On Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, eight celebrities will be competing for a chance to win $50,000 for their favorite charity. Meet the celebrities and find out which organization each is playing for. And don’t forget to tune in for the Season 1 premiere on Sunday, January 1 at 9pm/8c.
On Wednesday, December 12, starting at 7:30pm ET, Cooking Channel will air the “12-12-12” fundraising concert, live from Madison Square Garden, to aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy. The concert will feature Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Dave Grohl, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Chris Martin, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Eddie Vedder, Roger Waters, Kanye West, The Who and Paul McCartney. All proceeds from the event will go to the Robin Hood Relief Fund, which ensures that every penny from ticket purchases and donations goes to non-profit groups helping those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Get more info at www.121212concert.org.
Tune in to Cooking Channel on Wednesday, December 12, at 7:30pm ET to watch the concert live or visit Cooking Channel’s blog to stream it live online.
Artists subject to change.
Fans from across New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have asked how they can get involved with the Sandy Relief Effort. One of the most effective ways to make a difference is still to make a contribution to the American Red Cross.
If you do have the time to roll up your sleeves and pitch in or wish to deliver physical donations, we’ve compiled a list from relief organizations in the Tri-State area. Check back here to this post for the latest information and please feel free to share other worthy local organizations with specific needs in the Comments below.
Donations and Volunteers Needed – Updated 11-19-12
• Food Bank NYC
For New York-Area folks, we have a great volunteer opportunity calendar that can be found here by clicking through to this link. It provides date, time, remaining volunteer slots, description from now through the rest of the year and updates as we add additional opportunities. All of our volunteer opportunities are in all five boroughs at this time.
This link provides folks with the option to host a virtual or traditional food drive, items urgently needed and how to register a traditional food drive for pick up. We cannot accept food donations via mail.
Pumpkin season is a short one so make the most of it with this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week: Pumpkin Pie Creme Brulee. Guy’s twist on the classic dessert includes grated nutmeg, cinnamon and ground ginger, which caramelize nicely on top once heated with a torch.
For more seasonal recipe inspiration, visit Food Network’s Let’s Get: Seasonal Menu board on Pinterest.
Get the recipe: Food Network Magazine‘s Pumpkin Pie Creme Brulee
By Ron Ben-Israel, contributions by Kate Kenny and Nikki Junda
Ron Ben-Israel has raised the bar on the newest season of Sweet Genius with more unusual techniques and inspired flavor combinations. That made the Sweet Genius team think back to the previous seasons. After revisiting the best moments from the episodes, they narrowed down the 10 best ingredient inventions from Seasons 1 and 2 — the creations that truly impressed them.
1. Jessica Mogardo
Dessert: A Formaggio di Fossa and Lime Gelée
Episode: 210/Serpentine Genius
Mandatory Ingredient: Formaggio di Fossa
When I gave the chefs formaggio di fossa — a soft, pungent Italian cheese with a strong flavor — I wanted to taste something absolutely new. Chef Jessica Mogardo more than accepted this challenge when she created Formaggio di Fossa and Lime Gelée. The tartness of the lime toned down the pungency of the cheese and Chef Jessica managed to transform a creamy, heavy dairy product into a perfectly blended, luscious and light-as-air gelée. A remarkable bite and a genius idea.
Fans of Food Network are now one step closer to experiencing Food Network Kitchens firsthand. Food Network Kitchen, a grab-and-go and dine-in restaurant is now open at Terminal 3 in the Fort Lauderdale Airport.
Customers can feast on foods inspired by the flavors of Florida and made using local ingredients, such as the Lauderdale Club Sandwich made with Key lime mayo, the Florida Shrimp Po’Boy or the Florida Caesar Salad with crunchy plantain chips (to name just a few menu items), all while watching favorite Food Network shows.
Wash your meal down with choice wine, local beers and cocktails — the experts have already taken all the guess work out for you by pairing your dish with entwine wine.
Last week FN Dish readers had the chance to submit a question to Alex and Sunny for Thanksgiving Live!, a two-hour call-in show hosted by turkey master Alton Brown on Nov. 18 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. This week, it’s all about Rachael Ray and Ree Drummond.
Before the live show starts at noon, Food Network will serve up a three-hour Thanksgiving Live webcast at FoodNetwork.com. Beginning at 11:30am ET, the site will stream a pre-show featuring celebrity chef interviews and behind-the-scenes footage of Alton and the cast preparing for the big day.
Do you have a question specifically for Rachael or Ree? Whether it’s about the way they set their table or a tip for the perfect gravy, we’ll handpick a selection of your questions and ask them live during the pre-show. Leave your question in the comment section below, or submit it via Facebook and Twitter by using the hashtag: #ThanksgivingLive.
Don’t forget: You can still submit a question for Alex and Sunny, too.
Through ongoing discussions with our partners at Share Our Strength, Food Network & Cooking Channel are focused on actions we can take, as well as viable options we can share with our viewers interested in helping to support those on the ground in New York City, New Jersey and the entire storm affected region, who are working around the clock to ensure families access to the food they need.
You can help, through direct donations (product donations, volunteering your time & financial support) to City Harvest, the Food Bank for New York City, and the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. Each of these organizations offices and their staffs have been directly affected by the storm; City Harvest’s Food Rescue Facility in Long Island City was in Evacuation Zone A and closed on Monday and Tuesday, however, they are operational now and delivered more than 100,000 pounds of food on Wednesday. Food Bank for New York City is continuing to distribute food supplies across the city daily from their Bronx-based warehouse, and will remain a critical source of food for thousands of New Yorkers in the coming days and weeks. The Community Food Bank of New Jersey is working directly with county level Offices of Emergency Management and with other emergency food service centers across the state to ensure families have the food and resources they need as they recover from Sandy.
These three organizations, in addition to The Red Cross, are working day in and day out to ensure the area’s families can access the basic necessities during this trying time. As they ramp up their response to feed those impacted by Hurricane Sandy, we applaud and support their work and encourage you to do the same.
One week later, we are optimistic that our Food Network & Cooking Channel offices will reopen sometime in the coming week. It may take days, weeks more, before our whole team as well as the entire area affected by the storm is back up and running, and we look forward to that time.
To our Food Network & Cooking Channel audience,
First and foremost, if you have been impacted by Hurricane Sandy, we hope that you and your loved ones are safe and sound.
Many of you probably didn’t realize, but our Food Network & Cooking Channel headquarters are located in lower Manhattan. Like most of that area, our office is currently still without power and our entire staff is doing their very best to work remotely (if possible) while the area begins the process of returning to normalcy. Despite the hurricane, our New York team as well as personnel in offices not directly impacted by the storm, have been working tirelessly to keep our programming and digital content updated and available for you.
Food Network & Cooking Channel have made a corporate donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief fund to support restoration and care efforts benefiting people impacted by Hurricane Sandy. I know that our team right here in New York, despite limited or no access to power or internet, has volunteered with many worthwhile organizations to aid recovery efforts and we will continue to do everything we can.
We will keep you updated in the coming days, but in the meantime, we ask for your patience as New York, and the entire East Coast, recover from the devastating impact of Hurricane Sandy.
President Food Network & Cooking Channel