Monthly Archives: February 2017

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A Chocolate Museum Is Opening In NYC

Source: Eater NY

Jacques Torres is debuting one at his Soho store

Legendary chocolatier Jacques Torres will soon be opening a museum dedicated to all things chocolate. Choco-Story New York, The Chocolate Museum and Experience with Jacques Torres will be a permanent fixture of the Jacques Torres chocolate shop that’s been at 350 Hudson St. for a while now. No details yet on what exactly the museum will be like, but an invite to the opening of the museum next week notes that tastings and chocolate making are involved.

It’s not the first sweets-based museum to open in New York. Last summer, a ...

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Jean-Georges’ AbcV Is Finally Open

Source: Eater NY

The V stands for vegetables

AbcV — the much-anticipated, long-delayed third restaurant from Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Paulette Cole — is now open. The third restaurant in the ABC empire opened yesterday, after being first announced in 2013.

You may remember from previous Eater New York posts that the V in the restaurant name stands for vegetables. AbcV’s chef de cuisine Neal Harden (Pure Food and Wine), is serving all vegetarian as well as vegan dishes including shallot and herb labneh with crispy mushrooms and sunchoke chips; a dosa with yogurt, avocado, and sprouts; and a kale sandwich ...

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#TeqMez Fest Takes Over Oyamel

Source: Eater DC

Plus, a hoagie for a cause

PENN QUARTEROyamel’s 10th Annual Tequila Mezcal Festival is in full swing until March 12, featuring a series of complimentary tastings in the bar and ticketed dinners hosted by purveyors Fortaleza Tequila/El Silencio Mezcal, and 123 Organic Tequila. Last night’s kickoff party was a drunken hit, with a dozen unique tequila and mezcal tasting stations, passed bites, and specialty cocktails (one is the timely-named Blurred Borders). [EaterWire]

DOWNTOWN—Attention, Michael Phelps fans: Last night, the Olympic gold medalist was spotted at The Oval Room, dining with South Dakota Republican John Thune and ...

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Get in On These Han Dynasty-South Philly Barbacoa Collaboration Dumplings

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Han Dynasty’s Han Chiang is an immigrant. He hates Trump, too — even the mention of the president’s name could get you kicked out of his restaurant. He just wants everyone to get along.

South Philly Barbacoa’s Ben Miller and Cristina Martinez? They’re activists, mouthpieces for the city’s working immigrant community, the brains behind the Popular Alliance for Undocumented Workers Rights.

And tomorrow, the three of them will be making dumplings together.

Get in On These Han Dynasty-South Philly Barbacoa Collaboration DumplingsOn March 1st (only), Chiang and Miller will be in the kitchen together stuffing pancita and lamb barbacoa (plus a vegetarian option) into Han’s dumplings in chili oil. And the only way to get your ...

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Congressman Warns He’s Bringing Chef José Andrés As His Guest to Trump’s Speech Tonight

Source: Grub Street NY

When President Trump takes the podium tonight for his first address to Congress, the attendees he’ll have to stomach staring at the whole time include undocumented immigrants, Iraqi refugees, women protesting in white, and now his chief legal nemesis, José Andrés. Congressman Filemon Vela …

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The people behind the Christmas bar are opening a new Japanese-themed pop up

Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

If you’ve been to the trio of Shaw bars run by Derek Brown and Angie Fetherston, you know they’re really into themed pop-up bars. The duo launched the holiday-themed Miracle on Seventh Street in their Mockingbird Hill sherry bar in November 2015, and the combination of original cocktails and over-the-top decor attracted huge crowds (and […]

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Chef Pasquale Pascarella Is IN at The Optimist

Source: Eater Atlanta

Pascarella is currently working under Craig Richards

The Optimist executive chef Craig Richards is grooming new talent in the kitchen. Pasquale Pascarella has joined the back-of-house staff, reports Creative Loafing, and he will eventually take over as executive chef.

A representative for Ford Fry Restaurants tells Eater Atlanta Pascarella is indeed working under Richards, but right now there is no timeline for the transition at executive chef to take place.

Richards is executive chef at St. Cecilia, another Ford Fry restaurant, and he’s been running the kitchen at The Optimist as the restaurant has searched for a replacement ...

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DJ Trillnatured talks DJing, Indian food, the Crown, and more

Source: Baltimore City Paper - Eats & Drinks

City Paper is starting something new for our Eats & Drinks section: conversations with Baltimoreans where—via the places they eat, drink, and hang out—they show us what this city means to them. The interview below, with DJ Jessica Hyman, is the second in this occasional series.

