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Thursday, May 31, 2007
New Restaurant Review: Buffalo, New York, Restaurants Jack and Shelley Dumpert cover the Buffalo dining scene.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Tour de Champagne Houston THIS Friday, June 1st at Hotel Derek: Be one of the first to discover Tour de Champagne when it comes to Houston!  Enjoy Champagne from more than 20 Champagne Houses accompanied by some of Houston's favorite restaurants including:  America's, Bistro Moderne, Catalan, Fleming's, Ibiza, Ruth's Chris, Quattro and Vin.  For tickets and more information, please go to www.TourdeChampagne.com or email andi@launchatlanta.com.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007
New Food Article: Prosciutto: A Natural, Topped with Linguini and Pesto by Toni Lydecker. A few ounces of prosciutto can make a gourmet ham and cheese sandwich, strew torn pieces over a salad or hot pizza slice, or add strips to an omelet or frittata.

Monday, May 28, 2007
New Bread Cookbook: Upper Crusts by popular cookbook author, food editor, and cooking instructor Sheilah Kaufman uses store-bought bread to create quick and delicious dishes for everyday dining or special occasions. Most recipes can be assembled in less than 30 minutes and can be made ahead and frozen, a necessity for today's busy cooks. Kaufman presents a new collection of scrumptious, easy-to-prepare recipes that use bread as an ingredient in everything from appetizers to desserts for festive celebrations and intimate family meals. Sally wrote the foreword to this innovative book.

Sunday, May 27, 2007
Mendocino, California Lodging: The Joshua Grindle Inn is offering two richly appointed rooms in The Lupe Gordon House, a historic home located in the Village. Call to reserve: (800) 474-6353 or email: stay@joshgrin.com.

Saturday, May 26, 2007
New Food Article: Cookbook author and La Varenne owner Anne Willan offers a recipe for Greek Cucumber and Yogurt Dip (Tzatziki) in this Mediterranean Mezze article.

Friday, May 25, 2007
The Los Angeles Sushi Girl: Nikki Gilbert became the Sushi Girl after graduating from college in California and living in Japan for 3 years. Japanese cooking classes and especially sushi making classes there plus a stint at the California Sushi Academy prepared Nikki for her current endeavor. She caters parties and holds sushi making events for interested students, such as Sushi Making Bridal Showers, Birthday Parties for Kids and Rehearsal Dinners. Gilbert can be reached at (310) 880-4010.

Thursday, May 24, 2007
What Are Green Hotels? "Green" Hotels Association's® purpose is to bring together hotels interested in environmental issues from adding "Drinking water served on request only" to the menu to installing new HVAC systems, and with every measure in between, "Green" Hotels Association® encourages, promotes and supports the "greening" of the lodging industry.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007
New Girl Scout Cookbook: AMERICANS COOK! Author Felice Kaufman and her Chappaqua Girl Scout troop have put "family meals" back on the table. Their collective cookbook contains 300 mouthwatering recipes with simple to follow instructions which were contributed by America's celebrity chefs, politicians, food manufacturers, and innkeepers from coast to coast. All proceeds will be donated to The Girl Scouts of Westchester*Putnam, to ensure the continuance of fine programs for thousands of girls. To purchase your copy, visit www.americanscook.com or call 914-263-7541 for more information.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007
New Paris Restaurant Guide: Pudlo Paris 2007-2008: A Restaurant Guide by Gilles Pudlowski is now available for the first time in English. One of Paris’ best kept secrets–the revered French Pudlo guide to restaurants, gourmet shops, cafes and bars–available in English for the first time in its 14-year history. Organized by arrondissement, the guide lists and describes almost 1,000 restaurants, starting with the Grands Tables–the paragons of the capital’s culinary scene–followed by literate and illuminating descriptions of hundreds of the most attractive and appealing restaurants in each neighborhood of Paris.

