South Pacific Food and Wine Festival Launches in March

Feb 7, 2012  |   Contributor: Eric Rosen

The only thing that beats a great meal is a great meal in a fabulous setting; and proving this once and for all will be the point of the inaugural South Pacific Food and Wine Festival this March, where visitors can explore the bounty of South Pacific cuisine in the company of a cadre of international star chefs.... Read More

Single-Food Festivals Worth a Thousand-Mile Journey

Feb 1, 2012  |   Contributor: Lena Katz  |  1 Comment

Food festivals can be divided into two categories: those that showcase a broad and diverse culinary spectrum; and those that hone in on a single ingredient and celebrate it to the tens.... Read More

Worldwide Culinary Festivals | More Picks from the Season of Plenty

Dec 8, 2011  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

With Thanksgiving under our belts, the eating is just getting better for winter, with festivals dedicated to wine, sweets, savories, and everything else a gastronomic adventurer likes.... Read More

Interviews From Food & Wine All-Star Weekend | Chef Michael Mina

Nov 15, 2011  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Once the poster boy for dotcom-era Bay Area expense account dining, Michael Mina has proven to have more tenacity — and a better ability to "diversify a portfolio" — than most of the flash-in-the-pan millionaires that frequented his first flagship restaurant, Aqua, in the late 1990s.... Read More

Interviews From Food & Wine All-Star Weekend | Chef K of Lemongrass

Nov 3, 2011  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

It takes a wealthy culinary patron to bring a dozen star chefs together under one roof, but a great patron to seek out foreign talents — who may not have star power but certainly have the potential — and supply a worthy stage. From the moment we met Chef Krairit Krairavee (or, as Americans call him, "Chef K"), we suspected he was a star in the making.... Read More

Harvest Festivals Part 1 | Three Picks From the Season of Plenty

Nov 1, 2011  |   Contributor: Lena Katz  |  1 Comment

A month into autumn, there are so many harvest festivals and regional gastronomic celebrations on the calendar worldwide, we can't figure out an orderly and fair way to cover them. So we shall make do with a disorderly and probably unfair roundup (because we can't possibly include EVERYTHING that's deserving), in installments as we can manage. Here's a first dispatch of harvest-time goodness, with more to follow — in no particular ranking, because "better" in this case is only a matter of personal taste.... Read More

Interviews From Food & Wine All-Star Weekend | Chef Masa Takayama

Nov 1, 2011  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

If he wasn't a chef, Masa Takayama might have been a poet. While English isn't his first language, the legendary Japanese sushi master whisks words and phrases together with the same quicksilver flair we imagine him using in the kitchen. His is a world of rarity, artistry and whimsy — and unlike his ultra-expensive table, thoughts from Masa are free to enjoy. We hope you will, as much as we did.... Read More

Interviews From Food & Wine All-Star Weekend | Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten

Oct 31, 2011  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Some chefs are better from afar: on television, or on the pages of a book, where no one can experience their artistic, socially awkward tendencies. And some, like Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, are the opposite.... Read More

Interviews From Food & Wine All-Star Weekend | Chef Julian Serrano

Oct 25, 2011  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Foodies were starstruck, city socialites were keyed up, and JustLuxe staffers were Tweeting their thumbs off during Food & Wine All-Star Weekend at Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.... Read More

The World's Best Sushi is in...Los Angeles?

Oct 12, 2011  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal

There was an interesting little Los Angeles culinary mystery buried in a discussion at the New York City Wine & Food Festival last weekend. It came from an exchange between the interviewer, former New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni and his subject, the world's most famous chef, Ferran Adrià:... Read More

Labor Day Festivities From Coast to Coast

Aug 30, 2011  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

From sea to shining sea, the USA is set to celebrate its last weekend of summer with picnics and parades, fireworks festivals and art shows. Load the barbecue with apple wood chips, give your sunglasses a good polish, and raise one last toast to summer 2011. It sure has been an interesting one.... Read More

Father Bill's FoodFest & Auction Fundraiser to be Held on July 26

Jul 7, 2011  |   Contributor: Kellie K. Speed

The summer is off to a great start here in Boston and there is no better way to celebrate the incredible outdoors than with a food festival to benefit Father Bill's. The 17th Annual FoodFest & Auction fundraiser will be held on Tuesday, July 26, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Ocean Club at Marina Bay in Quincy.... Read More

Bellagio's Epicurean Epicenter Series: Combining Food, Art & Wine

Jul 1, 2011  |   Contributor: Susan Kime

I have written about events in Las Vegas before, from philanthropic to sporting events, all having a distinctly educational, yet sensuous component, and all often over-the-top.... Read More

ColLAb's Sunset Strip Pop-Up Beer Garden in July

Jun 24, 2011  |   Contributor: Eric Rosen

Some of our favorite beer bars are tapping the kegs and setting out the tables for another installment of their pop-up summer beer garden series: ColLAb. And you know beer always tastes better outdoors in the sunshine.... Read More

The Ritz-Carlton Club and Residences, Kapalua Bay

Jun 23, 2011  |   Contributor: Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss

Some things stay the same, some get better. Maui does both! It remains the number one favorite island destination in the world, and for good reason. The sun, sand, surf, ocean breezes, breathtaking vistas, endless activities, sumptuous food and lodging options and the aloha spirit are all irresistible.... Read More

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