Schmooze With Master Chefs at the 6th Annual Napa Truffle Festival in January

Oct 2, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Running January 15-18, the 2016 Napa Truffle Festival will be here sooner than you know it. The lineup stars a group of Master Chefs who will be demonstrating special cooking techniques while whipping you up countless tasty meals. Plus, you will get to go truffle hunting with dogs. Enough said.

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Top 5 Priciest Classic Foods for the Sophisticated Palate

Apr 15, 2010  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman  |  3 Comments

Even as elite chefs continue to transform and reinvent traditional home-style cooking into high-end masterpieces, some ingredients remain genuine luxuries. Here's a look at the top five classic foods and ingredients that will likely be considered a luxury for eons, as they have consistently been revered for their flavor and high price.

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The Best Young Chefs in America...According to the Best Chefs in America

Sep 11, 2015  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

At a special event for the recent Los Angeles Food & Wine festival, four ambitious young chefs took over Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bistro to kick off the second annual 2015 Young Chef Competition—a series of four coast-to-coast, head-to-head cook-offs that determine the country’s best up-and-coming culinary talent.

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Take a Break This Labor Day & Let Terrine’s Chef Morningstar Do All The Work

Sep 2, 2015  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

Give your grill a day off this Labor Day and join Chef Kris Morningstar for an all-day BBQ on the romantic garden patio of Terrine. Found on Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles, Terrine is offering an all-you-can-eat plate and a special menu that involves elevated eats like swordfish brochettes, pickle brine fried chicken, and heirloom tomatoes with cotija cheese. And if you’re craving potato salad, mac ‘n’ cheese, brisket and BBQ pork ribs, he’s got those too...and they will put your family recipes to shame. Did I mention his Sticky Toffee Cornbread?  Oh. My. God.

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Whet Your Appetite for the Los Angeles Taste Foodie Event on the Paramount Backlot

Aug 31, 2015  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

Southern California’s biggest Labor Day food event is getting ready to pop. The Taste will command center stage at Hollywood’s Paramount Pictures studio backlot for three gluttonous days (September 4-6) to serve up the best of the Los Angeles’ food scene with tastings, panels and demonstrations.

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From Smoked Puffin Breast to Whale Pepper Steak: 4 Must-Try Reykjavik Restaurants

Aug 25, 2015  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

While Reykjavik is renowned for its gorgeous landscapes and relaxing thermal baths, its diverse cuisine also makes for an excellent reason to visit. After checking out some of the best culinary experiences the city has to offer, we picked out four of our favorites to share with you:

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If You Spot Celebrity Chef Mario Batali in His Summer Hideout, Introduce Yourself! Chef's Orders

Aug 25, 2015  |   Contributor: Michael Patrick Shiels

Award-winning celebrity chef Mario Batali is an entrepreneur of eating. In addition to managing restaurants around the world and creating giant “Eataly” markets in New York and Chicago, he’s an Italian culinary expert who has authored 10 cookbooks and appears on ABC’s The Chew. With so many public projects going on, it begs the question if the 54-year-old feel less like a chef and more like a showman these days.

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Aphrodisiacs 101: Whale Poop Might Make You Randy But Almost Certain Death Might Not Be Worth It

Aug 20, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Everyone knows that chocolate and oysters are supposed to spark romantic passion, but whether or not they actually do anything is tough to say. Oftentimes, the aphrodisiac-like qualities have little to do with the chemical makeup of the food itself, and have more to do with factors like appearance, availability and cost. If bread suddenly became incredibly scarce, you might be pretty impressed if a suitor brought you a freshly-baked loaf of sourdough. 

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Tempo Dulu Brings Sophisticated New York Standards to Portland's Gourmet Asian Cuisine Scene

Aug 17, 2015  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

The restaurant scene in Portland, Maine is one of the hottest in the country, with an incredible number of eateries per capita and an economy that encourages young chefs to be entrepreneurs. While no one could say the cuisine in the seaside city is in any way lacking—and while dishes and menus have achieved the “New York standard"—a certain amount of sophistication has long been absent. With the recent opening of Tempo Dulu in the historic Danforth Inn, that’s no longer the case. 

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Michelin-Starred Chef Julian Serrano Explains His Cicchetti Concept for Lago at the Bellagio

Aug 12, 2015  |   Contributor: Susan Kime

Julian Serrano is a James Beard award-winning, Michelin-starred chef known not only in Las Vegas, but worldwide. His Picasso restaurant in the Bellagio has received the AAA Five Diamond Award 13 times and now his Lago establishment (which opened in April) is pulling in a lot of attention with its fountain-side setting and Italian-inspired menu. While most people see the famous Bellagio Fountains from a distance, the best view by far is from Lago’s shaded, waterfront patio. Guests are only about 30 to 40 feet away from the dancing fountains as they dine, sometimes even feeling the fine spray—which is refreshing instead of bothersome. 

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Nothing Goes to Waste in This Lobster Truffle Mac & Cheese Recipe, Including the Shell!

Aug 10, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

To celebrate their one-year anniversary, Barton G. LA cracked open their menu and shared the secrets behind one of their most popular dishes, the Lobster Truffle Mac & Cheese. If you haven’t been by this Los Angeles restaurant yet (there’s a second location in Miami Beach), what have you been waiting for? Full of unique dishes that are always presented in unusual ways (like the Pot Pie Garden dessert that comes in flower pots), Barton G. brings some much-needed whimsy and fun to fine dining.

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S'Mores Meets Gourmet Finger Foods in This Annie Falk Recipe

Aug 6, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Melted chocolate and gooey marshmallows may always taste good, but there’s a reason people usually prepare and eat s’mores outside: they’re sticky. But not this Gourmet S’Mores recipe from Annie Falk’s Hamptons Entertaining: Creating Occasions to Remember party-planning book.

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Here's How to Throw a Hamptons-Worthy Party Even When You’re Not in the Hamptons

Aug 5, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

The Hamptons has long been synonymous with summer retreats, old money and parties. The stretch of hamlets and villages just east of New York City has maintained its top-notch event reputation for decades, which is certainly helped by its stellar location. Surrounded by water means the Hamptons has tons of beaches and is home to some of the most beautiful estates. 

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Get a Hands-On Experience Making, Eating & Learning About Italian Cuisine at Tenuta La Badiola Estate

Aug 3, 2015  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

If you have been hankering for authentic Italian food and have maybe even wondered how the real deal is cooked, the 1,235-acre Tenuta La Badiola Estate in Tuscany may be just the place. Home to La Villa and the Michelin-starred Trattoria Toscana (which is the only Alain Ducasse restaurant in Italy), the resort is one you will definitely want to visit. Found near the Castiglione della Pescaia coastline and the Tyrrhenian Sea, the property is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. It houses the L'Andana hotel and Casa Badiola Golf House, an ESPA spa, tennis courts, indoor and open-air swimming pools, and a driving range. 

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Eat Your Way Through Taiwan's Culinary Scene With These 10 Off-the-Beaten-Path Delights

Jul 31, 2015  |   Contributor: Janice Nieder

When I received an invitation to join a group of culinary journalists on a trip to explore the food scene in Taiwan, I immediately broke into my happy dance (trying to burn off some calories in advance). Many in-the-know foodies consider Taiwan the ultimate culinary destination for Asian cuisine and considering many Taiwanese greetings start with “Have you eaten?”, I knew I was going to like it there!

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