JBF on the Air: Dan Kluger

Dan Kluger on Taste Matters with Mitchell Davis

 

On last week’s episode of Taste Matters, host Mitchell Davis invited Dan Kluger, executive chef of New York City’s renowned ABC Kitchen and ABC Cocina, to the Heritage Radio Network studios. The pair talked about recent trends in the local and national restaurant scenes, the true meaning of farm-to-table dining, the impact and importance of vegetables, and much more. To learn more about how Dan utilizes local produce in his restaurants, what he believes contributes to the complex manifestation of taste, and the philosophy behind his culinary style, take a listen below!

 

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August's Best Recipes

Fried Peaches with Cinnamon Ice CreamNicholas Farina's fried peaches with cinnamon ice cream

Here are our recipe tester’s favorite recipes from the past month:

Warm Sheep's Milk Feta with Apricot Tapenade If you can find it, use sheep's milk feta cheese in this unique starter from Israeli chef Erez Komarovsky. Its sweetness provides a strong foil to the puckery tartness of the roasted and dried apricots. Summer Ratatouille Bruschetta with Pecorino Yankee Stadium chef Kevin Harry rounds up the fleeting flavors of summer in this delicious recipe for classic bruschetta.

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Recipe: ABC Kitchen's Salted Caramel Ice Cream Sundae

Salted Caramel Ice Cream Sundae It's no secret that we're huge fans of ABC Kitchen. After all, the Jean-Georges Vongerichten–owned eatery took home this year's JBF Award for Best New Restaurant. But while we're always impressed by the eco-conscious and artfully presented dinner offerings, we've lately been swooning over the joyful and clever interpretations of retro American desserts. To wit, the addictive salted caramel ice cream sundae, piled high with Cracker Jack–inspired toppings like candied peanuts and popcorn, along with a wickedly rich hot fudge sauce. Get the

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Awards Watch: Dan Kluger, where were you when…?

Dan Kluger, chef of Best New Restaurant winner ABC Kitchen, told us he had a good feeling that they would be nominated, but had no idea that they would come up big tonight: “We had a good feeling about it. It was a Monday, my day off, so I was home and had decided to try to follow the announcements on Twitter. I started receiving a lot of nice congratulatory emails. We hoped for something like this, but you can never expect it. It’s amazing to be nominated.” Congratulations, Dan! And to all the nominees and winners tonight!

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Awards Watch: Readers' Choice, Best New Restaurant

Beard Awards: Readers' Choice To get an early start on the upcoming festivities, we're bringing back our Readers' Choice Awards, in which our audience gets to cast votes for their favorite JBF nominees. It's simple: we set up a snazzy poll and you make your pick. Our first category is Best New Restaurant. This year's BNR noms are especially impressive, and likely backed by passionate legions of fans on their home turf, so we're expecting this contest to be pretty intense. So size up the contenders below and vote! We'll close this poll at noon tomorrow, then launch another round in the afternoon. [poll id="12"] Note: these results have absolutely no bearing on who will win a bona fide Beard Award. (You can read about the Awards nomination and voting procedure

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