Field Reports

Big Weekend: Charleston Wine & Food Festival 2014

Oysters, waffles, country ham and charcuterie
Mar 10, 2014 4:00 pm

The 9th Annual Charleston Wine & Food Festival was a sunny showcase of the explosively popular Lowcountry cuisine the region is famous for. We hopped down for Hoppin' John, Charleston Ice Cream (no ice cream involved) and enough legs of aged country ham to feed a small army. Here's what happened, per our two correspondents on the scene.

Let's Have Some Fungus! Hanging With Mushroom Fanatics In Santa Cruz

A report from the recent 40th Annual Fungus Fair
Jan 21, 2014 11:00 am

Mushrooms bloom in mystery, their mycelial organism and its secret whims hidden underground. From the caked earth, nary a sprout; and yet at the Santa Cruz Fungus Fair in early January, the mushroom hunter was on full, majestic display. Here's a special report from our California correspondent William Bostwick.

John Egerton Memorial Celebrated The Life Of Southern Food Historian

With apple hand pies and smoked bologna sandwiches
Dec 9, 2013 11:00 am

Southern food enthusiasts, chefs and literary luminaries gathered in Nashville on Sunday afternoon to celebrate the life of John Egerton, noted author on topics ranging from civil rights to Southern culture and cuisine. Pie was served at the conclusion.

Sushi Dojo: An Omakase Worth Shelling Out The Not-So-Big Bucks

Non-Japanese chef opened up NYC sushi spot in June
Oct 28, 2013 10:30 am

Finding an authentic sushi restaurant that doesn’t break the bank is an ongoing struggle in New York City. This was my goal as I set out to try dinner at Sushi Dojo. Here's what I found.

Dinner At Betony: A Special Occasion, Down To The Foie Gras Bonbons

NYC restaurant has won a ton of buzz. Here's why.
Oct 15, 2013 1:00 pm
Photo: Burcu Atalay Tankut

Ever since receiving a three-star review from Pete Wells in The New York Times, Betony has established itself as one of the city’s new crown jewels. Eager to find out if the restaurant could live up to its early acclaim, I secured a reservation and made the trip to Midtown. Here’s what I found.

3 Important Things I Learned At WhiskyFest

Drink a lot of great brown spirits, learn a little
Oct 14, 2013 2:01 pm

I love whiskey. Like, I would marry it Peewee Herman–style if it made sense tax-wise (it doesn't). Not only that, but I've been drinking it regularly for the better part of a decade. So what could I possibly stand to learn about whiskey at NYC's 16th Annual Whiskeyfest this past Saturday? A lot — like you can't even imagine. Here are 3 big takeaways.

In Los Angeles, It Was All Aboard The James Beard Express

Nobu, Bayless and many others hit Union Station
Oct 14, 2013 12:00 pm

James Beard Award nominees and winners Rick Bayless, Nobu Matsuhisa, Jeremy Fox, Michael Cimarusti and Karen Hatfield hosted a dinner at the train station in Los Angeles. And it was quite an upgrade from Wetzel's Pretzels.

Partying Like It's 1893 In Chicago With Brooklyn Brewery's The Mash

A dinner party served with a side of history
Oct 7, 2013 4:00 pm

The traveling celebration of food, drink, art, and culture that is the Brooklyn Brewery Mash came to Chicago last week. Among the series of events was Friday’s slow supper, “an 1893-inspired feast.” This was the year that the World’s Columbia Exposition opened in Chicago. It was the city’s much-publicized rebirth after the Great Fire nearly wiped Chicago off the map only 22 years earlier. Details and a bunch of photos, right this way.

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