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Thursday, March 31, 2011
The 175h annual Los Angeles Film Festival: is set for June 16th--26th. Over the past 16 years, the Los Angeles Film Festival has grown from a one-theater event, with 5,700 attendees, to a multi-location program that attracts some 92,000 attendees. The festival will present its screenings and events throughout L. A.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
New Cookbook: Heartland: The Cookbook, by Judith Fertig, melds contemporary cooking with an authentic and appreciative approach to the land, presenting 150 recipes for farm-bounty fare with a modern twist. With a focus on ethnic food traditions as well as seasonal and local flavors of artisan producers, heirloom ingredients, and heritage meats, Heartland embraces the spirit and flavors of the modern farmhouse.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011
New Cookbook: Persian Food from the Non-persian Bride: And Other Sephardic Kosher Recipes You Will Love, by Reyna Simnegar, offers an enticing collection of Persian and Middle Eastern recipes, from simple snacks to a full-blown feast! With over 100 stunning color photos and clear step-by-step instructions, you will be able to produce with ease a lavish spread of dishes from traditional well known Persian favorites to outright exotic.

Monday, March 28, 2011
Food & Wine Event: 21st Annual Taste of Vail on April 7th--9th is the nation's premier spring food and wine festival, held at several venues throughout North America's favorite ski resort. During the annual three-day event, upwards of 5,000 people are able to "taste the Vail Valley lifestyle" which showcases Vail's world-famous resort village set against dramatic mountain vistas.

Sunday, March 27, 2011
Going to Las Vegas? Celine Dion is back in Vegas and has signed a 3 year contract with Caesars Palace. If you are looking for Celine Dion Tickets, VegasTickets.com is your number one source. They have been in business for over 23 years and can serve you locally with an office just off the strip. Check them out for all your Las Vegas ticket needs.

Saturday, March 26, 2011
New Travel Book: Eating Las Vegas: The 50 Essential Restaurants, by John Curtas, Max Jacobson and Al Mancini, offers reviews from three local food critics who hail from completely different generations, backgrounds, lifestyles and tastes--and who usually disagree on the merits of any particular restaurant. For more Las Vegas info, visit Sally's Place Top Casinos Worldwide & Online.

Friday, March 25, 2011
New Chocolate Article: Stephanie Zonis examines the phenomenon of "raw" chocolate in The Truth about “Raw” Chocolate. From the points of view of many chocolatiers and chocolate makers, she looks into production methods, sweeteners, potential health benefits, and whether the "raw" chocolate you eat is truly raw.

Thursday, March 24, 2011
Want to Learn to Make Gelato? Carpigiani Gelato University is an international center of learning dedicated to training entrepreneurs who want to enter the gelato business or who already work with gelato and want to improve their abilities. Around 9,000 courses every year in Bologna, Italy.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Facebook: My website now has its own Sally's Place Facebook page.  Frequent postings!  Stay up to date by "like" ing my new Sally's Place Facebook page.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011
2011 James Beard Awards: The final nominations have been announced. The winners will be revealed May 9th in New York City. For the list of nominees, click here.

Monday, March 21, 2011
Enjoy Life: “There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.” ― Charles Dickens

Sunday, March 20, 2011
Thomas Keller to be Honored: On March 29th Thomas Keller, chef-owner of the French Laundry in CA and Per Se in New York City, will be made a chevalier of the French Legion of Honor. Keller is only the third American to win the honor, after Julia Child and Alice Waters.

Saturday, March 19, 2011
Disney Wonder® to Call Los Angeles Home in 2011 and 2012: For the first time on a regular basis, West Coast residents won't have to fly to Orlando to enjoy Disney cruise magic. As of 2011, Disney Cruise Line's Disney Wonder is using the Port of Los Angeles as its home port. The 2,400-passenger vessel, sporting twin signature red smokestacks with Mickey Mouse logos, will make 24 seven-night voyages from Los Angeles to the Mexican Riviera. For information, click here.

Friday, March 18, 2011
Great American Bake Sale®: Share Our Strength® announces its Eighth Annual Great American Bake Sale®, a national campaign that encourages Americans to hold bake sales in their communities to raise funds for Share Our Strength, the leading organization ending childhood hunger in America.

Thursday, March 17, 2011
Happy St. Patrick's Day! We all know corned beef and cabbage is a big part of today but how much do you really know about cabbage? You'll learn about the many different types and find 6 novel recipes.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011
New Food Reference Book: The Flavor Thesaurus: A Compendium of Pairings, Recipes and Ideas for the Creative Cook, by Niki Segnit, showcases (in 400 pages) the art of combining one food with another to create flavor harmonies. Think watermelon and chili, horseradish and beets, Parmesan and pineapple, oysters and chicken, and even bacon and chocolate, plus the traditional pairings such as lamb and mint, asparagus and mushrooms, garlic and basil, cucumber and dill, and bacon and eggs.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Today is Ag Day: National Ag Day is organized by the Agriculture Council of America. ACA is a nonprofit organization composed of leaders in the agricultural, food and fiber community, dedicating its efforts to increasing the public's awareness of agriculture's role in modern society.

