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appetizers

Shareable Appetizers Offer New Opportunities for Taste

By Susanne Bukey / November 29, 2021

Appetizers, foods, and beverages stimulating our appetites for what’s to come, have revolutionized the way we dine out. They offer new and trendy flavors, ingredients, and presentations. Today, appetizers are not just the beginning of a meal. They can be a meal in themselves or shareable to be enjoyed with friends any time of the…

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La Mar Cebicheria Peruana, San Francisco, CA (Latin)

By Tony Lagana / November 25, 2021

Born and raised in Peru, Chef Gaston Acurio is one of the world’s most acclaimed and influential chefs.  He has built a name and reputation for himself around Peruvian cuisine. Chef Acurio has opened numerous restaurants spanning the globe, focusing on one portion of Peruvian cuisine at each of his restaurants. For his work in…

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Autumn Soups

By Susanne Bukey / November 22, 2021

Abstract: This blog post discusses new and popular soup recipes this Fall. It focuses on those with Turkey, Pumpkin, and Seafood as ingredients. Turkey Carcass soup is like chicken noodle soup, and Spicy turkey soup can either have Caribbean or Asian Flavors. Black Bean and Pumpkin Soup, Joumou (Haitian pumpkin soup), are popular, as are…

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GW Fins, New Orleans, LA (Seafood)

By Tony Lagana / November 18, 2021

Chef Tenney Flynn is a well-known expert on Gulf Coast seafood. He has been called the “Fishmonger  Czar of the South.” Chef Flynn began his career at his father’s restaurant in Georgia and then went on to graduate from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. Prior to opening GW Fins, he worked for…

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Fall Beverages Providing Warmth and Flavor

By Susanne Bukey / November 15, 2021

As the sweltering days of summer turn into the chilly days of autumn, coffee and tea lovers look forward to the fall season for their classic pumpkin lattes, apple ciders, and hot chocolates. Coffee shops, bars, and restaurants are now taking seasonal offerings beyond the classic pumpkin spice. Lounges and bars prepare their own fresh…

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NOLA, New Orleans, LA (Southern)

By Tony Lagana / November 11, 2021

Emeril Lagasse is a highly regarded American celebrity chef, cookbook author, and national best recipe award winner. Lagasse is also the executive chef and proprietor of thirteen restaurants in New Orleans,  Las Vegas, Orlando, and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. As the winner of best Southeast regional chef,  humanitarian of the year, daytime Emmy award for outstanding culinary…

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Sweet, Nice & Everything Pumpkin Spice

By Tony Lagana / November 8, 2021

If you don’t follow the Gregorian calendar or live in a place where you can’t see the seasons change, another great way to tell when the Fall season is approaching is by noticing the sudden pumpkin spice takeover. This delicious flavoring can be seen taking over menus, spice racks, and dishes all fall. Whether it’s…

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Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine Ft. Worth, TX (Latin)

By Tony Lagana / November 4, 2021

Jon Bonnell is admired as a community-driven restaurateur. Born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, he spent most of his life pursuing his love for cooking within his hometown. Since 2001, Chef Bonnell has been providing award-winning dining experiences at his signature restaurant, Bonnell’s Fine Texas  Cuisine. In 2013, Chef Bonnell opened his second restaurant,…

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tequila

Tequila To-Go

By Tony Lagana / November 1, 2021

Covid-19 has changed our culture in so many ways. With a new wave of lockdowns possible due to the delta variant, there are several ways bars have adjusted to stay in business. The shutdowns have not discouraged people from drinking, but have encouraged them to be more creative about it. Some of the most innovative…

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Becco, New York, NY (Italian)

By Tony Lagana / October 28, 2021

Becco has been a theatre district staple since 1993. Chef Gallagher joined the team in 1999 alongside  Lidia and Joe Bastianich to become the Executive Chef. He has shared his talents among numerous charity benefits as well as many television features throughout his career. This James Beard house chef learned to cook in his own…

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