Village Voice film editor Alan Scherstuhl and L.A. Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson recommend Neighbors (Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron) and Godzilla (Bryan Cranston, Godzilla) and are joined by special guest, James Beard Award-winning L.A. Weekly restaurant critic Besha Rodell, who discusses the ... More >>
Is the lime shortage right before outdoor drinking season making you mad? Or did the first Game of Thrones episode leave you hurt and bitter? Whatever's on your mind, relax a little -- or a lot -- at this week's top events.
Spring fever? Shake up your routine. Here are a few events worth checking out this week.
The daughter of James Beard Award-winning chef Robert Marcelli, Christina Rakitze spent much of her childhood playing in a professional kitchen. "My first memories are of sneaking chocolate chips out of his kitchen pantry with my brothers," she says. And it was during culinary event outings in the c ... More >>
Once upon a time, chefs dreamed of opening award winning restaurants. They'd endure years of meticulous training, failures too embarrassing to recount, hours spent holed up inside a windowless room, and years slaving away under culinary stalwarts. The reward was the same for each of them: an opport ... More >>
Rooftop bar? Check. Sidewalk cafe? Check. Boats of various shapes and sizes? Check. We hope you spent your weekend crossing a variety of outdoor dining and drinking activities off your bucket list, because now it's time to get an education. We've rounded up a list of (air-conditioned!) events that'l ... More >>
A delightful and delicious sleight of hand
Over the weekend, all-star chefs from all over the country descended on our fair city for the restaurant portion of the James Beard Awards (the journalism awards were handed out on Friday, and our very own Tejal Rao took one home for criticism). And they're not just here for the awards, but to hit t ... More >>
Voice critic Tejal Rao was nominated for the James Beard Foundation's Craig Claiborne award for distinguished restaurant reviews and the award ceremony is tonight! Meanwhile, you can catch up on reading the critic's three nominated reviews below:
Congratulations to our own Tejal Rao, who was awarded the Craig Claiborne Award by the James Beard Foundation at Gotham Hall this evening! The Craig Claiborne Award is given in honor of the former New York Times restaurant critic and recognizes some of the best restaurant criticism in the country. J ... More >>
Monday, April 22 Earth Day at Edi and the Wolf Edi and the Wolf, the Austrian spot on Avenue C, will celebrate Earth Day today with a four-course menu featuring "sustainable springtime ingredients" paired with biodynamic wine producers from Austria. The restaurant promises garlic soup, white asparag ... More >>
The James Beard Foundation announced the prestigious 2013 JBF Awards nominees this morning on a livestream broadcast and on its Twitter feed. Chefs, restaurateurs, cookbook authors, and food journalists were honored with nominations. Our own Tejal Rao was nominated for the Craig Claiborne Award for ... More >>
The James Beard Foundation tweeted yesterday that there are three weeks left to submit cookbook entries for the 2013 James Book Awards.
If you've never been seduced by gefilte fish, it's time to give the wonderfully fishy dumplings another go. Rosh Hashanah begins on September 16 and the Center for Jewish History is preparing with a celebration of Jewish cuisine, past and present. It will touch on the fascinating evolution of gefi ... More >>
[See More Interviews: Suzanne Yacka, Astoria Foodie | Restaurateur Carlos Suarez on His New Venture Rosemary's] Many a dude has graced the winner's circle at the James Beard Awards. That's fine and good, but where the ladies at? James Beard Foundation president Susan Ungaro weighs in on the absence ... More >>
At the James Beard Foundation's sumptuous "Chefs & Champagne" event at Wolffer Estate Vineyard in the Hamptons, honoree Ted Allen--the Queer Eye food guy who's now the host of Food Network's Chopped--talked edibles with me between courses. Hi, Ted. What are the hot new trends in food these days? ... More >>
Sugar and Plumm will be opening their flagship bistro, bakery, and chocolate shop this summer on the Upper West Side. On the heels of that news is the announcement that pastry guru Pichet Ong is in as executive pastry chef. Ong, a James Beard award-nominee, will oversee daily offerings that will i ... More >>
Eleven Madison has had a lot to celebrate in the past couple of weeks. They were named the tenth best restaurant in the world and chef Daniel Humm recently cinched the Outstanding Chef title at the James Beard Foundation awards last week. The menu of the restaurant comes in a grid of 16 main ingred ... More >>
What we've been up to at Fork in the Road this week: Robert Sietsema gives us the verdict on the best soba in NYC. He talks up Lower East Side Corcoron and throws in a mention for the East Village-based SobaKoh: "Soba are often eaten cold with a soy-based dipping sauce. The noodles feel cool on the ... More >>
The James Beard Awards, a night when chefs and media collide at Lincoln Center to hobnob in crowded press rooms then drunkenly spill beer on each other at the after parties -- this is the only time of the year you'll see straight-laced restaurants like Eleven Madison Park and Gramercy Tavern swap am ... More >>
James Beard Awards The James Beard Awards are tonight at 6pm. For those not attending, it seems that even New York landmarks are celebrating the national food awards. According to Zagat, the Empire State Building will be donning the colors orange and yellow to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the ... More >>
The winners of the James Beard Foundation's media awards were announced last night (the glitzy chef awards will be presented tonight and you can follow along here, if you like). Congratulations to all of the winners!
