Eye Candy: Valrhona Caraïbe Chocolate–Apricot Parfait with Rice Krispies–Cocoa Nib Crunch

Valrhona Caraïbe Chocolate–Apricot Parfait with Rice Krispies–Cocoa Nib Crunch

 

Here's another mouthwatering snapshot from last weekend's Chefs & Champagne®, our annual summer tasting party in the Hamptons, where we honored James Beard Award–winning chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, and media personality Bobby Flay. Our much-anticipated fête featured flowing Champagne Taittinger​, the wines of Wölffer Estate Vineyard, and delectable culinary offerings from a select group of over 40 celebrated chefs. Among them was this innovative Valrhona Caraïbe Chocolate–Apricot Parfait with Rice Krispies–Cocoa Nib Crunch crafted by pastry chef George McKirdy of Astor Bake Shop in Queens, NY. These sweet little bites were so popular that many guests went back for seconds (and thirds!) before finishing their rounds through the savory courses. Now that's... Read more >

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Eye Candy: Tristar Strawberry–Blond Chocolate Tarts with Marshmallow and Lemon Verbena

Tristar Strawberry–Valrhona Dulcey Blond Chocolate Tarts with Marshmallow and Lemon Verbena

 

At last weekend's Chefs & Champagne®, our annual summer tasting party in the Hamptons, we honored James Beard Award–winning chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, and media personality Bobby Flay with flowing Champagne Taittinger​, the wines of Wölffer Estate Vineyard, and delectable culinary offerings from a select group of over 40 celebrated chefs. During our much-anticipated fête, pastry chef Stephen Collucci from New York City's renowned Colicchio & Sons served these stunning treats: bite-sized tarts made with tristar strawberries, Valrhona dulcey blond chocolate, marshmallow, and lemon verbena. They were almost too pretty to eat—but, rest assured, not a single one went to waste. 

 

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What We're Reading: July 29, 2014

Dumplings

 

In China, the production of dumplings might increase global warming. [NYT

 

Top chefs weigh in: is culinary school really worth it? [Eater]

 

One study finds that teaching kids the health benefits of vegetables makes them less appealing. [The Atlantic

 

What's the deal with raw chocolate? [Food Republic

 

Downton Abbey bordeaux and Game of Thrones beer are just the beginning of the pop culture... Read more >

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What We're Reading: July 23, 2014

Sandwich

 

America’s favorite lunch item, the sandwich, was once considered unpatriotic. [History Channel

 

A mouthwatering tour of Brussels' chocolate scene. [USA Today

 

Americans are split over raw milk. [Huffington Post]

 

A Kentucky shoplifter orders pizza for cops, but still gets booked. [Food Beast

 

Rise 'n Shine: the best breakfast sandwiches across the country. [... Read more >

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What We're Reading: July 16, 2014

Aloe Vera

 

Aloe vera: sunburn remedy and thirst quencher? [ABC

 

Before you complain about slow service, check your cell phone use. [Eater

 

Would you like a wife with that? Couples in Hong Kong are getting married at McDonald's. [NY Daily News

 

New study shows that cinnamon might help in the fight against Parkinson's. [UK Daily Mail

 

Freedom of Information Act allows consumers to complain about ketchup packets and diet soda. [... Read more >

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What We're Reading: July 15, 2014

Chocolates

 

The Lindt empire expands with the acquisition of Russell Stover. [NYT]  

 

'Agrihoods' are the latest trend in suburban living. [Smithsonian

 

A mysterious Canadian berry comes to Michigan. [NPR

 

How astronauts eat: the story of the space tortilla. [CNET

 

Trouble brews in the ketchup kingdom as a newcomer tries to unseat Heinz. [... Read more >

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What We're Reading: July 7, 2014

Dark Chocolate

 

A new study shows that dark chocolate can really get your blood flowing. [NPR

 

Brew-specific glassware could improve the taste of your pint. [Popular Science

 

These days Americans expect more from their fast food. [CNN

 

Do you know the difference between a buckle and a betty? [Serious Eats

 

Brazilian hot dog makers transform your favorite team into a tasty dog. [... Read more >

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What We're Reading: July 1, 2014

Haggis

 

Scottish officials ask President Obama to lift the import ban on haggis. [The Guardian

 

California Governor Jerry Brown repeals "glove law" for food service workers. [SF Gate

 

A new study shows that giving your kids a little junk food is better than banning it altogether. [Today

 

As the cupcake trend continues, edible wrappers are the next big thing. [Food Beast

 

How battlefield chocolate helped accomplish sweet victory. [... Read more >

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What We're Reading: June 25, 2014

 

The story behind Wimbledon’s favorite cocktail, the Pimm’s Cup. [Food Politic]

 

Classic NYC restaurants face closure in the wake of huge rent hikes. [NYT]

 

The Broccoli Cleanse: cruciferous vegetables could be the key to detoxing the body. [NPR]

 

Public health advocates push for labeling energy drinks as a step towards safer consumption. [... Read more >

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What We're Reading: June 18, 2014

The science behind the myriad colors of fish flesh. [NPR

 

Mark Bittman looks at how we get Big Food to change its strategy. [NYT]

 

As the economy picks up, fast food chains like McDonalds and Taco Bell fall out of favor with consumers. [NBC]

 

The Brewers Association has expanded the definition of “craft beer,” leading some big name beers to sport it on their labels. [... Read more >

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