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A.R. Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines Announces New Pastry Chef

Oct 4, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The Lodge at Torrey Pines’ A.R. Valentien restaurant has a long history of satisfying its guests’ sweet tooth and the new Pastry Chef Elena Palma, has been named to carry on the tradition.... Read More

Chef Justin Warner's Tricked Out Ramen Using Robert Mondavi Private Selection Pinot Noir

Sep 27, 2013  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Thanks to Justin Warner, the season eight winner of Food Network's The Next Food Network Star, here's another fun recipe to whip up for your Robert Mondavi Private Selection Pinot Noir tasting party. Warner created this recipe for those nights he and his girlfriend are craving authentic Japanese ramen but don't want to leave the house to get it.... Read More

Meet the Newest Lexus Culinary Masters: Chef Jon Shook & Chef Vinny Dotolo

Sep 25, 2013  |   Contributor: Christina Stewart

As more and more luxury car brands begin to find their way into the culinary landscape, Lexus appears to have taken the lead with its impressive lineup of culinary partners.... Read More

Next Food Network Star Justin Warner’s Robert Mondavi-Infused Cheese Wontons

Sep 24, 2013  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Knowing the importance of matching food with wine, Robert Mondavi Private Selection has collaborated with Justin Warner to create a few seasonally-appropriate recipes. A self-taught cook, Warner is the owner and chef at Brooklyn's Do or Dine restaurant.... Read More

The Award-Winning T. Cook's Reopens at The Royal Palms Resort After $2M Revamp

Sep 23, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

The locals know the resort pretty well (even if never being a guest there); they praise its beautiful décor, elegant rooms and chatter about its notable clientele (including U.S. presidents). On September 9, the Royal Palms Resort and Spa reopened their award-wining restaurant T. Cook’s; adding more glamour to the already infamous hotel.... Read More

Four Seasons LV Offers a Retreat from the Strip and Fresh Renovations

Sep 18, 2013  |   Contributor: Victor and Mary

The vibrant desert destination of Las Vegas is seemingly saturated with as many hotels as sinful pleasures. And while the accommodations feel endless, when seeking luxury, exclusivity and comfort, look no further than the Four Seasons Las Vegas (FSLV). The brand synonymous with the aforementioned ideals, offers its unfaltering service and style on a smaller scale along the south end of the Las Vegas strip.... Read More

SD's Top Chefs Compete in a Culinary Charity Event Against Domestic Violence

Sep 17, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Coming together for an evening of competitions and charity, San Diego’s top chefs will partake in an Iron Chef-inspired culinary event on September 26 benefiting the Center for Community Solutions’ (CCS) domestic violence prevention and intervention programs and services. The ninth annual showdown will feature ten of the city’s best chefs will be separated into two teams and will have to incorporate one secret ingredient into their eight original dishes.... Read More

A Modern and Revived Indigo Grill Will Re-Open in Little Italy Come November

Sep 9, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

If you’ve ever had the Carne Asada Nachos or the Kaffir Lime Duck at Indigo Grill, chances are, you’re already a huge fan of this Little Italy restaurant. Come this fall, the 12-year-old Cohn Restaurant Group establishment will be making some big changes with a full makeover slated for its interiors and menu.... Read More

Executive Chef Clement Gelas Forages for Waldorf Astoria Park City's Gourmet Menu

Sep 4, 2013  |   Contributor: Susan Kime  |  1 Comment

Chef Clement Gelas is the Executive Chef at the fine dining restaurant Slopes at the Waldorf Astoria Park City. Three years ago I met Chef Gelas and had a dinner prepared from his sampling menu. I understood then how important vegetarian and vegan choices were for this young chef, who provided many vegetarian and gluten free choices on his menu. ... Read More

Top Chef's Rich Sweeney of Southpaw Social Club Wants San Diegans to Share

Sep 3, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

I’m kind of a foodie, well, in the sense that I love food and like being linked to trendy words or terms. (If you call me a ‘hipster’ I’ll probably high-five you while throwing out a “YOLO!” your way). And then there’s baseball, America’s pastime, and another personal favorite of mine. Okay okay, I’m getting to the point of all this. Recently, San Diego’s East Village neighborhood got a new watering hole courtesy of Good Time Design and Chef Rich Sweeney. As luck would have it, it combined two of my loves: food and baseball.... Read More

Executive Chef David Garcelon Oversees Venerable Sunday Brunch in NYC Waldorf Astoria

Aug 28, 2013  |   Contributor: Roger Sands  |  1 Comment

Special are the moments when travel uncovers a memorable culinary experience. Nigiri sushi near the waterfront. Homemade Linguine Puttanesca after the theater. Charbroiled burgers and thick shakes at a neighborhood pub.... Read More

Chef Vargas Says Yes to the Caribbean and Joins Caneel Bay’s Sugar Mill Restaurant

Aug 22, 2013  |   Contributor: Tim Cotroneo

For nearly four years, Chef Mike Vargas played hard to get. Each time he received a call from Anthony "Tony" Dawodu, the Executive Chef at the Caneel Bay Resort in St. John, Vargas would reply that he would consider working at Caneel Bay — one of the most beautiful restaurants in the U.S. Virgin Islands — when the time was right. That time came in 2009, when Dawodu made Vargas an offer he couldn't refuse and the two former Boston-based chefs joined forces at the Sugar Mill Restaurant overlooking the Caribbean Sea.... Read More

Sweet Recipe for Baked Pears With Chocolate Ice Cream and Olive Oil

Aug 14, 2013  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Sent to us from Cat Cora's Kitchen by Gaea, this recipe for baked pears continues our experimentation with desserts and olive oil. While they may not seem to go together, Iron Chef Cat Cora thinks differently and pairs them with chocolate ice cream — which goes with anything, in our opinion. Not only is this a light alternative to that after-dinner craving, it's a great way to impress your friends and family!... Read More

Chef Christopher Haatuft and Lysverket: Forging Innovative Culinary Trends in Norway

Aug 13, 2013  |   Contributor: Susan Kime

Located within a historic building previously known to have housed city power and light company, Lysverket and can be found in Bergen, Norway, in what is now the Bergen Art Museum. The fine dining establishment is one of the few in the world that resides inside a major art museum. That alone is fairly unusual, but the culinary creations, presentation, and environment of this restaurant is what really warrants a closer look.... Read More

Celebrate Mango Season With a Fresh and Fruit-Filled Salad

Aug 9, 2013  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

If you're a fan of mangos, you probably already know that August is the peak season for the tasty tropical fruit. To celebrate, The Westin Resort & Spa in Los Cabos have dedicated the entire month to celebrate by hosting their very own Mango Festival. Thanks to Executive Chef Manuel Peruyero's culinary skills, several new food and cocktail recipes have been added to the menu, each one showcasing the juicy fruit.... Read More

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