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Summer Soup You Have to Try: Capella Pedregal's Gazpacho de Piquillo

Jun 5, 2014  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

When temperatures rise, eating light and fresh is the secret to joyful summer dining. Gazpacho (chilled vegetable soup) is a seasonal staple of innumerable restaurants and home kitchens, particularly those in hot Mediterranean and desert climates. Though tomato is usually the predominant flavor, no two gazpachos are exactly alike, largely because each preparation is reliant on the availability of ripe ingredients at the peak of their flavor. 

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Discover the Best of Baja Wines at Loteria Grill's Fina Stampa Culinary Series

May 30, 2014  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

The founding chef of the Loteria Grill mini-empire will host a culinary series of special events dubbed “Fina Stampa” to celebrate the best of Mexican culture and the flavorful produce that captures the essence of regional Mexican cuisine. To kick-off the series on June 4 and 5, Executive Chef Jimmy Shaw of Loteria Grill and Executive Chef Javier Plascencia of Misión 19 in Tijuana, Mexico will offer two different culinary experiences with dishes reflecting Mexico’s food of the street, the field, and the table — all paired with an impressive selection of Baja California wines.

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The Grand Del Mar's Renowned Chef Bradley to Open Bijou French Bistro in La Jolla

May 29, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

The popular Chef William Bradley from Addison, The Grand Del Mar's five-diamond, five-star restaurant is offering up his expertise as a culinary director to the new French eatery slated to open this June in San Diego. Joining his team as Chef de Cuisine will be none other than Addison's sous chef Shaun Gethin.

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ARIA's Sage Hosting Special One Night Only 5-Course Wine-Paired Dinner

May 15, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Celebrity Chef Shawn McClain’s Sage at ARIA Resort & Casino is hosting an upcoming wine pairing dinner with Hundred Acre on May 24. The five-course menu includes grilled quail and Maine diver scallops and is being created by Chef McClain and Sage Chef de Cuisine Richard Camarota. The special pairings are selected by Sage's Master Sommelier Nick Hetzel, Jayson Woodbridge (vintner and owner of Hundred Acre) and ARIA Director of Wine Kim Wood. 

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Australian Truffle Season Comes to Los Angeles for Special One-Night-Only Dinner at Mélisse

May 13, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team  |  1 Comment

The end of May marks the official launch of truffle season in Australia, but if you're stuck all the way over in Los Angeles and can't get over to the other side of the world, don't worry. Frank Brunacci of the Truffle & Wine Co. in Manjimup, Western Australia is curating a super exclusive one-night-only dinner on June 13 at Mélisse in Santa Monica. 

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Adam Tihany-Designed Oro Restaurant Opens With Michelin-Starred Executive Chef Davide Bisetto

May 1, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Interior designer Adam D. Tihany is incredibly well known for his restaurant work, including Thomas Keller’s Per Sé and BouchonLe Cirque 2000 and Sirio for the Maccioni family, and Daniel Boulud’s Daniel in New York City. He's so iconic that Rizzoli even published a book about his interiors called Tihany: Iconic Hotels and Restaurant Interiors. Wanting to tap into some of that esteem, the Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice hired Tihany to design their new restaurant project, Oro. 

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8 Ways to Feast Like a Medieval King, Queen or Viking!

May 1, 2014  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

If you’re binge watching VikingsGame of Thrones or any other lusty/bloody medieval dramas of the season, then you already know that if the royals aren’t brawling or bedding, they’re feasting. And they don’t bother with utensils either (except maybe a dagger — that wedding still hurts, GOT). Here’s a lineup of equally kingly feasts that you can order in the modern age — trencher by special request — and not to worry, there are no bloody surprises in the third act. 

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Award-Winning Chef & Author Normand Laprise Dishes On New Quebec Gastronomy Restaurant

Apr 27, 2014  |   Contributor: Janice Nieder

I'm a little embarrassed to admit that before I interviewed Chef Normand Laprise, I wasn't exactly sure who he was. I suppose I can be forgiven since Laprise isn’t quite a household name in America (not yet anyway), though he certainly is on the other side of the border. Not only was Laprise voted best chef in Canada, but his recent cookbook, Toqué!: Creators of a New Quebec Gastronomy, won "Best Cookbook of the Year"  for Canada at the Gourmand International World Cookbook Awards, as well as a prestigious James Beard Foundation award for excellence in the category "Cooking From a Professional Point of View."

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At $2,000 a Seat, Most Expensive Restaurant in the World is a Sensory Overload Experience

Apr 24, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

New restaurants open all the time, but the upcoming SubliMotion at the Hard Rock Hotel in Playa d'en Bossa in Ibiza, Spain is a little different. According to Business Insider, SubliMotion will be "the most expensive restaurant in the world," costing over $2,000 a person. 

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The FareTrade Re-Inspires Culinary Members' Clubs With Top Chefs & Artisan Suppliers

Apr 23, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

We are loving the uprising of monthly members' clubs that have been popping up all over the place, from men's shaving clubs to cute DIY project boxes, and the culinary world has seen quite a few. You can join ones that send you unique coffee blends or ones that target craft beer enthusiasts, but The FareTrade really stands out to us as the one we want to sign up for immediately. 

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Celebrating Culinary Inspiration at Clearwater Beach Uncorked Food & Wine Adventure

Mar 20, 2014  |   Contributor: Steve Mirsky

Florida means different things to different people. You have Walt Disney World, sunshine, alligators, the Everglades, and miles of wide-open beaches — to name just a few. And then there's Florida's Gulf Coast, offering endless stretches of  powder white sand despite the ravages of the Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill several years ago.

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Dine Privately in the Exclusive Chef's Penthouse Popping Up in London

Mar 19, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

The thought of privately dining in the home of a gourmet chef can make a foodie's heart flutter. Now, imagine two chefs living in a penthouse at Grosvenor House Apartments by Jumeirah Living in London, giving you that rare "at home" experience you've always dreamed of. 

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Dinner 695 Feet Above the Arabian Gulf Aims to Feed 120,000 Children

Mar 12, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

The fine dining scene in the Emirates is about to get a major boost thanks to a special High Table dinner that is being set up on the Burj Al Arab helipad, around 695 feet above the Arabian Gulf. 

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Rockstars Turned Restaurateurs: Gene Simmons & Paul Stanley Roll Out New Rocks & Brews

Mar 4, 2014  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Guess which rock stars co-founded Rock & Brews, a family-friendly brewpub chain? Here's a hint for you: It’s their first foray into the restaurant industry, but they’ve been business moguls for quite a while.

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Buy This Restaurant Keith Simpson Explains the Importance of Seasonal Food, Prime Location and Being Original

Feb 7, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

As the host of the Food Network's newest program, Buy This Restaurant, Simpson knows exactly what it takes to open a restaurant and he's here to make sure you succeed. He recently chatted with us, spilling his biggest secrets for keeping a restaurant booming (if you don't know fine dining, stay away!), laughing over his shock upon getting the hosting gig (the British accent certainly didn't hurt), and talking about the farm-to-table future of the food industry.

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