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Scenes from the Summer Fancy Food Show: A First-Timer’s Take and Tastes

by in Events, June 30th, 2016

Summer Fancy Food ShowBy Karintha Grune

Picture an enormous room filled with a seemingly endless number of products to sample. To your left is a long row of booths with the alluring smell of baked goods. To your right, enthusiastic people are talking about “the next best thing in water consumption.” Straight ahead are smiling faces in green shirts handing out samples of freshly brewed matcha tea. Those were my initial impressions as I walked into my first Summer Fancy Food Show, America’s largest specialty food and beverage show, which was held in New York City this week. Of the 2,550 exhibitors representing the next big products, big companies and big trends, these were three of my favorite.

All About the Alternative Flours
I headed toward some booths offering new substitutions for wheat flour. Bright packages filled with coconut, farro and banana flour began the extended choices of gluten-free and ancient-grain flours. Having never seen banana flour in my local grocery store, I was quickly intrigued. The allure of no longer having to wait for those perfectly ripened bananas before I could bake a delicious bread was a welcomed joy.

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The New York City Wine & Food Festival Returns in October — Buy Tickets to Hang Out with Your Favorite Chefs

by in Events, News, June 27th, 2016

New York City Wine & Food FestivalIf you’ve ever watched Bobby Flay, Rachael Ray, Geoffrey Zakarian and Alex Guarnaschelli on TV and thought to yourself, “Man, it would be so cool to meet those chefs someday,” that day has come — well, it will in a few months, actually.

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Mint Julep-Inspired Desserts You Better Race Toward — and Fast

by in Events, May 5th, 2016

Mint Julep-Inspired DessertsIt’s off to the races this weekend at Churchill Downs for the 142nd annual Kentucky Derby. Though the race itself is only a matter of minutes, Derby fanatics turn it into the biggest party of the year. Right up there with finding the floppiest hat you can wear without tipping over is pinning down your viewing party menu. We’ve got dessert covered on race day, with boozy and minty sweet treats inspired by the Southern cocktail favorite the mint julep. Trust us, even after the horses cross the finish line, you’ll find any excuse to down these refreshing, bourbon-spiked desserts.

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Highlights and Winners from the 2016 James Beard Awards in Chicago

by in Events, News, Restaurants, May 3rd, 2016

JBFAChefs took center stage last night to celebrate the 2016 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards, which are two years into a three-year stint at Chicago’s Lyric Opera. Hometown pride was on full display, with Chicago’s high-concept culinary temple Alinea taking home the Outstanding Restaurant award. Mayor Rahm Emanuel helped kick off the evening, kidding, “Chicago is known for cuisine and the way we count ballots, so you might as well all go home — we won.”

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The James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards Bring TV Dinners to Life

by in Events, News, April 27th, 2016

The James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards Bring TV Dinners to LifeThe television industry has the Emmys, the movie industry the Oscars, the theater industry the Tonys. In the food world, the James Beard Awards recognize the very best of what’s new and craveworthy, from cookbooks and food videos to what’s on the plate at big and small restaurants alike. Tuesday night the James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards took place at New York City’s Pier 60, where hundreds of culinary legends, industry newcomers and food fans came together to celebrate the role food plays in media of all kinds.

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The 12 Best Bites from the 2016 South Beach Wine & Food Festival

by in Events, February 29th, 2016

2016 South Beach Wine & Food FestivalWe’re back from the beach, now in New York City instead of walking around the seaside tents and tasting all manner of Italian bites, juicy burgers and smoky meat that the South Beach Wine & Food Festival had to offer last weekend. Though the Festival’s landmark 15th year may have officially ended with Sunday night’s Lucky Chopsticks event, showcasing Asian-inspired eats, we’d still like to daydream about the days and nights we spent digging into fried bologna, burgers dripping with cheese sauce and thick-cut bacon. Join us as we look back on these and more of our most-memorable savory and sweet selects from a jam-packed weekend.

