Field Reports

A Chocolate Think Tank Grows in Brooklyn

Cocoa specialists get their moment in the sun
Apr 27, 2015 10:00 am

Last week, bakers, pâtissierschocolatiers and confectioners from around the world took over a few blocks in Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood for what was christened a “chocolate think tank.” Some of pastry’s biggest stars showed up for the two-day event, which was orchestrated to help kick off the opening of the new École Valrhona. Chefs gathered to share ideas, gawk at their idols, network, and get inspired by their colleagues’ sweet creations. The sugar rush was contagious.

5 Trends Spotted At The U.S. Coffee Championships

Cheerful baristas IN. Mugs with handles OUT.
Feb 24, 2015 11:00 am

Baristas from across the country showcased their skills while manufacturers rolled out some fancy new brewing gadgets during the U.S. Coffee Championships in Long Beach, California. Tien Nyugen reports on the most eye-opening trends from this very highly caffeinated event.

Bourbon Godfathers Gather In Kentucky To Discuss Insane Demand, Barrel Shortages

"We don’t have a gallon to give up”
Feb 23, 2015 2:00 pm

All the big-name bourbon makers gathered in Louisville last weekend to discuss the issues impacting their industry most notably the surging demand for barrel-aged booze and shortfalls on the supply side. Chris Chamberlain reports from the Bluegrass State.

Photos From The Nashville Skyline Launch Party At Peter Nappi

Craft beer, great bourbon and bowls of noodles
Jan 21, 2015 4:00 pm

Last week Team Food Republic visited one of our favorite cities, Nashville, to help celebrate the launch of Skyline — a print publication we produced in partnership with Crescent Communities. The event was held at Peter Nappi, a luxury leather studio housed in the former Neuhoff Meat Packing plant in the city’s vibrant Germantown neighborhood. Members of the city’s food, art, fashion and music communities were on hand.

Big Weekend In South Carolina: Music To Your Mouth

A bourbon-filled pig-out festival at Palmetto Bluff
Nov 25, 2014 10:00 am

You're a culinary enthusiast, and food festivals are the name of your game. Prepare to witness Music To Your Mouth, the ultimate Southern/Lowcountry smorgasbord, because we just spent the weekend at the mind-blowingly beautiful Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, South Carolina. Here are the highlights. (We kissed a pig and went to a bacon forest!)

Philadelphia Restaurant Abe Fisher Has Possibly Achieved Smoked Meat Nirvana

From Team Zahav, Montreal-style smoked short ribs
Sep 30, 2014 10:00 am

There's a new reason to visit Philadelphia. And it just might negate your planned smoked-meat pilgrammage to Montreal. At the new Abe Fisher, Matt Rodbard finds Schwartz's-level satisfaction in an un-Schwartz's-like short rib. Sop up all the juicy details this way.

Olive Picking In Tuscany Is More Idyllic With Porsena's Sara Jenkins

Countryside trek also means wine, lots of it
Sep 8, 2014 9:00 am

Autumn in the Tuscan countryside is something everybody should experience at least once. Our own Jenny Miller was there last year, picking olives and drinking lots of red wine with New York-based chef Sara Jenkins. Read her full report right here, plus news on how to reserve a place on this fall's trip.

We’d Like One Twix-Stuffed, Bacon-Wrapped Twinkie. And One Uncle Kracker Concert.

Scenes from great, deep-fried New York State Fair
Sep 2, 2014 11:00 am

What makes the Great New York State Fair so great? A batter-coated, deep-fried, Twix-stuffed, bacon-wrapped Twinkie, among other things. Veteran state fair correspondent Laurie Woolever (along with her 5-year-old son) reports from the heart-attack-inducing scene.

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