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Upcoming Book Release Highlights KFC’s ‘Original Celebrity Chef’

Upcoming Book Release Highlights KFC’s ‘Original Celebrity Chef’

How could I not mention the epicness that is Colonel Sanders’s “accidentally” discovered autobiography? Those hard working marketing mavens over at KFC have not only unearthed the tome, apparently written by the Colonel in 1966, they’re publishing it, starting with a handful of Facebook posts leading up to the book’s release in early June. But […]

May 30, 2012 | By
Izard’s Goat Tour Makes A Stop at Portland’s Ping

Izard’s Goat Tour Makes A Stop at Portland’s Ping

Season four was the first Top Chef season I ever watched. Introduced to a dozen great chefs from around the country, it was the first time I learned who Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons were, and the first time I was introduced to chef Stephanie Izard. With fans across the country, I cheered for Izard, […]

November 1, 2011 | By
Daily Blender Exclusive: The Business of Street Food

Daily Blender Exclusive: The Business of Street Food

Like many, I’ve been increasingly intrigued by the ongoing saga of street food. Growing at mind-boggling rates, mobile vendors have sprung up in cities across America, leaving city and state lawmakers scratching their heads and scrambling to enact new regulations, while traditional restaurateurs are left baffled at how to manage the customer ebb and flow […]

December 9, 2010 | By
The Taste of Beverly Hills Begins With A 90210 Celebration

The Taste of Beverly Hills Begins With A 90210 Celebration

When a friend asked how my weekend in Beverly Hills was going, I equated it to something of an unknown. “It’s like reaching a destination you’ve only read about,” I explained, remembering a similar feeling when I caught my first view of the Sydney Opera House. “You’ve seen it in magazines and movies, but you […]

September 7, 2010 | By
Sunny Days And Stellar Wines at the Beaver Creek Wine & Spirits Festival

Sunny Days And Stellar Wines at the Beaver Creek Wine & Spirits Festival

Even with hiking shoes on, I was pleased to see that the four-mile hike was a downward slope. High in the mountains of Beaver Creek, Vail’s sparkly snow-driven sister, I was happy to find that the town’s tagline – Not exactly roughing it – equated into a Walk & Wine that was just my speed. […]

August 30, 2010 | By
Inaugural Taste of Beverly Hills Set to Rock 90210

Inaugural Taste of Beverly Hills Set to Rock 90210

Surprisingly enough, I’ve never been outside of LAX during my trips to/through Los Angeles. Unsurprisingly, while sprinting between airport terminals in a vicious attempt to catch my connecting flights, I saw very little of the city. So when the Taste of Beverly Hills was announced, another fantastic Food & Wine-sponsored production, I took it as […]

August 25, 2010 | By
CIA Alum Compete For Royal Caribbean’s Newest Ship; Top Cheftestant Takes Helm at PGA Resort

CIA Alum Compete For Royal Caribbean’s Newest Ship; Top Cheftestant Takes Helm at PGA Resort

Travel companies from sea to shore continue to up the ante when it comes to culinary offerings these days. According to a recent press release, Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, the Allure of the Seas, will feature a rising star Chef de Cuisine when it launches this December. Graduates from the Culinary Institute of America were […]

July 13, 2010 | By
Cochon 555 Goes Grand in Aspen

Cochon 555 Goes Grand in Aspen

After all was said and done in Aspen, there was still one more event on the docket for many – the Grand Cochon. Featuring heritage breed pigs and top chefs from around the country, the Grand Cochon was the final culmination of weeks of national Cochon 555 competitions. The ten winning chefs, who were each […]

July 1, 2010 | By
The Food & Wine Classic in Aspen Celebrates Twenty Eight Years

The Food & Wine Classic in Aspen Celebrates Twenty Eight Years

When I arrived in Aspen this year, the weather greeted me with a big smile and a warm hug, with sun shining across the flourishing green mountains. In what I consider to be icing on a year of cake, I was thrilled to be invited back to the picturesque Colorado town to cover the 2010 […]

June 22, 2010 | By
Daily Blender Exclusive: Chef Tom Colicchio

Daily Blender Exclusive: Chef Tom Colicchio

Chef Tom Colicchio is more than just a pretty face. Most often recognized due to his stint as judge on Bravo’s Top Chef, Colicchio doesn’t just sit behind a table and critique ill-fated dishes delivered by nerve-wracked cheftestants every day. He actually cooks in his kitchen. It’s five o’clock on a Sunday in New York, […]

June 15, 2010 | By
Today’s Food Newsbits: Restaurateurs Make The Move to D.C., Eatery Accused of Using Whale Meat Closes

Today’s Food Newsbits: Restaurateurs Make The Move to D.C., Eatery Accused of Using Whale Meat Closes

It seems like the Washington, DC dining scene has really taken off over the past few years. Local chefs garnered six finalist nominations for the 2010 James Beard Awards, and diners were interested to hear last year that New York’s popular BBQ joint, Hill Country, would be expanding to DC, a city where names like […]

March 24, 2010 | By
Top Chef Masters: Season Two Competitors Announced

Top Chef Masters: Season Two Competitors Announced

I watch a lot of Top Chef each season, but Top Chef Masters is really one that pulls my interest. Last year’s season included a number of great culinary masters, including chefs Hubert Keller, Michael Chiarello, and Rick Bayless. This season looks to be another fantastic competition. Yesterday, the top-level cheftestants were announced. According to […]

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