Apron Anxiety: Girl Power

Ted Allen and Lee Schrager consulted with each other and said they're most excited to see (drumroll)..."Lidia!" Ted says, "She's radiant, she's gorgeous, she's classy, she's just a very exciting person to be around." Girl power!

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Shut Up, Foodies: An Edible Car!

The Beard Awards are off the hook. -Snacktime

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Marcia “The Tablehopper” Gagliardi: Vitello Tonnato Panino

In the name of research, I tried the vitello tonnato panino. The server insisted if I took a picture of it, I better eat it. Good point. Definitely worth messing up the lipstick over. A woman in the VIP room agreed.

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Apron Anxiety: Alton Brown

"I've never seen a corn dog I didn't love," answered Alton Brown when asked his weakness. (He advises to go to Coney Island and go crazy.)

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Shut Up, Foodies: Braised Pig Means It's a Party

Tons of champagne glasses and the scent of braised pig! Let's get this party started! -Meatball

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Carol Blymire: Jonathan Benno

Just spent a few minutes with former Per Se chef Jonathan Benno, who is set to open his new as-yet-unnamed restaurant right here at Lincoln Center in September—just in time for Fashion Week. Tonight Jonathan is serving a rustic yet lovely vitello tonnato "sandwich;" my sources tell me he has spent many hours back at his old stomping grounds, getting everything ready to make all 1,500 of them.

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Apron Anxiety: Q & A with Top Chef's Mike Isabella

AA: How is José [Andrés] REALLY as a boss? Mike Isabella: José as a boss is energetic and edgy. He's tough. He has high expectations.  He's not a screamer.... anymore. He's calmed down a little because he's just so successful and so busy, he doesn't have time to sweat the small stuff. AA: You just got married and I'm about to marry a chef myself ...should I run? MI: Some of us are definitely marriage material—but not all! If you're gonna be a chef's wife you're not going to see a lot of him. And you've got to be very, very, very secure.

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Marcia "The Tablehopper" Gagliardi: Here is What $600 Worth of Orchids Look Like

The only non-SF item on Gayle Pirie's table.

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Shut Up, Foodies: We're Here!

Meatball and I have had our first glass of champagne and all the other bloggers are staring at their screens. We're on our blackberries and feel less prepared. Also, people keep offering us food and looking offended when we say no. -Snacktime

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Shut Up, Foodies: Spotted!

First use of artisanal. -Snacktime

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