Alexandra Guarnaschelli

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    September 15, 2014

    Here's What You Missed at Taste Talks

    The weekend's Taste Talks events went off without a hitch, bringing together top New York food mavens and eager eaters to share in conversation and plenty of good dishes. From Friday evening to Sunday night, Taste Talks hosted a round of events -- dinners, presentations, a Future of Food expo, and S ... More >>

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    September 10, 2014


    Hit the streets for high-end cuisine

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    August 1, 2014

    Move Fast: Nab Your Tickets for This Year's Taste Talks

    "Mario [Batali] asked me to this, and my general rule is, if Mario asks me to do something, I say yes," chef Danny Bowien of Mission Chinese and Mission Cantina explained of his turn as master of ceremonies and curation for the upcoming Taste Talks event in Brooklyn, September 12-14. "April wasn't a ... More >>

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    March 5, 2014

    Ali Rosen's Potluck Video Brings NYC's Food World to NYCTV Beginning Tomorrow Night

    Ali Rosen cut her teeth in news as an on-camera reporter at NY1, but she long harbored a desire to work in the food world. And so she took a job with the Daily Meal, which was just starting to shoot video, and got to work building content on food personalities from around the country. "It was a fun ... More >>

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    January 28, 2014

    A Full Roster of Super Bowl Events

    The Super Bowl's debut in the Big Apple has the city's restaurant industry abuzz with offers. From fan friendly events to bars that have more TVs than Best Buy, there are plenty of reasons to skip the home made onion dip and head out into the wild blue yonder for the game. But before you do, here's ... More >>

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    January 3, 2014

    Early Highlights From Butter Midtown

    In November, we chatted with chef Alex Guarnaschelli about the opening of Butter Midtown (70 West 45th Street, 212-253-2828), the chef's second location of her beloved downtown dining hub, which closed its doors earlier this year for renovations. To ease the inevitable anticipation that has been bui ... More >>

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    November 22, 2013

    Butter Now Open in Midtown

    It's been more than ten years since the original Butter opened in the East Village, propelling chef Alex Guarnaschelli to the heights of cooking stardom: She became a Food Network darling, competing in various competitions before hosting shows of her own. The restaurant shuttered earlier this year f ... More >>

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    October 8, 2013

    Commerce's Harold Moore: My Next Restaurant Is Going to Be More Ingredient-Driven

    In the nearly six years since Harold Moore opened Commerce (50 Commerce Street, 212-524-2301) on a secluded street in the West Village, he's amassed a cadre of regulars, and his restaurant has become a destination dining spot, even if the address is somewhat hidden.

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    August 20, 2013

    Bear's Natasha Pogrebinsky on Life as a Ukrainian Refugee and How That Informs Her Food

    Many chefs can recall how they first became hooked on the food industry, but few can point to a juxtaposition of culinary experiences like Bear's Natasha Pogrebinsky can. The chef grew up in Soviet Ukraine, where she remembers "going to all the different shops in the city and picking out bread in on ... More >>

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    February 4, 2013

    What's Happening: Chocolate Week and Cochon 555

    Monday, February 4 Chocolate Week Start the week off right with a healthy dose of chocolate. Keep the sweets coming all the week at restaurants participating in Chocolate Week. Bakeries, restaurants, and stores around the city will offer special Tea Gourmand, Coffee Gourmand, or Bubbly Gourmand menu ... More >>

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    October 27, 2012

    Q&A: Charlotte Druckman on Skirt Steak, Food Network, and Women in the Food Industry

    Charlotte Druckman has written for Travel Leisure, the Wall Street Journal, Town and Country, and many other publications about food and chef culture. But in her most recent endeavor-- a book titled Skirt Steak: Women Chefs on Standing the Heat and Staying in the Kitchen -- Charlotte interviews ov ... More >>

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    October 26, 2012

    Q&A: Food Network's Alex Guarnaschelli Talks Celebrities and Honeybees, Part 2

    Yesterday, we spoke with Food Network's Alex Guarnaschelli about how to tackle cooking pumpkin and other seasonal specialties. Today, we're focusing on how she deals with celebrities in her restaurants, her favorite restaurants in the city, and her recent venture with Haagen Dazs. [See More Intervi ... More >>

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    October 26, 2012

    Q&A: Governor's Brad McDonald on Seasonal Menus and Halloween Candy, Part 2

    Yesterday, we talked to Brad McDonald about his latest Dumbo restaurant, Governor, his take on Modern American cuisine and 80s sitcoms. Today, we continue the conversation and learn about the chef's favorite NYC restaurants and which Southern writers influence and affect his food. [See More: Charlo ... More >>

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    October 25, 2012

    Q&A: Food Network's Alex Guarnaschelli Talks Pumpkin and Cooking At Home, Part 1

    Even chefs like Guarnaschelli meet challenges when cooking pumpkin. Chef Alex Guarnaschelli is a busy woman. She's the executive chef of New York City's Butter restaurant and The Darby and is a recurring judge on the popular prime-time series Chopped. She also has her own shows, The Cooking Loft an ... More >>

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    October 25, 2012

    Q&A: Governor's Brad McDonald on Creative Freedom, Modern American Cuisine and 80s Sitcoms

    When Fork in the Road was a few minutes late to call Chef Brad McDonald, we explained that our phone's recorder was a bit faulty. "You have an app that records on your phone? I bet that many an embittered wife is using it for other reasons." So goes the whimsically creative thought process of the ch ... More >>

