For those who love tacos, tequila and mingling with the most famous chefs of the food world, then The Art of the Taco party was the place to be on Saturday night. The event, part of the New York City Wine and Food Festival, was hosted by Bobby Flay, who is famous for the catchphrase, “Tacos, Yo.” Flay manned his Mesa Grill taco station, serving guests mini smoked salmon tacos. But Bobby wasn’t the only star around, all the chefs were out that night — Alex Guarnaschelli, Andrew Zimmern, Geoffrey Zakarian, Scott Conant, Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos, Marc Forgione, Jeff Mauro, Sunny Anderson, Aaron Sanchez and Anne Burrell were at the party too, and I even heard there was a Guy Fieri sighting.
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Food Network’s Senior Culinary Editor, Liz Tarpy, picks her favorite recipe for September.
I’ve never warmed to hot fruit with meat and even though there’s no one meal that ruined it for me. No scarring memory of family holidays made even stickier with glazed ham and pineapple (though my stepmom once made poached fish with prunes, but that’s another story). It’s just a knee-jerk reaction I have to any recipe involving sweet meat.
Intellectually and culinarily, I know that sweet and salty play off each other, so meaty and fruity flavors can also work well together. There are many examples in other cuisines that proudly blend the two: Thai curries with pineapple, Cuban picadillo with ground meat and raisins, German roast pork and apples. And let’s not forget the all-American roast turkey and cranberry sauce.
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Giada De Laurentiis’ Tomato Basil Sauce for Target has been receiving some attention after Consumer Reports conducted a taste test of celebrity food products. The taste testers concluded that: “Most consumers would not be able to tell her sauce came from a jar.” With a great taste and affordable price, Giada’s brand received a Consumer Reports best buy ranking. Try making Giada’s Simple Tomato Sauce or Bolognese Sauce at home.
Bobby Flay has teamed up with Aetna for their Healthy Food Fight campaign, which teaches people about the benefits of eating healthy. A national cooking contest, with a chance to win $10,000 worth of groceries is up for grabs, as well as feature appearances from Chef Flay. Visit Healthyfoodfight.com to submit an original healthy recipe for chance to win.
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Duff Goldman will appear with his band, Sand Ox, at the Wing Festival in Buffalo New York Saturday, September 3. The event marks the Buffalo Wing Festival’s 10th birthday celebration. Duff and members of his band will serve as judges in the birthday cake decorating competition. Visit the festival website for details on submitting a cake entry.
Iron Chef Jose Garces will be cooking at the 26th annual Kennett Square Mushroom Festival in Pennsylvania on September 10, with a book signing to follow. Chef Garces is the author of Latin Evolution, which features the flavors and cooking styles of Spain and Latin America.
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Robert Irvine recently shared his rules for balancing food and fitness with Gourmet Guy on MensHealth.com. Maintaining his chiseled physique isn’t always easy with his busy schedule, which includes traveling, filming his shows and running a restaurant. Regardless, Robert follows a simple guide to keep him motivated. Find out what his routine includes, as well as the four easy rules he strictly follows, Robert Irvine’s 4 Rules of Food and Fitness.
Bobby Flay has opened a new location of Bobby’s Burger Palace on K Street in Washington, D.C. The restaurant opened for lunch with a crowd of approximately 400 hundred people waiting outside. Bobby spent opening day taking pictures with fans and signing autographs. According to The Washington Examiner, Chef Flay has hopes that President Obama will stop by for a burger and share his thoughts on what should top the local Washington, D.C., burger.
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If you haven’t been watching Entourage this season, Bobby Flay has been stirring up some trouble and it’s not in the kitchen. The storyline goes like this: Bobby Flay is dating Ari Gold’s wife and he finally made an appearance in last night’s episode at his fictional Los Angeles restaurant, Flay’s.
Watch Bobby confront Ari (Jeremy Piven) over on Eater.
Bobby Flay’s time as a judge on season seven of Food Network Star may be winding down, but season three of Worst Cooks in America is just beginning to heat up — with Flay battling it out against seasoned champ Anne Burrell.
With Anne leading one team and Bobby another, the country’s most hopeless cooks will compete for a $25,000 prize. The contestant with the best performance and progress could be you. Open casting calls are designated for later this month in cities including New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Houston and Minneapolis.
The new season is slated to premiere in February 2012.
Alton Brown will speak at Iowa’s Cedar Rapids Public Library on Friday, September 9, as a part of their Inside Out series, a new event designed to introduce the community to remarkable authors. Tickets will go on sale August 9 through the Theatre Cedar Rapids box office and a limited number of tickets will be sold to a pre-show cocktail reception with Alton.
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Bobby Flay has been cast to play a fictional version of himself in the final season of the HBO series Entourage. The character Ari Gold will discover his wife is dating the chef. In real life, Bobby is married to actress Stephanie March, but the TV show will portray him as a bachelor. Fans who prefer the nonfiction version of chef Flay can find him offering barbecue and grilling tips at Guild Hall in East Hampton, N.Y., on July 31 at 11am. The event is part of the hall’s series Stirring the Pot: Conversations With Culinary Celebrities.
Iron Chef Marc Forgione, with the help of other chefs, will host his first fundraising dinner this November for Feeding America, a Chicago-based nonprofit with a network of 200 food banks. “Charity is an extension of what we do,” said Forgione, as he took a break from taping Iron Chef episodes. “I don’t even have to think twice about it.”
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Sandra Lee has been named one of Crain’s 50 Most Powerful Women in New York. You can meet Sandra and join Crain’s in commemorating the accomplishments of all 50 honorees on September 19 at an exclusive luncheon — pre-register for the event here.
Ina Garten and Alec Baldwin have joined forces for the charity event, Barefoot Under the Stars, which has helped raise $600,000 for conservation and environmental protection groups that work to restore habitats along eastern Long Island.
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