It was called "Sunday Supper at Chelsea Market benefiting the James Beard Foundation and Fulton Youth of the Future culinary scholarship programs." It had us sitting at the longest table in food history--at the Chelsea Market--and sampling five appetizers, followed by lobster ravioli, which led to ... More >>
Mayor Bloomberg has outlawed food donations to homeless shelters because the city can't determine their salt, fat, and fiber content. [CBS] The 2012 finalists for the James Beard Foundation Awards have been announced. Winners will be chosen in May.
Check out the semifinalists for the James Beard Foundation Awards in the chef and restaurant categories. Marcus Samuelsson is helping with the reopening of the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C., by designing the dinner and brunch menus for the theater's supper club and appointing an executive ch ... More >>
The James Beard Foundation has released a list of semifinalists for the 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards in various chef and restaurant categories. The nominees will be narrowed down on March 19, but in the meantime, check out which New York restaurants and bars have made it this far.
Andy Ciordia/FlickrExpect fish, fish, fish, and more fish. Christmas is a-coming, and while the kiddies might be all excited about Santa Claus's visit, the more food-focused will be looking forward to the Feast of the Seven Fishes, one of the most gluttonous culinary traditions of the season. ... More >>
Burger King is testing new menu items, including specialty coffees, low-fat parfaits, oatmeal with dried fruit, and salads... sound familiar? [Nation's Restaurant News] Sbarro, which filed for bankruptcy this year, has proposed a restructuring plan that would give ownership of the company to ... More >>
NBC via GourmetJames Beard didn't live in Greenwich Village for nothing. Born in Portland, Oregon in 1903, his earliest culinary memories included having his mother and the family's Chinese cook make food for him when he came down with malaria at the age of three. After a stint of living in P ... More >>
As you may know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Crab Boil Back Forty Tuesday, June 14th, 7 p.m. Peter Hoffman's East Village spot Back Forty will kick off summer by throwing its first Crab Boil of the season. For ... More >>
Melissa HamiltonGabrielle Hamilton: Master Chef, Mother HenYesterday we spoke with Prune chef Gabrielle Hamilton about her big win at the James Beard Awards on Monday night, taking home the title of Best Chef: New York City. Today she reveals what traits a chef must have to run a successful ... More >>
Hey ho, it's Friday afternoon, and thus time to look back at the week that was: Is this the future of the East Village? Our 10 Best NYC Restaurants for Pre-Theater Prix Fixe. Girl Next Door's Tart & Tipsy brownie is beautiful & boozy.
