Archive for the ‘People in food’ Category

May 20th, 2011

A Cobaya Dinner with Michelle Bernstein

When I got the announcement for Tuesday night’s Cobaya dinner, the usual email came with an unusual line. It was a clue about who would be preparing our meal, one that built up the anticipation among the diners lucky to get a seat. The chef was Michelle Bernstein and the dinner took place in the […]

May 6th, 2011

Fertile Earth Foundation: Closing the Food Loop

While doing consulting for a Miami Beach hotel with her environmental consulting company, Ecosante, Lanette Sobel realized just how much organic waste hotels produce. The estimate was one ton per hotel room per year in food scraps and yard debris – waste that can be composted and put back into the earth but mostly isn’t.

March 28th, 2011

At Chow Down Grill, Soy Sauce and Tofu Are Made In House

Chow Down Grill is a restaurant that I don’t go to as often as I would like but every time I go I have a great experience. I love the food and the enthusiasm that chefs Joshua Marcus and Jason Suttmiller show for everything they do, whether it’s making a sauce or hosting an underground […]

October 27th, 2010

Cooking with Common Threads

Lenon tucks in his small fingers as he holds down a jalapeño half and slices it into thin strips with slow, steady moves of the knife. He has a whole bowl of jalapeños to slice and dice in front of him and this 9-year-old from Mater Academy East does it better than some home cooks […]

August 26th, 2010

What Would Hemingway Eat?

Fresh figs and ham, and mackerel and snipe. Kingfish and amberjack, avocados with lime. Gin and tonic, absinthe and wine. These are items on this Ernest Hemingway menu I came across on Littoral, the blog of the Key West Literary Seminar. Pretty cool, right?

May 13th, 2010

On a Toronto Rooftop, A Chef’s Garden and His Bees

During my recent visit to Toronto I had the opportunity to visit the rooftop garden at The Fairmont Royal York Hotel in downtown Toronto. I heard about it through a Twitter connection (@maryluzonfood) and jumped at the chance of seeing how this large-scale hotel, the place where dignitaries and heads of state stay on their […]

April 12th, 2010

Belles calas

Calas, calas! Belles calas! Touts chaude, madame. Such went the cry of the calas street vendors in New Orleans. It means: calas, calas, beautiful calas, very hot. If you haven’t heard of these fritters prepared with leftover rice, you’re not alone. When New Orleans chef, cookbook author and Slow Food New Orleans leader, Poppy Tooker, […]

March 25th, 2010

Roots in the City Farmers Market launches in Overtown

Yesterday I stopped by the opening of the Roots in the City Farmers Market in Overtown. A collaboration between the Wholesome Wave Foundation, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, the Human Services Coalition and Roots in the City, the market aims to make fresh, nutritional food accessible by making it affordable. As a pilot for the […]

March 11th, 2010

Tweet Me in Miami

It’s been a busy, busy week but I wanted to share Andrew Nelson’s National Geographic article, Tweet Me in Miami. Remember Andrew Nelson? He came to Miami over Thanksgiving; his assignment was to see Miami with the help of Twitter, or “crowd-source his vacation,” as he quotes his friend telling him. I’m now in the […]

March 8th, 2010

Meet Hani Khouri, local cheese maker, goat herder, food producer

When we arrived at Hani Khouri’s home in Redland on Sunday, only 12 hours had passed since one of his goats, Maria, gave birth to two babies. Nearby, three baby goats napped inside a plastic igloo warmed by a heat lamp. The three – Nelly, Clark Gable and Errol Flynn – were born six days […]

February 26th, 2010

South Beach Wine & Food Festival: The Burger Bash

Last night’s Burger Bash was a tale of two Michaels. Chefs Michael Schwartz and Michael Symon of B Spot had two of my favorite burgers of the night and, as you probably already know, both won top awards at the event. D and I each had one chip to cast our vote and I’ll confess each Michael got one.

February 3rd, 2010

What’s in season? Conversation with Michael Schwartz at Locust Projects

I knew very little, nothing really, about Locust Projects until last night. The non-profit organization, whose mission is to provide a space for visual artists to experiment with new ideas, was hosting a conversation with chef Michael Schwartz in the Design District. I sat on one of the pink hills that were part of an […]

January 5th, 2010

Caution: ‘Guerilla van’ coming to Design District

Remember One Ninety? Its chef, Alan Hughes, recently resurfaced with a brand new website and lots of interesting projects, including a one-table restaurant called Luuur, where the chef will cook you and your friends dinner. (Read my mini-interview with chef Hughes over at Short Order.) The chef’s latest newsletter, however, brought an intriguing piece of […]

December 15th, 2009

Local chefs star in artist’s reinterpretation of Rockwell painting

Local artist Betty Rosado celebrates local chefs in Let them Eat Cake, her photographic reinterpretation of Norman Rockwell’s painting Freedom from Want. The photo will be showcased as part of American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell, an exhibit at the Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale. While the Rockwell exhibit opened in November, the […]

November 23rd, 2009

Eat for a cause, the dolphins

It’s a little before 10 a.m. when I arrive at the Epic Hotel in Downtown Miami on Friday. I was there to meet Area 31 chef John Critchley for a trip to Key Largo, where he would present the Marine Mammal Conservancy (MMC) with a donation representing proceeds of his sustainable seafood prix-fixe menu. Area […]

November 11th, 2009

An evening with Ruth Reichl

On Monday night I had the opportunity of listening to former Gourmet editor-in-chief Ruth Reichl as she spoke to an audience of fans and food enthusiasts at the Miami Book Fair. Her stop in Miami was the last of the book tour promoting Gourmet Today, a collection of 1,000 recipes developed over five years by […]

July 26th, 2009

Touring Erickson Farm

At 8 a.m. this morning, D and I were en route to Canal Point in Palm Beach County to attend a tour of Erickson Farm organized by the Slow Food Glades to Coast convivium. It was our Sunday field trip, I told my poor, half-awake husband who was gracious enough to drive the nearly 100 […]

October 23rd, 2007

Small bites, big nights: 15 minutes with Govind

Govind Armstrong, the Los Angeles chef who one year ago brought his Table 8 to South Beach, is a busy man. He’s off to New York today having just arrived in Miami yesterday to make some menu changes at Table 8, then going to LA, then back here. Mind you he just got back from […]

August 31st, 2007

What’s a chef to do without his taste?

What torture, not only to a chef, but to anyone. Interesting story (free for non-subscribers today only) in the Wall Street Journal about chef Grant Achatz of Alinea in Chicago, who was recently diagnosed with tongue cancer. The disease was so advanced that three doctors told him the only way to cure it was to […]

July 30th, 2007

There’s No Cake Like Home

Photos by Rachael Lee Coleman* My friend Rachael and I arrived at Allie Herrera’s Miami Beach apartment last Monday knowing few things about her. We knew that Allie, who is just starting out her cake business (the reason we were there to meet her), had been baking for more than 10 years and we knew […]

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