Monday, May 21, 2007
Box Baked Goods: Two of today's top pastry pros have masterminded upscale renditions of the familiar packaged mixes typically found on display in supermarket baking aisles. Award- winning cookbook author Rose Levy Beranbaum launched Rose's Heavenly Cakes and Jacques Torres, former executive pastry chef at New York City's acclaimed Le Cirque offers three chocolate baking mixes to the market: Pure Bliss Fudge Brownies, Mudslide Cookies and French Kiss Cookies. All mixes sell from $10 to $12.95. (Food Arts, 2007)

Sunday, May 20, 2007
Two June Food Events: June 3rd-5th is the 43rd Annual Dairy-Deli-Bake Seminar & Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. For information: 608.310.5000. June 9th-11th is the World Tea Expo at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. For information: 702.253.1893

Saturday, May 19, 2007
Chocolate: Hershey, Pennsylvania is getting ready for 6 million summer visitors as it celebrates the 100th anniversary of Hersheypark and the Hershey kiss. There is a new $21 million Boardwalk expansion and a water-play area that will open in late May. For information: 800.437.7439

Friday, May 18, 2007
Fruits: Fruits that ripen before picking are raspberries, cherries, grapes, pineapple, watermelon, citrus fruits, Asian pears and figs; fruits that ripen after picking are bananas, melons, peaches, apples, kiwi, mango, papayas and apricots. (plate)

Thursday, May 17, 2007
Top Chefs Give LA Diners a High Five: Following the sell-out success of the first of the new "5X5 Collaborative Dinners" at Providence - hosted by LA super chef Michael Cimarusti – it’s safe to say this innovative concept is the toast of the town! The extraordinary new dining experience is the brain child of five of LA’s best chefs, who banded together to create five fabulous tasting-dinners created by five award-winning chefs at five leading LA restaurants. Each of the upcoming participating chefs: Angelo Auriana of Valentino (August 26th), Josiah Citrin of Melisse (July 29th), Christophe Eme of Ortolan (May 23rd) and David LeFevre of Water Grill (July 1st), will be present at the dinners to prepare a course in the style of the host restaurant. The chefs created this collaborative dinner project to forge stronger relationships among LA chefs, provide a unique dining experience for guests, and above all to have fun! Pricing for each dinner is $130 ($190 with wine pairings). $20 from every dinner will be donated to the Los Angeles Chapter of Cure Autism Now.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007
New Wine & Food Article: Cookbook author Anne Willan writes of the Mission Hills Winery in Okanagan, Canada where Chef Michael Allemeier assesses the wine in his glass before choosing his menu. Article includes a recipe for Shiitake Mushroom, Balsamic and Pancetta Soup.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007
The Tea Trend: The popularity of iced tea has seen a 12% increase from 2001 to 2006 and reportedly now owns 37% of the beverage market share.  Consumer demand for iced tea has many trying to create the next winning flavor with new product offerings such as blood orange, pomegranate and tropical iced teas. (torani.com)

Monday, May 14, 2007
World's Vanilla Supply: After six cyclones tore through the island nation of Sambava, Madagascar earlier this year, vanilla marketers remain optimistic about their vanilla. The exact extent of damages from Cyclone Jaya--a category 1 cyclone that hit ground here in the vanilla growing region of Sambava and Antalha April 3rd-- was uncertain at press time. (Gourmet News)

Sunday, May 13, 2007
Happy Mother's Day!

Saturday, May 12, 2007
TSP Spices Takes Gold at Gourmet Show in Orlando, Florida: First-time exhibitor TSP Spices took home the Best of Show award at The Gourmet Housewares Show in Orlando for its organic spice line. The Baltimore-based company, created by Katie Luber and Sara Engram, introduced its 24-SKU line in January. Each tin contains 12, one teaspoon-sized packet sealed to preserve the spice's freshness.

