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Interview With Carrie McCully, Host of CHEF HUNTER

Nov 30, 2011  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Carrie McCully, host of Food Network’s new show CHEF HUNTER, earned that dream gig not by building her television resume or going on casting calls, but rather, by a lifetime’s work as a chef recruiter — matching up restaurants with chefs who were out of work or looking for a new career challenge. She came to L.A. to learn more about the city’s burgeoning food scene, and wound up getting referred to a casting producer who created a show around her. It’s a lesson in how helping others can ultimately win big karmic payback.... Read More

The World’s Coolest Food Museums

Nov 29, 2011  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal

There’s a museum for everything. Miniatures, bunnies, toilets, and even the Mob have museums across the globe dedicated to their very existence. But just as people are passionate about Burt Reynolds and his friends, they are passionate about foodstuffs like Pez, pasta, and SPAM. Throughout America and around the world there are museums that shine a spotlight on specific and unique culinary inventions, disasters, and histories.... Read More

The Macallan Holiday Selections

Nov 25, 2011  |   Contributor: Kellie K. Speed

Just in time for the holidays, Macallan has introduced a special edition box of The Macallan Sherry Oak 12 years old. Inside the beautiful box, your friends will unwrap a bottle of rich gold single malt scotch whisky.... Read More

Surprising Results From The 2011 Air New Zealand Wine Awards

Nov 22, 2011  |   Contributor: Eric Rosen

Though producing just around 4% of the world’s wine, New Zealand has become an outsize powerhouse in the international wine industry. That’s why, when we heard Air New Zealand was hosting its 25th annual Air New Zealand Wine Awards in Auckland last week, we hopped a flight across the Pacific to see what they were pouring, which wines were winning the prestigious medals being handed out, and what we should be looking to buy in our own wine shops back at home.... Read More

The Macallan in Lalique Curiously Small Stills Single Malt for $20,000

Nov 21, 2011  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

Famed Speyside distillery The Macallan and legendary crystal maker Lalique are coming out with their latest highly-prized collaboration in time for the holidays. The Macallan in Lalique Curiously Small Stills decanter, the fourth in the covetable series of single malt presentations, contains an exceptionally rare 60-year-old whisky.... Read More

15 Favorite Sakes to Try

Nov 18, 2011  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal

At the recent 11th annual Joy of Sake tasting event in New York City, attendees had the opportunity to taste more than 300 of the best sakes in the world. Showcasing all of the sakes awarded gold and silver medals by the U.S. National Sake Appraisal, a panel made up of the most notable sake aficionados in the world, the event is dedicated to highlighting the complex and defining flavors that make sake a drink worth savoring.... Read More

Monkeypod Kitchen of Maui | Dedicated to the Art of Craft

Nov 16, 2011  |   Contributor: Chad Chisholm

Wailea is going bananas for one of its newest additions: Monkeypod Kitchen. Award Winning Chef and Restaurateur Peter Merriman and Bill Terry bring the handcrafted fare to an island known for vibrant flavors, exceptional produce, and extraordinary local cuisine.... Read More

Interviews From Food & Wine All-Star Weekend | Chef Michael Mina

Nov 15, 2011  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Once the poster boy for dotcom-era Bay Area expense account dining, Michael Mina has proven to have more tenacity — and a better ability to "diversify a portfolio" — than most of the flash-in-the-pan millionaires that frequented his first flagship restaurant, Aqua, in the late 1990s.... Read More

The Art of Olive Oil Tasting

Nov 10, 2011  |   Contributor: Brenda Hill

Wine and food tasting is one of the many pleasures of the life of a travel writer. Olive oil tasting is an art similar to wine tasting in terms of complexity. The Hill Team has been learning about olive oil tasting in Spain, Florida, and in California’s Temecula Valley wine country.... Read More

The Best Elaborate Thanksgiving Feasts from America's Finest Restaurants

Nov 9, 2011  |   Contributor: Eric Meyers

As nice as a traditional home-cooked meal is on Thanksgiving, the ordeal often leaves the cook out of the festivities. An average 16-pound turkey needs about seven hours to thaw, and four more to cook, according to the USDA. To circumvent this, many people have recently turned to restaurant dining in order to fully enjoy the company of family. Most fine dining establishments offer a Thanksgiving Day menu in one form another, be it a brunch, buffet, or tasting menu, so we compiled this cornucopia of attractive proposals from around the country.... Read More

8 Spectacular Restaurant Fireplaces

Nov 8, 2011  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal

Now that the weather is starting to cool off and sweater season is just around the corner, it's time to steer clear of the best restaurants for dining alfresco, and look instead towards those eateries that offer a warmer experience.... Read More

Pomegranate Wines | Tart, Sassy and Oh-So 21st Century

Nov 7, 2011  |   Contributor: Linda Kissam

About a year ago on a TV show, I came across twin winemakers, 26-year-old Nick and Brian Davis and their refreshing pomegranate wine. Born and raised in California’s Central Valley, they’ve been farming most of their lives. They both graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with degrees in viticulture, enology, and marketing.... Read More

Interviews From Food & Wine All-Star Weekend | Chef K of Lemongrass

Nov 3, 2011  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

It takes a wealthy culinary patron to bring a dozen star chefs together under one roof, but a great patron to seek out foreign talents — who may not have star power but certainly have the potential — and supply a worthy stage. From the moment we met Chef Krairit Krairavee (or, as Americans call him, "Chef K"), we suspected he was a star in the making.... Read More

Pastis | The Soul Drink of the South of France

Nov 2, 2011  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal

You cannot go to the South of France without lingering at least one midmorning at an outdoor café in the shade of a plane tree, reading Le Figaro or the International Herald Tribune while alternately sipping an espresso and a glass of pastis with a side of water. Pastis, I think, is the “soul drink” of the French Mediterranean, a part of its cultural DNA, even though it was invented only 80 years ago in 1932.... Read More

Interviews From Food & Wine All-Star Weekend | Chef Masa Takayama

Nov 1, 2011  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

If he wasn't a chef, Masa Takayama might have been a poet. While English isn't his first language, the legendary Japanese sushi master whisks words and phrases together with the same quicksilver flair we imagine him using in the kitchen. His is a world of rarity, artistry and whimsy — and unlike his ultra-expensive table, thoughts from Masa are free to enjoy. We hope you will, as much as we did.... Read More

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