by Sara Levine in Events, Restaurants, May 5th, 2015
by Sara Levine in Events, Restaurants, April 29th, 2015
Chicago pride was on display last night at the 25th James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards, which have temporarily migrated from New York for a three-year run at the Windy City’s Lyric Opera. The ceremony’s host, Food Network’s own Alton Brown, may be a Southerner, but he was joined on stage by gala co-chairs Grant Achatz, Rick Bayless and Paul Kahan, three of Chicago’s greatest chefs. Rich Melman, founder of prolific Chicago-based restaurant group Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award with a speech packed with pride for his hometown. Mayor Rahm Emanuel applauded the city’s food scene on the red carpet and in remarks on stage. When Food Network asked the mayor if he had any favorite places to travel outside of Chicago for great food, he didn’t miss a beat in retorting, “Yeah, Chicago!” And every time Chicago took home an award, the opera house boomed with cheers. Read more
by Food Network Kitchen in Events, April 28th, 2015
After 24 years in New York City, this year’s prestigious James Beard Foundation Restaurant & Chef Awards — often dubbed “the Oscars of food” — are moving west, to Chicago. More than 2,500 of the country’s top chefs, restaurateurs and food-media people will descend upon the Windy City this weekend, and FoodNetwork.com editors will be there to fill you in on all the action. But the proud, food-obsessed host city has plans that extend well beyond Monday night’s awards ceremony and gala, hosted by our own Alton Brown. Whether or not you’ve got a ticket to the coveted awards, here are some fun ways to celebrate Chicago’s impressive dining scene — all are open to the public, and some are even free.
Need Chicago restaurant recommendations? Check out Food Network’s Newcomer’s Chicago Eating Tour to get our picks for the best burger, pizza, new restaurant and more can’t-miss eats.
by Maria Russo in Events, April 22nd, 2015
By Aaron Hutcherson
The third annual New York International Olive Oil Competition took place this month, where a panel of 15 expert tasters spent three days evaluating nearly 700 different olive oils.
Seven hundred olive oils? Yes. A lot of variations exist in the world of oil. The first kind that likely comes to mind is “extra virgin,” which signifies more nutrients, less refinement and a more nuanced flavor. Many experts liken olive oil to wine in terms of its breadth of flavor. Olive oil can range from sweet to bitter or smooth to astringent, and it can have any combination of floral, fruity or grassy notes.
Here are a few things I learned at the competition that will help you shop for, store and cook smarter with oil:
by FN Dish Editor in Events, April 2nd, 2015
While your favorite Food Network chefs may be famous for their tried-and-true, trustworthy recipes, as well as their jaw-dropping competition shows and inspiring kitchen series, they’re also known to give back to the people and causes that are especially important to them. Just last night, many familiar faces, including Rachael Ray, Jeff Mauro, Anne Burrell, Ted Allen, Sandra Lee and Scott Conant, came together at Food Bank For New York City‘s annual Can Do Awards Dinner in an effort to support those hungry in the city. Like in years past, this soiree, which took place in downtown Manhattan, helps the Food Bank team serve the 1.5 million New Yorkers who depend on the resources available there. “It’s just as simple as people sometimes struggle to have the ends meet; it’s nothing deeper than that,” Food Bank CEO Margarette Purvis told FN Dish. “Every now and again, we all could use some help, and that’s what Food Bank does every single day.”
FN Dish was on hand as the stars arrived at Cipriani Wall Street and walked the orange carpet, the color of which represents hunger awareness, and we caught up with them about why many who call New York home are so proud to give back to their city. “Being a New Yorker, it’s every New Yorker’s responsibility to give back,” Worst Cooks in America mentor Anne explained. “We have a lot of people living in a small space, so everyone needs to pay it forward.” For Chopped judge Scott, it’s as simple as working to ensure that “home” is OK. “There’s nothing better than taking care of where you live and the people who are in it,” according to Scott.
by Maria Russo in Events, March 24th, 2015
Notice something different on Food Network this morning? Today, Food Network and Cooking Channel are participating in the Autism Speaks: Light It Up Blue campaign, an annual global initiative that raises awareness about the growing public health concern that is autism. That means we’re taking our logos that you see on television and turning them blue for a day.
