With just two weeks to go until the premiere of The Next Iron Chef: Redemption, eight of this season’s rival chefs, Nate Appleman, Amanda Freitag, Elizabeth Falkner, Eric Greenspan, Alex Guarnaschelli, Jehangir Mehta, Spike Mendelsohn and Marcel Vigneron, joined Alton Brown and reigning Iron Chefs Masaharu Morimoto, Marc Forgione, Michael Symon, Geoffrey Zakarian and Jose Garces for a night of competition-free cooking at the New York City Wine & Food Festival. Though the competition will certainly be fierce once the battle kicks off Sunday, November 4, last weekend’s Next Iron Chef event was all in good fun, the Iron Chef hopefuls coming together to chat with fans, watch sneak-peek clips of the first episode and dish out late-night party bites worthy of Kitchen Stadium.
For Kelli Truman and Abby Grabow, owners of Oleander Bar & Grill in Olean, N.Y., Robert Irvine’s visit to their restaurant was a much-needed effort to save the business they opened just six months earlier. This mother-daughter duo needed Robert’s help to transform the dark dining room into a comfortable space, rethink their tired menu and improve their strained relationship if Oleander were to have any chance at lasting success. We checked in with Abby a few months after Oleander’s Restaurant: Impossible overhaul to see how the business has been doing since Robert left.
In the first two weeks after the renovation, Oleander saw sales increase nearly 50 percent.
The restaurant’s updated decor has been well received by diners who “love the fresh, clean, modern look of the design,” Abby says. She also notes that “the serious burger, shrimp tempura and crab bisque are the best-selling items that Robert added” to Oleander’s revamped menu.
Though Jaye no longer works at the restaurant, Abby says that “the staff that remains is very loyal and everyone has been working together to rebuild business.”
Each month, thousands of Food Network Magazine readers submit clever names for the back page’s Name This Dish contest. Previous dishes include tricolor potatoes (winning name: “United Tates of America”), a hot dog sandwich (“Triple Dog Dare”) and even bite-sized cakes (“Swirly Temples”). In the September 2012 issue, we asked you to dream up names for this dessert spread (pictured above). Some of our favorites were:
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Now that we’re really pushing into fall, lettuce probably isn’t necessarily the most on-your-radar type of seasonal produce. Fall is the time for cozying up to butternut squash soup and just-out-of-the-oven pumpkin bread, is it not? Well, believe it or not, it turns out this is the time to get your lettuce fix since the leafy green is in season.
According to HGTV Gardens, lettuce is one of the best-dressed vegetables at the market. Varieties come in a cornucopia of shades: green, red, purple, yellow, as well as variegated and mottled combinations.
Just because lettuce is on the must-eat list doesn’t mean we’re talking ice-cold salads. Nope, this week we’re all about one thing: lettuce wraps. In this rendering, lettuce is foundational. It packs the same hand-held functionality as a taco, and works as a stellar party appetizer or light lunch.
There are many ways to make your lettuce wraps, whether you’re going the veggie or the meaty route. Here’s just a taste.
Planning ahead is key for healthy cooking. Keep your kitchen stocked with simple, inexpensive ingredients and weeknight cooking will be much easier (and more fun!). Here’s what the experts in Food Network Kitchens have in their kitchens:
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From Our Sponsor: The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes
The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes’ Ai Food Truck recently finished a month-long food truck tour across Southern California, visiting Art Institutes’ campuses in Inland Empire, Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego. Throughout the tour stops, The Art Institutes’ culinary students challenged local food truck heavyweights to no-holds-barred battles, taking three out of four challenges.
In addition to the on-site food truck competitions, Jesse Brockman, a 2009 graduate from The Art Institute of California (Orange County) with an Associate of Science in culinary arts and winner of season two of The Great Food Truck Race (from The Lime Truck), showed off his culinary chops with exciting food demonstrations. One dish in particular won over attendees in each market.
To eliminate waste and capitalize on some extra zest, Jesse showed audiences how to whip up the delicious edamame hummus by utilizing the extra flavor from the stems of fresh green herbs or vegetables that are typically disposed of. It’s extremely easy to do at home.
It was an afternoon fit for sandwich enthusiasts last weekend, as Jeff Mauro joined nearly 20 restaurants for a Sandwich Showdown at the New York City Wine & Food Festival. Food Network’s own Sandwich King hosted the deliciously competitive event, which pitted sandwich maker versus sandwich maker in a battle of between-bread creations. While classic deli sandwiches made an appearance at this all-you-can-eat extravaganza, the dressed-up sandwiches — those that combined toasted, buttered bread, beefy cuts of meat, gourmet cheese and more — stole the show.
While planning for Thanksgiving dinner probably hasn’t even begun for most of us, event sponsor Whole Foods Market embraced Turkey Day leftovers with its Thanksgiving panini. Tender fresh turkey, smooth potatoes, sweet-tart cranberry sauce and more traditional staples were layered on herbed bread, grilled until crunchy and topped with a light sage drizzle.
In a showing of timeless comfort, Little Muenster cooked up a classic pairing: grilled cheese and tomato soup. Stuffed with richly decadent Taleggio cheese and finely chopped mushrooms, and served with cheese-topped tomato soup, these weren’t the everyday sandwiches from your childhood.
Once a month, Kelly from Oh So Beautiful Paper, a blog all about fabulous paper goods, will be stopping by to share with readers two of her favorite things: food and stationery.
To kick things off, we’ve rounded up a wonderful and diverse selection of recipe cards. From illustrated to letterpress printed (like the ones above from 9th Letter Press), there’s something for everyone. While you may not write down all your recipes anymore by hand, it’s always nice to accompany an edible gift (perfect for the upcoming holidays) with the handwritten recipe, too. It’s important that your ingredient lists look as good as they taste, and with these picks below, you’ll find an option here that fits right into your recipe box or atop a sweet gifted treat.
Last week FN Dish announced the return of 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., featuring Giada De Laurentiis, Bobby Flay, Aarón Sanchez, Alex Guarnaschelli, Sunny Anderson 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 Alton or Bobby? Whether it’s about a technique they use at home 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.