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Chef Walter Manzke of République is the winner.

Chef Walter Manzke of République is the winner of LA 2015 Cochon 555 competition. From left to right: Kris Morningstar of Terrine, Steven Fretz of The Church Key, Ricardo Zarate, Toni DiSalvo of CAST, Ray Garcia 2014 Grand Cochon winner, Brady Lowe founder of Cochon 555.

by Sophie Gayot

 

UPDATE, MARCH 29TH: And the winner is chef Walter Manzke of République. Congratulations! But I have to say that all the chefs put lots of time and efforts to create tasty dishes, and served them putting on a show. See all the photos below.

 

There are many cooking competitions, but Cochon 555 is a special one — so much passion! The participating chefs start getting crazy a month before, and the frenzy keeps building as the event gets closer. (The event has gained so much momentum that the winner now includes the title in his bio.) Brady Lowe started this traveling culinary competition and tasting event, which includes five chefs, five pigs and five winemakers, and throughout its seven years of existence more than 11 tons of heritage pork have been served around the country.

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by Sophie Gayot

 

Who better to tell us about the Champagne that will be served this Sunday at the Oscars® than the President of la Maison de champagne? This afternoon I had the pleasure to meet with Cécile Bonnefond, who is the head of PIPER-HEIDSIECK. Cécile Bonnefond took me on a bubbly tour and presented the wines that will uplift the atmosphere of the 87th Academy Awards® to be held at the Dolby Theatre® in Hollywood. Watch my exclusive video interview with Madame Bonnefond.

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The hungry crowd at the 10th Annual NYC Vendy Awards

The hungry crowd at the 10th Annual NYC Vendy Awards


by David Farley


The tenth-annual Vendy Awards took place on Governors Island in New York City on Saturday, September 13, 2014. With a pregnant sky looming above, the festivities hit full stride as soon as the grills were fired up and burners switched on, with vendor contestants ringing a football field-sized space. Continue reading “NYC’s 10 Annual Vendy Awards Draws Crowds to Governors Island” »



Sunset & Dine takes place October 2nd


The Annual Festival Showcase’s the Neighborhood’s Best Culinary Talent


The third annual Sunset & Dine is a celebration of the often overlooked culinary scene of the famed Sunset & Vine intersetion, taking place Thursday, October 2nd from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Taglyan Complex on Vine. The Los Angeles Film School, located nearby, is the primary sponsor of this year’s event.

 

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Sep

The bar at L'Apicio restaurant in New York City

The bar at L’Apicio restaurant in New York City


Chill Out with a Refreshing Italian Red


by Michelle Kwan


Move over rosé: there’s a new chilled summer wine on the market. Fichimori is a stunning new red, predominantly comprised of Negroamaro grapes, which are native to certain parts of Italy but rarely used in international winemaking. Finished off with just a splash of Syrah, this chilled red blend from the Puglia region could prove to be a sweet Southern Italian alternative to bottles of the pink stuff.

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Aug

red-rock-casino-resort

by Sophie Gayot

 
We are moving east to Sin City! On Friday, September 5 and Saturday, September 6, the third annual Las Vegas Wine & Food Festival will take over Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa, offering guests the opportunity to enjoy more than forty different restaurants. There will be more than three dozen wineries and spirits companies on hand as well, along with the usual posh amenities that make this desert oasis one of GAYOT’s Top 10 Las Vegas Spa Hotels. Bring a food-loving friend, or book a room with a special someone for a weekend full of culinary adventures. After all, the Red Rock is one of GAYOT’s 2014 Top 10 Las Vegas Sexy Hotels, and even made our annual list of Top 10 Las Vegas Romantic Hotels.

 

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La Nuit en Rosé

on July 29th, 2014
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29

Jul

Guests sampling wines at La Nuit en Rosé in New York City

Guests sampling wines at La Nuit en Rosé in New York City


An Emerging New York City Summer Tradition


by Michelle Kwan


While heavy rainclouds threatened to dampen the debut of La Nuit en Rosé onboard the Hornblower Hybrid Yacht, calmer winds eventually prevailed. Continue reading “La Nuit en Rosé” »



The Atlantic City waterfront from the sea

The Atlantic City waterfront from the sea


Haute Cuisine by the Sea

by Patricia Mack


This year, three culinary superstars will host the 6th annual Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival, which runs from July 25 to 27. Martha Stewart will join chef Robert Irvine of Restaurant: Impossible and chef Marcus Samuelsson at the popular seaside celebration, which features a wide array of food and wine from local and international chefs, as well as spectacular events such as the Grand Market, an outdoor grand tasting event right in the heart of Bally’s Brighton Park.

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La Nuit en Rosé


La Nuit en Rosé

by Barnaby Hughes


Rosé is one of the world’s most underrated wines. It can be surprisingly affordable, incredibly versatile, and utterly refreshing, but the good stuff often gets lost among the oceans of White Zinfandel and other pink plonk being produced both here and abroad. A new rosé festival launching this month in New York aims to right this wrong.

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Beer vs. Wine Pairing Smackdown at miX restaurant in Las Vegas

Beer vs. Wine Pairing Smackdown at miX restaurant in Las Vegas


A Food and Drink Pairing Competition

by Bob Barnes


“The filet mignon will go very well with a dry Cabernet or a spicy Belgian saison.” Until recently you would not have heard a sommelier make the latter part of that statement, but times are changing. Proof of the leveled playing field for beer and wine was the “Beer vs. Wine Pairing Smackdown” held on May 21 at miX amidst the stunning views from the 64th floor of THEHotel at Mandalay Bay. The event pitted beer against wine in a five-course pairing dinner, each dish served with a beer and wine selected by the respective teams. Audience participation involved voting for the libation that paired best with each course; and selecting “Team Beer” or “Team Wine” buttons to wear, some choosing to don both out of a fear of commitment.

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