Carol Blymire: Colicchio vs. Eater

There are a lot of old-school food media here—mixed in with bloggers and websites—so I asked tonight's Outstanding Chef Award winner Tom Colicchio about what new media can learn from the legacy of professional journalists. "It's all about responsibility. There are some websites out there that write and post the most horrible untruths about chefs and restaurateurs. I mean, they do a Deathwatch column. That's so irresponsible and wrong. These chefs employ hardworking people who depend on an income...I guess some bloggers and websites just think they can do whatever they want with no regard for the truth." Colicchio did say there are some websites and bloggers out there doing good work (and I appreciated—and nearly swooned over—the nod and finger-pointing he directed my way when he said it). But when it comes to a media legacy, whether it's in the food world, business, entertainment, politics, or finance, Colicchio says we need to be respectful of the facts. It's no secret Colicchio has a long-standing disdain for Eater.com, so when we asked if he'd grant Eater an interview tonight, he said he wouldn't...that he'd rather just walk away. Ouch.

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Marcia “The Tablehopper” Gagliardi: "I Need a Beer." "I Need a Shot."

Beer: Colicchio. Shot: Daniel.

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On the Red Carpet: Espresso or French Press?

Jennifer Leuzzi asks the parade of food celebrities which is their preferred coffee: espresso or French press?

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Apron Anxiety: Observations

Early observations of Awards: Sam Mason is the tallest in the chef lineup and definitely the most handsome. Daniel Boulud ran into the show at the last minute, and Tom Colicchio dashed in with his beautiful wife at last minute, too!

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Eye Candy: Peeping Tom

Tom Colicchio keeps a watchful eye over the Beard House kitchen as chefs from his various restaurants prepare a tasting menu for diners. Click here to see more photos of our celebration of the Colicchio empire.

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On the Menu: Top Chef Attack!

Top Chef Trio While the rest of foodie nation eagerly awaits the next helping of Top Chef, we're getting a between-seasons taste of the show's latest and greatest hitters. Tonight the Beard House is welcoming Top Chef host Tom Colicchio and the chefs who help keep his acclaimed empire humming, including Damon Wise of Craft and the folks at the just-launched Colicchio & Sons. Here's a peek at the menu: Ricotta and Black Truffle Ravioli with Puntarelle and Slow-Cooked Egg Halibut with Spring Onions, Black Garlic–Braised Mushrooms, and English Pea Purée Stuffed Squid with Cavalo Nero, Black Risotto, Spicy Tomatoes and Cocoa Nibs Suckling Pig with Fava Beans Roasted and Braised Elysian Fields Lamb with Morels and Stinging Nettles Meyer Lemon Napoleon Milk Chocolate–Passion Fruit Panna Cotta with Salty Caramel and Sweet Milk Sorbet But it

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On the Menu: March 7 through March 13

on-the-menu-erin-gleeson Here's what's happening at the Beard House next week: Monday, March 8, 7:00 P.M. The Art of Craft Though he became a household name as a Top Chef judge, Tom Colicchio has long been a celebrity in foodie circles. The winner of four JBF Awards, Colicchio began his culinary ascent at Gramercy Tavern and has since made an indelible mark on the industry with his empire of Craft restaurants. For this special dinner, he and the chefs of his NYC restaurants will create a menu of their signature straightforward yet nuanced cuisine. Tuesday, March 9, 7:00 P.M. Top Chef Sibling Rivalry Superstar siblings Bryan Voltaggio and Michael Voltaggio kept Top Chef viewers riveted last season with their cutthroat kitchen rivalry. At this exciting event, Bryan

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