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  • pinitbutton Paolo De Marchi Makes Appearance at Sepia in Chicago
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Paolo De Marchi will host a wine dinner at Sepia in Chicago on April 26

by Jennifer Olvera


So, you can’t make the trip to Tuscany you long for. It’s a bummer, for sure. On the other hand, you can sip seriously good wine from the region—with Paolo De Marchi, no less—at Sepia on April 26.


The storied (some say visionary) winemaker from small-production Isole e Olena will pour six of his rare vinos, including his complex flagship Sangiovese, Cepparello, and Uvaggio, a blend of Nebbiolo, Vespolina and Croatina from Proprietà Sperino, his Piedmont estate in the shadows of the Alps.


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Chef Susan Feniger with Sophie Gayot at STREET restaurant

by Sophie Gayot


How popular is Susan Feniger? So many people showed up at her latest venture STREET last night to watch her appearance on the TV show Top Chef Masters that the LAPD had to dispatch a traffic officer to Highland Avenue to handle the crush.  STREET private parking behind the restaurant was transformed into a party playground to handle the more than three hundred guests. Luckily, the walls of the parking are decorated with the same graffiti art as the inside.


We got to taste Feniger’s street food for the modest sum of $25, with half of the proceeds benefiting the Scleroderma Research Foundation. For me, the winning dish was the pork slider. Made with braised pork in licorice, sweet soy and oyster sauce, pickled carrots, daikon radish and cilantro, it also had a secret ingredient: kefir lime aioli that brought a smart touch.

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A digital rendering of the dining room of Petrus in London


The big news on the London dining scene right now is the recent re-opening of Pétrus. After a falling out between business partners Gordon Ramsay and Marcus Wareing, the original restaurant was transformed into Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley. However, Ramsay retained the rights to the famous moniker and has debuted a new Pétrus, which features modern European fare and a huge wine cellar that includes 30-plus vintages of the namesake wine.

Find out more about the restaurants across the pond with London Restaurant News, Restaurant Reviews, Culinary Events and Wine Dinners.

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Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Peach Infused Teas

by Sylvie Greil

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is where coffee aficionados get their fix of a large morning drip or afternoon blended mocha, but they are also known for offering excellent tea. Their chai, for instance, is not made from powder but actually steeped with high-quality tea leaves and herbs.

So it’s no surprise that we like their new line of limited edition peach-infused teas from the highlands of Sri Lanka and the tea gardens of northern Thailand. Try a cup at a location near you or order online at for easy at-home brewing. Want to know about more gourmet products we’ve tasted, such as the Whoopie Pie and tender spring onions? Then check out the latest edition of The Food Paper April 2010 newsletter!

  • pinitbutton Chicagos Bin 36 Enters New, Cheese Centric Era
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Steak tartare is one of many new offerings on the revamped menu at Bin 36.

by Jennifer Olvera


Earning a following that hasn’t waned, Chicago’s decade-old Bin 36 entered a new era. After closing for a few days for a quick face-lift, the menu changed.



Just like its down-to-earth wine program, Bin’s new cheese selection takes a 101 approach. Themed cheese classes will begin in April, and they’ll mimic the approach of Wine Director Brian Duncan’s take on vino education. Expanded and affordable, the cheese program continues to focus on small producers from the world over—including those from lesser-known American farmers.

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Alain Gayot getting ready to break the speed barrier with the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

Breaking the 200 MPH Speed Barrier With World Class Driving

by Alain Gayot


Some say that hitting 200 mph in an automobile is equivalent to breaking the sound barrier in an airplane. Technically, there is a 568 mph difference, and yes, 200 mph on the road is scary fast. But for [rich] adrenaline junkies, it’s guaranteed to satisfy. In addition, you are in total control of the vehicle, albeit with a racing instructor in the passenger seat. If you tried on your own, providing you had the right tool, you probably could not and would not make it.



Enter World Class Driving and their friendly and experienced instructors, and your dream comes true. Well, it could. Not that it ever was my dream to achieve that speed on the ground, but I did have the opportunity do to it and was comfortable enough to try. I thought, “What’s the big deal?” I had gone that fast flying airplanes (and even up to twice the speed of sound flying the Concorde as a passenger). Let me tell you, this is just as thrilling, but requires much more work, preparation and precise coordination.


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  • pinitbutton Make a Perfect Pairing in LA
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General manager Jacob Shure and chef Steven Fretz of XIV, Perfect Pairings founder Kevin Mark Lodie with Sophie Gayot and a glass of Nicolas Feuillate Champagne

by Sophie Gayot

A few days ago, chef Steven Fretz and general manager Jacob Shure of restaurant XIV in West Hollywood opened their kitchen and bar to launch the Los Angeles portion of the Perfect Pairings campaign.

Perfect Pairings, founded by Kevin Mark Lodie, is a program benefiting local Meals-on-Wheels programs like St. Vincent Meals on Wheels that deliver food and other vital services to thousands of people in need every day.

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