Monthly Archives: May 2012

Chefs Without Restaurants at Elements – The Dinner

I’ve been to many a guest chef dinners over the years. They are hit or miss and rarely as good as a chef’s cooking at his or her own restaurant, which is where I typically, I prefer to go to try a [...]

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Italy With My Son 2012 – La Franceschetta 58 – Massimo Bottura’s Tour of Italy

Ed. Note: My heart bleeds for the wonderful region of Emiglia-Romagna, which has now suffered two devastating earthquakes since the visit of my son and I. I have been in contact with people from Osteria Francescana, who have told me [...]

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Chefs Without Restaurants at Elements – The Prelude

Elements Restaurant in Princeton, New Jersey is a worthwhile destination restaurant in its own right. I have written about a number of visits there over the past few years. Scott Anderson’s food just keeps getting better and better and it [...]

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Memorial Day – A Remembrance For All Who Have Served and Especially Those Who Died

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Sunday Photo: A Lot of Talent in This Kitchen

Billed as “Chefs Without Restaurants,” this kitchen featured six guest chefs not currently working in restaurants and two who are, the hosts Scott Anderson and Michael Ryan of Elements in Princeton, N.J. This past Friday, chefs Karen Urie Shields and [...]

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Acme: Nordic Roots Take Hold in NYC

With all of the success of noma and the rise of the modern Scandinavian dining revolution  most notably embodied by the descriptor, “New Naturalism” it was only a matter of time before its direct influences washed ashore in NYC. The [...]

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The Chefs’ Challenge: Albany vs Saratoga

Three Judges – Sconzo, Alexander & Barnes -Photo by Edgar Ailor IV for BB/BS – used with permission

Big Brothers/Big Sisters is a great organization doing wonderful things for the community – specifically matching kids who can use role models with [...]

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Attention! Atera is For Real!

When it comes to combining the elements of “New Naturalism” with the techniques of  Vanguardist cooking, Chef Matthew Lightner of the new Atera in NYC learned from two of the very best and it shows both in his cooking as [...]

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Italy With My Son 2012 – Maranello – Land of Ferraris

With a full day at Antica Corte Palavicina, and a drive ahead of us, I wanted to show my son (and he wanted to see) the Ferrari Museum in Maranello, just outside of Modena. Despite pushing the limits, we arrived [...]

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Sunday Photos – In the Green Room and Beyond at The James Beard Awards

Once the red carpet was through I headed to the Green Room of Avery Fisher hall at Lincoln Center, ground zero for the media covering the event, to partake in festivities and await the winners as they were announced and [...]

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