The Maîtres Cuisiniers de France-Académie Culinaire de France Meets for its Annual Congress

Jun 13, 2016  |   Contributor: Jackie Bryant

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be surrounded by a group of French chefs? For true gourmands, this is the stuff of dreams. The Maîtres Cuisiniers de France- Académie Culinaire de France held its Annual Congress and gala this past week in San Diego and JustLuxe was there, taking it all in. The gala was the valedictory event of a long weekend spent at The Ranch at Bandy Canyon in rural San Diego County. The goal of the Congress is to bring North American French chefs together to celebrate the year's achievements and the successes of their colleagues while attending workshops to improve their crafts. The attendees include chefs and others working in food and beverage around th... Read More

Providence Hosts Two James Beard Award-Winning Chefs for One Night Affair

Jun 6, 2016  |   Contributor: Lauren Brown West-Rosenthal

Providence, a two Michelin restaurant, has made its mark as one of LA’s premiere fine dining restaurants in its almost 11-year run. To celebrate the milestone, Chef/Owner Michael Cimarusti is hosting a collaborative, multi-course prix-fixe dinner for one night only on July 19. Cooking with Cimarusti are James Beard award-winning chefs Daniel Patterson (of LocoL Watts) and Dave Beran (formerly of Next in Chicago). 

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Downtown Miami Dining Adventure by the Pubbelly Boys

Jun 2, 2016  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Everyone in Miami with any grasp on the culinary or social scene knows of the Pubbelly Boys, and loves their restaurants. People rave about the original Miami Beach location and inquire of newcomers: have you had their brunch? Have you been to Pubbelly Sushi yet? And if they work or live anywhere near downtown, they’re heading to the historic Langford Hotel to check out their latest, PB Station.

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BottleRock Finds Its Groove In Its 4th Year

May 31, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

On its fourth year of operation, BottleRock Napa Valley has finally gotten its bearings—and we were there to witness its resurgence and take its place among the nation's top music festivals. After its first year, which many called “disastrous,” Promoters Latitude 38 Entertainment stepped in to take over the fest from its previous owners BR Festivals. From May 27-30, 120,000 fans showed up to the Napa Valley Expo grounds to see 75 culinary and musical acts perform on four stages. 

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3 Michelin-Starred Chef Opening First U.K. Restaurant in London

May 16, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

It’s a pretty big honor to be one of only seven female chefs to be awarded three Michelin stars, especially if you were the first woman to achieve that status. Awarded her stars in 2007, Anne-Sophie Pic is known for her inventive French cuisine with classic English twists. Come late 2016, the grande dame of French gastronomy will debut her newest venture inside the currently unopened Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square.

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Four Seasons Introduces 3 New Private Jet Journeys

Apr 28, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Yesterday, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts announced three new private jet journeys: Culinary Discoveries, Global Getaway and International Intrigue. The three-week itineraries will include stops in some of the world’s most sought-after destinations such as Seoul, Mumbai, Lisbon, Koh Samui, Beijing and Budapest.

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Sip the World While Sitting on the Patio

Apr 20, 2016  |   Contributor: Jackie Bryant

Throughout this spring and summer, the Patio on Goldfinch and the Patio on Lamont will be offering special wine dinners on select Tuesday evenings. The affairs will feature menus committed to local, seasonal and quality ingredients with high-caliber service.

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Dangerous Delicacies Worth the Risk

Mar 31, 2016  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

When it comes to food, a little danger not only enhances the taste, but also gives you an amazing story to regale your friends and family with. While plenty of dishes are risky for various reasons, there are a few that present a much more intense challenge—some widely known (like puffer fish) and others a little more obscure (like casu marzu). 

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Join 6 Acclaimed Chefs for a Private In-Air Soirée to Pebble Beach

Mar 24, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Chances are you’re already pretty familiar with the Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival happening March 31-April 3. But this year the annual event is taking things to new levels with the introduction of their exclusive soirée aboard a private jet. Taking off from Los Angeles on March 31, passengers will get to join chefs Michael Voltaggio (ink.), Tim Hollingsworth (Otium, Barrel and Ashes)...

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A Look at One&Only Palmilla One Year After Its Resurrection

Mar 23, 2016  |   Contributor: Katie Chang

Upon entering your suite at One&Only Palmilla in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, your dedicated butler will immediately offer you tequila while he gets you get situated in the room. That’s because all 174 rooms and suites come with a bottle of aged reposado as a welcome amenity. The tequila has been aged for 12 months in white oak barrels and sits neatly next to little wells of sea salt and freshly-cut limes. 

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An Aussie Sampling of Tetsuya Wakuda’s Famed Fare

Mar 23, 2016  |   Contributor: Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss

Though many restaurants have come and gone over the years, Tetsuya’s has stood the test of time. The Relais & Châteaux property has in fact been a top spot in Australia’s culinary capital for nearly 30 years, claiming a place on San Pellegrino’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants nine years in a row.

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Hunter Valley Wine Country's 5 Not-to-be-Missed Restaurants

Mar 18, 2016  |   Contributor: Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss

Just a 2.5 hour drive from Sydney, the Hunter Valley Wine Country is the oldest and most historic wine region in Australia. As it is especially well known for Semillon and Shiraz, a visit will result in tasting endless varietal blends and expressions of these grapes along with other varietals grown in nearby regions. While the wines are the stars of the show, the valley’s dining scene is just as impressive. Every establishment strives to serve seasonal local fare that highlights the area’s wines. Here are five of the area’s best restaurants that are worth a visit:

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From Dishwasher to the James Beard House: Chef Andy Blanton

Mar 17, 2016  |   Contributor: Janice Nieder

Andy Blanton got the “cooking bug” while working as a dishwasher when he was 15. From there he went on to graduate from the Culinary Arts Institute of Louisiana in Baton Rouge. Eager to explore his Cajun culinary roots, Blanton has worked at the renowned Commanders Palace in New Orleans and Brigtsen’s Restaurant, where he cooked under the acclaimed James Beard award-winning chef: Frank Brigtsen.

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Nordic Cuisine Hits Its Stride

Mar 8, 2016  |   Contributor: Todd Jatras

Scandinavian cuisine has undergone a complete transformation in less than a decade, with the dull and uninspiring fare of old replaced by what’s become the talk of the culinary world. The Michelin Guide has taken note, giving the region’s first three-star ranking to two restaurants, Copenhagen’s Geranium and Oslo’s Maaemo.

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The Cultural Rebirth of America’s Ghost Town

Mar 3, 2016  |   Contributor: Shirine Saad

Walk around Detroit on a sunny day and you’ll see hipster cafés, tattoo parlors, Art Déco towers, Neo-Gothic churches, Industrial skylines, deserted Victorian mansions and glistening in the sun, the majestic river that rushes through the city. The place once known as America’s ghost town is pulsating with culture and ideas, and tourists are gathering to rediscover the city’s history and the new trendy spots that have established it as the ‘new Brooklyn.’ 

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