Sticking around town for a few days? We've got just the thing to make your summer staycation the best choice you've made all week. Here are the six best food and drink events in NYC this weekend.
Bravo announced season 4 of Top Chef Masters today and the New York chefs competing include Missy Robbins of A Voce, Sue Torres of Sueños, and Kerry Heffernan of South Gate.
Smithsonian's June issue is all about food and looks very promising, with pieces from Corby Kummer, Mimi Sheraton, Ruth Reichl, and Amy Scattergood.
Hear Padma Lakshmi and Amanda Hesser discuss gender roles in the kitchen at the 92 Y on April 9 at 8:15 p.m. Adam Gopnik will moderate. Tickets are $29. Pair beer with East and West Coast oysters at Brooklyn Brewery on April 10 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $45 in advance and $55 at the door. Mark Bittm ... More >>
Hmmmm, will flying to Mars for dinner make me seasick? There has always been an element of zaniness in the New York dining scene, ever since pretty girls started selling hot ears of buttered corn down on Delancey Street in the 19th Century - or maybe even before that, because a restaurant b ... More >>
20th Century Fox via Grub StreetI recognize most of the characters, but who's the bald guy? The end-times for Foodism are near, my friends. This Sunday, Marge Simpson turns into a food blogger, as reported in an extensive Grub Street interview with Simpsons executive producer Matt Selman. To ... More >>
This week in food blogs ... Eater got romantic with 10 New York restaurant missed connections. Grub Street delivered 41 things it's psyched to eat and drink this fall. Meanwhile, Food Republic gave us its 33 favorite fall foods. (See a trend?) Zagat Buzz was busy helping launch the 2012 New Yo ... More >>
Subway will add avocado as a premium seasonal topping for a limited time. In addition to special sandwiches like a turkey and bacon avocado sub and BLT with avocado, customers will be able to add the fruit onto any footlong for $1. [Nation's Restaurant News] Recent and ongoing research sugge ... More >>
Having already launched the existence of Ruth Bourdain, Ruth Reichl's Twitter feed is now going to launch a cookbook.
Gilt Taste / Marcqui AkinsRuth Reichl tweets sadly not featuredGilt Taste, the epicurean arm of luxe Gilt Groupe, launched today, offering both an online marketplace for specialty foodstuffs and an online magazine led by Editorial Advisor Ruth Reichl (formerly of Gourmet) and Features Editor ... More >>
ruthreichl.comAfter a month or so of speculation, it looks like Ruth Reichl is indeed collaborating with Gilt Taste, the new food version of Gilt Groupe, the website that bills itself as a provider of "invitation-only access to highly coveted products and experiences at insider prices."
This week in food blogs... Eater mapped 10 crazy, expensive, daunting, and whacked-out New York City desserts. Grub Street wondered if Ruth Reichl suspects it's responsible for Ruth Bourdain. Midtown Lunch got excited about shark and bake day at Trini Paki Boys. Serious Eats rounded up its 10 fa ... More >>
Top Chef Masters premiered yesterday with several changes: fewer contestants, fewer judges, including Ruth Reichl, lower-profile chefs, and a new host. [NY Times] A new book follows the Pepper Trail of northern Mexico and examines how farmers are dealing with the effects of climate change on ... More >>
theage.com.auPretty yes, but he's no PadmaBecause there can't be more than two weeks without a Top Chef show on the air, Season Three of Top Chef Masters premieres tonight on Bravo at 11 p.m. Nevertheless, this season is shaping up to look exciting.
BravoNow that Top Chef All Stars is kind of, sort of beginning to draw to a close, Bravo wants us to start thinking about the next season of Top Chef Masters.
Delmonico's as it looks today. The columns on either side of the door are said to come from Pompeii.The modern restaurant as we know it was invented in 1831 south of Wall Street at Delmonico's, based on Swiss and French models. The previous sort of establishment was usually a hotel dining roo ... More >>
Mario Batali's decapitated head is surrounded by a garnish of Crocs. On Tuesday, Barneys unveiled its much-anticipated food-themed holiday windows. Inscribed with the command "Have a Foodie Holiday," the three tableau offer an assemblage of 70 Food Network "personalities," chefs, and assort ... More >>
To the already very crowded food site universe, we can now add another: today, World Wide Interweb birthed The Daily Meal.
Random House Publishing Group announced today that former Gourmet Editor-in-Chief will be joining the staff, both as a contract author and as an Editor-at-Large. In the former capacity, she has three books on the drawing board: a memoir of her days at Gourmet, as yet untitled; a book called T ... More >>
FlickrWin a trip to this slope-y, geologically suspect metropolis. Hoarding your artisanal pickles for yourselves and your friends? Have a killer bit of handcrafted charcuterie you've been waiting to unveil to the world? Well, today's your day: The San Francisco Chronicle announces the first ... More >>
Those who think apps are the future of the internet just got more ammunition--Gourmet will be revived as Gourmet Live, an app that will offer "an ever-expanding collection of articles, photos, video and more about: seasonal foods, holidays and special occasions, restaurants, travel and food c ... More >>
Ruth Bourdain, the tweeting persona who is half Ruth Reichl, half Anthony Bourdain wants to keep his/her identity a secret, even turning down the chance to appear on a panel with Bourdain and Reichl at the New York City Wine & Food Festival. [Wall Street Journal] Michelle Obama invited more ... More >>
Restaurant chains reported improved first-quarter earnings, including Domino's 14.3-percent surge, Morton's Steakhouse 3.6-percent increase, and Papa John's 1.7 percent hike internationally. [Nation's Restaurant News] Brooklyn Bridge Park food vendors will include Pier 1 Wine Bar (from the o ... More >>
Jason Koski/Cornell UniversityTemple GrandinTime has spit out its annual Time 100 list, and managed to make room on it for a few people concerned with what we put in our pie holes.