Friday, May 11, 2007
Restaurant Magazine Gives Awards to the 50 Best Restaurants in the World: The London-based Restaurant Magazine has announced its annual awards for the 50 best restaurants in the world (www.worlds50best.com), based on votes by 651 voting panel members from every region around the globe. (I headed the North American panel).  Rules allow for only two of the five votes by each panel member to be within a home region.  France this year had 12 restaurants in the top 50, the USA has 8, the UK 7, Spain and Italy 6 a piece,  and Australia 2. (John Mariani)

Thursday, May 10, 2007
New Food Article: Contributor Anne Willan, of La Varenne fame, visits the East London's Borough Farmers' Market and enjoys her full day of eating at the market and at Hoxton Apprentice, a restaurant that is the training ground for troubled young people. A Cambodian Seafood Salad recipe is included.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007
2007 James Beard Foundation Award Winners Announced: Michel Richard named Outstanding Chef; Frontera Grill named Outstanding Restaurant and the Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook named Cookbook of the Year. See all the winners.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Dessert Newsletter: The current Diana's Desserts newsletter offers recipes for Mother's Day including Little Strawberry Heart Shaped Cakes; Father's Day; and A Few Recipes for Spring and Summer including a Juneteenth Day Jelly Cake. Wonderful color photos accompany most recipes.

Monday, May 7, 2007
Sally is featured as the 50+ Fabulous May Profile: Meet Sally Bernstein, a 50+ culinary web pioneer who welcomes 5.5 million visitors a year to her website, sallybernstein.com! 50+ Fabulous is the only website built by 50+ women for 50+ women!

Sunday, May 6, 2007
New Travel Book: Mysterious World: Ireland by Ian Middleton & Douglas Elwell represents the next generation of travel guides. More than just a listing of names, numbers, and dates, Mysterious World takes readers behind the scenes to help them understand the history and the mystery of this sacred isle. The book delves deep into Ireland's legendary past, looking especially at the mysterious people who invaded Ireland time and time again in search of their destinies.

Saturday, May 5, 2007
Happy Cinco de Mayo!
New Cookbook: Braise: A Journey Through International Cuisine by internationally acclaimed chef Daniel Boulud brings one-pot meals to a whole new level. Braising is "moist heat" cooking, where the food is cooked in a small amount of liquid in a closed container over a long period of time. A successful braise mingles the flavors of the food with the liquid it is cooked in. Because of the slow, gentle cooking process, the technique produces dishes with rich, aromatic flavors. Color photos included.

Friday, May 4, 2007
Vintner Weekend in the Napa Valley: "L’Chaim to Life!" A weekend with over 30 Napa Valley Jewish vintners and winemakers. June 29th- July 1st 2007. This weekend is to celebrate Jewish heritage and cultural identify with the joy of wine and connecting to our roots with fellow attendees from across the country. Special hotel rates and early bird sign-up available.

Thursday, May 3, 2007
New Kosher Cookbook: Enlitened Kosher Cooking by Nechama Cohen offers more than 250 good-carb, healthy-fat, sugar-free recipes in this must-have cookbook for anyone wanting to eat healthier and enjoy delicious flavor. Ranging from the simple to the elegant, the strictly kosher dishes are accompanied by detailed yet easy-to-understand nutritional information. Whether you're struggling to take off a few pounds, have serious health concerns, or are in perfect shape, Enlitened Kosher Cooking is a resource you cannot be without. Features stunning full-color photos.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007
New Essays & Recipes: The Oldways Table: Essays & Recipes from the Culinary Think Tank by K. Dun Gifford & Sara Baer-sinnott compiles more than 15 years of groundbreaking work into an accessible food reference, filled with the flavors, preparations, and lessons of the world's great cuisines and cooks. An eclectic resource to be sampled or savored, The Oldways Table is a treasury of great recipes, a dietary guide, and an informed tribute to the world's most influential food traditions.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Wine E-Auction: Napa Valley Vintner's (NVV) 27th annual charity wine auction, Auction Napa Valley (ANV), the granddaddy of charity wine auctions, will offer wine lovers around the world one-of-a-kind auction lots starting May 25, 2007, at www.napavintners.com through the ever-expanding, latest addition to the Auction trilogy, known as the E-Auction, for online bidders. Today, May 1st E-Auction lots can be previewed and consumers can register online to bid at www.napavintners.com.

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