Protestors say she started as an activist and an ally, but she's devolved into a puppet for Bloomberg. So they're gathering this Sunday at 11:15 AM outside the Mandarin Oriental to raise an LGBT ruckus and try to snip her strings. Quinn, they argue, is no longer a friend to the community, even if sh ... More >>
Today we provide for you a cocktail recipe from Angus Winchester, a well-known martini expert who actually has a cocktail, the Winchester, named after him.
"The Winchester is basically a gin zombie," says Winchester, who is Tanquery Gin's brand ambassador. "I'm flattered to see myself being named a ... More >>
The third annual LuckyRice Grand Feast was more than just a food tasting --- it was a high-end cultural celebration of Asian flavors and culture. With a line-up as diverse as it was prominent, the food did not for a moment disappoint. Hot edamame dumplings from Buddakan and "Kanom Buamg-Yam" Thai ta ... More >>
The LuckyRice Grand Feast had an impressive food and chef line-up. Although not everyone on the star-studded culinary council could be found in person, industry notables like Susur Lee, Angelo Sosa, Masaharu Morimoto, Jeffrey Steingarten, and Todd English were spotted among the crowd. We talked to f ... More >>
Michelle D. AndersonDonny Moss, documentary filmmaker, and Elizabeth Forel, president of CBHDC"Grains or Pigeon Feces?" "Will a person die next?" Those were some of the questions a group of horse advocates and animal-rights activists wanted tourists and New York residents to contemplate last ... More >>
Robert SietsemaHead to the Trilby for a calm brunch and nosh on these poached eggs and corned beef hashIn recent years, hotel restaurants have gone from being spots for humdrum steak dinners to some of the most exciting dining destinations around, enticing locals as well as guests to pull up ... More >>
Actor John Malkovich of Being John Malkovich, among other things, has had his stuff stolen at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Prague. Malkovich was in the Czech capital to portray an Austrian serial killer in a play in the Prague Spring music festival. Now his passport and some personal belongings ... More >>
Pomp, circumstance, product placement, and varying levels of inebriation all converged at Avery Fisher Hall last night for the 2010 James Beard Foundation Awards. Many white men were awarded large gold pendants that dangled from green sashes. It was a particularly good night for New York, wit ... More >>
CLICK HERE for my new column in which Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, got to hobnob with yours truly over very high tea at the Mandarin Oriental.
We're besties now! (Though admittedly I never told her I'm from Brooklyn.)
I also cover the weird mixed messages being given by right-wing g ... More >>
Will the spirit of James Beard smile upon New York chefs?The James Beard Foundation announced its list of semi-finalists for the annual James Beard Awards today, kicking off the food world's very own Oscar season scrum. The semi-finalists were selected from a pool of 21,000 online entries; th ... More >>
Just weeks after announcing a Singaporean outpost of DB Bistro Moderne, Daniel Boulud reveals plans to open a Bar Boulud in London's Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park next spring. Bloomberg reports that Gilles Verot, known for his charcuterie in Paris, will helm the kitchen. Boulud said in a statem ... More >>
Gourmet staffers have been invited to attend the annual Great Gathering of Chefs at the Mandarin Oriental on Sunday, where each will receive a Golden Fork Award and get to rub elbows with Emeril Lagasse, Daniel Boulud, Eric Ripert, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and Michael Psilakis.
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Gavin Mills responded to a statement by his former employer, Laurie Tomasino of Broadway East. Tomasino had blamed Mills for a "serious disconnect" between the food and the venue. Mills says he "was committed to the idea of 'fine dining' and balked at the suggestion from the owners that he serve up ... More >>
This week in chef news...
Top Chef season four's Antonia Lofaso and Iron Chef Kevin Rathbun will be in St. Croix April 14-18 for a fundraising event called "Iron Chef, Top Chef, Island Chef." The two TV chefs, along with a local chef, will compete to make the best 30-minute meal, each with the sa ... More >>