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We Hit The "Butter Wall" At Lobster Rumble, Not Exactly A Bad Thing

A peek inside last night's lobster roll competition
Jun 6, 2014 1:00 pm

Last night I went to Tasting Table's 5th Annual Lobster Rumble, which benefited national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength. That's about as close to heaven as it gets: 24 competitors from around the country throwing down their best lobster rolls. Some were amazing, some were okay and some were little more than a well-meaning attempt...but what really fell short was me, because of the butter. My favorite rolls of the night, after the jump.

Ivan Ramen Is Finally Open In NYC. The Secret Is Not Quite Out.

OK, by the time you read this, it probably is
May 14, 2014 10:00 am

The wait is over. Ivan Orkin – the middle-aged Jewish dude from Long Island who wowed Japan with his unique bowls of ramen – has finally opened his first stand-alone noodle joint in New York City. I dined there on Monday evening and came away thoroughly impressed. Here's what I found.

10 Haute Cuisine Dishes To Devour in Hong Kong

Truffles, dumplings, oysters, bird's nest and more
May 9, 2014 9:00 am

Hong Kong bills itself as “Asia's World City” and that's largely due to the fact that major banking operations use HK as their base. As a result, there are a lot of wonderfully lavish restaurants vying for expense account dollars with precious food created by major chefs from around the globe. Here are 10 haute cuisine dishes that make the 99% wish they knew how to invest better.

 

The Museum Of Food And Drink Explodes Rice, Serves A World-Class Dinner

MOFAD's spring benefit was interactive, delicious
May 8, 2014 1:30 pm

Last night I attended a benefit dinner at the Foundry in Long Island City for New York City's forthcoming Museum of Food And Drink, starring some of the city's most forward-thinking culinary minds. Favorites like Amanda Cohen, Wylie Dufresne, Dominique Ansel and Franklin Becker each took on one of eight courses, interpreting future MOFAD exhibits like "Korea Before The Chili" and "Rastafarian Ital Diet" through cooking. All the details, including a puffer gun, right this way.

You're Probably Using The Wrong Steak Knife. Let Us Help.

Choose your weapon at Hong Kong's The Steak House
Apr 30, 2014 11:00 am

From city to city around the world, you can go to a steakhouse and pretty much know what you're going to get: shrimp cocktail, wedge salads, big steaks, mashed potatoes and Manhattans. If a steakhouse is going to set itself apart, though, they have to do something special. At this Michelin-starred shrine to beef, you choose your cut, then your knife out of this very special collection.

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.

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