All About Barbecue

Check out all of our great barbecue features in order to make your backyard cookout a success
Check out all of our great barbecue features in order to make your backyard cookout a success


Summer is in full swing, which means it’s time to fire up the grill! In the just-published July 2011 issue of our TASTES Newsletter, you’ll find all things barbecue, including our brand-new Top 10 Barbecue Grills list.


For those who like their ‘cue prepared for them, the issue offers the best barbecue restaurants in the U.S., as well as a Top 10 Barbecue Restaurants list across the country. It even shows how you can get Chicago barbecue delivered to your door so all you have to do is heat and eat!


The issue also features grilling tips, including the best ways to use wood chips in gas grills, barbecue recipes, products, books, the Top 10 Barbecue Wines, and even details on where to get top-quality, mail-order meat.


Our latest newsletter also goes beyond the grill to bring parents great ideas for cool summer getaways, including the Top 10 Family Resorts in the U.S. and Around the World as well as the best Kid-Friendly Restaurants. Environmentally-conscious travelers should check out our Top 10 Eco-Resorts Worldwide and the Top 10 Green Hotels in the U.S.

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The Bellagio Epicurean Epicenter Series

The Tuscany Exhibition Kitchen at the Bellagio in Las Vegas
The Tuscany Exhibition Kitchen at the Bellagio in Las Vegas


by Bob Barnes


Earlier this month, the Bellagio began its Epicurean Epicenter Series with an exclusive four-course pairing of the wines of the Williams Selyem Vineyard from the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County, California. The sold-out event began with a reception of passed appetizers accompanied by the 2005 Blanc de Noir Brut Magnum. We were then escorted into the Tuscany Exhibition Kitchen, where Master Sommelier and director of wine Jason Smith partnered with Williams Selyem executive winemaker Bob Cabral in describing the wines that would be paired with Le Cirque executive chef Gregory Pugin’s creations.
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Cocktail Week in NYC

A Chartreuse Swizzle, one of our Top 10 Cocktails
A Chartreuse Swizzle, one of our Top 10 Cocktails


by Jeff Hoyt


“Let’s meet for drinks!” Is there a better way to end the working day? Whether it’s a cozy one-on-one or a large group of co-workers, sharing cocktails and appetizers is great for both winding down and gearing up for the rest of the night’s activities.


Until June 29, New York City is celebrating its first annual Cocktail Week with specials that are easy on your wallet. At participating bars, restaurants, clubs and lounges, just ask for the NYC Cocktail Week menu. From Marcus Samuelsson‘s uptown Red Rooster Harlem to Employees Only in the West Village to Pegu Club in SoHo to Macao Trading Co. in TriBeCa, customers can enjoy two full-sized cocktails and an appetizer for just $20.11.


Besides making The Big Apple even more fun, the event is also raising money for City Harvest to fight hunger, and for The Museum of the American Cocktail.


Check out our cocktail recipes, including the top 10 craft cocktails in the US and how to make The Perfect Margarita. And keep coming back to GAYOT.com for New York City restaurant reviews, restaurant news, NYC culinary events and wine dinners.

Tasting At Sunset

Brendan Collins of Waterloo & City with Sophie Gayot
Brendan Collins of Waterloo & City with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot


Last Saturday was the third time I attended Vintage Hollywood’s Annual Wine & Food Tasting Event. It’s always a special night, in that the fundraiser is held on the grounds of a Los Angeles mansion.


As the two hundred guests were arriving at the sold-out evening, the sun was setting through the branches of gorgeous trees, adding elegance to the ambience at the Westside LA location. I was excited by the diversity of the tasting bites and wines offered by the restaurants and vintners. From the oysters of Oyster Gourmet and Blue Plate Oysterette to the caramel fleur de sel toffee of Valerie Confections via the Mediterranean sandwich of Tavern, the panini of Bar Toscana, the steak tartare of Bouchon, the foie gras chicken liver mousse of Waterloo & City (that everybody was raving about, including me), the braised pork leg from Jar, the scallops and rabbit rillettes of On Sunset, the burrata from Mozza, the grilled cheese sandwich from The Foundry on Melrose, the tuna wonton tacos of Zengo, the La Quierca proscuito from Akasha and the shrimp ceviche from La Sandia, I had quite enough for the evening (though I was able to sneak into my stomach a banana foster from Florentino Ice Cream). Apologies to Whist restaurant at the Viceroy and Simple Things Sandwich & Pie Shop, but I simply had no more room, even for a coffee from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.

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Drink up! Our Quarterly Wine Newsletter is Here

Our Top 10 Rosés and other light wines are featured in the current edition of our Quarterly Wine Newsletter
GAYOT.com's Top 10 Rosés and other light wines are featured in the current edition of our Quarterly Wine Newsletter


Summer is just around the corner, and with the warmer weather come pool parties, barbecues, and plenty of downtime just spent soaking up the sun — and perhaps a drink or two. In the latest edition of GAYOT.com’s Quarterly Wine Newsletter, released today, you’ll find the perfect beer, wine and spirits to make your summertime celebrations a success.


While wine has been known to keep many a body warm during the winter, we’ve chosen to focus on lighter varietals that will help you cool down when the temperature’s up. On  GAYOT.com’s Top 10 Summer Wines and Top 10 Rosés lists, the emphasis is placed upon refreshing flavors ranging from dry and tart to tropical and fruity. And if you’re going to be grilling, you’ll want to check out our GAYOT.com’s Top 10 Barbecue Wines for great libations to sip on with steak, ribs and grilled veggies.

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