by Amy Reiter in News, Restaurants, October 23rd, 2015
by Ricky Smith in Shows, October 23rd, 2015
Eating out alone a lot more than you used to? You’re hardly on your own there.
Single-party restaurant reservations have climbed 62 percent nationwide over the past two years, according to a recent analysis by the restaurant reservations site OpenTable. In fact, tables for one are now the fastest-growing table request.
by Maria Russo in Shows, October 22nd, 2015
It’s time to start prepping for all of your Halloween festivities — and this weekend your favorite shows will have all the tricks, tips and recipes you’ll need. First up on Saturday, Ree Drummond is making a care package for her daughter that includes Brownie Cookies and Homemade Cheddar Crackers. Next, Nancy Fuller turns her farm into a haunted adventure complete with ghoulish treats. Then, The Kitchen co-hosts reveal the best crafts and tricks for your Halloween party, including two ways to transform apple cider donuts. After that, Patricia Heaton prepares a haunted feast including Tombstone and Coffin Grilled Cheeses and Zombie Punch. Then on Saturday night, Alfonso Ribeiro is going behind the scenes to find out how Hot Tamales, Dum Dums and Tootsie Pops are made.
On Sunday morning, Damaris Phillips is carving pumpkins while enjoying Roasted Chicken White Chili and Red Velvet Lava Cake. And on Sunday night, Guy Fieri challenges chefs to turn the main ingredients of lemon bars into a dinner on Guy’s Grocery Games. Next, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, helps decide which team wins Halloween Wars and the grand prize of $50,000. Then, Alton Brown has a new slate of sabotages planned for the chefs on Cutthroat Kitchen.
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, October 22nd, 2015
Though Miriam had invited Robert Irvine to her friend Jodi Boucher’s Bradenton, Fla., restaurant, Theresa’s Restaurant, Jodi did not know that he was on his way, which set the scene for an all-new Restaurant: Impossible Ambush. When Robert and his team surprised Jodi, they found abounding employee issues and a drab dining room, though perhaps paramount to those problems was Jodi’s weak leadership. It was up to Robert to help her drop her micromanaging ways if she was to enjoy a second chance at success at Theresa’s Restaurant. Read on below for the first interview with Jodi to find out how her business is faring today.
“Weekday sales have doubled and weekend sales have tripled” since Robert and his team left Theresa’s Restaurant, according to Jodi. “This has been amazing for business,” she says. And she adds that locals have been quick to chat about the restaurant’s updated interior and new design. “The customers are absolutely shocked at the transformation. The fresh new look has everyone in the town talking about us. Very modern but not too much,” she notes.
by Maria Russo in Events, October 22nd, 2015
In this new Impossible tournament, Chopped is switching up the format: Chefs will compete in three preliminary rounds for a chance to earn a spot in the finale, where the champion will get the opportunity to compete against Robert Irvine in a wild-card round. Just for getting there, the champion will pocket $15,000, but upon beating Robert, he or she will win an additional $25,000, for a total of $40,000.
On tonight’s episode, four very accomplished chefs who’ve competed successfully on Chopped before have returned to take on the most-impossible mystery baskets, but only one of them will earn a spot in the finale for an opportunity to get to Robert.
Get the Exclusive Interview with the Part 1 Winner
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, October 22nd, 2015
The Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival may have ended just days ago (we’re still recovering from the pizza, burgers, meat parade and brunch), but preparations are already well underway in Florida for the 15th annual South Beach Wine & Food Festival, which kicks off in Miami on Wednesday, Feb. 24 and runs through Sunday, Feb. 28. This five-day celebration of all things eats and drinks brings your favorite Food Network stars together with top-notch chefs from across the country for late-night bashes, walk-around tastings, live demos and intimate dinners alike.
This winter, plan ahead to beat the chill and head down south to get your fill of A-list food and drinks while meeting and mingling with Bobby Flay, Rachael Ray, Giada De Laurentiis, Guy Fieri, Anne Burrell, Trisha Yearwood and more. They’ll be on hand at events like Barilla’s Italian Bites on the Beach, Amstel Light Burger Bash, which is celebrating its 10th birthday this year, as well as two days of grand tastings and demos. Click here to learn more about the events and buy your tickets now.
Not able to travel for the Festival? You’re in luck, because FN Dish will be bringing you insider coverage from all of the marquee events. Read on below to find out which events our editors will be covering, and relive last year’s top moments with a look back at the highlights.
by Allison Milam in Recipes, October 22nd, 2015
Chopped fans, doesn’t it seem that with every new episode the mystery baskets just keep getting weirder and weirder? Well, with the new tournament, Chopped: Impossible, airing Thursdays at 8|7c, the ingredients are quite possibly the most impossible anyone has seen. But digging into the history of Chopped, we’ve discovered some very out-of-the-box items.
Going through all of the seasons of Chopped, we’ve narrowed down the list of mystery basket ingredients to 15 of the most impossible. Although these ingredients may have stumped many of the chefs who have come before, now’s your chance to master these ingredients. Future competitors, take note! We’ve consulted with the chefs of Food Network Kitchen and present to you the final list, with advice on how to use the ingredients. But we want to know: Which ingredient do you think is the most impossible of them all?
Vote in the poll after the jump.
by Amy Reiter in News, October 22nd, 2015
When it comes to using fall’s freshest farmers-market produce, squash is one vegetable we just can’t get enough of. In honor of this beloved vegetable’s versatility, satisfying and comforting qualities, load up on a whole week’s worth of squash recipes, whether you’re looking for a full meal, silky soup or hearty side.
Day 1: Squash Gratin
Load two kinds of squash into your skillet for Food Network Magazine’s Squash Gratin (pictured above). Blanket the butternut and kabocha squashes with breadcrumbs, Parmesan and parsley before baking and it’ll result in a comforting and quintessential taste of fall.
by Cameron Curtis in Recipes, October 22nd, 2015
Friends, countrymen and Mexican comfort food lovers of the world, the taco emoji is now ready and waiting for you to text to all your pals on your Apple devices.
All you have to do is download the latest version of iOS — that’d be iOS9.1, for those of you keeping track at home — on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, and the taco emoji, approved earlier this year by the Unicode Consortium, which keeps a tight rein all things emoji, will be at your disposal.
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, October 21st, 2015
If I could eat only one food for the rest of my life, it would be nachos. And I’ll take ‘em any way they come, from chips that are individually topped and have the perfect cheese distribution to a mess of cheesy goodness smothered in guacamole where you have to hunt for each topping. With tailgating in full swing, it’s easier than ever for me to justify my nacho craving every weekend while watching a game. They are the perfect party food, though; if it were up to me, I’d never have to share.
Classic, Just with Cheese
When you’re short on time or low on ingredients, Ree Drummond’s nachos are simple: Cover white tortilla chips with Monterey Jack cheese and jarred jalapeno slices.
This season on Worst Cooks in America, seven celebrity recruits have signed up to be whipped into shape by mentors Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray, but unfortunately one recruit has to be eliminated in each episode. Last week Barry Williams couldn’t get the hang of the pasta machine and ended up in the elimination challenge, where he lost a pasta cook-off to Ellen. This week Ellen, Jenni and Kendra remain, but there are only two spots in the finale. Unfortunately, one of the most-entertaining recruits leaves the competition, just short of the finale. FN Dish has the exclusive exit interview with tonight’s eliminated recruit.
SPOILER ALERT: Read on to find out who went home.