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Foodie Friday—Some Like It Hot: Sriracha and Our Capsaicin Fascination


The bottle alone is iconic: The white silhouette of the rooster, the Kelly-green cap, and the vibrant red-orange glow of the mouth-watering sauce within. (more…)

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Foodie Friday: Neighborhood Nibbles–Part One

 

Recently, three good friends of mine (who also happen to be chefs) visited me in Nashville. They came into town for some NFL football, delicious food, and Southern hospitality. They were very clear about what they wanted “food-wise”: They wanted to eat some simple, flavorful Southern-style foods.  And, of course, they also wanted to try any Nashville-specific specialties. (more…)

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Foodie Friday: Words and Eats–Exploring Food Language and Menu-Speak

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It should come as no surprise that the way we talk about food and drink impacts the way we consume it. But just how much does our food-centric language affect our life—and in what ways? Food writers and cultural scholars seek to answer these kinds of questions for the linguistically and culinary curious alike.

Today’s Foodie Friday takes a closer look at the words that come out of our mouths and how they affect what types of food and drink go into our mouths.

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Foodie Friday: EatnLearn Seattle–Days Packed with Fresh Food Tourism!

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I agree with Tony—noted Celebrity Chef Anthony Bourdain, that is. In an interview with the Seattle Times, he said this of the local food scene: “It’s one of the most exciting, if not the most exciting area of the country to eat.”
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Foodie Friday: Why Clean Eating is Sweeping the Food Scene

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It seems that almost everyone’s interested in making healthy choices these days, but knowing how and what to eat in order to maximize your diet can be overwhelming. That’s why many of us are going back to basics: less processed, simple, and often traditionally prepared foods. The clean-label trend is gaining traction with individual supermarket shoppers and restaurant patrons as well as large-scale producers and restaurants of all kinds.

Today, we’ll take a closer look at clean eating and why it’s a food trend that’s brilliantly simple and simply delicious.

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Foodie Friday: Compliments to the Chef! 3 James Beard Award Winners

chefEach year, the restaurant world buzzes with trends and triumphs of culinary merit. But who are the true leaders of food innovation?

The honors this year went to artisans who bring warmth, enthusiasm, talent—and an expert understanding of how to get the most out of each ingredient—to every plate.

For today’s Foodie Friday, we take a closer look at 3 acclaimed chefs who won big at the 2016 James Beard Awards and get a glimpse of how they inspire in the kitchen.

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Foodie Friday: Fine Dining Gone Casual–5 Trends in Relaxed Fancy Food

On Labor Day, my wife and I decided to play tourist in our own town of Nashville. We walked from our downtown condo to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to take a look around. Before visiting the exhibits, we decided to check out 2/22 Full Service Eatery in the lobby of the museum.

Wow! We talked with Chef Ian Coppock, who set about with his team to prepare a menu of  simple, fresh, local and delicious food—quickly, and with flair. We greatly enjoyed both the food and Chef Ian’s stories of his many varied chef experiences—including a stint in Antarctica. The meal was another pleasant reminder to us that Nashville does much more than just music well. It is a remarkable food, art, and business community.

Our delicious, artfully deconstructed chicken pot pie got me thinking about all the ways talented chefs continue to blend sophisticated culinary technique with familiar, simple ingredients for something altogether fresh and inventive: a new sort of gourmet casual. Today, we’ll take a closer look at just that with 5 trends in relaxed fancy food.

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Foodie Friday: Fast and Foreign–3 Ways Fast-Casual is Going Global

Quick question: In an age where people are increasingly more choosy about what they eat, how much they eat, and the even story behind their food, how do you revitalize the image of tried-and-true American fast food?

These days, the answer seems to be written on the golden arches: Make it less American. We’ve highlighted the popularity of ethnic foods in previous blogs, but today’s Foodie Friday focuses more closely on the realm of fast-casual dining—and 3 smart ways savvy retailers have chosen to follow the ethnic food trend to spice up their menus, inspire their customers, and reinvent our notion of fast food beyond burgers and fries. (more…)

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Foodie Friday: Summertime is SHOWTIME for Foodies! Top 3 Tasty Events

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I LOVE May and June! This is the time of year when food purveyors, from organizations both large and small, take the stage to showcase their offerings. Did I mention that I love this season—which many of us call “show season”—the months of May, June and July? It’s the time when influential foodies stage at least a half-dozen major food expos. In this week’s Foodie Friday post, I’m focusing on 3 of the expos I consider “don’t-miss events” during this busy time of year. (more…)

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Foodie Friday: Food Experiences–CARNEVINO Las Vegas

CarneVino_4163-1024x682There are plenty of factors that go into making a dining experience truly special. A creative, diverse, and satisfying menu of food and drink; artistry in the presentation of the plates and the atmosphere of the restaurant; the skill and innovation expressed by the chefs and sommeliers, and so on. Yet what turns a memorable restaurant experience into an extraordinary one is unparalleled customer service. On a recent trip to Las Vegas, we enjoyed all this—and some of the best steak in the world—at Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s Italian steakhouse CARNEVINO. (more…)

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