From Sicily to Naples, Florida

Chef Vincenzo Betulia of Osteria Tulia Leads a Farm-to-Table Revolution in the Sunshine State

Written by: Madelyn Gagnon

Move over, Florida oranges: There’s a new crop in town. The state harbors nearly 32,000 acres of tomato fields, yet many are unaware Florida also grows the largest amount of fresh-market tomatoes in the U.S. The largest tomato producer across the pond in Europe, naturally, is Italy, so it makes sense that Sicilian-born chef Vincenzo […]

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Meet the Chef with Larry Monaco

Executive Chef of Cast at the Viceroy in Santa Monica, CA

Written by: Jesse Hom-Dawson

WHEN YOU COME FROM AN ITALIAN FAMILY and grew up cooking with your grandma, it’s no surprise that you would decide being a chef was your destined career path. “I knew I wanted to be a chef from high school on, even though it wasn’t trendy back then to be one,” says Chef Larry Monaco, […]

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Cheesy Romance

How Youssef Fakhouri Became L.A.'s Preeminent Vegan Cheesemaker

Written by: Jessie Birschbach

Necessity might typically be the mother of invention, but in the case of Youssef Fakhouri’s beloved vegan cheese, it’s love. Fakhouri, owner of dairy-free cheese shop Vromage in West Hollywood, began working in restaurants when he was 13, making pastries and chocolate, cooking and performing other tasks of the trade. After coming to America from […]

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Gaby Dalkin Grows Her Food Empire, One Recipe at a Time

"What's Gaby Cooking" Emphasizes California Style Cuisine and the Utilization of Simple, Easily Accessible Ingredients

Written by: Madelyn Gagnon

Gaby Dalkin, creator of the popular food blog What’s Gaby Cooking, sets her recipes apart from the crowd through her emphasis on California cuisine and utilization of simple, easily accessible ingredients. After pursuing her blog full-time, Dalkin experienced vast success with the recent release of a second cookbook, What’s Gaby Cooking: Everyday California Food, as […]

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Meet the Chef with Seadon Shouse

Chef Seadon Shouse of Halifax in Hoboken, New Jersey

Written by: Jesse Hom-Dawson

THAT A RESTAURANT WITH EXCEPTIONAL seafood would be named after a province in Nova Scotia known for seafood is hardly surprising. That its chef, Seadon Shouse, was born in Nova Scotia is also not surprising. What is surprising, however, is how Shouse has taken the tradition of smoked seafood to new and unexpected heights at […]

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Meet the Chef with Sean McPaul

Chef Sean McPaul of High Street on Hudson, New York, NY

Written by: Jessie Birschbach

After graduating from college in 2014, Sean McPaul realized he missed the energy of working in restaurants as a teenager. So a few years later, he found himself earning yet another degree—this time from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, New York. Both before and after leaving the CIA, McPaul has […]

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Meet the Chef with Ari Kolender

Chef Ari Kolender of Hayden in Culver City, CA

Written by: Mara Marski

ARI KOLENDER got his start in name drop–worthy kitchens like Los Angeles’ Providence, where he worked the line for five years before joining chef Jordan Khan’s restaurant Red Medicine as Chef de Cuisine. But after two years at the Beverly Hills powerhouse, Kolender returned to his native South Carolina. “I spent an incredible four years […]

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The Next Big Thing

A Rocky Mountain Revolution is Brewing within Colorado's Down-to-Earth Dining Scene

Written by: Ruth Tobias

Foodwise, the American West has long been defined by its borders. The abundant produce and seafood of its coastal areas and the strong Hispanic and American Indian influences found along its southern edge tend to dominate the culinary conversation, while the Rocky Mountain states at the region’s core can be dismissed as mere meat and […]

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Legacy of Versatility: Pairing Provençal Rosé Wines with Diverse Local Flavors, pt. 4

Executive Chef Bobby Palmquist of The Walrus and the Carpenter in Seattle, WA

Written by: Lisa M. Airey

To celebrate and display the diversity of the rosé from Provence, The Clever Root challenged four superstar chefs from across the country to develop signature dishes to pair with these pink sippers. From Cajun cooking in New Orleans, to celebrating the bounty of the Pacific Northwest, these chefs pushed their palates and pairing abilities to […]

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