New Orleans Gets Cooking for 2013 Super Bowl

Jan 24, 2013  |   Contributor: Tina Stewart  |  1 Comment

Fans are eagerly gearing up for this year’s Super Bowl and for those lucky enough to be in attendance, the warm culture and delicious food of New Orleans awaits. Known for its Creole cuisine, jazz, and the festive French Quarter, fans will be bombarded with many options.... Read More

Duplex On Third Is a Homey Neighborhood Fixture in West Hollywood

Jan 23, 2013  |   Contributor: Victor and Mary

The Los Angeles restaurant industry births another seasoned veteran, John Makhani. With 30-plus years in the industry, he steers restaurants all over LA. The formula for his success? "Being a business man…and not a chef,” he states with calm confidence. As such, he leaves the food to the kitchen, retaining a number... Read More

Charity Event at Kiawah Island Golf Resort Has Chefs Cooking For a Cause

Jan 23, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Some of the best chefs in the country and southeast region are preparing to pack their knives and head to Kiawah Island where they will join winemakers from Italy, New Zealand and the U.S. in a weekend-long culinary and wine extravaganza benefiting cancer research at the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina. Located just south of Charleston, South Carolina, along 10 miles of pristine beach, Kiawah Island Golf Resort was recently named the No. 1 golf resort on the U.S. Mainland by readers of the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler magazine. Since its inception in 2009, Gourmet & Grapes has raised close to $500,000 dollars for cancer research programs at Hollings Cancer Center. With stagnant federal funding, this contribution has proved invaluable in the can... Read More

A New Sensory Education | Karisma Hotels & Resorts Partners With Kendall-Jackson

Jan 22, 2013  |   Contributor: Susan Kime

Usually, food and wine events are dazzling displays of culinary artistry and ability—events where theory and practice become one. And, paired with great wine, these events create sensual reciprocities of taste, texture, and color; one taste working with others, often creating a savory taste synergy, called Umami—a kind of taste perfection—a word coined by the Japanese. But rarely do food and wine events define these things, PLUS a dual brand evolution of both hotel and wine. Yet this event, The first Jackson Family Wine Culinary Series, by Karisma, did all three.... Read More

Fountainebleau Miami Beach Hosts Wine Spectator's "Best of The Best" Wine Dinner

Jan 21, 2013  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

The elegant Fountainebleau Miami Beach resort will be playing host to this year’s Wine Spectator’s Best of the Best wine dinner, on February 22. The event takes place as part of the 2013 South Beach Food & Wine Festival that has been drawing a host of celebrity chefs, television personalities, and incredible... Read More

Livello at L'Ermitage, Beverly Hills, Appoints New Chef de Cuisine

Jan 16, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Benjamin Dayag has been named the new Chef de Cuisine of Livello restaurant at L’Ermitage Beverly Hills. Dayag’s first culinary experience began when he traveled to the Philippines as an adolescent to visit his grandparents on their farm. There, he became inspired by their back-country lifestyle and quickly learned the basics of planting rice, growing and picking seasonal vegetables, even butchering poultry. “I’m happy to be given this opportunity,” says Dayag. “This position gives me the perfect setting to bring new influences to this beautiful restaurant. If I had to describe my food, I would say it’s American with Asian influences. My passion is to create classic dishes that embrace modern cooking methods, while staying true to time-honored techniques. I enjoy creating menus that giv... Read More

Innovative New Culinary Program to Join Silversea Cruises

Jan 15, 2013  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

It is easy to see why Forbes named Silversea one of the most luxurious cruises last year. Constantly looking to surprise and spoil guests, the cruise line has recently partnered with luxury hotel brand, Relais & Chateaux and a former Le Cordon Bleu instructor to bring their guests an extensive education in the culinary arts. Currently, the new program is the only “Relais & Chateaux L’Ecole des Chefs” cooking school sailing the seas.... Read More

How Does Smoking Affect Your Palate? Joe Bastianich Talks From Experience

Jan 15, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

You probably know Joe Bastianich from the competitive cooking show MasterChef, on which he is a judge along with Gordon Ramsay and Graham Elliot. Known for his stern face and harsh commentary that leave nothing to be misunderstood, Bastianich expects the very best from the competitors on the show and those high expectations bleed into his personal life as well. Along with Iron Chef Mario Batali, Bastianich has opened a slew of restaurants in locations ranging from New York City to Los Angeles. He's even stretched his reach to Singapore and Hong Kong.... Read More

The Blind Burro Opens Its Doors in San Diego's East Village

Dec 14, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

San Diego’s East Village is getting ready to welcome another restaurant/bar concept to the block— The Blind Burro, specializing in Baja Mexican cuisine. From the Good Time Design Group, owned by Ty Hauter who you may or may not know is also responsible for many... Read More

Wynn Las Vegas Appoints New Head Chef at Andreas

Dec 10, 2012  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

Joseph Elevado has been named Executive Chef at Andreas at the Wynn Las Vegas. Previously the Executive Chef at Social House in Vegas and Nobu Las Vegas, Elevado has won a number of awards including a Mobil Four-Star for his stint at Nobu. His mastery of Asian flavors and technical artistry has earned... Read More

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