Noshing Through Napa Valley

A Gourmand's Guide to the Best Bites in Wine Country

Written by: Melissa Marrapese

Napa Valley is home to world-class wines, breathtaking vineyards, and a host of talented chefs and restaurateurs. Dining experiences range from Michelin-starred restaurants to casual, less-pricey venues in what has become one of the most sought-after food hotspots in the country. The culinary landscape in Napa Valley is exploding, with top-notch chefs using locally sourced […]

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Meet the Chef with Jill Vedaa

Chef Jill Vedaa of Salt+, Lakewood, OH

Written by: Kate Newton

Good things came in threes this year for Jill Vedaa, Co-Owner/Executive Chef at Salt+ in Lakewood, Ohio: In addition to seeing her acclaimed bistro make the cut for Cleveland Magazine’s “25 Best Restaurants” list in May, Vedaa was named a semifinalist for Best Chef: Great Lakes by the James Beard Foundation and emerged victorious on […]

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Taking Root with Lou Preston

Owner of Preston Farm and Winery, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, CA

Written by: Chelsea Kurnick

AFTER FOUR DECADES OF FARMING, raising livestock and making wine, Lou Preston can barely remember his former life as an accountant. He blends into the field, with his un-groomed beard, weathered sun hat and vegetable oil–powered Mercedes (license plate: Vedgy). As a teenager, his father invested in a farm near Healdsburg, CA, but it was […]

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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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Conversation-Starting Coffee

Unconventional Coffee Drinks at Discourse Coffee in Wisconsin's Door County

Written by: Elyse Glickman

Every craft cocktail bar can serve up a lively espresso, cappuccino, or good ol’ regular cup-of-Joe concoction, but some of the most imaginative and unexpected coffee drinks can be found in a highly unexpected place: Discourse Coffee in Door County, Wisconsin. The peninsula, which could be likened to the American Midwest by way of New […]

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