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    January 30, 2012

    Milk Thistle Farm Calls It Quits, Dairy Lovers Bummed Out

    Mowie Kay / FlickrRaise a glass of milk in memory of Milk Thistle Farm​Some sad news on the dairy front this morning. Milk Thistle Farm, a local, family-run dairy farm beloved by New York City chefs and Greenmarket shoppers alike, has shuttered after less than a decade in the business, the New ... More >>

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    March 11, 2011

    Housing Works' A Chef Tasting Benefit Returns

    Alex Guarnaschelli, not on her day off.​Feel good as you get fed. The second annual Housing Works A Chef Tasting benefit takes place Tuesday, March 29, hosted by Alex Guarnaschelli of Butter and The Darby. Other chefs making an appearance (and their signature dishes) will include Brad Farmerie ... More >>

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    January 26, 2011

    Alex Guarnaschelli Is Now Shilling for I Can't Believe It's Not Butter

    I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!Believe it.​Following in the illustrious footsteps of Tom Colicchio and Rocco DiSpirito, Alex Guarnaschelli has slid into bed with Big Food.

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    January 3, 2011

    NYC Chefs Resolve to Eat Better (and Eat Worse!) in 2011

    pguild.comA new decade, new resolutions​ Now that the New Year has come and gone, it's time to get those resolutions going. The Wall Street Journal,, and The Daily Meal all have extensive roundups of celebrity chefs resolutions for the coming year and New York City chefs are well re ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010

    Nick Morgenstern Debuts Goat Town; Villa Pacri Kitchen Still 'In Flux'

    ​Nick Morgenstern is no longer at the General Greene in Fort Greene. The chef has moved on to the East Village to open Goat Town. [Grub Street] The chef situation at Villa Pacri is still "in flux." Fabio Trabocchi is consulting until January, with Giuliano Matarese of La Gazzetta downstairs ... More >>

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    November 19, 2010

    Open & Closed: Say Hello to The Darby; Goodbye to Marfa

    Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Cooper 35 Asian Pub, known for its $3 cocktails, will be torn down in the coming months to make room for a new Joe Sitt high-rise. [NYU News via Grub Street] CB Holding Corp. has filed for Cha ... More >>

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    October 1, 2010

    Open & Closed: Say Hello to Riverpark, Goodbye to Johnny Rockets

    Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. The Johnny Rockets on 8th Street has shuttered as a result of having lost its lease. [Eater]​ Long Tan in Park Slope has closed for a complete renovation and conversion into a cocktail a ... More >>

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    September 22, 2010

    To Truly Go Green, Eat Bugs; Should GM Fish Be Labeled?

    ​Phil Ross, a San Francisco-based chef and artist, hosted an insect-based meal at Brooklyn Kitchen this past weekend, as a means to promote a tasty, sustainable diet of animals you can raise yourself at home. [NY Times] Less than a month after Eataly was unleashed on New Yorkers, a roundup of ... More >>

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    September 8, 2010

    The Darby Opens Early for Beyoncé's Birthday

    ​The Darby, the supper club from Butter's Alexandra Guarnaschelli, has not yet opened to the public, but nevertheless the 100-seat restaurant hosted Beyoncé's birthday party last weekend. Jay-Z apparently filled the space with orchids and brought out a six-layer birthday cake for his wife. ... More >>

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    May 17, 2010

    Like a Phoenix, Nell's Rises Again

    Ashley Merriman may be commanding the burners at the resurrected Nell's​ Mum's been the word on the new Richie Akiva and Scott Sartiano (1Oak, Butter) project moving into the legendary Nell's space on the fringe of MePa, but in this age of hyper-connectivity, tantalizing tidbits have begun to ... More >>

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    May 11, 2010


    Make your dollar stretch

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    May 10, 2010

    What's Happening This Week: A Calçots Festival & Housing Works' First Tasting Event

    As many of you know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Annual Calçotada Festivals Savoy and Back Forty May 10 & 11 Forget ramps. In Catalonia, the seasonal onion that gets everyone excited is the calçot. Sample gr ... More >>

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    April 29, 2010

    In Rumors this Week: Michael White In at Setai; Akhtar Nawab On His Way Out at Zengo?

    ​ Rumor has it that Michael White and partner Chris Cannon will man all food operations at the Setai Fifth Avenue, including a 15,000-square-foot 160-seat restaurant. [Eater] Just three weeks after Zengo opened, Akhtar Nawab may be on his way out. The chef has apparently signed on to take ove ... More >>

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    December 31, 2009

    Under the Toque: Anne Burrell Talks Worst Cooks; Daniel Boulud Shares NYC Love

    ​Anne Burrell reveals the worst thing she tasted on her new Food Network show Worst Cooks in America: "The turnip surprise. It was hollowed out turnips and rutabagas, stuffed with tri-tip beef, asparagus, and rhubarb, tossed in a saute pan and put in the oven-- no salt, no oil, whole turnips, ... More >>

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    February 13, 2009

    James Beard Semifinalists Announced

    The semifinalists for the illustrious James Beard awards have been announced, with a quite a few hometown favorites in the lot, including Dan Barber and Tom Colicchio in the the Outstanding Chef category; Babba and Jean George for Outstanding Restaurant;  Corton, Momofuku Ko, and Scarpetta for ... More >>

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    August 29, 2008
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