Category Archives: Sara Gardener

Spanish Ham Without Borders – Linton Hopkins of Restaurant Eugene – Atlanta, GA

Why would celebrated Southern Chef Linton Hopkins be leading an Ibérico Ham slicing demo? These were my first thoughts as I stepped into the 9:00am workshop at this year’s Star Chefs ICC. Country Ham, certainly, but after all, there were […]

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StarChefs ICC 2012: Counter Culture – The History of Appetizing in NY – Niki Russ Federman & Joshua Russ Tupper

 “We’re here to talk about slicing…I’m an example of what not to do,” exclaimed Josh Russ as he held up his bandaged hand at the beginning of the demo. Although the injury had not actually occurred in the line of […]

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StarChefs ICC 2012 – Day Three Overview

The final day of each StarChef ICC is always bittersweet. It’s a power-packed day of demos, workshops, competition finals and great food and drink, but then it is over for another year. Unfortunately, for the final day, my team was […]

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StarChefs ICC 2012 – Day Two Overview

The second day of the ICC tends to be the busiest. Presenters, attendees and sponsors have settled in and the Congress is in full swing. This year’s ICC was no exception. It began at 9AM and finished with the ever […]

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StarChefs ICC 2012 – Day 1 Overview

It has become impossible for me to cover the StarChefs ICC by myself. The event has grown and has an awful lot going on. Even with the return of Sarah Gardener, my son L.J. Sconzo and the addition of my […]

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Wet and Wild – Meatopia 2012

The clouds strode up menacingly over the Manhattan skyline. I had just arrived with my son and my brother a half hour after the main doors opened. I drove down from Saratoga with my son after having attended the Saratoga […]

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Tapping into Your Staff’s Collective Creativity – Michael Laiskonis

Pastry Chef Michael Laiskonis is an industry icon—a leader, innovator, and mentor who has inspired generations of cooks both in the kitchen, as well as through his thoughtful prose and active participation in the world’s culinary dialogue. After eight years […]

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“Cocktails Experienced Through the Meta-Sense of Time” – Alchemy Consulting Workshop at StarChefs ICC

Alchemy Consulting: Toby Maloney, Troy Sidle, Joaquin Simo, Jason Cott
Alchemy Consulting is the dynamic team behind the celebrated bar programs at The Violet Hour, Hotel Williamsburg, The Bar Downstairs at the Andaz, and many more. The dapper gentlemen are true cocktail […]

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StarChefs 2011: Woodberry Kitchen – Sustaining Relationships: A Chesapeake Ecosystem of Purveyors

(ed. note: In the 6 years that I have been attending Culinary Congresses, this was quite possibly the most thorough and most well organized workshop presentation that I have seen. It was also one of the tastiest, with a number of different […]

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StarChefs 2011: “Man of La Plancha” – Chef Richard Blais

Richard Blais is perhaps best known for his recent stints on Top Chef and Top Chef All Stars; however, he is first and foremost a restaurant chef. His culinary consulting company, Trail Blais, has worked with four-star restaurants across Atlanta, […]

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