Monthly Archives: October 2010

Pipe Screams – Happy Halloween!

Pipe Screams from John Sconzo on Vimeo.
 
 
Keyboardist extraordinaire Bryan Kirk of The First Presbyterian Church in Glens Falls N.Y. plays Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor (only a segment here) on the church's wonderful pipe organ on October 30th, […]

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Starchefs ICC 2010: Dan Barber – Building Concepts

Either you pray at the mantle of the farmers market or you are dedicated to all these molecular chemicals. It’s a false divide, but the best of those molecular gastronomists do it in pursuit of flavor. Their transformations and experimentations lead us to understand food in a different way. What I’d like to talk about is doing those transformations/experimentations before you get into the kitchen. What I mean is you take a braised belly of lamb and instead of looking at a menu that looks at transforming that lamb into a delicious piece of meat, you think about growing that lamb from the ground up. We become participants in writing a recipe for flavor.
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Pumpkin Soup 2010

For the past few autumns, I have taken to making pumpkin soup. Some of you may remember the pumpkin soup I made for The Albany Times Union last year (Unfortunately, the link is no longer active). Making soup is […]

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Hail to The Oval Room!

Chef Tony Conte of The Oval Room
Washington D.C.’s The Oval Room isn’t really oval, nor does it house the Office of the President of the United States. No, that is the nearby Oval Office, perhaps a bit more well known […]

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Fresh Ginger

I picked up this fresh ginger root on Saturday from Kilpatrick Family Farm at the Saratoga Farmers Market. It is a revelation! I never had freshly harvested ginger root before. I had never even seen it this fresh before. It […]

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Blog Find: Leslie Parke’s leslieparke.com

Leslie Parke is an artist's artist with an eye for interesting art that she likes to share along with an educated assessment. Though I usually promote food and food blogs, Leslie's outstanding art blog, accessible through her website, leslieparke.com is […]

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Revised Tour Itinerary and Pricing – Northern Spain 2010 with Gerry Dawes & Yours Truly

Gerry and I have made some revisions in the tour to bring down pricing without sacrificing quality. Here are the updated details:
 

Prices quoted are without airfare from the U.S. to Bilbao and return from Barcelona and include five and four […]

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Gerry Dawes’ Review of Ferran from Food Arts

Reprinted with permission of Gerry Dawes.

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Ferran Adrià  and Tim Zagat at the book launch 
at the International Culinary Center in NYC on Oct. 12, 2010
Ferran: The Inside Story of El Bulli and the Man Who Reinvented […]

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Ferran Adriá at Bar Basque

Ferran Adriá was in NYC over the past few days to kick of the newly published book, Ferran: The Inside Story of El Bulli and the Man Who Reinvented Food  written by Colman Andrews to paint a literary portrait […]

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Carlo Petrini at Eataly

For the second time in three days, I drove back and forth, about 4 hours each way, from my home in upstate New York to Manhattan to see and spend time with a person whom I admire. The first […]

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