The life of Ruth Reichl, as filtered through Twitter, may seem to be a non-stop parade of cozy days by the fire, jasmine-scented breezes, and cold sweet butter and apricot jam. But even Reichl has her bad days.
Food workers of all sorts descended on Portland, Oregon last week for the International Association of Culinary Professionals conference. Seminars were held on every culinary topic imaginable--Pacific bivalves! Oregonian beer!--a food geek's dream. You might have bumped into a recipe developer for C ... More >>
Two great tastes that taste great together.Winning an almost-instant following in the fickle and feckless world of Twitter is no easy feat, but it's much easier if you're particularly adept at both Photoshop and slaughtering sacred cows. Thus has Ruth Bourdain become the latest Twitter phenom ... More >>
Michael Psilakis, who has been spotted sniffing out a new space in Williamsburg, has announced his departure from Anthos, his restaurant with partner Donatella Arpaia. She has reportedly bought him out. [NY Times] Ferlesch, the chef-owner of Austrian bistro Thomas Beisl in Fort Greene, is l ... More >>
This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema finds that, "despite the bittersweet reflection that, if you adore a dish you've eaten, you'll never see it again, the food at Roman's can be spectacular." Sarah DiGregorio enjoys a Japanese invasion of Koreatown at Izakaya Moku. Sam Sifton discovers a relat ... More >>
Neck o'lamb with cipolline in the background Maialino means "suckling pig," but last night at Danny Meyer's new Roman trattoria, we went for the braised lamb neck instead of the namesake pig. If what the food pundits are saying is true, you'll be eating a lot of that cartilaginous, flavorful ... More >>
Lamb pot roast with carrots and polenta Ruth Reichl posited that lamb neck will be the pork belly of 2010, and indeed, it's turning up on menus with increasing frequency, including cooked alla cacciatora at Danny Meyer's new Maialino. It may be having its moment, but it's one of those humble ... More >>
The newest Coke product is a mini can, less than half the size of a standard 20-ounce bottle that contains just 90 calories. Expected to hit stores in December, the mini cans are meant to act as a "portion-control option," as part of Coca-Cola's "Living Well" initiative. [Washington Post] Da ... More >>
Mac 'n' cheese is the new hipster food around New York and Los Angeles, and has even spawned a couple mac-'n'-cheese boutiques: S'MAC in the East Village and its newish rival, Macbar in Soho. [Wall Street Journal] Restaurateurs who once kept close tabs on Frank Bruni will be doing the same w ... More >>
Brigitte LacombeGourmet may be dead and buried, but last night's party at A Voce Columbus for Ruth Reichl's Adventures With Ruth didn't feel like much of a wake -- as guests knocked back wine and uni crostini, the deceased was barely mentioned. Reichl, accompanied by the show's executive prod ... More >>
Speaking of Ruth Reichl, she was on Fresh Air with Terry Gross this week, talking about the demise of Gourmet, home cooking, and her newest memoir, Not Becoming My Mother. The entire audio is online, or you can read the transcript here. (Gross comes across as not being such a food lover.) In the i ... More >>
Sigh. Another postmortem analysis on the death of Gourmet, and it's a depressing one. Nat Ives writes in Ad Age that the reason the magazine had to go was because Conde Nast chairman S.I. Newhouse is too focused on magazines and not focused enough on cross-branding. In other words, instead of thou ... More >>
The October cover provided a premonition: we now realize the apple was resting in a puddle of blood. Diner's Journal reports that Gourmet, perhaps the country's most famous glossy food mag, is going to shut down after its November issue. I've worked for the mag since Ruth Reichl took over a ... More >>
According to the state Health Department, nearly 60 percent of Brooklyn is overweight or obese. The borough is filled with fast-food joints, especially in downtown and central Brooklyn. [NY Daily News] Russell Christoff is the man on the Taster's Choice label, but only realized it in 2002. H ... More >>
A new memoir from the soon-to-be-former Times restaurant critic
To offset falling sales, Whole Foods is planning to return to its natural-foods roots. The chain will launch a "healthy eating" initiative this fall with cooking demonstrations and recipes, shifting its focus from gourmet eating. [Wall Street Journal] Fast-food chains have embraced racy adve ... More >>
LGBT foodies converge on the Hudson
Here we have a video produced by Gourmet's website, in which we imagine that Ruth Reichl is called upon to go out and review restaurants once more, but must come up with iron-clad disguises. Who knew Reichl could do such a spot-on Amy Winehouse impression? Her Mickey Rourke is shockingly good too ... More >>
Gowanus Lounge: "New York City is backsliding into a fetid political quagmire more suited to Vladimir Putin’s Moscow and reversion to Cold War fantasies of European domination." More Gowanus Lounge, on David Yasskey: "How can a person like this look at himself in the mirror this morning?" The Broo ... More >>
1:30 p.m.: Oh boy, so exciting... what? Delayed till 2 p.m.? Our beer will go flat! NY1 vamps. They report that councilmember James Sanders is still undecided. About a dozen constituents say various things about him: We're gratified that so many people know who he is. Nothing but malpractice lawyer ... More >>
Foodies Add Spice to ASME Awards