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South Beach Meets Southern Cooking at Trisha Yearwood’s Down-Home Festival Brunch

by in Events, February 28th, 2016

2016 South Beach Wine & Food FestivalThe beauty of brunch is that there’s no need to decide in which direction you want to take the meal — sweet, savory, breakfast or lunch — instead, just enjoy all of the above (and perhaps a cocktail as well). That was the scene this morning on Day 4 of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival; after a weekend of late-night soirees and beachside bashes, festivalgoers woke up to the promise of an epic feast at Trisha‘s Southern Kitchen Brunch, featuring a down-home menu of Southern classics from chefs across the country.

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When Duff Goldman Hosts a Dessert Party, You Go and Try as Many Sweets as Possible

by in Events, February 28th, 2016

2016 South Beach Wine & Food FestivalFood Network’s baker extraordinaire Duff Goldman is known for crafting over-the-top desserts at his own bakery, Charm City Cakes, and judging them on various baking championships. So it’s no surprise that when he hosts Sweet 15: A Dessert Party, the sugar showing is going to be downright epic. During the South Beach Wine & Food Festival on Saturday night, just as partygoers felt their meat sweats fade and started to crave another bite to eat, Duff and some of the most-famed pastry chefs and bakeries from across the country took over the elegantly adorned The Villa Casa Casuarina for an epic late-night soiree that was enough to make any sweets lover smile.

Not one to present any ordinary dessert, of course, Duff showed up with a cotton-candy display featuring his Grapefruit Meringue Crumble Push Pops (pictured above). These layered beauties boasted the showstopping presentation you’d expect from Duff — and, perhaps more importantly, all the expert tangy, creamy flavors and crispy texture, thanks to the crumble atop each pop.

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Super-Carnivore Michael Symon Hosts a Smoky Meatopia at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival

by in Events, February 28th, 2016

2016 South Beach Wine & Food FestivalAfter digging into a combined mountain of meat at Friday night’s Burger Bash, we thought Saturday night seemed like as good a time as any to showcase — wait for it — more meat. Food Network’s own resident super carnivore, Michael Symon, hosted the sold-out Meatopia, which featured all manner of beef, pork and chicken cooked over an open flame. This meat lovers’ paradise is new to the South Beach Wine & Food Festival — just two years old — but that didn’t stop fans from packing the seaside tents and waiting in line for their taste of the succulent, slow-roasted ribs, strips and tips the chefs were dishing out. “Just the smell of this place makes you happy,” Michael, a longtime lover of meat in its many forms, proclaimed from the stage as he welcomed partygoers to the event. And indeed the smoky scent was something to behold — even blocks away fans could get a whiff of what awaited them.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Eating Oysters

by in Events, February 27th, 2016

2016 South Beach Wine & Food FestivalSalmon, shrimp, tilapia, clams — they’re all good seafood options, of course. But for many, the pearl of the edible underwater world is the oyster. For seafood novices and connoisseurs alike, however, oysters can be a bit of a mystery. To get to the meat of the oyster you must unlock the hard shell (easier said than done), which not only holds the tender, cool bivalves inside but also the saltwater-like juices, aka the liquor of the oyster.

Friday night, FN Dish was on hand at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival‘s Oyster Bash at Lure Fishbar right in South Beach. This sold-out soiree put one particular oyster in the spotlight: Island Creek Oysters, which hail from just up the Eastern seaboard in Duxbury, Mass. On their own these briny beauties boasted a clean, crisp, slightly salty taste, and they were being shucked on-site as quickly as festivalgoers could throw them back. Area chefs were on hand as well to dress them up, and what resulted were half-shells filled with flavors like smoky chorizo, rich lemon butter and bright saffron.

We caught up with a host of the event and the executive chef of Lure Fishbar, Josh Capon, for an oyster primer. Read on below for an introduction to these slurpworthy treats.

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