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Category: Epicure

MacRostie Wines Help No Kid Hungry

Recently I sat down with Gillian Jeske Dodd from Distinguished Vineyards & Wine Partners at a Taste of the Nation LA preview dinner at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. She enlightened me about one of the evening’s sponsors, MacRostie Winery & Vineyards. This state-of-the-art winery is located on a picturesque hilltop overlooking the bucolic Russian River Valley in California. Established in 1987, Steve MacRostie Pinot-focused winery is also the home to Thale’s Vineyard, named after Steve’s wife. While pouring a glass of 2016 MacRostie Thale’s Vineyard Pinot Noir, each sip offered appealing clove, brown spice and cherry aromas, with...

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Top Three Kitchen Advancements for Today’s Technicurean Home Chefs

The latest advances in home kitchen design and technology Today’s home chefs are smart and sophisticated. They want the latest tools to simplify their lives and make their culinary dreams a reality. This year’s Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, North America’s premier industry event, highlighted the top kitchen design innovations, including smart technology that helps the modern home chef achieve professional-level results in their own kitchen. Other top themes included sustainability and ways integrated technology can improve food and drink preservation, plus overall wellness. Here’s what we learned: 1) Smarter appliances offer restaurant-worthy results All that practice and preparation...

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2019 FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, June 14 – 16, 2019

FOOD & WINE is gearing up for another weekend in the mountains of Colorado for the 37th annual FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen. From June 14 – 16, FOOD & WINE’s signature event will transform Aspen for three incredible days of cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, and panel discussions by world-class chefs and wine experts. The full schedule for the three-day event is available online here. The weekend, hailed by USA Today as ‘America’s Most Exclusive Food Festival’ and The New York Times as the ‘granddaddy of them all’, will include more than 80 seminars, talks, and tastings hosted by Hugh Acheson, Richard Blais, Justin Chapple, Anthony Giglio, Alex Guarnaschelli, Carla Hall, Ray Isle, Stephanie Izard, JJ Johnson, Hunter Lewis, Tim Love, Mark Oldman,...

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Throw a Shamrockin’ St. Patrick’s Day Party

  With Irish Classics and Green-Tinted Treats It doesn’t take the Luck o’ the Irish to throw a great St. Patrick’s Day party. These tips and recipes will help you throw a festive celebration you’ll enjoy as much as your guests — including make-ahead corned beef and a minty-green cookie recipe both adults and little leprechauns will love. For more St. Patrick’s Day recipes, check out www.McCormick.com and visit McCormick Spice on Facebook and Pinterest.“We’ve developed recipes that make the tastes of Ireland easy to create — from a simple Irish Soda Bread to a classic corned beef and...

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Valentine’s Day Dinners for Lovers: Sublime Meals by Top Chefs

For romantic Valentine’s Day dinners, New York has an abundance of fine choices. Even better, one restaurant is home to a chef who has not one, but two Michelin stars. That would be Joseph’s, a family run restaurant located in New York’s Financial District at 3 Hanover Square. Heading the kitchen is Chef Frank Langello, who brings his 20 years of experience along with the Michelin stars. Chef Langello has also earned three stars from the New York Times—and has enjoyed the privilege of preparing state dinners for former president, Barack Obama. The décor at this sophisticated 140-seat restaurant...

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Calling all foodies: 4 trends shaping home cooking in 2019

Today’s chefs and home cooks alike are seeking more meaningful food experiences, with smart, intuitive technology that’s high-performing and saves time. This year, leading brands are changing the way culinary enthusiasts source and prepare their food, emphasizing a heightened level of respect for all ingredients throughout the process. The result? Delicious food and healthier lifestyles. Here are four trends driving the evolution of home cooking in 2019: 1. Farm fresh, locally sourced food. More than ever, home cooks strive to use fresh, locally grown or raised organic products, both in the interests of sustainability and to achieve the best...

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Stressed Spelled Backwards is Desserts

With love in the air and Valentine’s day approaching, we wanted to share with you some of our favorite sweet treats using the delicious cheeses from Bellwether Farms, a family owned and operated farm and creamery located in Petaluma, CA. Below are the recipes for their Chocolate Swirl Brownies and Chocolate Ricotta Icebox Cake– sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. Remember, don’t bite off more than you can chew, unless there’s chocolate in it! CHOCOLATE SWIRL BROWNIES Moist, dense, chocolatey, and quicker to make than cookies or cake, brownies are the best of both worlds. Swirl in a creamy mixture of Bellwether Farms...

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Elegant Vegan Sweetheart Chocolates

For Valentine’s Day, designer chocolatier Chef Phillip Ashley Rix is making Sweetheart chocolates for those with dietary restrictions. The elegant Sweetheart gift box is filled with vegan and gluten free handcrafted chocolate made with the finest, plant based ingredients and single orgin dark chocolate. Flavors include Spiced Whiskey, Lavender Eart Grey Tea, Passion Fruit Vanilla Bean and Habanero Mango. What makes these chocolates so special and unique are the printed messages that include “Be Mine,” “Forever” and “Say Yes”. It’s a more delicious take on the Sweethearts or conversation heart-shaped sugar candy. Phillip Ashley Rix also makes non-vegan hand-crafted milk,...

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Game Day Eats and Treats

Score major points with delicious dishes If the crew is coming over to root for your favorite team, it may be time to spice up the menu. Whether you’re hosting the weekend get-together or watching the game after work, switch up your typical spread and serve something new to leave your guests cheering for more. When it comes to choosing an ingredient that can lend a winning assist to nearly any dish and score you some major points, look no further than California Ripe Olives. Variety is key when mapping out food for a crowd, regardless of the event....

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Denmark Wins the Bocuse d’Or 2019

As many of you know, I’ve attended and followed Bocuse d’Or for a decade. It is everything you would expect and more in a true “Olympics of Chefs and Fine Dining.” Norway and Sweden have been in the winners circle at least since 2009. It is wonderful to see Denmark join this year by earning the gold. Because the press release is so well written, we are including it to give you a sense of the excitement that is generated and view the various competition plates. I want to thank again French Master Chef Herve Laurent for introducing me...

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Chocolate for Valentine’s Day: The Food of Love?

Shakespeare suggested that music was the food of love, but judging by the tens of thousands of heart-shaped boxes presented to wives and sweethearts on Valentine’s Day, that honor should be shared with chocolate. Not only is chocolate delicious, it has been celebrated as a food that holds the promise of significant health benefits similar to those in red wine and green tea. Like wine and green tea, cocoa beans are rich in flavonoids–phytochemicals (plant compounds) with powerful antioxidant properties. While the research on chocolate’s benefits may be relatively new, it has had a long and distinguished history. Ancient...

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The Estate Yountville in Napa Valley

There are two refreshed luxury resorts in Napa Valley. Hotel Villagio’s updates were just finished in summer 2018, while The Vintage House was modernized into a sophisticated wine country style hotel last October 2017. Both reside on Washington Street and are part of The Estate Yountville. The resorts are located between V-Marketplace and four of celebrity chef Michael Chiarello’s eateries: Bottega Napa Valley for fine dining Italian cuisine; Ottimo Italian eatery and market for breakfast, lunch, picnic fare and wine; Platform 8, an upscale burger cafe and Platform 8 Ice Cream Lab. Across the street are Michelin-starred restaurants, wine-tasting rooms...

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