New York City has seen its fair share of vegetarian restaurants over the years, like Zen Palate, Blossom, Candle Cafe and Angelica Kitchen, but none have ever garnered the accolades that Amanda Cohen’s Dirt Candy has. Opened in 2008 with only 18 seats, Dirt Candy wasn’t just a fresh look at how to create a meat […]Read more
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It’s Time To Put Bolivia on Your Culinary Bucket List- Nov 25 with Gustu’s Chef Kamilla Seidler-The Connected Table LIVE
One of the most fascinating places I have ever visited in South America is Bolivia. Albeit my trip was too short and too focused on recovering lost luggage when I visited many years ago with the intent on hiking. But the images still remain in my mind, and I am eager to revisit and linger […]Read more
Is This the Best Asian Food in Maine?
On a frosty March weekend we visited the tiny college town of Brunswick, Maine, for a family gathering that included one of the best and most creative Asian dinners we’d experienced in a long time. Cara Stadler‘s Tao-Yuan blends local ingredients, Chinese flavors and the chef’s French training […]Read more
Where Chefs Connect- StarChefs CEO, Antoinette Bruno
Antoinette Bruno left a lucrative career on Wall Street to follow her passion and desire to work in a more hospitable community. She found both in food. She enrolled in the Chefs’ Program at Ritz Escoffier in Paris. After graduating, she earned her culinary stripes working in restaurants in the south of France and then returned to […]Read more
Ralph Brennan on New Orleans’ Restaurant Renaissance: August 19- The Connected Table LIVE!
It’s hard to believe that Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast with its eye on New Orleans 10 years ago August 29th. At the time we were planning a major dining and wine event for following February the following year which sadly was cancelled. The aftermath left many of our restaurant friends recovering for months, and people […]Read more
The Big Bold Flavors of Senegal- The Connected Table LIVE Aug 12th
In 2006-2007 David and I spent a blissful pre-wedding-New Years-Birthday-“Bucket List” trip traveling through Botswana and South Africa. It was my first time visiting the African continent, but not the last. In 2012 we went to Morocco to cross “dancing under the stars in the Sahara Desert” off my bucket list. Our travel bucket list […]Read more
A Pioneer of Nuevo Latino Cooking in the U.S. Is Now Leading Culinary Trips to Cuba
He’s been called “the godfather of Nuevo Latino cooking” by media and food industry cognoscenti. His dishes pack a “pow” in flavor, texture and color. I first became familiar with Chef Douglas Rodriguez’s muy sabroso culinary style when he was still in his tender twenties cooking “upscale Cuban” food at his restaurant YUCA (an acronym for […]Read more
Frank Pellegrino Jr. Brings the Tradition of Rao’s Restaurant to the People
Being a successful restaurateur is never easy. Being the son of a legendary restaurateur sounds like it might be easier but not always. This is especially true when your name is Frank Pellegrino Jr. and your dad, Frank, Sr., runs New York City’s toughest table-to-book in town, Rao’s. We’ve never snagged a table at Rao’s NYC, which […]Read more
Chef Alon Shaya Explains Modern Israeli Cuisine July 8 on The Connected Table LIVE!
Chef Alon Shaya was born in Israel, raised in Philadelphia and now lives in New Orleans where he oversees the kitchens at Domenica and his namesake Shaya Restaurant, and is a partner in both with Besh Restaurant Group. He credits cooking with his mother and grandmother for fueling his career in food and the Culinary Institute of […]Read more
El Jefe of Nuevo Latino Cooking- Chef Douglas Rodriguez- The Connected Table LIVE
“The most important Latin chef in the restaurant world.” —Nina Zagat, Zagat Guides He’s been called “the godfather of Nuevo Latino cooking” by media and food industry cognoscenti. His dishes pack a “pow” in flavor, texture and color. I first became familiar with Chef Douglas Rodriguez’s muy sabroso culinary style when he was still in his […]Read more