Monday, March 14, 2011
Happy National Potato Chip Day! Potato Chips date back to 1853. An unhappy customer at a restaurant in Saratoga Springs, NY kept returning his fried potatoes to the chef, requesting they be prepared much thinner. The chef sliced them so thin that they could not be eaten with a fork, and thus was born the potato chip.

Sunday, March 13, 2011
New Cookbook: The Fishmonger's Apprentice: The Expert's Guide to Selecting, Preparing, and Cooking a World of Seafood, Taught by the Masters, by Aliza Green, is a tremendously clear-cut visual guide to choosing, cooking, storing, cleaning, boning, and filleting finfish and other seafood. Close-up pictures and explicitly detailed step-by-step directions are delivered by master fishers, buyers, mongers, and chefs. Bonus: an accompanying DVD.

Saturday, March 12, 2011
New Cookbook: Modern Batch Cookery from The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) is a complete guide to volume cooking (yield 50 servings each) for restaurants, caterers, hotels, and other large foodservice operations. This large book is packed with helpful, beautiful, full-color photographs and more than 200 healthy, nutritious, large-batch recipes.

Friday, March 11, 2011
Four-Day Cooking Workshop: Rancho La Puerta fitness resort and spa in Baja California has teamed up with Deborah Madison to introduce new cooks and returning cooks to fundamental kitchen skills that will allow each participant to prepare wholesome and delicious foods at home with confidence; April 23rd--30th. For information, click here.

Thursday. March 10, 2011
IACP Announces 2011 Award Finalists: The International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) announced the finalists for the 2011 Cookbook Awards, the prestigious honor considered the gold standard for culinary publishing. To see a list of the finalists, click here.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011
New Purim Article: Jayne Cohen, author of Jewish Holiday Cooking, shares recipes for Deconstructed Kasha Varnishkes (Kasha and Orzo with Grilled Portobello Mushrooms); Moroccan Fish with Chickpeas and Saffron-Lime Aioli; and Poppyseed Hamantaschen with Raisin-Walnut Filling in this new article about Purim, celebrated March 19th this year.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
New Wine Article: More on State Laws re: BYOB: “Kentucky Wine Lovers Beware” by Monty and Sara Preiser.

Monday, March 7, 2011
New Travel Article:
Elaine Sosa Labalme shares New Orleans' holy trinity of art, music and food in her latest Traveling with Kids column: Top Ten Cities for You and Your Kids: New Orleans, Louisiana. With Mardi Gras coming up this week and Jazz Fest at the end of April, it's a great time to plan a trip to the Big Easy. Once again, Elaine's recommendations are suitable for kids of all ages.

Sunday, March 6, 2011
New Food Book: Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef, by Gabrielle Hamilton, follows an unconventional journey through the many kitchens Hamilton has inhabited through the years: the rural kitchen of her childhood; the kitchens of France, Greece, and Turkey, where she was often fed by complete strangers and learned the essence of hospitality; the soulless catering factories that helped pay the rent; and Hamilton’s own kitchen at Prune in New York's East Village.

Saturday, March 5, 2011
The Food Channel Top Breakfast Trends in 2011: Beverage Choice Choke; Hot Pizza in the A.M.; Breakfast Ingredients All Day Long; The Breakfast Two-Step; and Eggs Crack the Top Ten.

Friday, March 4, 2011
The Food Channel Top Breakfast Trends in 2011: Oatmeal in Overdrive; Chocolate for Breakfast; Fast Foods Battle Over Breakfast; Haute Coffee Comes Home and Ethnic Invasion.

Thursday, March 3, 2011
New Orleans Wine & Food Experience: On May 24th to 28th thousands of wines and champagnes from over 175 wineries will be paired with food from more than 75 restaurants at various events throughout the extravaganza. For more information, click here.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Buffalo Gap Wine and Food Summit: April 15th to 17th at Perini Ranch in Buffalo Gap, Texas, you'll find renowned French chef Jacques Pépin and his daughter, Claudine Pépin, sharing stories, teaching cooking classes, signing books, and meeting with chefs, winemakers and guests. A la carté tickets available beginning March 1st. Click here for more information.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011
March eNewsletter: Culinary Travel--Sally's eNewsletter features trips to Southeast Asia, Poland, Tuscany, Japan, Turkey and France, with some great discounts for our viewers. You'll also find recently posted articles and our popular "March Is" section.

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