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Food & Wine Classic in Aspen 2015: Three Things to Do Ahead of the #FWClassic

MG_  007The Food & Wine Classic in Aspen is happening June 19-21, 2015. Tickets are sold out, but if you’re headed there (as we are!), we’ve rounded up three things to do ahead of the #FWClassic before you arrive in Aspen. 

Plan to shop like a local foodie. The Aspen Saturday Market will be open for business on Saturday, June 20th. Carve out some open space in your pre-Classic calendar to sample Aspen’s locally grown and made food. The market runs from 8AM-3PM, from the corner of Galena and Hopkins, to Hunter and then again back to the intersection of Hyman and Galena.

Register to run a footrace. Before you start sampling all the fine food and wine that abounds at this unique festival, lace up your trainers and run a 5K to raise money for charity. On Friday morning, June 19th, you’ll scramble through the streets with culinary luminaries including race hosts and Top Chef alums Richard Blais and Stefanie Izard along with Tim Love, and Marcus Samuelsson. Remember the altitude difference when you’re training — Aspen is just under 8,000 feet above sea level.

Make a reservation. At the end of the day, you may wish to sit for a proper meal before making your way to one of the many parties that happen after hours at the festival. Plan ahead and book your tables now or look out for the OpenTable team in the Grand Tasting tents. We can help you make free, last-minute reservations in and around Aspen.Continue Reading

2015 James Beard Awards: Restaurant + Chef Winners #JBFA

michael anthonyThe 2015 James Beard Awards were held last night in Chicago. We’re pleased to highlight and congratulate this year’s winners. These chefs and restaurants represent the very best in dining across the nation. Make a reservation at a James Beard Award-winning restaurant today.

WINNING RESTAURANTS INCLUDE:

Best New Restaurant
Bâtard, New York, New York

Outstanding Restaurant
Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, New York

Outstanding Wine Program
A16, San Francisco, California

NOMINATED CHEFS INCLUDE:

Outstanding Chef
Michael Anthony, Gramercy Tavern, New York, New York

Rising Star Chef of the Year
Jessica Largey, Manresa, Los Gatos, California

Best Chef: Great Lakes
Jonathon Sawyer, The Greenhouse Tavern, Cleveland, Ohio

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic
Spike Gjerde, Woodberry Kitchen, Baltimore, Maryland

Best Chef: Midwest
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Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs 2015: Book a Table

Food & Wine magazine recently announced its annual roster of Best New Chefs of 2015. The honorees represent chefs who have been running a kitchen for less than five years and who are winning fans and attention in their culinary communities. A few commonalities among the winners, according to Food & Wine Editor in Chief Dana Cowin, include nods to the past and a highly personal aspect to their cooking. “The chefs seem to be cooking to please themselves, and in the process have dazzled diners,” Cowin told CNN. The standout chefs include:

Chef Zoi Antonitsas, Westward, Seattle, Washington

Résumé: Chef Antonitsas may be familiar to diners outside the Seattle area because of her turn as a cheftestant on season 4 of Top Chef. Formerly the executive chef at Madison Park Conservatory in Seattle, Antonitsas worked at  Zazu Kitchen + Farm in Sebastapol, and the Presidio Social Club in San Francisco before opening Westward in the fall of 2013 and bringing her unique blend of Mediterranean-meets-Pacific Northwest cuisine to the shores of Lake Union. She also served as a consultant for nopa.
Rave review for her food: “The food — ah! The food was amazing! I loved that everything was so simple, yet so delicious — how food should be. The presentation was impeccable.”
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PFE - chef katie button panuelo de chocolate - 5.2011Chef Katie Button, Cúrate, Asheville, North Carolina