One important thing…

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What You Need to Know About Eleven Madison Park’s Revamp

Source: Eater NY

Will Guidara and Daniel Humm want to continue their “relationship with endless reinvention”

It’s a big deal that Will Guidara and Daniel Humm are closing their tasting menu restaurant Eleven Madison Park for a renovation this summer. After taking the helm at the Madison Square Park-adjacent restaurant more than a decade ago, the team turned it into one of the top fine dining destinations in the world — all while using a kitchen that hasn’t been updated in 20 years and a space that didn’t originally belong to them.

Eleven Madison Park will close on June 9 for the renovation, ...

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Dim sum powerhouse Best BBQ opens a new stall on Buford Highway

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Assorted dim sum at Best BBQ.Photograph by Bill Addison Like any other Buford Highway devotee, I watch the shopping centers evolve as I eat my way up and down our city’s treasured, multicultural restaurant row. Just a few years ago, Asian Square (located just north of Chamblee Tucker Road on Buford Highway) felt like a ghost town—a product of a fairly stagnant growth period for Buford Highway. But now, businesses like Mamak, Sweet Hut, and Asian Supermarket have transformed this sleepy strip mall into a bustling food lover’s haunt. Best BBQ first came to my attention back in 2014 in a similarly ...

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Dim sum powerhouse Best BBQ opens a new stall on Buford Highway

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Assorted dim sum at Best BBQ.Photograph by Bill Addison Like any other Buford Highway devotee, I watch the shopping centers evolve as I eat my way up and down our city’s treasured, multicultural restaurant row. Just a few years ago, Asian Square (located just north of Chamblee Tucker Road on Buford Highway) felt like a ghost town—a product of a fairly stagnant growth period for Buford Highway. But now, concepts like Mamak, Sweet Hut, and Asian Supermarket have transformed this sleepy strip mall into a bustling food lover’s haunt. Best BBQ first came to my attention back in 2014 in a similarly ...

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Cook Like D.C. Chefs Lickety Click

Source: Eater DC

Simple Feast app features recipes from local favorites

Modern technology has made spicing up one’s culinary repertoire as easy as pie.

Digital archives are swelling with trade secrets from hospitality vets willing to peel back the curtain on how to create and partake in amazing foodstuffs. Newcomer Simple Feast wants to contribute to that conversation by focusing on healthful, seasonally inspired recipes culled from pioneering chefs the world over.

Restaurateur José Andrés, former White House pastry chef Bill Yosses and the late Michel Richard are all in the mix, collectively sharing nearly five dozen recipes covering appetizers (Andrés’ gambas ...

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René Redzepi Gave His Longtime Dishwasher a Partnership in Noma

Source: Grub Street NY

In the craft of high-end dishwashing, Ali Sonko is arguably the world’s most famous. He’s been polishing ceramic plates and chic stemware as Noma’s head dishwasher for the last 13 years, and his energy in the kitchen means more to chef René Redzepi than most people can realize. Just one …

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Town That Backed Trump Isn’t Pleased Its Mexican Restaurant Manager Is Being Detained by ICE

Source: Grub Street NY

Residents of a small Illinois town that overwhelmingly backed Donald Trump are having some buyer’s remorse after immigration officials locked up the manager of their beloved local Mexican restaurant. Juan Carlos Hernandez Pacheco, a 38-year-old father of three who runs the La Fiesta in West Frankfort, …

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Ants Pants Cafe Will Do It Again in Queen Village

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

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Liz Fleming and Nancy Silverman opened their South Street bruncherie back in 2004. It was, and still is, the only Australian-influenced restaurant in the city with a Sydney-inspired cafe menu of Aussie breakfast staples and coffee drinks. Yesterday, MSC Retail announced that, after 13 years, a second Ants Pants is on its way.

Fleming and Silverman signed the lease to 526 South 4th Street, a former tapas restaurant called Don Quixote, just north of South Street.

The Queen Village Ants Pants will be open seven days a week from early morning to 4 p.m. The menu will be much of the ...

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The month of February in restaurant openings and closings

Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

The ever-fluid Washington-area dining scene continued its flurry of activity in February. Here are the month’s restaurant openings and closings. Openings Alta Strada: Michael Schlow’s Italian restaurant in City Vista is joined by a new sibling in Fairfax’s Mosaic District. 2911 District Ave., #150, Fairfax. Boulangerie Christophe: The bakery and restaurant in Georgetown takes its inspiration from southern […]

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Beiler’s Donuts Starts Frying In University City Right Now

Source: Eater Philly

The new location is open on Chestnut

If you’re a fan of Beiler’s Donuts but not a fan of going to Center City, it’s your lucky day — Philly’s doughnut darling just opened its brand new University City location, ridiculously close to UPenn. Despite being in business for around 35 years, it’s only the beloved doughnut maker’s second Philadelphia store, in addition to its Reading Terminal Market hub. Beiler’s has expanded just one other time, when a Lancaster, PA store was added last summer. The expansions are thanks founder Alvin Beiler’s sons Kevin and Keith Beiler, who now manage the ...

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