The Winter Fancy Food Show Spotlights Culinary Trends

 

Kohler chocolates
Kohler chocolates at the Fancy Food Show (Credit: Kristan Lawson)

 

Batali, Fieri and Delmonico’s Exhibit Gourmet Foods

The Winter Fancy Food Show, which was recently held in San Francisco, featured thousands of booths representing food and drink companies. It was a great place to check out the next big culinary trends: Put your money on coconut, chia and gluten-free.


One interesting trend, visible in full-force at the Fancy Food Show, finds famous chefs branching out into retail and otherwise expanding their public platforms. Living in the era of the celebrity chef gives us easy access to their genius, even right at home.

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day From Coast to Coast

Tea Lounge at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas
Tea Lounge at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas

by Meryl Pearlstein


With Valentine’s Day approaching, there are lots of interesting dining and travel-related experiences that make wonderful gifts for your sweetie. Here’s a round-up from Washington, D.C. to Honolulu.


Las Vegas

How about a twist on the usual Afternoon Tea found at many upscale hotels? The Mandarin Oriental Tea Lounge in Las Vegas adds a romantic touch with their Valentine Afternoon Tea. Heart-shaped, house-made gourmet chocolates finish off the sweets selection. $45 per person.


Atlanta

Sit at the bar at the St. Regis for a special Valentine’s Day “Pink of Perfection” cocktail that is available all month. It’s made with one part tequila, ½ part simple syrup, 3 dashes orange blossom water, with fresh lime juice and soda. What gives it its name? The pink rose petals that sit on top. You can increase the aphrodisiac quotient with the Oysters and Caviar Pearls special, a sensual combination of tempura oyster frites and osetra caviar sabayon created by executive chef Joseph Trevino, paired with Heidsieck Champagne.

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Don’t We Like Sharing?

by Sophie Gayot


Today, more and more restaurants are adopting a small plates concept. And actually, I like that. First because, you get to try more dishes, so you experience more tastes and flavors. But also, because, most of the time, small plates means sharing with the people around the table. Isn’t that a great way to enjoy an evening out with your dining partners?


MEZZE restaurant
, located in the former space of Sona, is one good example — in case you don’t know, “mezze” means “sharing” in Arabic. Watch my exclusive video interview with chef Micah Wexler, a Los Angeles native who has trained and cooked at Melisse, Patina, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in Las Vegas, Craft in Los Angeles, and even in Spain and Italy. And read our review of the restaurant.

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Saskatoon Opens in Atlanta

The dining room of Saskatoon restaurant in Atlanta
The dining room of Saskatoon restaurant in Atlanta
by Becky Sauer

 

Wild game is the name of the game at just-opened Saskatoon in Atlanta, a mere 2,000 miles away from its Canadian namesake. The fine dining menu features elk, bear and pheasant as well as unusually presented steaks, seafood and poultry dishes. The rustic theme is also present in the hunting lodge-like design, including stone walls, mounted trophies, and an antler chandelier.

 

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