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It’s hard to get through Sonoma County without tripping over a sommelier. They’re everywhere, haunting the humblest of cafés and teaching sparkling wine classes in caves. It wouldn’t be surprising to find one at the Healdsburg 7-Eleven giving suggestions for your beef jerky-Funions combo. But award-winning wine writer and Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar sommelier Christopher Sawyer stands out because he has combined two of his passions, wine and film, to become the nation’s go-to guy on what to drink while watching movies.

Saskatoon Opens in Atlanta

on February 25th, 2010
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The dining room of Saskatoon restaurant in Atlanta
by Becky Sauer


Wild game is the name of the game at just-opened Saskatoon in Atlanta, a mere 2,000 miles away from its Canadian namesake. The fine dining menu features elk, bear and pheasant as well as unusually presented steaks, seafood and poultry dishes. The rustic theme is also present in the hunting lodge-like design, including stone walls, mounted trophies, and an antler chandelier.


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Johnny cakes with Gunthorp Farm pork and chow chow are on the menu at The Southern. Photo courtesy of J. Lasky.

by Jennifer Olvera


Chaise Lounge has officially become The Southern, a Chicago drinking den where comfort food gets a sometimes-irreverent spin. The cocktails? Classic. The tunes? Southern rock. As for the food, chef Cary Taylor kicks off the edited menu with aged cheddar cheese straws with truffle mayo, hush puppies with smoked trout and Johnny cakes with Gunthorp Farm pork and chow chow.

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The New GM

on February 23rd, 2010
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Vice Chairman of GM Bob Lutz

Bob Lutz Drives Home a Few Key Points for the Energized Automaker and the Industry as a Whole


by Alain Gayot


From his early upbringing in Zurich and cross educational platforms in Lausanne and UC Berkeley to a five year stint as a US Marine Naval Aviator, Vice Chairman of GM Robert Lutz has been a citizen of the auto world. With positions at General Motors in Europe starting in 1963, BMW, Ford Europe and U.S., Chrysler and back in the General ranks since 2002, the multi-lingual executive wants to hang on until his “Intense Focus on Superior Products” doctrine sticks at The New GM. “Our J.D. Power Initial Quality Study results are at par with Honda and Toyota… and we can still do much better,” claims Lutz. “Residual values for our new models are up,” he added, “sales are up, and we are energized with the launch of the Volt in the fall of 2010.”


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Meatballs with caramelized mirepoix and tomato marmalade from Farmstead Restaurant in St. Helena, California

by Tiffany Maleshefski


St. Helena wasn’t always just the cute, hip-meets-hippy town one happened to drive through on the way to Yountville. No, back in its prime, St. Helena was where you stopped, had dinner, maybe stayed a couple of nights at a bed and breakfast, so you could stroll around the main square with your hot morning buns and cup of coffee.


Farmstead Restaurant and the Long Meadow Ranch tasting room, a new venture from the people who own and operate the Long Meadow Ranch, might be what makes St. Helena a destination again, not just a picturesque pit stop.

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  • pinitbutton Wolfgang Puck Opens Two New Restaurants in Las Vegas
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Crystals at CityCenter in Las Vegas

by Becky Sauer


Las Vegas’s CityCenter continues to add to its impressive roster of restaurants with the opening of Wolfgang Puck’s Brasserie Puck and The Pods by Wolfgang Puck at the Crystals retail and entertainment district. The latter is a casual all-day café while the former is a modern French restaurant offering reinterpreted classics such as Kobe flat-iron “steak frites” with marrow-mustard butter.


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December 2011 will be the last month of ElBulli restaurant

by Sophie Gayot



UPDATE 7/30/2011: Today, the last meal was served at elBulli. Ferran Adrià’s culinary academy is scheduled to open in 2014.


Despite a previous announcement that he would shutter his famed restaurant for two years, chef Ferran Adrià has decided to permanently close elBulli in December 2011.


The reason? Apparently the cost of running the restaurant was losing him and his partner, Juli Soler, upwards of half a million Euros each year. Adrià will now devote that money towards opening a culinary academy.



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Chef-owners of Prairie Fire: Sarah Stegner, Rohit Nambiar, and George Bumbaris.

by Jennifer Olvera


Chef-owners Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris earned a loyal following at their North Shore restaurant, Prairie Grass Café. (One bite of that sirloin burger, and you know why.)



Fortunately, city dwellers no longer have to make the haul since Prairie Fire opened in the West Loop. Located in a historic railroad generator station (most recently the site of Powerhouse), its menu includes its predecessor’s greatest hits—moussaka and ancho-marinated skirt steak on a bed of local beans, for example—as well as dishes that are sure to become favorites, such as spicy goat sausage with leeks, Tallgrass brisket with root vegetable mirepoix and purple potato mash and duck ballotine with cognac-marinated prunes.


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Enjoy a three-course Valentine's Day dinner at Benoit restaurant in New York

By Meryl Pearlstein


If you’re planning to be in New York City for Valentine’s Day, you still have time to book a special dinner filled with romance, chocolate, and wine.


Pampano: Make your evening sizzle at Placido Domingo’s midtown modern Mexican restaurant with a six-course tasting menu for $70 featuring signature ceviches, tempura shrimp with Hawaiian papaya and mango, lobster tacos, seared scallops with flan, seared striped bass, grilled duck breast, and caramelized banana empanadas.


Gus & Gabriel: Chef Michael Psilakis’s G&G lets couples try the best of his Upper West Side gastropub menu with a Lonely Hearts Pub Valentine’s tasting for $34.95. This menu has all of my favorites, from the bone marrow and riblet starters to hearty pork shank or steak frites, and chocolate cake. For an additional $14.95, you can add beer pairings to stoke the Valentine’s warmth.

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For an extra-special Valentine’s Day in Orange County, enjoy a six-course "feast for the senses" dinner served in a private poolside cabana at The Resort at Pelican Hill.



Prix-fixe dinners abound on Valentine’s Day, but several restaurants in Orange CountyCalifornia, are upping the ante to provide guests an extra-special evening. From complimentary glasses of sparkling wine at Pizzeria Ortica to a six-course “feast for the senses” dinner served in a private poolside cabana at The Resort at Pelican Hill, you’ll find amorous options for any budget on our Orange County culinary events calendar.


See what else is going on in the Orange County with restaurant news, reviews and the wine tastings calendar, and check out Gayot’s guide to Valentine’s Day for more sexy suggestions.

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