the dream teams…

There are those dream teams of the culinary world that, during their collaboration, affect something of a perfect storm in the kitchen. In Kansas City, I can think of a two such collaborations. There were Debbie Gold and Michael Smith, who first worked together at The American Restaurant in the late ’90s. After winning the […]

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the dream teams…

There are those dream teams of the culinary world that, during their collaboration, affect something of a perfect storm in the kitchen. In Kansas City, I can think of a two such collaborations. There were Debbie Gold and Michael Smith, who first worked together at The American Restaurant in the late ’90s. After winning the […]

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no such thing as free bread…

Remember those good old days when bread was an expected service included in the price of your restaurant meal? Recently, I’ve visited two Kansas City restaurants where bread is now a menu item. That’s right. You don’t get bread unless you pay for it. Sarah’s Eat Drink Art, which is exclusively a soup, salad and […]

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no such thing as free bread…

Remember those good old days when bread was an expected service included in the price of your restaurant meal? Recently, I’ve visited two Kansas City restaurants where bread is now a menu item. That’s right. You don’t get bread unless you pay for it. Sarah’s Eat Drink Art, which is exclusively a soup, salad and […]

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a sneak tease…

Graham Elliot Bowles Photo courtesy of Ian D. Merritt www.idmphotography.com In a recent post about my dinner at Avenues, I alluded to the opening of graham elliot (click), Chef G.E. Bowles’ new eponymous “bistronomic” eatery in Chicago. I told you I would give you the skinny, and here it is: a sneak peek behind graham […]

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a sneak tease…

Graham Elliot Bowles Photo courtesy of Ian D. Merritt www.idmphotography.com In a recent post about my dinner at Avenues, I alluded to the opening of graham elliot (click), Chef G.E. Bowles’ new eponymous “bistronomic” eatery in Chicago. I told you I would give you the skinny, and here it is: a sneak peek behind graham […]

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end of an era…

40 Sardines Earlier today, I received the shocking news that 40 Sardines, the beloved and acclaimed restaurant opened by James Beard Award-winning chefs Debbie Gold and Michael Smith, closed its doors. I was in such denial that I drove all the way down to 119th & Roe in Overland Park to confirm this report; all […]

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end of an era…

40 Sardines Earlier today, I received the shocking news that 40 Sardines, the beloved and acclaimed restaurant opened by James Beard Award-winning chefs Debbie Gold and Michael Smith, closed its doors. I was in such denial that I drove all the way down to 119th & Roe in Overland Park to confirm this report; all […]

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james beard awards, 2008

Congratulations to all of the finalist nominees for the 2008 James Beard Awards. I’m pleased to announce the nominees from my region, four of whom’s cooking I’ve had the great pleasure of experiencing first hand: BEST CHEF: MIDWEST (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, WI) Isaac Becker 112 eatery Minneapolis Colby Garrelts bluestem Kansas […]

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james beard awards, 2008

Congratulations to all of the finalist nominees for the 2008 James Beard Awards. I’m pleased to announce the nominees from my region, four of whom’s cooking I’ve had the great pleasure of experiencing first hand: BEST CHEF: MIDWEST (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, WI) Isaac Becker 112 eatery Minneapolis Colby Garrelts bluestem Kansas […]

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best dishes of 2007…

2007 saw a noticeable change in food trends. Our nation’s culinary drivers began to consciously steer us away from fine dining and toward casual fare. This de-emphasis on luxury in favor of the humble meant that caviar and foie gras became out-paced by brussels sprouts and short ribs; the fascination and wonder with molecular gastronomy […]

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best dishes of 2007…

2007 saw a noticeable change in food trends. Our nation’s culinary drivers began to consciously steer us away from fine dining and toward casual fare. This de-emphasis on luxury in favor of the humble meant that caviar and foie gras became out-paced by brussels sprouts and short ribs; the fascination and wonder with molecular gastronomy […]

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a few of my favorite things…

… Julie Andrews sings hers, Oprah broadcasts hers, so I figure I get to blog about a few of my favorite things. I recently considered getting therapy when I realized that I had made friends with my FedEx delivery buddy. u.e. got online order-happy and had purchased nearly thirtyfood-related books, mostly cookbooks, in the course […]

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a few of my favorite things…

… Julie Andrews sings hers, Oprah broadcasts hers, so I figure I get to blog about a few of my favorite things. I recently considered getting therapy when I realized that I had made friends with my FedEx delivery buddy. u.e. got online order-happy and had purchased nearly thirtyfood-related books, mostly cookbooks, in the course […]

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bowles v. flay…

Drawing the line in the sand…   the gloves come off… teasers from Alton Brown on the Food Network have me anxiously awaiting the episode of Iron Chef American tonight at 8pm CST.  Chef Graham Elliot Bowles, Executive Chef at The Avenues goes against Bobby Flay in a special Valentine’s Day-themed battle – chocolate. Although I already know the outcome, […]

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bowles v. flay…

Drawing the line in the sand…   the gloves come off… teasers from Alton Brown on the Food Network have me anxiously awaiting the episode of Iron Chef American tonight at 8pm CST.  Chef Graham Elliot Bowles, Executive Chef at The Avenues goes against Bobby Flay in a special Valentine’s Day-themed battle – chocolate. Although I already know the outcome, […]

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the next generation…

I’m pleased to announce and congratulate the birth of Mylo Ignatius Bowles.  Father Chef Graham Elliot Bolwes is the Executive Chef at The Avenues Restaurant in the Peninsula Hotel in Chicago, where I have had the immense pleasure of having eaten no less than three times. I am already planning another visit sometime later this year […]

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the next generation…

I’m pleased to announce and congratulate the birth of Mylo Ignatius Bowles.  Father Chef Graham Elliot Bolwes is the Executive Chef at The Avenues Restaurant in the Peninsula Hotel in Chicago, where I have had the immense pleasure of having eaten no less than three times. I am already planning another visit sometime later this year […]

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best dishes of 2006…

#10: Hot Potato at alinea Originally uploaded by ulteriorepicure. From a second visit to the newly named number one restaurant in the U.S., Alinea (according to Gourmet Magazine), to snacking from street vendors in China, I’ve had a pretty amazing year of eating.  I visited Jean Georges on two continents, Thomas Keller on both coasts, […]

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best dishes of 2006…

#10: Hot Potato at alinea Originally uploaded by ulteriorepicure. From a second visit to the newly named number one restaurant in the U.S., Alinea (according to Gourmet Magazine), to snacking from street vendors in China, I’ve had a pretty amazing year of eating.  I visited Jean Georges on two continents, Thomas Keller on both coasts, […]

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