Résumé: Scientist-cum-chef Button opened Cúrate in 2011 after mastering her culinary craft at Spain’s legendary El Bulli. Later stints include Jean-Georges in New York and The Bazaar by José Andrés in Beverly Hills. She also opened the bar Nightbell, and is penning her first cookbook. Cúrate has been named a Top 100 Best Restaurant in America in 2013 and a Top 100 Fit for Foodies Restaurant in 2014 by OpenTable diners.
Rave review for her food: “The quality of the food was outstanding. I have been to Spain multiple times and this was like being there, from the food to the wine to the unhurried pace of the meal.”
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Chef Jim Christiansen, Heyday, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Résumé: His experience may be primarily rooted in the midwest, but chef Christiansen found his inspiration abroad as well, namely in the cuisine of Copenhagen’s renowned noma, at which he staged. After spending time in the kitchens of La Belle Vie and UNION Rooftop Restaurant in the Twin Cities, Christiansen opened Heyday to acclaim in April 2014.
Rave review for his food: “The kitchen obviously knows their stuff and the chef is inspired from start to finish. With baked goods done in house, everything is super fresh and innovative without being inaccessible. We were so happy with our food and our server; it couldn’t have been better.”
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Chef Tim Maslow, Ribelle, Boston, Massachusetts

Résumé: Chef Maslow is well known to Boston foodies, having first wowed diners when he revamped the menu at his father Paul’s aging Watertown restaurant Strip-T’s. Previously, he honed his skills within the Momofuku family of restaurants in Manhattan, rising to chef de cuisine of Momofuku Ssam Bar. He opened Ribelle in March of 2013 and received four stars from the Boston Globe a little more than half a year later.
Rave review for his food: “Whenever I get a chance to stop by Ribelle, I again realize that Tim is at the very top of the list of the best chefs in the Boston area. As a foodie, I love this place.”
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2015 James Beard Foundation Awards Restaurant + Chef Nominees

BatardToday, the James Beard Foundation released their list of nominations for the 2015 James Beard Foundation Awards. The winners of one of the world’s most prestigious culinary awards will be announced on May 4th at a ceremony in Chicago. Purchase tickets here to cheer on your favorites.

Congratulations — and good luck — to the year’s nominees on this prestigious acknowledgment.

NOMINATED RESTAURANTS INCLUDE:

Best New Restaurant
Bâtard, New York, New York
Cosme, New York, New York
Parachute, Chicago, Illinois
The Progress, San Francisco, California
Spoon and Stable, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Outstanding Restaurant
Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, New York
Highlands Bar & Grill, Birmingham, Alabama
Per Se, New York, New York
The Spotted Pig, New York, New York

Outstanding Service
Marea, New York, New York
Quince, San Francisco, California
Restaurant August, New Orleans
Topolobampo, Chicago, Illinois

Outstanding Wine Program
A16, San Francisco, California
FIG, Charleston, South Carolina
McCrady’s, Charleston, South Carolina
Spago, Beverly Hills, California

NOMINATED CHEFS INCLUDE:

Outstanding Chef
Michael Anthony, Gramercy Tavern, New York, New York
Sean Brock, McCrady’s, Charleston, South Carolina
Suzanne Goin, Lucques, West Hollywood, California
Claude Le Tohic, Joël Robuchon, Las Vegas, Nevada
Donald Link, Herbsaint, New Orleans, Louisiana
Marc Vetri, Vetri, Philadelphia

Rising Star of the Year
Tanya Baker, The Boarding House, Chicago, Illinois
Alex Bois, High Street on Market, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jessica Largey, Manresa, Los Gatos, California
Ari Taymore, Alma, Los Angeles, California

Outstanding Pastry Chef
Dana Cree, Blackbird, Chicago, Illinois
Maura Kilpatrick, Oleana, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Dahlia Narvarez, Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles, California
Ghaya Oliveira, Daniel, New York, New York

Best Chef: Great Lakes
Curtis Duffy, Grace, Chicago, Illinois
Jonathon Sawyer, The Greenhouse Tavern, Cleveland, Ohio
Paul Virant, Vie, Western Springs, Illinois
Erling Wu-Bower, Nico Osteria, Chicago, Illinois
Andrew Zimmerman, Sepia, Chicago, Illinois

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic
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