Cars began clogging the intersection at the corner of Union and Bond Streets last evening around dusk to gawk at what appeared to be a U-Haul trailer made of glass. Atop the transparent truck stood various chefs in formal wear, vigorously cranking an enormous gear before screaming, "Fire in the hole ... More >>
Jami Attenberg and Teddy Wayne Pete's Candy Store Thursday, 7:30 p.m., free But speaking of eating yourself to death, the central character of Jami Attenberg's most recent novel The Middlesteins (Grand Central Publishing) struggles with just that very prospect. The morbidly obese Edie loses her job ... More >>
Tuesday, September 18 Crab Boil. Fatty Crew Hospitality Group announces the seventh anniversary of Fatty Crab this month. To celebrate, the restaurant will be hosting a Maryland-style crab boil from September 17 through October 17. It's serving blue crabs with "Malay old bay" seasoned water, steamed ... More >>
[See More Events: Boqueria Launching Tomato Menu | Food Truck Festival At South Street Seaport] Meatopia is returning this year bigger and better. After months of fierce competition to narrow down the finalists from 300 original contestants, the nation's top three meat cutters are going head-to-hea ... 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 >>
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 >>
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!
The muti-fish tutto crudo was a sort of crunchy raw fish salad. Three years ago I published a long-winded account of a taping of Iron Chef America that I'd witnessed a year earlier. It featured chef Fortunato Nicotra of Lidia Bastianich's restaurant Felidia in a battle against Iron Chef Ma ... More >>
Ted Allen is certainly a skilled cook, given that he hosts Chopped and was the culinary expert on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. But his true culinary specialties are "stupid, over-elaborate, fancy-ass" meals, as his recent appearance on the Onion News Network can attest.
A few afternoons ago I had the pleasure of hearing Jacques Pepin discourse on his friendship with Julia Child, whom he met in 1960. He recalled their opportunity to work together on a show called Julia & Jacques Cooking at Home, created in 1999 in Boston and featuring both of them in the kitc ... More >>
A new fruit cart located in what is known as a Bronx "food desert" has already become quite popular. The cart is part of a citywide effort to encourage fruit stand vendors to open up shop in low-income neighborhoods where fast-food chains reign. [NY Times] Obama Foodorama, the blog by Eddie Gehman ... More >>
Last night, onetime Bravo boy and sometimes Top Chef judge Ted Allen premiered his new rival show on the Food Network, Chopped. Allen has spoken out against allegations that the show is a Top Chef rip-off, elucidating the differences on his blog, saying "There is no sleep deprivation, no "Big ... More >>
Our man Sietsema opens up a can of worms
Iron Chef New York: Batali vs. Dufresne