Melissa HamiltonGabrielle Hamilton celebrates with rosé champagne (and maybe tomatoes). Gabrielle Hamilton of Prune restaurant is riding high on the hog this year, having written a wildly successful memoir Blood, Bones & Butter, released in March, and being named Best Chef: New York Ci ... More >>
Cleaners have finally cleared out all the dead-bug-covered rotting food at that closed Popeye's in East New York. [NY Daily News] A new book pays tribute to 125 years of Coca-Cola advertising and celebrates the great equalizing power of the product. [T Magazine] Alan Philips and Jason Apfel ... More >>
So the James Beard Foundation Awards were last night and New York City cleaned up pretty well, with Best New Restaurant going to ABC Kitchen, Outstanding Pastry Chef awarded to Eleven Madison Park's Angela Pinkerton, Outstanding Restaurant Award also nabbed by Eleven Madison Park, and Outstan ... More >>
In a look at the James Beard Award nominees, nose-to-tail queen April Bloomfield reveals this shocker: if she had to eat one thing for the rest of her life, it would be... "vegetables." [NY Post] It appears that Elaine's is a lot less busy since its namesake, Elaine Kaufman, died in December ... More >>
As gas prices continue to rise, a number of farmers on small farms are trading in their tractors and returning to animal labor. [NY Times] Anna Boiardi, the granddaughter of Mario and great-niece of Hector and Paul Boiardi, immigrant brothers who founded Chef Boyardee in 1928, has written a ... More >>
Chefs gonna be winning!April showers bring May flowers, but also the James Beard Foundation Awards! The second week in May the awards will celebrate the country's best chefs (and journalists and writers), and are a big ole party of who's who in the industry. Wanting to take a peek behind th ... More >>
There's much ado at the Chelsea Market this week, thanks in large part to the James Beard Foundation. The Beardies yesterday launched JBF LTD, a 27-day pop-up restaurant and food pavilion that will, its website brags, take "the idea of the pop-up restaurant further than it's ever been taken b ... More >>
Don't mess with TonyAnthony Bourdain has many a bone to pick in his latest blog post for No Reservations. First up, a justifiable critique of this year's James Beard Awards theme.
Greg Grossman, the 15-year-old who started cooking at age of 9, will be at the helm of Alan Philips' next Feast pop-up, running from March 10-12. The theme will be Pop Art. [Grub Street] Michael Psilakis is no longer the executive chef at Eos in the Viceroy hotel, in Miami. No replacement ha ... More >>
Second only to the James Beard Awards in the amount of pomp, circumstance, and restaurant business they generate are Food & Wine's Best New Chef Awards. And this year, the magazine is taking a crowd-sourcing approach to its annual ritual with its introduction of a People's Best New Chef categ ... More >>
McDonald's employees in Ohio received pamphlets with their paychecks encouraging them to vote Republican. [USA Today] Old Town Bar celebrated the 100th anniversary of its lovely Hinsdale Urinals last night, often cited as the most beautiful specimens in the city. [Wall Street Journal] Danny ... More >>
Although it feels like the James Beard Awards just happened last week -- lord knows the ceremony lasted long enough -- the James Beard Foundation is already putting out the call for nominations for next year's awards, which will take place May 9. Beginning tomorrow at noon, anyone can send in ... More >>
Jason MillerShrimp and grits gone molecular.George Mendes's Aldea has earned praise not only for what he does in the kitchen, but also for when he steps out of the limelight and lets a visiting chef take over his space. The latest special guest in the guest chef series at the restaurant is Se ... More >>
Dirt CandyThe Beard Awards are commonly referred to as the Oscars of the food world. Ostensibly, that's because of all of the industry back-slapping and fierce PR campaigns that accompany them. Plus, both have prizes that feature the likenesses of gold, bald men. But in one respect, the simil ... More >>
daveness_98/flickrDe-liver me.The question of whether or not foie gras is torture earned our own Sarah DiGregorio a James Beard Award nomination. But her writing chops would probably be lost on the folks from the Animal Protection & Rescue League. The organization and several other animal rig ... More >>
Bad new for carnivores: a recent study by the National Cancer Institute says that the more red meat and processed meat you eat, the higher your overall risk of death from all causes, including heart disease and cancer. [Reuters] The James Beard Award nominations are out. New York establishments on ... More >>
Photo by Dan Wynn, ©Elisabeth Wynn and courtesy of the James Beard Foundation.A totally non-Valentine themed event, and a totally affordable one, is to be had tomorrow night at the New School. As part of their "Culinary Luminaries" series, the school's Food Studies program considers the life and wo ... More >>
The James Beard Award nominees have been announced. New Yorkers nominated include Joe Bastianich and Mario Batali, Dan Barber from Blue Hill. Anthos has been nominated for Best New Restaurant, and Pichet Ong, who just opened Batch last week, for Outstanding Pastry Chef.