Autism Awareness Day has partners in 100 cities across North America and 40 countries around the world — and they’ll be turning iconic landmarks blue for the day (like New York City’s Empire State Building), as well as colleges, hotels, sporting venues, museums and bridges.
Food Network invites you to Light It Up Blue today. Find out how here.
by Guest Blogger in Events, March 19th, 2015
If fans’ support for Kids Baking Championship, Duff Till Dawn and Holiday Baking Championship are any indication, many a Food Network viewer has a sweet tooth. This spring, Share Our Strength is giving fans the opportunity to bake their hearts out for a worthy cause: their annual Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry. Now in its 13th year, this annual nationwide fundraiser has raised more than $10 million to help end childhood hunger in America, and so far more than 1.4 million people from coast to coast have participated in selling their sweetest treats.
This year’s challenge weekend is from April 17 through 19, and while bakers are encouraged to host their sales on those days in an effort to blanket the country in bake sales all at once, they can be held anywhere at any time. As you look ahead to spring, consider setting up shop with your most-decadent desserts for sale outside a supermarket, at your local town’s festival, or at your school or workplace. Each baker who raises at least $1,000 will be inducted into the Bake Sale Rock Star Club.
For more details and to sign up to host a bake sale, visit here.
by Sara Levine in Events, Restaurants, March 12th, 2015
By Jacob Schiffman, culinary purchasing manager, Food Network Kitchen
On the evening of Monday, March 16, Food Network Kitchen entered the 5th annual Brisket King NYC competition. A few hundred giddy patrons were able to taste some of the best briskets, which ranged in style from smoked and cured to downright innovative. There were 13 players fighting for the crown, and everyone put their best brisket forward. Below are three of my most-noteworthy bites of the night.
Richmond Flores of Food Network Kitchen created and served a beautiful brisket, which he first marinated and rubbed in a fermented black bean “love mixture” and then oak-smoked for 14 hours. He served it over a lemongrass-scented jasmine rice topped with pickled carrot-daikon with a crunch of fried shallot. Delicious umami flavor and soft, slightly tacky texture, to say the least.
by Maria Russo in Events, Food Network Chef, March 2nd, 2015
This year’s South by Southwest festival is more food-centric than ever. The SouthBites lineup is back for its second year, now encompassing dozens of programs on the growing intersection of food and tech. There’s a pop-up food trailer park of the same name where you can refuel with kimchi fries and fish tacos between panels. But Austin is always good to food lovers, no matter when you visit. The Texas town is home to epic barbecue, world-class Tex-Mex (breakfast tacos galore!) and pioneering chefs. If you’re heading to SXSW, here are some must-try spots. And if you’re not lucky enough to attend this year, consider these just a few tasty reasons to book a trip. Read more
by Maria Russo in Events, February 23rd, 2015
Leave it to Guy Fieri to turn a simple live cooking demo into an all-out party, complete with pumping music, plenty of The Drunk Donkey cocktails and, of course, over-the-top eats. That’s just what happened at the 2015 South Beach Wine & Food Festival when Guy dished out the cheesiest, meatiest nachos ever … in a trashcan. This nontraditional (and clean) vessel was the only container large enough to hold his super-layered snack — so large, in fact, that when it came time to serve the nachos, Guy needed a few friends’ help to flip the can over.
Click the photo below to launch an entire photo gallery of the making of Guy’s next-level nachos.
The 2015 South Beach Wine & Food Festival wrapped up mere hours ago with an over-the-top tasting at The Best of the Munchies: People’s Choice Food Awards, and while the FN Dish team packed in more fried, glazed, grilled and cheesed dishes in four short days than we thought possible, we’re already craving just a few more bites of our very favorite dishes from the weekend. Relive top moments from all the marquee events, and look back at our 10 most-memorable sweet and savory selects from the festival.