Chef John Rivers: The Southern Cowboy

One story above historic Park Avenue lives the heart of a man and his vision: Chef John Rivers. No amount of press, blogging, nor story-telling can prepare you for John River’s restaurants, the culinary creations within, and the emanating spirituality supporting his blossoming business. Together with his committed staff, loving wife, and infinite dreams, chef John … Continue reading

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Lamb Chops Artichokes and Aioli Sauce

We love lamb chops The savory flavor of grilled lamb is a delicacy enjoyed in cuisines throughout the world. And this recipe is no exception. Seared lamb chops are versatile enough for a casual weeknight meal, a dinner party with friends, or a special romantic evening for two. Just scale to the number of people you need to … Continue reading

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Marlow’s Tavern: Ribs & Whiskey

  Marlow’s Tavern runs an annual program called Ribs & Whiskey. The menu features entrees enticing guests into their local neighborhood gems. Of particular interest are the following menu items: BBQ Blazed Cobb Salad BBQ Chicken, Crisp Field Greens, Roma Tomato, Apple-Smoked Bacon, Sweet Corn, Gorgonzola, Crispy Tobacco Onions and BBQ Gorgonzola Dressing A Pig … Continue reading

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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

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Chef’s Tasting at Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen

Photo courtesy of Dry Creek Kitchen There’s nothing quite like the realization that you are somewhere beyond daily monotony. Post anticipation and preparation for excursions new, there is a certain oxymoronic, anxious calm that manifests just below the collar. It’s like a morning dew that hasn’t quite settled into dawn. I am checked in to … Continue reading

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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

A Kitchen Checklist for a New Home

…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

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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

The Guts and Glory Tour

Anthony Bourdain: Guts And Glory Tour

  Image: Bourdain Guts and Glory Wildly (not a typo) known for his egregious food escapades, Chef Anthony Bourdain takes on his first annual Guts and Glory Tour through our good ‘ole North American states. His globe trotting food and culture binges range from eclectic metropolitan cities such as NYC, Spain, and Hong Kong, to lesser traveled culturally rich regions … Continue reading

Uptown Art Expo: A Feast for Your Senses

Cranes Roost Park Saturday, Feb. 16th 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Sunday, Feb. 17th 10:00 am – 5:00 pm The Uptown Art Expo showcases art, color, music, and food. The streets and boardwalk along the lake are perfect for a leisurely stroll through fine arts exhibits and plenty of nosh at this 2nd annual event. … Continue reading

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Fiddler’s Green

Photo from Florida Burger Lover Fiddler’s Green Irish Pub rem·i·nisce /ˌreməˈnis/ Verb: Indulge in enjoyable recollection of past events. Synonyms: remember, recollect A colleague recently turned 29, yes for real, not 29 again. As per usual, the birthday person selects the lunch venue and the fun ensues. What kind of fun? Well, I guess you’d have … Continue reading

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Bacon Explosion

Have you ever wondered what a bacon explosion looks like? Nope, it’s not your visual of the microwave whirring and popping while porky fat emits scents of goodness, permeating your office with pangs of breakfast jealousy. No, I’m talking about giving your love and time in reverence to a most revered animal; the pig. Jade served up … Continue reading