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Nov

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Chefs from The French Culinary Institute

by Michelle Kwan


The thirteenth annual Project by Project-sponsored Plate by Plate event benefiting the Chinatown Youth Initiatives showcased the culinary talents of a group of distinguished chefs, among them Chris Jaeckle of Ai Fiori. Guests at the October 14 happening in New York City sampled specialties from participating restaurants, including a traditional Korean spicy welk salad with buckwheat noodles from Danji, Iberico ham from Bar Basque, and braised beef cheek from Macao Trading Co. Wineries like Southern California-based Monte De Oro and Bedell of North Fork, Long Island, served up tastings of their finest reds and whites, while Hakkaisan, Joto and Tengumai acquainted visitors with the subtleties of saké. Spirits distributors Zyr Vodka, Speyburn Scotch and Caorunn Gin, and designer water purveyor Voss, were also on hand. One of the highlights of the evening was the Quickfire Challenge with last year’s winner Jaeckle and former Top Chef contestant Lee Anne Wong as competitors, with each chef preparing dishes centered around one main ingredient: salmon. Kudos went to Jaeckle’s various salmon-inspired crudos, but ultimately, the title went to Wong’s salmon prepared three ways.
 

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Oct

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Johnnie Walker Double Black

by Jeff Hoyt


“Make it a double!” is an oft-spoken command to a bartender, but it takes on a different meaning when the spirit in question is Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch whisky. Jim Beveridge, Master Blender of the House of Walker, has produced the company’s newest release, Johnnie Walker Double Black.


If you enjoy the smoky, peaty flavor of Johnnie Walker Black Label, then this new limited release gives you more of what you look for in a Scotch. The distinctive blend is even smokier, even peatier and even bolder than its younger brother, but eminently drinkable.


Double Black is composed of select single malts of naturally smoky aged whiskies and whiskies that have matured in deep charred oak barrels. Despite its strength, it is still quite complex, with fruit, vanilla and spice flavors also evident. We recommend drinking it on the rocks with water, which helps release more of the flavor.

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Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte's 35th anniversary logo

35th Anniversary Party

by Alain Gayot


If you need an excuse for a party or a reason to celebrate, turn to Nicolas Feuillatte. The man himself who created a new Champagne label in the twentieth century was a master at haute parties in the Big Apple, entertaining the likes of Jackie Onassis, Shirley MacLaine, Sophia Loren and Lauren Bacall to name just a few. We took part in the celebrations at a famous John Lautner-designed triangular house perched high in Beverly Hills; a modern house, yet older then the Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne label. The very happy few sampled passed appetizers washed down with the Brut, the Rosé and some Palme D’Or 1999. At 35 years old, the brand is selling more bottles each year than ever before. Today owned by the Centre Vinicole de Champagne, you may find the beverage at a retailer near you, on a restaurant wine list or on your favorite airline. For the occasion, they have created a 35th Anniversary Keepsake Canister, a classic Keepsake Gift box by 2009 Artist of the Year Aspassio Haronitaki for the Rose, and for the holidays, a box of Brut NV with two flutes. We’ll toast to the brand’s achievements: holding the #1 spot in France and #3 worldwide.

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14

Sep

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German oompah band

by Barnaby Hughes


When Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig I married Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen in Munich, Germany, back in 1810, he probably couldn’t have imagined that he was beginning a new tradition – Oktoberfest. The original lasted for sixteen days and gave the world a new style of beer – Märzen, now often simply called Oktoberfest. Subsequent wedding anniversary celebrations evolved into Oktoberfest as we know it today, attracting millions to Munich every year. Fortunately, those of us on this side of the Atlantic don’t have to go all the way to Bavaria to observe Oktoberfest, since it is now celebrated in hundreds of cities throughout the U.S.
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Models displaying 1960s-style clothing

by Barnaby Hughes


What better way to unwind on a Friday evening after a long work week than with great wines, light bites, fashion, photography and live jazz? All this and more was available at an event organized by Jean-Baptiste Dhalluin, owner and founder of Los Angeles Wine Tasting. This unassuming French ex-pat, who works for French wine importer Return to Terroir, really knows how to throw a party. His 60s Soiree took place recently at the LA Theater Center on Spring Street, just a stone’s throw away from his trendy downtown loft. This former bank building, with its expansive two-story lobby, ceiling skylights and underground bank vault bathrooms, is an ideal venue for such an occasion.
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East LA Meets Napa

on August 10th, 2011
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Aug

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Pork carnitas taco

by Barnaby Hughes


Have you ever paired spicy tacos with a Napa Cabernet? This combination works surprisingly well! At “East LA Meets Napa,” dozens of Latino-owned Napa Valley wineries poured their wines alongside tacos, tamales and enchiladas served by East LA restaurants. Held on July 8, 2011, among the beautiful colonial-style courtyards of Union Station in downtown Los Angeles, this food and wine tasting event benefitted AltaMed, a health care network serving Southern California. Live salsa music added to the Latin sabor, giving couples an excuse to dance the night away.

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Tasty dessert at the Bellagio Epicurean Epicenter's BBQ & Beer event

by Bob Barnes


The Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas continued its Epicurean Epicenter Event series with a celebration of beer and barbecue. The sold-out event began with a reception where we were served a Bellagio Fountains Shandy. This creation by Assistant Beverage Director and Master Mixologist Matt Myers is a mix of Stella Artois and Bombay Sapphire gin, which he related is a play on a Canadian cocktail.
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All About Barbecue

on June 28th, 2011
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28

Jun

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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 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

on June 20th, 2011
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Jun

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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.



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