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Rock and Roll and Rene Redzepi: A Work in Progress

Rock and Roll and Rene Redzepi: A Work in Progress

Books that cook have really evolved over the last few years. A few – like David Chang’s tale in the Momofuku cookbook of fighting anger and shingles – plunge even deeper into the cooking/storytelling vein, revealing the heart of the kitchen where memoir and measuring cup collide.

René Redzepi: A Work In Progress is teetering on that fine line as well. The Copenhagen chef’s latest release, a raw glimpse into a leader and chef, part cookbook, part year-in-the-life tale of its star player and his role within the greater team.

December 18, 2013 | By
Zen and the Art of Food and Drink: 2012 Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival

Zen and the Art of Food and Drink: 2012 Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival

When Kat and I arrived at Portland International Airport on Thursday morning, long before the sun would rise, we were nearly giddy as we passed through security, ecstatic that our adventure to New York City had finally arrived. As we made our way to the gate, we noticed a monk walking in front of us, […]

October 16, 2012 | By
Celebrating and Reminiscing – Five Years of the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival

Celebrating and Reminiscing – Five Years of the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival

I started visiting New York City when I was in my teens. My Mom and I would make it all about musicals and Fifth Avenue and living the life of city dwellers during our mother/daughter weekends to the Big Apple. She had a friend who was “connected” and invited us to town for that first […]

September 26, 2012 | By
Chef Ben Bettinger on the Portland Food Community and the Opening of Paley’s Imperial

Chef Ben Bettinger on the Portland Food Community and the Opening of Paley’s Imperial

Most will know Ben Bettinger as the man who put Portland’s gem of a restaurant, Beaker & Flask, on the ‘must dine’ map. When the eatery opened, I was of the understanding that the restaurant, well-lauded from the beginning, was further into the heart of the city. I hadn’t considered that the nondescript building along […]

September 4, 2012 | By
Healdsburg’s Project Zin Serves Up Support of Down Syndrome

Healdsburg’s Project Zin Serves Up Support of Down Syndrome

After a while, food and drink events can start to feel like they all run together. While I have nowhere near as much event experience as Jennifer, I’ve been in it long enough to know that sometimes these events can feel a little…repetitive. But when I heard about Project Zin in Healdsburg – near where […]

August 22, 2012 | By
The Life of a Chef (and it isn’t all truffles and foie gras, baby)

The Life of a Chef (and it isn’t all truffles and foie gras, baby)

Today, we’re super pleased to publish this guest post from chef Lisa Nakamura of Orcas Island’s Allium Restaurant. Nakamura began as a prep cook “and eventually graduated to some pretty illustrious kitchens, including at The French Laundry and The Herbfarm”,  opening Allium two years ago in the spring of 2010. Let’s begin with what most […]

June 5, 2012 | By
NYC’s Batali and LaFrieda Step Up for Food Stamps

NYC’s Batali and LaFrieda Step Up for Food Stamps

Famed chef Mario Batali has announced that in order to bring more awareness to the cuts looming over the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, he’s launched a campaign called the Food Stamp Challenge Friday. According to Crain’s New York, participants in the challenge will live within the constraints of $31 for an entire week of meals […]

May 14, 2012 | By
2012 Taste of the Nation Portland

2012 Taste of the Nation Portland

I was beyond excited for this year’s Taste of the Nation. My experience at last year’s event proved quite memorable, demonstrating that it was, quite possibly, the best food and wine event in Portland. All the top restaurants from across the city, many of the top wineries and breweries in the area, and a handful […]

May 10, 2012 | By
Daily Blender Exclusive: Chef Aaron Barnett

Daily Blender Exclusive: Chef Aaron Barnett

Chef Aaron Barnett’s French-inspired restaurant, St. Jack, is what I like to imagine as the connection where Portland and Lyon meet. The menu is produce-heavy, the decor a delicate interior design, yet the kitchen isn’t afraid of hearty meat dishes (fried tripe, escargot and bone marrow, without shame, thank you). It’s a welcome combination of […]

May 1, 2012 | By
Maneuvering Through Maui – Restaurant Picks on the Hawaiian Island

Maneuvering Through Maui – Restaurant Picks on the Hawaiian Island

When Maui calls, you have to answer. Since my last magical visit to the island, I’ve dreamed of nothing but palm trees and the warm breeze that greets when you when arrive. The solitude of cruising down a sunny two-lane, oceanside highway. The welcoming ‘aloha’, the thoughtful ‘mahalo’.

April 10, 2012 | By
Seattle’s Ethan Stowell Raises Funds for Fetal Syndromes

Seattle’s Ethan Stowell Raises Funds for Fetal Syndromes

I was nearly through my meal at Staple and Fancy in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood when I met chef Ethan Stowell for the first time last fall.  Friends with my dining companion, spirits man Rocky Yeh, Stowell stopped by our table that evening after returning from a catering, weary but friendly. General chitchat commenced, shifting from off-site […]

April 3, 2012 | By
Peter Meehan, David Chang Talk Lucky Peach

Peter Meehan, David Chang Talk Lucky Peach

Momofuku chef David Chang and his publishing collaborator Peter Meehan made an appearance recently on “CBS This Morning” to discuss the thinking and planning behind their popular Lucky Peach quarterly. “So, what do you love about it, the whole idea of cooking?” host Charlie Rose asked Chang. “It’s the constant pursuit of perfection,” Chang replied. […]

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