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Food & Wine magazine sins against the monkfish

In the January 2010 issue of Food & Wine magazine, former New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni visits top-rated Le Bernardin (3 stars from Michelin, 4 stars from the New York Times) and acts like an ass to the sommelier as he eats his multicourse meal*. If you're into restaurant drama, or food...

Dan Barber’s fish tale at the Brooklyn Food Conference

A healthy ecoseastem: Chef and lyrical speaker/writer Dan Barber gave one of his amazing lectures at the Brooklyn Food Conference, and some little agtivist angel has transcribed it for those of us who weren't there. Barber tells a love story about two fish: one that he had to throw back into the sea-based...

TV chefs slammed for praising buckets o’protein

Greenberg sees red: Matthew Greenberg slams the "stomach-churning" Sandra Lee, of Food Network fame, for shilling for Kentucky Fried Chicken and takes aim at the Food Network, where "the actual act of cooking good food often seems an afterthought." Asks Greenberg, "How in Alice Waters's green earth did it...

Report from Taste3: “Culanthropy” in New Orleans with the Culinary Corps

In mid-July, I had the pleasure of attending this year's TASTE3 conference in Napa, California. The conference, which is presented by the Robert Mondavi Winery, is a meeting of minds on the topics of food, wine, and art. Over the span of two days, a stream of chefs, artists, writers, musicians, activists,...

Alice Waters says Obama is paying attention to food & ag issues

Presidential hopeful Barack Obama has read "The Omnivore's Dilemma" and America's obesity epidemic is very much on his mind, says Alice Waters, the original SOLE sister and founder of Chez Panisse, in this video from the Aspen Ideas Festival. (Thanks, Cookie Jill!) "We have to talk about food as a right and...

Alice Waters in conversation with SF Mayor Gavin Newsom

Mayors of major American cities are usually the ones answering questions in interviews. So when the mayor is the one doing the interviewing, the subject must be someone special. That was the case on Monday night, when San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newson sat down with chef, food activist, and Slow Food...

To my surprise, I support Rachael Ray, the toroid terrorist

I've long had mixed feelings about Rachael Ray, the TV "chef" lately known as "the face of terrorism." I used to enjoy her travel shows, although I disagreed with her lack of tipping and some of her food choices in Seattle. I dislike her emphasis on prepared foods, but I respect her attempts to make cooking...

Digest – Features: Hugh F-W and Jamie Oliver to set feathers flying, grass-fed beef ranchers in unlikely places

English chefs chew it better: The Times Online reports that Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, the TV chef and author of "The River Cottage Meat Book" is campaigning to get more middle-class Brits to pay more for humanely raised poultry. His campaign starts January 7 with "Hugh’s Chicken...

Digest – Commentary: Deeniacs, locamore-ism

Paula Deen Shame Watch: Writes Avram Lyon, executive director of the Jewish Labor Committee, "I won’t watch Paula Deen anymore. Because now when I see her on television, all I can think of are the people working under horrible conditions at Smithfield. Instead of seeing Paula Deen, all I can...

Straight-from-the-farm guerrilla dining in South Carolina

Cool little video about an underground restaurant event in Charleston, SC, put on by Curious Fork/Furious Cork — "a place where the hungry, curious and adventurous gather to share, inspire or get inspired." And what inspires these hipster Southern chefs is just-picked produce from farmers...

WSJ issues correction on Alice Waters and Ameya Preserve

The Wall Street Journal has this correction today to its Nov. 16 article on "Politically Correct Developments," which had put to rest some of the speculation over why Alice Waters was involved with Montana's Ameya Preserve: WADE DOKKEN, a developer of the Ameya Preserve housing development in...

Alice Waters and Montana’s Ameya Preserve: Slow Food uber alles?

The following is by Charlotte McGuinn Freeman, who writes the LivingSmall blog from Livingston, Montana; she is the author of the novel Place Last Seen (read the first chapter). Alice Waters finally responded to the questions I raised here about her involvement with the Ameya Preserve. Of course, she didn't...

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