- 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
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?
- Introducing the newest must-have wine application for your iPhone. — Nirvino
- Fabio Viviani's cookbook by the numbers. — Eat Me Daily
- Here are 21 tasty bar snack recipes. — Chow
- Everything you need to know about buying sustainable seafood. — Sunset
- Eight common fast foods you should avoid. — SF Weekly
- Michael Pollan's next mission: reform health care. — Grub Street
- The real reason Hector was kicked off of Top Chef? His thermometer didn't work.— The Feedbag
- Is it OK to serve pesto at a dinner party? — The Epi-Log
- This lavender honey spice cake is seriously Italian. — Serious Eats
- Eater is expanding and looking for bloggers/photographers in a city near you. — Eater
As much as I hate to see the Summer go, I always enjoy September. San Francisco's weather finally warms up and it's my birthday! The month also marks the start of Fall, which means heading back to school and a new season of fruits and vegetables. Here are seven items that you must have to make the most of the next 30 days.
- Find out why Top Chef's Fabio is partial to wearing scarves.
- Find out why Top Chef's Fabio is partial to wearing scarves. — The Feedbag
- Did you watch the Food Network's latest special, The Best Thing I Ever Ate? — Eat Me Daily
- What do you call egg in toast? — Serious Eats
- The best hot dogs from around the world. — Bon Appétit
- Does the color of egg yolk indicate how nutritious it is? — Chow
- An inside look at Traci de Jardins's newest restaurant, Manzanita. — Eater SF
Well, Fabio wasn't lying when he told us, "unfortunately, you're going to see my face a lot." When we last spoke to the charismatic Top Chef contestant, he mentioned that he had an offer for a TV show and a line of food coming out. Now the star himself has confirmed to at least one source that he will be starring in his own TV show. Although he stayed mum on the concept, Fabio promised that more details would be public by April.
Additionally, Dr. Oetker, one of Europe's top frozen pizza brands, is launching its Ristorante line in America, and has called on the reality TV personality to be the spokesperson for the thin-crust pizza. "We feel Fabio is the perfect voice for the brand," Dr. Oetker USA said in a statement. "He has an incredible personality and a real passion for cooking."
The Florence-born chef, who will tour with the pizza line this Summer, also recalls the frozen pizza from his childhood. "Growing up in Italy, my mom often had Dr. Oetker's products in the home," Fabio said in the same statement. "I'm excited to help introduce Ristorante frozen pizzas to American households."
I'm curious to know if you think Fabio could be a lasting food figure. Do you plan to try the frozen pizzas he's hawking, and will you watch his new TV show?
It's down to the wire on Top Chef with only three contestants remaining. Fabio was the first of the Euros to pack up his knives and leave the competition. Yesterday, I had the chance to speak with him over the phone. To find out what he had to say about Stefan, his experience, and Padma's Italian, read more