Restaurants Revisited: The Gross, Grosser and Grossest

by in Shows, October 20th, 2014

Robert Irvine on Restaurant: ImpossibleFrom creepy crawling insects in the kitchen to appliances overrun with mold and caked in grease, Robert Irvine has seen all manner of filth in eateries over the course of nine seasons of Restaurant: Impossible missions. But no matter how off-putting and seemingly impossible to tackle a scene may be when Robert arrives, with the help of his team, he’s always able to resurrect the space and reopen the business as a shining, safe restaurant worthy of a second chance.

On tonight’s episode of Restaurant: Impossible, fans had the chance to look back at not just the dirty restaurants that have been featured on the show, but those simply too gross to forget, like Mama Lee’s, where a cockroach landed on Robert’s shoulder, and Smitty’s Restaurant, which required the aid of a professional exterminator.

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The Carnivore’s Ball, A Meat Lover’s Dream: Meatopia at the New York City Wine & Food Festival

by in Events, October 20th, 2014

Michael, Josh and Lee at MeatopiaIf the name Meatopia isn’t clear enough, its subtitle, The Carnivore’s Ball, definitely explains what the festival, hosted by Michael Symon, is about. Ten years in, it’s still bringing the meat lovers in full force. This year Meatopia partnered with the New York City Wine & Food Festival. Michael, Josh Ozersky, the event’s founder, and Lee Brian Schrager (pictured above) introduced the event. “When Josh started this 10 years ago I thought it was brilliant,” says Michael, a self-professed meat lover. The festival began simply to bring together meat-devoted chefs to cook their best dishes. With this new partnership, explains Michael, “not only is it a wonderful gathering of chefs … but the money goes to a great cause to boot,” calling it “the perfect event.”

The first thing festivalgoers saw upon entering the tents was (vegetarians need not read further) an entire steer roasting over coals, which definitely brought out the carnality in the crowds atop Pier 92 as the sun set on a chilly Sunday afternoon in New York City. Chefs from as far as London were on hand to put their best meaty dishes on display. And the food offerings weren’t just limited to the four-legged variety like pork, beef and lamb, as birds of a feather such as chicken, duck and quail were also included.

Read on to see some of the most-noteworthy dishes

Trisha Yearwood Hosts a Down-Home Brunch — and Demos New Music

by in Events, Food Network Chef, October 20th, 2014

Trisha YearwoodBefore this weekend’s New York City Wine & Food Festival came to a close, fans flocked to Midtown Manhattan on Sunday afternoon for one final indulgent feast, this time a hearty Southern-style meal that only country superstar Trisha Yearwood could offer. Set in an elegantly adorned hotel ballroom, Trisha’s Down-Home Country Brunch offered classic Southern fixings, like grits, greens and fried catfish, a Bloody Mary bar complete with traditional toppings, and a musical surprise from the host that brought the sold-out crowd to its feet. FN Dish was on hand to take in the sights, sounds and tastes, and we caught up with Trisha to find out what the weekend brunch scene looks like at her house.

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Grilled Cheese-Stuffed Chile Tacos — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, October 20th, 2014

Grilled Cheese-Stuffed Chile TacosWho says you can’t have your very own fall fiesta on a Monday? If you’re in a jovial mood and want to spice up your meal for a flavorful start to your week, try Grilled Cheese-Stuffed Chile Tacos (pictured above). You will not be disappointed. You’ll also be surprised at how quickly you can make such a piquant meal, with the cook time being 15 minutes and the prep time just 10 minutes. Besides, you can’t really go wrong with zesty ingredients like Cubanelle peppers, plum tomatoes, Monterey Jack cheese and cilantro.

There are a few steps to cooking this meal. Once the peppers, onions and tomatoes are cut and cleaned, drizzle oil and some salt over them. Grill the vegetables for about 6 minutes. Then, put the grilled tomatoes and onions, garlic, chipotles, cilantro, lime juice and salt into a food processor and mix together. Once that’s completed, cut and scoop the avocados into a bowl and add lime juice and salt. Then, lightly mash the avocados.

Next, stuff the peppers with the Monterey Jack cheese. Place the peppers on an aluminum foil sheet in the grill and melt the cheese for about 4 minutes. Then, heat up the tortillas on the grill for about a minute. To complete the meal, spread the avocado on the tortillas, place the stuffed peppers on top and then add some salsa, sour cream and cilantro.

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Traditional Fried Chicken Flies the Coop in Favor of the Sweet and Spicy

by , October 20th, 2014

There are few foods revered for their simplicity and nostalgia-inducing power like crispy, juicy fried chicken. But on Thursday night, 17 prominent New York City-based chefs and restaurants proved that sometimes it pays to shake up an old classic when they served their unique takes on chicken to guests at Central Park’s Loeb Boathouse.

Held on the opening night of this year’s New York City Wine & Food Festival, the fourth annual Chicken Coupe (presented by Cooking Channel) was hosted and judged by fried chicken enthusiast Whoopi Goldberg. Goldberg had approached festival founder Lee Brian Schrager several years ago about dedicating an entire event to the universally loved dish, and this year, she wrote the foreword to Schrager’s book, Fried & True — so you might say they know a thing or two about anointing a winning bird.

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Bobby Flay Hosts the Ultimate Late-Night Fiesta

by in Events, October 20th, 2014

In the city that never sleeps, tacos make the ultimate late-night snack. They’re small, quick to eat and packed with flavor. So it’s only fitting that this year’s annual Tacos & Tequila party turned into a late-night fiesta. From 10pm until 1am, taco enthusiasts united and wandered the rooftop of Pier 92 with a margarita in one hand and a taco in the other. Bobby Flay returned as host of the popular Food Network City Wine & Food Festival event and was just as excited as his guests about the delicious fare created by his “brothers and sisters” in white chef jackets.

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Ice Cream? Play Along with Hungry Games

by in Shows, October 20th, 2014

Richard Blais, Ice Cream GamesIf you watched last night’s episode of Hungry Games, you probably learned more about ice cream than ever before. Who knew ice cream science and history could be so sweet? Richard Blais tested unsuspecting customers’ taste expectations by presenting them with a savory ice cream flavor. It wasn’t a favorite, to say the least, but it sure did prove a point: We expect ice cream to be sweet. But that doesn’t mean all ice cream flavors must be sweet — a little bit of salt goes a long way in making ice cream even more pleasurable to eat.

Take the quiz below and share your results with fellow fans of the show on Twitter using the hashtag #HungryGames.

Watch new episodes of Hungry Games on Mondays at 8|7c.

Test Your Ice Cream IQ

The Sting of Elimination for a Judge — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, October 19th, 2014

It’s no secret that Cutthroat Kitchen judges are secluded from the sabotages taking place during competitions and forced to evaluate the dishes based solely on what’s in front of them — such a strategy guarantees the focus remains on the food at all times. But on tonight’s all-new Alton’s After-Show, judge Jet Tila revealed that after learning what one chef had endured in the name of sabotage, he felt a tinge of guilt — especially after his decision led to the contestant’s elimination.

“You feel so bad after the fact. Now I realize,” he admitted after Alton spoke of how Chef Alex had to use only kitchen tongs to cut her wrap ingredients. “I was dinging so badly on her just horrible knife cuts. They literally looked like she’s just tearing things apart. But now I get it.” Alton went on to explain that because the judges are blind to the sabotages, they’re forced to evaluate on “flavor, presentation and ‘does it remind me of the thing it’s supposed to remind me of.’” But he admitted, “It doesn’t mean they’re all equally weighted. The truth is is anybody’s who’s a chef is going to more heavily weight flavor above all.”

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