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Paula Deen Kicks Off the 2013 South Beach Wine & Food Festival

by in Events, February 22nd, 2013

Paula Deen at The Q - South Beach Wine and Food Festival 2013When it comes to kicking off a weekend-long celebration of all things cocktails and culinary at the 2013 South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Paula Deen knows just how to do it. She and her son, Bobby, were on hand last night to host The Q, a seaside bash featuring a feast of barbecue-inspired fare with dozens of top-notch chefs from across the country and crowds of hungry food fans. The Deens and other Food Network stars like Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian and Robert Irvine, plus past The Next Iron Chef: Redemption rivals Tim Love and Duskie Estes, mingled with guests and dished out a seemingly never-ending supply of their best smoky bites.

While the atmosphere at The Q among chefs and guests alike was relaxed and tropical, the food scene was serious. To start, Robert Irvine put the focus on pig, offering tender braised pork cheeks with fried pickles on a soft brioche bun.

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Join Us at the 2013 South Beach Wine & Food Festival

by in Events, February 20th, 2013

South Beach Wine and Food Festival 2013Leave the winter chill behind and take a trip down South to the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. We’ll be at the festival all weekend long chowing down on grub with Food Network stars Rachael Ray, Robert Irvine, Bobby Flay, Trisha Yearwood, Michael Symon, Giada De Laurentiis, Jeff Mauro, Paula Deen and more.

Want to join us? You can find our editors covering the following events throughout the 4-day festival.

If you can’t make it to the festival this year, tune into FN Dish for our coverage all weekend long, including exclusive videos.

The Q hosted by Paula Deen and Sons (Thurs., Feb. 21)
The First Family of Food Network will host this super-braised festival kickoff party. Join Paula Deen and her two sons, Jamie and Bobby Deen, as they host Moët Hennessy’s The Q. More than 40 of the top barbecue chefs from across the country will grill up chicken, ribs, brisket and pork butts from Omaha Steaks with smoky side dishes.

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There’s Still Time to Whip Up a Big-Game Party

by in Events, Holidays, February 2nd, 2013

Guacamole for the Big GameOK, I have a confession: I don’t understand football. Never have. Never will. It’s just the way I was made. I do, however, love throwing Super Bowl parties. You wouldn’t actually find me watching the game, but I love to have all my friends over and cook a big feast and let everyone else enjoy the game while indulging on great food.

The key to a great big-game soiree is to have lots of finger foods — things that are easy to eat while you’re on the couch watching TV and screaming for your favorite team. You also need recipes that are simple to make so you don’t spend the whole day in your kitchen.

The big game may be tomorrow, but there’s still time to organize a feast. Here are a few of my favorite recipes that always make an appearance at my party:

Alton’s guacamole. I once heard a fact that some obscene amount of guacamole is consumed every year during the Super Bowl — something like two football fields’ worth. But since guacamole is awesome, I can believe it.

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Jeff Mauro’s Big-Game Favorites

by in Events, Holidays, January 29th, 2013

Jeff Mauro's Big Game FavoritesIt’s no surprise that Jeff’s a big football fan. Though his home team (Chicago Bears) didn’t make the playoffs this year, he’s still excited to celebrate the upcoming big game.

Here are 5 things you can catch Jeff either watching, eating or drinking during the Super Bowl:

1. Commercials: I love watching the one-up manship of these mini movies. Some are very clever and entertaining, sometimes even more so than the game.

2. I eat and make sandwiches (obviously). They’re minimal-cleanup necessary and their one-handed operation permits high-fiving and remote-controlling. It’s also an easy and economical way to feed a bunch of people.

3. I’ll be drinking a lighter beer so my tiny tummy doesn’t fill up so quickly, thus being able to enjoy much more of my personal game-day trifecta: salt, meat and carb.

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Tina Fey and Fellow 30 Rock Writers Take Over Food Network Kitchens

by in Events, January 10th, 2013

Come the holiday season, most employees look forward to a company holiday party complete with casual, mingle-friendly eats — and maybe a cocktail or two — in the office break room or perhaps even at a local restaurant. But when you’re a writer for 30 Rock, the everyday seasonal shindig just won’t cut it.

This past December, to celebrate the holidays and the approaching end of 30 Rock‘s seventh and final season, Tina Fey and her fellow writers hosted their holiday bash at the ultimate destination kitchen — Food Network Kitchens — and what they ate was no ordinary cheese-and-crackers platter. More than two dozen 30 Rock writers and team members gathered in the expansive space to enjoy an evening of friends, plenty of laughs and a party-ready menu complete with dishes like cayenne-spiked butternut squash soup and linguini with a truffled cream sauce made by one of their own, John Riggi. We were on hand as they made their way into the kitchen, and we chatted with them about their thoughts on the end of 30 Rock, the food scene in the writers’ room and more.

Want to hear what Tina Fey and some of the other writers had to say and get an insider’s look at this private event? Click the play button on the video above to watch the exclusive video, then browse these behind-the-scenes photos to see the party unfold.

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Watch the Concert for Hurricane Sandy Relief on Cooking Channel

by in Events, December 11th, 2012

The Concert for Hurricane Sandy ReliefOn 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.

December Food Festivals

by in Events, November 27th, 2012

Candy Cane cookiesBy now, we hope you’ve put a substantial dent in the Thanksgiving leftovers and are ready to move on for a couple more weeks until the Christmastime food festival drought starts. Until then, there will be warming beers, warm cookies and warm entertainment keeping the spirit alive.

Indio International Tamale Festival, Indio, Calif., Dec. 1-2: The Mexican treat of pre-Hispanic origin is a serious victual requiring a small workforce (i.e., large family) to produce. Perhaps that’s why tamales are really only prevalent during holidays, like Day of the Dead, the Christmas season and this two-day fiesta in Indio, which has been a staple since 1992. There will be a cook-off with traditional and gourmet categories as well as an eating contest punctuated by folkloric dancing and live music from four stages at this annual event named one of the top-10 “All-American Food Festivals” by Food Network.

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Jeff Mauro Joins Thanksgiving Live! As the Digital Host — Ask Him Your Questions

by in Events, Holidays, November 9th, 2012

Jeff MauroThe countdown is official: Thanksgiving Live! is just nine short days away. Before the live show starts at noon, Food Network will serve up a three-hour Thanksgiving Live! webcast at FoodNetwork.com with the one-and-only Sandwich King, Jeff Mauro, serving as the digital correspondent. Beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET, the site will stream a pre-show featuring Jeff taking viewers behind the scenes in Food Network Kitchens, catching Alton, Giada, Bobby, Aarón, Alex, Sunny and Ree getting ready for the live broadcast.

Stick with us during the live show and then go to FoodNetwork.com during commercials. Jeff will be featuring viewers’ tweets (don’t forget to use hashtag #ThanksgivingLive), taking more questions and — knowing Jeff — I’m sure the ultimate Thanksgiving leftover sandwich is coming your way, too.

Do you have a question you’d like to ask Jeff? Whether it’s about the way the way he celebrates Turkey Day or tips for the ultimate turkey sandwich, we’ll handpick a selection of your questions and ask him live during the show. Leave your question in the comment section below, or submit it via Facebook and Twitter by using the hashtag #ThanksgivingLive.

Coming in for Landing: Food Network Kitchen at Fort Lauderdale Airport

by in Events, News, November 8th, 2012

food network kitchen ft. lauderdaleFans 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.

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Have a Question for Rachael or Ree About Thanksgiving?

by in Events, November 6th, 2012

Rachael Ray and Ree Drummond on Thanksgiving Live!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.

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