COOP Shrimp n Grits

The COOP A Southern Affair

  Restaurant Preview on Park Avenue I received an invite for a Scott Joseph Supper Club preview of The COOP menu, a new restaurant concept from the Rivers crew… A Southern Affair… Where? In the headquarters test kitchen of course! I could not turn down the exclusive opportunity for A: Test Kitchen (we could stop there but…), B: Meeting … Continue reading

Papa Joes seafood marinara

Papa Joe’s Pizza 25th Anniversary Dinner

Once upon a time in Brooklyn, Sicilian immigrants began opening Italian restaurants and pizzerias showcasing family recipes from their homeland. While the origins of pizza specifically, are hotly debated, the history behind Papa Joe’s is certain. When Papa Joe relocated from Brooklyn, New York to quiet Altamonte Springs suburbia, he arrived filling an untapped niche … Continue reading

east end market dinner

East End Market: A Pop Up Dinner Celebration of Women Chefs, Restaurateurs and Winemakers

Saturday marked my second Pop-Up dinner following the event at Quantum Leap Winery this spring. I reserved my coveted seat for the evening showcasing women entrepreneurs in the local community. Compounding my enthusiasm and support for local small business was the fundraising for the Women Chefs and Restaurateurs scholarship fund. National recognition for the surge of … Continue reading

fab chili recipe

Fab Chili Recipe with Beef and Beans

  Chili is an art. From Texas red chili to Kentucky, Mid-west white bean to Arizona green, chili is the pho of American cuisine. Historical accounts trace the first crocks of United States versions of chili con carne to San Antonio Texas, where the meat, tomato, and peppers united in a poor-man’s stew. Today, chili … Continue reading

prosciutto pear arugula pizza

Prosciutto, Pear & Arugula Pizza

 Recipe adapted from Leah Peavy’s home kitchen This rustic homemade pizza recipe features balsamic glazed bartlett pears, salty prosciutto, and peppery arugula. Vidalia onions and fresh parmesan and mozzarella really marry well in this sweet and savory dish. This recipe makes for an easy weeknight meal.

A Kitchen Checklist

…for the Aspiring Cook Whether starting out on your own, beginning anew, or just plain paring down, this kitchen checklist contains the essentials for your new home. Some items are specific for a reason, to which I’ll elaborate in future posts in this section. Others are open to one’s own tastes and preferences. A sharp knife is … Continue reading

thumbprint cellars cruise

Thumbprint Cellars French River Cruise

Sonoma winery owners are hosting a food and wine excursion sure to please. The Touring & Tasting Luxury River Wine Cruise to Burgundy and Provence is an all-inclusive 8-day vacation April 6 -13, 2014.  Visit the Thumbprint Cellars tour page for details on booking this group tour. Indulge in France’s wine country aboard the S.S. Catherine. Ports of call while sailing on … Continue reading

chuan lu garden sichuan chicken

Supper Club at Chuan Lu Garden

Fraught with anticipation, I entered through the back door of Ginza as instructed in the Scott Joseph reservation. I’m always a bit anxious attending these events because I usually go solo, but per usual, I was super excited for Supper Club. Any array of dinner guests show up to these events and without disappointment the … Continue reading