Wednesday 01 August, 2012

Throwing His Hat In The Ring: Top Chef Masters’ Thierry Rautureau

  If you’ve just started watching the fourth season of Top Chef Masters, one cheftestant may have stood out already, if only for his personal style: the so-called “Chef In The Hat.” But if Thierry Rautureau is not well known on the national stage, in Seattle he has been a presence so long that in [...]

Sunday 29 July, 2012

Sunsets and S’mores: An Evening On The Beach

When you get an invitation to the Jonathan Beach Club, you don’t turn it down. Other than being the sister club to one of the oldest associations in Los Angeles, it also happens to be on prime Santa Monica sand. So when (Audi Presents) An Evening On The Beach asked me to help document their [...]

Saturday 14 July, 2012

Papilles for Bastille: Formidable!

I’ve been putting off posting about Papilles, and I’m not quite sure why, but it might have something to do with not wanting such a cozy little gem to get overwhelmed. I shouldn’t be so selfish. Set in the most unlikely strip mall storefront imaginable, the little bistro expresses the simplicity of its goals with [...]

Saturday 14 July, 2012

Rob Kelso’s Ultimate Backyard Barbecue

I usually talk about “professional” food in this blog, as opposed to home cooking. But when Rob Kelso announced his annual backyard BBQ, I knew I had to document it. I first met Rob before I was writing about food, when a big group of music industry-related food lovers got together once a month to [...]

Wednesday 11 July, 2012

Respect to the Rainier: Seasonal Cherry Desserts at BierBeisl

Been to BierBeisl yet? With all the current rage for flavors from Asia and Latin countries, it’s impressive to see chef Bernhard Mairinger (ex-Patina) buck trends and forge his own path–in Beverly Hills, no less–with a cozy but modern open-kitchen spot paying respect to the cuisine of his home Austria. I’ll get to the menu [...]

Thursday 05 July, 2012

Of Apricots and Lunch Boxes

Anyone happening to find themselves in the vicinity of bucolic Firebaugh, California (greater Fresno) would do well to stop in at the one and only Apricot Tree Restaurant, conveniently located just off Interstate 5. I’m not going to go all Jane & Michael Stern on you and report that they have the world’s best chicken [...]

Monday 02 July, 2012

Picnic Vegas Style: Project Dinner Table Brings Vegas Al Fresco

For an upcoming feature in Diamond Cake magazine, I spent a good amount of this weekend trailing Chef Geno Bernardo (NOVE Italiano in Palms Resort) as he prepared and presented an al fresco feast for Project Dinner Table, a continuing series of fundraising meals set in uncommon spots highlighting the diversity of the Las Vegas [...]

Seared Foie Gras with toasted peach marshmallow and bourbon baked graham cracker crumbs
Tuesday 26 June, 2012

SF: Foie Gras Finale at Alexander’s

The California ban on foie gras is set to begin this July 1, but many chefs are planning on going into this new prohibition with a ‘bang,’ not a whimper. As I previously blogged, I’m of two minds on the issue–I think people can leave perfectly full, decadent, wonderful lives without fattening up geese for [...]