illy Giveaway: We Have a Winner!

Coffee Photo #4: Coffee by KAS13 After an intense round of voting, the results are in! The photograph of the skull and crossbones cappuccino by KAS13 is our lucky winner. KAS13 can look forward to a shiny new illy Francis Francis X7 espresso machine arriving at their home. KAS13: Let us know how we can get in touch with you in the comments of this post! A final contingency for winning? You have to promise to send us a picture of your first attempt at latte art with your new machine! Thanks to everyone who participated in this giveaway. We've got a lot more great stuff to give away from our sponsors, so stay tuned!

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Marcia "The Tablehopper" Gagliardi: Signing Off

And I’m off to Eleven, with the charming Melissa Perello (Frances). It’s been an honor to be here in New York, surrounded with such friendly, talented, gracious people. What a wonderful industry. Thanks for having me! Cheers and congrats to all--whether there is a medal around your neck, or not--because the food you create, the drinks you pour, the spaces where you host us, and the hours you work are so appreciated by all! Ciao!!

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Apron Anxiety: The Highs and Lows of Living with a Chef

Heather Sperling, Grant Achatz's girlfriend, commiserates with me on best and worst parts of dating a chef: "The worst part  is how completely screwed your sleep schedule  is....the best is how wonderful and random our home fridge is. The secret to the sleep thing is the midnight to 1:30 A.M. disco nap. He comes home at 2 A.M. Late night snacks we are good at. I heat up the Japanese rice cooker and he brings home fresh fish."

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Marcia "The Tablehopper" Gagliardi: Last Bites

Basil Tofu with Uni and Uma Dashi Sauce, Isao Yamada, Upstairs at Bouley

Sam Mason's Bone Marrow Flan with Onion Marmalade on Brioche Toast I am no longer hungry. In fact, quite sated.

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Marcia "The Tablehopper" Gagliardi: Reservoir Dogs

Team flour + water from SF.

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Marcia "The Tablehopper" Gagliardi: Duck Pastrami

You know you want this, too. (Especially with pickled rhubarb, golden raisins, and on a pretzel wafer. Hell yes.)

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Marcia "The Tablehopper" Gagliardi: Bacon Soup

You know you want it.

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Marcia "The Tablehopper" Gagliardi: Pure Class, Part 2

Jacques Pepin. Wrap him up, take him to go. What a delightful man.

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Apron Anxiety: All Work and No Play

Brad Grossman, chef at Minibar, is taking 4:40 A.M. Amtrak train home to work tomorrow! When we asked José if he could sleep in, he said, "Ah. No. Brad must work."

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