Afternoon Tea at the Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, MI

Sweet and savory snacks accompany tea service at the Grand Hotel
Sweet and savory snacks accompany tea service at the Grand Hotel

by Patricia Mack


This is the tea party I only imagined when I was a little girl pouring make-believe orange pekoe for Teddy Bear and dollies, all of whom sat politely at my tiny table. And I, Grand Lady that I imagined myself to be, Mom’s Easter hat flopping over my brow, never spilled a drop.

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A Q&A with Elizabeth Blau: One of Las Vegas’ Most Respected Culinary Visionaries

Elizabeth Blau, a restaurateur and culinary queen. Photo credit: Bill Milne
Elizabeth Blau, a restaurateur and culinary queen

 

By Robert Barnes


Elizabeth Blau began her career with famed restaurateur Sirio Maccioni. Widely credited with transforming Las Vegas into a world-class culinary destination, she was instrumental in building the gourmet repertoire at several MGM Mirage properties, at Wynn Las Vegas and at the Palms with celebrity chef Kerry Simon.

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Grand Opening of Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Atlantic City

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay cuts the ribbon
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay cuts the ribbon


By Patricia Mack

 

Gordon Ramsay is taking a break from the mob scene just outside the private dining room doors at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill in Caesars Atlantic City.


An adoring public lined up seven-bodies deep hoping to catch a glimpse of the celebrity chef during the official grand opening celebration of the newest addition to his restaurant empire last April. The spectacular pandemonium included a bagpiper in full regalia, a battery of Queen’s Guards, a proclamation delivered by an ersatz Julius Caesar, a parade with flags and trumpets and then the ceremonial tapping of the firkin by Ramsay who pulled a draft from the 10.8- gallon cask used for brewing what is sometimes called “real ale.”

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Cabernet Sauvignon Fits All Foods…Well, Almost

Chef Yousef Ghalaini’s smoked salmon salad at FIG restaurant requires Chardonnay
Chef Yousef Ghalaini’s smoked salmon salad at FIG restaurant requires Chardonnay

 

by André Gayot


Attractive and sporty Molly Hill, winemaker of seven years at Sequoia Grove (Rutherford, California), teamed up with Yousef Ghalaini, the new chef of FIG restaurant in the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows (Santa Monica, California) to pair her wines with his food.


As Sequoia Grove focuses on prime Cabernet Sauvignons, the theme of the demonstration was that Cabs can accommodate a whole variety of dishes. Maybe not the smoked salmon salad, though. For the fish, Sequoia Grove has a flowery Napa Valley Chardonnay ($28).
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Fifteenth GAYOT Dinner Series

Andrés foie gras cotton candy
Chef José Andrés foie gras cotton candy

 

 

 

by Sophie Gayot

 

 

SLS, Savor Liver Slowly

Come celebrate the return of foie gras to California’s tables at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills on April 14, 2015.
 
You will enjoy foie gras in many shapes and forms in the peaceful and intimate décor at SAAM, chef José Andrés’ tasting room hidden away from the busy and bustling Bazaar restaurant.

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