to Variety, Fabio is one of three Bravo reality stars starring in upcoming spinoffs, along with Project Runway winner Christian Siriano and Real Housewives fixture and natural foods chef Bethenny Frankel.
The show will be called Fabio: A Catered Affair and "chronicle the challenges he faces as he and business partner Jacopo Falleni look to expand their restaurant and catering business in Los Angeles." The premise doesn't sound thrilling on paper, but I know I'll tune in just for Fabio's entertaining one-liners and charm. How about you?